Aug. 30, 2020

Author Mary Shelley is born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in London in 1797. Though she wrote several novels during her career, her first novel, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus, written when she was just 19...

Aug. 29, 2020

William Friedkin is born in Chicago in 1935. The Oscar-winning director’s long career includes The Exorcist, The Guardian, Bug and the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth.  He also directed episodes of Alfr...

Aug. 28, 2020

The Haunted Palace premieres in Cincinnati in 1963. Though billed as an Edgar Allan Poe story, the Roger Corman film was actually based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Starring Vincent Pric...

Aug. 27, 2020

Johnny Eck is born in Baltimore in 1911. The sideshow performer — born without his lower torso — and actor appeared as “The Half Boy” in Tod Browning’s 1932 film Freaks. He was also a musician, painter, woodwor...

Aug. 26, 2020

War of the Worlds opens across the U.S. in 1953. The sci-fi horror classic directed by Byron Haskin, updates H.G. Wells’ classic novel from Victorian England to 1950s Los Angeles and is the first film version o...

Aug. 25, 2020

Tim Burton is born in Burbank in 1958. The filmmaker, animator and illustrator has built a steady career on making dark, yet whimsical films including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks! ...

Aug. 24, 2020

Victor Halperin is born in Chicago in 1895. The director of low-budget horror films of the 1930s, notably White Zombie and Revolt of the Zombies, as well as Supernatural, Torture Ship, and Buried Alive. He late...

Aug. 23, 2020

Vera Miles is born in Boise City, Okla. in 1929. The actress’ career spanned five decades and multiple genres, and is notable for her supporting role in Psycho and Psycho II, as well as substantial TV work incl...

Aug. 22, 2020

Ray Bradbury is born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920. The prolific, versatile and highly-influential author of sci-fi, horror, and mystery wrote 27 novels including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Co...

Aug. 21, 2020

An American Werewolf in London opens across the U.S. in 1981. The horror comedy directed by John Landis was the most successful of three werewolf movies made that year, winning the Oscar for Best Makeup and the...