Books

Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Set for Big Screen Adaptation

With the success of horror movies and television programs featuring children as the main characters as of late, it is no wonder that Paramount is mining Nickelodeon’s 1990’s horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? in hopes that it will capture the attention of nostalgic fans and teen viewers alike.

The Hollywood Reporter not only broke the news that the horror anthology for the pre-teen set was getting the greenlight, but that it would also be penned by a writer that is no stranger to horror in the form of It and Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman. read more

‘Mr. Higgins Comes Home’ Artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: The Horror News Network Interview

Just in time for Halloween, Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have cooked up a delicious original graphic novel treat for all fans of classic Universal and Hammer horror films entitled Mr. Higgins Comes Home. Horror News Network had the pleasure of speaking to artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and he discussed his unique style, monster movies, and “sad werewolves”.

Horror News Network: How did you become involved with Mr. Higgins?

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: Mike and I were on a Sketch Panel at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival and we got the chance to briefly chat and he suggested we might work on something together. He is such a hero of mine; I dared not think that would turn out the way it did. He got back in touch with this idea he had and I was amazed, then Scott Allie got in touch too and slowly it started to become an actual reality. I would get physical pangs of excitement while working on the pages and I still find it hard to believe even though the book is (about to be) on the shelf now. I cannot thank Mike, Scott and Dark Horse enough. read more

Josh Boone Hired To Write Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Variety is reporting that director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, New Mutants) has been hired to pen the script for the adaptation of the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman.  Boone may also get to direct the film, but nothing is official at this time.

This isn’t the first King related project that the writer has worked on, as “Boone has had a long-standing relationship with the author after being tapped to write and direct an adaptation of The Stand. When that project was put on hold, the iconic writer tasked Boone with penning an adaptation of Revival, which is currently in development.” read more

Final ‘Mindhunter’ Trailer Released; David Fincher Talks Serial Killers with Charlie Rose

The final trailer for the upcoming David Fincher produced Netflix series Mindhunter (which begins streaming on October 13th) has just been released.

Fincher is not only the producer of the series, but he also  directed four episodes, which is based on John Douglas’ seminal book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.  Douglas was one of the first criminal profilers and actually coined the term “serial killer”.

Fincher recently appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and told Rose that he looked at the series as a way to examine real life serial killers such as  Charles Manson and “the Son of Sam” David Berkowitz in an attempt to demystify them as “…very sad people”.  He went on to say that he didn’t “…want to talk about the gourmet, you know, opera expert who — you know, to me these are very sad people under who have, you know, grown up under horrendous circumstances. This is not — this is not to, you know, overstate how much empathy or sympathy we should have for them but it’s just simply a fact…We’d seen so much, you know, of this sort of literary conceit of, there’s a very fine line separates the hunters from the hunted. And I really thought it was time to sort of take that back and make it, really, the reason that we are fascinated with them is because we’re nothing like them. They are unfathomable.” read more

Grady Hendrix’s ‘Paperbacks from Hell’: The Horror News Network Review

With the unprecedented popularity of Stephen King’s It adaptation, many Hollywood producers are frantically searching for the next horror story that will rake in cash (and potentially save their jobs) after a dismal summer movie season.

If producers turn their attention to the world of horror novels, I hope they all save themselves some time and effort pick up a copy of Grady Hendrix’s examination of the horror paperback boom of the 70’s and 80’s entitled Paperbacks From Hell.

In the introduction to his examination of these wild dime-store paperbacks, Hendrix (a noted horror novelist himself, and best known for the Ikea parody Horrorstor and his recent ode to the 1980’s called My Best Friend’s Exorcism) explains that the excitement and entertainment found within these treasures opens the reader up to “…a weird, wild, wonderful world that feels totally alien today, and not just because of the trainloads of killer clowns.” read more

‘It’ Delivers Record-Breaking Thursday Night Opening

Expectations for It have been sky high for months, driven primarily by the depressing summer movie receipts (which are some of the worst returns in 25 years).

Well, it looks like the box office totals for It will be more “Penny Wise than pound foolish” this weekend as the Stephen King adaptation earned an estimated $13.5 million on Thursday night.

It is actually the third highest debut Thursday of 2017, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). The film also established records for the largest Thursday gross for a horror movie, R-rated release, September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book. read more

Horror Block Parent Company Nerd Block Files for Bankruptcy

Have you been anxiously waiting by your mailbox for the latest Horror Block to arrive?  Well, it is probably time to go back inside because after months of missed shipments, uncertainty, and delays, Nerd Block (the makers of Horror Block) have filed for bankruptcy.

Kotaku UK is reporting that the subscription box company filed for bankruptcy, stating that “As the company has filed for bankruptcy, and has massive debts to numerous stockists, those with subscriptions will not receive any further items, and should contact their bank about preventing any further charges.” read more

Michael Sheen and David Tennant Cast in Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’

Variety is reporting that Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Masters of Sex) and David Tennant (Dr. Who, Jessica Jones) have been cast in the Amazon TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett collaboration Good Omens.  The 2006 book by Gaiman and the late Pratchett is a genre bending tale full of dry humor, wit, and of course, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

According to the report, “The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon, (who are also best friends, in spite of the difficult circumstances and sides that they are on) aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist. Sheen will play the role of Aziraphale, while Tennant will play Crowley. It will consist of six one-hour episodes.” read more

Celebrate National Coloring Book Day with a Page from Life of Agony’s Alan Robert’s Beauty of Horror Two

In honor of National Coloring Book Day, Life of Agony’s Alan Robert has provided Horror News Network with a free coloring page from his latest horror-themed coloring book The Beauty of Horror Two: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book (which will be released on September 12th).

According to the official press release, Robert’s second volume “…continues the journey of everyone’s favorite undead girl, Ghouliana, as she mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing her deadly spell. Ghouliana has secretly sprinkled her haunted ingredients throughout over 80 pages of Robert’s intricate drawings. The Beauty of Horror 2 features a beautifully chilling red-foiled cover and high-quality paper that will ensure the pools of blood you color don’t leak through the pages.” read more

David Cronenberg’s Debut Novel ‘Consumed’ is Being Developed as a TV Series at AMC

Deadline is reporting today that David Cronenberg’s debut novel Consumed is being developed into a TV series at AMC.

Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) will team “…with Lucifer executive producer Sheri Elwood to develop the novel as an hourlong drama series for AMC, where Erickson is under an overall deal.  Erickson and Elwood will executive produce with Cronenberg, who also may direct. Cronenberg’s longtime collaborator Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point, which produced Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, will also executive produce.” read more