“Random horror just doesn’t make sense. And I had to invent a world and people large and complicated enough to absorb awful grisly deeds and still be a, well, wondrous place.” So says author Jane Bradley about her novel, You Believers, in an interview with Karen Spears Zacharias.

If you like the mix of fantasy, horror and romance in the True Blood series, you might like taking a walk on the fairy side with the Fever book series by Karen Marie Moning.

Alexander Virden’s The Four Trials of Satan falls into the King-Gaiman-Willis category and is a book for the discerning horror and fantasy reader who expects to be challenged and wants to avoid the witlessness and vacuity of so many pop writers on bestseller lists. Virden and Lovecraft, yes; HBO, no.

The good ship Literary Fiction has run aground and the survivors are frantically paddling toward the islands of genre. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but there does seem to be a definite trend of literary/mainstream writers turning to romance, thrillers, fantasy, mystery, and YA.

20th Century Fox has chosen Real Steel director, Shawn Levy to fast-track a remake of Frankenstein in a race to beat at least a half-dozen other projects based on the classic monster tale.

Christopher Buehlman’s Those Across the River is a gut-quaking horror written with a serious literary bent. This is no mere genre monster story or dime-a-dozen paranormal romance. Buehlman doesn’t just establish himself as a competitor for the crown of King, but also as a player in the field of such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Read the rest of the review…

Corpse Party will be a localization of the Japanese PSP title Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, a cult hit in its native country that also has its own manga series.

Larry Wade Carrell based his new movie, Jacob, on a haunted house attraction that he built in 2002 in Houston. Carrell’s haunted attraction, The Nest Haunted House, was unique in that it took visitors through a maze that made them a part of a story he came up with about a 400-pound teenager who heard voices in his head that told him to kill.

Director Craig Gillespie talks about the tone, look, combat and casting requirements for his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Fans of the unusual are being invited to Halton Libraries’ annual paranormal week. The event features an evening hosted by Twisted Tales – a group which promises the best writing of 21st Century horror fiction, with author Ramsey Campbell and rising star of horror writing Adam Neville due to make an appearance.

Highbrow novelist Colson Whitehead plunges into the unstoppable zombie genre in Zone One (Doubleday, $25.95), a subtle meditation on loss and love in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, which has become the city that never dies.

Brian Ralph’s graphic novel Daybreak takes a phenomenological approach to survivalist horror. Like the participant in a pick-a-path novel, the reader is abruptly plopped down in the middle of a garbage-strewn hellhole.

Steven Spielberg is paying close attention to his television production duties – with programs like TNT’s Falling Skies, and the upcoming Terra Nova on Fox – and will now be partnering with horror-maestro Stephen King to bring Under the Dome to Showtime.

Starting Friday and continuing every Friday in September, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre will screen movies from Plan 9 from Outer Space to Night of the Living Dead.

Former Marvel editor Mike Raicht likes classic ’80s horror movies. But he also likes the ’80s teen movies from director John Hughes. So like any good comic book creator, Raicht decided to combine them in The Pack, a new three-issue horror series from indie publisher Th3rd World Studios that begins in October. Each issue is oversized, with more than 30 pages of story, and begins right before Halloween.

Self-published author Nickolaus Pacione has released eight anthologies and several e-zines through his Lake Fossil Press and struck gold this summer. He sent a copy of his latest book, an expanded 2010 collection of 28 yarns, to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Va.

Alain Leduc decided he needed a “Happy Place,” so he wrote a book about zombies. Leduc, a machinist at the paper mill in Espanola, said he called the book Happy Place because writing it was his escape.

David Cronenberg is currently at work on a film entitled A Dangerous Method, a historical drama about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung starring Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender in the respective roles. Where is David Cronenberg … the horror director?

“Being gay, I have a huge point of reference for the queer side of it [horror],” Lee Thomas says about his path to horror prose. A few years ago, he noted that the queer content produced by luminaries Poppy Z Brite, Clive Barker and writer/editor Michael Rowe (the editor of the Queer Fear anthologies) left room for more.

This summer has been a dead zone for horror movies.

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