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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Horrorific Trivia

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.


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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Horror Books

Featured New Horror Release

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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

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

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This is Horror’s Weekly Poll

Note: If you are shocked we left a movie off, please feel free to list it in the comments. If enough people talk about it, we’ll include it in the final round.

What is the Best Christmas Horror Movie in Recent Years? (First Round)

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Horror on the Web

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…

The Last Colossus Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Title: The Last Colossus | Author: Michael Hodges | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2017-5-28 | Pages: 186 | ASIN: B072C7MH7T | Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: Sharks | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited

The Last Colossus

Rugged adventure guide and “player” Ron Combs leads a group of thrill-seekers to an island off Washington’s coast. But when devastating lava flows destroy their boat and overtake the island, Ron and his clients are forced one-by-one into the sea, where a gigantic prehistoric predator awaits. 

Trapped between the lava-covered island and the huge jaws of an ancient shark, Ron teams up with his client Rachel to devise a way to keep everyone safe…even if it means sacrificing himself in the process, and finally changing his ways. – Goodreads

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The Last Colossus Review

I love books like Michael Hodges’ The Last Colossus It gave me all the cheese, blood, guts, and fiery threats of death a girl could want. But it also gave me a couple of characters that I couldn’t help but like. I was actively rooting for them to have a happy ending halfway through the book.  That always makes it strange for me. I mean, I’m the girl who wants to watch the world (in literature and film at least) burn, so wanting a happy ending is always just weird.

When the Captain of this particular adventure is named Ron, it’s kind of inevitable that in my mind he would morph into a floofy haired Kurt Russell in my mind. And, indeed, some of the feats of quick-thinking and pure balls this man pulls off are definitely worthy of He-Who-Rocked-The-Phallic-Tummy-Tattoo.  Ron Combs is a quick-thinking guy who wants nothing more than to make money and shag a pretty girl or ten, but at his core, he’s a good guy. When his Party Island group finds their plans gone Overboard, he rises to the occasion. He is determined to protect his clients, but if it’s not one Thing, it’s another…  Eventually, it seems like it’ll take a Miracle to see any of them get out of this alive.

Hodges’ is a solid writer. I discovered him when I first read The Puller, and it was the memory of that book that hooked me into reading The Last Colossus. The man just knows how to write battles of man against monster, whether it be tricky tentacly ones, or massive megaladons. He proves it in this book. It’s a group of (mostly) young adults who have to use their wits (or Ron’s at least) to try and survive not one but two We’re Screwed scenarios.  Death by lava, or death by shark?

Now, if it had been a truly bad-movie-worthy book, the megaladon would have been made of lava, or something. Still, nobody is perfect, and even though the author’s imagination didn’t quite stretch to those epic levels, it was a fin-tastically fun (and yes, thrilling) read.

 The Last Colossus was one of those books that you ‘saw’ instead of read.  Each word seemed perfectly chosen, and there are several scenes in there that you won’t want to read before bedtime. (Especially if you have a thing about the ocean. I, for the record, have a thing about the ocean.)

Very happy with this latest read from Michael Hodges. While it’s not exactly a literary masterpiece, it is a pleasing mega-chunk of sci-fi horror cheese.

Fiery, shark-flavored cheesy floof.




The Puller Review (Horror)

Title: The Puller | Author: Michael Hodges | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2015-4-23 | Pages: 277 | ASIN: B00WM9SUPY | Genre: Creature Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited |

The Puller

Matt Kearns has two choices: fight or hide. The creature in the orchard took the rest.

Three days ago, he arrived at his favorite place in the world, a remote shack in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plan was to mourn his father’s death and figure out his life.

Now he’s fighting for it.

An invisible creature has him trapped. Every time Matt tries to flee, he’s dragged backwards by an unseen force.

Alone and with no hope of rescue, Matt must escape the Puller’s reach. But how do you free yourself from something you cannot see? – Goodreads

Optioned for Film.

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