Journeys into Darkness. A Midnight Street Anthology

Here comes the first anthology from the well respected magazine Midnight Street. The book, featuring thirteen stories ( some originals, some reprints) is dedicated to the late Joel Lane, a fine dark fiction writer, whose story "The Spoils", included therein, although admittedly not one of his best, is a good example of that author's pessimistic view of the world and of human relationships. The line-up of contributors is indeed impressive: Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Paul Finch, Nina Allan,Allen Ashley, Simon Clark, Ralph Robert Moore,Rosanne Rabinowitz Elliot Smith. Yet, most of the stories, much to my dismay, are not up to the usual standard of those big names. Some tales are just ordinary ,others downright disappointing, at least to me, considering that a few of the above contributors are among my favorite horror writers. Maybe it's my fault because I was expecting too much ? Perhaps. On the other hand I'm still able to recognize a great piece of fiction … [Read more...]

Dying Light Inspires a Live-Action Short-Film ‘The Last Supply Drop’

How much of Dying Light could actually be recreated in film? This question inspired Techland and Flying Carpet Studio to create a live-action short-film “The Last Supply Drop” which was released February 23, 2015. Telling a story about four quarantine survivors’ last ditch attempt to get to an air-drop full of crucial supplies, the video brings Dying Light key gameplay features to the real life, including parkour movement, car traps, and the fan-favorite dropkick attacks. Dying Light is available worldwide in digital form with box copies also available in North and South America. The physical release in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania is set for the 27th of February 2015. … [Read more...]

Rebellion gives players 7 more reasons to upgrade to Zombie Army Trilogy

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Think you already know the Zombie Army series? Think Again! With two games in the franchise and a huge fanbase, Rebellion have already proved they know a thing or two about serving up intense and brutal zombie shooters, but with the forthcoming release of Zombie Army Trilogy they’ve upped the gore and a whole lot more… Brand new third campaign: the series comes to an apocalyptic conclusion with five exclusive new missions for 1-4 players across bone-chilling new environments. Two stunning remastered campaigns: feast your eyes on ten missions with updated animations, dynamic physics, and improved lighting, shadows and visual effects. Terrifying new enemy types: face blood-splattered Chainsaw Elites, Panzer Zombies, Armoured Skeletons ... and more! Four new player characters: choose to play as one of four fearless female sharpshooters with their own back story. Tactical zombie dismemberment: now players can liberate zombies from their limbs to slow them … [Read more...]

‘Echoes’ Comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on April 14th

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Can the desert summon the dead?  ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE FESTIVAL SENSATION ECHOES  Awakening to Blu-ray™ and DVD April 14 BEVERLY HILLS, CA – An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival, winning Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director honors, the highly anticipated supernatural thriller Echoes arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The feature directorial debut of Nils Timm (who also wrote the screenplay), Echoes explores the murky realm between reality and dreams, and what could happen when these worlds collide. With a stellar cast including Steven Brand (“Teen Wolf,” The Scorpion King), Kate French (Channeling, “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill”), Billy Wirth (“Chicago P.D.”, The Lost Boys) and Steve Hanks (12/12/12, Hold Your Breath), Echoes will have viewers guessing until the final fade-out! SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD, with … [Read more...]

HWA Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, today announced Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee as the 2015 recipients of the Bram Stoker Award® for Lifetime Achievement. The HWA presents the award annually to individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While the award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields. “We had a wealth of very worthy candidates for this award,” said John R. Little, jury chairperson of the Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) committee. “After much discussion, we believe we agreed on two exceptional winners this year.” Jack Ketchum has been one of the premiere authors in the horror field for many years. His novel The Girl Next Door is considered a classic, but he’s written many other equally deeply moving works. Ketchum has won the Bram … [Read more...]

Full Moon, Inc. – Production Begins; Website Launches

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Independent filmmaking group Fighting Owl Films has begun production on its new feature film, Full Moon, Inc. Mixing film noir with horror and fantasy, the film sees Nick Moon, P.I. (Paranormal Investigator), delve into a hidden world of monsters and creatures of the night as he takes on a case to retrieve an ancient artifact with astonishing power. In conjunction, the official website for Full Moon, Inc. has launched at www.fullmoonincmovie.com. The site provides visitors with information about the paranormal detective agency, including Nick Moon's services and team. There is also a working office number where potential clients can listen to a special message from the staff, and even leave messages of their own. The site also includes photos and video, which will be regularly updated. Full Moon, Inc. stars Khristian Fulmer as Nick Moon, Erin Lilley as his secretary, Daisy O’Reilly, and Leah Christine Johnson as Moon’s newest client, Lilah Fontaine. They’re … [Read more...]

Face your fears with two new clips from Fear Clinic

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FEAR CLINIC, the latest excursion into unrelenting terror, will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 10, 2015 by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The highly anticipated shocker stars horror icon Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker, as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut, and is directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II). With blood-chilling special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, FEAR CLINIC will take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself. Co-written by Hall and Aaron Drane, the film is based on the critically acclaimed and fan favorite 2009 FEARnet.com series. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured. Dr. … [Read more...]

Horror Writers Association Reveals Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards®

Los Angeles—Feb. 23, 2015. The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the 2014 nominees for the iconic Bram Stoker Award®. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman. The HWA also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to living individuals who have made a substantial and enduring contribution to the genre. This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipients are Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee. “This year’s nominees have not only penned remarkable works, they have raised the bar for exceptional writing and have helped shape the continuing evolution of the genre,” said Lisa Morton, HWA … [Read more...]

Inspector of the Dead

Legendary thriller writer David Morrell, creator of Rambo, returns to Victorian England with INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, a sequel to his 2013 novel MURDER AS A FINE ART.  MURDER AS A FINE ART told a fictional tale about a real man, Thomas De Quincey, a writer who scandalized London society with his memoir, CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER, which detailed his struggle with drug addiction. De Quincey was, by all accounts, a fascinating figure, and Morrell took superb advantage of De Quincey's intellect and intuition by throwing him into the middle of a series of gruesome killings, recreations of the infamous Ratcliffe Highway murders, which De Quincey had written about in real life, in an three-part essay entitled ON MURDER CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE FINE ARTS. Accompanied by his devoted daughter, Emily, and aided by Scotland Yard's Inspector Sean Ryan and Constable Joseph Becker, De Quincey eventually exposed the murderer, and restored calm to a panic-stricken … [Read more...]

The Boneyard

I've been a fan of Keith Minnion since I first stumbled blindly into the world of small-press horror. I started as a fan of his art, and followed him to his publishing venture, White Noise Press, which prints some of the most amazing chapbooks that I have ever laid eyes on. His debut novel, THE BONEYARD, is the last straw, though. It's completely and utterly unfair to learn that such a supremely talented artist is also capable of writing one of the best, most original horror novels I've read in quite some time.  THE BONEYARD is a supernatural mystery that spans decades, starting out in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1921, with a chilling disappearance. Young John Randall Pitcairn is taken up in a biplane as a birthday surprise...in short order, the plane disappears, only to reappear and mysteriously crash. The pilot is dying from thousand of strange cuts, and young John is missing. Minnion lays on the creepiness, as John's Uncle Lucian, who arranged for the … [Read more...]

‘Monster vs Sheep’ makes a tossing debut on the App Store and Google Play

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Goon Studios is thrilled to announce the release of Monster vs Sheep, a 3D fun filled arcade, free-throw extravaganza for iOS and Android.  Toss fluffy sheep into a giant monster’s mouth to save a coastal city from impending doom. Your mission is to stuff the monster full of sheep and stop his rampage! Can you save the city and its citizens from a fiery destruction? Key Features: Arcade Style Play 32 vibrant and colorful levels of increasing difficulty! Leaderboard and achievements Compete with players around the world with global leaderboard through Game Center Unlock 14 achievements (to show off to family and friends?). Monster vs Sheep  is available on the App store or on the Google Play store … [Read more...]

Trapped Dead: Lockdown – Announcement Trailer

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Hack & Slash Coop Fest! Bigmoon Studios and Headup Games today announce Trapped Dead: Lockdown, a gritty action-packed Hack & Slash RPG, unforgiving and bloody as hell. Trapped Dead: Lockdown will release on Steam at March 20th, 2015 for PC, Mac and Linux. PS4 and Xbox One versions following later this year - stay tuned for updates. “Hey Zombies, you want our brains? Then come and get ‘em!” Play alone or with your friends in a war against thousands of undead. Use a huge arsenal of deadly weapons and chose one of five classes to stop this nightmare. Prepare to paint a whole town red! About Trapped Dead: Lockdown For an unknown reason, a small American town suffered from a strange rainfall and the dead rose up from their graves. As one of five different selectable characters you manage to enter the town just before the military locks it down. Each character is connected to the town in a different way and has its own objectives. Now it's your turn … [Read more...]

Story Idea Generation: Local Hauntings

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Yesterday, I led a workshop called "Creative Kickstart" to help students build creative habits, learn how to brainstorm, and work through blocks. One of the things that I tried to impress upon the participants is that ideas are all around us. It's not a matter of finding them so much as just opening your eyes and seeing them. A story idea could come from a bit of overheard conversation, a photograph, a brief article in the newspaper, or an old family tale. Many horror and dark fantasy authors can find inspiration in local legends. You don't even have to look for something as popular and well-known as the Mothman, Resurrection Mary or the Jersey Devil. Most every community has lots of smaller stories of ghosts and monsters that you can use. For instance, Ohio State University is home to many ghost stories. Here's one I found at the Forgotten Ohio site: The story with this one goes that a girl was stuck in an elevator all night in Hopkins Hall, the art … [Read more...]

‘Demons with Shotguns’ Released!

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Demons with Shotguns debuts on Steam Greenlight with over 1,100 ‘Yes’ votes in just the first week! Demons with Shotguns is a fast paced competitive 2D arena platformer where you battle for the souls of your friends. Armed with a powerful shotgun, a bullet deflecting shield and a explosive holy water grenade, 2-4 players will battle it out in multiple game modes across multiple interactive arenas, each with unique environmental hazards and mechanics. “Demons with Shotguns is our answer to ‘what if the old school 90s arena shooters were released on SNES instead? What would that game look like?’ said Nicholas DiMucci, Lead Developer at MindShaft Games. “Local multiplayer games have seen a big resurgence as of late and we feel Demons with Shotguns stands on its own, not only with its frantic, twitch style shooting action, but with the expansive game modes and arenas we’re developing.” “The response we’ve received on Steam Greenlight has been incredible so … [Read more...]

‘Because Zombies’ Sees Big Price Drop!

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On iOS and Android devices, “Because Zombies” Players have been poisoning zombies, chopping them, blowing zombies up, and even using attack dogs on them, and now they can do it for much less! Because Zombies, a mobile tower defense game from DoubleSmoked Software, has recently dropped its price from $1.99USD to $0.99USD effective immediately! Download here: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/because-zombies/id954165825 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doubleSmoked.BecauseZombies … [Read more...]