The Columbus Dispatch has a profile piece with Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time.

NPR has an interview with Michael Koryta, author of The Ridge. The settings in the horror story include a women’s prison that’s more than 100 years old, a sanctuary, near “the ridge” for exotic cats, a played-out newspaper being closed down after many decades, and a lighthouse — situated in the middle of nowhere in landlocked Kentucky.

Salon has a nice piece on Shock Value by Jason Zinoman and the golden age of horror movies (the 1970s). Zinoman argues that horror movies in the 1970s moved from the fusty domain of aging and unscary stars like Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, swanning around in cloaks through dry-ice-befogged castles, into a terrorized landscape of gritty dives and deceptively sedate suburbs where faceless agents of chaos and carnage raged unchecked. Check it out: Shock Value

The Tor/Forge Online Blog has a short interview with Rhiannon Frater, author of The First Days, who says readers can expect “Zombie mayhem, character deaths, solid action, emotional moments, and Jenni and Katie being at the center of it all.” in future sequels.

You can enjoy this online reprint of Jenna Black’s story “Nine-Tenths of the Law” from Chicks Kick Butt, an anthology that features one of the best things about the urban fantasy genre: strong, independent, and intelligent heroines who are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be).

For years, Johnny Blaze played host to the Spirit of Vengeance, a motorcycle-riding supernatural entity known as the Ghost Rider. In Ghost Rider #1, in stores July 13, readers will meet an all-new female character possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance. Read an interview with writer Rob Williams to find out more.

Serial killers … it intrigues us that a human being could ravage another without remorse, allowing the victim to take a final breath before the killer’s very eyes – and actually enjoy it. We see it in our favorite horror movies: Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Scream. Here’s a piece on Notorious Serial Killers and the Notorious Horror Flicks They Inspired.

The worlds of fantasy/fiction and nonfiction converge in a just-released book called Devil Bat Diary, a fictionalized account of legendary actor Bela Lugosi, written by noted author and Agoura resident Peter H. Brothers. Find out more: Agoura Hills Author Revisits the Legend of Lugosi

Brian Pulido serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Mischief Maker Studios, a multimedia entertainment company that acquires, develops, produces, and packages intellectual properties and storylines. Of his experience in filming Stitched, he has the following to say… Mashing Up Horror And War

On Friday, July 22, 2011, to commemorate the release of Crawl to Me (Issue #1), Alan Robert will be appearing in-person at Forbidden Planet in New York City to meet with fans and sign copies of the book. Find out more about this new comic series: Crawl to Me

Tired of the bad rap that vampires have gotten in light of the Twilight movies? Well, IDW Publishing, the company behind Steve Niles’ popular 30 Days of Night vampire horror series, is offering a solution for those attending next week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Starting in October, author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Peter Bergting bring to the 21st century audience classic horrors that influenced many prominent authors, most notably Stephen King, who cites Lovecraft as the largest influence on his own writing.

If you’ve ever screamed to the heavens out of frustration over the “softening” of vampires (or have dealt with your outrage in a more subtle manner), 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles and best-selling author/Locke & Key creator Joe Hill share your pain!

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