Gerald Rice is offering his short story, “The 5000 Fingers of Bob” free on the Amazon Kindle today only. Also included are excerpts from Rice’s upcoming book of shorts, Tales from an Apartment due out March 17 and The Zombie Show coming soon. You can pick up your copy until midnight tonight here: The 5000 Fingers of Bob

The Oscars may be over but that doesn’t mean that awards season has ended. For sci-fi/fantasy/horror fans, it’s only the beginning as the Saturn Award nominees have been announced.

What a fearless, obsessive, at once icy and empathetic, claustrophobic, unstoppable thing Joyce Carol Oates’s brain is. And is there a brain in American literature whose consciousness has been more exhaustively recorded than hers? Read this review of her newest: The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

The five-issue Dark Horse miniseries, Ragemoor, debuts March 21 and reunites the team behind the classic sci-fi strip Mutant World, writer Jan Strnad and artist Richard Corben. Strnad is also known for penning Star Wars comics at Dark Horse, and in recent years Corben has teamed with Mike Mignola on several Hellboy stories as well as launching Murky World in “Dark Horse Presents.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the novel Island of the Doomed really have nothing in common. One is a fun, albeit sometimes campy, television show that makes many people glad they came of age during the ‘90s rather than the Twilight era. The other is, to quote J.M.G. Le Clézio, who wrote the foreword to the 2012 edition of Island of the Doomed, “one of the strangest novels of the twentieth century” (or perhaps of all time).

Expectations ran high for the revival of Carrie the Musical, a notorious Broadway flop that became a cult classic. Would this adaptation of the classic horror novel be good, bad, or so-bad-it’s-good? The answer, sadly, is none of the above. “Carrie” is simply OK. Read the full review…

The Fear Index, the latest novel by Robert Harris, gives a clue in the epigraph that opens the first chapter. It’s a line from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge.” Among other things, this warns us that Harris, who has given his readers thrillers and historical novels that include The Ghost, Fatherland, Enigma and Pompeii, is reaching back to another literary form: Gothic horror.

Raven Gregory’s mind-set after the release of his The Waking comic-book series was almost unheard of when it comes to horror properties. No sequel. The story’s been told. Let’s move on. It was the fans, though, who finally broke the writer down with constant pestering for more issues featuring the creepy little girl Madison Raine and a world where if you kill somebody, that victim’s coming back as a zombie to get his revenge.

Master of horror Vincent Price may be gone but he will live on in a new series of comic books. Bluewater Comics is launching Vincent Price’s House of Horrors, a four-issue miniseries spinning off from its previous title Vincent Price Presents.

Charlie Higson: I wanted to write a book that would really terrify a child. The Fast Show star Charlie Higson talks about why he wants to scar children for life with his books, his old career as a punk rocker and how Charlie Brooker got him into running.

Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Body Horror – Here we have an anthology that squeezes the best out of body horror the way that puss can be squeezed from a necrotic wound, and all for our perverse enjoyment of this disturbing and oh so dark craft.

Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author best known for her Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring Sookie Stackhouse, will be a Spotlight Guest at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). Ms. Harris’s enormously popular series is also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.

Daniel Radcliffe’s first post-Harry Potter role in British horror flick The Woman In Black has helped scare up record breaking figures for a British fright flick. The Hammer-produced film, directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the classic novel by Susan Hill, has spent three weeks at number one in the U.K. boxoffice ringing up a total of £14.6 million ($23.2 million) from 457 screens.

The Moth Diaries co-stars Anne Day-Jones, Sarah Gadon, and Valerie Tian. IFC Films will have it in theaters on April 20. Does this trailer help sell it?

Many of the stories in Dan Chaon’s new collection, Stay Awake, drift in and out of a dark version of Cleveland, where the writer lives. It’s a place where homes are replaced by vacant lots; where, at a closed beauty school, one can see “hair dryers all piled together in a jumble, like dead spacemen;” and where parking meters have been “beheaded” and are now “just bare pipes sticking up out of the sidewalk.”

Maybe it was almost predictable that Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the oddest of oddballs at Revere High School in the late 1970s, would go on to infamy. Still, as Cleveland artist Derf articulates in his masterful new graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, no one ever really expects a classmate, however weird, to become a serial killer with a human head in the fridge.

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