You may have heard of the upcoming film adaptation of R.I.P.D., the Dark Horse comic book about dead cops who solve supernatural crimes for the beyond-the-grave Rest In Peace Department. And come November, the publisher is returning to the R.I.P.D. universe with R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned, a miniseries that sees the series’ spectral officers on a new case. Courtesy of Dark Horse, here’s an exclusive preview of City of the Damned’s plot and art…

Even at 43, Mark Leslie is still afraid of the dark and the monsters under his bed — it’s a childhood fear he never quite overcame. It’s not entirely a bad thing either, the Levack native said. If it wasn’t for these longtime fears, he may never have been inspired to write horror and science-fiction books. Without those books, his career as an author would likely be non-existent.

Finding originality in the zombie fiction genre is becoming quite a difficult task, but Permuted Press continues to find authors who are able to take a very hackneyed concept (the dead returning to life to feast on/massacre/infect the living) and create some very compelling stories.One such story is Dead Tropics by Sue Edge, which takes a look at the usual survival tropes through the eyes of a mother rather than your average badass/mercenary/chancer/Bruce Campbell knock-off. Book Review: Dead Tropics – Author Sue Edge

What is there to do when you’re a redheaded angel of vengeance in the Big Apple? Why, capture the souls of evildoers, of course. Such is the life of Lorelei, a succubus in New York City that is taking out those that prey on the weak.
Lorelei Makes her Graphic Novel Debut

Horror movie anthologies are tricky. It may seem odd that a genre where people’s spines are ripped out and children spew green bile across the room could have subtle nuances, but it’s true. Great horror movies break from the exploitation flicks like Hostel by having a plot, so that you care about why some insane killer is running around with a machete and a hockey mask while he disembowels teenagers. Ten Horror Anthologies You Must Watch

David Cronenberg: “Anybody who works in the studio system has got 20 studio people sitting on his head at every moment, and they have no respect, and there’s no…it doesn’t matter how successful you’ve been. And obviously Nolan has been very successful. He’s got a lot of power, relatively speaking. But he doesn’t really have power.” Cronenberg Sees Superhero Movies as “Mostly Boring;” Can Superhero Films Ever Mature As Horror Once Did?

When David Annandale was in Grade 3, he was shopping at a Winnipeg Zellers when his eye fell on a book called A Pictorial History of Horror Movies.

As a kid who loved monsters and was obsessed with dinosaurs, he couldn’t take his eyes off the images of Godzilla. The book changed his life. “I got this book, even though there were some pictures in it that scared me. I read it and read it and read it,” recalls Annandale, a mild-mannered professor of film and literature at the University of Manitoba who specializes in the horror genre. Local author David Annandale understands our strange fascination with feeling scared

London’s Leicester Square Theatre has announced its first horror festival, which will include a stage adaptation of the novel Dracula and a selection of plays written by Colin Hoult. The 13th Hour Horror Festival will run from October 10 to November 4.

San Diego resident E.Z. Graves, who teaches college English composition at Grossmont College in East County, has written a horror science fiction novel: The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, using El Cajon and La Jolla as a backdrop. Reading like George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead or the movie Blade with Wesley Snipes, The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, will certainly keep those who are horror or science fiction buffs entertained. Read the full review…

Heavy metal and horror movies go together like blood and gore. Both genres revel in shocking and violent imagery. Alice Cooper, who has been doing hard rock for decades, pre-dating metal, always incorporated elements of horror – guillotines, snakes – into his act. Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, a longtime horror fanatic, hosted Kirk’s Crypt at Metallica’s recent Orion festival. Rob Zombie, through his successful, sanguinary films, has become something of an Ingmar Bergman of the rocksploitation genre; he is an auteur du splatter-cinema, if you will. How the rock genre and slashers go hand in hand.

In his new novel, Breed, Chase Novak goes for black-comic body horror, liberally splashed with blood. Exclusive First Read: Black-Comic Horror In Breed

Helen Cardwell’s The House in the Attic has proved so popular since it was first available to download a few weeks ago that it has topped internet bookstore Amazon’s best-seller list in the ghost story category. Helen, 33, from Melton, was delighted her spine chiller pushed blockbuster The Woman In Black into second spot, despite that book recently being turned into a hit movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Horror writer Darren Shan launched his new young adult series of zombie books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week, on a stage cluttered with models of bloody, limbless bodies donated by the Edinburgh Dungeon. The first book in the series, Zom-B, will be released at the end of September. There will be 12 instalments altogether, with a new book released every three months. The second book will be titled Zom-B Underground.

It’s almost impossible for a film set at a provincial boarding school to not be creepy, but Nick Murphy’s The Awakening proves that “creepy” and “frightening” are not co-dependent terms. His failed attempt at art house horror proves that the unknown drives cinematic suspense, and that nothing works counter to the genre’s goals more than too much explication of “why” and “how.” Horror By Numbers

Zenescope has spent years building its horror-filled comic book universe by twisting the madness of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with the insanity of H.P. Lovecraft’s mythology. While Zenescope launched Wonderland (the first ongoing series in Wonderland lore) in July, it also debuted the Call of Wonderland miniseries currently hitting stores to introduce new readers to the dark fantasy’s mythology.

Twenty years ago, a former curate at the church I’d attended near Manchester was caught kerb crawling. A parishioner told me. A sensible district nurse, she was adamant that the hapless clergyman was not a victim of lust but of witchcraft. “The police and judges are involved in a coven that operates in south Lancashire,” she told me with conviction. I was reminded of this bizarre assertion as I read Jeannette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, published by Hammer, the book imprint of the revivified horror film studio.

A London-based production company is bringing horror flicks back to basics by preying on the imaginations of viewers worldwide. In its debut film entitled Devil Seed, Matchbox Pictures takes a classic approach to a genre film and brings it to the next level under a “let’s hide in the inexpensive shadows” mandate.

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