The year is 1860, the world is so much simpler, peaceful and vast. This is not the case, however, for Sheriff Sam Lock who is investigating a series of bizarre events surrounding the Crownhill Family and their patriarch. Trapped in a massive snow storm, a mad figure is on the loose killing with a focused evil against the white and endless canvas on the vast estate of Evermore. Thrilling, tense, off-balanced and gothic, Beneath Ash & Bone is the latest from talented author D. Alexander Ward through Necro Publishing. Ward took some time out to discuss with Jay Kay a variety of topics including the authentic feel, racism, dark secrets, gothic horror and more for the Horror News Network.
Adult coloring books are more popular than ever (I’m not sure if they were ever popular before, but they are now).
Following this trend, with a notable twist, Dark Horse Comics announced today that they will be releasing Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s first coloring book novella entitled Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color.
According to the author, the combination novella and coloring book is as “…if Joseph Campbell produced a coloring book.” He went on to say that the “Legacy will be one part Art Bell, one part Carl Jung, part George Noory, and right brain from cover to cover. All cultures have their myths about attaining immortality, but Dark Horse, Mike, Steve and I are the first to slap such high culture anthropology into the low culture world of coloring.” read more
As young man growing up in my neighborhood, I remember certain times in my life when I was scared so deeply that is froze me on every level. Stories that echo that fright and a moment frozen in a sensation that immerses you in the dark is Blood in the Woods, written by J.P. Willie. Willie tells the coming of age story of friends, a small town, insidious acts of evil and the events that surrounded them all. Willie took some time out during the promotional tour for Blood in the Woods to talk friendship, the idea of evil, impact as an author and tone of the writing with Jay Kay and the Horror News Network. read more
Fans of horror comics have been following Alan Robert’s work for many years now. Whenever you think he has done it all, he comes up with something else ground-breaking and exciting. Lately, Robert has been focusing on “The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book,” the follow up to his previous #1 best-selling adult coloring book which will be available September 12, 2017.
Not one to rest with merely the creation of the new book, Robert has written and produced a GOREgeous trailer for it. The trailer production team includes director Robert Hall (Teen Wolf TV Series, Laid to Rest, Chromeskull) and Director of Photography Brandon Trost (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, Ghost Rider 2, Crank: High Voltage) with makeup effects by Hall’s Almost Human FX Shop (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf). Additional members of the team include Nick Principe (American Muscle, Chromeskull) and Josh Petrino (Contracted, Hatchet III) with voice narration by Jane Dashow (Law and Order, Homeland). The trailer was Executive Produced by IDW Publishing. read more
Patrick Lacey knows how to tap into the fears, insecurities and deepest wishes we had left behind for any number of reasons in our lives. His recent works have been some of the best horror fiction I have had the pleasure of reading and discussing. Based in Massachusetts, Lacey blends lore and reality on a narrow line that takes characters out of their element and puts them into the darkness of their true selves. This trend of macabre storytelling continues with his latest novel We Came Back.
Surrounding a story of revenge within the perimeters of a small town that has gone through a terrible school tragedy years earlier, we find characters dealing with grief, acceptance, pressures, addiction and more wrapped inside a redefined monster story deep in a haunted house. Never feeling a sense of balance, always ripping the dark secrets out and bringing an honesty within his dialogue, settings and fiends, I grabbed Lacey for a quick chat to discuss his latest book, charity, teenage angst, grief, vampires and more for the Horror News Network. read more
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
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
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
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
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