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Posted in Books, Countdown to Paper, Ghosts, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Welcome to Day 8 of the “Ghost Radio: Countdown to Paper” event! Our celebration of the mass market paperback release of Leopoldo Gout’s hit horror novel Ghost Radio. Today Leopoldo shares his cinematic inspirations. And make sure to read to the bottom of the post for a chance to win some exciting PRIZES!

As a filmmaker, movies heavily influence my writing.  So I thought I’d share a few movies that inspired me while writing Ghost Radio:

The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) may be more than fifty years old.  But it offers the best template for horror entering a convincing, modern world.

Signs (2002) also takes place in a convincing, modern world.  But it’s was the film’s create scares without extensive action or gore.  One of the film’s scariest scenes is an alien leg poking out of cornfield.  Audiences jumped at that moment, proving that modern audiences can still react to subtle scares.

The Exorcist (1973) is a model for  slow building horror.  You’re scared before anything scary even happens.

Who wouldn’t be inspired by a film like The Devil’s Backbone (2001)?  And knowing that it was directed by a friend makes it all the more inspiring.

Los Olvidados (1950) is not a horror film.   But it features some of the most haunting and brutal images ever put on film.

Although not good films, the Santo films remind me of my childhood, and of the wildness of my native Mexico.  And I wanted to make sure some of that was in the novel as well.  Above is a scene from Santo Contra Los Zombies to give you sense of what I’m talking about.


Each day of this event we offer the chance to win prizes. Every winner will receive autographed copies of both the hardback and paperback editions of Ghost Radio. But they will also receive a special bonus surprise tied to the day’s theme. This could be additional books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, or maybe something even more exciting. So what are you waiting for? Enter today’s contest now.

Here’s all you need to do to enter today’s contest:

Just send an email to, and put “COUNTDOWN TO PAPER – DAY 8” in the subject line, and “Ghost Radio” in the body of the email. Or just use the contact form below:

This contest closes on March 13, 2010. Winners will be chosen at random, and notified the following week.

And don’t forget to check back to tomorrow for another day of this exciting event, and another chance to win PRIZES!

If you’ve missed any of the COUNTDOWN TO PAPER event you can catch up here.

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