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Ginger Nuts of Horror brings you this week's second round up of all the latest horror news, today we have news of a new horror video game, the latest book from Apex Publications and news of the release of a brand new clown themed horror film.
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The Blackout Club Revealed: Co-Op Horror for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Next Project from Senior BioShock, Dishonored Devs
Question™, a team of industry veterans including the Creative Director and Lead Writer of BioShock 2, the Senior Gameplay Programmer of Dishonored, and the Lead Effects Artist for BioShock Infinite, has unveiled its next title. The Blackout Club, a cooperative paranormal horror mystery,steps into the light in Q1 2019 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Set in a small town with a monstrous secret, The Blackout Club follows a group of teens who band together after learning they’ve all been temporarily losing consciousness – waking up in strange places with no memory of what they have done. Recently, one of their closest friends vanished entirely. When none of their parents, teachers, or even the police are willing to believe them, the friends launch an investigation. Together they will discover a maze of tunnels – a hostile underworld filled with hypnotic music and populated by a clandestine group of adults – all beneath their seemingly idyllic suburbs.
To save their community and themselves, the teens will need to capture the conspiracy on camera and prove its existence to the world. Up to four players will sneak out of their homes and go on surveillance missions filled with procedurally-generated elements including variable objectives, enemy encounters, loot drops, and more. Every night will be a different adventure as the team seeks out additional clues and explores new parts of their neighborhood and its ominous underbelly. The club must trust no one as they get closer to finding out what happened to their missing friend -- and the cause of their uncontrollable blackouts.
Surviving the dangers of night will require intelligence, improvisation, and skill. Sleepwalking adults that could be their neighbors or relatives now seek to drag them underground. Players must create and coordinate diversions and use other tactics to break the enemy’s vice-like grip. The last player left standing must avoid attracting the attention of an even more dangerous entity – one that pursues its prey relentlessly – one that can’t be seen with open eyes…
Player characters will be customizable with a variety of powers and equipment loadouts. Every member of the group will play a distinct role and utilize devices like drones or deployable traps to outwit their foes and gather evidence of their crimes. When the mission is complete, players will head back to the hideout, where they can level up and acquire new abilities for use on future outings.
“In The Blackout Club, the horror genre comes home,” said Jordan Thomas, Co-Founder, Question LLC. “Our story is about vulnerable heroes -- for whom co-op gameplay is a matter of survival -- who unite to save their friends. We love expressive systems, where you shape the game experience as you see fit, often versus a whole ecosystem of intelligent threats. And now, they're right next door - in a familiar, modern town, where the monster wears a human face. We can’t wait for you to meet it.”
The Blackout Club releases in Q1 2019. Explore the official website, follow the game’s updates on Twitter or Instagram, and like the Facebook page for updates onThe Blackout Club.
Question is the Tiburon, CA-based independent game studio behind The Magic Circle. Comprised of industry veterans whose credits include the BioShock series,Dishonored, Prey, and Thief: Deadly Shadows, Question embraces its heritage of immersive sim creation. The team’s mission is to deliver focused, AAA-quality experiences with deeply realized worlds that engage players on a cerebral level and leave them with more questions than answers.
Breaking the World by Jerry Gordon
In 1993, David Koresh predicted the end of the world.
What if he was right?
Preorders for Jerry Gordon's Breaking the World are open now! Use discount code GORDON20 to save 20% off both print and digital editions.
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Cyrus doesn't believe in David's predictions, and he's not interested in being part of a cult. But after the sudden death of his brother, his parents split up and his mom drags him to Waco, Texas against his will. At least he's not alone. His friends, Marshal and Rachel, have equally sad stories that end with them being dumped at the Branch Davidian Church.
Together, they're the trinity of nonbelievers, atheist teens caught between a soon to be infamous cult leader, an erratic FBI, and an epidemic that may confirm the worst of the church's apocalyptic prophecies. With tanks surrounding the Branch Davidians and tear gas in the air, Cyrus and his friends know one thing for certain: They can't count on the adults to save them.
In his debut novel, Jerry Gordon takes readers deep inside the longest standoff in law enforcement history for an apocalyptic thriller that challenges the news media's reporting of the event, the wisdom of militarizing domestic law enforcement, and the blurry line between religion and cult.
Preorder Breaking the World today!
KILLER CLOWN FILM TERRIFIER
If you have a taste for the disturbing, dare to watch TERRIFIER! The killer clown slasher is the latest offering from Epic Pictures Releasing’s Dread Central Presents label. This unsettling horror film previews in select U.S. cities starting on March 15th and hits VOD on March 27th.
Based on a character from the 2013 anthology, All Hallows Eve, the gory ‘80s slasher throwback takes place on Halloween night as the demented Art the Clown sets his sights on terrorizing two girls and anyone else that gets in his way.
TERRIFIER was written and directed by Damien Leone (FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY) and stars Jenna Kanell (THE BYE-BYE MAN), Catherine Corcoran (RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOL. 1 & 2), Margaret Reed (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), and David Howard Thornton (GOTHAM), who plays the very disturbing villain of TERRIFIER — Art the Clown.
Film page: https://epic-pictures.com/film/terrifier
About Dread Central Presents
Dread Central Presents is a joint venture between Dread Central Media and Epic Pictures Releasing. With the purpose of championing independent horror filmmakers and showcasing the diversity within the horror genre, the label releases films in monthly hosted screenings across the country as well as on demand and home video. The label’s first releases include ZOMBIOLOGY: ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT, TO HELL AND BAC
Mark West's latest horror mix tape is now live on his website Strange Tales. Following on from the great success of his previous mixtapes The Brit Horror Mixtape, The American Horror Mixtape, Women In Horror Mixtape, comes The Stephen King Mixtape. The idea for this maixtape was born from the idea of Mark's fabulously curated series of review for the longer works of Stephen King. The King for A Year project was a massive success that saw Mark becoming a finalist in the British Fantasy Society's award for best Nonfiction.
The Stephen King Mixtape brings together some of the finest UK horror writers and yours truly to wax lyrical about their favourite Stephen King Short stories. My entry is on The Raft, where I probably talk a lot of nonsense and end up getting my metaphors mixed up. To read my entry and the all the others from people far more qualified to talk about the masters work just click here
Wastelander Faces a Horrifying Future World this February 20th on Digital Platforms!
Angelo Lopes’ Wastelander has just completed a week long theatrical run, in Hollywood. Now, Wastelander is set to show on Digital platforms, this month. The film blends several genres together: action, sci-fi and horror. Influenced by films such as George Miller’s Mad Max (1979), The Bad Batch (2016) and others, Wastelander stars: Brendan Guy Murphy, Jon Proudstar and Carol Cardenas. Indican Pictures will also release this exciting title, on DVD, this March. A preview of the Wastelander’s home entertainment releases are available here.
In the film, an ex-soldier wanders the wastes. Rhyous (Murphy) finds a group of survivors, in search of Eden. He agrees to help, but cyborg bandits roam the area. Rhyous must fight off The Scourge, if he ever wants to find peace, in this desolate future.
Wastelander will show through Digital platforms later this month. On February 20th, this action packed title will be available through platforms such as: DirecTV, Comcast, Sony Playstation, YouTube Moves and many more. This release will be followed by another, on DVD. This March 13th, Wastelander will create another dust-up on DVD, in an unrated format. The action continues in the desert with Wastelander throughout February and March!
The film’s official synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic landscape, an ex-soldier wanders in search of his lost home and family. He meets an odd collection of survivors including cybernetic humans who convince him to lead them through the wasteland while searching for the legendary safe haven, Eden. But when a band of pillaging raiders called The Scourge hunt them – they must fight to survive in this cruel dystopia.
Release Date: February 20th, 2018 (Digital) and March 13th, 2018 (DVD).
Director/writer: Angelo Lopes.
Cast: Brendan Guy Murphy, Jon Proudstar, Carol Cardenas, David Morden, Sian Vilaire & A. Stielstra.
BREAKING GLASS PICTURES ACQUIRES A HOUSE OF EVIL
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired US rights to the retro, haunted house horror feature HOUSE OF EVIL. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in October in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Frederic Demy of The Story Forge, LTD.
Described as a film that brings “a perfect blend of old school and modern horror” (Horrorscreams Videovault) which “builds to a satisfying climax that wraps itself contentedly in its Italian roots.” (The Schlock Pit), HOUSE OF EVIL was an official selection at the Ferrara Film Festival and the Italian New Horror Film Festival. The film stars Andrew Harwood Mills (Retribution, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead), Lucy Drive (Dead End, Cassette, Outside Bet), and Désirée Giorgetti (Alaska).
Based on true events, HOUSE OF EVIL follows a young couple who, in the 1970s, move into a large, remote house in the countryside with hopes of starting a family. However, it's not long before they are menaced by ghosts and a darker demonic presence.
“House of Evil is a true homage to classic Italian horror cinema”, said Wolff. “The film is a welcome addition to our genre library.”
HOUSE OF EVIL will arrive on May 8 on DVD and VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation, Vudu, Fandango, and through local cable/satellite providers.
House of Evil
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 85 min., Rating: NR, Language: English, Audio: Dolby 5.1
SRP: $24.99; UPC: 855184007297
Andrew Harwood Mills
Director: Luca Boni, Marco Ristori
Written by: Lorenzo Paviano, Raffaele Picchio
Producer: Uwe Boll
Full trailer debut for female-led indie horror / comedy HOUSESITTER
Tomorrow Romance is proud to announce the trailer debut for Chicago-based filmmaker Jason Coffman's feature directorial debut HOUSESITTERS. Inspired in equal measure by modern comedy like BROAD CITY and goofy horror films like GHOULIES, this female-led horror/comedy follows the misadventures of Angie (Annie Watkins, "Jan" in the original New York and Chicago runs of hit stage production THE BARDY BUNCH) and Izzy (Jamie Jirak, formerly of Chicago's pH Comedy Theater) as they take on a plum housesitting gig that kind of spirals into supernatural horror. HOUSESITTERS has been submitted to a number of 2018 festivals in advance of a VOD release later this year.
The cast of HOUSESITTERS also includes Peter Ash, Jay J. Bidwell, Bethanie Louise, Mariah Michael, James Timothy Peters, and Ben Schlotfelt. The film features a creature puppet designed and built by Ohio-based independent filmmaker Dustin Wayde Mills (THE PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE). Behind the camera, Jolene Vega served as cinematographer with Jef Burnham as assistant director and Tatiana von Recklinghausen as lead makeup/effects artist. The soundtrack includes a score by Chicago-based Joshua Burke (who records under the name boardinghouse), with songs by Black Candles, Desire (courtesy of Italians Do It Better), Inner Vegas (courtesy of Good Glass), and Night Witch.
I'm a huge horror fan, and I watch a lot of independent horror movies. Far too many indie horror filmmakers make familiar zombie or slasher movies. With HOUSESITTERS, I wanted to do something that doesn't take itself too seriously and is a fast, fun showcase for the talents of our fantastic cast and crew. We shot HOUSESITTERS on a minuscule budget (that mostly went toward buying food for everybody on shooting days) with a lot of hard work on a tight schedule. I'm proud as hell of everybody who helped out in front of and behind the camera, and I can't wait to share it with everyone!
The Five Rules of HOUSESITTERS:
I have watched many independent horror films over the years, and this experience has helped me figure out both what I want to do and--perhaps more importantly--what I do not want to do. While putting together HOUSESITTERS, I set down some ground rules before writing in order to help set it apart from many other independent horror films (and debut features in any genre). These rules were:
1. Keep it short. Part of the practical function of a debut feature is just to prove to yourself and others that you can actually complete a movie, and you don't necessarily need 100+ minutes to prove that point.
2. Keep it simple. Minimal locations, characters, and effects help keep the project feasible and realistic. These things also help you make a tight schedule that you can stick to for the whole shoot. It's a lot easier to finish a sprint than a marathon with no concrete finish line.
3. No explicit violence against women. Too many independent movies are reliant on violence towards women, whether it's a zombie movie, a slasher, or a serial killer "thriller." There's too much of that in the real world and in film history, so there's no need to add any more.
4. No guns. Guns are often a quick way to get yourself out of narrative problems and frequently are used gratuitously to just look cool. Also if you live in the United States, you're bombarded with gun stuff all the time. Give the viewer a break from seeing guns for a little bit.
5. Have fun! A lot of independent horror films take themselves far too seriously, and combined with overlong run times this turns a lot of them into joyless slogs. Instead of trying to be as unpleasant as possible or make a serious statement, have fun and try to convey that fun and make it infectious for your audience.
Find out more at www.housesittersmovie.com
ALICE IS ADDICTED TO BURYING ROAD KILL...
Road Trash is a short horror film about good intentions gone wrong. Alice can't help but bury every dead animal she comes across. One day, she buries something she never should have touched and pays for her kind act dearly.
It is the first film from director/writer/producer Natasha Pascetta and music composer James Malone. While watching a scary movie together last year, they decided to turn their love of horror into something tangible that could combine their talents.
Road Trash was shot in the sleepy town of Mineral Wells, TX with the abandoned Baker Hotel serving as a haunting backdrop.
Inspired by Italian and American horror films of the 1980's, Road Trash is a vibrant fairy tale about a girl and her strange addiction.
TITAN COMICS TO PUBLISH HOWLING NEW CREATOR-OWNED SERIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL – BROTHER NASH
WEREWOLVES! TRUCKERS! MONSTROUS CICADAS!
THE UNQUIET DEAD! IT’S ALL HERE!
Titan Comics is thrilled to announce Brother Nash – a three-part supernatural comic series from creator, writer/artist Bridgit Connell.
If American Gods met Teen Wolf and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento… they may well make something a little like Brother Nash, which tells the story of Nash, a haunted trucker who can see ghosts, talks with spirits, senses evil and – oh yes! – is a werewolf.
When the moon is on the rise and violence threatens his friends, he struggles to keep the beast in check, even as he strives to meet his obligations to those he loves.
And when Nash takes on a mysterious hitchhiker heading for Tucson, he and his friends are dragged headfirst into their most dangerous adventure yet.
So grab your shotguns, prime your shortwave radio, warm up the cab, flex those lupine claws, and join the crew for what may be the strangest and deadliest cross-country haul of all time!
According to writer/artist Bridgit Connell, “Brother Nash is about a mysterious trucker out West who gets lost in a supernatural adventure with his two friends, a bumbling sweetheart and fellow trucker named Ray, and a strong-willed ranch owner named Billie. On the road they encounter tricksters, motorcycle gangs, zombies, creepy ghost kids, high-speed chases, giant monsters, redneck shaman, witches... and find out that the lore behind astronomy is alive and roaming the earth."
Debuting in comic book stores and on digital devices in a staggering, triple-sized 72-page issue, Brother Nash #1 also features a stunning A cover by Sanford Greene (Power Man & Iron Fist, Royals, Uncanny Avengers), and an astounding B cover from Bridgit and colorist Luis Guerrero (Rivers of London, Mycroft Holmes).
Completely remastered from Bridgit’s self-published editions, and newly relettered throughout, this gripping, heartfelt tale of supernatural Americana
Fans and retailers can order the first issue of Brother Nash through the April edition of Diamond’s Previews catalogue, with an on sale date of 6 June.
Visit Bridgit in person at HeroesCon Charlotte from June 15-17 to celebrate the launch of the comic, and stay tuned for more information about this title!
THERE IS AN URGE INSIDE YOU...
Dr. Gary Phillips, the resident hematopathologist at Claybrook Medical Center, is a lonely man struggling with the duress of an all work and no play lifestyle.
Burdened with an unhealthy infatuation with his co-worker, a burning disdain for his boss, and an abusive relationship with his grandfather, Gary just can't catch a break.
That is, until a workplace accident ushers in a bizarre, but empowering experience that evokes a new sense of self, forcing repressed memories to surface while encouraging him to pursue his fantasies with unconventional methods.
About the Author
As a child, Adrian Alexander Medina found solace in storytelling, and every day he had a new one to tell. He would go into great detail about his adventures at school, the time he helped Johnny Rico defeat the bugs on Klendathu, or that time he visited Moscow as a spy. As he grew up, he dialed back the grandiose tales of his adventures, but never lost his overactive imagination. A. A. Medina believes stories can help the reader understand the strangeness of life and, at the same time, break up the day-to-day monotony by injecting a sense of mystery, wonder, joy, and even fear. When he isn't melting in the Arizona sun with his wife, Samantha, or being pestered by his fat cats and obnoxious puppy, he is writing his fantasy-horror comic book series Void & Valor and co-running the fiction magazine Aphotic Realm. A. A. Medina can be reached and followed for updates at: Website: www.AphoticRealm.com Twitter: @uglybyproxy
Genre fiction is often overlooked when it comes to so called "proper" book awards, but not this year as Ginger Nuts of Horror favourite Peadar O'Guilin has been nominated in the prestigious Cilip Carnegie Medal for his excellent novel The Call.
In this weird version of Ireland the country has been sealed off from the rest of the world by a supernatural barrier. In this Ireland teenagers can be ‘Called’, this means they are summoned to another realm where they do battle with the Aes Sidhe, the ancient rulers of Ireland before they were banished in a great war. These as very evil fairy creatures and down-right nasty creatures which are incredibly cruel and live to torture humans for sport. The way the ‘Calling’ works is really great, any teenager can disappear into thin air for three minutes and they reappear in the fairy world where they are hunted. Most are killed horribly, mutilated or tortured, only one in ten return unharmed. Although they are only gone for three minutes in the fairy world this is 24 hours or longer, so avoiding death is almost impossible. Kids no longer go to school, instead they go to battle schools where they are taught how to survive the ‘Calling’ which will happen sooner or later. The plot revolves around a girl called Nessa, who has polio, and so cannot run properly, so nobody gives her a sniff of survival, however she is one TOUGH cookie. This book is quite simply brimming with fantastic ideas, meshing successfully Irish folklore with a totally fresh fusion of horror and fantasy. It was really violent and littered with believable characters and a totally terrific ending which is both satisfying for a standalone read and equally great for a sequel
Peadar Ó Guilín had this to say about his nomination:
Well, this happened. I'm on the Carnegie longlist. Congratulations to my fellow nominees and a huge thanks to all those who worked on this book, from my wonderful beta readers all the way up to the editors who polished it and the booksellers and librarians who got it into the hands of readers. I know I'm lucky.
The Carnegie Medal the world's oldest and most prestigious award for children's fiction is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English-speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The full list of past winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals can be found here: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/archive-full-list.php
2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist
(alphabetical by surname):
1. The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond – illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Walker Books)
2. The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt (Penguin Random House)
3. Overheard in a Tower Block Joseph Coelho – illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)
4. Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)
5. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
6. The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold – illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)
7. After the Fire by Will Hill (Usborne)
8. Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)
9. Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Bonnier Zaffre)
10. A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthias (Troika Books)
11. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)
12. Rook by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
13. Release by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
14. The Call by Peadar O'Guilin (David Fickling Books)
15. Black Light Express by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)
16. The Explorer by Katherine Rundell – illustrated by Hannah Horn (Bloomsbury)
17. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Hachette)
18. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
19. Encounters by Jason Wallace (Andersen Press)
20. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House)
2018 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist
(alphabetical by surname):
1. Wild Animals of the South written and illustrated by Dieter Braun (Flying Eye Books)
2. King of the Sky by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Laura Carlin (Walker Books)
3. The Pond by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Cathy Fisher (Graffeg)
4. Night Shift written and illustrated by Debi Gliori (Bonnier Zaffre)
5. The Bad Bunnies' Magic Show written and illustrated by Mini Grey (Simon & Schuster)
6. A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker Books)
7. A Child of Books written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (co-creators) (Walker Books)
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – illustrated by Jim Kay (Bloomsbury)
9. We Found a Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
10. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd – illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Walker Books)
11. The Song from Somewhere Else written by A.F Harrold – illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)
12. The Liszts written by Kyo Maclear – illustrated by Júlia Sardà (Andersen Press)
13. The Pavee and the Buffer Girl written by Siobhan Dowd – illustrated by Emma Shoard (Barrington Stoke)
14. Penguin Problems written by Jory John – illustrated by Lane Smith (Walker Books)
15. Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz – illustrated by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)
16. Thornhill written and illustrated by Pam Smy (David Fickling Books)
17. Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth written by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Emily Sutton (Walker Books)
18. Storm Whale written by Sarah Brennan – illustrated by Jane Tanner (Old Barn Books)
19. Under the Same Sky written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger Press)
20. The Secret of Black Rock written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)
The 1st Annual Splatterpunk Awards nominees list has just been announced! The shortlist was voted for by attendees of the Killercon Horror Convention in Texas, with the winners to be decided by panel and announced at the convention itself in August.
Gingernuts of Horror were pleased to see many of the team represented - not least Kit Power, who co-edited the Splatterpunk: Fighting Back charity anthology with magazine founder Jack Bantry, which is up for best anthology, and three of its stories nominated in the Best Short Story category. Kit also has a short story featured in a second nominated work : VS:X: U.S. VS U.K. EXTREME HORROR (edited by Gingernuts Alumni and friend of the site Dawn Cano), and Jack has secured a second nomination for his debut novella, The Lucky Ones Died First.
We were also happy to see THE Matt Shaw representing the UK so ably, with nominations across 3 categories (best short story, best collection, and as part of Splatterpunk: Fighting Back).
As massive fans of genre fiction, Gingernuts of Horror is chuffed to see so many writers and friends of the site represented in these award nominations, and would like to wish all nominees the very best of luck in August. Full details of the nominations and categories follows:
Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Splatterpunk Awards, recognizing works of superior achievement in Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror that were published in 2017. The nominees are:
CONTAINMENT by Charlee Jacob (Necro Publications)
EXORCIST FALLS by Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin Press)
THE HEMATOPHAGES by Stephen Kozeniewski (Sinister Grin Press)
SPERMJACKERS FROM HELL by Christine Morgan (Deadite Press)
WHITE TRASH GOTHIC by Edward Lee (Deadite Press)
THE BIG BAD by K. Trap Jones (Necro Publications)
DAMN DIRTY APES by Adam Howe (Thunderstorm Books)
HEADER 3 by Edward Lee and Ryan Harding (Necro Publications)
KILLER CHRONICLES by Somer Canon (Thunderstorm Books)
THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST by Jack Bantry (Deadite Press)
BEST SHORT STORY
“Dirty Desk” by Jeffrey Thomas, from Chopping Block Party (Necro Publications)
“Extinction Therapy” by Bracken MacLeod, from Splatterpunk Fighting Back (Splatterpunk Zine)
“Melvin” by Matt Shaw, from Splatterpunk Fighting Back (Splatterpunk Zine)
“Molly” by Glenn Rolfe, from Splatterpunk Fighting Back (Splatterpunk Zine)
“The Tipping Point” by Jeff Strand, from Everything Has Teeth (Thunderstorm Books)
2017: A YEAR OF HORROR AND PAIN, PART ONE by Matt Shaw (Amazon Digital Services)
EVERYTHING HAS TEETH by Jeff Strand (Thunderstorm Books)
THE GARDEN OF DELIGHT by Alessandro Manzetti (Comet Press)
GORILLA IN MY ROOM by Jack Ketchum (Cemetery Dance Publications)
CHOPPING BLOCK PARTY, edited by Brendan Deneen and David G. Barnett (Necro Publications)
DOA III, edited by Marc Ciccarone and Andrea Dawn (Blood Bound Books)
SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK, edited by Jack Bantry and Kit Power (Splatterpunk Zine)
VS:X: U.S. VS U.K. EXTREME HORROR, edited by Dawn Cano (Shadow Work Publishing)
YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOLUME 2, edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax (Comet Press)
J.F. GONZALEZ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
David J. Schow
Congratulations to all! Works on the ballot were selected by fans and readers. Winners in each category will be voted on by the 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jury.
The winners will be announced the the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards ceremony, taking place August 24th through the 26th at KillerCon in Austin, Texas. For more information on the convention and the awards, click here.
CHINESE CULT FILM ZOMBIOLOGY: ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT ON VOD FEBRUARY 23
Directed by Alan Lo, Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight is the slapstick story of Lone (Michael Ning) and Yeung (Louis Cheung), a pair of eccentrics who think of themselves as heroes, particularly when a zombie outbreak caused by Lone’s favorite animated monster — a man-sized chicken monster — hits. Crowd reaction at recent screenings across the U.S. was quite favorable for this quirky Chinese zombie horror comedy.
Watch the gonzo trailer for Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight here
Upcoming Dread Central Presents screenings include February 15th previews of the moody, Gothic arthouse film The Lodgers (in theaters on February 23rd) directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) and the killer clown flick Terrifier (Frankenstein vs The Mummy) directed by Damien Leone.
The first-ever wave of Dread Central Presents screenings were received enthusiastically by audiences over the weekend. A double feature of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight played with an anniversary screening of Turbo Kid in nine cities — San Diego; Las Vegas; Cleveland; Seattle; Akron, OH; Richardson, TX; Littleton, CO; Phoenix; and Pittsburgh.
Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight will be available on VOD everywhere on February 23.
Follow Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight on social media for updates.
Titan Comics reveal stunning animated trailer for new gothic horror series, ALISIK!
Written by Hubertus Rufledt with haunting art by Helge Vogt, Alisik is a cross between Emily The Strange and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a beautiful dark and gothic tale of mortality and what happens after death.
When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she’s in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realizes she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened ... and only the ghostly residents of the graveyard can help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife.
“Alisik started as a short animation I did during my time at Disney – something different, a bit darker, but not horror. Hubertus liked it so much, that we wanted to make a comic series out of it,” said Alisik co-creator and artist Helge Vogt, “Alisik became a part of my life. It’s the best I’ve done so far, and I’m thrilled that it’s coming out English!"
Featuring an all-new cover by superstar artist, Junko Mizuno (Ravina the Witch?), Alisik #1 will hit stores and digital devices on February 28, 2018.
Inoperable Available on DVD and Digital HD Nationwide February 6
Zorya Films, Millman Productions and ITN Distribution are putting scream queen Danielle Harris under the knife with the February 6th DVD and VOD release of Christopher Lawrence Chapman's Inoperable. Harris (Halloween 4 & 5, Rob Zombie's Halloween, the Hatchet franchise) stars as Amy, a hospital patient who must battle nature and the supernatural before she ends up trapped for eternity. Chapman directed from a script he co-wrote with producer Jeff Miller following their collaboration on Clowntown. Inoperable will be available nationwide on DVD, Cable VOD and Digital HD on February 6th.
A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.
The DVD (SRP $14.93) release of Inoperable will exclusively include a feature-length commentary with writer/producer/director Christopher Lawrence Chapman, writer/producer Jeff Miller, actors Jeff Denton and Katie Keene as well as trailers.
2018 marks the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel, Frankenstein. This February, Word Horde releases tribute anthology Eternal Frankenstein in a colorful new trade paperback edition, featuring cover art by Patrick Jones. This anthology, edited by Ross E. Lockhart, features sixteen original tales of terror and wonder by Siobhan Carroll, Nathan Carson, Autumn Christian, Rios de la Luz, Kristi DeMeester, G. D. Falksen, Orrin Grey, Michael Griffin, Scott R. Jones, Anya Martin, Edward Morris, Amber-Rose Reed, Betty Rocksteady, Tiffany Scandal, David Templeton, and Damien Angelica Walters. Preorder your copy today, or ask for Eternal Frankenstein by name where better books are sold. Here’s just some of the critical acclaim Eternal Frankenstein has received so far:
“Ross E. Lockhart and Word Horde have a reputation for putting out some wonderful anthologies, among those are The Book of Cthulhu and Giallo Fantastique. Eternal Frankenstein shines alongside them with an intensely dark and beautifully macabre mix of tales. This anthology is dedicated to Mary, and her monster. The writing within is a true testament to the love shared for the classic penned by Shelley, even after so many years have passed her inspiration endures. Each story is its own take on the making of monsters, the defiance of god and the realization that death can be more than an ending. […] For fans of not only the original monster but those also seeking tales what lies beyond death, from the far away corners of Russia to Hollywood to alternate futures and even your ordinary neighborhood, these stories and characters are sewn together to create one hell of an exquisite monster.” --This Is Horror
“This is an anthology of stories that all pay tribute to the Mary Shelley creation. Be it the doctor or his creation, these stories explore many differing interpretations and shades of creation and god complex. Ross E. Lockhart has done a fantastic job of corralling a wonderful selection of intriguing tales, all warming themselves around the same fire. […] I can easily recommend this book, it would make for a most enjoyable winter read, in a drafty castle as one nestles by a roaring fire.” --Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Eternal Frankenstein is best read a couple of stories at a time. While the themes and motifs overlap a bit, each author builds a new and fresh creation out of the flesh and blood of monster movies and tales past. Frankenstein transcended the boundaries of life and death and, as this book proves, his legacy—and that of Mary Shelley, his own creator—will live on eternal.” --Muzzleland Press
“Lockhart is an insightful and meticulous editor who often picks stories that seem to be in dialogue with each other. […] Like a good selection, there is a type of horror story for every horror reader. If you like Frankenstein, if you wonder about the capability, and morality, of humans creating human life, you should check out Eternal Frankenstein.” —Fantasy Literature
“Here’s another smash hit from Word Horde … an entire book of new, diverse, wonderfully creepy takes on the classic original tale that launched basically an entire genre.” –Christine Morgan, author of The Raven’s Table
Join [@JonathanMaberry] TODAY, Tuesday, February 13 at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST for a Facebook LIVE AMA! He'll be talking about his new book GLIMPSE and answering your questions, PLUS offering a chance to win some great prizes.
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A chilling thriller that explores what happens when reality and nightmares converge, and how far one will go to protect the innocent when their own brain is a threat.“A waking dream, at once powerful and subtly sinister.”—Clive Barker, New York Times bestselling author“Jonathan Maberry delivers a perfect suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat tale that will keep you riveted! I’ve ‘Glimpsed’ the future and no one tells it better than Jonathan. Jonathan Maberry is always my go-to author for awesome!”—#1 New York Times bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon
Three New Legendary Monster Films on the Way from Small Town Monster
Crowdfunding campaign to fund production of mythical creature projects is now live
In 2018 three legendary monsters get the documentary treatment when award-winning production company, Small Town Monsters, unleashes The Flatwoods Monster, The Bray Road Beast, and On the Trail of… Champ. Turning to Cryptid enthusiasts and lovers of the strange and spooky alike, the studio has launched a Kickstarter to fund production of the three projects which will be released beginning with “Flatwoods Monster” in April, “Champ” in June, and “Bray Road Beast” next Fall. Small Town Monsters has successfully funded all of their films through Kickstarter, with last years’ “The Mothman of Point Pleasant” breaking records when it secured it’s initial funding goal in under two hours.
The Flatwoods Monster is a short-form documentary which takes a look at a bizarre encounter between residents of the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia and a mechanical, fire-breathing “thing” on a wooded hill in September of 1952. Years later, the saga is considered one of the most important UFO events in history. The sighting was eventually investigated, and subsequently covered up, by the United States Air Force. Viewers will learn about a true event, which has since been relegated to the pages of myth.
“Flatwoods” director, Seth Breedlove says about the film, “It’s a retro-styled throwback to the classic monster movies we all grew up loving… only the monster in this story isn’t simply a fictional character!”
Meanwhile, On the Trail of… Champ, shot last summer in Vermont on Lake Champlain, takes you deeper into the lore of lake monsters than you’ve ever gone. Join investigators, Scott Mardis, Katy Elizabeth and William Dranginis as they dive into the murky waters of one of the largest fresh water lakes in the United States, in search of an undiscovered species considered impossible by science. Filmmaker, Aleksandar Petakov was present for the largest, single quest to search for evidence of the creature in history and what they discovered might just change your mind about real monsters…
Finally, the fabled beast who lives on Bray Road near Elkhorn, Wisconsin is at the center of The Bray Road Beast, which promises to take viewers on a wild ride down one of the scariest stretches of blacktop in middle America. The Bray Road Beast is a terrifying, werewolf-like creature that has stalked the midwest for the better part of a century. Rising to prominence in the 1990’s thanks to a best-selling, non-fiction book by author, Linda Godfrey, the beast became the focus of numerous television shows and fictional films.
The Kickstarter campaign is now live at…
and rewards for backers include everything from posters to DVD copies of the film, to executive and associate producer credits. The campaign also has an exclusive Bray Road Beast statue by renowned sculptor Jean St Jean of CreatuReplica.
Learn more about Small Town Monsters at smalltownmonsters.com
Terror Films Unleashes the West Virginian Legend RED EYE Across Digital Platforms This February 9th!