When horror film fans think of Australian horror, titles such as Wolf Creek, Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Loved Ones usually spring to mind immediately. Thankfully there is now a reference book which details Aussie horror movies from the time period of 1973 to 2010 (hopefully there will be an update in the near future to cover such films as Snowtown [a must-see] and Bad Behaviour [both released after this book went to press]). Author Peter Shelley, who has written several books on film history and is an Aussie himself, has assembled an interesting lineup of titles for film buffs who want to try something different from the done-to-death Asian horror or European horror films. Australian Horror Films, 1973-2010
S.P. Miskowski is a talented horror author from Laguna Beach, California. She is a Shirely Jackson Award nominated writer who is currently enjoying great critical success with her novel Knock Knock. It was kind of her to take time out of her busy writing schedule to be interviewed by Masters of Horror U.K. Interview with horror author S.P. Miskowski
Gallows Hill, a new supernatural thriller from director Victor Garcia, now in post-production, follows an American widowed husband who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter Jill. A car accident leaves these group stranded at a anisolated inn. There, they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement and their decision to set her free has unintended consequences. 2013 Preview Week: Writer Richard D’Ovidio Talks Gallows Hill and Brad Anderson’s The Hive
The prospect of diving headlong into a muddy, smelly bog is scary enough for most people. But add zombies into the mix and you’ve got a truly terrifying combination. Yet that’s the plot of a new book by two Canadian horror writers who have stumbled across the idea of setting their latest book in the tiny town of Llanwrtyd Wells – home of the World Bog Snorkelling Championships. The book, Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies, is described by its creators as an “urban fantasy/comedy/action/ adventure novel with zombies”.
The Secret of Crickley Hall author James Herbert reveals his tips for writing horror: Horror was ingrained in me from the day I was born. I entered this world on 8 April 1943 in London’s East End, an area still scarred by the Blitz. We lived in Whitechapel, in a very old, creeky, condemned building on Tyne Street, at the back of Petticoat Lane. Outside were cobbled streets, gas lighting, and a little alleyway that Jack the Ripper used to escape through after slicing up a victim. Half the street was comprised of bombed-out houses where there were plenty of rats running loose. Inside the house all the walls were made of wood, so every summer there were creaks and groans and your imagination went wild.
Geno McGahee’s latest production Scary Tales is an anthology that is making a lot of waves currently in the horror world. Placing well in Shriekfest Film Festival and then becoming an official pick for Horror On Sea Film Festival, this X Posse Production has created a big buzz.
Published for the first time ever in The Strand Magazine — the venerable publication that first brought Sherlock Holmes to the world — is perhaps the final lost story from the late Ray Bradbury. Among the endlessly appealing aspects of Bradbury; his insistence upon clinging to childhood at all costs remains perhaps his most consistent theme. Bradbury believed that “If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.” Further, he was delightfully immature about his interests, asserting “I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.” Ray Bradbury’s New Lost Story “Dear Santa”
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