During October we’ll be bringing you lots of goodies, including exclusive content and giveaways, and kicking off today is a month-long contest to win one of ten eBook copies of Toula Mavridou-Messer’s Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery.
Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery is a fantasy whodunit described as an “old fashioned fairy tale of intrigue, murder, cannibalism, and incest.” It’s filled with mystery and humor, a tantalizing sense of suspense, and absurd darkness. It promises to capture your imagination in a way no other murder mystery ever has.
This debut novel from Mavridou-Messer was written in the space of three weeks after she experienced two car crashes in just one hour. The crashes came during her return journey from a residential crime writing course given by best-selling author Val McDermid. She had been battling a major problem faced by so many would-be authors – that of actually finishing a project and then doing something with it. Fortunately she saw the funny – and disturbing – side of her adventures, and hopefully so will you when you read Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery.
Toula has set up a special page for entries, which you can access by visiting 100PercentPublishing.com. Ten (10) digital downloads are being made available which are compatible with all digital e-readers (PC, Mac, Kindle, Nook, and more) (e-reader not included). The contest will end at 12 midnight PT on October 31, 2014. Winners will be selected at random from all entries received and will be notified by email.
In addition, the book has a Thunderclap campaign under way, which will automatically share a message of support for it on your behalf on Halloween (October 31st). (Note that if their goal of 100 supporters is not reached, no message will be shared.)
“It was me,” said a voice from the other side of the cottage door.
“It was me. I killed her. I should have done it years ago.”
A lightning storm sparks a fire deep in Phooka Wood. The following morning Mortal End’s self-righteous rector Ænus P. Wordsworth, his sidekick Savant Poe, and a motley crew of villagers venture into the wood to see what damage has been done. To their amazed befuddlement, right in the center of the seared earth, is a giant mound of molten toffee and, within it, a selection of human remains.
Ænus P. Wordsworth takes it upon himself to find out whom these bones belong to and how they came to be there. In doing so, he uncovers an horrific tale of murder, incest, and cannibalism that spreads throughout the neighboring villages that surround Phooka Wood. Their investigation takes them to all corners of their roundabout world, from Mortal End to the oozing Hamlet of Stifle and Little Napoo. Along their colorful journey we are introduced to a larger than life cast including Doc Sheare, the barber surgeon; Verrye Brutall, the handsome woodsman; Beliala Bigswoln, the publican’s daughter; Baron Rubigo Bluebeard; and Umbra the Bogyman.
Everyone seems to have a secret they are trying to hide that could give clues to the horror of Phooka Wood. Even Ænus P. Wordsworth has something to hide!
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We’ve been following the slow but steady progress of the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T Bone Burnett collaboration Ghost Brothers of Darkland County for quite some time now, and finally it’s about to hit the road!
Read on for the touring cast announcement, which includes a couple of very familiar, somewhat surprising, names.
From the Press Release
The full cast for the Southern Gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County has been announced with actor/writer/producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and actress/writer/singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) playing the lead roles of Joe McCandless and Monique McCandless, respectively.
Touring across North America this fall, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was written by best-selling author Stephen King with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett. The tour kicks off right outside Bangor, ME, at the Collins Center For The Arts in Orono, ME, on November 8 before traveling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Due to overwhelming demand, a second show has been added in San Francisco on December 6th, which is now the final date of the tour.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a collaboration 16 years in the making and is a blend of unique musical and staging styles. Throughout the production, the eerie blues ‘n roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative with only a few songs directly advancing the plot.
The haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge begins with Joe McCandless reflecting on a past tragedy involving his two older brothers battling over a girl which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now, with Joe as an adult with two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family.
Jake La Botz
Featured Background Vocalist: Carlene Carter
Sat – Nov-08 Orono, ME Collins Center for the Arts 8:00pm
Sun – Nov-09 Orono, ME Collins Center for the Arts 2:00pm
Tue – Nov-11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall 7:30pm
Thu – Nov-13 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre 8:00pm
Fri – Nov-14 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center 8:00pm
Sat – Nov-15 Washington, DC Warner Theatre 8:00pm
Sun – Nov-16 Baltimore, MD The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC 7:30pm
Tue – Nov-18 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre 8:00pm
Thu – Nov-20 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium 7:30pm
Fri – Nov-21 Boston, MA Emerson Colonial Theatre 8:00pm
Sat – Nov-22 Providence, RI The VETS 8:00pm
Mon – Nov-24 New York, NY Beacon Theatre 7:30pm
Wed – Nov-26 Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre 7:30pm
Fri – Nov-28 Chicago, IL Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre 8:00pm
Sat – Nov-29 St Louis, MO Peabody Opera House 8:00pm
Mon – Dec-01 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre 7:30pm
Wed – Dec-03 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre 7:30pm
Thu – Dec-04 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre 8:00pm
Fri – Dec-05 San Francisco,CA SHN Curran Theatre 8:00pm
Fri – Dec-06 San Francisco,CA SHN Curran Theatre 8:00pm
For more info, including ticket ordering, visit: GhostBrothersofDarklandCounty.com.
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“Nailbiter” #6 slows down, shifting its focus to Alice and to a lesser extent Sheriff Crane. If you were looking for a continuation of last month’s huge developments then you’ll be let down, but only slightly. This is Williamson we’re talking about here, so the quality is still through the roof. It feels very much like a one off, not introducing anything we didn’t already have an idea of. Instead it gives Nailbiter a much deserved breather after that roller coaster of a first arc.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Mike Henderson
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: October 1, 2014
Reviewed By: Torin Chambers
Alice is the star of the show this month, becoming our narrator and the lens with which we see Buckaroo Oregon. She briefly summarizes the events of Nailbiter so far, making this an ok jumping on point for new readers. I say ‘ok’ because there’s nowhere you should start Nailbiter other than the beginning, but moving on.
Next we’re introduced to the central conflict of issue #6, Mallory. She’s an about to burst pregnant woman who’s come to Buckaroo to give birth so that her son will become a serial killer which will then in turn make her famous for having birthed him. Definitely NOT the kind of person you want raising a child, or even near one. She tells all of this to Alice before she starts having contractions. Naturally Alice rushes her to the hospital where all kinds of shenanigans begin. There’s a particularly gruesome scene here that had our very own Editor Zac Thompson gagging, so that’s something to look forward to.
Although the hospital gore is awesome, the conclusion to Mallory’s story is a huge missed opportunity and a bit of a bummer. [Spoiler Alert] Mallory does give birth near the end of the issue and it’s incredibly lack luster. She has a couple contractions they get her on the ground and the next page the babies out. No fuss, no nothing. I’m assuming there’s a time gap between the pages but it still feels rushed.
The whole sequence screams of being cut short and would have greatly benefitted from at least a couple more pages. I understand there’s only so much one can do in an issue but I felt this could have been an oversized issue and really give the story it’s trying to tell more breathing room. On top of that it’s also uncharacteristically tame for Nailbiter. I was buckled in for something absolutely horrific to occur during the birth but nothing.
This one off doesn’t satisfy as deeply as Nailbiter normally does but it’s still wholly enjoyable in its own right. Mallory’s tale is an interesting one, even if the payoff is weak. Once again, Nailbiter proves that even when it stumbles its still leagues ahead of other comics.
Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers
The ABCs of Death 2 is making its VOD premiere via Magnet Releasing TODAY, October 2nd, with a theatrical run set for October 31st; and right now we have an exclusive still for you cats from “P is for P-P-P-P SCARY.” Dig it!
To celebrate the VOD release, producers Tim League and Ant Timpson and the international filmmakers behind the highly anticipated horror anthology sequel will be holding a Live Twitter #DeathParty starting at 10:00 PM ET (7:00 PM PT) later today (10/2). Join in the conversation and watch 26 new ways to die along with the creators using the hashtag #DeathParty.
THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.
THE ABCs OF DEATH 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (BIG BAD WOLVES, RABIES); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; ROOM 277 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES); SPLICE and CUBE‘s Vincenzo Natali; indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT); THE STATION’s Marvin Kren; Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM); Canada’s king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG); Cuba’s Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD); indie director Robert Boocheck; acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (HENGE); Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS); France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID); E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS); twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK); A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey; Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS, LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY); the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen; THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and STAGE FRIGHT’s Jerome Sable; and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH.
Originally slated for release on January 9, Sony is shifting Kitchen Sink all the way to September 4, 2015.
Robbie Pickering directs based on a Black List script by Oren Uziel.
“The action takes place in Dilford, a place where vampires were at the top of the social order, zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. This all goes awry and it’s a battle, and it’s up to three reps of those groups to restore harmony.”
Vanessa Hudgens, Mackenzie Davis, Nicholas Braun, Chris Zylka, Patton Oswalt (pictured), Bob Odenkirk, Ian Roberts, and Josh Fadem star.
Now this is something I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. As it’s the only good thing that came from the disappointingly frustrating “Original Sin.” Sure Thor’s whole hammer thing happened, but it didn’t really have anything to do with the actual story, or at least doesn’t seem to. While Winter Soldiers new position as the man on the wall is close to the heart of what “Original Sin” was all about.
WRITTEN BY: Ales Kot
ART BY: Marco Rudy
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: October 1, 2014
Reviewed By: Torin Chambers
All you need to know is that Bucky Barnes AKA Winter Soldier is now Earths secret first line of defense from whatever unimaginable horrors wish to see us all dead and our planet gone. In layman’s terms Bucky is now a space adventurer.
Written by rising star Ales Kot (who also writes the exceptional Secret Avengers) and illustrated by the magical Marco Rudy (responsible for the breath-taking New Avengers Annual #1), Bucky is in amazingly capable hands. Wasting no time we open with Bucky already in the middle of a mission, one that doesn’t seem to be going so great. He’s been taken prisoner and awaits a very unique form of execution by the King of Syro in front of his people.
This is all part of the plan though and his newest comrade swiftly saves him: Daisy Johnson AKA Quake. The one-time director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who’s also on the run. To be honest I know very little about her so I can’t say if this “on the run” is something that has already happened or something we’ll learn more of in the future.
Marco Rudy’s art, where do I even begin? It’s drop dead gorgeous; lets get that straight right away. Each page of this book could be hung in a museum and I’m sure people would eat it up. It’s pure and utter eye candy from start to finish, but it’s not perfect.
There were multiple times that I had to re-read pages many times to have any idea of what was actually happening. Rudy’s layouts are sometimes so abstract that they begin to teeter into madness. Some incredibly abrupt scene changes are jarring to say the least, especially one involving Namor.
I had a hard time telling who was who in most scenes. The pages are so beautiful but so hard to follow, I’m ridiculously torn on this issue. I wouldn’t change the art for a second but I also want to be able to understand what is going on. It’s a tough call and I’m sure there will be many more people who aren’t as forgiving as I am.
In the end if I’d have to choose between Rudy’s spectacular art or being able to clearly appreciate the story I’m going to have to go with Rudy, it’s just too beautiful. “Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier” #1 is a phenomenal, but confusing read.
Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of “Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set.
For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking Original Series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s Series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set.
With only 7,500 sets created, this limited edition 41-DVD box set is available on November 11, 2014.
In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined), and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited Edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.
Over 20 hours of bonus features include:
· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboards
· Isolated music scores
Next week author Dave Zeltserman is heading to the New York Comic Con with The Overlook Press in support of his soon-to-be-released The Boy Who Killed Demons, but before he faces the masses in the Big Apple, he spent a few minutes chatting with Dread Central about the book.
Dread Central: The Boy Who Killed Demons has a teenage protagonist. Would you say, then, that the book is geared toward teens or more so the adult crowd? Or a bit of both?
Dave Zeltserman: I’d say both. Demons is a heroic and straightforward story of a 15-year-old boy who must find a way to stop demons from destroying the world and should appeal to all readers. It’s not as graphic and violent as some of my adult novels, but otherwise I didn’t make any other concessions to write this as a YA novel, and I think adult readers will enjoy this one every bit as much as my previous novels, if not more. My protagonist, Henry, is a smart, resourceful, and I believe honestly written character whom both teen and adult readers will identify with and root for.
DC: How are the adults treated in the tale? Are they involved in Henry’s world or more on the sidelines? Does he have anyone mentoring his demon hunting?
DZ: Henry is all alone in his fight against the demons, and he needs to keep this fight hidden from his parents and everyone else, including a neighbor down the street who’s one of the demons.
DC: The book’s synopsis mentions Henry’s alienation from his parents, friends, teachers, etc. That seems to be a fairly common occurrence among teens, but no doubt in Henry’s case it’s even more extreme than usual. Can you talk about how you incorporated this theme into the book?
DZ: Henry knows that if his parents find out he sees demons, they’ll have him loaded up on psychiatric drugs, and there will be no one left to stop the demons. There’s a lot of stress between him and his parents as they can’t understand how their well-adjusted, outgoing son has become a sullen loner. Henry also knows that if the demons ever discover he can see them, he’ll be dead soon afterwards. His having to fight them in secrecy takes a toll, and he has to sacrifice so much of not only a normal teen existence, but his life, including a budding romance, to save the world.
DC: As for the ancient texts that Henry studies in the course of his research on the supernatural, did you use actual, existing writings, or did you create your own for the book?
DZ: I created my own. There were really two texts—an eighteenth century German text that Henry has to translate (for a good part of the text he thinks the author was a quack) and a rumored seventeenth century text, L’Occulto Illuminato, which only a handful of people know about. Henry has to go to great lengths to get a copy of L’Occulto Illuminato, including betraying a close friend.
DC: Without spoiling too much, what can you tell us about the “demons” of the title? Is there a variety of them, or are they mostly similar? How detailed are the descriptions of them in the book?
DZ: A description of the demons is given on the first page of the novel so I’m not giving anything away. The demons are described in explicit detail, and they’re similar and with a singular purpose. Outside of Henry, and perhaps a handful of other people, everyone else is fooled into thinking these demons are normal, everyday people. The gift Henry has is sort of like the gift Roddy Piper has in They Live, except Henry doesn’t need special glasses to see the demons for what they are.
DC: The Boy Who Killed Demons was written in diary form. What motivated you to select that format for this particular tale, and did it create any particular challenges for you, or did it perhaps make things easier since you could write more in the “train of thought” format?
DZ: The journal form seemed the most natural way to write this book, and it allowed me to mix standard first-person narrative with Henry’s musings and rants while being able to be more playful with it. It also allowed a more natural way to parcel out Henry’s journey. I don’t know if I’ll ever write another book in journal form, but the form worked nicely with Demons.
DC: You’ve written noir, mystery, and horror novels. Do you have a preference, and is there a difference in how you approach each genre?
DZ: When I started out writing, I thought of myself as a noir writer, but the simple fact is most of the great classic noir writers, like Jim Thompson, Gil Brewer, Dan Marlowe, died broke. While I love reading the dark journeys that noir novels can take you on, most readers want someone somewhat likable to root for and don’t want to follow a vicious, borderline-sociopathic character on a one-way ticket to hell. And most publishers will not publish true noir. I feel very fortunate that the London publisher Serpent’s Tail published my first four noir novels, but after that it was time to move on and find other types of books that I wanted to write. Whether it’s noir, horror, or something else, I approach all my books the same way—getting into the heads of my characters and living the book in my mind as I write it.
DC: What are your horror influences? Favorite authors, films, etc.?
DZ: When I was a kid, I was heavily into Lovecraft, and read everything of his I could find, and there’s some Lovecraft influence in Demons, although the writing style is very different. My favorite horror novel is I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. An absolutely brilliant novel. Shelley’s Frankenstein is another favorite. It can be a tough go through the first half, but once you get to the monster’s story, it’s spellbinding. After I wrote Monster, I went on a kick of reading other Frankenstein retellings, and I thought Peter Ackroyd’s The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein was superb and found it fascinating the directions he took it.
My favorite horror films are two from John Carpenter: They Live and The Thing. Also George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead—it may be low budget, but it’s still one of the creepiest movies out there. Others are Psycho, The Birds, The Howling, Fright Night (original), The Exorcist, Child’s Play, 13 Tzameti, and the recent The Cabin in the Woods. Also, as a kid I could not get enough of “The Twilight Zone” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”; quite a few of those episodes have stayed with me over the years.
DC: Lastly, now that The Boy Who Killed Demons is being released, what’s next for you? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
DZ: I’m in the process of putting together a Julius Katz Collection that I’ll be publishing as a paperback and ebook. This will be made up of the first six Julius Katz mystery stories that were originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine plus a new and previously unpublished long novella. These stories are the polar opposite of my noir novels—very lighthearted and charming—and have so far won a Shamus, Derringer, and two Ellery Queen Readers Choice Awards. I’ve also just finished a noirish PI in hell novel that I’m very fond of and will be looking to get that published. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that one of my film deals goes into production next year.
Look for Dave Zeltserman’s The Boy Who Killed Demons on October 16th from The Overlook Press. The 2014 New York Comic Con runs October 9th-12th. You can visit Dave in Booth #128 on Friday, October 10th, from 1:00-4:00 pm ET.
Our thanks to Dave for his time and to Kait Heacock at Overlook for setting up the interview.
“My name’s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a half. And I’m cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons.”
The setting is quiet Newton, Massachussetts, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look… different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon.
Once Henry catches on to the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed. There’s no more time for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman; instead Henry must work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before they steal any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard at any age, it’s borderline impossible when your parents are on your case, your grades are getting worse, and you can’t tell anyone about your chosen mission.
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Word of a new Dark Horse comic heading our way next year landed in our inbox, and since it combines two of our favorites, Mike Mignola and Frankenstein’s Monster, we couldn’t wait to share the news!
From the Press Release
In 2015 Dark Horse Comics will publish Frankenstein Underground, a new five-issue miniseries written by best-selling comic book creator Mike Mignola with covers by Mignola and interior art by acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck (Baltimore).
The miniseries follows the Frankenstein monster, who is alone, abandoned, and wandering underground, where he discovers both other monsters and the dark secrets to the universe. The miniseries will be the second appearance of the Frankenstein monster within the mythology and continuity of Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and the other Mignolaverse titles; the character first appeared in the graphic novel House of the Living Dead by Mignola and Richard Corben.
“It’s intimidating as hell to take on an icon like the Frankenstein monster,” said Mignola. “I’m trying to do something that’s true to the origin Mary Shelley created for the creature but also captures a bit of the feel that Boris Karloff brought to the role in the classic Universal films. At the same time I’m throwing the monster into an entirely new environment so I think the result will be something new. It’s an odd one but ultimately will add an important new wrinkle to the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. world.”
Mignola is no stranger to Frankenstein’s monster. He’s long been fascinated by Shelley’s novel and the iconic Universal Studios films that it spawned. In 1991 he drew scenes from classic Universal Studios horror films for Topps trading cards and recently drew a Bride of Frankenstein Mondo print.
“This version of the Frankenstein monster has the same thirst for knowledge readers will remember from Mary Shelley’s novel,” said Scott Allie, Dark Horse Comics’ editor-in-chief. “The monster takes the reader through some of the biggest mysteries of the Mignolaverse, shedding new light on important stuff we’ve only touched on before.”
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The latest poster for The Vicious Brothers’ upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving in the States on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st, was just abducted.
“Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.“
Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).
In honor of next week’s release of Alien: Isolation, we’re running features and giveaways that take looks at the upcoming visceral experience from Sega as well as gaming itself. Read on for Alien Week Day 4: Win a Copy of Alien: Isolation.
That’s right, kids! Right now we have your chance to score a copy of one of the most anticipated horror games of the year, Alien: Isolation. To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS and SYSTEM OF CHOICE – Xbox One or PlayStation 4. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on October 9, 2014.
That’s it! Good luck, and we’ll see you in space… where no one can hear you scream, that is!
Just over a week ago (and about a week late) I made a Steam Curator page partly just to experiment with the new feature, but mostly because I know how challenging it can be to find a quality horror game on a platform that’s gradually become inundated by titles of wildly inconsistent qualities. The point of our Curator page is to gather some of the best horror games on Steam so all you have to do is find the game(s) you think may be interesting.
To make up for lost time, I said we’d celebrate reaching a thousand followers with a special giveaway. I assumed it would take a few weeks, maybe longer, for the page to gain steam (sorry). Instead, it took a week.
Because my word is my bond, or whatever, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
The fine folks at Funko have gifted me with some awesome Pop! Vinyl figures of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger to give away to six of you.
TO ENTER: Put I’m Funky for Funko in the subject line and include YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS in the message which I’ll ask you to send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be chosen at random on Friday, October 10. No PO Boxes. All are eligible.
And don’t forget to follow our Curator page!
Ironic that Sony just got behind the long-delayed Zombieland (review) sequel as today marks the 5th anniversary of Ruben Fleischer’s hilarious horror comedy that starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray (who had the most epic cameo of the decade). The film was a monster success taking in $100M worldwide, which is why a sequel was quickly put into development, even if it never came into fruition. One of the best little gimmicks in the film are the “rules”. Which rule would be your flaw? Too bad the Amazon television pilot was so awful because we could have had a world of Zombieland…
Also released in 2009 was Filmax and Magnet’s incredible found-footage sequel [REC]2 (review), which originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This was in the early days of VOD platform pushes, and was considered an exciting moment for horror fans to be able to rent it the same day as it was in theaters. The coolest aspect of the sequel was how Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza evolved the story so that these zombies were actually possessed by demons.
What really makes October 2 so special is it’s the day DreamWorks took a big chance on The Ring, one of the first remakes that started the reboot fad and also the J-horror trend. Nothing ever came close to the success The Ring had both financially and in terms of quality horror. Gore Verbinski’s visual style is what set the tone for this terrifying reboot of the Japanese franchise, Ringu, which racked in $250M worldwide. It’s also one of the rare horror films to break $100M in the states, actually pulling in a shocking $129M. I remember DreamWorks setting up early screenings across the country, which is what started the hype train a rollin’. It’s too bad the sequel was so awful, even though the home video release came with a kickass short film , directed by TMNT and Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning‘s Jonathan Liebesman. If you have no teen this, seek it out immediately. Even though the franchise has gone quiet, a 3-D sequel is in the works (completely bypassing a found-footage one).
October 2 was even better, though, sharing the day with Dee Snider’s criminally underrated, way ahead of its time 1998 Strangeland, about teenage girls who are victimized by a psycho (named Captain Howdy) who lures them using the Internet. The film was a box office disaster, but has found life among us horror fans on home video.
In 1987 Kathryn Bigelow’s revolutionary vamp flick, Near Dark, blasted into theaters. Starring Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar, Bill Paxton, Jenny Wright and Tim Thomerson, “Country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) whittles away the quiet rural nights hunting local girls – but when he falls prey to the mysterious and beautiful Mae (Jenny Wright), Caleb unknowingly becomes the hunted. Mae is no ordinary girl, Caleb soon learns; she is part of an outlaw band of vampires, and their love is about to lure him into a terrifying world of bloodlust, mayhem and absolute horror. Will Caleb pay the ultimate price for love and eternal life – or will he find a way to defeat the evil growing inside him each night NEAR DARK?” The film is insanely bloody and features some wicked special effects work.
Of these aforementioned films, which is your favorite, and which are you going to revisit this coming weekend? I feel like re-watching them all is in order…
From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigfoot. We have this new clip that sets off the movie in the wrong direction. Why is Bigfoot attacking? Find out below…
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.“
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
NBC is taking you behind-the-scenes of “Constantine,” the DC Comics/Warner Bros. TV adaptation starring Matt Ryan as the chain-smokin’ title character.
The new featurette has new footage and interviews from the fantasy vehicle “about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine, who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.”
Harold Perrineau Jr., Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford co-star. Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer exec produce.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series. It has already been adapted into the 2005 feature film starring Keanu Reeves.
‘Scratches’ Dev Reveals Official Adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft Novel, ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’
I’ve often complained about the bizarre lack of games that take from the rich well of unnerving stories that is the works of legendary horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft. Indie developer Senscape seems to have heard my pleas, as they’ve just announced their plans to bring us an official — yes, official — adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short novel, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. The team behind Scratches and Serena have returned to Kickstarter, where they hope to raise an ambitious $250,000 to realize this dream project.
Usually, I’d be fully on board, and, for the most part, I am. I need more Lovecraftian games, and I’d prefer they be in the competent hands of a team that’s familiar with his works and the horror genre, which Senscape clearly is.
The one thing that’s keeping me from fully geeking out over this is their other horror adventure game, Asylum, which accrued an impressive $119k on Kickstarter nearly two years ago. They’ve continued to offer updates on the state of the game since, but donating to a second crowdfunding campaign from a developer that still hasn’t (not that they won’t!) delivered on their first isn’t an easy to choice to make.
It’s a decision that’s entirely up to you. To help you decide, here’s a trailer.
If you’d like to support this game, head on over to its Kickstarter page.
The CW has a “Supernatural” retrospective heading our way in advance of the show’s Season 10 premiere, and they’ve released a trailer for the “very special” special that reminds us of the road we and the Winchesters have traveled thus far.
“A Very Special Supernatural Special,” which airs on Monday, October 6th, takes a past and future look at the series. Season 10 kicks off the next day, Tuesday, October 7th, with Episode 10.01, “Black.”
“A Very Special Supernatural Special” (airs 10/6/14)
This one-hour special takes a behind-the-scenes look at the past nine seasons of the hit drama about the thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester Brothers.
Interviews include series stars Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Mark Sheppard (Crowley) along with series creator Eric Kripke and executive producers Robert Singer and Jeremy Carver.
The stars and producers share stories and clips of their favorite memories, monsters, demons, and angels from Seasons 1 through 9 and tease the upcoming action fans can expect in Season 10.
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If you’re one of those creative types that makes art or creates remixes, there’s a pretty cool opportunity waiting for you courtesy of Dracula Untold. Fans have the opportunity to either create original artwork for the album cover or remix the title track of the film to win exposure and some cold hard cash.
The film’s soundtrack is composed by Ramin Djawadi, who composes for Game Of Thrones and did Iron Man and Pacific Rim.
Here are the prizing details:
The Album Artwork winner will have his or her work featured as the official cover art for the single release on Back Lot Music; receive exposure across Dracula Untold’s social media channels; receive $1,500.
Remix winner will have his or her remix featured as a digital release on Back Lot Music in connection with “Dracula Untold”; receive exposure across Dracula Untold’s social channels; receive $1,500.
Maya Bogle, co-founder of Talenthouse, said:
This partnership perfectly demonstrates how global brands are using Talenthouse to tap into the world’s creative community for large scale projects. This collaboration will help to liberate creatives everywhere and offer them a unique reason to partner with a global studio such as Universal, whilst providing financial rewards and the opportunity have their work showcased around the world.
To enter the album artwork contest, follow the details here and for the remix, you can find instructions here. Entrants have until have until November 3, 2014 at 6pm GMT to submit and upload their entry.
TentSquare, the first social network and content studio creating Crowd Powered Entertainment, has launched its first TentSquare Challenge where a judge challenges members to create videos no more than 2 minutes on a topic. The 25 videos with the most votes are reviewed and awarded a cash prize, in addition to other prizes.
Final Destination‘s Jeffrey Reddick challenges TentSquare members to create videos on the topic of #ZombieBromance for the first challenge.
$500, copies of Modernciné’s horror library including “All Cheerleaders Die, “Jug Face” and “The Woman,” soundtracks for “The Woman” and “All Cheerleaders Die” on vinyl, in addition to a signed copy of “Final Destination” by Jeffrey Reddick.
Submissions open October 1st – October 30th. The winner will be announced on Halloween, so the sooner you submit, the sooner people can start voting on them!
Good luck ‘Zombie Lovers’
In general, I find kids to be spooky and they always say things that are just creepy. Whether they have an active imagination or just sensitive to their surroundings, I don’t know and I don’t want to find out. So, when one Redditor posted a seemingly harmless question to the parents on Reddit, the responses that came back was definitely spine-tingling. The question was: What is the creepiest thing your young child has ever said to you?
This Reddit thread is full of creepy stories from parents (and other adults) about kids who may be possessed, see dead people or even grow up to be psychopaths.
So, we dare you to check out these stories tonight and in the dark. We have warned you and are not responsible for any sleepless nights these stories may induce!
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