This is Horror, Issue 25: Nightmare on Elm Street, The Invasive, and The Ghost Club

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This is Horror, Issue 25 is a sampling of Horror News, including book and movie releases, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote

“I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge, or lustre, or name.” 
― H.P. LovecraftNemesis

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Horror Movies

Let’s face it, it’s the last two weeks of the year. Horror is squelched right now.  So, instead, I present four of my favorite scenes from the Nightmare on Elm Street films. These films are single-handedly responsible for most of my night terrors as a child. (And yes, I had actual night terrors, to the point they medicated me.)

Nightmare on Elm Street - Suspended by Veins
This one is perhaps the least scary – it never gave me any nightmares, but it just deeply disturbed me. The look on the guys face, the fact that its his – what – arteries? No thanks!
Nightmare on Elm Street - Claw in the Bathtub
Y’all, I still can’t keep my eyes closed for very long in the bath tub. Seriously.
Nightmare on Elm Street - Pushing Wall
The only reason this one doesn’t still creep me out is we no longer live in a place that has wallpaper. And yes, that’s the way my mind works. Freddy can push through wallpaper, but not actual walls.
Nightmare on Elm Street - Waterbed
After I watched this movie, I went to spend the night at a friend’s house, and she had a waterbed. It took every speck of bravery I had in me not to call my mom and ask for her to come pick me up.

Oh, in case you missed it, if you’re interested in how the Nightmare on Elm Street movies did, you can check it out in our handy little infographic.

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Horror Books

Featured New Release

Book cover for The Ghost club

The Ghost Club – William Meikle – December 9th, 2017

Writers never really die; their stories live on, to be found again, to be told again, to scare again.

In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the day. In here you’ll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.

Come, join us for dinner and a story:

Robert Louis Stevenson – Wee Davie Makes a Friend Rudyard Kipling – The High Bungalow Leo Tolstoy – The Immortal Memory Bram Stoker – The House of the Dead Mark Twain – Once a Jackass Herbert George Wells – Farside Margaret Oliphant – To the Manor Born Oscar Wilde – The Angry Ghost Henry Rider Haggard – The Black Ziggurat Helena P Blavatsky – Born of Ether Henry James – The Scrimshaw Set Anton Checkov – At the Molenzki Junction Jules Verne – To the Moon and Beyond Arthur Conan Doyle – The Curious Affair on the Embankment

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths

Gracie’s review.

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Goodreads Horror Giveaways

Book cover for The Invasive Book cover for Horror Everywhere Book cover for The Zee Brothers, Zombie Exterminators

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Going with Lilyn’s Nightmare on Elm Street scenes I was going to drop in my favorite ludicrous deaths. But then, I remembered that the eighties was the birth of tie-in merchandise and A Nightmare on Elm Street was not exempt from this madness for merch. So, my friends and fellow horror lovers, I present to you some of the weirdest, most ridiculous movie tie-ins for A Nightmare on Elm Street:

The Freddy Toaster: What better way to start your day than with a famed murderer! That’s right, you can now, literally, eat Freddy. I guess that serves him right for eating the People Pizza.

 

Call 1-900-Freddy: Feeling lonely? Wanna talk to someone you can really spill your guts to? Never fear, while you’re staying awake, chugging your coffee and No-Doz you can always call 1-900-909-FRED and for two dollars a minute you can have a pre-recorded heart to heart with Freddy himself.

Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: A book tie-in to a movie isn’t so strange. In fact, I have a Freddy book myself. I feel like the concept for this series went a little something like this: “Let’s see, R.L. Stine is having a lot of success with his Fear Street series why don’t we do a series? We’ll aim it at teenagers and get the crappiest Fred Krueger make-up we can find and slap it on the cover. Gold!” Honestly, I don’t know if they’re good or not (and I’d love to find one to see) but the covers are so Nineties Neon I can’t help but giggle.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Nintendo Game: Freddy has been popping up here and there as a special guest in various horror games lately. However, once upon a time Freddy had his very own Nintendo game. It started out as you being able to play as Freddy but that was scrapped, presumably for fear of backlash. This was before Manhunt and GTA, after all. In concept it sounds at least somewhat close to how a real Freddy movie would play out. You play as a teen with up to three other players (using the NES Four Score). Your goal is to collect Freddy’s bones scattered around. It also had a Sleep Meter that would go down and when it ran out you would be warped to the Dream World where you could get killed by Freddy that much the quicker. Despite some…odd choices of enemies (like minotaurs) and weapons. Apparently shurikens became very popular in Springwood.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): Why?? Just why?? I know, I know. It’s not a tie-in but, I ask again, why was this necessary?

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Check out this very interesting article on how horror movies can help anxiety and why on Broadly.

While we couldn’t score an interview with William Meikle on his new book The Ghost Club gingernutsofhorror.com did

Well, this sounds interesting…and terrifying. Insidious: The Last Key will be trying something a little more high-tech with it’s new movie. Check it out at Bloody Disgusting

Have a happy Ash-filled holiday (with or without chainsaw)

This is Horror, Issue 24: Darkest Hours, Into the Drowning Deep, and Black Friday

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This is Horror, Issue 24 is a sampling of Horror News, including book and movie releases, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote

“imagination, of course, can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in”

                                                         – Truman Capote


Horror Movies

Featured New Release for December 1st, 2017

A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares

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Horror has reached almost all media outlets but one area that’s far too often overlooked is…board games. Yes, there are board games that do their best to scare the bejeebers out of you. Down below are a couple I’ve tried and a few more that I’d just love to get my hands on. It is hard to get the creeps from a board game. You can’t dim the lights too much if you actually want to see the dang board at all. But enjoy trying to be because at the very least they’re not dull!

1. Nightmare: The first game in the AtmosFear series, it’s a little plainer than AtmosFear: Harbingers but still fun with some neat effects.

2. AtmosFear: This is an awesome game and so much fun to play. Although if you get it I would make sure to get the older AtmosFear: The Harbingers with the VHS tape (if you still have a VCR, that is) because the DVD one just isn’t that fun. I’m not really sure why they changed it since Harbingers was their top-seller.

3. HorrorClix: Based on the HeroClix system of play using an assembled ‘team’ of horror figures, both monsters and monster hunters. Focus of play is on the figures and using ‘scenario’ and ‘plot twist’ cards to emphasize the storytelling aspect of it.

4. Call of Cthulhu RPG: Created by Chaosium, the gameplay is similar to that of Dungeons and Dragons but instead of the emphasis being on fighting a lot and leveling up your character it’s more story-based. My family is actually playing this while we speak. It’s our first game and at the moment I’m a very inept Keeper but if I get better, hopefully, I’ll let you guys in on an audio stream. It’s a very…disparate lot. We’ve got a Keeper/Speakeasy Owner, Sea Captain, Keeper/World War I Lieutenant (we take turns, his story is next), a Graverobber, a Thief and an Ex-Cultist.

5. Which Witch: I did get this from a yard sale but it’s incomplete so it’s unplayable at the moment. It looks a bit silly, geared more toward younger children.

*Bonus*

Titanic: Although not quite in the horror genre it does make you wonder what on earth made someone think: “We need a new game…something light-hearted and whimsical. I know! The Titanic!!” The object of the game is to collect various things from the ship (passport, health clearance, valuables, etc.) before trying to make your way to the upper deck. First one to the lifeboats wins. Fun, huh? And if you’re asking yourself how on earth I know this? I have it. I’ve played it. I have no shame.

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Featured New Horror Release

Book cover for Darkest Hours

Darkest Hours – Mike Thorn – November 21st, 2017

In the bleak landscape of Darkest Hours, people make decisions that lead them into extreme scenarios – sometimes bizarre, often horrific, always unexpected. Between this book’s covers you will find academics in distress; monsters abused by people; people terrorized by demons; ghostly reminiscences; resurrected trauma; and occult filmmaking. Ranging from satirical to dreadful, these stories share a distinct voice: urgent, sardonic, brutal, but always empathetic.

Also newly released:

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (review)

Patient Zero by Terry Tyler (review)

Goodreads Horror Giveaways

Book cover for Black Friday

Book cover for Chronicles of Legion Vol 1 Book cover for The Fall of the House of Cabal

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If you liked The Houses October Built – Check out the trailer for the sequel here: The Houses October Built 2

Guillermo del Toro is a bit regretful that he turned down the offer to helm some of the ‘Dark Universe’ properties. So are we Mr. del Toro, so are we.

For those Black Mirror fans out there here’s a Season 4 teaser trailer

If this game mentioned on Bloody Disgusting ever becomes a reality, I want it. I wants it a lot, my preciousss…

This is Horror, Issue 23: Skybound, Into the Drowning Deep, Patient Zero

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This is Horror, Issue 23 is a sampling of Horror News, including book and movie releases, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote

“Horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”

–Clive Barker


Horror Movies

Featured New Indie Release for November 7th, 2017

Five friends on a small airplane mysteriously lose their radio connection on a trip from New York to LA. As they continue their flight, they’re forced to assume that a major disaster happened on the ground. They discover a stowaway, Erik, who urges them not to land at any cost. Before they run out of fuel, they must find out the truth.

Starring: Scarlett Byrne, Gavin Stenhouse, Rick Cosnett

 

Still in Theatres:

Jigsaw

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Medea Halloween

Happy Death Day

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Welcome to Part Four of the Supernatural Song Title…thing. If you’re interested you can find Parts One, Two and Three if you just follow the links. Quite honestly? I knew there were quite a few but, dang, Supernatural does love it’s song titles. And, as a free bit of trivia, in the episodes Skin and Faith the music on the episodes aired on Netflix is not the same as the original music. I personally like the Netflix music better. In case you’re wondering, on Skin the fill-in music (during the Shifter’s transformation as Dean) that’s playing is Mary by The Death Riders. The music playing in the episode of Faith should be Don’t Fear the Reaper by The Blue Oyster Cult (whose insignia pops up in the Tulpa episode) but is instead Death in the Valley, also by The Death Riders. I only mention it because it’s freaking hard to find out what music they use. I didn’t even realize that the ‘Faith’ episode was also The Death Riders until I tracked down a CD (finally).

1. Thin Lizzie (The name of an actual band) – (S11, E5)

2. Don’t You Forget About MeSimple Minds (S11, E12)

3. Love HurtsNazareth (S11, E13)

4. Stuck in the Middle with YouStealers Wheel (S12, E12)

5. The British Invasion (Reference to The Beatles)

6. The Memory RemainsMetallica (S12, E18)

7. The FutureLeonard Cohen (I’m a little iffy on this one because it’s kind of a vague title)

8. All Along the WatchtowerJimi Hendrix (S12, E23)

And that is all of them. There could be more but some were a bit generic so I really didn’t count them. Thanks for playing Supernatural Music (now I think of a title!) and take a look-see in this area for next week’s bits and bobs.

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Featured Horror New ReleaseBook cover for Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant – November 14th, 2017

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

Note: I recently got a copy from Netgalley of this, and am currently reading. While I don’t like it as much as her Feed book, I’m definitely enjoying it so far!

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Also recently released: 

Patient Zero by Terry Tyler (My review isn’t up here yet, but I gave it 4*)

Redneck Vol 1: Deep in the Heart by Danny Coates

Stalks by Sara Bourgeois

Goodreads Horror Giveaways:

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Dread Central says these movies will be releasing on VOD this week. The site’s not too sure about IT, though. Angelica and Death on Scenic Drive look interesting. And Killer Donuts.

There’s a Stephen King soundtrack collection. It’s Limited Edition so you probably only need to see the price to be terrified. Check it out at Horrornews.net 

They are making The Haunting of Hill House into a series. I’m done. I can think of a million other books that could support a series but I have a sinking feeling that the slim backstory in The Haunting of Hill House was their main inducement. They can do whatever they want. And probably will…

Horror News Radio have been chatting about the movie The Killing of a Sacred Deer today.

I’d like to drop a line here letting you guys know that the Horrors! 365 Scary Stories post is cancelled for tomorrow. I’ll be reviewing the new release Where Nightmares Come From by Crystal Lake Publishing instead. I don’t want to forestall the review but check it out! Next week Horrors! will return as a double-length post. Either way, you guys win!

This is Horror, Issue 22: Unbury Carol, My Friend Dahmer, and Weaponized

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This is Horror, Issue 22 is a sampling of Horror News, including book and movie releases, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote:

From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.” 
― H.P. LovecraftTales of H.P. Lovecraft

Horror Movies

Featured New Horror Release for November 2nd, 2017:

My Friend Dahmer

Movie cover for My Friend Dahmer

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.

Starring:  Ross LynchAlex WolffAnne Heche

Note: I’m not entirely sure what I think about this. I mean, dude chopped people up and ate them. The “he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in” and “true, haunting story” both make me think that they’re going to try to make me feel sympathy for Dahmer. Sorry, but I have no interest in feeling sorry for someone who chopped people up and ATE them.

In Theaters Now:

Jigsaw

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween

Happy Death Day

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Featured Horror New Release

Book cover for Weaponized

Weaponized – Zac Thompson – October 31st, 2017

Truog Island is a desolate place where sexual activity is outlawed. There lives Trip Yash, bored out of his mind. That was until he met Cron. After a night of passion, Cron disappears taking Trip’s virginity with him. A few days later, Trip develops a rash on his hand that eventually blooms into a gun made from his own flesh.

It’s not long before Trip becomes a living weapon locked in a battle against an ancient virus that threatens to ruin his island home. As his body continues to change, terrifying forces emerge with the power to weaponize the dead.

For fans of Clive Barker and David Cronenberg, Weaponized is a nerve-shattering exploration of sexual identity and people’s strange relationship with tools of death. It is a Kafka-esque horror take on sexual orientation and sexually transmitted infections, and how we villainize those who are different.

Also recently released: Tuskers IV: Rise of the Cloven , Strange Weather , Brokeheart

Goodreads Horror Giveaways:

Book cover for House of Windows Book cover for The Merry Spinster Book cover for Unbury Carol

 

 

 

 

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Prepare yourself for Part Three of the Supernatural song title = episode list. Counting ahead (as long as it’s not boring you yet!) there will certainly be enough for a Part Four. For Parts One and Two just click the links!

1. Let it BleedThe Rolling Stones (S6, E21)

2. Meet the New Boss (lyrics from ‘Won’t get Fooled Again) – The Who (S7, E1)

3. Time After TimeCyndi Lauper (S7, E12)

4. The Slice Girls (a play on the band name The Spice Girls) (S7, E13)

5. Torn and FrayedThe Rolling Stones (S8, E10)

6. I’m No AngelGreg Allman (S9, E3)

7. Rock and a Hard PlaceThe Rolling Stones (S9, E8)

8. Stairway to HeavenLed Zeppelin (S9, E22)

9. Girls, Girls, GirlsMotley Crue (S10, E7)

10. Paint It, BlackThe Rolling Stones (S10, E16)

The Stones seem to have the honours this week. Let’s see who comes out the most next week for Part Four!

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Like horror games? Have you heard of Stifled? Check out this Stifled Review from Upload VR.

It looks like the release of Polaroid isn’t going to happen any time soon, reports Variety. Sucks because I was hoping for good things from it.

No Film School says these are the 5 Horror Films You Should Study to Learn Cinematography.

Want to watch scary movies, but, er, hate scary movies? Check this list out from Den of Geek.

And finally, from Mental Floss, comes Your 10 Favorite Horror Directors’ Favorite Horror Films.

 

Our Favorite Horror Book Covers

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween Freebie, so we’re going to go visual, and talk about our favorite horror-themed book covers. Notice my wording there, folks. We aren’t judging a book by it’s cover, because in at least a few cases of the actual books in this post, the cover was the best thing about the book. While most of these books are perhaps not completely original, there is still something special about them that invites the eye. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a fine selection of awesome (or maybe awesomely bad) book covers.

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Oh, yeah, there might be more than 10. Sometimes you just can’t leave one out!

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Just Add Water by Hunter Shea Just Add Water by Hunter Shea

I think it’s that this cover has a vaguely nostalgic feel to it. It clearly indicates it is going to be a monster book, but it looks almost … cute. Of course, coming from Hunter Shea, you know cute isn’t going to play into it. And ain’t that the truth!

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

This cover just makes you want to look at it. From the expression in the man’s eye, to the way his hat transforms into the swamp. And with a name like “Deadlight Jack”, it combines to have this mysterious allure.

The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

While the ‘old and ramshackle house’ isn’t exactly what one might call a new idea, the designer who did this cover worked magic with their color palette. The soft, earthy tones should be friendly and evoke pleasant memories. It isn’t anything like the cool, dark blue tones normally associated with this type of book cover.

Alice by Christina Henry

It’s amazing how such a little thing can make such a big difference. The illustration of the rabbit head on top of the suited torso is kind of interesting, but easy to shrug off. Add a few drops of blood, and suddenly it’s a game changer.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

This cover is cheesy. That’s undeniable. But there’s also something fun about it. The creature on the film strip partnered with the name tells you all you really need to know to immediately grab this book and take it home for a read.

 

Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan

Well, with a name like Apocalypse Cow, you know that the cover was going to have to have a cow on it in some fashion. However, out of all the directions they could have went, they went with a fairly standard recognizable shot, and turned it horribly wrong. Amazing what glowing red eyes will moo.

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I love the way the whole cover is put together. The old farmhouse, the figure in the foreground. The black and white with just the touches of red. The misty fog gives it a creepy, dreamlike quality that makes it oddly beautiful but sinister.

 

Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear by Terry Dowling

I like the grey/sepia tones, as though it could be an actual picture of a traveling salesman. He looks inviting and trustworthy…don’t you think?

 

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

I have always loved this cover. It’s moody and makes the main character, Merricat, mysterious and slightly unreal. Ghostly and partly wild, perhaps almost feral. Blue tones get overused a lot (particularly on Gothics) but there seems to almost be a pattern to the shifting blues of the background and who can say what they’re obscuring?

 

THREE by Guy McBryde

Birds and trees in silhouettes are pretty common in horror, as is fog. This caught my eye because the combination of the, well, three, images along with the chessboard-like floor gives it a rather unique feeling of weirdness.

 

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming edited by Salome Jones

What? Did you really think The Great Old One wouldn’t make an appearance? I particularly like this cover because of the suggestion of the iconic Cthulhu visage and the watery blood with the hint of tentacles in it. It’s a great representation of the ineffable nature of the Old Ones and the madness that comes with it.

 

Bad Apples by Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Evans Light, Adam Light, and Gregor Xane

This might more properly belong on a Halloween list but c’mon! How can you not love an apple that’s rotten to the core? A veritable seed of evil that didn’t fall far from the tree.


There you have it, folks, a selection of our favorite horror book covers. What’s your personal favorite? Of course, if you’re offended that we left a cover off, you’re welcome to let us know what it was! – L&G

10 Sci-Fi and Horror Books on Our Fall TBR

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Oh, lookie, another chance to talk about the books we want to read but will probably actually never get around to. Well, we’re not gonna lie and say we’re going to actually get around to reading these, because that would be wrong. And delusional. And they don’t make a pill strong enough yet to help self-admitted bookworms with that “I can read all the books!” self-delusion.

However, these are 10 sci-fi and horror books on our Fall TBR. Some of them we might actually read, others we’ll look longingly at, and the rest we’ll probably forget about as soon as another book with a shiny cover twinkles our way. (Or waves the promise of a blood-splattered gorefest at us. Don’t judge.)

By the way, Top Ten Tuesday topics are brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

If you’re looking for upcoming science fiction and horror books for 2017 (well, what remains of it), look here at our More 2017 Science Fiction and Horror Novels to Look For (July-Dec).

 

10 Sci-Fi and Horror Books on Our Fall TBR

(Lilyn)

Doctor Arnoldi by Tiffany Thayer – Tiffany Thayer, who was prominent in the Fortean Society, wrote many unusual novels in the first half of the 20th century but DOCTOR ARNOLDI is one of the most elusive. Now, for the first time since its initial publication in 1934, it’s available. The story is an old one — what happens when death is defeated — but no one has ever written about it as Thayer has.

I just recently came across this one in an article I was reading, and it intrigued me. Especially the scene they talked about where a guy was ran through a meat grinder and the meat came out still moving. I need to read this. I also need the gumption to spend 15+ on the book since my library can’t get it. So, it might wait a while.

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The Happy Chip by Dennis Meredith – You feel ecstatic! Until you kill yourself. – The Happy Chip is the latest nanoengineering wonder from the high-flying tech company, NeoHappy, Inc. Hundreds of millions of people have had the revolutionary chip injected into their bodies to monitor their hormonal happiness and guide them to life choices, from foods to sex partners. Given the nanochip’s stunning success, struggling science writer Brad Davis is thrilled when he is hired to co-author the biography of its inventor, billionaire tech genius Marty Fallon.

That is, until Davis learns that rogue company scientists are secretly testing horrifying new control chips with “side effects”—suicidal depression, uncontrollable lust, murderous rage, remote-controlled death, and ultimately, global subjugation. His discovery threatens not only his life, but that of his wife Annie and their children. Only with the help of Russian master hacker Gregor Kalinsky and his gang can they hope to survive the perilous adventure that takes them from Boston to Beijing.

The Happy Chip, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, spins a cautionary tale of unchecked nanotechnology spawning insidious devices that could enslave us. It dramatically portrays how we must control our “nanofuture” before it’s too late.

I liked Dennis Meredith’s Wormholes well enough, and the concept of a happy chip isn’t too far-future, neither is the misuse of it. I’m curious to see what the author could do with it. Its terrestrial sci-fi, and sometimes that’s just what I’m looking for. 

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Mars One by Jonathan Maberry – Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry.

Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and he has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy.

But now, at sixteen, it’s time to leave Earth, and he’s forced to face what he must leave behind in exchange for an uncertain future. When the news hits that another ship is already headed to colonize Mars, and the NeoLuddite terrorist group begins threatening the Mars One project, the mission’s purpose is called into question. Is this all worth it?

I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series. His other work? Ehhh, hit or miss. He’s definitely not an author that’s on my ‘must buy’ list. However, he is talented, and I’m really really curious to see what he can do with a straight up science fiction novel. Especially a young adult one. 

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Counting Heads by David Marusek – Counting Heads is David Marusek’s extraordinary launch as an SF novelist: The year is 2134, and the Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Life extension therapies have increased the human lifespan by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligence) and robots do most of society’s work. The Boutique Economy has made redundant ninety-nine percent of the world’s fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away.

Eleanor K. Starke, one of the world’s leading citizens is assassinated, and her daughter, Ellen, is mortally wounded. Only Ellen, the heir to her mother’s financial empire, is capable of saving Earth from complete domination plotted by the cynical, selfish, immortal rich, if she, herself, survives. Her cryonically frozen head is in the hands of her family’s enemies. A ragtag ensemble of unlikely heroes join forces to rescue Ellen’s head, all for their own purposes.

 Another terrestrial science fiction novel, this one looks like it could just be off-beat enough to intrigue me. I mean, it’s Mission Impossible to rescue a *head*.  I know it’s the first book in a series, so it makes me a bit wary, but… good things? And it’s old enough (but not too old!) so that my library should have it! Found this one just recently through random browsing.

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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan – It’s the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person’s consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

I’m not actually a huge fan of massive conspiracies because I tend to sort all that out way too quick, but this one has too many recommendations for me to not at least think hard about giving it a try. Got it whilst googling “Best hard science fiction novels of the 21st century.”

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Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s – Grady Hendrix: Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

I love covers and the ’70s and ’80s had some great cover art. Hopefully, if it’s successful, they continue through to the present day. Although I fear it will add greatly to my TBR list. Oh well, the more the scarier!


Haunted Nights – Edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton: Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.
In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

I love Halloween and short story collections. What could be better for a fall read than a short story anthology with stories based all around the Big Three of the October holidays?


Halloween Carnival, Volume 1 – Edited by Brian James Freeman: Robert McCammon, Kevin Lucia, John R. Little, Lisa Morton, and Mark Allan Gunnells put the horror back in Halloween with a quintet of devilishly delightful tales, curated by acclaimed author and editor Brian James Freeman.

Yup. More Halloween themed short stories. I hope. It looks to be a series that will be released all through October, one each week. I’m interested to know if it will be sold as a collection after the different volumes are released and if there will be a wraparound story or if the stories stand on their own. 


Madness on the Orient Express – Edited by James Lowder: Trains embody the promise and peril of technological advance. They unlock opportunities for wealth and travel, but also create incredible chaos—uprooting populations and blighting landscapes. Work on or around the rails leads to unwelcome discoveries and, in light of the Mythos, dire implications in the spread of the rail system as a whole.

A certain path to uncovering unwelcome truths about the universe is to venture beyond our own “placid island of ignorance” and encounter foreign cultures. The Orient Express serves as the perfect vehicle for such excursions, designed as a bridge between West and East. Movement into mystery forms the central action for many stories in this volume. The only limitation placed upon writers for this collection was that their works somehow involve the Orient Express and the Mythos.

The last warning whistle has blown, and we are getting underway. Have your tickets at the ready and settle in for a journey across unexpected landscapes to a destination that—well, we’ll just let you see for yourself when you arrive. We promise this though: murder will be the least of your problems on this trip aboard the Orient Express!

There’s something about trains, don’t you think? It could be assumed that I’m adding this because of the movie coming out but Agatha Christie ain’t got anything on Lovecraft and I’d rather read about Cthulhu stalking the rails rather than a commonplace murderer.


2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush – Edited by Kevin J. Anderson and John McFetridge18 exhilarating journeys into Rush-inspired worlds 

The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, and thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio that is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

Enduring stark dystopian struggles or testing the limits of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush’s big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts . . . with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics “Red Barchetta” and “Roll the Bones,” as well as Kevin J. Anderson’s novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.

Lilyn brought this one to my attention back in the spring and it’s been hovering on my periphery ever since. Anyone who comes to the site often is probably well aware (too aware, some might say) of how much I love music. I do like stories based on songs (and songs based on stories) because I like to see how that particular author interprets the song. I may not always agree but it’s always interesting.

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So, there you go. Our theoretical list of reading material for fall (that doesn’t include all the new releases).

How are you with these type of things? Do you ever actually read most of the books you put on your lists?

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This is Horror, Issue 16: Get a Grip of It or Take a Polaroid?

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This is Horror, Issue 16 is a sampling of Horror News, including book and movie releases, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote:

“Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.”
― Emma ChaseTangled

Horror Movies

Opening This Week (August 11th):

Movie poster for Annabelle Creation

Annabelle: Creation Synopsis: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Starring: Stephanie SigmanMiranda OttoLulu Wilson

Watch the Annabelle: Creation trailer on Youtube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon

 

Polaroid

 High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

Starring: Madelaine PetschKathryn PrescottJavier Botet


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Wanna See My Shorts?

Sometimes you’re really not in the mood to watch a full-length movie. Sometimes you don’t even want to watch something the length of a television show. Shorts fill that role quite nicely. While these aren’t my shorts (I’m not that talented) I invite you to check out some of my favorite shorts on YouTube. There are some truly creepy and…creative shorts on there for the viewing. The title is linked to IMDB for more information on directors, writers and actors.

1. Givertaker: An ambitious teen conducts an ancient ritual to enact petty revenge on those who she believes have wronged her.

Set up to look like a nineties teen book (I was very disappointed to find out it wasn’t) it also has the feel of one, but with much better writing, acting and production value than a Goosebumps episode. It had great atmosphere and the effects were top-notch. The ‘Givertaker’ monster is pretty awesome and puts me in mind of Silent Hill. According to the director they plan a series and I hope they do. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

Watch it here

 

2. Killer Kart: The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.

This short was so much fun. The titular Killer Karts are done pretty well and actually look a bit frightening. At the very least, being eaten by one looks very painful.

Watch it here

 

3. Teddy Bears are for Lovers: Unfortunately there is no IMDB information for this. The synopsis: A short horror comedy following a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends.

This short was hilarious. Unfortunately in a break-up the poor stuffed animals often bear the brunt of the wrath of the broken up with. It’s time they had their revenge. Please give this one a look, I promise you won’t regret it.

Watch it here

 

4. Don’t Move: Set on one fateful night, six friends gather for their monthly ‘games night’… and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them – and their friendships – to pieces.

This short had just enough story to be interesting, engaging and tense. I don’t think the tension could be sustained for a full-length movie but it would be great as a little longer segment of an anthology movie. I would definitely watch it if it were. The acting is great and the effects are very well done. The atmosphere is first rate.

Watch it here 

 

5. Breathe: A young man falls in love with a ghost, who you can only see when you don’t breathe.

A bit darker than the others but with a strangely beautiful story. Again, this would make an excellent segment on an anthology movie. It would be served well by being just a shade longer to provide a more suspenseful atmosphere. Everything moves a bit too quickly so a longer piece would really give it room to make you more engaged in it.

Watch it here 

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Featured New Horror Release

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The Grip of It – Jac Jemc – August 1st, 2017

A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of Ittells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. 

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.

 

Goodreads Horror Giveaways – Covers link to Goodreads.

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33% of you said “Psychological or Paranormal Horror.”

0% of you said “Gorehound”. — I found that shocking!

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Mass Hysteria Review (Gory Horror)

Title: Mass Hysteria | Author: Michael Patrick Hicks | Publisher: High Fever Books | Pub. Date: 2017-8-15 | Pages: 258 | ISBN13: 9781947570009 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Child death | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.


Mass Hysteria

It came from space…

Something virulent. Something evil. Something new. And it is infecting the town of Falls Breath.

Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalking and killing their human prey without mercy.

As the town comes under siege, Lauren searches for her boyfriend, while her policeman father fights to restore some semblance of order against a threat unlike anything he has seen before. The Natural Order has been upended completely, and nowhere is safe.

…and it is spreading.

Soon, the city will find itself in the grips of mass hysteria.

To survive, humanity will have to fight tooth and nail.

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Mass Hysteria Review

Michael Patrick Hicks’ Mass Hysteria is a headlong dive into a disgusting, gore-splattered future that will either delight or dismay readers. Though the book starts out with animal attacks, it transitions fairly swiftly to humans attacking other humans as well. The tone for carnage is set early on, and it ratchets up relentlessly. There’s enough ‘long pig’ feasting in this book to make the mythical rugaru feel right at home.

Mass Hysteria is heavy on language, violence, and sexual situations. It is not a book for horror fans that find their stomachs easily turned. There were scenes that made me cringe (and mentally applaud the author). If you are someone who hates to see a dog (or cat) die in a book, you’d best not go past the front cover. I’m normally one of those people, but given that the book promises animals going crazy, I was prepared for it going in. It’s a straightforward look at a world where the rules humanity have lived by since the dawn of civilization are cast aside. It’s fast paced, action-packed, and bloody. Really, almost everything a horror gore-hound could want.

While it is very competently written for the most part, Mass Hysteria does contain two instances of child death that annoyed me. These deaths are undeniably in place to add to the horror of the situation, and are entirely unnecessary. The author’s writing is strong enough to stand up on its own without relying on these tried and true but nevertheless weak writing props. (Normally I would list the animal deaths a weak prop as well, but it’s a game changer when you know it’s going to happen up front.) However, to his credit, only a few lines are spent on the first child’s death, and it is not witnessed as much as heard. For the second, it happens entirely ‘off screen’. So, they were well done for what they were. (And I have to admit that the second death really did emphasize exactly how much the world had changed.)

Undeniably talented, Michael Patrick Hicks shows evidence of a rather deliciously depraved mind in this book. This is an author that can easily hold his own against some of the biggest names in the business. There is some improvement to be had, but mainly in areas of confidence  rather than technical skill. While he isn’t on my ‘must-read’ list yet, I would have no problems recommending Mass Hysteria to fellow gore-hounds out there.

I have also reviewed Black Site by the same author.

This is Horror, Issue 15: Fyre, Mass Hysteria, and Videodrome

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This is Horror, Issue 15 is a sampling of Horror Movies, Art, Fiction, and Gaming, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote:

“There are things so horrible that even the dark is afraid of them. Most people don’t know this and this is just as well because the world could not really operate if everyone stayed in bed with the blankets over their head, which is what would happen if people knew what horrors lay a shadow’s width away.”
― Terry PratchettEqual Rites

Horror Movies

Horror Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie cover for VideodromeVideodrome (1983): Well, Videodrome was really the only logical choice for this after I watched it a few nights ago. This sci-fi horror movie starring James Woods is a complete mind screw that will have you constantly goggling at the screen. Extremely well done and holds up even today (though it’s very obviously a bit dated.)

Videodrome Synopsis: When he acquires a different kind of programming for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Starring:  James WoodsDebbie HarrySonja Smits

Note: I (Lilyn) watched this after it was brought up on the discussion about our Favorite Horror Movies of All Time.

 

 

 

 


Horror Movies Opening This Week (July 28th):


In Theaters:

Wish Upon

 

Coming Soon:

The Dark Tower (August 4th)

The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Annabelle: Creation (August 11th):

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

 

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Last week I gave you a list of my favorite Lovecraft readings on YouTube. There are, however, many other public domain readings online that deserve a bit of love. So, here are a few others that I enjoy listening to on occasion*.

The Upper BerthF. Marion CrawfordReader Unknown: I’m not sure if the YouTuber’s channel uploader is the readeror not. I have asked but received no response. Either way, it is one of the better readings that I have come across of this creepy, ghostly tale of horror at sea.

The Great God PanArthur Machen Read by Free Audiobooks for Intellectual Exercise: Sorry I couldn’t give you a name to go by but that is the name of the channel it is on. I don’t think I really need to give many details on Arthur Machen as his name is fairly well-known in the horror world. This is my favorite reading of this story. A few others’ voices just didn’t click with me. I found this oddly soothing to go to sleep to.

The Lame PriestSusan CarletonRead by Alan Barr: I have to warn you a bit. The book might not be as politically correct as one could wish but I will say that it is far more so than others of the time it was written. It’s mostly in the “Indian” speak area but, again, is not half as bad as others. Please don’t let it discourage you from listening to this story because it is a great, creepy story and the reader, for their part, does not over-exaggerate the speaking roles. It’s a bit more clumsy than others but it fits the story very well.

Mrs. AmworthE.F. BensonRead by Emma Topping: This comes up as Emma Topping Topic so I’m not really sue if the reader is actually named Emma Topping. However, she has a great reading voice. I don’t usually like when men read for women and vice versa because there are few that can do it well. It can also get confusing if the story is told in first person. Her voice is perfect for the more ironic and sardonic writers of nineteenth century horror literature.

The Judge’s HouseBram StokerRead by William Coon: Bram Stoker’s shorter stories usually get a bit overlooked. The Judge’s House is my favorite among these and this is a very good reading presented by LibriVox. LibriVox works on a volunteer basis for it’s readers so sometimes the quality can vary a bit.

*I would like to point out that I am in no way affiliated with these particular YouTube Channels. I receive no compensation for listing them here.

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New Horror Releases (July 14th – July 28th)

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Fyre – Sean Schubert – July 18th, 2017

Civilization has been scorched to cinders in a torrent of flame that washed over the earth, destroying everything in its path. Many of the world’s inhabitants have been driven to the brink of extinction. The ancient, evil sisters responsible for the destruction are bound and determined to end humanity for good. They hunt the earth for the last remnants of life, eager to finish the job.

The last hope for mankind lies with a group of teenaged survivors living in the vast wasteland of Alaska. Against great powers beyond their understanding, they must learn to trust a blind boy and a mysterious mute stranger to guide them in the final battle that will determine the fate of all humanity.

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Kind Nepenthe – Matthew V. Brockmeyer – July 27th, 2017

Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land. Instead she discovered a nightmare.

Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even worth it anymore.

Diesel Dan abandoned his son for a life of methamphetamine and prison. Now he wants to make amends. He’s going to be a grandfather. But his son is on the same dark road of drugs and violence that once consumed him.

These characters will come together in an explosive ending that will leave you stunned and breathless. But more than just a gripping horror novel, Kind Nepenthe is a deep examination into the nature of love and greed, lost ideals, and the essence of evil in one of the last frontiers of the American West.

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Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities, & Undefinable Wonders – Edited by Doug Murano – July 28th, 2017

Want to see something weird? Embrace the odd. Satisfy your curiosity. Surrender to wonder.

From Crystal Lake Publishing and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated co-editor of the smash hit Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories comes Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders.

Sixteen stories and two poems take you into the spaces between the ordinary—and the imaginations of some of today’s masters of dark and thrilling fiction.

A travel writer learns the terrible secrets at a hotel that’s not at all as it seems. A disfigured woman and her daughter explore methods of weaponizing beauty. An amateur beekeeper acquires an object that shows her the true 
danger of the hive-mind.
 Drifters ride the rails seeking something wondrous that could change their fates forever. A strange creature that holds our very existence in its hands shapes the lives of two lovers to touching and devastating effect. A young man helps his grandfather—and something much more monstrous—atone for bargains made during wartime. And much, much more…

Featuring Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, John Langan, Erinn L. Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy A. Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read and Richard Thomas. Foreword by Josh Malerman. Illustrations by Luke Spooner. Cover art by John Coulthart. Brought to you by Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor Doug Murano and Crystal Lake Publishing. Tales from the Darkest Depths.

Horror Giveaways:

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  • Want to hear any other readings from the LibriVox Library or have an urge to volunteer your own reading services? Check out their website here.
  • Freddy in the upcoming movie Ready Player One? Read about it at Bloody Disgusting. Unless it’s Robert Englund my interest is a bit limited, I’m afraid.
  • We’ve lost yet another horror icon this month. JoBlo.com has a very lovely tribute to the King of the Zombies.
  • Needing an American Horror Story fix? A new poster with new clues are up at ComingSoon.net
  • Joe Hill thinks the upcoming ‘IT’ will be on par with classics like ‘The Thing’ and ‘Jaws’. I think I’d like an unbiased opinion, please. Check out the interview on Collider.com

This is Horror, Issue 14: Wish Upon, The Dark Tower, and those Meddling Kids

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This is Horror, Issue 14 is a sampling of Horror Movies, Art, Fiction, and Gaming, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.

This is Horror’s Weekly Quote: 

“The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them. They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen.”
― H.P. LovecraftThe Dunwich Horror and Others

Horror Movies

Horror Movie Suggestion for the Week:

Movie cover for Gnaw II Food of the Gods

Gnaw: Food of the Gods II: Being a true horror-hound means you watch the good, the bad-good, and the just bad. This one, apparently, falls under the ‘just bad’ category.

Give it a watch. If you dare.

Gnaw: Food of the Gods II (1989) Synopsis: A growth hormone experiment gets out of hand, when the the resulting giant man-eating rats escape, reaking havoc on the unsuspecting campus. Much blood-letting follows.

Starring:  Paul CoufosLisa SchrageRéal Andrews

 

 

 


 

Opening This Week (July 14th): 

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Wish Upon Synopsis: A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.

Wish Upon Tagline: Be careful what you wish for.

Starring: Joey KingRyan PhillippeKi Hong Lee

 

 

 

In Theatres Now:

47 Meters Down

Coming Soon:

The Dark Tower (August 4th, 2017): The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

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My little brain tends to wander if I don’t keep it occupied (the last time it wandered off it took two weeks for it to come back) so, while I’m doing stuff, I like to listen to things. But since I’m also cheap, I don’t like to pay for audiobooks of stories that I already have. Like, for instance, Lovecraft. And since he’s mainly in the public domain I can listen to them on Youtube guilt-free. Now, readings on Youtube can sometimes be iffy so, after listening to various readings (and subjecting myself to more than a few terrible ones) I have come up with a list of 5 of the best readings. Enjoy!

1. The Call of Cthulhu – Read by Garrick Hagon – The reader is really good and I like the echo effect to it. It makes it sound like an old recording and gives it an interesting quality. It is also captioned by the creator.

2. The Dunwich Horror – Read by Caden Clegg – A great reading with great sound effects. It’s a very professionally put together and the rest of the channel, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, has a nice offering of creepypastas, podcasts and readings.

3. Pickman’s Model – Read by Huw Carr – There are quite a few different readings of Pickman’s Model but this is my preferred one. It’s slightly melodramatic but it suits the story.

4. The Haunter of the Dark – Read by H.P. Podcraft – A very nicely subtle reading of Lovecraft’s Haunter of the Dark.

5. The Outsider – Read by Roddy McDowall – Roddy McDowall’s unique voice is perfect for reading Lovecraft’s works. Unfortunately, the only other reading by him is The Hound. Which is a very good story that often gets overlooked.

 

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New Releases (July 1st – July 14th)

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Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero – July 11th, 2017

For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale comes a tour de force of horror, humor, and H.P. Lovecraft. The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison. Scooby Doo and the gang never had to do this!

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

Read our review of Meddling Kids here.

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The Devil’s Colony – Bill Schweigart – July 11th, 2017

The greatest monster is man. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft and Northwoods comes a chilling descent into the depths of horror and human depravity.

Ben McKelvie had a good job, a nice house, a beautiful fiancée . . . until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided by dedicated zoologist Lindsay Clark and wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance.

Now they face their deadliest challenge yet. In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a man named Henry Drexler operates a private compound called Välkommen, which is Swedish for “welcome.” Indeed, Drexler welcomes all visitors—so long as they’re racists, neo-Nazis, or otherwise in cahoots with the alt-right. But Drexler is no mere Hitler wannabe. Once he was Severance’s mentor, and his research may well have summoned a monster to the Pine Barrens.

To find out the truth, Ben and Lindsay must enter the camp incognito. There, under the watchful eyes of Drexler’s bodyguards and sociopathic son, they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart.

Read our review of The Devil’s Colony here.

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The Delirium Brief – Charles Stross – July 11th, 2017

Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess.

Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize. There’s a lot of potential shareholder value in the Laundry’s “knowledge assets.”

Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.

 

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