Happy New Year 2017

As the old year ends and the new year begins, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes for a safe and prosperous new year to all of our readers.

We look forward to 2017 as we continue to provide horror fans with an outlet for news that they can trust.

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Series

Horror News Network presents our best on-going series of 2016 award to Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien.  The series, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by Sebastian and Max Fiumara, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Clem Robins, finished as it started with a strong focus on the exsistential crisis of Abe and his struggles with his place in the B.P.R.D., the human world, and the universe.  

After a number of mini-series and one shots featuring Hellboy’s closest friend and ally Abe Sapien, his on-going series started in April of 2013 and wrapped up in August of this year.  With no permanent Hellboy book to speak of (and the small problem of Hellboy’s death), Abe took center stage as one of the original humanoid characters in the Mignolaverse.  Abe was always an introspective, intelligent character that balanced Hellboy’s “shoot first and ask questions later attitude”, but this series allowed fans to fully understand the man inside the monster and the difficulties that Abe often struggled with, trying to balance his own well-being and quest against the needs and safety of others.  Invariably, Abe almost always picked the selfless route and the final seven issues released this year ended in a typical bitter-sweet fashion for the lovable, blue “gill-man”. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: January 2017 Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to! And now, on to the notable new releases of January 2017: read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Writer

Horror News Network is proud to announce that Cullen Bunn is the 2016 Horror Comic Award’s writer of the year.  

Although Bunn is most known to horror fans as the writer and co-creator of Dark Horse Comics’ supernatural hit Harrow County, he has been nothing but prolific in terms of his total output this year.   Along with other work in the horror genre such as Blood Feud, Night Trap, and Sixth Gun, he also worked “’round-the-clock” on major superhero titles such as Deadpool and the Uncanny X-men as well as retro titles like Voltron, Micronauts, and Battlestar Galactica.  His ability to juggle so many projects in so many different genres proves his versatility and ability to deliver engaging stories to a wide variety of fans on a monthly basis. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Artist(s)

Horror News Network is happy to select Max and Sebastian Fiumara as our artists of the year for their work on Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien.  

The Fiumara brothers have consistently provided both the interior and cover art for the majority of the series, which sadly ended this year with issue #36.  Max and Sebastian often alternated issues or covers throughout the entire run and this year was no exception.  The high standard that the Fiumara brothers set from the beginning of the run was one of the reasons fans returned to a series known for their distainct style. read more

Greg F. Gifune Talks Savages

Considered by many to be the one of the most talented horror authors of this generation, Greg F. Gifune has crafted a path of darkness all his own, with some of the best horror fiction for readers of the genre. One of several novels he released in 2016, Savages tells the tale of vacation gone terribly wrong in the South Pacific. A powerful and unrelenting storm… a boat crash on a small uncharted island… the dark secrets that have lasted for decades waiting to be awoken and discovered are brought to morbid and tense life in this book from Sinister Grin Press. We grabbed Greg F. Gifune to talk Savages along with the influence of pulp novels and films as well as the importance of crafting dialogue and relationships. read more

Horror News Network’s 2016 Horror Comic Awards: Best Mini-Series (Non-Monthly Title)

Horror News Network’s top mini-series (non-monthly title) for 2016 is Image Comics’ occult conspiracy title The Black Monday Murders.

Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Tomm Coker, The Black Monday Murders is an elaborate story involving clandestine banking cartels, Russian vampires, Black popes, magical one-percenters, and more oddities in a world that resembles our own a little too much.  

Jonathan Hickman is no stranger to modern comic book fans, most notably for critical and financial successes such as Fantastic Four (some of the best work ever done on the series), FF, Avengers, and Secret Wars.   Marvel fans may not be as familair with his work for independent publishers however and this is where Hickman is really able to “stretch his creative muscles” with Image titles as Transhuman, The Manhattan Projects, and East of West.   The Black Monday Murders is no different, as Hickman works with standard occult, horror, and film noir motifs applying his own unique sensibilities to them, yet he also anchors the story in a believable setting. read more

New Image of Pennywise the Clown Released Ahead of IT Premiere

Pure evil continues to have a new face.  Entertainment Weekly has released another photo of the original wicked clown Pennywise, demonic star of the upcoming re-adaptation of Stephen King’s brilliant novel IT.  In the latest promo shot (seen below), the child-killer is peering out from the inside of a large drain pipe.  As we all know, the sewers and underground drainage systems are where Pennywise waits in the shadows, poised to pounce on its unsuspecting victims.

Anticipation is high for the classic novel remake, following up on the 1990 television mini-series.  Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) will portray the demon clown, which he promises will be a different take on the character than the critically-acclaimed version made famous by Tim Curry.  “Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that,” Skarsgard says. “I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.” read more

Horror News Network’s 2016 Comic Awards: Best Cover Illustration

Horror News Network is proud to present the 2016 Best Cover Illustration Award to Bill Sienkiewicz for his artwork on Survivors Club #8. 

The nightmare enducing image is one of many by Sienkiewicz this year.  Sienkiewicz has been the only cover artist for the Vertigo Comics series and with images like this one, it is no surprise as to why.  Survivors Club (written by Lauren Beukes and David Halvorson with art by Ryan Kelly) focuses on six children of the 80’s who all experienced supernatural events in their lives at a young age and as adults they form a type of support/investigative group when odd things begin happening to them again. read more

Horror News Network’s 2016 Comic Awards: Gary Reed Named Horror Comic Honoree of the Year

Horror News Network is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Horror Comic Honorree Award is Gary Reed.

Unfortunately, many artists only gain the recognition they deserve after an untimely death. Gary Reed (5/2/56 –10/2/16) certainly falls into this category.  Reed is most prominently remembered by fans as one of the writers of Deadworld, but his greater influence comes from his role as a publisher.  read more