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Curse #4 - (April - 2014 - BOOM!)

Curse #4 – (April – 2014 – BOOM!)

Both covers for this issue – by artists Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer – don’t leave much question about where this final issue is going, and I doubt I was the only reader who saw it coming miles away. That said, both covers are gorgeous, and I hope to see a lot more cover work by these two in the future. Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci put out a fast-paced final issue that feels a bit rushed, but…

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Side by Side: Salem’s Lot (1979 & 2004)

Side by Side: Salem’s Lot (1979 & 2004)

Decades ago Stephen King wrote the defining vampire novel of the modern age. It was half homage to Dracula and half exposé of the idyllic small town. In 1979 Tobe Hooper brought us the Salem’s Lotminiseries based on the novel. Obviously the ’70s had real limitations with production and special effects so in the era of sequels and reboots it isn’t terribly surprising that there would come a…

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Inside - (2007 - La Fabrique de Films)

Inside – (2007 – La Fabrique de Films)

A few years back, many horror fans were excited about the New French Extreme movement, an outpouring of violent, sometimes shocking films from France. This ‘movement’ ended as quickly as it began, but when the dust settled we were left with two undeniable horror classics:  Martyrs and Inside. 

It is almost impossible to discuss one film without mentioning the other.  They represent the apex of…

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NOS4A2 - Joe Hill (2013 - William Morrow and Company)

NOS4A2 – Joe Hill (2013 – William Morrow and Company)

This book has something. It’s not necessarily the throat grabbing plot, or the gut-wrenching emotional response in readers, but rather a sense of familiarity. Whether you’re reading this or one of Hill’s other novels, (Heart-Shaped Box, or Horns) there seems to be a tickling sensation of déjà vu. A sense that just maybe you have read this writer’s work elsewhere, perhaps under a different name.…

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Monster and Madman #2 (April- 2014 - IDW)

Monster and Madman #2 (April- 2014 – IDW)

I’m happy to report that I didn’t notice any glaring spelling errors in the second issue of this miniseries from horror comics star Steve Niles and up-and-coming artist Damien Worm. This issue improves on the first in a few ways beyond simple editing though; the plot moves away from set-up and into a story that actual combines the worlds of both horror icons it advertises. It seems like very…

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Nosferatu, The Vampyre - (1979 - Twentieth Century Fox)

Nosferatu, The Vampyre – (1979 – Twentieth Century Fox)

The original Nosferatu is often credited by historians and fans alike as the greatest vampire film of all time. Released in 1922 and directed by legendary film pioneer, F.W. Murnau, Nosferatu remains a unique, nightmarish experience that seems to be the only adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Draculato actually capture the dread and terror of that classic novel. Werner Herzog, one of the most celebrated…

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Came the Dawn - (2012 - Fantagraphics)

Came the Dawn – (2012 – Fantagraphics)

Came the Dawn and Other Stories Illustrated by Wallace Wood contains all of Wood’s horror and crime stories,  including the socially conscious morality tales that EC was best known for. Even today, some of them still pack a punch. Stories like the Bribe,  the Confession, and the Assault are not only full of moral outrage, but perversely ironic. The Bribe, in particular, has one of the cruelest…

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Feeding the Masses - (2004 - Shock-O-Rama Cinema)

Feeding the Masses – (2004 – Shock-O-Rama Cinema)

Another shameless attempt to use the zombie genre to critique modern society was made a few years ago called Feeding the Masses. God knows there is plenty to critique in modern society but movies like this are hardly blazing any trails. I could forgive the cliché of it all if there was a solid script, plausible acting, effective zombie make up or a central character who is supposed to be a…

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Faceless - (1987 - ATC 3000)

Faceless – (1987 – ATC 3000)

One of the more entertaining sleazefests of the ’80s, Jess Franco’s Faceless has much to offer the forgiving horror fan.  It shamelessly rips off George Franju’s 1959 masterpiece Eyes Without a Face,  but where that film is ethereal and beautiful, despite its subject matter, Facelessembraces the lurid elements of the plot and goes full-on nasty. We get messy face transplants, eye trauma, and sex…

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The Sandman: Overture #2 (March - 2014 - Vertigo)

The Sandman: Overture #2 (March – 2014 – Vertigo)

After a meandering first issue, it feels like we’re on track to development. Neil Gaiman can be relied upon to come up with odd beings to feature into his stories, and in this issue we’re introduced to the Knight of Clouds and Shadows and the Company of Forgotten Trumps. The name sounds intriguing, but it’s possible – even probable – that we’ll never see these characters again. I find that…

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Life Returns - (1935 - Universal)

Life Returns – (1935 – Universal)

The 1930s are widely regarded as one of the golden eras of cinema. Several classics were produced in this period and the horror genre profited greatly. Most aficionados consider films such as Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), King Kong (1933), The Mummy (1932), and The Black Cat (1934), as not just pillars of the genre but of the cinema itself.

Life Returnsis not one…

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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (2013 - SelfMadeHero)

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (2013 – SelfMadeHero)

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Wardhas established itself on my list of top ten best horror novellas of all time. Written in 1927, it is Lovecraft’s longest fictional work. He was not very satisfied with his work and was known to quote the story as a “cumbrous, creaking bit of self-conscious antiquarianism.” He stuffed the story into his desk drawer where it sat until it was dusted…

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Press Release: BALTIMORE HUNTS THE RED KING! Peter Bergting debuts in the Mignolaverse!

Press Release: BALTIMORE HUNTS THE RED KING! Peter Bergting debuts in the Mignolaverse!

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This three-issue miniseries from writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, with Eisner Award–winning colorist Dave Stewart, will feature the artwork of Peter Bergting (The Portent: Ashes, Domovoi). Writer/artist Bergting has written young adult novels in both Swedish and English, and numerous short stories, reviews, and editorials. He has been published in the US, Sweden, Norway, Spain,…

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Ghosted #8 (March - 2014 - Image)

Ghosted #8 (March – 2014 – Image)

The tone of this series seems to change with every issue. Writer Joshua Williamson is far from the first to blend horror with comedy and other genres, but that balance seems to constantly shift. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; this issue was funnier than those that preceded it. Winters got a few excellent sarcastic barbs – denying the ghosts following him, he says all they’d see “is a whole…

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Stitches - (2012 - MPI Media Group)

Stitches – (2012 – MPI Media Group)

One of my favorite things about clown horror movies is that there is no established canon for them. Killer Klowns from Outer Space doesn’t restrict the plot of Pennywise in IT. So when a friend of mine started posting online that she had no idea that this movie Stitches would be so weird I felt like I needed to see it.

I’m a big fan of weird, so I was intrigued when I saw a clown show up when I…

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