The new zombie movie, The Dead, from the Ford brothers, is a strangely effective horror film. It features virtually no plot, and the characterization is thin. Other than the apocalyptic mayhem and barren countryside of rural Africa, there’s not much to the 105-minute feature. Read the full review of The Dead

The Hugo Awards are given to the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous year. Unfortunately, they’ve only been awarded since 1953. That’s where this column comes in — Jess Nevins will be awarding honorary Hugo Awards to the best novels of the Victorian era … and beyond. The Victorian Hugos: 1890…

Zombies have a knack for invading the works of Joe McKinney. Now they come bearing prestigious hardware. The San Antonio-based author recently won the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel with his undead chiller Flesh Eaters. Read the interview with McKinney…

The Unseen, by New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham, is sure to please her fans and win new readers to her Krewe of Hunters series. Read the full review…

For horror fans, it’s what they have been waiting for since 1986… Written by Stefan Hutchinson and Barry Keating, with artwork by Jeff Zornow and Peter Fielding, Demons 3 is an original sequel to the first two Demons films, presented as a 2-book comic, which will come housed in the Blu-ray and DVD editions of Demons and Demons 2. Check out this Demons 3 comic book preview…

Seth Grahame-Smith sold the screen rights and script for Unholy Night – a thriller starring the Bible’s three wise men — to Warner Bros. for close to $2 million. Lionsgate optioned his breakout best seller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which sold more than a million copies in 27 languages. A 3-D action movie based on his 2010 novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters in June. Find out more about Grahame-Smith…

Manhattan College brought its students back to M.A.R.S. this week — The Major Authors Reading Series, that is. The school welcomed writer Emma Straub on Monday for the second author presentation of the semester, during which students were able to hear her read an excerpt from her book, Other People We Married, and question her on all things writing. Read more about Emma Straub, Peter Straub’s daughter…

The new episode of Monster Men is up: A tribute to horror author Brian Keene. Brian is one of the best in the business and a favorite of The Monster Men. A movie based on his book Ghoul debuts on the Chiller Network on Friday, 4/13/12. If you are not reading Brian Keene, check this out and see what you are missing in this episode of Monster Men.

Summer 2012 is going to be one very expensive summer for fans of the comic book, science fiction, and horror genres of movies. Comicbook.com has compiled a list of what they consider to be the ten most anticipated movies of the summer of 2012.

A 13-episode horror series set in Pennsylvania, Hemlock Grove will be directed and executive produced by Eli Roth of Hostel fame. Liboiron is set to play Peter alongside Bill Skarsgard’s Roman.

That’s a lot of people crammed into only 47 square miles, but it’s not as many people as Scott Sigler envisions in his horror novel Nocturnal (Crown Publishers, 576 pages, $26.00). Read the full review…

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Rachel Deering has always had a passion for Horror comics and novels. Combined with her skill of the written word, she set out to collaborate with other female creators in last year’s Womanthology project. Read the full interview with Deering…

Graduate creative writing programs have been accused of churning out a great deal of monotonous fiction – think Connecticut divorcées frowning over the fine silver – but McGreevy’s willingness to follow his gut is, in part, what makes his novel an exception: “I went to the Half Price Books on Lamar and saw a short story collection that looked interesting to me called The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. And I’m like, “Oh, this entire book is about f—ing werewolves and things like that, but she’s a very, very literary writer.” And so that, for me, was sort of an epiphany: “Oh, I don’t have to be trying to put myself in a box that I don’t particularly have the talent for.” Read more about Brian McGreevy and his novel, Hemlock Grove

Champion mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, one of America’s most acclaimed living authors, chats with FEARnet about his novel Edge of Dark Water, and his unique approach to horror and suspense. Available from Mulholland Books on March 27, 2012.

Horror fans have plenty to look forward to this Fall, thanks to the deeply creepy anthology The ABCs of Death. Taking a page from children’s educational books, this collection of terror will offer 26 death-centered stories from 26 of modern horror’s rising stars.

Within popular culture, there exist guides with the express purpose of wreaking havoc and unleashing hell on humanity. While the Kindle, iPad and Nook might have a killer effect on the book industry, these are books that are very industrious at killing. Find out what these books are…

Let me go on record by saying that when I think about stories involving the sinking of the Titanic, vampires and a good dose of horror don’t usually come to mind. I mean, seriously… the survivors of Titanic have just watched over a thousand of their fellow passengers perish in the cold Atlantic waters. Read the full review of Carpathia…

The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1 recently landed on my doorstep, and, as a fan of the storyteller from Providence, I felt compelled to read it. I was well rewarded for my effort. The graphic novel retelling of some of Lovecraft’s greatest tales does not disappoint, providing a remarkable primer to Lovecraft’s strange and eldritch world. Read the full review…

She’s already known for her romantic fiction, but author Dana Fredsti is poised to make a splash in a totally new genre: horror. With her novel Plague Town, Fredsti introduces zombie lovers to Ashley Parker, a college student whose sleepy town is taken over by the undead. Read the full interview with Fredsti…

A monthlong festival dedicated to the writings of 19th-century American author Edgar Allan Poe kicked off April 1 with a family festival in Balboa Park, and continues through May 1 with readings, performances, films, art projects and more.

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