The May Friday Night Knife Fights column tackles what movies are worst: the Scream, Twilight or Saw movies. Michael Arruda and L.L. Soares battle it out the good and bad of these three horror movie series. Catch their thoughts here: Scream, Twilight or Saw

New York Times bestselling author, Neil Gaiman, will discuss his book, American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 in the NPC Ballroom. As a fundraiser for the Club’s Eric Friedheim Library, this will be a ticketed event.

Are you ready for a Zombie Apocalypse? As part of their current campaign to inform people how to prepare for a disast, the Center For Disease Control is using the rise of zombies to capture interest … Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

Books by Stephen King are leaving some New Zealand Western Bay children and teenagers traumatised, fearing death and in need of intensive therapy.

Justin Cronin wrote The Passage, which became a best-seller last year and was hailed by Stephen King as a work of “tremendous imagination.” The book is now out in paperback and The Columbus Dispatch is carrying an interview with Cronin.

Based on the 2003 book by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton and is directed by Glasgow-born film-maker Lynne Ramsay, who made her feature debut in Cannes in 1999 with the acclaimed Ratcatcher and whose last film was Morvern Callar in 2002. At the Cannes, Jonathan Romney interviewed Ramsay and Swinton for The Independent.

From hell: Hollywood welcomes the return of the the devil himself. Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger writes a nice piece on the return of the devil to the movies on NJ.com

For Vincent Price’s 100th birthday on May 27, his home town of St. Louis is offering a Vincentennial party from May 19-28 in and around the city. The event is sponsored by his high school, MICDS, and orchestrated by Cinema St. Louis, among others. Get all the details here: Vincentennial

Prefer the classics? Catch a review of the 1920 silent movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Horror-Movies.ca.

You may have heard it on the Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations, but most likely, since you’re obviously a horror fan, you first heard it in the soundtrack of an horror movie. It’s the Theremin. Curous? Want to know more? Try this: Shedding Light on a Misunderstood Instrument

Former Broken Hope/current Lupara guitarist and author Jeremy Wagner will release his debut novel, The Armageddon Chord, on August 22 in digital format, trade paperback, and a special, limited-edition hardcover through kRP Publishing. Learn more about the novel here: The Armageddon Chord

Each month DoubleFeature focuses on a different genre of storytelling. May is Horror month. In this new issue, DoubleFeature introduces us to Monsterology by B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) & Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) and Kid Cthulhu by Sean Dove (Fried Rice). Learn more on Wired: DoubleFeature

Geeks of Doom is carrying a review of The Zombie Combat Manual by Roger Ma. Ma’s book is structured like a handbook on fighting your way through an outbreak of zombies, but also adds in interviews with survivors of a fictional plague in the form of “Combat Reports.”

He is Legend, edited by Christopher Conlon, pays tribute to horror author Richard Matheson, who published his first short story, “Born of Man and Woman,” in 1950. Most readers of horror and science fiction know him for his publications I am Legend, Hell House and The Shrinking Man. Read a review by Bruce G. Smith of He is Legend on Blog Critics.

Inside Pulse has a review of the DVD of Blood Junkie, a slasher film that starts out as an awkward evening of booze, pot and fooling around and ends up turning into a bloodbath when a guy in a jumpsuit and a gas mask starts taking out characters out one by one.

Vintage Books, an offshoot of publisher Random House, has just released a new imprint of classic sci-fi and horror novels that have anaglyphic 3D covers that leap out at the reader when viewed using traditional red-and-blue glasses (which are included with each book). Find out how they were created and which classics will get the covers on DigitalArts

CIMMFest and former Bank of America Cinema programmer Michael Phillips has a new monthly program called Shock Theater at the Wicker Park Arts Center in Chicago.

Actor Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up and She’s Out of My League) says he’s finally doing what he loves: writing scary movies.

Now, on the 180th and 80th anniversaries of the Frankenstein monster gaining international notoriety in book and film respectively, an exhibit called “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature,” is examining the incarnations, their impact on popular culture and connection to real-life science at the University of Florida’s Health Science Center Library through June 17.

Up-and-coming director Jim Mickle boasts credits in writing, editing, lighting, art department, visual effects, sound department, camera department, and most recently, directing. His latest work, an indie horror flick titled Stake Land, is his sophomore directorial effort that hits theaters June 17. Blast interviews Mickle about his upcoming movie.

Rick R. Reed’s paranormal novel, The Blue Moon Cafe was named the 2010 Book of the Year by Rainbow Awards for Excellence. His dark and suspenseful How I Met My Man is currently receiving rave reviews. And now you can catch an interview with Reed on Carthage Press.

Do you have middle grade readers that love nothing more than being scared nearly to death? Or reluctant readers who have just not found a story with the right hook? Look no further than the titles on this list, which are great starters for youngsters wanting to sample horror writing.

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