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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.
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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 . . .
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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
Sod it I've resisted this for years but I feel I know have reached a point in readership that I can start my own awards ceremony. So in the spirit of these awards email me your suggestions at
The closing dates for nominations are 30 November 2013.
The winners to this year's British Fantasy Awards were announced yesterday. Congratulations to everyone who won. However a special shout out must go to Adam Nevill, and John Llewellyn Probert. I have been raving about these two books for the past year and it is fantastic to see two of my favourite authors get the recognition they so richly deserve. Trust me if you haven't read these two books then you really need to, they are both brilliant. ( Hey! I've even made it easy for you and linked to their Amazon pages in the list of winners below)
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award):
Last Days, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award):
Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, John Llewellyn Probert (Spectral Press)
Best Short Story:
Shark! Shark!, Ray Cluley (Black Static #29) (TTA Press)
Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver (ed.) (Solaris)
Best Comic/Graphic Novel:
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.)
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award):
ChiZine Publications (Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi)
Pornokitsch, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (eds)
The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award):
Helen Marshall, for Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications)
British Fantasy Society Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award):
Iain Banks / Iain M. Banks
This news item is very special indeed. I've just got back from Edinburgh's best book shop and witnessed these books in all their glory. The only thing that stopped me from buying all of these books was knowing just how much I had left in my bank account. These books are a joy to behold, they would look brilliant on any book lovers shelf. The books are of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award- winning director Guillermo del Toro.
Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro's favorites, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ray Russell's short story 'Sardonicus', considered by Stephen King to be 'perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written', to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. These stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.
Haunted Castles is the definitive, complete collection of Ray Russell's masterful Gothic horror stories, including the famously terrifying novella trio of 'Sardonicus', 'Sanguinarius', and 'Sagittarius'. The characters that sprawl through Haunted Castles are frightful to the core: the heartless monster holding two lovers in limbo; the beautiful dame journeying down a damned road toward depravity (with the help of an evil gypsy); the man who must wear his fatal crimes on his face in the form of an awful smile. Engrossing, grotesque, perverted, and completely entrancing, Russell's Gothic tales are the best kind of dreadful.
The Raven: Tales and Poems is a landmark new anthology of Poe's work, which defied convention, shocked readers, and confounded critics. This selection of Poe's writings demonstrates the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' describes the final hours of a family tormented by tragedy and the legacy of the past. In 'The Tell Tale Heart,' a murderer's insane delusions threaten to betray him, while stories such as 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Cask of Amontillado' explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate. The title narrative poem, maybe Poe's most famous work, follows a man's terrifying descent into madness after the loss of a lover.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 49), was born in Boston, USA. He was a short-story writer, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor the detective-fiction genre.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories brings together a dozen of the master's tales - from his early short stories 'Under the Pyramids' (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and 'The Music of Erich Zann' (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favourites) through to his more fully developed works, 'The Dunwich Horror', 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward', and 'At the Mountains of Madness'. The book presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His relatively small body of work - three novels and sixty short stories - has nevertheless exercised an incalculable influence on horror and supernatural fiction.
The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship ... and horror.
Mary Shelley was born in 1797, the only daughter of writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, but she wrote several other works, including Valpergaand The Last Man.
The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels, and the inspiration for writers such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House is an immaculate examination of how fear can make us our own worst enemy, published in Penguin Modern Classics.
Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and light-hearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
Adapted into a film, The Haunting, starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.
Shirley Jackson (1916-65) was born in San Francisco. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1948. Her novels - which includeThe Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House - are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on at the time of her death.
American Supernatural Tales is the ultimate collection of weird and frightening American short fiction. As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. The book celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of course-Stephen King. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good collection of stories.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer, scholar, and editor whose previous books include Documents of American Prejudice; In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice against Women; God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong; Atheism: A Reader; H. L. Mencken on Religion; The Agnostic Reader; and What Is Man? And Other Irreverent Essays by Mark Twain.