Horror Biweekly Bulletin: Winchester, Jack Ketchum, and a Broken Shells #GiveAway

The Biweekly Horror Bulletin serves to give you the highlights on horror for the current and previous week (and a bit ahead when possible). The new releases in books movies, and games when possible. What people are talking about, notable reviews, etc. We welcome your participation.

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Well, we’re all adrift without a single horror movie opening in theatres this Friday. Shame, that. Making us go so long without a series of jump scares disguised as a scary movie! Ooh, don’t mind me, apparently I’m channeling my inner demon for this post today.

Speaking of demons.. I watched Demon Knight last night. Definitely recommend pulling out that horror classic this weekend in lieu of over-priced popcorn and recycled plots.

However, I do have good news for you! Winchester, the biography/fantasy/drama about the old crazy lady that build the ridiculous ghost-trap house is coming out on February 2nd! It stars Helen Mirren who, apart from a few Twilight Zone episodes, hasn’t really done horror. That means I have precisely no idea what to expect from her or this movie.

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Winchester Synopsis: Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. (I repeat, old crazy lady in ridiculous ghost-trap house.)

My thoughts on that trailer: Oh, look, it looks just like every other horror trailer I’ve seen in the past three years. Yep, they’re really stretching themselves.


Well, while there’s nothing coming out this Friday on the indie horror front, there are three movies for your consideration. One of them is Devil’s Well, which I’ve reviewed here, House of Salem, which Graciekat reviewed here . The final one is Butcher the Bakers, a horror comedy which Graciekat is reviewing on Monday. So, stay tuned for that one!

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Horror Books

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Apart in the Dark: Novellas – Ania Ahlborn – Jan 16, 2018

Now available for the first time in a print edition—two terrifying novellas from bestselling author Ania Ahlborn, “a great storyteller who spins an atmosphere of dread literally from the first page” (Jeff Somers).

New York, 1977. The sweltering height of the Summer of Sam. The entire city is gripped with fear, but all Nell Sullivan worries about is whether or not she’ll ever make a friend. The self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” does her best to fit in with the girls at work, but Nell’s brother, Barrett, assures her that she’ll never be like them. When Nell manages to finally garner some much-yearned-for attention, the unthinkable happens to her newfound friend. The office pool blames Son of Sam, but Nell knows the awful truth…because doing the devil’s work is easy when there’s already a serial killer on the loose.

Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhood—swimming and sleepovers, movie nights and dad jokes. And then there were the other things…the darker things…the shadow that followed her home from the cemetery and settled into the corners of her home, refusing to let her grow up in peace. Now, after three years away from the place she’s convinced she inadvertently haunted, and after yet another family tragedy strikes, Maggie is forced to return to the sweltering heat of a Savannah summer to come to terms with her past. All along, she’s been telling herself, it was just in your head, and she nearly convinces herself that she’d imagined it all. But the moment Maggie steps into the foyer of her family home, she knows. The darkness is still here. And it’s been waiting for Maggie’s return….

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Book cover for Broken Shells

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle’s car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle’s secrets do not kill him first.

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Horror on the Web

Jack Ketchum, author of controversial but indisputably horrific works such as The Girl Next Door, has died at 71. – NYDailyNews

In case you missed the Oscar nomination talk that’s been everywhere, Jordan Peele’s Get Out got 4 nominations – and that’s huge. And here’s why. – Vox

The Verge is calling Hereditary “pants-wettingly scary”. (Has anyone ever watched a movie that actually made them piss their pants? C’mon, speak up! I know I’m a certified wuss and haven’t yet experienced this.)

A fluffy list of times when “final girls” were promptly killed off in horror movie sequels – 1428 Elm

What’s Next? 5 Horror Trends We Expect Within 5 Years – DreadCentral


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Horror Guest Posts Call

February is right around the bend! Female horror writers, now’s your time to shine. Hit us up for guest posts and/or interviews as well as giveaways!

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10 thoughts on “Horror Biweekly Bulletin: Winchester, Jack Ketchum, and a Broken Shells #GiveAway

  1. Oops. Hit that post comment too soon. LOL Don’t you love Billy Zane in Demon Knight! I just recently watched it again It never gets old.
    And how sad to hear about Jack Ketchum. I’ve read many of his books and he sure could write the horror.

  2. I can’t honestly say that a movie ever made me pee my pants.Now sneezing is an entirely different story . . . I am dying to see that Winchester movie. The story fascinates me and if I ever hit the lottery, I may be the next crazy lady!

  3. I want to watch Winchester mainly because when I saw the preview, it had a Gothic feel to it. We watched “The Midnight Man” the other night and while entertaining, it was kind of your typical urban legend movie. Although it does star Lin Shaye and I adore her. I’m trying to find Devil’s Well but apparently I can’t stream it yet. So sad about Jack Ketchum. What a void he has left. Also, I LOVE Demon Knight.

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