John-Carpenters-AsylumStorm King productions web store is officially open for the gift giving season. Storm King’s premiere title John Carpenter’s Asylum has great gift ideas from t-shirts to posters including their web store only limited edition art book style hardcover graphic novel. Want your gift giving to help someone in need? Numerous John Carpenter related Hero Initiative prints are available as well. Order cut off for guaranteed Christmas delivery is December 14th using standard shipping and December 19th if you choose to ship FedEx. If you place an order by December 15th for the limited edition John Carpenter’s Asylum Hardcover you will receive an exclusive Asylum crucifix flash drive with a copy of the animated trailer! Go to www.stormkingproductionsstore.com today!

The hardcover trade release is a full 200 pages which contain the 144 comic pages from the first six issues as well as a sketchbook from Leo Manco that shows pages in the three different stages of development (pencils, inks, colors), a “how to”guide covering the creation of the John Carpenter’s Asylum animated trailer, and three new demons never before seen in the comic! The limited edition artbook style hardcover will have the same interior with no new demon information but does include book plates that have been hand numbered with signatures by Sandy King Carpenter, John Carpenter, Leo Manco, Bruce Jones, Trent Olsen, Janice Chiang and Thomas Ian Griffith. The run will be strictly limited to 500 and is available ONLY in the webstore.

About John Carpenter’s Asylum:
There’s a war coming to the City of Angels. In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows.  One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett’s seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he’s never seen an angel and he’s never spoken to God.  Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior at war with God.

With this step into the comic book world, John Carpenter brings it all to the serial world he’s loved since childhood. Supernatural horror with that twist of fate that only flawed mankind can provide.

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18

Inflictions – Book Review

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inflictionsInflictions
John McIlveen
Crossroad Press
October 21st, 2014
Reviewed by Dr. Alex Scully

In his introduction to Inflictions, Christopher Golden describes John McIlveen as an author who “pull[s] no punches.” The short stories in this collection prove that sentiment accurate. McIlveen’s writing wraps around you like tentacles from a fog, and drags you into the ferocious mists kicking and screaming.

The stories in Inflictions are all loosely tied together under the broad theme of dark secrets. The tales examine the sinister secrets we lock away from the public. McIlveen tears away the façade of “normal” to expose the raw terror lurking within. Abuse, lies, transgressions, and fear haunt these pages. The title story highlights addiction, a topic threatening into the cliché, but in this case skillfully drawn in both sympathy and horror as we follow protagonist down an endless spiral into nothingness. In “Make a Choice,” we see a “typical” family trying to connect in a disconnected, modern world. Their attempt at “normal” turns into a terrifying nightmare (no spoilers here) that will chill the blood. McIlveen’s work reflects the ever-increasing isolation between individuals, and the monstrous results of that disconnect. His protagonists lose because they fail to see truth, reality, or their mistakes in time. Isn’t this the darkest, most terrifying fear we have? We will be the cause of our own downfall? McIlveen has found that glowing coal of fear in our hearts, and he’s ignited a firestorm.

The collection slows a little in the middle with “Jerks.” The idea is clever, but it’s long and doesn’t entirely fit with the pacing of the shorter stories. Overall, this is an outstanding collection. McIlveen even manages to sneak in a bit of humor amidst the horror to keep his readers from sinking into the abyss entirely. Very well done and highly recommended.

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state-of-horror-north-carolinaThe next release in the State of Horror anthology series will be State of Horror: North Carolina set for release January 2015. State of Horror: North Carolina, like State of Horror: Illinois is a completely new state. All thirteen stories are original stories for the anthology and have not been released before.

The selection process was trying for me because I could only take 13 stories and I had some great stories to choose from. I believe the stories selected have a lot to offer and will make for a wickedly scary book. It is exciting to be working with this group of authors. Some authors make appearances in other State of Horror books and some are making their first appearance in the State of Horror family. It was really fun for me to see these authors’ takes on the state of North Carolina. I really believe readers will enjoy the group of stories we have put together. In addition to these terrifying stories about the dark side of North Carolina, there is as always, a new story from Armand Rosamilia in the Dying Days world.

As we get closer to the release date be looking for more information on these authors and their stories.

STATE OF HORROR: NORTH CAROLINA TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 2015

So in random order is the list of authors and their stories to appear in Charon Coin Press’ State of Horror: North Carolina.

Dying Days: Grey Man by Armand Rosamilia
The Sacred Cave by Kathryn M. Hearst
The Devil You Know by Matt Andrew
By the Crescent Moon by Kenneth W. Cain
Chicken Bingo by Frank J. Edler
Death with Benefits by Randal Keith Jackson
Dead Girl Mary by Susan Hicks Wong
Fourth Point by Spencer Carvalho
Tools of the Trade by Margaret L. Colton
A Heartbeat in the Darkness by Stuart Conover/Kerry Lipp
Paddy Wagon Pete by Larry Heydorn
A Little More Mud in the Pasquotank by Nathanael Gass
A Feast of Sorrow by Frank Lanerd

State of Horror: North Carolina is scheduled for release January 2015 by Charon Coin Press. Look for interviews from the authors about their inspiration for their stories and their involvement with the State of Horror anthology.

Check back here for more information and upcoming announcements from Charon Coin Press.

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tales-of-halloweenEpic Pictures Group announces the addition of Lucky McKee to the highly anticipated horror anthology Tales of Halloween.

“I’m delighted to be included with so many filmmakers I respect and admire,” said Mckee. “The anthology format shows how pliable the horror genre is. Each artist on this project is stretching the possibilities to their limits. For die-hard horror fans and general audiences, this is sure to be an evergreen title for many Halloweens to come.”

McKee and ten directors have joined forces with Epic Pictures under the name The October Society to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. They include Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace). Directors Kasch and Skipp are to co-direct one of the short films together.

Currently in production in Los Angeles, the concept was created by Carolyn, who brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mendez and Carolyn.

“We are more than thrilled to have Lucky round out our team of talented directors for Tales of Halloween,” said Epic Pictures Group CEO Patrick Ewald. “Lucky will share his unique point-of-view to the project that will be exciting to audiences of the horror genre.”

Ten stories will be woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

The directors have created a manifesto with rules to create their films based on the values of Halloween night. The antithesis of the Dogme 95 manifesto, the directors will not be frugal with special effects, props, and musical score and have already attracted notable talent in the horror genre such as composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring).

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shrieks-and-shiversShrieks and Shivers from The Horror Zine
Edited by Jeani Rector
January 2015
Reviewed by David Goudsward

Shrieks and Shivers from The Horror Zine is the third anthology selected from pages of the e-zine by Jeani Rector. Rector is no slouch when it comes to writing horror, with highly respected novels and short stories to her credit, but as an editor and anthologist, she is even better—I might even suggest phenomenal. In five years, she has catapulted The Horror Zine into an innocuous little website into an award-winning e-pub juggernaut, where best-selling scribes (the current issue includes a Piers Anthony story) and lesser-known authors intermingle freely in the table of contents.

The only change from the previous two books is the new publisher, Post Mortem Press. Everything else remains unchanged–Rector has again selected an exceptional collection of the best of the best: 33 stories in a well-balanced collection of emerging writers blended with tales from such luminaries as Joe McKinney, William F. Nolan, Ray Garton, Elizabeth Massie, Tim Waggoner, P.D. Cacek, and Tom Piccirilli. Just to add to the name-dropping, the book also features a foreword by Bentley Little and an introduction from John Russo.

More importantly, there is little repetition in the stories; Rector gleefully bounces from haunted castles to sideshow freaks, from parasitophobics to somniphobics, and from organ harvesting to suicidal sky divers. Even when the standard beasties such as zombies, ghosts, lycanthropes, and witches appear, they are new twists, not the same tired tropes. As one example, “Reflector Eyes” by Garrett Rowlan is a modern retelling of Frankenstein (or Pygmalion and Galatea for the purists). Only instead of spare body parts and a mad scientist, you have spare auto parts and a sculptor, with a little Wizard of Oz on the side.

Bentley Little’s foreword mentions his dismay that this could be the last Horror Zine anthology. I agree. The variety and quality offered by Rector and The Horror Zine is a standard to which other anthologies should strive, and the loss to the horror genre would be immeasurable.

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gnome-aloneSize doesn’t matter when it comes to evil, as the chilling horror film Gnome Alone arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand January 20th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Verne Troyer (Austin Powers franchise) as The Gnome, the DVD includes behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew. Gnome Alone will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98.

When timid college student Zoe witnesses a hit-and-run, the dying victim gives her a strange amulet. Suddenly, all those who have offended Zoe in her life begin dying horrible deaths at the hands of a malicious gnome (Troyer). When Zoe discovers the horrible history behind the amulet, will she be able to harness its magical power before the gnome begins killing those closest to her?

Special Features:
Behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews

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