Books

Misery Obscura Author and Horror Rock Legend Eerie Von: The Horror News Network Interview

With over 35 years in the music business, over some of the most exciting eras in rock music, Eerie Von is a man who is near and dear to fans of punk, goth, metal, and horror-inspired music.  What fans may not know is that Eerie Von is also an accomplished photographer. Through his new book, Misery Obscura: The Photography of Eerie Von (1981-2009), Eerie has given fans a back stage pass into the origins of the Misfits, the rise of Samhain, and the formation and world-wide success of Danzig. The Horror News Network was lucky enough to get a chance to talk to Eerie about the origins of the book, his musical journey, and of course, horror films. read more

Stephanie Wytovich Talks The Eighth

What is hell? It is many things to many people. It is erotic pleasure… It is torture… It is duty… It is a playground of lust… It is the canvas for the debut novel of talented author Stephanie Wytovich and her telling of an unholy square of hellfire in the novel The Eighth. Coming from a background in poetry and a passionate heart riding the border of light and dark, this incredible voice has the first of many acclaimed horror stories ahead of her for many to experience and connect with. Taking sometime between her writings, puppy and life in the darkness, writer Jay Kay sat with her to talk the acclaim of her work. Her fingerprint on hell. The reflection of her and the reader with all lust, sex and passion, inspiration plus so much more for the Horror News Network. read more

Top 10 Horror Books of 2016

Cannibalism… murder… twisted love… revolution… confusion. These are some of the themes from some of my favorite books of 2016. Over the last year, more authors and titles have become available with new stories, characters and ways to cultivate horror coming out of the shadows. I was very lucky in 2016 to have so many talented and terrifying authors join me in live conversation on The Horror Happens Radio Show. Here is a list of my ten favorite horror titles that exemplify the independent horror spirit, knowledge and storytelling talent of these authors. 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

The Krampus and The Old Dark Christmas Author Al Ridenour Discusses Every Horror Fan’s Favorite Holiday Legend

After the Halloween season ends, and Christmas knocks all of the plastic skulls and jack-o’-lanterns off the store shelves, most horror fans have traditionally found solace in Tim Burton’s stop motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas or evil Santa Clauses in Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night.  At the dawn of the new millennium, fans found another “kindred spirit” in the form of Krampus, primarily through Michael Dougherty’s film of the same name. read more

Book Review: The Catcher’s Trap by Ricardo Henriquez

To write is to open the world to the minds, hearts and souls no matter how dark or fearful they maybe. This line was inspired by the very personal as well as very macabre writings found in what I hope is many books to come of Ricardo Henriquez and his novel The Catcher’s Trap available to purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more right now. Set in the present, a young, Latino man named Andres has failed to live up to the expectations of everyone around him. His life is overwhelmed by a wave of all consuming depression as well as confusion on his sexuality that has caused him to lose his way and focus on life. Hanging one night with a group led by an alpha male in Roman, Andres is taken to a club as Roman’s guest to loosen up and have fun perhaps a bit of trouble… As the night goes on, he is nearly thrown out of the club by a large bouncer type that is stopped by Roman. As Roman attempts to escape with his entourage and Andres, Roman betrays Andres capturing him for slave labor in the world that bends the line of horror, sci-fi and fantasy called “The Mist.” This realm shows no bias or mercy as countless souls are enslaved to work the fields cultivating a mysterious white powder. Ruled by ruthless establishment, Andres and his fellow slaves including a caring and hardened woman known as Claudia. A protective and distant friend Steve as well as more must fight and survive each day from the guards, the labor and themselves. As the days goes on and that status quo seems hopeless among the slaves and their masters, Andres is woken up from the possession of depression and lack of confidence to see a larger purpose in his life and those around him. Being offered a chance to lead a revolution by a figure named Balthazar, Andres must decide inside what is worth fighting for and what is worth giving up? Is he a hero? Is he a traitor? Is he just a young man who faces confusion, doubt and pain for the choices and actions he makes and the ones he lets stand by? Is it destiny or fate? Built on a foundation of dark personal experience, detailed storytelling and respect for the reader, The Catcher’s Trap bends the status quo for horror/fantasy taking the reader down a dark path where the only way to survive is to stand for what keeps you strong inside and never give up no matter how hard it becomes. read more

Anne Rice Regains Rights to The Vampire Chronicles

Just a few hours ago Anne Rice announced via her Facebook page that she has regained the theatrical rights to The Vampire Chronicles.

“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe,” said Rice. “My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see.” read more

Patrick Lacey Talks Dream Woods

Family is forever through the good, bad, rough and easy. It is an institution that causes drama, creates happiness, brings out the worse in us and unconditionally is a foundation of love. Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey embodies the very dynamic and complicated idea of family through multiple perspectives reflecting age, desire, limitations, power and the idea of happiness. This novel reflects connecting dramatic storytelling that weaves truly wicked humor and horror that thrusts you into shoes of each character mindset and even deeper into darkness of the legend of the theme park in Dream Woods. Patrick Lacey took some time out to talk with the Horror News Network about character development, the horror of family, influences, strong female characters and a vending machine that is deadly and honest. read more

R.L. Stine to Write a Comic For Marvel

Announced during a Reddit AMA on Halloween, R.L. Stine, author of the famous Goosebumps books, has signed on to write a comic series for Marvel Comics.

“I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel—my first comics ever,” said Stine, “But I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.”

According to a 2008 article in the Post Gazette, Stine’s books, have sold over 400 million copies. This impressive number has earned him the title of “Stephen King” of children’s literature.

In 2015, a Goosebumps movie which starred Jack Black and featured a cameo by R.L. Stine grossed over $150 million. The coming together of Stine and Marvel Comics appears to be a surefire hit for both parties. read more

Fox Orders Pilot For The Passage

Deadline is reporting that Fox has order a pilot for The Passage, a series based on novels by Justin Cronin.

The adaptation is written by Liz Heldens with Matt Reeves signed on to direct.

The Passage tells the story of an apocalyptic future that is overrun by vampires infected by a highly contagious virus. Set in 2016 and spanning more than ninety years, the book follows colonies of humans attempting to survive bloodthirsty creatures.

The news of a pilot has been a long time coming for The Passage as it’s road to the screen started in 2007. Producers eventually determined that the book was better set for TV rather than a feature film. read more