Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, is proud to welcome artist Dave Crosland (Yo Gabba Gabba Comic Book Time) to the creative team for the Invader ZIM comic book, based on the popular Nickelodeon television series. Crosland will begin as the series artist on Invader ZIM #7 and will also contribute a backup comic in Invader ZIM #8.
“It’s an honor to be trusted with such a bizarre, beloved character as Invader ZIM. His world is so vast and imaginative, I’m stoked to see how far out we can get with this next run of the book. And I look forward to working with Jhonen, Aaron, Robin and the rest of the team Oni has piloting this alien mothership of a series. The only thing that worries me is displeasing The Almighty Tallest. I’d hate to end up banished, drawing comics on some dank outpost at the far side of the Delta Quadrant.”
– Dave Crosland, artist, future recruit for dank outpost at the far side of the Delta Quadrant
“Around the time the ZIM comics crew and I were working on issue #5, our headquarters was attacked, and before I knew it, we were all struck down by a terrible, mad force. When the smoke cleared I saw that it was Dave Crosland, and he had taken all of our powers. As he laughed, even though I knew I wouldn’t live long enough to see my revenge exacted upon Dave, I knew that what he saw as a victory would be his curse: HE would have to take over our work on the INVADER ZIM comic. The curse had been passed on. Dave’s great.” – Jhonen Vasquez, series creator, abomination of all mankind
Invader ZIM #7 will be available in local comic book shops on January 27, 2016.
Meta 3D Studios, developer of custom Virtual Reality experiences for Google Cardboard, Mattel’s VR View-Master and other VR devices, announces today the release of the virtual reality haunted house VR Poltergeist Manor. Players are transported to a stately manor where they explore the abandoned home and discover there is more than cobwebs awaiting them. As the player is moved throughout Poltergeist Manor, they only need to look around to enjoy the high-quality, stereoscopic virtual world, hear high-fidelity audio, and experience the world in 360 degrees (up, down, left, right, and behind you). VR Poltergeist Manor is available on Google Play for $1.99.
For a fully immersive, haunting experience, Meta 3D Studios has collaborated with Syrinscape just in time for Halloween. The VR Poltergeist Manor is enriched with the spine-chilling sounds from Syrinscape’sHalloween Survival 6-Pack SoundPack, which bundles six of Syrinscape’s most-icky and terrifying SoundSets for $19.99, and sets up a truly spooky Halloween experience for home, work, for use in Halloween-themed board games, or even to take along trick-or-treating on mobile devices.
Meta 3D Studios has other virtual reality experiences available on the Google Play store, including Haunted Hospital, Zen Garden, Bearclaw’s Forge, Alien Attack and more. Each Virtual Reality experience is optimized for ease of use. Launch the application and travel to a high-quality, stereoscopic virtual world with high-fidelity stereo audio. Each experience is easy to use and understand, kid-friendly, and introduces people to the power of Virtual Reality. They are designed for people who wish to have a very streamlined experience without confusing controls or navigation. All apps are free from Advertising and In-App Purchases as they are geared for children.
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Happy Thanksgiving for those of you living in the U.S. For everyone else, you should consider having a holiday like this. mean, what’s not to like? A day off to celebrate family and eat all the food you can possible handle. There’s only goodness in that. Of course, I wouldn’t want to forget our Canadian readers who celebrated their Thanksgiving last month. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you!
We here at JournalStone are really excited about the books we have coming to you in the next several weeks! First off, we have Gary A. Braunbeck’s Halfway Down the Stairs, a collection of short stories that cover the over thirty year career of one of the horror genre’s premier writers. You definitely won’t want to miss this one.
In the mood for something a little more Lovecraftian? We’ve got you covered here also. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft is a collection of stories edited by Aaron J. French and is written by an amazing array of horror talent. Authors such as Jonathan Maberry, Joe Lansdale, and Christopher Golden have contributed stories that feature each of the twelve major gods in the Lovecraft pantheon.
Finally, there’s X’s for Eyes by Laird Barron, a tale of corporate ruthlessness and evil gods. This one is a page turner that will keep you up all night. You might want to save this one for weekend reading so that you don’t show up to work bleary eyed the next day.
As always, I urge you to check out our latest edition of Dark Discoveries Magazine. It is simply the best horror magazine out there. Give it a try. You’ll love it!
Until next month…
Coming Next Month
Climb halfway down the stairs with Bram Stoker Award-Winning author Gary A. Braunbeck, into worlds that occupy the spaces between “here” and “there,” where office workers become little more than scrolls of code and an ordinary man discovers that he has to help reassemble the missing face of God; from battle-scarred veterans who have to protect their village from encroaching spirits to a college experiment that may bring about the end of days, all of these stories feature Braunbeck’s trademark element: an unblinking eye for emotional detail that elevates the subject matter of each piece into the realm of the genuinely literary.
The stories span Braunbeck’s thirty-year career from some of the very first tales of Cedar Hill to all-new stories, including the never-before-published author’s preferred version of the controversial, “The Sisterhood of Plain-Faced Women.”
Several stories herein are introduced by such luminaries in the horror/dark fantasy field: Ramsey Campbell, Laird Barron, Elizabeth Massie, Graham Masterton, and Jonathan Maberry, to name only a few.
Halfway Down the Stairs is a treasure chest of wonders for Braunbeck fans.
The Gods of HP Lovecraft Edited by Aaron J. French
The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft: a brand new anthology that collects the twelve principal deities of the Lovecraftian Mythos and sets them loose within its pages. Featuring the biggest names in horror and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, full of original fiction and artwork, and individual commentary on each of the deities by Donald Tyson.
About the book: Lovecraft’s bestiary of gods has had a major influence on the horror scene from the time these sacred names were first evoked. Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth-this pantheon of the horrific calls to mind the very worst of cosmic nightmares and the very darkest signs of human nature. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft brings together twelve all-new Mythos tales from:
Cthulhu (Adam Nevill) – Yog-Sothoth (Martha Wells) – Azathoth (Laird Barron) – Nyarlathotep (Bentley Little) – Shub-Niggurath (David Liss) – Tsathoggua (Brett Talley) – The Mi-Go (Christopher Golden & James A. Moore) – Night-gaunts (Jonathan Maberry) – Elder Things (Joe Lansdale) – Great Race (Rachel Caine) – Yig (Douglas Wynne) – The Deep Ones (Seanan McGuire). With commentary on each deity by Donald Tyson.
Brothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair-haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists. Alas, life is complicated in mid-1950s USA when you’re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises, a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli’s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes, Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds, would be a swell company logo.
Consider also those long, cruel winters at the Mountain Leopard boarding school for assassins in the Himalayas, or that Dad may be a supervillain, while an uncle occasionally slaughters his nephews and nieces for sport; and the space flight research division of Sword Enterprises “accidentally” sent a probe through a wormhole into outer darkness and contacted an alien god. Now a bloodthirsty cult and an equally vicious rival firm suspect the Tooms boys know something and will spare no expense, nor innocent life, to get their claws on them.
Between the machinations of the disciples of black gods and good old corporate skullduggery, it’s winding up to be of a hell of a summer vacation for the lads.
In a move reflecting increasing consumer demand for premium streaming services, Tubi TV, a leading provider of free movies and TV shows, announced today that two leading Hollywood studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), have each made an equity investment in the company while also providing access to hundreds of premium library titles. The deal further strengthens Tubi TV’s position as a premier ad-supported destination — having previously signed a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures — for movies and television entertainment.
The agreement encompasses hundreds of marquee titles from the MGM and Lionsgate libraries including Academy Award®-winning films such as Midnight Cowboy, Crash, Rain Man, and The Hurt Locker and showcases additional favorites like Pink Panther, Fargo, and American Psycho. The Lionsgate and MGM titles add to the 40,000 movies and TV shows Tubi TV has already acquired from over 200 content producers. Sandy Grushow, former Chairman of Fox Television Entertainment Group and CEO of Phase 2 Media, also joins the Tubi TV Board of Directors.
“We’re delighted to partner with Farhad and his team at Tubi TV as we continue to ensure that our content is being monetized across every platform, digital and linear, ad-supported and subscriber-based, domestically and internationally,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “This agreement reflects our ongoing commitment to license our content across an expanding array of ad-supported digital platforms and serve next generation audiences around the world.”
“MGM is thrilled to partner with Tubi TV, furthering the company’s strategy to connect its library of premium content with the viewing habits of digital consumers across the U.S.,” said John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution, MGM. “MGM’s investment and license agreements enable the studio to expand into OTT services, allowing consumers to find MGM films and series on multiple platforms.”
“We’re excited to partner with Lionsgate and MGM and feature some of their most unforgettable movies. With this investment and partnership, Tubi TV is now the largest and best free streaming TV platform,” said Farhad Massoudi, Founder and CEO, Tubi TV. “Consumers want more streaming premium content without subscribing to yet another app or paying for another channel. Tubi TV’s mission is to make premium content accessible to everyone, everywhere, without having to pay more. Tubi TV will always be free.”
Tubi TV noted that overall online video ad sales have increased nearly 20% annually over the past three years with the online video ad market projected to grow to $10 billion by 2018, reflecting the rapid growth of consumers of online content. Tubi TV’s viewership numbers have increased 400% over the past year as audiences continue to migrate online to view high quality film and television content.
Cota Capital also joins as an investor, adding to previous Tubi TV Silicon Valley investors Foundation Capital, Bobby Yazdani, Mark Amin, and Noosheen and Zod Nazem. Tubi TV is available for free on Web, iOS, Android, and connected devices including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Samsung, and most recently the new version of Apple TV.
Tubi TV is powered by adRise, the leading monetization platform for content distributors and brand advertisers. Find out more at Tubi TV online or download the app on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Samsung.
Song of Horror, a survival horror game currently being developed by Protocol Games, launched a Kickstarter campaign on October 29th. An intriguing form of permadeath and 16 playable characters are two unusual highlights.
Song of Horror will be divided into several chapters. In each chapter, you will visit a different location while delving deeper and deeper into the mystery. Your findings will shed light upon the darkness that has taken over Daniel’s life. Song of Horror features no weapons, no traditional enemies and no typical combat. Instead, you will be haunted by twisted manifestations of an eldritch, primeval horror. This entity is known only as “The Presence”. The Presence will mess with your senses and dramatically warp reality. This paranormal terror will affect lighting, sound and the very atmosphere around you. Its harrowing manifestations will either actively haunt you or lie in wait for you, setting deadly traps that you’ll need to avoid if you want to live. It will play with you as a predator does with its prey, featuring both pre-set events and procedural appearances of many kinds, influenced by how you play, how much attention you draw to yourself, and its own mood system.
Nowhere is safe from the Presence. In order to survive, you will need to react, and to anticipate events. You will need to run, and you will need to hide, but these are just examples. Different forms of danger will require wildly different approaches out of you. Can you adapt? Can you make it?
In the first day the campaign has already earned close to €5,000.
Support them on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1139999460/song-of-horror-by-protocol-games
Brian Keene, best-selling author of such notable novels as THE RISING, GHOUL, and CASTAWAYS, has teamed up as executive producer with frequent collaborator, writer/director Mike Lombardo (THE STALL, LONG PIG) of Reel Splatter Productions on the post-apocalyptic Christmas horror story I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE DOOMSDAY.
Having just wrapped filming in Pennsylvania, I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE DOOMSDAY tells the tale of Kelly and her son Riley, weathering the end times in a bomb shelter amidst the ruin that once was the world. With supplies and hope steadily declining, Kelly makes a horrifying decision that will cause her to discover just how far she would go for her child, and what lurks outside.
“What started as a short film we were shooting on the weekends just sort of took on a life of its own and kept growing until we realized we had a feature on our hands,” says Lombardo. “I’m usually known for doing the more comedic end of horror, so I think fans of Reel Splatter are going to be surprised at how bleak, disturbing, and nihilistic this one is. It goes to some pretty dark places.”
Starring Damian Maffei (Joe R. Lansdale’s CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD, CLOSED FOR THE SEASON), I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE DOOMSDAY will be ready to make its way in the summer of 2016.
To learn more about the film: http://reelsplatter.com/ or http://www.briankeene.com/
Cthulhu Crush Productions has optioned the top-selling young adult sci-fi book series “The Dark Numbers” from Flemish author Luc Descamps, for television development in the US. Described as Harry Potter meets Doctor Who and a hit with teens in Belgium and the Netherlands, the seven volume series follows Tim DeWilde and his discovery of The Dark Numbers, the secret properties on the back sides of numbers that allow users to create magical wonders. The books first became available to English-speaking readers in 2013.
After discovering The Dark Numbers, Tim is enrolled in a secret school with others who share his gift for the Numbers. His classmates can use Dark Numbers to read minds, move objects, even create improbable machines. Tim’s shocked to discover that not only can he do all of that, he also can do what no one else can do: use the Dark Numbers to open portals in time and space. This discovery launches him and his friends on adventures fraught with danger, wonder, mystery…along with the pressures of growing up.
Cthulhu Crush has enlisted Intellectual Property Group’s Brian Lipson to rep the television property. Lipson has represented clients such as Stephen Ambrose (Band of Brothers), Rex Picket (Sideways), Nelson Johnson (Boardwalk Empire).
“I’ve been wanting to do this project for years,” said Cthulhu Crush Productions CEO and Creative Partner Jody Wheeler. “It’s a wonderful set-up that brings a sci-fi spin on classic fantasy themes. The books are fast-moving tales of adventure, excitement, and time travel. We’re building on that to tell as many fantastic stories as there are numbers.”
Wheeler and his Cthulhu Crush Productions partner Steve Parker are the creative force behind such indie faves as Judas Kiss and The Dark Place, the latter of which Wheeler also wrote and directed. The first productions under their Cthulhu banner,WTF!, a comedy-horror feature, and Love, Colin, a coming of age tale, are finishing post-production for a 2016 debut. The Dark Numbers will be Cthulhu Crush’s first TV series.
“I can’t sleep from the excitement,” author Luc Descamps said. “Being picked up by an American production company with an aim to sharing my creation with a global audience has been a dream of mine for some time. With Cthulhu Crush and IPG behind the project, we’ve taken an important first step.”
“The Dark Numbers has exciting young protagonists, fantastical, near magical, adventures, and a theme that is both familiar and original at the same time. I think audiences are going to love it,” Wheeler added.”