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Horror BiWeekly Bulletin: The Empty Man, Plain Bad Heroines, etc.

The Horror BiWeekly Bulletin serves to give you the highlights on horror for the current and previous week. Notes about new releases in books, movies, and games when possible. We also have a fresh guest post prompt every week.

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Horror Movies

The Empty Man

On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.

Starring:  James Badge DaleStephen RootJoel Courtney

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Horror Books

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.

Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read. 

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Horror News on the Web

Be sure to check out ShudderFest later today featuring Tananarive Due and Rusty Cundieff. ShudderFest starts at 12 pm with Due’s panel beginning at 2 pm. Best of all, it’s free! You can find the whole line-up by clicking on this link.

Check out this two days (October 30th and October 31st) if the Indigenous Halloween Film Festival by Nightmare Vision

For this Halloween check out these horror films directed by women

A take on the movie Revenge

Ginger Snaps finds new life as a series!

Sequel looks like a movie to keep an eye out for! Danielle Harris is directing an all-female cast with Joe Dante producing

Virgil Williams is adapting Blacktop Wasteland for PictureStart

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Horror Guest Posts Call

Writing Prompt: It’s Halloween, you’re home alone and the doorbell rings…what’s on your doorstep? Let us know in 500+ words!

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