iamtheabyssEach of us is born into the Birth World. It is a place where we can interpret and affect the existence of others, where all of us have influence over the course of reality. The duration of your consciousness in the Birth World is based on your Mortal Path: the journey that we all take as we wander through the shared observable reality. During these journeys our personalities form, continually feeding the pool of subconscious thought and memory that defines us.  As we age these pools deepen, preparing for the inevitable deterioration of our physical form to welcome the consciousness that remains.

It is here that you will enter when you reach the end of your Mortal Path and the brain begins to die. In the seconds before all neural activity is vanquished your consciousness inverts from perceiving the shared Birth World to stepping inside your pool of subconscious thought. This is your Turning Point. It is the moment when your Mortal Path has come to an end, and the journey through the depths of your own mind begins.

I AM THE ABYSS collects ten human minds whose journeys in the Birth World have come to an end. These are stories of tragedy, despair and redemption. Let them prepare you for the inevitable end of your own Mortal Path. May these stories influence you to avoid the darkness that waits for many of us just beyond the Turning Point.

Featuring journeys into the underworld from writers Laird Barron, Michael Marshall Smith, Kealan Patrick Burke, Reggie Oliver, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jeffrey Thomas and three more illustrated with ten full color two-page panoramic spreads by award-winning artist Les Edwards.

Explore the minds of some of the darkest among us at IAmTheAbyss.com.

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Oct
31

Bent Metal – Book Review

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Bent-Metal-Nina-DarcangelaBent Metal
Nina D’Arcangela
Phrenic Press
ASIN: B00NN5ZQ6C
September 16, 2014; 0.99 Kindle
Reviewed by Elaine Pascale

The story begins in medias res: Lauren, the spunky teenage protagonist, hears the tell-tale sound of a car crash from her bedroom window.  She goes to check on her sickly younger brother, Alan, only to find that his bed is empty.  She has continuously been haunted by fears and nightmares regarding Alan’s fragile state.  Furthermore, Alan is a habitual sleep-walker, and the front door is ajar.

D’Arcangela knows her horror paradigms–from the fleeting shadows,  to the recurring nightmares,  to the “gaslighting” affect in the sense that every other character makes the protagonist feel she is living a dream within a dream—Bent Metal manages to touch on them all without submitting to cliché.  Bent Metal is a short story, yet has a fully realized plot full of foreboding.  I was engaged from the very first line and read the story in one sitting (this from a woman whose life is typically full of interruptions).   At times, I was overly confident in my ability to predict the outcome.  D’Arcangela provided twists and turns that were delightfully misleading.  Without giving anything away, I found the ending to be a lovely culmination of the weird and eerie trail I had been following.

The writing is crisp and concise and would be appropriate for either a YA or an adult audience.  There is nothing that goes beyond a PG rating, yet the story is creepy enough to entertain even the most weathered horror fan.  As the days are turning colder, I highly recommend Bent Metal for a spooky fireside read.

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the-witcherFollowing the critically acclaimed first series, The Witcher House of Glass, Dark Horse Comics and CD PROJEKT RED are set to bring fans a new adventure of Geralt of Rivia, the legendary monster hunter from the hit video game franchise The Witcher.

From Eisner-winning writer Paul Tobin (Bandette, Colder) with art by Joe Querio (Lobster Johnson, B.P.R.D.), Fox Children will lead Geralt aboard a ship of fools, renegades, and criminals, where some passengers are more dangerous than others, but one is hiding a hideous secret!

The Witcher games have collectively earned over 360 industry awards and have sold more then 8 million copies worldwide. Get to know Geralt of Rivia with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on February 24th, 2015, on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4!

The Witcher Fox Children #1 is on sale April 15th, 2015. Preorder your copy today!

Praise for The Witcher:

“Dark Horse further cements itself as the publisher to turn to for well-executed comics based on video games.” – IGN

“Even if you’re not a fan of the Witcher media already, I think there’s a lot in this book to enjoy, but if you are, this is a must-buy.” – Comic Vine

“The Witcher is a winner, so grab yourself a copy.” – Geeks Unleashed

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Oct
30

Werewolf – Book Review

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werewolfWerewolf
Matthew Pritchard
Salt
October 15th, 2014
Review by Catherine Bader

Germany has lost the war and occupying forces are there cleaning up the mess and bringing order to the chaos. Or they are trying. In the British Zone, Detective Inspector Silas Payne from Scotland Yard is called in to investigate a gruesome murder – kind of an understatement in the country that committed so many gruesome murders of its own during that time. But this one was not a war crime by any means.

For those of you who are WWII buffs, as I am, the author does an incredible job bringing readers back to that time, engulfing us in the atmosphere of the end of the war. The good, the bad and the ugly of occupation forces sucks us into a time that hopefully will never happen again. But for this story, it sets the pace and the horror of the upcoming investigation.

The characters involved drag us into the most unusual crime. Detective Inspector Payne runs across a unit of soldiers whose aim is to have a good time, grab some souvenirs, and mess up whatever clues were left at the crime scene. Two dead bodies in the basement of the house – one man and one woman and a table covered with surgical instruments. The man has an unusual tattoo which signified Waffen SS, a German group that was terrifying as many occupiers as possible. Looks like something was interrupted but Payne wanted to know more – all of it.

Payne visits Wolffslust prison in the town and finds that most of the prisoners were let go without even checking what crimes brought them there. He also finds a door that he is unable to open. He immediately has someone come and blast it open. Inside are crates and boxes and piles of paperwork and odd equipment. Among them are skulls, glass jars with internal organs – well, you can imagine. The equipment is the most interesting. Can you wait for it?

Finally, Detective Inspector Payne is led to a man that is still being held in the prison – Amon Toth, ex-SS and ex-Gestapo. The prisoner proceeds to tell Payne that he knows the killer and that he will kill again. But he will only give him the information if he can be allowed to escape the prison, cross the border and get away. Well….

Characters are well written and entertaining in scary and creepy ways – all to set you up for that final chapter. I will leave you with a name mentioned in the very first few pages of the book – Little Otto. Who he is and what he does is why you should read this novel. It will creep you out and leave you to look over your shoulder in the future.

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unknownTo kick off the return of the original SAW in theaters this Halloween Weekend, Arclight Cinemas will be hosting a special Q&A with the original filmmakers and cast of the most successful Horror Franchise of all time.

Join moderator, Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, at the ArcLight Hollywood and reminisce with the cast about this iconic franchise. The Q&A will also be live streamed into four other Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] so get your tickets here now: lions.gt/SAWtix

 

 

For those of you not in the LA area, you can also live stream the Q&A at your own computer using the embed code below!

 

WHO: Director/Writer James Wan, Writer/Star Leigh Whannell, Producers Mark Burg & Oren Koules, DP David Armstrong, and cast members Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell; moderated by Evan Dickson

 

WHEN: TONIGHT – Thursday 10/30 @ 9:45pm PST / 12:45am EST

WHERE: www.facebook.com/Saw
SAW will be returning to theaters on OCTOBER 31, 2014 [late shows beginning October 30th - TONIGHT]!
SYNOPSIS:

With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.
Directed by: James Wan
Written by: Leigh Whannell
Story by: James Wan and Leigh Whannell
Produced by: Greg Hoffman, Oren Koules, Mark Burg
Starring: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell and Leigh Whannell
 
Re-Opening: October 30, 2014
Genre: Horror
Rating: R for strong grisly violence and language
SAW Official Socials:
Official Site: http://sawmovie.com/

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saw

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Oct
30

Squirm – Blu-ray Review

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squirmSquirm – Blu-ray review
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Cast: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow

Reviewed By Brian M. Sammons

In the 1970s and 1980s they were making killer (whatever) movies by the bushel. From rats, to cockroaches, to frogs, to even flesh-eating slugs. Hell, Night of the Lepus was about killer giant rabbits. So in the light of all that, is 1976’s Squirm, a movie about killer earthworms all that ridiculous? Well yes, yes it is, but is it any good? Does it fall into that beloved “so bad it’s good” category, or is it just bad-bad? Well, put on your long boots, try to avoid the mud, and let’s find out.

The story starts off with a fierce storm that drops a high power electric line into the wilderness around a small Georgia town. Naturally that supercharges the ground and turns all the worms in the earth into a man-eating, swarming hoard. Because you know, science! Before you can say, “Are you kidding me?” the worms start going on a nighttime rampage, stripping the flesh from the bones of anyone unlucky enough to cross their path.

The main characters here are a young local girl and her big city beau. In usual fashion, no one believes their tales of murderous worms (I mean, would you?) until it’s too late. No, there’s no mayor keeping the beaches open here, but there is a hick sheriff who takes an instant dislike to the city boy, and therefor ignores his every warning until he, himself, becomes worm food. Additionally there’s a bit of a love triangle between the young lass, her new love, and a somewhat dimwitted local boy who raises worms for a living. When he encounters the flesh-eating squirmers himself, he doesn’t die to them, but instead becomes a lustful madman with worms hanging off his face. Yes, it is as wonderfully weird as all that.

Now I am a lover of cheesy cinema, and this film almost reaches the heights of that silly subgenre, but it runs a bit long with not much happening at the start and in between worm attacks. However, once the worms are on the move, this flick comes alive. If you ever wanted to see a tidal wave of worms wash over people and eat them down to nothing, then this is the movie for you. Add some over the top dialog, a dollop of nudity, and plenty of corny country characters, and you have yourself a good time. That is, if you’re into that sort of thing.

On to the extras on this new Blu-ray from Scream Factory. First there’s an audio commentary with writer/director Jeff Lieberman. There is also a making of featurette that’s 33 minutes long and an interview with Jeff Lieberman that’s just over 7 minutes. A theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots, and a still gallery can also be found here.

Squirm is goofy, killer worm fun. It’s not to be taken seriously, although it tries to play things as serious as it can. It’s nothing if not an earnest attempt at a horror movie, and that makes it all the funnier for me. If this sounds like your kind of jam, then go ahead and pick up this new disc, as the low budget 70s man-eating worm movie looks much better here than it has any right to. So consider it a conditional recommendation for lovers of the weird.

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Pox of Chocolates

by Thomas Kleaton

 

Darci snatched up most of her daughter’s Hershey bars.

“Two candy bars only,” said Darci. “Even if it is Halloween night.”

“Tapton said those are yours, Mommy, for all the parents.”

Who?”

“Tapton said he and the others would cross over tonight in the form of  chocolate bars,” Katie smiled. “Then change into bears and gobble up the adults.”

Foil crinkled as Darci went to take a bite.

The chocolate bars moved in Darci’s hand then, shaking all over, rippling in their paper sleeves. She dropped them, her face white.

“Gee, Mommy,” Katie’s eyes gleamed. “I thought you liked chocolate.”

 

For more from Thomas Kleaton, visit his blog by clicking here.

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