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Casting Begins on ‘October Faction’

Things are happening quickly for the Netflix adaptation of October Faction. Deadline is reporting that Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie have landed the lead roles on the series. Taylor who is known for her work on Party of Five, Bones, and Altered Carbon, will play the matriarch of the family, Deloris Allan. MacKenzie steps into the role of Frederick Allan, husband to Deloris and leader of the monster-hunting family.

The series, which is created by Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow), is set to run 10-episodes and is produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment. Netflix’s tagline for the series is “Follow the adventures of a retired monster-hunter and his family, which includes a thrill-killer, a witch and a warlock. Based on Steve Niles’s comic.” read more

‘October Faction’ Coming to Netflix

Variety is reporting that the IDW horror comic series October Faction is being developed for a Netflix series. Based on the comic created by the Horror Comic Award winning Steve Niles, best known to fans of the genre for his modern day vampire classic 30 Days of Night, and artist Damien Worm, the series will be directed by Damien Kindler (Sanctuary, Krypton), along with Megan Follows and David Frazee.

The Netflix series will follow along the lines of the comic bringing the macabre tale of the Allan family to life. Centering around Fred and Deloris  Allan, the journey starts with this retired ghost hunting couple, moving with their children,  Vivian and Geoff to upstate New York following the death of Fred’s father.  Although it appears they will be adjusting to a quiet small town, the façade soon drops to draw the family back into the world of demon hunting. read more

’30 Days of Night’ Issue #2: The Horror News Network Review

This week sees the second issue drop for the reboot of Steve Niles’ horror comic classic, 30 Days of Night.  While many fans, including myself, weren’t quite sure what to expect from what IDW Publishing describes as a “reimagining” of the title that led to a major motion picture, as well as put Niles firmly on the map.

Without spoilers, I will just say Eben’s role changes in this version quite a bit.  Niles story telling flows with the right amount of banter and action sequences.  30 Days of Night #2 starts to really get into the heart of what readers can expect and about the creatures that are soon to befall the small Alaskan town once the sun goes down. read more

‘Frankenstein, Alive, Alive’ to Conclude 10 Months After Wrightson’s Passing

Bittersweet news was announced today by IDW regarding “Frankenstein, Alive, Alive.” Started back in 2012, the four-issue series was a long-term effort by writer Steve Niles and artist Bernie Wrightson. The first two books in the series were published in 2012, but the third book did not appear until 2014. With Niles and Wrightson together, two greats in the industry and both awardees of the ComicMonsters.com Horror Comic Achievement Awards, this was a book the fans adored even though the wait for each issue grew longer. When Wrightson died on March 18, 2017, it was believed that this series would not be concluded. However, publisher IDW announced today that the fourth and concluding issue of “Frankenstein, Alive, Alive” would be released in January 2018. read more

Freaks of the Heartland in Development for MTV

One of the most well-known names in horror comics, Steve Niles, may soon see one of his works adapted for television. Deadline reported yesterday that MTV is developing a drama based on the 2004 Dark Horse comic mini-series “Freaks of the Heartland.” While the original comic was written by Steve Niles with art by Greg Ruth, this series will be written by Geoff Davey and Peter Sattler (Camp X-Ray). David Gordon green will produce and direct.

The story revolves around a boy named Trevor and his very different younger brother. Although the younger brother has been kept hidden away for many years because of his freakishness, now the family’s secret is about to be revealed and we will learn that Trevor’s brother is not the only freak in town. read more