For nearly a decade, John Carpenter has not made a feature, only two episodes of Masters of HorrorCigarette Burns and Pro-Life – in 2005. Now The Ward has come along, and Carpenter has come out of the shadows. Here’s another interview with the Master of Horror: John Carpenter

Tobe Hooper, the legendary horror film director, is out and about promoting his first novel, Midnight Movie. You can catch an interview with him here: Tobe Hooper

Digital publisher Literary Partners Group, Inc., owner of Ravenous Romance, has hired bestselling author and award-winning editor John Skipp as editorial director of their new imprint, Ravenous Shadows.

Crime often spikes when the economy sputters, but does demand for crime fiction surge as well? Mulholland editor John Schoenfelder says he plans to release 24 titles a year, including supernatural thrillers, hard-boiled detective fiction, espionage, horror, dystopian thrillers and high-concept adventure fiction. So far, Mulholland has bought more than 40 books.

Greg Taylor, the screenwriter of such movies as Jumanji, Prancer, and Harriet the Spy, also writes novels. The first novel in his Killer Pizza series, about three teens who work at a pizza restaurant which doubles as a front for a monster hunting organization, Killer Pizza, is currently being made into a movie directed by Adam Green and produced by Chris Columbus. Read an interview: Greg Taylor

Read Horror has posted an interview with author Kirstyn McDermott (Madigan Mine, Painlessness).

Ty Schwamberger is excited to have some upcoming titles through UK based MHB Press/Hard Gore Press.

Winnipeg horror queen Susie Moloney invents a new genre with her latest, The Thirteen (Random House Canada). Find out what it’s all about in this interview: Susie Moloney

Brighton resident Lois Gresh is a six-time New York Times Best Seller, and her two most recent books, Blood and Ice and Eldritch Evolutions, are now on bookshelves everywhere. Although she specializes in genre fiction incorporating science fiction, horror and dark fantasy, she has also co-written several books that look at the real-life science behind popular genres such as those of superheroes James Bond and Indiana Jones. Catch an interview: Lois Gresh

Trevor Hallam’s God Complex, a mixed genre adult novel which leans towards horror, has been published by All Things That Matter Press, a small Maine publishing company, and is now available in paperback or as an ebook on Amazon. Catch a short interview here: Trevor Hallam

Combining the gangly, jaunty character designs of classic comic icons like E.C. Segar’s Popeye and Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse with a take on horror that’s equal parts metal album cover, ’70s horror mag, and sexualized Surrealism, Tom Neely’s comics, paintings, and illustrations wed a high level of craft to intense imagery that often literally tears its characters apart. Read an interview: Tom Neely

In Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood and Invented Modern Horror, Zinoman recounts how directors like Bogdanovich, Wes Craven, George Romero, Roman Polanski and Brian De Palma started to redefine the horror genre in the aftermath of the Vietnam War — and influenced the genre for the next several decades. Read NPR’s Horror’s ‘Shock Value’ Redefined In The 1960s …

In the early 1830s, one of the discontents captured in ballads was the effect of steam power, especially the way the steam locomotive was changing the English countryside for the worse. Various ballads expressed this discontent, but few so vividly as “The Steam Arm.” Read the background and the ballad …

Gary McMahon’s 2010 horror-thriller Pretty Little Dead Things raised the bar for supernatural fiction with its spooky spin on the traditional private investigator role. Its protaganist, Thomas Usher, and the haunted, tortured quest upon which he’s thrust combined to create a powerful read. A recent BFS Fantasy Award nomination for that book is a definite nod toward McMahon’s growing credentials as a horror fiction writer of note. Read an interview: Gary McMahon

ISU professor Ben Percy explores fantasy’s dark side with Red Moon. Percy, assistant professor of English, said that the novel is a supernatural thriller that tackles two of society’s biggest fears: infectious diseases and terrorism. Read an interview: Ben Percy

Jason Zinoman has written a four-part series on Slate titled “How To Fix Horror.” See if you agree with him by starting at the beginning: Part One – Stop Trying To Be So Respectable

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