While kicking off Women in Horror Month, I would feel a bit remiss if I did not to recognize the contributions of the most influential women in horror history, Mary Shelley. 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of her iconic masterpiece Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Released in January of 1818, the book tells the tale of resurrecting the dead by the use of electricity. When first published, the author was listed as “Anonymous,” with most people assuming it was Percy Shelley, Mary’s husband, who penned the book. Most felt this assumption was due to the fact that he wrote the introduction. Although, in 19th century Europe, who would have thought a young woman’s imaginative tale would influence an entire genre in such a historical way. To celebrate Mary, below are five facts you should know about this pioneering woman of horror and her masterpiece.
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Christine Bucci-Caprilozzi joined the Horror News Network staff in 2005 when the site was still ComicMonsters.com. She started as a Staff Journalist adding interviews, comic reviews and convention coverage. Christine is also the Lead Organizer/Director of the CT HorrorFest and is a firm believer in keeping the indie spirit of the horror community alive. You can follow her on Twitter @Christine_HNN.
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Yesterday saw the release of a new trailer for Blumhouse’s The First Purge, the fourth in the highly successful Purge franchise. The first film was released in 2013 and grossed over $89 million versus its $3million budget. DeMonaco once again has penned the script, with Gerard McMurray taking over directing duties. While the Purge movies have always been sort of been a juxtaposition of the comfortably numb suburban life with the violence and grittiness of the “annual purge,” this installment hints at taking a more potent social commentary. read more read more
This week sees the second issue drop for the reboot of Steve Niles’ horror comic classic, 30 Days of Night. While many fans, including myself, weren’t quite sure what to expect from what IDW Publishing describes as a “reimagining” of the title that led to a major motion picture, as well as put Niles firmly on the map.
Without spoilers, I will just say Eben’s role changes in this version quite a bit. Niles story telling flows with the right amount of banter and action sequences. 30 Days of Night #2 starts to really get into the heart of what readers can expect and about the creatures that are soon to befall the small Alaskan town once the sun goes down. read more read more
Recently released on Amazon from Free Lunch Comics and comic creator Matt Ryan is The Terror of Wellfleet. The book centers around the residents of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and an abandoned military ship often used for target practice and drills, some of which are shrouded in mystery. This scenario, of course, can only mean some horrors will be resurrected. We recently caught up with Ryan to discuss his latest work.
Horror News Network: The Terror of Wellfleet is set in the hot bed of New England summer fun, Cape Cod. Were you at all influenced the by Jaws and the mass hysteria of that film on the Cape? read more read more
Hitting the streets from Image Comics this week is the first issue in the horror anthology, Ice Cream Man. Each issue will center around a different cast of characters all dealing with different terrors. These tales all seem to have the common thread of the local ice cream man. The first issue written by W. Maxwell Prince with artwork Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran does a decent job of introducing readers to the story without shoving the concept down their throats. read more
When speaking to television critics at the semi-annual press tour on Friday night, Ryan Murphy discussed a few details about the eighth season of the Emmy Award winning American Horror Story. As with previous seasons, plot and casting specifics of AHS are kept tightly under wraps. However, Murphy did clarify that the upcoming installment will not be the highly-anticipated crossover between “Murder House” and “Coven,“ which appears to be reserved for season nine at this point. read more
Hitting the streets on January 23rd is The Devil’s Well courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing and writer/director Kurtis Spieler, best known for his indie horror film Sheepkin. We caught up with Kurtis to talk about his latest film and what horror fans can expect from his take on the found footage paranormal flick.
Horror News Network: The Devil’s Well centers around a paranormal old legend. Being based out of Connecticut, with New England being such a hotbed of paranormal activity, how do you think that shaped your view on this type of plot? read more read more
This week Mike Mignola brings horror comic fans Koshchei The Deathless, the first of a six-part mini- series from Dark Horse comics. Teaming up with Ben Stenback and Dave Stewart, Mignola brings back Hellboy’s immortal rival in what proves to be an engaging addition to Mignolaverse for 2018.
With the introductory issue to this series giving the background and framework for the series, it doesn’t layout the plot in a formulaic or bland way. The story opens with a bang, literally. We see Koshchei in battle with Hellboy, but as the plot shifts, the tale of his backstory is told through his own eyes in a conversational tone to Hellboy. This is one of the many way Mignola brilliantly draws the reader into the Koshchei The Deathless series, by giving Koshchei humanity and depth. The allows the reader to actually care more about this character and his struggle with good versus evil. read more read more
For horror fans, nothing says “happy holidays” quite like Krampus. The latest Hellboy title, Hellboy: Krampusnacht features Hellboy vs everyone’s favorite half-goat, half-demon, Krampus.
The 36-page one-shot story is written by legendary creator, Mike Mignola with artwork by Adam Hughes. If there were any questions on how Hughes would work within the Hellboy universe, it is answered quickly as his style fits the book perfectly. He especially shines when we get to see the many different faces of Krampus himself. read more read more
In September of 2007, writer/director Adam Green gave horror fans plenty of reasons to “stay out of the swamp” with the release of his cult classic Hatchet. Following it up with Hatchet II and Hatchet III, Green kept slasher Victor Crowley busy and horror fans terrified and amused all at the same time. For the tenth anniversary celebration of the Hatchet, Green released one of the biggest secrets in the genre, a new chapter in the franchise with Victor Crowley. read more