Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American writer of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the sub-genre titled weird fiction. Universally regarded as the father of modern horror, he was a sickly child whose traveling salesman father became psychotic and had to be committed to an institution where he died about five years later. Now, prolific Perthshire author Geoff Holder has won a coveted international award with his biographical take on US cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
China Mieville is an odd writer. He’s usually lumped into the science fiction/fantasy category, but he’s really more of a cross-genre artist. A little science fiction element here, a bit of horror there, perhaps a dash of deadpan satire or maybe a little pulp detective. Now he’s making his DC debut with Dial H For Hero.
Through an innovative collaboration with Tugg, Inc., a collective action web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters, fans can sign up today at www.Tugg.com/TheLovedOnes to book a screening and invite friends to see one of the most buzzed about horror films of the summer.
Zombies in Canal Walk shopping centre? Humanity eking out its existence in fenced-off enclaves? You’ve got to be kidding, right? But that’s the dystopian vision mother-and-daughter writing team Sarah and Savannah Lotz shared when they wrote Deadlands, a young adult novel set in Cape Town 10 years after the zombiepocalypse hits the city.
Author Dave Morris has reworked Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, for iOS. Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone was designed and developed for iOS by Inkle and published by London-based independent publisher, Profile Books.
Perhaps film-makers should start taking note from the classics of the genre; Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby. If The Woman in Black isn’t example enough of the excellent book-turned-play-turned-film then look at these mighty monsters of the horror film genre. They’re stomach-wrenching, nail-biting, heart-pounding and book-based. These are some classic horror books which need film adaptations.
There are plenty of respected genre authors who tackle tie-in product with the same care and creativity they pour into their own original works. Tim Lebbon is just such an author, an accomplished horror and dark fantasy writer who’s now been tapped twice to novelize a popular movie. This time he was tasked with the job of turning The Cabin in the Woods into a compelling novel, and, just as before, he’s proven to be up to the task.
Anne Rice, celebrated author of over 25 novels, including her latest, “The Wolf Gift”, which marks her triumphant return to modern gothic horror, battles trolls on Facebook. Using foul language, name calling and general negativity, these “trolls” have targeted Anne’s page and in doing so, attacked many of it’s visitors.
Matt Cloude’s goal for some time has been to remake the horror classic Night of the Living Dead, a 1968 independent black and white cult classic directed by George Romero. The film starred Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman. After years of trials and tribulations the filming is set to begin Aug. 24 in both Luray and Pennsylvania. Not only is Cloude excited about the opportunity to remake the film of his dreams, but he has assembled an all-star lineup of genre stars to fill roles.
The always-busy Guillermo del Toro is setting up yet another project he’ll act as a producer on. The script is based on the very real story of the Bender family, who ran an inn on the outskirts of Kansas’s prairie lands in 1873. In the same vein as Hitchcock’s Psycho (long before it ever existed), many travelers checked into the Bender’s inn and were never seen or heard from again.
On the set of the Synthetic Cinema’s latest horror film, Dead Souls, last Monday, actors took a break inside the decrepit house they were filming in to talk about what viewers can expect.
Taking off from the baffling final five days of Poe’s life, “the idea for the screenplay was not to truly speculate,” said Ben Livingston, who co-wrote The Raven with Hannah Shakespeare. “We just gravitated towards the idea that if Poe were confronted with these horrific images as reality, how would he react?”
April 30th marks the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures, founded by dry goods merchant Carl Laemmle who believed that “nickelodeons” were the wave of the future. Over the years, the studio produced films of every variety, from Schindler’s List to Animal House to Francis the Talking Mule, and added eight Best Picture Oscars to its trophy case in the process. Time and again, however, it returned to cinema’s darkest corners, and in the process created a truly impressive array of horror classics. In honor of the anniversary, we thought we’d take a brief look at Universal’s proud history in the genre, and the influence their movies continue to exert. 100 Years of Universal Horror
Chloe Moretz says the Carrie remake will be “darker and more psychological” than the original 1976 horror film and based on the Stephen King book of the same name more than the previous motion picture.
Of all the Graham Masterton’s horror novels, Family Portrait is quite popular for it’s being an update of the Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. In this interview Mr. Masterton talks on this truly horror epic and his other literary experiences.
Behind that hard-bitten, cyberpunk, erotic master of horror writing personae– Ray Garton is actually a normal guy. He likes puppies and kittens and soothing photographs of woodland sunsets. For a guy that brought us the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Live Girls and who was named the 2006 Grand Master of Horror Award from the World Horror Society, he is awfully easy to talk to. An Interview With Ray Garton
“I think right now we’re living in a golden age for fantasy writers, for speculative fiction, for paranormal romance,” said Anne Rice, whose new book, The Wolf Gift, marks her return to the world of supernatural monsters after taking a decade off from the undead to focus on her Catholic faith (which she has since renounced).
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th promises to give horror fans a unique insider’s look into the iconic horror series, featuring over 100 interviews with cast and crew spanning all twelve films and the television series, many of whom have never before publicly discussed their involvement in the long-running franchise. The documentary is written and directed by Daniel Farrands and produced by Thommy Hutson, who previously combined forces on the most acclaimed horror franchise documentary ever made, 2010’s Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, an epic four-hour journey that chronicled the making of director Wes Craven’s seminal
Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a piece of children’s literature that’s been awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Newberry Medal (among others) – is also now prepped to make the jump to the big screen, with Walt Disney Pictures backing the production.
Former New Times staff writer-turned-fiction writer Christopher Farnsworth has just released the third book in his President’s Vampire series, Red, White and Blood. Read an interview…