Here’s something for all you aspiring horror film makers … in January of 2010, Focal Press will be releasing Danny Draven’s The Filmmaker’s Book Of The Dead: How to Make Your Own Heart Racing Horror Film.

From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to horror filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for creating your own successful movie. Sharing his personal filmmaking experience, Draven reveals how to create a spine-tingling horror film from start to finish. You’ll not only discover how to craft the story, but also how to master using production techniques, music, lighting and editing to thrill audiences. Straight-from-the-set tips will help you avoid common filmmaking pitfalls, and extensive information on marketing and distribution will show you how to get your film out to the public.

You’ll also receive sage advice from such horror legends as:

  • Lloyd Kaufman, Toxic Avenger
  • Robert Kurtzman, From Dusk till Dawn
  • James Wan, Saw
  • Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare of Elm Street films
  • Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator
  • Tom Savini, Night of the Living Dead
  • “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Charles Band, Trancers
  • David DeCoteau, Puppet Master 3
  • John D. LeMay, Friday the 13th: The Series
  • Debbie Rochon, Tromeo & Juliet
  • Reggie Bannister, Phantasm
  • And others.

Apparently, there’s also going to be a companion web site where you can get addition hands-on horror advice, as well as over an hour of video extras. These features include:

  • Behind-the-scenes footage from Ghost Month, Cryptz, Darkwalker and Deathbed
  • A collection of independent horror film trailers
  • Sample scripts, schedules and agreements
  • Classic behind-the-scenes footage from Puppetmaster, Blood Dolls, Dead Hate the Living and more courtesy of Full Moon Features
  • Listing of horror film festivals and distributors

If you can’t wait to get started making your own independent horror film, you can pre-order from and save almost 35% while you’re at it. It all happens here: Filmmaker’s Book Of The Dead

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