The death of beloved paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren has all of us here at Horror News Network reminiscing about our favorite encounters with her and Ed throughout the years. Seeing as HNN’s headquarters is located in the Warrens’ home state of Connecticut, Ed and Lorraine directly impacted all of our lives, and we’re excited to be able to share some fascinating tidbits with our readers. HNN staff member Nick Banks and I were fortunate enough to visit The Warren’s Occult Museum on a couple occasions with our wives. It is no longer open to the public, so we’re even more grateful to have had the opportunity. The museum houses the infamous Annabelle doll which was featured in numerous The Conjuring movies since 2013, but it also contains lesser known artifacts such as a Satanic idol taken from the woods of Connecticut and a shadow doll which attacks the dreams of unsuspecting victims. Not everything in the museum is haunted, however, as many of Ed’s original paintings and articles about the famous ghost busting couple are prominently displayed throughout its hallowed walls.
General horror news
Monroe is a small town in the southern part of Connecticut, about an hour and a half from the most famous city in the world: New York. Unlike the cosmopolitan confines of NYC, Monroe looks like many New England towns, with plenty of woods and pastures and a number of strip malls that contain pizza shops, antique stores, and barber shops.
I moved to Monroe in 1978 as a seven year old, and today I live about a mile from the border. One constant in my life over all of these years is the one thing that put the small bucolic town of Monroe on the map: the presence of our very own world-famous ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren. read more
Podcasts are definitely seeing a boost in interest from true-crime stories like Serial so this is a perfect time to have a series on real-life horror history that considers the myth and legend of various haunted and/or notorious places.
Comedians Rebecca Leib and Jason Horton host the Ghost Town podcast and explore a new location each week. The subject could be the location of an unsolved mystery, a haunted house, or anywhere else with an interesting true crime or paranormal background. Episodes include True Crimes of Norwegian Black Metal (notorious for Satanism, church burnings, and muder), The Stanley Hotel and The Shining (the haunted history that inspired Stephen King that continues to this day), and Hotel Hell (the Maribel Caves Hotel which is rumored to be a portal to hell). read more
We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of April 2019! read more
AMC brought its upcoming horror-drama NOS4A2 to the massive 7,500 seat arena at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. Fans in attendance were treated to an advance screening of the first episode, a new trailer, and a panel with most of the cast and key creators of the show.
The show is based on the 2013 novel by Joe Hill of the same name and fans of the book will no doubt be wondering how the time jumps will be managed on a TV show. In the book, Vic McQueen (played by actress Ashleigh Cummings) realizes she has a special ability to find lost things at a very young age which would require a young actress. The creators of the show, including show runner Jami O’Brien and Joe Hill, made the decision to have Vic’s “power” become active as a teenage to minimize the time jumps. read more
Just yesterday at the NOS4A2 panel at Wondercon in Anaheim, California, AMC revealed the official trailer for the upcoming series. Fans cheered as the trailer ended and Joe Hill, Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach took to the stage.
Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, NOS4A2 follows Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift. read more
This is the 33rd year of WonderCon and the convention’s eighth year in Southern California. Other than the Los Angeles show in 2016, all events have been in Anaheim. WonderCon is one of the largest comic conventions on the West Coast and it continues to grow. Over 66,000 attended the 2018 convention. This event is also part of Comic-Con International which many people know for San Diego Comic Con. WonderCon always has a good representation of horror for fans of the genre with panels, vendors, and artists surprising you with things you didn’t even know you needed, but must have once you see them. Have a look below for some photos from around the floor on Saturday, March 30, 2019. read more
Since the Stranger Things haunted house turned everything “upside down” at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights, it is no surprise that the a house based on the hit Netflix program will once again return to both Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
According to Universal’s official Halloween Horror Nights website, “This year, you’ll experience an all-new haunted house where you will travel back to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana and walk-through some of the most terrifying scenes from Stranger Things 2 and 3. Not only will you come face-to-face with snarling Demodogs, but you will also make your way through iconic scenes and locations, from Chief Hopper’s cabin to the Starcourt Mall.” read more
This September, IDW will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of an attraction that is near and dear to every horror fan’s heart: Disneyland’s home for “999 happy haunts”, the Haunted Mansion!
IDW will publish a brand new 72 page graphic novel by writer Sina Grace (Iceman) and artist Egle Bartolini (Disney Princess Comics) this September, which will feature some of the world famous characters from Disney’s dark ride, including the ghost host, Madame Leota, the singing busts, the hitchhiking ghosts, and more. read more
If you are the type of horror fan that still mails bills, letters, and cards the old fashioned way, you’ll be able to do so in style this year with the United States Postal Service’s upcoming Halloween Spooky Silhouette and T-Rex stamps.
According to the official press release from the USPS, the new Halloween stamps will appear in Autumn and “…will offer fun, frightful scenes that symbolize this annual celebration. Four stamps feature digital illustrations in which traditional Halloween motifs are rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. Artist Tyler Lang created the artwork. Art Director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.” read more