For years, Hammer Studios reached into the cache of our collective nightmares; resurrecting boogeymen theretofore romanticized in black and white and splashing them onto our eyes in savage, gorgeous technicolor. Their treatment of the likes Dracula, the Mummy, and Frankenstein’s monster not only reacquainted us with monsters, but introduced us to silver screen legends such as Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The official Hammer historian, Marcus Hearn, has plundered the hallowed Hammer archives and come out with The Hammer Vault. Read an interview with Hearn…
Out now, Witch Doctor Vol.1: Under The Knife (Skybound) is an engaging read, filled with humor and chilling scares. Fangoria spoke with author Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner about the book, how they became involved with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, the inspiration behind the shaking of the demon baby, and what readers should expect from their one-shot special, Witch Doctor: Resuscitation.
The cover of The Gothic Imagination depicts a futuristic city threatened by a glowering satanic figure framed against a starry night sky. While John C. Tibbetts may teach film at the University of Kansas and write often about classical music and theater, that painting — and several drawings scattered throughout his book — make clear that he’s also a talented artist. Still, the key to this volume of Conversations on Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction in the Media can actually be found in Tibbetts’s middle initial, C.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a novella written by the Scottish born author. The 1886 work is considered a classic of British literature. Read a review: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
UK-made, female-driven anthology Bayou Arcana is causing a stir for more than just its haunting images and storylines. Ker-pow! Women kick back against comic-book sexism.
The quest for eternal life is a fictional trope that just won’t die, despite the fact that endless days might, in the very long run, turn out to be a mixed blessing. Think of Tithonus withering away because Aurora forgot to add eternal youth when she secured immortality for him. Former CIA intelligence analyst Alma Katsu takes on this theme in her first novel, The Taker, an ambitious if derivative tale of romantic obsession that spans centuries. Read Elizabeth Hand’s review of The Taker.
Science fiction and fantasy devoured our hearts and minds in 2011. The year’s hit movies, bestselling books and buzzed-about television shows were dominated by genre fare — and a handful of people played a key part in making it happen. Welcome to the Power List, io9’s collection of people who rocked science fiction and fantasy in 2011.
Melissa Gordon has been an actively involved parent of Saline High School athletes as well as an officer for the Touchdown Club, comprised of a group of football parents. Now her focus is changing to “Scares That Care!” a nonprofit organization that provides aid to children in need.
I cannot think of a more difficult genre to write in then young adult horror. On one hand you have to maintain an element of fright and suspense to keep the genre true to its form. On the other hand as a writer you have to carefully construct frightening scenarios as to not traumatize young readers (at least not too much). Cullen Bunn seems to have found that sweet spot with his latest young adult horror novel Crooked Hills.