Audiences get a rare chance to see a stage version of the classic horror story Frankenstein in a production by New Theatre Players at the Concordia from March 6 to 10.

When you live in a Cincinnati suburb called The Hollows, your insurance agent might be a werewolf. You might buy your pizza from a vampire and, if some troublesome neighbor curses your car to look particularly attractive to pigeons, you might buy a charm from a certain red-headed witch in black leather pants and knee-high boots. That’s just life as usual in the vividly imagined world of author Kim Harrison.

Excitement and anticipation steadily spread throughout Southern Motors Group’s showroom on Broughton Street Feb. 19, as groups of selected students from Armstrong, Savannah State, Savannah College of Art and Design and Georgia Southern filed into rows of folding chairs after the doors opened at 1:30 p.m. Attendees stewed in their seats, chatting with neighbors and staring at an empty maroon chair usually seen in the presence of “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” At 2 p.m., the tension culminated as the bestselling horror author Stephen King walked in donning a baseball cap, a black T-shirt and jeans to speak to the aspiring writers.

How does a lifelong fan of the horror genre stimulate his ensemble of actors to write original haunting tales for the Halloween season? It happened this past spring and summer, when Touchstone Theatre’s artistic director, Jp Jordan, challenged his Bethlehem troupe to venture into the macabre. The culmination of their brainstorming resulted in scripts, scenes and characterizations “true to the spirit of Touchstone,” Jordan described. “Audiences won’t see my original vision but rather one that Touchstone owns.”

Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, which took place in St. Louis last Spring and was covered in depth at We Are Movie Geeks, has been nominated for a Rondo Award for “Best Fan Event”. Now in their tenth year, The Rondo Awards are prestigious Fan Awards given out annually for the year’s best horror-related stuff–movies, magazines,articles, toys, etc.

Ernie Colón is a true legend in the comics world. For one thing, he’s been working successfully in the field for more than 40 years. For another, he’s never been content to stick with one genre, so his artistic portfolio includes everything from kiddie comics (Richie Rich, Bullwinkle and Rocky) to fantasy (Arak, Son of Thunder) to science fiction (Ax) to horror (Creepy, Vampirella) to nonfiction (The 9/11 Report, Che, Anne Frank). His latest book, Inner Sanctum: Tales of Mystery, Horror & Suspense, presents seven tales from the old-time radio series (it aired 1941-1952) as graphic short stories.

The Amityville series of films has been, unlike some of its more high-profile slasher counterparts, been quietly subsisting for decades, largely unnoticed by the horror community at large. The Amityville series is the Walker, Texas Ranger of horror movies. You don’t know anyone who regularly watches it, but somehow it lasts for years and years.

Vampirella has made quite a splash since her creation in 1969. After acquiring the license from Harris Comics, Dynamite Entertainment debuted a new “Vampirella” ongoing series written by Eric Trautmann that updated the character’s signature look. Not content to stop there, Dynamite wants to bring Vampirella back to comic shops with a vengeance. This March, Dynamite continues its Vampirella onslaught with Vampirella: The Red Room written by Nocturnals creator Dan Brereton with art by Jean Diaz.

Nobody plays somewhat quirky and unusual characters better than Johnny Depp, so this latest movie project for Depp sounds like a match made in heaven. During the seventies, there was a great TV series called Kolchak: The Night Stalker which was a combination of supernatural, science fiction, and horror all wrapped into one show. And now Johnny Depp is set to star in The Night Stalker movie.

A big budget. A world famous actor in the leading role. A story tried and tested in print and on the stage. The cinematographic world was perhaps justified in expecting great things from James Watkins’ latest foray into the world of horror. But does he feel equal to the hype surrounding a film with such resources at its disposal? Spooked: The Art of Horror

A mild-mannered jeweler by day, David Salkin recently completed his 12th paperback novel. His latest book, Forever Hunger, a self-published tale of a serial killer who has been dead for hundreds of years, is now available as an electronic book through Amazon. The story is a crime thriller that combines urban fantasy, vampire romance and horror, according to the author.

Glen Duncan grew up in England in an Anglo-Indian family. He looks like a death metal star and speaks like an English professor. After writing six literary novels that reviewers liked but no one else read, he decided to write a “commercial novel, a page turner”. No surprise, perhaps, that he chose as his protagonist a werewolf, the supreme manifestation of the conflicted individual.

Director Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult horror movie The Evil Dead wasn’t an instant success, but eventually spawned into a franchise, including 1987’s Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn and 1992’s Army of Darkness, and helped launch the careers of actor Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), producer Robert Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Raimi, who eventually directed three Spider-Man movies. While Raimi has discussed making an Evil Dead 4 over the past several years, it was Campbell who first mentioned the possibility of an Evil Dead remake.

As the horror genre continues to grow and evolve, so do the authors. With the explosion in horror book releases scheduled for 2012, Digital Journal says you won’t want to miss these mind-chilling stories brought to you by Rocky Wood, Frazer Lee and C.W. LaSart.

The Cinema And Television History (CATH) Research Centre at Leicester De Montfort University is going to be the custodian of Hammer’s archive of scripts. Internationally, Hammer is the most famous of Britain’s film studios, and in the UK it has an impressive heritage. Most recently with The Woman In Black – which has since its release taken in close to $50m worldwide – Hammer is bringing its brand of horror films to a whole new generation

It’s Women in Horror Recognition Month, and Horror Realm is teaming up with Eljay’s Used Books in Dormont to celebrate the women who helped make horror movies, books and art truly terrifying.

It’s those little touches that really make this series of graphic novels perfect for kids seeking to explore a bit of Lovecraftian horror. Frozen Kingdom and now Undersea Kingdom offer glimpses at the monsters and evil within the Cthulhu stories…

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