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Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw has written a new game and he’s offering the beta version of it to you to download and play. He’s looking for feedback on features to change or to add, so help him out, visit the site, and download the game. Oh, and have fun.
From the website:
The Consuming Shadow is a procedurally-generated horror adventure game with a Lovecraftian theme and gameplay inspired by such things as FTL: Faster Than Light, Eternal Darkness, and the board game Arkham Horror.
The country has been plunged into a mysterious darkness, from which hideous creatures are spawning, spreading chaos from town to town. But these events are merely the herald for the arrival of a terrifying ancient god, due to appear at Stonehenge in seventy-two hours.
You must travel from town to town, exploring dungeons and exterminating the minions of the shadow, in order to gather the four components of the Banishment Ritual, a four-rune mantra which, when cast at Stonehenge, will stop the evil god from entering our realm.
But it’s not as simple as that. As well as the ritual, you must also determine which god, out of three possible candidates, is the invader, as banishing the wrong one will result in failure. And even getting as far as the ritual will mean surviving countless trials with your body and mind intact.
Try not to go mad and shoot yourself. This is important.
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From the press release:
Eco Comics has decided to celebrate Halloween by announcing its next graphic novel, Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde.
Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde is written by Chris Bunting and illustrated by JL Czerniawski.
The graphic novel assembles the first series of the acclaimed comic book of the same name. It will also feature new material, including an exclusive cover by Czerniawski. As in all titles by the award-winning ‘green’ publisher, it is paperless-exclusive.
Bunting says: “You get three legends for the price of one: A Robin Hood who is anything but a cheesy gallant hero. A Dracula with a lot of skeletons in his closet, and a leviathan Hyde who could smash the Hulk.”
“This story best exemplifies the overall approach of Eco Comics. We are interested in bringing readers entertaining yarns, harking back to the era when comic book showdowns generated as much excitement as any publicity stunt.
“Supernatural, sci-fi, superheroics – and scraps – this story has it all.
“And, courtesy of the numerous horror genre stars, plenty of gore.”
The title also stars other famous faces such as Frankenstein, and a long overlooked character from the Robin Hood ballads.
A preview of the new graphic novel cover art is available on blog.mohawkmedia.co.uk and facebook.com/ecocomics
Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde: the graphic novel will be available to order in various digital formats, including via the Eco Comics store: www.mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomics for $2.95 (approximately £1.80). The launch date is set to be announced soon.
SHADOW PUBLISHING LAUNCH AT World Fantasy Convention2013 – (Brighton 31 October - 3 November)
Just a week to go! Join us for a complimentary drink on Friday 1st November in the “signing alley” at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel. We’re there 14.00 – 15.00. David A. Riley and Samantha Lee will be signing copies of their new collections, The Lurkers in the Abyss And Other Tales Of Terror and Worse Things Than Spiders And Other Stories. Copies will of course be available at a discounted price, so a great opportunity to buy and get your copy inscribed!
In addition we will have 10 copies *only* of Eddy C. Bertin’s collection, The Whispering Horror with a special bookplate signed by Eddy, plus the cover artist Harry O. Morris and publisher Dave Sutton; sold on a first-come basis.
Also we will have just a few copies of Phantoms of Venice, the limited edition hardcover, at a ridiculously low price! Some of the contributors are at WFC if you want a copy signed.
Director: Anne Goursaud
Cast: Alyssa Milano, Martin Kemp, Jordan Ladd
By Brian M. Sammons
Alyssa Milano gets naked. A lot.
There, that’s the only thing anyone who has ever watched this movie remembers, because that’s the only thing in this melodramatic, drawn out bit of vampire erotica that’s worth a damn. Yes, really. So if you’re into seeing Alyssa Milano getting naked. A lot. On an unrated Blu-ray, then this is the disc for you. But just in case that sounds good to you and you have yet to watch this movie, let me give you a brief tour.
An old vampire misses the woman he loved back in ye olden times before he was turned into a bloodsucker. He calls out one night, with psychic powers I guess, and he is answered by a young, chaste, virginal college student named Charlotte, who is played to nubile perfection by former Who’s the Boss teen star, Alyssa Milano. For the next three nights, the unnamed vampire (yep, he’s just called ‘vampire’ in the credits) and Charlotte have a dream romance. By that I mean that the horny Drac and her do the nasty, but only in her dreams. At the end of the three nights, the vampire plans to make the young woman his for all eternity. Standing in the bloodsucker’s way is our square-jawed hero; Charlotte’s painfully bland and utterly forgettable boyfriend. As the story goes, little miss raised by nuns (no, really) starts getting corrupted by the vampire’s sexy influence. She begins looking at dirty pictures, smoking cigarettes, taking nude photographs, and even engaging in some light girl and girl action. All the while ignoring her pent up boyfriend. Poor meathead.
Look, the only thing this movie has going for it is Alyssa Milano’s very nice rack. That’s it. This is basically softcore, Skinemax fare and nothing more. This vampire movie is never once frightening in the least, the characters are paper thin at the most, and while there are some attempts at humor, they all fall flat. But yes, if you want to see Ms. Milano’s breasts a lot, then this is the movie for you.
For an extra bonus, keep an eye out for Jennifer Tilly as a very busty she-vamp. Sadly she does not get naked. Oh, and there is a hilarious attempt at eroticism that falls completely on its face when the vampire starts making out with a door. Yes, a wooden door. Not arousing in the least, but it did make me laugh out loud.
There are no extras or special features on this new Blu-ray from Anchor Bay. I guess they knew like everyone else that there were only two reasons anyone would want to watch this movie. Since Alyssa Milano has all but disowned this movie, they chances of them getting any extra special air time on here was always nonexistent.
If you like your erotic horror without any horror, but with some decent erotica (door make out scene notwithstanding) then Embrace of the Vampire will do that for you. The new Blu-ray does make the pretty look extra pretty, so yay for that. For everyone else, or people that like vampire stories that at least try to be scary, then you might want to give this one a pass.
I promised to keep you in the know with JournalStone’s weekly $.99 sale, so here’s what they have in store for this week:
Morpho Wilson thought her life was difficult enough. Her father is Pazuzu, the Mesopotamian demon of plague and the Southwest wind. As a teenager, Morpho struggles against her father, while trying to adjust to high school in a new neighborhood. The family is constantly moving in an attempt to elude Pazuzu’s murderous ex-wife, a demoness known for killing children.
Then something interesting happens. A socially-impaired classmate becomes so intrigued by Morpho that he pursues her, despite the mystery surrounding her family and the danger that accompanies it.
But before their romance can grow, the demoness tracks Morpho down, and now only needs an ancient artifact called the Tablet of Destiny to complete the destruction of the world. The tablet confers on its owner the ability to control the fate of everything and everyone on earth.
Once the tablet is discovered in the Middle East, the oldest and most powerful gods begin a battle for its possession, with the human population caught in the middle. Morpho, her family, and her new friend must decide, do they escape from the horrifying demoness or fight for their own destiny? How far will Pazuzu go to save his daughter from a hellish fate? Will his banishment from Heaven so many millennia ago end up being a curse…or a blessing?
After Camilla is murdered, an ancient spirit possesses her, to use her body as its tool of vengeance. Tortured by visions of murdered women, she is thrust into a world of terror as she seeks a way to rid herself of the nightmare she has become.
Her dead flesh hungers however for a substance that only exists on the breaths of criminals. Their tortured souls fill her, complete her, injecting her with more energy than she ever possessed while living. Like an addict, she is torn between ending her suffering and tasting retribution.
A secret cult in need of her spirit, for an ancient ritual, has sent their Chosen One to capture her, a dark virgin who delights in teaching unwilling victims the pleasures of pain. The spirit inhabiting Camilla’s body is their key to unlocking hell and unleashing a horde of demons into the human realm.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Camilla learns this first hand on her journey through death and back again. Revenge isn’t always sweet and its bitterness lingers in the soul forever.
This book is intended for adults and contains extreme violence, torture and graphic murder scenes. You have been forewarned.
Pittsburgh, PA – September 30, 2013 – Fresh off its 5th anniversary convention, Horror Realm continues the scares with three film events in October at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont:
- Chiller Films and Horror Realm present The Monkey’s Paw on October 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM. Pittsburgh is one of only 13 select cities in the country hosting premiere screenings of the film. Tickets are $7 and available at the door only.
After Jake Tilton acquires a mystical “monkey’s paw” talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, he finds his world turned upside down after his first two wishes result in his malevolent coworker, Tony Cobb, being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder – forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones.
The Monkey’s Paw is adapted from the renowned short story by W.W. Jacobs, and picks up where the short story left off. The film is written by Macon Blair and directed by Brett Simmons. Ross Otterman produced for TMP Films, LLC. Featuring Stephen Lang, CJ Thomason, Corbin Bleu, Michelle Pierce, Tauvia Dawn and Charles S. Dutton. www.monkeyspawthemovie.com
- The popular 13 Hours of Horror program returns on October 19. Doors will open at 10:45 AM and films will begin at 11:00 AM. Movie goers may purchase an all day pass for $13 or pay $5 to see an individual movie. Tickets will be available at the door only.
The full movie schedule will be announced soon but included in the lineup will be locally made “Jagoff Massacre” from Drunken Yinzer Productions and co-directors Daniel Boyd and Tim Gross.
Creepy Classics will be on hand with a selection of classic horror, science fiction and mystery movie collectibles, hard-to-find movies on DVD and VHS video plus Famous Monsters Magazines, books, t-shirts and posters available for purchase.
- Join us on October 26 for a Halloween costume party, with a tribute to Pittsburgh’s classic TV program Chiller Theater and an appearance by host Bill “Chilly Billy” Cardille. Includes a chance to meet Chilly Billy, classic footage from Chiller Theater, a special screening of the 1954 flick “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (a 35mm print and in 3D), scary snacks, adult and kid beverages, and more! Doors at 6 PM; program starts at 7 PM.
Tickets are $15 in advance at http://www.showclix.com/event/halloweenpartywithchillybilly or $20 at door. Admission includes two drink tickets. Costumes encouraged—prizes will be awarded.
The Hollywood Theater is located at 1449 Potomac Avenue in Dormont. Ample free parking is available at metered on-street spaces or parking lots. The theater is located less than two blocks from the Potomac Avenue light rail transit station. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thehollywooddormont.org.
For information about Horror Realm and upcoming events, please visit www.horrorrealmcon.com. The next convention will be Spring Break Massacre on March 7-9, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South.
About Horror Realm:
Horror Realm, established in 2009, produces a spring and fall horror convention each year in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to the conventions, Horror Realm also produces horror-themed entertainment and charity events in the area, including film screenings, author signings and art shows. Charities supported by Horror Realm have included Scares That Care, Fix The Chapel, Friends of the Hollywood Theater, The Bradley Center, Animal Rescue League, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Shepherd Wellness Community. www.horrorrealmcon.com