Pavlov’s Dogs by David Snell & Thom Brannan is free for the Kindle today. Go download it to read now or later for nothing -zero, zip, gratis! Here’s where you can pick up your Kindle copy: Pavlov’s Dogs

Naughty Dog’s teamed up with Dark Horse to create a graphic novel series based on upcoming PlayStation 3 survival horror, The Last of Us. The prequel will focus on protagonist Ellie’s life before the adventure, and will be penned by designer Neil Druckmann and Rachel Edidin.

Like most people in 1984 who saw the first installment of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in theaters, Angela Smith was a teenager. Like most people, the film scared her out of her wits. But unlike most people, the Wes Craven film had the added effect of guiding her scholarly career. “What stuck in my mind was the backstory of Freddy Krueger being burned by angry parents because he murdered children,” Smith said. “I’ve always been interested in what produces the monster.” U. professor draws on disability and deformity for new take on horror films catches up with Comic Book Men’s Kevin Smith to find out what’s new for the show this season and his thoughts on hosting this year’s AMC Fearfest. Q&A – Kevin Smith, Host of AMC Fearfest and Executive Producer of Comic Book Men

I Survived Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 22

Kevin J. Thornton and Enoch Porch are ridiculously talented! And there’s no better way to celebrate the festive Halloween season than with these two — and their gorgeous and versatile cohort/partner-in-theatrical crime Jennifer Richmond — in a performance of Into the Darkness: A Vampire Musical, now onstage at Chaffin’s Backstage at the Barn through October 27. Into The Darkness Proves Halloween and Horror Can Be Charming and Funny

About a year ago, author Joe Hart debuted his first book, a collection of short horror stories, Midnight Paths, via Kindle Direct Publishing. Powered by Amazon, anyone with an Amazon account can sign up for Kindle Direct Publishing and have their own book available for Kindle e-reader. This system has worked out well for Hart, but he’s reaching out a bit further, experimenting with other avenues of self-publishing can afford. Sticking with Amazon, he’s now released his first full-length supernatural thriller novel, Lineage, via CreateSpace, a new publishing method from Amazon which publishes hard copy versions of the book on-demand.

In Argo, which opens tomorrow, Ben Affleck reconstructs the real-life story of how a CIA operative created a fake science fiction movie to get some diplomats out of Iran. But that’s not the only science fiction movie in history that turned out to be a hoax, or a scam. Or a tax shelter. Here are the eight biggest science fiction movie hoaxes and scams of all time.

With Halloween on the horizon, horror movies are crawling out of the woodwork to seize on the public appetite for all things spooky. Last week, the excellent anthology V/H/S opened in limited theatrical release following a run on VOD, while next Friday brings the return of the powerhouse Paranormal Activity franchise, now in its fourth edition. Before that well-known brand name clogs up multiplex screens in a week’s time, three lesser-known horror titles open today to get a jump on the competition. One of them is actually spooky, while the only scary thing about the other two is that someone thought they were worth making. Horror Trifecta: Sinister, Smiley and Grave Encounters 2

Currently showing in the “cult” sidebar of the London Film Festival, Doomsday Book is uneven in both tone and quality, but has a readymade audience among aficionados of Asian horror and sci-fi. Modest big-screen interest in specialist markets outside Korea seems likely.

Just in time for Halloween, one of the most notable names in the horror genre is coming to Aiken. No, it is not Stephen King, even though the work of our visiting writer is sometimes compared to the narratives of that revered figure in horror fiction. In fact, Stephen Graham Jones’ short story collection The Ones that Got Away was nominated along with King’s Full Dark, No Stars for the coveted Bram Stoker Award in 2010. Jones lost to King that year, but since he is only 40 and 25 years King’s junior, Jones has plenty of time to catch up.

The Haunting of Hill House, a chilling 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson, translated into a solid horror film in 1963 and a mediocre one in 1999. The version now onstage at Meadow Brook Theatre is a well-intentioned but frighteningly dull tale of a group of ghost hunters who outstay their welcome in a haunted house. Meadow Brook’s The Haunting of Hill House doesn’t live up to novel

With the launch of the Swamp Thing/Animal Man crossover event Rotworld, and the excitement building over 30 Days of Night/Criminal Macabre crossover, here’s a chance to look at some of the best, and most ridiculous, horror comic crossovers. Great crossovers should never feel cheesy, nor should they feel forced. But who doesn’t want to see Batman fighting Predator to the death? What follows is a list of ten killer horror comic crossovers.

Jason Pargin’s first novel, John Dies at the End, was originally published as an online serial. It eventually developed enough of a cult following to evolve into a full-blown book deal, with a hardcover print run and everything. This Book is Full of Spiders is an improvement over John Dies at the End in virtually every way. It’s a funnier, faster novel, retaining the coal-black humor of John Dies while improving on the fractured story.

Before he replaced Bob Wilkins as the host of Creature Features in 1979, San Francisco Chronicle writer John Stanley made a horror movie called Nightmare in Blood. He was one of hundreds of people who tried their hand at making a low-budget horror movie in the 1970s, and like most of those movies, the end product isn’t very good. Heck, Stanley himself has written at some length on his website and elsewhere about the miserable and ultimately disappointing experience of making and living with Nightmare in Blood. 1978’s Nightmare in Blood Unleashes a Vampire on San Francisco

Horror Author Lia Scott Price Releases Second Issue of her Vampire Comic Series

Film novelizations were once a big part of horror film culture. They provide a chance to expand upon a character by revealing their thoughts and inner workings, which is often difficult to communicate on screen. Unfortunately, novelization seems to be a dying art form. However, in conjunction with the release of the Resident Evil: Retribution film, Titan Books released the official novelization, written by John Shirley. The Resident Evil: Retribution – The Official Movie Novelization

Lock the doors. Hide in the basement, surely it’s safe there. A fool’s bet, for sure, but the panic is taking over. There’s no way to stop it now — it’s too powerful. Just hope it’s safe outside, bite the bullet and embrace the darkness that is the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theatre and Culture Center. The festival, in its seventh season, runs from Oct. 10-20 and presents roughly 54 films — feature length and shorts. Horror movie festival descends upon Silver Spring

Gallagher, 23, who lives in Southern California, said he has been the target of “an extreme form of cyberbullying” and has received death threats leading up to the release of his new horror film, Smiley, which portrays members of the online message board 4Chan in a negative light. Gallagher Says 4Chan Sent Death Threats About Horror Flick

Kim Newman has written non-fiction retrospectives of the horror film industry, numerous short stories, fictional novels in the Warhammer gaming universe, and various alternative history fiction, including the Anno Dracula series. Dracula Cha Cha Cha is the third book in the series. Book Review: Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman

Red Rain may have some tropes in common with R.L. Stine’s best-selling series of scary books for children, but the audience here is clearly readers who enjoy the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Villainous lawn gnomes and ventriloquist dummies are replaced by real people who cause real pain. Review: Goosebumps author writes a horror novel where the kids aren’t the good guys

In L’immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen author T. R. Heinan shows the lengths people will go to in the quest for immortality. The historical fiction/horror novel combines horror, history and humor to tell the story of New Orleans’ “most haunted” house. T.R. Heinan’s Debut Novel Explores Lalaurie Legend

Tyler R. Tichelaar’s interest in Gothic literature was inspired by the combination children’s record/comic book, A Story of Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein. At a young age, his creative imagination encouraged him to turn his dusty bedroom into the illusion of a haunted house, complete with a set of plastic vampire teeth, which he often wore for added effect. Tyler Tichelaar is a true disciple of the gothic. Book Review: The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption by Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D.

Sinister Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill On The Secrets Of Scaring An Audience’s Pants Off

Raymond Carver, writer of minimalist and evocative short stories, once described his affinity for that form with the same sparse punch that marked the stories themselves: “Get in, get out. Don’t linger. Go on.” Carver’s stories are emotionally charged dramas of the working class, but his words may be even more applicable to the telling of scary tales. Of the giants in the genre, Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft rarely worked outside the short story or novella form, and while authors like Richard Matheson and Stephen King have obviously been active novel writers, there’s an argument to be made that their best work is their shortest. Shorter Is Scarier: Why Horror Anthologies Need to Make a Comeback

The idea that God is dead and the Devil is running wild is one that the characters in Vile Blood have every reason to embrace. Deputy Sheriff Gene Martindale and his sister, Skye, lost their parents to unspeakable violence when Skye was still a toddler and Gene hardly into his teens. More recently, Gene’s wife and their unborn child were killed in a most gruesome manner by two members of a cult, leaving Gene, his young son, and a now seventeen-year-old Skye to cling together as a family unit. Vile Blood by Max Wilde (Book Review)

She’s been called Canada’s answer to Anne Rice, hailed as the queen of the undead, and praised by some of the biggest names in horror. Brian Lumley, Tanith Lee, and Poppy Z. Brite have all weighed in on Nancy Kilpatrick’s prolific career as a horror author who deals largely in vampire fiction. We’ve heard plenty of applause from Kilpatrick’s critics and peers – but what about the vampires themselves? Gothic Horror Author Nancy Kilpatrick Launches Vampyric Vibrations.

With Dark Corners – Twelve Tales of Terror, British author Michael Bray has crafted a world of myriad horrors. The stories, varied and unique as they are, recall the tone of King’s early works and apply the old-school Rod Serling “extraordinary-in-the-ordinary” formula with great effect. Book Review: Dark Corners – Author Michael Bray

Most 15-year-olds would consider being grounded a punishment akin to torture. However, Perry resident Kelsey Harwood found it to be the perfect opportunity to write a novel. Harwood, now 17 and a senior at Perry-Lecompton High School, said she didn’t take long to come up with the idea for Still Alive, a book about zombies that “aren’t like what we saw in old horror movies … but are fast, strong and intelligent.” Perry teenager writes zombie book

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