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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

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