Books

‘Strangers’ in Development From FOX

Exciting news for fans of Dean Koontz as FOX has given a script commitment to a one-hour drama of his novel StrangersDeadline reports that the book will be adapted by Jeff Davis who is known for creating MTV’s Teen Wolf, and the Criminal Minds series.

Published in 1986 by Putnam, the massive 526-page novel follows a group of people who are drawn to the mysterious Tranquility Motel in the Nevada desert. While the book does involve many characters, their stories are interwoven and filled with numerous twists and turns. read more

Freeform Greenlights Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’

Things are about to get a bit scarier on Freeform. According to Deadline the Disney-ABC owned channel has launched Stephen King’s Joyland into development. Chris Pena and Cyrus Nowrasteh are signed on to pen the pilot with Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions serving as producer.

Joyland tells the story of a college student who lands a summer job as a carnival worker. What starts as a fun job at a North Carolina amusement park turns into a battle for survival as he comes face to face with a murderer. read more

‘Ad Nauseam’ Author Michael Gingold: The Horror News Network Interview

Horror fans who were born after the year 2000 may find it hard to believe that the only way to discover what film was opening at your local theater on any given weekend was by perusing the entertainment section of your local newspaper.  If you were lucky, you would have found a new horror film that was coming to your favorite cinema, and if you were really lucky, the listing would have been accompanied by an advertisement featuring lurid, sensational artwork promising (but not always delivering) an hour and a half worth of thrills and chills. read more

Fangoria Magazine Vol. 2 Issue #1 – The Horror News Network Review

Every horror fan that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s lived by Fangoria magazine. That’s where we got our industry news, information about upcoming films, in-depth interviews with our favorite directors and we all probably ordered something from the ads that were scattered throughout those glossy pages of gore; I know I ordered a mask or two and more than a handful of t-shirts!

Then the internet happened.

With the birth of instant news at everyone’s fingertips and chatrooms brimming with horror fans spouting off industry rumors, print began to take a hit. Why wait for the magazine to slide into your mailbox when you could get your news right away? Fangoria stuck to their guns and kept putting out issue after issue even while the amount of subscribers and advertisers dwindled. By the time 2015 rolled around, issue delivery became sporadic and then died out altogether about a year later. read more

‘Retro Fan’ #2 The Halloween Issue: The Horror News Network Review

People who love Halloween tend to be the nostalgic short.  Whether it is due to the longings for plastic Halloween masks, candy that no longer exists, monster toys that you can only find on ebay for outrageous prices, or favorite movies and TV shows that keep the spirit of Halloween alive all year long, Halloween fans love to indulge in the past.

So if you are looking to whet your appetite for nostalgia this Halloween season, Michael Eury’s (the founder and editor of Back Issue! Magazine-the preeminent publication for comic book fans) Fall 2018 issue of Retro Fan has just the stuff you’re looking for! read more

AMC Releases Schedule for Eli Roth’s ‘History of Horror’ Docuseries

Following in the footsteps of James Cameron’s History of Science Fiction and Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, AMC’s will unleash Eli Roth’s History of Horror docuseries on October 14.

The series kicks off AMC’s annual Fear Fest, and features the following topics of discussion by some very notable guests (including Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Robert Englund, Greg Nicotero, and more):

10/14:  Zombies

10/21: Slashers

10/22: Slashers 2

10/28: Demons Inside

11/4: Ghosts read more

Clive Barker Contributes Over 150 Paintings to the Set of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

According to a report by Gizmodo, Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will feature over 150 paintings by Clive Barker decorating the walls of Greendale’s witches-in-training school.

Production designer Lisa Soper revelaed that “… most of the artwork in the Academy of Unseen Arts—Greendale’s mysterious and dangerous magical school—came courtesy of Barker himself.  Soper said she befriended Barker thanks to her work on Sabrina, and chatted with him about the project and her plans for the set design. According to Soper, Barker was immediately on board to help out.” read more

‘Mammon’s’ Michael Hague: The Horror News Network Interview

Michael Hague is well-known for his classic children’s fantasy books, having illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of OzThe Hobbit as well as treasuries of mythical creatures such as dragons and fairies.   His distinct and realistic style is instantly recognizable and has entertained generations of young fans.

Hague is trying something a little bit different this time around with a much more mature graphic novel steeped in vampire lore entitled Mammon from Dark Horse Comics.  We got a chance to discuss his new work and the classic artwork he is known for in the exclusive interview. read more

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Adaptation set to Feature Iconic Monster Designs

Right from his personal Twitter, producer Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that the creatures in the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation will in fact look like the books’ legendary and eerie illustrations.

Alvin Schwartz, author of Scary Stories, created a memorable book trilogy together with illustrator Stephen Gammell.

The three-entry book series was published during the 1980’s and early 90’s and has maintained strong readership in the following decades. The upcoming film will follow a group of young teenagers who must investigate the sudden and horrifying deaths in their small town. read more

Zoe Colletti Lands Lead in ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

Deadline has confirmed that Zoe Colletti has landed the lead role of Stella Michaels in the highly anticipated film, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Guillermo del Toro helped adapt the screenplay and is set to produce the film. Andre Overdal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) is set to direct the film which follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.

Scary Stories is a series of three books, the first of which Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark debuted in 1981 from writer, Alvin Schwartz and artist, Stephen Gammell. The book focused on urban legends and folklore but what terrified people the most was the nightmarish illustrations by Gammell. The book simply became a nightmare for librarians as it has been noted that many parents would complain to the school in hopes of getting the book removed. Scary Stories quickly drew the ire of the American Library Association for its violence and terrifying imagery. read more