Books

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   It is certainly unusual for an unpublished property to be fast-tracked in this way, and it may have to do with the subject matter.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

Tales from the Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill in October

From IDW Publishing.

The storied history of Tales From The Darkside winds ever darker and weirder with this collection of scripts by Joe Hill from the never-broadcast 2015 television reboot. TV’s loss is your gain as these all-new tales break out of the shadows and spring to vivid life at Hill’s command, accompanied by striking illustrations provided by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith). Fans of horror, Darkside, and Hill will not be disappointed.

Written Joe Hill and art by Charles Paul Wilson III. read more

“Vicki Beautiful”-Review & Insight with Author Somer Canon

By: Jay Kay

“Vicki Beautiful”-Review & Insight with Author Somer Canon

“A lot of this was personal. I took from a lot of experiences. Something that always stayed with me is how little we do with our loved ones. We expect someone else to handle the details.” – Somer Canon

Dreams are powerful visions of our emotions, fears, beliefs, goals and fantasies. When we dream, many sift through our mind like sand returning to an endless beach. Very rarely do we have a dream that sticks with us, inspires us and twists the way we think about our life and mortality. For Somer Canon, it all began with a lasting and morbid dream surrounding a dinner party and the realization that the host turned out to be a macabre yet beautiful entree on her plate. Chilling isn’t it? Canon’s dream helped to spark the idea for what would be “Vicki Beautiful”. “It stayed with me for days. I sat down finally one day and wrote Vicki’s letter to her friends.” That letter as well as suffering from insomnia and crazy dreams for quite a while help to craft and cultivate the idea. Canon discussed this during her appearance on “The Horror Happens Radio Show” about her mindset for her debut novel this past April. This was also one of the last books published through the now defunct “Samhain Publishing”. read more