Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Let's talk about the dark. I don't mean just the creepy, old, evil dark that reaches out, grabs you and chokes you until you're airless, lightheaded, and confused; or the dark that gets you when you're reading a horror novel or watching a gory film. No, I'm talking about the sort of limbo dark in which you can't tell what's out there or where it is because your imagination hasn't made up your mind.
The darkness I'm talking about is, however, situated in a place, a playground, in your mind. It might be dark now but when you start reading, watching a film, or reading on the creepy website that's a reflex action kicks in, the tarmac lightens to grey, and the places, people and monsters appear. You can't stop them. They're within you, your's to cope with, perhaps pamper, but certainly not control.
And that's the excitement of fear; not knowing what an author or film maker will throw at you next, discovering that you can be awestruck, or horrified without having to go through physical pain or darkness.
That's the the fun of fantasy, the suspense of horror, and the reason for Daily Strange's existence. We're here to provide you with everything you need to enjoy - yes, I said enjoy the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres. We're not here to gross you out with explicit violence - we leave that to other websites but we won't shy away from covering events and films pictorially.
Neither will we be silent when the genres' creative people take a senseless bashing, as seems to be the case these days. When the critics from the national press, television and radio hammer our genres without reason, we're here to strike a balance.
Daily Strange of itself here to provide the coverage that critics don't give popular films like Pet Sematery, Parasite, Doctor Sleep, Terminator Dark Fate, and books such as The Twisted Ones by Ursula Vernon, The Worst Is Yet To Come from S. P. Miskowski, The Nightmare Girl from Jonathan Janz.
Most newspapers critics seemed to have signed an oath of hypocrisy. Surely it is the depths of hypocrisy for those doyens of newspapers film pages to snigger at, or critically blast, well-made films just because of some fantasy or horror content. Okay, the jokes would be appreciated if they were funny, but most are forced, feeble or clichéd - such as the crack from the Daily Express about the green goo of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Don't Die canister looking like shampoo and we're balding attempts at humor when our writers 'reviewed' on the Daily Strange.
It's such a shame. Our writers' are brilliant critic. They usually provides a balanced overview of the film all over the world with the filmmakers and movie critics on the 'linkedin' community. But, put them on a set with Clive Barker or Stephen King, and the mocking tones start to dribble from their mouth.
It wouldn't be so bad if the movies these critics pan or , in the case of the Daily Express al, ignore didn't turn up in the Film and Video Top Tens the week after release: but they do. And that, surely, is an argument for covering them adequately.
The same is true of books. Publishers, ever conscious of the popularity of fantasy and horror, put out dozens of titles a month, yet the national press would rather cover glossy books which illustrate the Queen's jewellery collection or paperback on what the Avengers did during the last war. Fine. These books may have literary merit, but the majority of people who read the tabloids and watch review programs on television read popular fiction and would no doubt appreciate at least some mention of it in the press.
And to those critics who say the public shouldn't waste their time reading such 'tripe' , the answer must be that at least they are reading.