Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf Release Details

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There’s something awful hiding in the woods and it’s coming after the unsuspecting in the gripping and acclaimed LATE PHASES: NIGHT OF THE LONE WOLF. From the director of Penumbra, Cold Sweat and Here Comes The Devil, the horror film will be available for Digital Download and on Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Sky Films on March 10, 2015. Blind war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Stake Land, We Are What We Are) has recently moved to Crescent Bay, a seemingly peaceful community on the outskirts of a dense forest. On his first night in his new home, McKinley hears his elderly neighbor attacked by something he’s convinced isn’t human. When the creature then kills his seeing eye dog, McKinley’s thirst for justice turns into a one-man vendetta against the monster that’s terrorizing his neighborhood. And when he’s stonewalled by both the police and his fellow residents, he decides to gear up and prepare to fight the beast one-on-one. Now it’s man vs. myth as the … [Read more...]

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is a children’s novel by popular fantasist Neil Gaiman. It’s constructed as a set of linked stories — Gaiman loosely modeled the structure after Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book  — that tell the childhood adventures of Nobody Owens, a young boy who grows up in an English graveyard. Nobody first arrives at the graveyard (and is taken under the protection of the ghosts and vampire that reside there) as a toddler the night that a killer named Jack slaughters the rest of his family, including his preteen sister. Opening a children’s book with a family’s murder is a risky move, indeed! The issue of how best to handle violence and threat in literature for younger readers is one that has interested me for some time, but it particularly interests me now that I am writing my first young adult novel (which needs to go through its paces in the MFA program I'm currently in, so readers won't be seeing it for a while longer). Because my fiction is generally … [Read more...]

Alone in the Dark: Illumination™ Invites Fans to Private Beta

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Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced the beta period for its latest PC title, Alone in the Dark: Illumination™, beginning on January 29th, 2015. To pre-order Alone in the Dark: Illumination and access the private beta, visit the Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/275060 Alone in the Dark: Illumination features several campaigns with multiple levels that take players through the blasted landscape of Lorwich, Virginia, and deep below ground to unearth the mysteries of the forsaken township. Players fight off hordes of eldritch nightmares while using the power of illumination to light up maps and create safe zones to damage foes. This latest installment of the Alone in the Dark® franchise also includes a cooperative multiplayer option that allows gamers to battle The Darkness together with four distinct heroes – the Hunter, the Witch, the Priest and the Engineer, each of them … [Read more...]

Qualia Nous

The Qualia Nous horror anthology (edited by Michael Bailey and published by Written Backward Press) is quite the horror tome weighing in with 30 stories and poems, all of which having firm roots in science fiction.  The anthologies content appears to be divided into two themes, which for the sake of brevity I will summarize:  Qualia – the way it feels to have mental states, and, Nous – the ability to understand what is true or real.  The themes are decidedly literary, and while they may have served the purpose of guiding authors with their submissions, readers need not remember them when reading the stories. I accepted Qualia Nous for review without realizing the stories were science fiction based.  I admit, I am not a fan of the genre.  The more hard science in a story, the more I tend to tune the story out.  Take Michael Bailey’s introduction for instance.  My eyes glazed over while reading it (something about binary numbers and lots of X’s and O’s).  I know it … [Read more...]

The Nocturnals Return Down a Sinister Path

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On the heels of the release of Enchantress and Nocturnals: Legend, a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next hard-boiled tale from Dan Brereton's Nocturnals rocketed past the initial funding goal in less than 72 hours. The Sinister Path will be the first original story centered around Brereton's band of Halloween-inspired pulp/horror characters since 2008. First published in 1994, the Nocturnals have become the greatest single work produced yet by painter and writer Dan Brereton, also known for his work on Batman: Thrillkiller, Superman and Batman: Legends of the World's Finest, and JLA: Seven Caskets. The Nocturnals tells the story of occult adventurer Doc Horror, his clairvoyant daughter Eve (aka Halloween Girl), her silent guardian Gunwitch, and their band of monstrous allies as they deal with aliens, mobsters, and, of course, creatures of the night. Sinister Path will see the return of fan-favorites like Polychrome, Starfish, Firelion, and the Raccoon as … [Read more...]

Carnival of The Damned

Carnival of The Damned is the third circus/carnival related anthology for review that has come across my desk in the last six months.  I had read the other two prior to Carnival of The Damned, and I was highly disappointed with them.  I admit to picking up Carnival of The Damned with hesitation, but after glancing at the table of contents and spying a few authors who I was familiar with, I was pretty sure my experience Carnival of The Damned was going to be much more pleasant.  And I was correct.  Carnival of The Damned had all the ingredients that were missing from the prior two circus/carnival anthologies, namely innovative plotting, strong prose, and the stories were genuinely entertaining. Three of my favorite stories in this anthology are from talented authors who have never let me down, including Scott T.  Gousward (Ghost Lights), Tarcy L. Carbone (The Mirror), and Gregory Norris (Calliope). But there were other authors, new to me, who also managed to grab … [Read more...]

New Trailer for ‘Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard’

The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die, instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price? On February 3, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD, an exciting survival thriller about a fallen world that’s provocative as it is chilling. Written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and with a stellar genre cast including Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, and Brian Anthony Wilson, ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD is presented in an unrated version on Blu-ray™ and DVD. In the film, the "Zombie Killers" are a small band of young adults, trained by military vet Seiler (Zane), who have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood's last survivors. Bonus features on ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT'S … [Read more...]

PREVIEW: The Colossal, Blood-Steeped Series, The Chronicles Of Legion Volume 2!

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CHRONICLES OF LEGION VOL. 2: THE THREE LIVES OF DRACULA The unholy trinity born of vampire blood is set for cataclysmic mutual annihilation as their time worn battle rages to a head... Three lives, three incarnations of Vlad Tepes Dracula. The same blood flows in the veins of all three, the blood of Dracula. They will all be forced to take part in a fratricidal feud between Vlad and Radu: a battle that has lasted for centuries and has claimed countless lives. South America, 1531. Doña Gabriella is surprised by her feelings for the bastard son of her future husband, the conquistador Hernan Torres. Russia, January 1812. Captain Armand Malachi continues his search for a legendary treasure! But his followers might be getting more than they bargained for... London, 1885. In the mansion of Lord Cavendish, Victor Thorpe faces a cruel dilemma: he stands as the only heir to Cavendish’s fortune, ready to inherit… on one condition: he must drink the cup of blood … [Read more...]

New Teaser Clip #1 from ‘Fear Clinic’ Starring Robert Englund

After terrifying audiences from coast to coast – Closing Night Event at ScreamFest 2014 Los Angeles and Opening Night Screening at 2014 New York City Horror Film Festival –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 … [Read more...]

Dying Light Global Launch Dates Confirmed

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Techland announced today the updated global launch dates for Dying Light. The game will have a worldwide digital release on PC of January 27, 2015. In North and South America, the digital release and physical copies for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be available at the same day. In Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia, Dying Light will have a digital release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One of January 28, 2015. Physical copies of the game will be released in these territories on February 27, 2015. Additionally all of the physical preordered versions will include two DLC packs, Cuisine & Cargo and Ultimate Survivor Bundle, free of charge. Subsequently, the “Be the Zombie” multiplayer mode, where players take control of the Night Hunter and can invade others’ games, will be now be available for free on all platforms everywhere. Dear gamers, As you already know, today we detailed our launch timing for Dying Light. Although the changes affect only the … [Read more...]

First Trailer and Artwork From ‘inHUMANE’

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Everybody has a dark side, and Criminal Behavior Analyst Rachel Moreno has created an experimental, yet controversial, drug trial to expose it. After suffering the loss of her fiancé to a violent crime, Rachel goes full force with the project, finding funding from a shadowy group of figures who represent a branch of the government. Rachel is set up at a top secret facility in Texas with her hand-picked staff, including her fiancé’s old partner, Aaron Graybor, her overzealous assistant Maggie Richards, and physician Beverly Gail. For the project six violent inmates are chosen to participate as live, human test subjects that will be put under surveillance for two months to see the effects of VEX 555, a psychoactive untested drug that will help Rachel prove her theory that she can expose a person’s darkest depths. But when Rachel falls too deep into the project, ignoring the moral and ethical repercussions, she begins to show her own darkness, putting in … [Read more...]

2014 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot Announced

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The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballots for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,300 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards® in various categories since 1987 (see http://horror.org/awards/stokers.htm). The HWA Board and the Bram Stoker Awards Committee congratulate all those appearing on these Preliminary Ballots. The Preliminary Ballots are: Superior Achievement in a Novel Tim Burke – The Flesh Sutra (NobleFusion Press) Adam Christopher – The Burning Dark (Tor Books) Michaelbrent Collings – This Darkness Light (self-published) Lawrence C. Connolly – Vortex (Fantasist Enterprises) Craig DiLouie – Suffer the Children (Gallery Books of Simon & Schuster) Patrick Freivald – Jade Sky (JournalStone) Chuck Palahniuk – Beautiful You (Jonathan Cape, Vintage/Penguin Random House UK) Christopher Rice – The Vines … [Read more...]

Official Trailer And Poster For ‘The Lazarus Effect’

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Synopsis: The film follows a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. Release: February 27, 2015 Director: David Gelb Written By: Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater Starring: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters and Donald Glover Producers: Jason Blum, Cody Zweig, Matt Kaplan and Jimmy Miller Executive Producers: Luke Dawson and Gloria Fan … [Read more...]

JournalStone’s Amazon only e-book holiday sale!

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Are you interested in some holiday reading?  JournalStone is having a HUGE holiday sale on some select e-books.  The sale is this week, and only on Amazon – ending December 21, 2014.  Take a look at the list and get ready to rock some great books at rock bottom prices with authors like Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, Weston Ochse, Lisa Morton, and many many more!!!   DarkNet – John R. Little – $0.99 cents - http://www.amazon.com/DarkNet-John-R-Little-ebook/dp/B00P37KP2S/ref=sr_1_8_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418614535&sr=1-8&keywords=journalstone Dead World Resurrection – Joe McKinney – $0.99 - http://www.amazon.com/Dead-World-Resurrection-Collected-McKinney-ebook/dp/B00O9ND3G2/ref=sr_1_14_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418614609&sr=1-14&keywords=journalstone The Burning Time – J.G. Fahertiy – $0.99 - … [Read more...]

Kumquat

There are not many authors that I like enough that I would read a romantic comedy. Jeff Strand is one of the rare breed that I would follow anywhere, though. So when I found out that his latest, KUMQUAT, is, at heart, a romantic comedy, I decided that he’d built up enough goodwill with me that I could suck it up, take one for the team, and give it a shot…. Jeff Strand is best-known as the author of darkly comedic Horror novels/novellas/short stories such as I HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS, DEAD CLOWN BARBECUE, WOLF HUNT, KUTTER, and literally tons and tons more. I’ve never read a thing he’s written that I didn’t absolutely love, or at least like a whole, whole lot, so….bring on the romantic comedy. Worst case scenario: I’d hate it. But the silver lining would be that if anyone ever asked me if I had read a romantic comedy novel, I would now be able to answer “Yes. Yes, I have.” So, having read KUMQUAT, I can now say that not only have I read a romantic … [Read more...]