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This is probably the most anticipated book for me personally this year. I kicked myself for not picking up a copy of Motherless Child when it was initially released as a limited edition. So many people whose opinions I regard very highly when it comes to horror books have praised this book . Released on 13 May 2014, this is one bookj you really don't want to miss out on.
In his powerful novel, Motherless Child, Bram Stoker Award–nominee Glen Hirshberg, author of the International Horror Guild Award–winning American Morons, exposes the fallacy of the Twilight-style romantic vampire while capturing the heart of every reader.
It’s the thrill of a lifetime when Sophie and Natalie, single mothers living in a trailer park in North Carolina, meet their idol, the mysterious musician known only as “the Whistler.” Morning finds them covered with dried blood, their clothing shredded and their memories hazy. Things soon become horrifyingly clear: the Whistler is a vampire and Natalie and Sophie are his latest victims. The young women leave their babies with Natalie’s mother and hit the road, determined not to give in to their unnatural desires.
Hunger and desire make a powerful couple. So do the Whistler and his Mother, who are searching for Sophie and Natalie with the help of Twitter and the musician’s many fans. The violent, emotionally moving showdown between two who should be victims and two who should be monsters will leave readers gasping in fear and delight.
Originally published in a sold-out, limited edition, Motherless Child is an extraordinary Southern horror novel that Tor Books is proud to bring to a wider audience.
"Hirshberg is an amazing writer who makes the materials of horror into what they were supposed to be all along-grandly sweeping, capable of tremendous reach, and open to all aspects of human experience.Motherless Child shows him at the peak of his form."
-- Peter Straub
"A subversive, thrilling novel that subverts everything we've come to expect from tales that traffic in the undead, Motherless Child is as heartbreaking as it is terrifying, a breakneck midnight ride through a part of America too seldom visited in fiction. It's Glen Hirshberg as his best, and I can offer no higher praise than that."
-- Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss
"A compelling tale of the supernatural that gives it a human face. Beautifully written, it reinvents one of the inconic monsters in ways that are both classical and up to the minute. We can be sure horror fiction is still vital when it's reimagined as freshly and vigorously as this."
-- Ramsey Campbell, author of Ghosts Know and The Darkest Part of the Woods
"Always one of his generation's finest stylists, its most able students of character, [Glen Hirshberg] has written one of the best books of the year."
-- John Langan, The Los Angeles Review of Books
"...this book is the front-runner for when I pick my best horror novel of 2012. The vampire novel has survived TWILIGHT and is dead and kicking as ever, and it will remain so as long as there are writers of Hirshberg's caliber to ring new changes on this venerable archetype."
-- Black Static
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Tomas Boykin (Lazarus Rising, I Am) has been cast as Father Alexander, the priest that comes to read Richard Sullivan (played by Brian Thompson) his last rites.
Casting announcements for Mr. Bates, Johnny the Janitor, and the Commanding Officer will be announced before the May 15th start date of the film's Kickstarter fundraiser. Producer Peter Simeti informs us that all three roles will be filled by some well-known faces (and voices), adding further to the fan-favorite cast.
A talented production crew is also being added, featuring Stunt Coordinator Paul Lacovara (Avengers, Godzilla, Thor) , Production Designer Tim Eckel (CSI, Veronica Mars, Hellraiser 3), Key Grip Anthony Ragonese (Dead Man's Curve, Desperate Housewives) , Hair Stylist Lisa Meyers (Gangster Squad, Without a Trace, Freaks and Geeks) , and iconic horror film composer Charles Bernstein (Nightmare on Elm Street, White Lightning, Cujo) .
THE CHAIR follows the story of Richard Sullivan (Brian Thompson), an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison's sadistic and psychotic Warden (Bill Oberst Jr.), Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. But as he matches the savagery and brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan is forced to come face to face with his own sanity.
DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY & DVD RELEASE – 12th May 2014
Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of the classic 80s monster movie The Beast Within. This ‘deliciously dirty, gloriously grotesque exercise in reined-in and masterfully executed lunacy’ will be released uncut for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD 12th May 2014.
The original trailer for the film commanded “Warning” which was sprawled out in bold red letters catching the audience’s attention. This was quickly followed by a scroll (accompanied by a stern authoritative voice) explaining that the last thirty minutes of the movie will be far too gruesome for even the most hardened horror fan. With all this promised, fans knew they were in for a treat. And today, some 32 years down the line, the film still holds a place in the hearts of horror fans across the globe where now it will sit amongst other classic 80s horror titles in the Arrow Video catalogue.
NEW COLLECTION BY JOHN F.D. TAFF, THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS,
TO DEBUT AT WORLD HORROR CONVENTION
Special Limited Advance Edition of THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS,
an All-New Horror Collection from Taff and Grey Matter Press,
to Make its First Appearance at the Annual Industry Event CHICAGO, April 28, 2014 — The Chicago-based independent publisher known for its volumes of exceptional fiction, Grey Matter Press, announced that it will debut its next collection of five horror novellas written by author John F.D. Taff, The End in All Beginnings, at the upcoming 2014 World Horror Convention.
A very limited quantity of this new collection by Taff will be produced and made available especially for attendees of the annual horror industry event in advance of its release later this summer.
"We are happy to be able to offer this darkly beautiful collection of emotional horrors to the many horror fans who will be attending the Portland event this year," said Grey Matter Press publisher Anthony Rivera. "This is truly a stunning collection of disturbing tales of heartbreak and personal anguish, and I can think of no better venue than this year's convention at which to share this sneak peek with John's fans."
The single-author collection, written by Taff and edited by Bram Stoker Award nominated editor R.J. Cavender, includes five novellas that explore the painful, emotional horrors of life, love and loss through the ages. The End in All Beginnings is Taff's second collection, following his successful Little Deaths that was released in 2012.
The new collection contains the stories "What Becomes God," "Object Permanence," "Love in the Time of Zombies," "The Long, Long Breakdown" and "Visitation," all of which explore darkly beautiful and intricate themes that blend elements of horror, science fiction and suspense for which Taff's work is known.
"I am extremely proud of this book, and I can't wait for readers to get it and experience the novellas inside," said Taff. "I look forward to sharing this very special limited edition with everyone in Portland, and am excited for the release of the final version in a few short months."
New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO and FALL OF NIGHT, Jonathan Maberry, said of The End in All Beginnings: "Taff brings the pain in five damaged and disturbing tales of love gone horribly wrong. This collection is like a knife in the heart. I highly recommend it."
More information about how and when fans can get a copy of The End in All Beginnings will be made available at the convention which will be held in Portland, Oregon between May 8-11, 2014.
ABOUT JOHN F.D. TAFF:
John F.D. Taff has published more than 70 short stories in markets that include Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Big Pulp, Postscripts to Darkness, Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear and Shock Rock II. Over the years, six of his shorts have been named honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His first collection of short stories, Little Deaths, was published in 2012 and has been well-reviewed by critics and readers alike. The collection made it to the Bram Stoker Reading List, has been the No. 1 Bestseller at Amazon in the Horror/Short Stories category and was named the No. 1 Horror Collection of 2012 byHorrorTalk. Taff’sThe Bell Witch is an historical novel inspired by the events of a real-life haunting and was released in August 2013. His thriller Kill/Off was published in December 2013. More information about John F.D. Taff is available at http://www.johnfdtaff.com.
ABOUT GREY MATTER PRESS: Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to curate and cultivate the most talented voices working in dark fiction. The company is committed to producing only the finest quality products containing exceptional tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction. More information about Grey Matter Press is available at http://www.greymatterpress.com.
When enigmatic poet Henry Coronado disappears six months after the New Year’s Eve, 1959, Welcoming Chaos event, he takes with him a profound secret wrapped within the words of his poem, Autumn In The Abyss. Fifty years later, an ill man’s research into Coronado’s work and life reveals that poetry can indeed change the world, or leave it in ruins.
The Word is a living thing...and often with lethal intentions.
Reality is the strangest mirror...
“The stories in John Claude Smith's new collection take their characters to the limits of human experience, the places where our bodies come asunder in the face of the abyss. Positioning his stories in the seams of our cultural history, Smith chronicles the efforts of artists of all stripes--poets, musicians, sculptors, filmmakers--to break through our common experience to another, more essential one that is painted in blood. It's a quest that draws these artists into proximity with the serial-killer in the book's single and singular tale of a police detective's obsessive manhunt. Whether with pen or carving knife, Smith's characters will not stop until they have gone too far, into a space where revelation and terror are part of the same, vast thing."
—John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“These five emotionally complex tales ask, above all, what it means to be human in a tempestuous universe. What part of ourselves do we owe to the pursuit of goodness, especially if there's no apparent advantage to being good? How can we define ourselves in the absence of moral authority? Blurred lines of identity, the role of the artist, and the nature of temptation are explored in these stories of sacrifice and self-destruction. Autumn in the Abyss is another dark and captivating collection from a writer who isn't afraid to plumb the depths of our greatest and most dangerous desires."
—S.P. Miskowski, Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of The Skillute Cycle
”The best compliment for any artist is leaving the audience desperately wanting more. And that’s exactly what John Claude Smith accomplishes with the tour de force of Autumn in the Abyss. The title novelette is a breathtaking exercise in dark fantasy—a surreal, unabashedly literary, horrific mystery with a surprising, heartrending truth at its end. It’s a tough act to follow, and yet the next four tales not only hold their own, but occasionally even up the ante. The novelette “Becoming Human” is a chilling mix of the serial killer genre and… something much more frightening. And three shorter tales all share a common gatekeeping character, as Smith explores some “Night Gallery” style places that are… just beyond the pale. Smart, creepy, unexpected … these are stories from that nightmare zone that will stick with you long after midnight. Hell, these are stories that will haunt you beneath the bright sun at noon. This is one of the best collections I’ve read in years!"
—John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of NightWhere and Violet Eyes
”The Rhythmic flow of John's words instantly absorbs you into his world, bringing not only his words to life but the story as well."
—Joe Mynhardt, Crystal Lake Publishing
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Fox Trail Productions announces two screenings of the controversial film “Infliction” at the Camp Jefferson Theater on
Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at 7pm and 9pm at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Building 11, Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
Produced by award-winning filmmaker Jack Thomas Smith, whose feature film “Disorder” was released by Universal/Vivendi and Warner Brothers, “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions.
FROM STAGE FRIGHT
We’re accepting submissions from writers at all levels of experience, from veteran scriptwriters to first time scribes, challenging you to create a spine-tingling short drama to be performed and recorded live on the opening night of the London Horror Festival 2014.
Three short listed entries will be produced and performed live by a team of professional actors from the Wireless Theatre Company, for one-night only as part of the STAGE FRIGHT 2014 event on the opening night of the London Horror Festival. The professionally produced recording of the evening will then be available for download from wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk, which receives over 3 million hits per year and offers a great platform for your work to reach a global audience of listeners.
A winner will be selected from the shortlist and awarded the Andre de Lorde Award for Horror Playwriting, by a celebrity judge. Previous Judges have included horror legend RICHARD O’BRIEN and horror writer and critic KIM NEWMAN.
You can download the recording of last year’s event here
Submissions will be accepted until mid August 2014
Enter online here
Terms & Conditions for STAGE FRIGHT 2014
1. Entries must be no more than 15 minutes long (approximately 10 typed pages) and in what could be broadly defined as the horror or thriller genre. Psychodrama, horror comedy, genre mash-up, pastiche and monologue forms all considered, but your objective should be to send a shiver down the spine…
2. Entries should be appropriate for performance by a cast of no more than five and written with the radio in mind. Complex sound effects will not be possible, but we strongly encourage the use of effects which can be performed live.
3. Scripts should be submitted via the online submission form no later than August 15th 2014. Please complete all fields in the form. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
4. A £2 entry fee is required for each script submitted. Writers are free to submit as many scripts as they desire, however the fee must be paid for each script. This is to cover administration and readers costs. Payment must be made via PayPal at the time of application (mark your payment with the name of your script). Scripts will not be considered until payment has been made.
5. Short listed writers will be contacted via email before September 20th 2014.
6. Short listed entries will be directed, rehearsed and performed by a team of theatre professionals and produced by the Wireless Theatre Company. They will be performed and recorded live at a London theatre venue on the opening night of the London Horror Festival 2014.
7. All scripts remain the property of the writer; the Wireless Theatre Company retains the rights to the recorded performance, which will be distributed with no charge from their website.
8. The performance and recording will be a ticketed event at the London Horror Festival, with each short listed writer receiving 2 complimentary tickets.
9. Plays must be the author’s own work, adaptations of existing texts will only be considered if the work is out of copyright or owned by the play’s author.
10. Plays should not have previously been published, recorded and/or distributed, nor have previously been professionally performed. Amateur performances or readings and online publications may be acceptable.
11. Entrants must not be directly involved with Hidden Basement Productions , the Wireless Theatre Company or the London Horror Festival
The Open Reel, a Italian worldwide distribution and sales company have secured world wide sales on Phantasmagoria. Representation for the film will start in Cannes, France at the Cannes Market in May, 2014, where the film will have its worldwide market premiere.
Three directors, Mickael Abbate, Domiziano Cristopharo & Tiziano Martella, offer us their original visions of fear in three gripping films that encompass the breadth of the genre: Diabolique, Il serpente dalla lingua acciaio and My Gift to You. Three different shorts about spirits belief and supernatural phenomenons able to surprise the audience in showing original, fascinating and scaring stories drawing on the traditional genre flavors of Thriller, Supernatural, Horror-Comedy, Zombie Action and Slasher filtered though the unique sensibility of each director.
It has been recently reported that Cristina Puccinelli (L’Ultimo Weekend), Venantino Venantini (City of the Living Dead, Ladyhawke), Sophie Pâris and newcomer Maya Dolan are in Phantasmagoria. The stories are written by Mickael Abbate, Davide Chiara (Nero Infinito), Raffaele Picchio (Morituris), Lorenzo Paviano, Riccardo De Flaviis, co-produced by Extreme Video snc (Anger of the Dead, Morning Star, Zombie Massacre 1 & 2) and produced by M International Films.
FROM OPEN REEL
The Open Reel is glad to have chosen to represent Phantasmagoria. We really liked the film, recognizing above all the talent of the three directors and the balance of each episode. Phantasmagoria is the first horror title that we acquire. It’s a big bet for us, as we are looking forward to work with it not only in a specific circuit and also as we think it has a very high potential. Genre movies have a very educated audience and we are sure it will appreciate Phantasmagoria for its good quality, regarding both acting and direction. We are thrilled for this new experience and we really hope to work together with the production to give the best visibility which the film deserves » said Cosimo Santoro, The Open Reel president of international sales.
« Ghosts and fear live in your minds » Luca Ruocco, Fantafestival [Rome, 2014]
Phantasmagoria will be part of the 34th edition of prestigious Fanta Festival in Rome (Italy) this July. To find out more information about Phantasmagoria, you can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/phantasmagoria.the.movie, twitter @phantas_film and at the website: www.theopenreel.com
To find out more information about Phantasmagoria, you can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/phantasmagoria.the.movie, twitter @phantas_film
and at the website: www.theopenreel.com
Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Centre Eighteen, a secret military "rest camp" currently housing twenty-seven inmates, all officers who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. Have the men truly lost their minds, are they only pretending to be insane to avoid combat, or is some more sinister conspiracy at work? Desperate for answers, the Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base and its deranged occupants. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men's bizarre obsessions. But as Centre Eighteen descends into chaos, Kane finds the greatest challenge may be his own buried demons...
"It's a metaphysical murder mystery and a cosmic love story. You have never read anything quite like it." --"Santa Monica Evening Outlook""Fasten your seat belt before opening this book!" --"Associated Press" "A work of extraordinary imagination." --"San Antonio Express"
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