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

Danger Slater Talks “PUPPET SKIN”

The expansion of smaller publishers has given authors a voice and platform to cultivate tales from all walks life. Whether it sits in the realm of the unknown, rides the roads around the world or makes its way through history, talented authors harness their craft leaving a mark on readers of all generations and styles. FUNGASM PRESS is a mutating and transforming publisher which orbits the bizarre minds of horror, the strange and unique. Danger Slater is one of those minds of the bizarre creating stories that reflect the madness and macabre of love, loss and coming of age. His latest book offers another dark path for the YA crowd with PUPPET SKIN. This tale focusing on a young girl named Hannah who is facing the tie of her life the innocence of youth fades away to the wooden exterior of adulthood. We grabbed Danger Slater between working on his next connecting nightmare to talk PUPPET SKIN, dancing, body horror and the frightening time that is being an adult here on the HORROR NEWS NETWORK. read more

An Interview with The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow Author Brian Olsen

Just in time for Halloween, author Brian Olsen has released a horror comedy “novelette” entitled The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow (currently available for download on Amazon) that tackles issues of prejudice along with his typical sense of humor and a few good scares as well.  We were able to interview Olsen about his story and also talk about his process and the horror genre in this exclusive interview.

Horror News Network: What was your inspiration for writing your new story The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow read more

Sara Brooke Discusses Renovation

Based in the sunny state of Florida, a striking and unsuspecting horror perspective tempts you without warning. She is Sara Brooke who finds horror in some of most common and safe places. Places that you think are your own but something dark and manipulative has invaded them. Her latest horror novel entitled “Renovation” follows a family into a new life, job, house and path of evil. Sara took some time to talk with the Horror News Network about her latest work and much more…

RENOVATION has an entirely different feel from your previous written works. It blends several different sub-genres of horror under one roof. Sorry for the pun… Anyway, where did this story idea come from and why was it a good time to release this book with SINISTER GRIN PRESS? How has it been working with them? read more

Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988 Finds a Home at Universal

The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Joe Hill’s horror novela “Snapshot 1988” has been acquired by Universal Pictures.  If the story doesn’t sound  familiar to Joe Hill fans, it is because the story has not been released yet.  “Snapshot 1988” is one of four stories that will be published as a collection in the Spring of 2018.

Why did this story generate so much buzz in Hollywood?  The Hollywood Reporter speculates that it is based on “the Stranger Things ripple effect”.   It is certainly unusual for an unpublished property to be fast-tracked in this way, and it may have to do with the subject matter.  The story focuses on ” … a 13-year old boy who ends up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper whom he thinks is succumbing to dementia. What he doesn’t know is that her memories are not being lost but stolen by an evil man named The Phoenician who uses a camera that steals memories.” read more

In the Mountains of Madness Author W. Scott Poole Talks H.P. Lovecraft

Author W. Scott Poole has made a career out of examining monsters and the supernatural.  Through a variety of texts including such titles as Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting and Satan in America: The Devil We Know.  Along with these cultural examinations of all “things that go bump in the night”, Poole recently turned his attention to genre figures that have influenced horror films and culture with Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror.

After analyzing Vampira’s (Maila Nurmi) influence and contributions to the genre and the wider cultural implications of her career, Poole decided to tackle the father of Cthulhu himself, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft is a name synonymous with horror fiction and culture.  His body of work has influenced generations of writers, musicians, film makers, and artists.  Over the past 30 years, perhaps no author has influenced the genre more, especially in the 21st century. read more

Four-time Bram Stoker Nominee Jeff Strand Talks Blister

It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, in the backwoods the beauty can be mistaken for the beast! “Blister” is the latest horror novel from four time Bram Stoker nominee Jeff Strand. Released by Sinister Grin Press, “Blister” tells the story of Jason, his agent, Rachel, her father, town folk and psycho!  Simply put boy meets town freak, boy is scared by town freak, boy befriends town freak and finds out town freak, Rachel, is amazing.  Jason even fights off townies to protect Rachel and does the insane for her. It’s a dark and disfigured tale for the modern age of horror romance served up by Jeff Strand. We grabbed Jeff and forced him into a cabin to talk about Blister, working with Sinister Grin Press, writing horror romance and more. read more

CryptTV and Inkhouse Teaming Up to Launch New Initiative

Exciting news for aspiring horror writers as CryptTV, the video company fronted by Eli Roth and Blumhouse Productions, is partnering with crowd-sourcing platform Inkshares to launch a collection of horror books under the CryptTV brand.

As a part of this partnership, CryptTV is running a contest through Inkshares where the top three horror stories will automatically be published by Inkshares; then CryptTV will choose one of those to brand under their CryptTV name. According to news source Deadspin, the contest will end on October 31st with the winners being announced on November 4th. read more

Sisters of Slaughter Discuss “Mayan Blue”

With a rich, tense and macabre handle on description and characters found within the pages of published works by the Horror Writer’s Association, Sinister Grin Press, Fireside Press and more, Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza share not only a disturbing bloodline but a creative and infamous storytelling focus infused with a twisted wit. The “Sisters of Slaughter” have cultivated a legacy that not only defines them as pillars of women in horror but damned storytellers in their novel “Mayan Blue” that blends the horror of history, science, anatomy as well as occult into pace tightening ride of hellish proportions. The creators of Xibalba took some time out to talk about not only “Mayan Blue” but the undead, influences, the edit and micro book presses here on Horror News Network. read more

Robert E. Dunn Discusses “Motorman”

By Jay Kay

The love of the car culture, movie monsters, music, long drives to the middle of nowhere, a beautiful woman or… women all are connected to different parts of our lives. For author Robert E. Dunn, his latest book on the “Necro Publishing” house brings all these elements together in a trippy, dangerous, and dream like purgatory that one man named Johnny Burris must motor through facing his destiny as attraction sits heavy in the air, the blue lights shine above and monsters are the norm within this lost town. Robert took some time out to talk about one of his latest works and the impact being an army brat had on him, fast cars as well as music in writing. read more