Ginger Nuts of Horror
OWN A HOUSE IN H. P. LOVECRAFT’S INNSMOUTH?
Here at Gingernuts Of Horror, we’ve mad no secret of our admiration for the work of Jasper Bark - his horror fiction collection Stuck On You was a big smash, and regular columnist Kit Power was also lucky enough to snag a massive in-depth interview with him last year
Still, when we received a vellum envelope, wax sealed with the JB coat of arms, we’ll admit to a little trepidation. Contained within were sheets of parchment, with the following text inscribed in a legible, yet somehow fevered hand, the ink a suspicious rusty brown colour...
“Of all the locations created by H. P. Lovecraft, none strike such an ominous a note as the ancient town of Innsmouth.
You can't mention Friday the 13th without thinking of Jason Voorhees, the legendary killer whose origins began at Camp Crystal Lake 35 years ago. The first film in the franchise opened on May 9th, 1980 and told the story of a group of camp counselors who were being stalked and killed during the re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake.
Of course, the killer turned out to be Pamela Voohees (sorry, statute of limitations on spoilers expired for this film), who was seeking revenge after her son, Jason, drowned at camp years earlier. Once Pamela was killed, Jason emerged from the lake to pick up right where she left off at Camp Crystal Lake. Through the years, Jason Voohees has been to many other places like Manhattan, outer space, and even hell. While his heart will always be at Camp, let's take a look through all 12 Friday the 13th films to learn more about the machete-weilding killer.
Dr. Gangrene puts safety first this Halloween season
Shackle Island Studios and Red Headed Revolution Pictures have unveiled their newest Public Safety Film titled ‘Happy Halloween With Dr. Gangrene.’ The new short film features Larry Underwood as Dr. Gangrene listing a number of safety tips to pint sized trick-or-treaters. The safety film was written by Larry Underwood and directed by Cameron McCasland. It was filmed in Middle Tennessee and features McCasland's young children Roxie & Marie McCasland as well as Jessica and Joseph Auguon Drake Jr. whom McCasland had previously worked with on other projects. The poster for the short was designed by J. Kyle Kelly at Villain Place in Nashville, TN. Kelly also shared shooting duties and editing on the project. The cartoon image of Dr. Gangrene is courtesy of artist Jeff Carlson.
Underwood said of the project “Halloween is a magical time of year, and we want kids to have fun and be safe out there. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or candy, as the case may be.”
2015 has been a banner year for the horror film making duo. Underwood's Dr. Gangrene was inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame during Horrorhound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. His new series 'The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price' just completed its 44th episode, and he picked up his third Rondo Statuette this time for his 'Tales From The Lab' blog. McCasland was named Indie Director Of The Year at the 2015 Indieville TV Awards. His feature length slasher film 'The Lashman' was the recipient of a Matchflick Flicker Award for Best Throwback film. His newly released short film Tailypo recently picked up honors at the Imaginarium Film Festival. And he has also picked up hardware for his video producing work on several music industry related projects including a Communicator award for his documentary ‘I Heard The Devil Say My Name Out Loud’.
This new public safety film follows in a long line of shorts from collaborators McCasland & Underwood. Their ‘Go Green With Dr. Gangrene’ series ran for several years and received praise from the governor of Tennessee and the Nashville City Council. It also garnered national attention, picking up awards from the AEGIS awards, Ava Awards, MarCom Awards, Blingy Awards, The Accolade Competition, The DV Awards, a Public Service award from the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and four Emmy nominations from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
'Happy Halloween With Dr. Gangrene' will air on The CW network as well as the NECAT network locally in Nashville, which currently airs re-reruns of the television program Dr. Gangrene Presents. It will also be screening at a number of Halloween themed events in October hosted by Dr. Gangrene, These include the rock n' roll extravaganza 'Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny.' A long standing tradition in Nashville now in its twelfth year. You can also catch it on the big screen, and under the stars, at the Franklin Drive-In in Franklin, KY for a terrifying triple feature of A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Goonies, and McCasland’s Tailypo. Tailypo will also be screening this October at Chattanooga's Frightening Ass Film Fest and in Nashville at the Yazoo brewery with ‘Cabin In The Woods’ for Monster Sundays presented by Something About Zombies.
In addition to this new short film, Underwood & McCasland are helping fans celebrate Halloween by making their 2010 Emmy nominated made for television movie 'The Dreadful Hallowgreen Spec
Ever wondered how you would battle some of the '80s biggest and baddest monsters? Well Jay Howard has kindly come up with a cool infographic to help out any of you who are deeply unfortunate to come up against any of these bad boys and girls.
With thanks to Predator helmets direct
Here is an exclusive guide written by Travis Bradberry, author of Zombie novel Cryonic. The article offers an insight into How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Five Easy Steps. From location to weapons, this is the only survival guide you’ll ever need – that is, if you’re not lucky enough to have Rick Grimes as your companion.
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Five Easy Steps
1) Pick a good location
Like real estate, location is everything to surviving never-ending zombie hordes. Many great sounding locations are ultimately traps. If it has one door (a bank vault, and RV) then your security will be you demise once there are more zombies outside than you can fight through. If it’s small and lacks visibility (a farm house) then it doesn’t matter how many doors you have because you can still get surrounded. The best location? A brick office building of about four stories. Most have fewer windows to board up than a house, a great, high vantage point, and multiples exits and floors through which to maneuver in a hasty effort.
2) Pick good weapons
As appealing as that AK-47 looks on television, you won’t be able to shoot it with enough accuracy to get the head shots needed to survive. Same with a handgun. Doesn’t hurt to have it but if you think you can just kill shot your way through a dozen zombies you’ll be mistaken (and devoured). A handheld weapon that yields kill shots and is easy to swing (like a sword, machete, or crowbar) is your best friend.
3) Pick good company
You know that friend of yours that’s a little too into weapons and survival? He’s the first person you should seek out in an apocalypse. Your mUm, your best friend, and your little brother are going to make sentimental decisions that will get you killed. Pick people that are crazy enough to make logical decisions with no remorse. Then get on their good side.
4) Have a water source
A lack of water will kill you much faster than a lack of food, and most anything (think bugs) becomes food when you really need it. But there’s no substitute for fresh water, and you’ll drink up an entire grocery store’s (which come to think of it might make a good location for #1) worth in time. If there isn’t a fresh water source near your hideout, you better find another hideout.
5) Stay away from people you don’t know
They are the only thing that will kill you faster than zombies or a lack of water. Once the excrement hits the proverbial fan, the only people you can trust (most of the time) are people you know. Most people you don’t know will kill you to get the great stuff you’ve accumulated in steps 1-4. Rick learnt this lesson the hard way when he encountered the cannibalistic survivors at The Terminus.
When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
I normally hate these sort of things as you can never cover everything out there, but here is my traditional Halloween reads. These are the books that for me capture the spirit of Halloween, they aren't just any old horror book, they have to have a proper Halloween collection, these are the books that I always return to every October. Read on to find out what books get The Ginger Nuts of Horror Halloween seal of approval.
Please feel free to leave a comment about any of your favourite Halloween reads.
Some of you may have noticed that those two little oiks of horror have been having a "fued" over social media, from trying to out do each other in the comment section of my news item about their upcoming books, to their silly little interview over at my mates Wagging the Fox, right up to their pathetic attempt at being street with a rap battle that ended up being ore like an outtake of the Chuckle Brothers.
Hawkins and Power, or Barry and Paul, as I will refer to you pair from now on (I'll let you two fight it out as to which one is which), do you really think we fell for your silly little game? Do you really think that we didn't notice that this was all a poorly thought out attempt to drum up interest in your book? I may look like an idiot, but I'm at least two grades away from being a total idiot.
QUIT IT OUT NOW!! Stop this nonsense and just get on with it. Otherwise Don Mcleod will send CthElla to show you the errors of your ways.
It seems like every time I turn around, someone in the horror community feels entitled to something, spends his or her time badmouthing other horror authors or reviewers, or is generally being an asshole. Like others, I find myself tiring of the constant drivel that spews out of people’s fingers as they hide behind the anonymity and isolation of their computer screens. Although I could name some of those people, I don’t want to give them the satisfaction of having someone speak their names, especially on a site as well-known as this one. You all know who they are and they don’t deserve the attention.
The times are a changing, or at least that what Bob your uncle said in that song. He was probably not that far wrong, the times are indeed changing with regards to to the relationship between writers, reviewers and the love 'em or hate 'em giant bookseller Amazon.
Amazon have made a number of changes to the way it handles the relationship with reviewers and writers. Some of it is heavy handed, some of it is plain bonkers, but some of it in my opinion is for the best. I'll try and take you through these changes from my point of view and my understanding of the new way in which Amazon will deal with this relationship.
I like to think I’m an easy-going person. In fact, I pride myself on being laid back. Very few things annoy me enough for me to kick off over them. I feel personally offended if someone tells me that they don’t like The Walking Dead. I feel perplexed if anyone turns their nose up at a delicious piece of cheese. I will furrow my brow in utter confusion when someone puts a tea bag on the side and lets it leak everywhere instead of putting it in the bin, especially if the bin is right next to them. I feel a mixture of emotions at all manner of things, but rarely irritation. But with all that said, I take horror seriously and there are just some things that boil my blood enough to make me want to rip someone’s face off.