Kirk Demarais is a weirdo after my own black heart. His Secret Fun Spot is full of all kinds of monster stuff and retro goodies, and the new Secret Fun Spot Blog is a must-see thriller! Go now or get lost!
Canadian cartoonist and proud father. Creator of the comic book 'The Land of Nod', the Annie-nominated cartoon shorts 'Jetcat', two time Emmy-winning cartoon series, 'Tutenstein', and Cartoon Network's 'The Secret Saturdays'. Currently drawing the daily comic strip 'Oh, Brother!'.
"Horror and humor have been on intimate terms at least since the time of Elisabethan and Jacobean drama. Shakespeare's darkest tragedies were leavened with a gallows wit..."
-David J. Skal The Monster Show
"Even as we deny that our flesh must decay, however, we surround ourselves with fictional images of the very fate we strive to hear nothing about. They are everywhere: in books, films, and TV, in advertising, in toys and games for all ages, in children's breakfast food. No American child (even one lucky enough to escape Count Chocula) can grow up without learning what a vampire is..."
-Walter Kendrick The Thrill Of Fear
"... through expressions such as the comical Hyakkiyagyõ emaki, an inversion occurs, and that which should not be gazed upon is rendered visible-- and gazed upon with pleasure. The unseen (unseeable) is transformed into spectacle; the mysterious spirits of untamed nature are transmuted into familiar everyday objects; terror turns into humor; pandemonium becomes parade."
- Michael Dylan Foster Pandemonium and Parade
"The horror movie asks you if you want to take a good close look at the dead cat (or the shape under the sheet, to use a metaphor from the introduction to my short story collection)... but not as an adult would look at it. Never mind the philosophical implications of death or the religious possibilities inherent in the idea of survival; the horror film suggests we just have a good close look at the physical artifact of death. Let us be children masquerading as pathologists."
-Stephen King Danse Macabre
"No one will ever love a story the way a kid loves a story, whether told in a novel or as a ghost tale furtively whispered around a campfire. That's because no adult has an imagination quite like that of a child, where monsters might be real and lurking just under the bed."