The latest League of Tana Tea Drinkers Roundtable is up. The topic under discussion is "evil kids." From The Bad Seed to The Ring and all points in-between, league members opine on the terrifying tots that have been the pro-choice movement's greatest cinematic mascots. I'm a little sad to see that Milo, the titular homicidal demon child of the 1998 fright flick, didn't get a shout out. Still, you can't have everything, Screamers and Screamettes. Where would you put it all? Besides, the quality of the League's write-ups more than compensates for this otherwise unforgivable oversight. Check it out.
Vault of Horror discusses why the destruction of childhood, both literally and metaphorically, remains horror's biggest and most strangely attractive taboo.
Kindertrauma, our resident specialist on all things small and creepy, discusses the two major categories of evil child and the impact they have on us.
Gospel of the Living Dead focuses in on zombie children.
Blogue Macabre takes a close look at how evil children play to our conscious and unconscious anxieties.
TheoFantastique looks at the political implications of a classic "evil child" episode of The Twilight Zone.
And, last but not least:
Unspeakable Horror gets a little Freudian on us and discusses how he's used the concept of the "evil child" in his comic book work.
If you're anything like your humble horror host, then you didn't need another reason to hate children. But, better safe than sorry, right?