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Barbie Wilde as Female Cenobite
The fabulous and spectacular Barbie Wilde has a brand new video interview up on youtube for your pleasure.
Barbie Wilde is best known as the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker's classic cult horror movie Hellbound: Hellraiser II. She has performed in cabaret in Bangkok, Thailand, robotically danced in the Bollywood blockbuster, Janbazz, played a vicious mugger in the vigilante thriller Death Wish 3 and appeared as a drummer for an electronica band in the so-called "Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased 80's horror" Grizzly II: The Predator, a.k.a, Grizzly II: The Concert, which starred a then unknown George Clooney. She was a founder member of the mime/dance/music group, SHOCK, which supported such artists as Gary Numan, Ultravox, Depeche Mode and Adam & the Ants in the 1980s.
Barbie presented and wrote eight different music and film review TV programs in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s. She interviewed such pop personalities as Cliff Richard, Iggy Pop, John Lydon (AKA the Sex Pistol's Johnny Rotten), The Sisters of Mercy, Roger Taylor of Queen, Pepsi & Shirley, The B52's, Lisa Stansfield, Jimmy Sommerville and Black, as well as actors Nicolas Cage and Hugh Grant.
In 2009, Barbie contributed a well-received short story, entitled 'Sister Cilice', to the Hellbound Hearts Anthology, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan. The stories in Hellbound Hearts were based on Clive Barker's mythology from his novella The Hellbound Heart, the basis for the Hellraiser film franchise.
In 2011-12, Barbie contributed three more short stories to three different horror anthologies: 'U for Uranophobia' for Phobophobia, 'American Mutant: Hands of Dominion' for Mutation Nation and 'Polyp' for The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. 'Polyp' was also reprinted for The Unspoken anthology in 2013.
Barbie's first novel, The Venus Complex, a fictionalized diary of a serial killer, was published by Comet Press at the end of 2012. America's biggest horror magazine, Fangoria, has called Wilde "one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror around." Rue Morgue said that The Venus Complex is "a transgressive tale that would make Patrick Bateman blush." Brutal as Hell said: "Imagine the hottest, horniest f**kbook in the Black Lace library spliced in with a Quantico serial killer profile report and you’ve got The Venus Complex."
In 2013, three more short stories by Barbie will be appearing in three different anthologies: ‘A is for Alpdrücke’ in The Demonologia Biblica, ‘Z is for Zulu Zombies’ in The Bestiarum Vocabulum and for Fangoria's Gorezone #29, and ‘Botophobia’ in Phobophobias. Barbie’s first crime short story, ‘Beauty and the Skell’, will be published in The Screaming Book of Crime, scheduled for publication in 2014.
Barbie is co-writing the book for a musical drama with composer-lyricist Georg Kajanus and screenwriter-playwright Roberto Trippini called Sailor, which contains a unique perspective on life, revenge, violence and love, set in the ruins of post-War II Marseille. Sailor is not only a romantic voyage – it also depicts the brutality of war and life on the fringes of society. Sailor has been conceived as both a stage and film musical.
Barbie is also working with writer and designer Eric Gross on a project called The Cilicium Pandoric, which has been sanctioned by writer-director-artist and Hellraiser creator Clive Barker. She has also written a "further adventures" of Sister Cilice to accompany the Pandoric.
CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERVIEW
Deathless Legacy - Rise From The Grave
The Tuscans horror metallers Deathless Legacy have announced that the work on the debut album is finished. 'Rise From The Grave' is the title of the disc, it will be available from the 3rd of January via Danse Macabre Records. "Rise from the grave" mixes heavy, speed and gothic metal sounds, giving birth to a new experience of horror music: you'll be scared and exalted, believe the monsters! Danse Macabre
You can watch the video trailer following the statement from the band:
"I'll have promised and promised, finally arrived. Between changes in the line-up and problems of various kinds, but with the perseverance to believe in what we were doing, finally "Rise From The Grave" is ready to rise from the ground, shining and mocking those who, in these Deathless Legacy, there believed enough. We found in Danse Macabre Records (DE) a label propped up by excellent people, competent and approachable, but above all we were immediately shown to a fast-paced excitement, which was able to give us that final push, able to redeem the our sweat, our effort, our commitment. Well, the Horror Metal shine, enjoy the new website, and the video with a simple click, you can take advantage of Google Calendar to keep in mind the fateful date. Thanks to those who believed in us, who urged us to move forward, to the figures of inspiration that, willy-nilly, have intervened in our lives by bands of undead.
horror What is with you! "
Rise From the Grave is the first album signed by the Italian horror metal band Deathless Legacy. 10 creepy powerful songs adorned with industrial synth and a taste of hammond, to evoke the inner wishes and fears of all the human-beings walking on this world.
Their music is plenty of horror, as their presence on stage: all dressed up and made up like evil immortal spirits, they drip horror aspects from every point of view including music and atmospheres.
Paul Finch Sacrifice
Author extraordinaire Paul Finch will be signing copies of his books at Waterstones Wigan on Saturday 30 November 2013.
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full time writer. He first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, THE BILL, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in horrors and thrillers.
His crime debut novel, STALKERS is a no 1 ebook best seller and introduced DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg. This was followed last July by the sequel, SACRIFICE. The third in the series, HUNTED, will follow in February 2014. The Heck series will shortly be published in Germany, Poland, Turkey and Hungary.
To date, he's had twelve books and nearly 300 stories and novellas published on both sides of the Atlantic. His first collection, AFTER SHOCKS (Ash-Tree), won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, KID. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for his mid-length story, THE OLD NORTH ROAD. His short novel, CAPE WRATH (Telos), was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in 2002, and several other collections of his stories and novellas have been published since, all of them well received by fans and readers. His horror novel, STRONGHOLD, was published by Abaddon Books in 2010, along with his novelette, SPECIAL POWERS, which forms part of Stephen Jones's masterly mosaic horror, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (Robinson). Christmas 2010 will see the launch of another short novel by Finch, the festive terror tale, SPARROWHAWK (Pendragon). He has also written three DOCTOR WHO audio dramas for Big Finish - LEVIATHAN and SENTINELS OF THE NEW DAWN, HEXAGORA and a DR WHO novel for BBC Books, HUNTER'S MOON.
Finch is no stranger to film either, having written scripts for several horror movies. One of these, THE DEVIL'S ROCK, was released in 2011, while his short story THE BELFRIES, is shorty due to be adapted by Hollywood. A film adaptation of his novel STRONGHOLD is now in development.
Wearing an editor's hat, Paul is also responsible for the TERROR TALES series, a collection of ghost and horror anthologies exploring the folklore, history and geography of the various regions of Britain.
Paul Finch lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.
Paul Finch Book Signing
6 The Grand Arcade, Wigan WN1 1BH
Saturday, 30 November 2013, 1:00PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION PHONE : 01942 497095
I came across this other day, Tessie Girl has put a huge amount of work into this excellent flowchart that aims to link the hole of the Stephen King Universe in one flowchart to rule them all
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Dry County Entertainment, founded by director Robert Hall (MTV’S Teen Wolf, Laid to Rest, Lightning Bug) and Fear Chamber LLC, are proud to announce the first round of casting details for their upcoming production of the feature film FEAR CLINIC.
FEAR CLINIC began as a 2009 horror series for FearNet that consisted of five episodes starring up-and-coming talent like Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and Kate Nauta (Transporter 2) as well as horror icons Danielle Harris (Halloween 4), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4) and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees). The series and upcoming film stars Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber. The series, which focused on a different phobia every episode, received critical acclaim including two 2010 Streamy Awards (Best Sound Design and Best Visual FX for Hall’s company Almost Human) and reached over five million hits on FearNet.com. It has since been added to On Demand and mainstream channels Youtube and Hulu, making it the most-watched horror web series in history.
The project has been in active development for a feature film, written by Robert Hall and Aaron Drane.
Robert Englund is back to reprise his role of Dr. Andover and and has found some fresh new patients to treat.
Fiona Dourif won fans with her role on HBO’s True Blood as Casey, a witch with a dark secret, but it was her recent turn as Nica in Curse of Chucky that cemented her as a bright new star in the horror genre. In FEAR CLINIC, Dourif portrays Sara Falls, a young woman whose phobias begins re-immerging and must seek out the specialized help of Dr. Andover.
Starring as Blake Patton is Thomas Dekker, who skyrocketed to fame with his roles in cult series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Secret Circle and Heroes as well as films such as Kaboom and Laid To Rest. Blake is a disabled man who is brought into the clinic after surviving a terrible tragedy.
Also announced is Cleopatra Coleman (Step Up: Revolution, Silversun) in the role of the boy-crazy and feisty Megan McAllister, Sara’s best friend who takes arachnophobia to a whole new level.
These actors join talents Angelina Armani (Chromeskull) and Kevin Gage (Heat, Call of Duty: Ghosts) in rounding out the cast.
“This is a whole different playing field,” says director Robert Hall. “My new film has a much darker and surreal tone than the episodes, and I think fans will really appreciate the direction we’re going in.” Regarding the cast, he adds “I’m terribly excited to get to collaborate with Fiona Dourif who blows me away with her talent, and of course Thomas Dekker gets the best out of me when we’re on set and vice versa.”
The film may be a more mature realization of the concept from the series, but at the heart of the story it focuses on the cerebral nature of fear itself and the manifestations it can take for different people.
The film opens with a tragedy that launches five people into the public eye and enlists Dr. Andover to lend his expertise to help them overcome trauma-induced phobias. A year later, terrifying ‘aftershocks’ rattle the survivors, leading to them finding their way back to the fear clinic seeking answers. As they line up for another turn in the chamber, Dr. Andover believes that something more sinister may be at work.
FEAR CLINIC begins filming next month for a Halloween 2014 release.
ILL AT EASE 2
Here is some great horror book news. Ill At Ease 2 is now available to purchase now both as an e-book and as a physical copy. I loved the original Ill At Ease, it was a great little anthology that introduced to the work of Stephen Bacon and Neil Williams. Joining the original trio of Stephen Bacon, Mark West and Neil Williams this time are Shaun Hamilton, Robert Mammone, Val Walmsley and Sheri White.
You will descend into an underground train station to uncover a dreadful secret and watch in horror as a paradise holiday turns sour. You will see a bullied boy who’s helped by local history and share the anguish of a father, losing his child in a shopping centre. You will take a trip with a cancer sufferer and share the pain of a couple, desperate for a child. You will discover that history needs to be kept somewhere.
Seven stories, seven writers and you.
Prepare to feel “ill at ease” all over again.
Available from Amazon - UK
in a print edition, priced £4.99
and as an ebook, priced £1.02
Available from Amazon - USA
in a print edition, priced $6.64
and as an ebook, priced $0.99
cover designed and produced by Neil Williams
ebook built by Tim C. Taylor at Greyhart Press
This is a must buy folks, this looks like the sort of book that Willie does best, and with this sort of book Willie is simply the best.
Cavalry officer Stephens wants to keep his troopers safe, but when he is pulled into the oldest conflict of them all, he must choose - to serve, or to die.
Saloon-hand Jacob wants to live a quiet life, play his fiddle, and sink a few beers. But something has come to his town-something old, hungry, and far from quiet.
Farmer Joe Clancy wants to keep his herd alive long enough to be able to sell them and save his farm. But first, he has to save his family, as death stalks the corrals.
To fight the growing menace, the three men must confront their inner demons and an all too real evil, one that threatens the lives of everyone it touches.
"I have become a big fan of Mr. Meikle, his books are always good and he is one hell of a storyteller." - Famous Monsters of Filmland
"In a literary world of mediocrity, William Meikle stands out as an author of almost arcane talents." - J Kent Holloway, author of Primal Thirst
"William Meikle's short stories and novels are shining examples of what is missing in horror fiction today: atmospheric in style, old-school in character, with an intriguing story to be told." - David Wynn, Mythos Books
Here are some horror books that have caught my eye. Most of these aren't out yet. So you have plenty of time to save up the pennies.
BLOOD KIN BY STEVE RASNIC TEM
The author of the dark, haunting novel Deadfall Hotel comes a dark Southern Gothic vision of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, snake-handling, Kudzu, Melungeons, and the Great Depression set in the southern Appalachians of the U.S., alternating between the 1930s and the present day.
Blood Kin is told from the dual points of view of Michael Gibson and of his grandmother Sadie. Michael has returned to the quiet Appalachian home of his forebears following a suicide attempt and now takes care of his grandmother— old and sickly but with an important story to tell about growing up poor and Melungeon (a mixed race group of mysterious origin) while bedeviled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she but barely understands.
In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under Kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother's death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not come to understand her story well enough.
NIGHTFALL GARDENS BY ALLEN HOUSTON
Vain Lily Blackwood and her shy brother Silas wonder if their family will ever settle in one place long enough to lead a normal life. When a mysterious stranger in a wolf-hide cloak arrives claiming to be their uncle, they discover their parents have been hiding a secret that turns their world upside down.
The two are kidnapped and transported to Nightfall Gardens, the family’s ancestral home, a place shrouded in fog and ancient mystery, where they meet their dying grandmother and learn of an age-old curse placed on Blackwood females.
Lily must take over as protector of the house and three haunted gardens that hold mythical beasts, fairy-tale nightmares and far worse. If she doesn't, the evil trapped there will be unleashed and bring on a new dark age. While she deals with malevolent ghosts, murderous dolls and killer insects inside the house, Silas is put to work in the gardens, a hothouse of terror, where one wrong step means death.
Along the way, they search to unlock the riddle of the curse and to stop the creatures in the gardens before time runs out and the world is destroyed.
A DIFFERENT KINGDOM BY PAUL KEARNEY
A different kingdom of wolves, woods and stranger, darker, creatures lies in wait for Michael Fay in the woods at the bottom of his family's farm.
Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm in rural Ireland. In the woods there are wolves; and other things, dangerous things. He doesn’t tell his family, not even his Aunt Rose, his closest friend.
And then, as Michael wanders through the trees, he finds himself in the Other Place. There are strange people, and monsters, and a girl called Cat.
When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family’s doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away – or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place.
This is Paul Kearney’s masterpiece.
BROKEN SIGIL BY WILLIAM MEIKLE
BROKEN SIGIL BY WILLIAM MEIKLE
There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But some...those who suffer...know better. They are drawn to these places to ease their pain.
If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where the dead are not gone.
MENACE BY GARY FRY
Jane Marlow is a successful model with a London home and a bright future. But now she has a problem: after a night of unbridled passion with a TV actor, she's pregnant.
After taking on a mysterious modeling project in the northeast of England, Jane finds herself growing increasingly attached to her unborn child. But other changes are also underway.
Something is dogging the development of her baby, something that casts long shadows across her. Before her child is born, can an engagement with a best-selling novelist help identify what menaces her?
WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY BY BRIAN HODGE
"Any sufficiently advanced intelligence is indistinguishable from godhood."
For Damien, growing up was all about being an outsider in his own home. His mother and brother shared an unfathomable bond that left him excluded from their lives. Yet his earliest, fragmentary memory of them was so nightmarish, their lives were something he ran from as soon as he could.
Now an astronomy graduate student in Seattle, Damien is happy with his place as a speck in a cosmos vast beyond comprehension. Until his brother turns up after 13 years, to make amends and seek his expertise on a discovery that may not be of this Earth. The more the world expands to admit the possibilities of a universe stranger than even Damien has imagined, the greater is his urgency to resist being reclaimed by a past that never seemed to want him…until now.
Like a collision of galaxies between H.P. Lovecraft and Carl Sagan, Whom the Gods Would Destroy looks to the night skies as the source of our greatest wonder, and finds them swarming with our worst fears.
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This is a fantastic piece of horror news folks. Adam Nevill's back list is to be re released with a brand new set of matching covers. Perhaps the one of most interest to fans is Banquet For The Damned this book has long been out of print. I'll definitely be getting a copy of this brilliant book, if just to keep my signed first edition in tip top condition.
Few believed Professor Coldwell could commune with spirits. But in Scotland’s oldest university town something has passed from darkness into light. Now, the young are being haunted by night terrors and those who are visited disappear.
This is certainly not a place for outsiders, especially at night. So what chance do a rootless musician and burned out explorer have of surviving their entanglement with an ageless supernatural evil and the ruthless cult that worships it?
This chilling occult thriller is both an homage to the great age of British ghost stories and a pacy modern tale of diabolism and witchcraft.
Apartment 16 Cover
Some doors are better left closed . . .
In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out. And it’s been that way for fifty years. Until the night watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and investigates. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever.
A young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She’s been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumours claim Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.
Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building. And the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying . . .
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It was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition.
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise.
A shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the floors. The residue of old rites for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. And as the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .
Last Days Cover
Some secrets refuse to stay buried . . .
Indie filmmaker Kyle Freeman is a man at the end of his tether. He faces bankruptcy and obscurity, until he lands a commission to make an unusual documentary. The Temple of the Last Days was a notorious cult, which reached its bloody endgame in the Arizona desert in 1975. Ever since, the group’s rumoured mystical secrets and paranormal experiences have lain concealed behind a history of murder, sexual deviancy and imprisonment.
Kyle and his one-man crew film the cult’s original bases in London and France – finally visiting the desert crime scene where the cult self-destructed in a night of ritualistic violence. But when Kyle interviews survivors, uncanny events plague his shoots. Frightening out-of-body experiences and nocturnal visitations follow, along with the discovery of ghastly artefacts. Until Kyle realises, too late, that they’ve become entangled in the cult’s hideous legacy.
Between thrills and sueurs froides, the fourth edition of the festival of La Samain du cinema fantastique was held in Nice, Cote d'Azur from 22 October to 2 November 2013. Praised by many public (sold out screenings of films competing attests), this festival - with a total attendance of 5,775 people for this edition - is recognized by his peers (Fantastic Fest, Frightfest, Screamfest), and now considered as a rendez-vous for lovers of genre cinema during the Halloween period in France. Among the highlights of this edition, the Zombie Walk of Nice totalizes a record with 900 zombies walking on the new Central Park (recently opened) from the city of Nice.
GRAND PRIX – AUDIENCE PRIZE
GRAVITY by Alfonso Cuaron (USA)
BEST MOVIE – PRIX DU PUBLIC
I AM A GHOST by H.P. Mendoza (USA)
BEST DIRECTOR – AUDIENCE PRIZE
I AM A GHOST by H.P. Mendoza (USA)
BEST SCREENPLAY – AUDIENCE PRIZE
ANTISOCIAL by Cody Calahan (Canada)
SOULMATE by Axelle Carolyn (United Kingdom)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS – AUDIENCE PRIZE
GRAVITY by Alfonso Cuaron (USA)
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT – AUDIENCE PRIZE
PENNY DREADFUL by Shane Atkinson (USA)
BEST EUROPEAN SHORT – AUDIENCE PRIZE
HOTEL by Jose Luis Aleman (Spain)
BEST HORROR MOVIE
ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE by Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson (USA)
BENEATH by Ben Ketai (USA)
JURY’s PRIZE – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
FROST by Jeremy Ball (Canada)
HONORABLE MENTION – INTERNATIONAL SHORT
THE OFFERING by Christian Sparks (Canada)
JURY’s PRIZE – BEST EUROPEAN SHORT
HOTEL by Jose Luis Aleman (Spain)
HONORABLE MENTION – EUROPEAN SHORT
SKOM by Christophe Deroo (France)
The fifth edition of la Samain du cinéma fantastique will be held from october 28 to november 1, 2014. Follow the festival on www.SamainFilmFestival.com