Design is one of the most important elements in creating a successful video game. From the weathered look of a scar-laden character to the blood-stained walls of an abandoned asylum, it’s the most minute details that can help a game sink or swim. If The Art of The Evil Within is any indication of the horrors that await players of The Evil Within (the highly-anticipated survival horror video game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami), then it’s going to be quite the ride.
This behind-the-scenes coffee table book examines the most relevant characters, locations and weapons of The Evil Within, breaking down the gruesome world into five chapters: Heroes, Villains, Environments, Props and Marketing.
Each chapter title is self-explanatory, with the first three being the most comprehensive. Readers are treated to detailed illustrations of the main characters and villains, from conception to the final designs. Blurbs from Ikumi Nakamura, the lead concept artist, pop up every now and again with helpful insights regarding design choices and rationale, touching upon subjects like how the facial features of a character were refined, how a certain villain blends elements of Japanese and Western horrors, and how the game actually started as sci-fi before survival horror was decided upon.
The Environments chapter features some gorgeous illustrations of the games various locations, the most important appearing to be the asylum, where the designers incorporated a lighthouse into its final product to stand out from other games that use an asylum as a location (Nakamura, in one of her blurbs, even goes so far as to acknowledge that some of the locations featured in The Evil Within are typical to the genre, but states that “typicality was just what made it so appealing”).
The final chapter, Marketing, showcases some impressive poster designs and stills from the game itself before a quick wrap-up message from Nakamura.
The design work featured in The Art of The Evil Within is spectacular; even the most grotesque elements have a beauty to them that should be quite striking in motion. The art book is quite comprehensive with its backstories on the heroes, villains and locations, so it’s best to be looked over once you’ve completed the game (if you intend on playing), as there are a few potential spoilers.
For the gamer looking for an impressive companion piece to the game or the person who appreciates the massive amount of design work a video game takes, The Art of The Evil Within is a beautiful display of graphic elements, from concept to culmination and everything in between.
SST Publications is so thrilled to announce that the cover art and pre-order page for I TELL YOU IT’S LOVE by Joe R. Lansdale and Daniele Serra is now available here.
The book will be officially published on November 24th but you can pre-order a signed copy direct from SST now and we will ship it out as soon as we have them in stock.
All graphic novels bought direct from us are Exclusive Signature Sheet Editions and come with a FREE exclusive signature sheet signed by both the author and the artist.
The book is a full colour oversized hardcover (8 x 11 inches) and is gorgeous! It’s an incredible dark love story by the master of horror Joe R. Lansdale. The story has been adapted and illustrated by the amazingly talented and original illustrator and comic artist Daniele Serra.
Fans of both Joe R. Lansdale and Daniele Serra are not going to want to miss this.
When Tynan wakes up after one hundred years of a self-induced rest, the world is a different place; everything the vampire once knew has been obliterated by a war raging for as long as he’s been asleep. An evil empire called the Tyst has taken hold of society and all its technologies, and its ruthless leader Cardone has plans to take his wicked reign even further by bringing forth a heinous vampire god called the Vicinus, threatening the lives of both human and vampire. When Tynan is reluctantly reunited the remaining few of his kind, he quickly learns that his unique abilities to absorb the life force and knowledge of those he feeds upon is the key to stopping Cardone’s plans and saving what remains of the population. But will Tynan fall into place as a hero or will he leave the world he despises to burn?
Eternal Vigilance: From Deep Within the Earth is book one of the Eternal Vigilance series by author Gabrielle Faust, currently being re-released through Permuted Press. Book one sets up a surreal fantastical world that’s rich in description; Faust paints the apocalyptic landscape of Tynan’s journey with lush gothic detail that’s as stunning as it is harsh. The story itself is well executed and no time is wasted in setting up the main conflict, Faust knows where she wants to take the reader and exactly how to get there.
Tynan is our conflicted anti-hero. Faust offers a glimpse into his past, how the choices he made caused a rift between himself and the few remaining vampires in this new world. Tynan, although strong-willed, is incredibly selfish and juvenile. He trusts no one, he’s immature, he hates the world around him and those who cast him out centuries ago. But there is still a tiny piece of humanity left within Tynan. Whether it’s from his aforementioned abilities or from something else, the humanity he so bitterly clings on to and the rest of his flaws make him a more realistic character. It does take a better part of the book to warm to Tynan and his attitude, but as the story progresses, it’s easy to see more admirable qualities start shining through and to picture the hero that may come into play in the sequels.
From Deep Within the Earth is a smart take on an apocalyptic world where vampires and humans must join forces to stop an evil that threatens to end them all. So if dark, gothic fantasy laced with vampires and the fight against technology is your thing (or if you want to start a trilogy with no wait time for the sequels), give Eternal Vigilance a try. You won’t be disappointed.
In a time of a (real-life) global pandemic of a hemorrhagic fever that has been propagated by international air travel, it’s a powerful opening to begin a novel with an outbreak of some terrible new disease killing the passengers of a jetliner. And that’s just the opening scene. I have to admit that initially I wasn’t sure how to classify Michaelbrent Collings’ latest: is it a techno-thriller? Some kind of zombie apocalypse novel? Now that I’ve read it, I can say that it includes a bit of all of those elements to produce an entertaining supernatural thriller.
Some mild plot spoilers follow.
Good thrillers with overtones of supernatural horror require interesting characters, good and bad, to drive the narrative. Here we have major characters who include: John Doe, an amnesiac who has survived multiple gunshot wounds to the chest with no lasting damage, and Serafina, a trauma nurse who is obviously in way over her head, as well as Isaiah, a murderous vigilante with a complicated past who has been set on their trail by blackmailers. The villains – including a mysterious Mr. Dominic who seems to be one of those ruthless, power-behind-the-throne types and some savage henchmen he has on the payroll – are genuinely creepy and the good guys only slightly less so.
Like many of Collings’ novels, THIS DARKNESS LIGHT alternates between deadly, high-stakes action and a darkly humorous tone (interludes of email exchanges between the unnamed and increasingly unhinged President of the United States and an enigmatic figure calling himself X are especially entertaining). That works well to periodically ease the tension before ratcheting it back up.
As with some of Collings’ other fiction I’ve read, you have to allow yourself to go along for the ride; Collings enjoys placing the reader in circumstances where it’s not entirely clear at first what is going on. Things get strange, bordering on the surreal, as more supernatural elements are introduced, before they gradually clarify. What begins as a simple “protagonists being hounded by the bad guys” crosscountry trek becomes something much more than that as the world around them descends into chaos. We’re not talking about simple crime and disorder either, we’re talking about the nature of reality itself unwinding. Now *that’s* a great setting for a thriller.
Collings, as usual, displays his knack for depicting fast-paced action sequences: there are some truly memorable gun battles and car chase scenes here. It also contains some fairly gruesome violence and gore; if that’s your thing, you’ll be right at home here. It’s also not just goons with guns; what begins in a fairly straight-forward sort of way becomes increasingly supernatural as the plot goes on.
THIS DARKNESS LIGHT is an engaging mix of thriller and apocalyptic horror novel, with religious elements. It’s a very quick read and recommended for fans of occult, apocalyptic thrillers.
A very rare circumstance transpires this year as Halloween falls on a Friday. Many of us horror aficionados who celebrate Samhain year round are exhilarated to the point of ecstasy with an additional two days to pay homage to all things horror.
Fangoria and Suspect Video and Culture proudly presents Horror-Rama, Toronto’s only all horror convention Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2. Located in the heart of downtown, 99 Sudbury Street will host the festivities that will surely create nightmares to cherish forever.
Just a lurking glimpse into the celebrity guest line up and vendors at this spook-extravaganza:
Barbara Magnolfi – Italian Horror Star ( Suspiria, Sister of Ursula)
Barbie Wilde – Horror Actress/Author (Hellraiser 2, The Venus Complex)
Tom Savini – Horror Legend (Dawn of The Dead, Creepshow, Friday the 13th)
Nivek Ogre – Shock Rock Legend (Skinny Puppy, Repoi, Queen of Blood)
Patti Mullen – Exploitation Icon (Frankenhooker)
Michael Slade – Horror Author (Headhunter, Ghoul, Burnt Bones)
Paul Jones – FX Legend (Hellraiser 3, Nightbreed, Silent Hill)
Jovanka Vuckovic – Author/Filmmaker (Jacqueline ESS, The Captured Bird)
Lisa Marie – Actress/Model (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks)
Alex Kavanagh – Costume Designer (Survival of The Dead, Repoi, Saw)
Lesleh Donaldson – Horror Legend (Curtains, Funeral Home, Deadly Eyes)
George Mihalka – Horror Director (My Bloody Valentine, Eternal Evil)
Lynne Griffin – Horror Actress (Black Christmas, Curtains)
Greg Lamberson – Indie Film Legend (Slime City, Dry Bones)
Brett Kelly – Indie Film Legend (My Fair Zombie, My Dead Girlfriend)
Fangoria – 1st in Fright since 1979. Come meet editor Chris Alexander and his crew and pick up back issues and more.
Suspect Video – Toronto’s leading source for DVD’s in horror and exploitation.
Twisted T’s – Check out the one of a kind apparel in all its demented splendor.
ZomCom.ca – “Where childhood nightmares are made” Makers of Baby Rots a lot and Trophy Ear Necklaces.
The Gift Crypt – Makers of horror, gothic, rockabilly, pin-up and steampunk items.
Rob Sacchetto’s Zombie Portraits – Zombify your personal portraits with blood curdling results.
Horror Writers Association – Non profit organization of writers and publishers around the world., dedicated to promoting dark literature.
Black Fawn Distribution – Canadian Indie Film distribution selling Discopath, In The House of Flies, Silent Retreat just to name a few.
Pixie Fashions – A wide array of hair accessories, necklaces and housewares and even customized digitizing and embroider of your ghoulish delights.
Steve McGinnis Horror Illustration – Depicting terror imagery his work has donned the pages of Fangoria, Gore Zone, Gore Noir and Heavy Metal Sounds will be debuting his first Graphic Novel at Horror Rama.
Alternate Cinema – Decorated purveyors of such studios as Campmotion Pictures, Shock-O-Rama Cinema, After Hours Cinema and more. Find your rare gems previously elusive to the Great White North.
Zombie Jesus – Acquire all your 13 Flames Empire merchandise such as comic books, graphic novels, t-shirts and more.
Chris Roberts Art – Rare prints, fridge magnets, etc from this rare commodity reuniting with Horror-Rama after several years of seclusion in the convention circuit.
The Vault – Merchandising and marketing of the most obscure scream filled DVD’s, VHS, magazines, masks, CD’s and more.
Eye Sore Cinema – Queen Street’s very own emporium of the eclectic, bizarre and blissfully creepy DVD’s and blurays.
The Blood in The Snow Canadian Film Festival – Announcing its entire line up for Canada’s only homegrown horror film fest this year.
Shock Stock – Jake and James of Vagrancy Films to promote their very own terror and exploitation convention in 2015, London, Ontario.
Special VIP tickets with an onslaught of amenities, keepsakes and chance of a lifetime experiences are available. Individual ticket and weekend passes are also available.
For further event information and inquiries be sure to go to http://www.horrorramacanada.com/
Bob and Jill
by Jack Shreves
Bob sits in the darkness watching Jill through her window. She’s reading a magazine, sipping tea.
Bob’s kit is ready. Rope, handcuffs, knife…..Everything he’s going to need. He’s watched her for days, always out of sight but getting closer. Last night he left that magazine on her doorstep.
Smiling, he inches closer. She turns a page, sips her tea.
Bob never notices the shadow behind him until it’s too late. One hand covers his mouth, the other presses a knife to his throat.
Leaning in the other whispers: “Jill says hi.”
Smiling, Jill sets the magazine down.