General horror news

Rue Morgue Unveils New Horror Subscription Box

In the wake of the Nerd Block scandal, many horror fans were left without a monthly surprise in their mailbox along with the latest issue of the best horror magazine for the past twenty years in the form of Rue Morgue.

If you have been missing your Horror Block and a copy of the bi-monthly magazine, fear not!  Rue Morgue has announced a new subscription box for horror fans called Rue Morgue’s “Coffin Box” (exclusively from Horror Pack).

The bi-monthly box will include the latest issue of Rue Morgue, a specially selected movie by Horror Pack, and other various items such as pins, toys, clothing, etc.  The box is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2018.  No orders are being taken at this time, but you can sign up on the magazine’s website for updates. read more

Original Stephen King Books and Manuscripts Ruined by Water Main Break

This just in from Bangor Daily News, Gerald Winters’ rare book store, Gerald Winters & Son, in Bangor, Maine, suffered a devastating blow when a water main burst that flooded his basement, soaking the pages of dozens of first and limited-edition Stephen King books, galleys, signed copies, prints in different languages and rare ephemera.

Winters said he estimates he lost about 2,000 books, and as many as seven of King’s original typed manuscripts. These include Dolan’s Cadillac, Maximum Overdrive and The Eyes of the Dragon. He also collected rare and signed copies of works from J.R.R. Tolkien, some dating back 80 years. read more

55 People Reported Mothman Sightings in Chicago in 2017

Mothman- the famous red-eyed owl-like creature who allegedly stalked the skies of Point Pleasant, Virginia in the mid-1960s- appears to have relocated… and multiplied! Vice reports that there were 55 cases of Mothman sightings in Chicago last year, and that the encounters indicate that people may be spotting at least three different winged critters!

The story starts with a quote from John Amitrano, who works security for a Logan Square restaurant called The Owl, who says he saw something unusual outside the building: read more

Gillian Anderson Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Emmy-winning actress Gillian Anderson has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was unveiled on Monday, Jan. 8.

Anderson’s star is the 2,625th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961.

Known best for her co-headlining role of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the science fiction series The X-Files, Anderson received Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nominations from ‘96 to ‘99, winning in ‘97 for her performance in the series. She won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress the same year. read more

Father of Convicted Felon Accuses Sony of Capitalizing on ‘Slender Man’ Tragedy

It didn’t take long for controversy to arise in relation to the upcoming film based on the Creepy Pasta character Slender Man.

Only a day after the trailer was released, Bill Weier, the father of one of the girls involved in the stabbing of a classmate in the name of the Slender Man character, told the Associated Press that he felt that Sony’s choice was in poor taste.  Weier stated that ““It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this.  It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing.  I’m not surprised, but in my opinion it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.” read more

Horror News Network’s Winter 2018 Movie Preview

The winter of 2017 was a banner season for horror films, with Split and Get Out dominating the box office, beginning one of the most profitable years for horror films of all time.  While there might not be a film that reaches the box office heights of either of the aforementioned films, there are a number of intriguing new films, time-tested sequels, and the inevitable stinkers that traditionally appear in this coldest of seasons.

Insidious: the Last Key (January 5): The Insidious franchise returns for a fourth time this January with a slight twist.  The film will chronologically take place before Insidious Chapter 2, focusing on the Lorraine Warren-esque psychic investigator Elise Rainier (portrayed by Lin Shaye) from the original film.  It seems like some “hitchhiking ghosts” have followed the investigator home to get even after the events that took place in the Lambert Household. read more

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2018

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Amazing Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2018. These aren’t necessarily wild ideas I’ve pulled out of thin air… they’re simply my expectations based on the trends I’ve observed developing over the course of 2017. I’ll document my thoughts now, and then revisit my premonitions in December to see how I did! So, without further ado, let’s peer into the wonderful world of tomorrow! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: January 2018 Blu-Ray Releases

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 January 2018! read more

Happy Holidays From All of us at Horror News Network

From all of us here at Horror News Network, we wish you, your friends, and your families the best of times this holiday season.

We look forward to serving you in 2018! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

‘The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas’ Author Al Ridenour Discusses the Original Christmas Witch: Frau Perchta

Before Krampus injected some needed chills into traditional yuletide proceedings, the original dark spirit of Christmas was Frau Perchta (and her many iterations such as Frau Holda, Frau Holle, La Befana, etc.).  This Germanic legend embodies many of our preconceived notions (at least in appearance) of a classic witch, complete with scraggly hair, a long nose, and a broom stick made of straw.  And although she is less well known than the horned figure that takes over her role, she is equally terrifying, misunderstood, and engaging. read more