Know what we love about short films? The fact that they can be cool and not take up too much of our day! Just in time for the Halloween season comes the award-winning flick from Lucas Masson, Baby-Sitting, and you can watch the whole thing right here, right now.
Morgane Housset, Wendy Nieto, Bénédicte Ernoult, Vasco Bailly Gentaud, Prune Richard, Roma Léone, Laurent Gérardin, and Maxime Fralin star.
A young woman accepts a babysitting offer from a couple she doesn’t know. Puzzled by the children’s odd behavior, she invites some friends to keep her company. Little do they know that it will be the worst night of their lives…
Samhain Publishing recently released director, screenwriter, and author Eric Red’s (100 Feet) new science fiction monster novel It Waits Below, and we have the book’s artwork, ordering info, and more details right here.
It waits no more!
In the 1800s, an asteroid carrying an extraterrestrial life form crashes to earth and sinks a Spanish treasure ship. Now, a trio of salvage experts dive a three-man sub to the deepest part of the ocean to recover the sunken gold. There, they confront a nightmarish alien organism beyond comprehension that has waited for over a century to get the surface. It finally has its chance. As their support ship on the surface is ambushed by deadly modern-day pirates, the crew of the stranded sub battles for their very lives against a monster no one on Earth has seen before.
Samhain Horror Executive Editor Don D’Auria says: “With It Waits Below, Eric Red shows again that he is able to bring to fiction the same amazing action, pacing, and characterization that he brings to his films. This book flies by like the best Hollywood blockbuster.”
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We’ve been talking about the Ouija pushed horror flick I Am Zozo for what feels like forever now, and finally the movie is available on VOD. Need some enticement? Check out this exclusive clip!
Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, Caleb Courtney, and Darren Wayne Evans star. Scott Di Lalla directs.
On Halloween night five teens decide to liven up their party with some innocent fun: by summoning the spirits. At first it’s all nervous laughter and scoffing. Then the night takes a sinister turn as the board reveals truths, exposes secrets it cannot possibly know, and triggers inexplicable events within the darkened house.
As the session continues, an entity reveals itself: Zozo. And as the terrified teens are about to discover, once you make contact with this ancient, demonic force, you’re no longer playing a game… the game is playing you. A pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller based on multiple reports of spirit board encounters with this savagely malicious spirit.
It’s now officially Halloween month, and if you’re an avid reader looking to get in the proper seasonal mood, there’s a spooky sounding tale heading our way in the form of Kim Newman’s An English Ghost Story. It arrives October 7th from Titan Books, and we have an excerpt from it entitled “Spring” right here.
Newman has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.
CLICK HERE to download a pdf of our An English Ghost Story preview.
A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.
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In celebration of the upcoming release of Dracula Untold, Universal Pictures and Talenthouse are giving DJs, remixers, and producers around the world the opportunity to remix the title track from the film’s official movie score. Along with having his/her song released, the winner will receive a cash prize.
One musician will be selected by Universal Pictures, the Los Angeles-based Talenthouse, and their guest judge, critically acclaimed composer Ramin Djawadi, to have their remix featured as a digital release on Back Lot Music as well as receive $1,500. The winning song will receive exposure across Dracula Untold‘s social channels. In addition to one overall winner, the host will have the option to select additional tracks for possible release.
In addition, the artist with the largest amount of community support will receive $500.
Submit By/Voting Begins: November 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM PT; Voting Ends: November 10, 2014, at 10:00 AM; Winner Announced: November 17, 2014.
Musicians must use the provided stems and should take inspiration from themes of the movie, the movie trailer, and the original story of Dracula. Music can be created in a variety of different styles. As Ramin puts it, “I encourage diversity, creativity, but most importantly, enjoyment in what you create. Have fun, surprise me.”
Check out one of the stems below, and if you need some inspiration, we have a new TV spot and two more featurettes about the film below.
Dracula Untold stars Luke Evans alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper. Gary Shore is making his directorial debut.
Look for it in theaters October 17, 2014.
Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.
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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 5: Win an Alien: Isolation Crew Jacket Seen in Game!
We’ve saved the coolest thing for last! Right now we have your chance to score a crew jacket from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on October 14, 2014.
That’s it! Good luck, and we’ll see you in space… where no one can hear you scream, that is!
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“The Vampire Diaries” Season 6 is off and running, and the extended promo for next week’s Episode 6.02, entitled “Yellow Ledbetter,” just hit the Net along with a “Need to Feed” trailer. Check them both out, and let us know what you thought of the premiere.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.02 – “Yellow Ledbetter” (10/9/14)
Knowing she needs to come to terms with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Elena (Nina Dobrev) turns to Alaric (Matt Davis) to help her move on with her life.
Enzo (Michael Malarkey) convinces Caroline (Candice Accola) to join him as he tracks down a lead to get Damon and Bonnie (Kat Graham) back, but Caroline is shocked when they make an unexpected detour and uncover what Stefan (Paul Wesley) has been up to. Meanwhile, Matt (Zach Roerig) worries about Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who is spending time with Sarah (guest star Gabrielle Walsh), a mysterious girl who has recently arrived in Mystic Falls.
Elsewhere, Tripp (guest star Colin Ferguson), leader of the community protection program, makes an interesting confession to Matt about his connection to the town. Lastly, with the Other Side destroyed and gone for good, Damon and Bonnie reluctantly band together to uncover the mystery of where they are and how they are going to get back home. Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Julie Plec.
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Because our posting of the 15 Of The Creepiest Things Kids Have Said To Their Parents yesterday was so well received, we went out to find even more scary things that kids have said. We just have to post it again and during the night time too so that you can enjoy the full spine-tingling effects of reading these stories.
This batch of stories came about when a redditor posted on Reddit the question, “What is the scariest thing a kid has said to you?”
What is up with creepy kids? Don’t they have better things to say? Or were these kids possessed or could see things that we adults couldn’t? Regardless, we’re not taking any baby-sitting gigs any time soon.
More Scariest Things Kids Said on the NEXT page
One thing The CW is known for is providing fans quick “Producer’s Preview” videos that go behind the scenes of upcoming episodes, and this season is no different as we already have an inside look at the Season 2 premiere of “The Originals,” Episode 2.01, “Rebirth, to share.”
Join executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci as they tease what’s ahead in the show’s October 6th return to the airwaves.
“The Originals” Episode 2.01 – “Rebirth” (airs 10/6/14)
After months of being holed up inside his compound, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) enlists the help of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) in plotting his revenge against the Guerrera werewolves and vows to take down anyone who poses a threat to baby Hope’s existence. Elijah watches helplessly as Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) spirals downward while mourning the loss of her daughter and struggling to adapt to her new hybrid status.
Exiled by the Guerrera werewolves, who now control the French Quarter, Marcel is still reeling over the destruction of his vampire family and attempts to rebuild his home with the help of Josh (guest star Steven Krueger). Elsewhere, Cami (Leah Pipes), who is attempting to regain some normalcy in her life, seeks comfort in a surprising place.
Lastly, Davina (Danielle Campbell) continues her plan to use Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) against Klaus but gets sidetracked when she meets the mysterious, yet charming Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman), who holds a few secrets of his own. Lance Anderson directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Julie Plec.
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The new season kicks off on Tuesday, October 7th. On the night before, October 6th, The CW is airing “A Very Special Supernatural Special,” which takes a past and future look at the series.
“Supernatural” Episode 10.01 – “Black” (airs 10/7/14)
Dean (Jensen Ackles) is a demon and running amok with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) while Sam (Jared Padalecki) tries to figure out what happened to his brother.
Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) is dealing with his diminishing grace. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver.
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Directed by John R. Leonetti
There’s no doubt about it; the Annabelle doll was one of the creepiest parts of James Wan’s The Conjuring. The doll is just unsettling in appearance, and the true back story documented by Ed and Lorraine Warren is the stuff of nightmares. It’s just too bad we didn’t get to see that particular tale. Instead we get a film detailing the origins of the Annabelle doll, and unfortunately it’s as perfectly mediocre as they come.
Annabelle starts off much like The Conjuring did with the only difference being that you don’t see the Warrens. This is a prequel to the prequel story introduced at the beginning of James Wan’s film. After those same characters from The Conjuring are introduced, we go further back in time and meet the single most vanilla couple in history, Mia and John, played by Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton, respectively. They’re your traditional married couple getting ready to usher a new baby into the world. Mia is a collector of dolls, and as a surprise gift John buys her the last in a line of figures she’s been collecting. I don’t think I have to tell you what doll that ends up being.
Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say that something horrific happens to their next-door neighbors, and as a result something equally as horrific happens to them, which leads to an evil spirit inhabiting the new doll’s body. From there it’s a series of sometimes entertaining events, leading up to the moment in which Annabelle goes up for sale and is bought by the mother of one of the women being interviewed at the start of both The Conjuring and Annabelle.
The film has lots of problems stemming from the leads themselves, who have next to no chemistry and just aren’t that likable. This is only exacerbated by the fact that Annabelle is home to some giant-sized pacing issues. I kept waiting for the film to get going, but it was locked solidly in neutral. Anytime you look at your watch during a movie… well, that’s just not a good sign.
Too many things and characters are introduced that go nowhere with absolutely no payoff. From noisy neighbors to random children to pointless research surrounding demonology/satanism, nothing is ever explained. Actually, each of those aforementioned things ends up being as meaningless as could be. Why even bother? It all feels like padding to get to the 90-minute mark.
As for Annabelle herself (itself?), honestly, she really doesn’t do anything. The worst thing she does is somehow being responsible for turning the stove on. It feels like the doll is playing second fiddle in a movie with her own name as the title. Don’t get me wrong; no one wants to see her running around like Chucky, but other than sitting there looking creepy, she’s just a glorified plot device who was far more menacing in The Conjuring with a tenth of the screen time.
There are a few bits throughout that are interesting and at times cool, but sadly, the best moment is ruined in the trailer and TV spots. To make matters even worse, the ending of the film is needlessly preachy. Yes, we’re dealing with something demonic, but you should show and not tell. If the movie makes you want to go to church (i.e., The Exorcist), then it has done its job. If it’s straight-up telling you to go to church, then it hasn’t.
Annabelle is a true letdown for fans of The Conjuring and serves as a stamped out of the mold prequel to the prequel story that we should have gotten in the first place. If not for the success of The Conjuring, this could easily have been a direct-to-video sequel. Both Wan’s film and the actual doll and its story deserve better. At the end of the day Annabelle is not a bad movie… it’s just not a very good one.
An exclusive one-sheet is here from Seth Grossman’s horror flick Inner Demons (review), and this one is just begging to be needled!
Look for the film in theatres and on VOD on October 3rd. Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney, and Brian Flaherty star.
INNER DEMONS follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.
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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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.
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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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!
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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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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