ARTICLES

ARTICLES

The following articles were first published in Black Static magazine (formerly The Third Alternative). In April 2011 the column was given the title Coffinmaker's Blues.  For more information on Black Static and other TTA publications please go to TTA Press. 

"One of the highlights for me are the horror-themed series of essays by Stephen Volk"  The Horror Review 

"Blisteringly powerful... Volk's column draws on a dizzying number of references and shows admirable conceptual depth and density as well as a muscular and evocative style. This is precisely what writing a magazine column should be about"  SF Signal

"Constantly insightful"  Horror World Reviews

"Thoughtful and eloquent" Matthew Fryer, Hellforge 

"Amusingly scathing..."  "Frank, honest, yet ultimately hopeful and considered"  Dread Central

"An insider's opinion... Volk certainly knows what he's talking about, with a career in the industry that has spanned two decades"
  Rue Morgue Magazine

"As is always the case this column shows the vast knowledge and respect Stephen has for the genre. Excellent..."  "(The) column is always an educational joy to read, this man who knows his stuff, knows how to write and knows how to put together a well-thought-out, intelligent and incendiary article"  Ginger Nuts of Horror

"Consistently entertaining"  Dark Musings

"Insightful" Stephen Jones, editor of Best New Horror 

"Gives the genre a great and always needed kick in the ass"  The Horror Fiction Review 

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"Where Was I?"                                           (Black Static #55 Nov-Dec 2016)
(on MIDWINTER and SELF-ASSESSMENT) 

"The Question of Violence"                           (Black Static #54 Sep-Oct 2016)
(on VIOLENCE) 

"Update Status"                                          (Black Static #53 Jul-Aug 2016)
(on SOCIAL MEDIA / THE INTERNET)

"To Beat the Dark, or The Disquiet Man"      (Black Static #52 May-Jun 2016)
(on NIGEL KNEALE and THE STONE TAPE) 

"The Human Centipede"                              (Black Static #51 Mar-Apr 2016)
(on THE BBC) 

"10 Reasons Why Comedy and Horror are Almost the Same Thing"
(on HORROR and COMEDY)                          (Black Static #50 Jan-Feb 2016)

"Mirrors For Eyes: Part 2"                            (Black Static #49 Nov-Dec 2015)
(on ROBOTS and PSYCHOPATHS, cont'd) 

"Mirrors for Eyes"                                        (Black Static #48 Sep-Oct 2015)
(on ROBOTS and PSYCHOPATHS) 

"Alfred and Jack: Ripping Yarns"                   (Black Static #47 Jul-Aug 2015)
(on HITCHCOCK and JACK THE RIPPER)


"Horror (Not Horror)"                                   (Black Static #46 May-Jun 2015)
(on HORROR IN MAINSTREAM MOVIES)

"On The Selling of Souls and Other               (Black Static #45 Mar-Apr 2015)
Commodities"
(on PITCHING)

"How to Stay Insane" (Part 2)                      (Black Static #44 Jan-Feb 2015)
(on WRITER'S BLOCK, cont'd) 

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"How To Stay Insane"                                  (Black Static #43 Nov-Dec 2014)
(on WRITER'S BLOCK) 

"Giving The Devil His Due"                            (Black Static #42 (Sep-Oct 2014)
(on DENNIS WHEATLEY) 

 

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"Stab Wounds"                                           (Black Static #41 Jul-Aug 2014) 
(on SHORT STORY WRITERS) 

"Visiting the Madhouse"                              (Black Static #40 May-Jun 2014) 
(on LOCATION VISITS) 

"Those Who Fan The Fire"                           (Black Static #39 Mar-Apr 2014) 
(on ENABLERS) 

"Run, Writer, Run! Extinction is Forever!     (Black Static #38 Jan-Feb 2014)
(Part Deux)" 
(on THE FUTURE OF THE WRITER - continued) 

"Run, Writer, Run! Extinction is Forever!"   (Black Static #37 Nov-Dec 2013)
(on THE FUTURE OF THE WRITER)

 

"What We Learn When We Learn            (Black Static #36 Sept-Oct 2013) 
About Writing"
(on SCRIPT GURUS and WRITING ADVICE)

"Wrong is Good"                                      (Black Static #35 July-Aug 2013)
(on BRIMSTONE and POTTER)

"Putting It on its Feet"                             (Black Static #34 May-Jun 2013)
(on HORROR ON STAGE)

"What Haunts You"                                 (Black Static #33 Mar-Apr 2013)
(on PETER CUSHING)

"Big Voice for a Small Dog"                     (Black Static #32 Jan-Feb 2013)
(on EXTROVERT v. INTROVERT)

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"Still Traumatised After All these Years" (Black Static #31 Nov-Dec 2012)
(on GHOSTWATCH - Part 2)



"The Ghost That Spooked the Nation"  (Black Static #30 Sep-Oct 2012)
(on GHOSTWATCH - Part 1)

"Do I Know You?"                                 (Black Static #29 Jul-Aug 2012)
(on CHARACTER and CHARACTERIZATION)

"The Right Hand of Satan"                    (Black Static #28 Apr-May 2012)
(on THE EXORCIST and POLITICS)

"Cocking Several Snooks"                     (Black Static #27 Feb-Mar 2012)
(on KEN RUSSELL and GOTHIC)

"Bus Moments"                                     (Black Static #26 Dec 20-11 Jan 2012)
(on "JUMP SCARES")

"Chasing The Dead Babies"                 (Black Static #25 Nov 2011)
(on THE PARANORMAL and CULTURE)

"Naming Names"                                 (Black Static #24 Aug-Sep 2011)
[on CHARACTERS' NAMES]

"Monsters in the Heart"                      (Black Static #23 Jun-Jul 2011)
[on EMPATHY and EVIL]

"Writing Pictures"                               (Black Static #22 Apr-May 2011)
[on VISUAL ART]

"The Fallacy of The Real"                    (Black Static #21 Feb-Mar 2011
[on REALISM]

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"To Be Continued"                              (Black Static #20 Dec 2010-Jan 2011)
[on CONTINUING TV SERIES]

"What Would Alfred Do?"                   (Black Static #19 Oct 2010)
[on HITCHCOCK AND PSYCHO]

"Human Thumb Prints"                       (Black Static #18 Aug 2010)
[on SPECIAL EFFECTS]

"Angels Long Forgotten"                    (Black Static #17 June 2010)
[on CHILDREN IN HORROR]

"Holding Hands in Quicksand"            (Black Static #16 Apr 2010)
[on SUPPORT MECHANISMS]



"Adaptive Behaviour"                         (Black Static #15 Feb 2010)
[on ADAPTATION]

"People of Glass"                               (Black Static #14 Dec 2009)
[on VICTIMS]

"That's The Way To Do It"                 (Black Static #13 Oct 2009)
[on ANARCHY IN HORROR]

"Through Other Eyes"                       (Black Static #12 Aug 2009)
[on RESEARCH]

"Witches and Pricks"                         (Black Static #11 Jun 2009)
[on WITCHCRAFT]

 

"Resurrect or Die"                             (Black Static #10 May 2009)
[on NAMES VS ORIGINALITY]

"It Has To Be Said"                           (Black Static #9 Feb 2009)
[on DIALOGUE]

"Walking Milwaukee"                         (Black Static #8 Jan 2009)
[on IDEAS]

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"The Masque of Mary Whitehouse"   (Black Static #7 Oct 2008)
[on CENSORSHIP]

"Fur vs. Iron"                                     (Black Static #6 Aug 2008)
[on HUMANITY VS HYPE]

 

"Not In Front Of The Grown-Ups"      (Black Static #5 Jun 2008)

[on TELEVISION]

"The Big Perhaps"                              (Black Static #4 Apr 2008)
[on RELIGION IN HORROR]

"Poetic Accuracy"                               (Black Static #3 Feb 2008)
[on SCREENPLAY VS NOVEL]

"Shamans and Shitmeisters"             (Black Static #2 Dec 2007)
(on DIRECTORS)

"Too Dark"                                         (Black Static #1 Sep 2007)
(on GENRE)

 

"In Purgatory"                                   (TTA #42 Summer 2005)

(on SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT)

"Avoiding the Furniture"                    (TTA #41 Spring 2005)
(on ACTORS)

"The Peekaboo Principle"                  (TTA #40 Winter 2004-5)
(on PSYCHOLOGY OF HORROR)

"Talking Blood"                                  (TTA #39 Autumn 2004)
(on GHOST STORIES)

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OTHER NON-FICTION / INTRODUCTIONS:
 
"Normality Gone Bad" - Introduction to Wrapped in Skin by Mark Morris, Cizine Publications (2016)

"Pushing the Door He Unlocked: Ghostwatch and The Stone Tape" in We Are The Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale ed. Neil Snowdon (forthcoming - 2017)

"The Form of Things Unknown" - Introduction to The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales, Thomas Fletcher et al (2013)

"Abnormal Activity" - Introduction to Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains by Richard Lawden, (2013)

"Villa Diodati" in Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film ed. James Bell (BFI Publications, 2013) 

 

"Peter Cushing: The Human Face of Horror" in Fortean Times #301 (Dennis Publishing, May 2013)

"Domestic Uncanny: The Writing of TV's Afterlife" in BFS Journal (BFS Publications, Winter 2012/13) 

"The Song of the Syrinx and Other Callings" - Introduction to Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types by Johnny Mains (Shadow Publishing, 2012)

"The Ghost That Spooked The Nation" in The Paranormal Review Issue 64, October 2012
 
"Ten Ways Comedy and Horror Are Almost The Same Thing" in BFS Journal (BFS Publications, Autumn 2012)
 
"Living and Breathing Horror: An Introduction to Paul Kane" - Introduction to Pain Cages by Paul Kane, Books of the Dead Press, 2011)
 
"Rattling Cages: An Introduction to the classic Lost Television Series Death Rattles" - Introduction to Death Rattles ed. Gary Fry, Gray Friar Press (2011)

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"Westworld" in Cinema Futura, ed. Mark Morris, PS Publications, 2010)


"Alfred and Jack: Ripping Yarns"   in Fortean Times #241 (October 2008)

"Stephen Volk's 10 Most Terrifying Movie Deaths" in The Book of Lists: Horror ed. David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace (Canongate,2005)

"Can Hammer Ever Rise from the Grave?" in Pantechnicon Issue #6, March (2008)

"How Are You Feeling Today? Madness Truth and Gary Fry" - Introduction to Sanity and other Delusions by Gary Fry (PS Publishing, 2007)

"The Dust of Vesuvius" - Introduction to British Invasion ed. Tim Lebbon, Christopher Golden (2007)


"Stiff Collars" (on M.R. JAMES) in "Some [Further] Remarks on Ghost Stories" ed. Brian J. Showers (2006)

"Empathy for the Devil" (on DENNIS WHEATLEY and The Devil Rides Out) in Horror: Another 100 Books ed. Stephen Jones, Kim Newman (2005)

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