Entries by Stephanie Shamblin Gray

The ‘Ghost Town’ Podcast Interview with Rebecca Leib

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 read more

WonderCon 2019: NOS4A2 Panel and Press Room Buzz

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 read more

WonderCon Anaheim 2019: Saturday Pics

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 read more

WonderCon 2019: Child’s Play Panel and Mark Hamill as Chucky?!?!

By far the biggest news coming out of this panel was the surprise drop of the new voice of Chucky: none other than Mark Hamill! Some people may know him from a little movie called Star Wars and if you are going to replace an icon like Brad Dourif then getting another icon is the way to do it. The fans in attendance were both shocked and elated when at the end of the exclusive trailer following the …’and as the voice of Chucky’ frame, the trailer cut away to video of Hamill announcing himself as the new voice of the sinister doll. The next several minutes were spent hearing how the cast felt about working with him and there were a lot of expected jokes about working with Luke Skywalker. The crowd was into it and it was a bit hard to concentrate on the cast on stage as so many were talking about what they just saw on screen. This was a huge bomb dropped right on the WonderCon fans and they loved it. read more read more

David Weiner Talks ‘In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic ‘80s Horror’

The decade of the 1980’s is absolutely loaded with iconic horror movies, characters, actors, creators, and horror hosts. For many of us, this is where our love of horror began. The ‘80s also served as a real tipping point for fans to not just want to watch a horror movie, but also know how the effects were done and rally behind their favorite characters. Frequent stars of horror movies as well as the creators and make-up artist became heroes to horror fans. And horror fans are a nostalgic bunch as may be evidenced by the trend of seeing new movies and shows (It and Stranger Things, in particular) focus on that decade as a way to engage fans and pull at their gruesome little heartstrings. So what better time to film a horror documentary on that particularly iconic decade? read more read more

Interview: Beck Underwood for Women in Horror Month

February is Women in Horror Month! As part of the Horror News Network spotlight on women this month we wanted to catch up with Beck Underwood to learn about her experiences in the horror industry. This busy lady is an animator, art director, writer, producer, and curator of The Creepy Christmas Film Festival. Read on to learn about her experience with Glass Eye Pix, her work with a girl’s club for a short horror film, and her thoughts on supporting women in horror. read more

‘Supernatural’’s Milestone 300th Episode Airs Thursday

The CW will be airing the 300th episode of the TV show Supernatural this Thursday, February 7. This is yet another huge milestone for a show that is already the longest running sci-fi/fantasy series on television. Created by Eric Kripke and starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester (respectively), Supernatural originally debuted on September 13, 2005 and this series has surpassed all expectations on longevity. A familiar face who appeared in the pilot and the early seasons was Jeffrey Dean Morgan as their father, John Winchester. Many readers will know him as Negan on The Walking Dead. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be returning to the show for this milestone episode once again in his role as father to the Winchesters. Expect many tears to be shed at this reunion, both on the show and by fans watching the drama unfold.  Currently in its 14th season, the show has already been renewed so the monster hunting will continue for at least another year. read more read more

Creepy Christmas Film Festival’s Beck Underwood: The Horror News Network Interview

The 2018 Creepy Christmas Film Festival is now in full-swing with a new film premiering every day until Christmas. Previously created back in 2008, the fest is back with many new and returning filmmakers to give horror fans something to look forward to in the form of an online Advent Calendar. The original 2008 stories were inspired by a diorama that Beck Underwood had built with an imagined view into each window. This time around, the artists were given a grab-bag word to base their story on. Words usually considered sweet, such as candy cane, have now been given a sinister edge in the hands of the filmmakers. We caught up with Underwood to ask her about finding the filmmakers, what inspired the new concepts, and, of course, her feelings about the creepiness of Christmas. read more read more

SDCC: More Photos from the Show Floor

As the sun sets on 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, we have one last group of photos to share. 

Conventions do an excellent job of connecting celebrities and creators with the fans and helping them find just the right new obsession. As we see in San Diego, the more attendees at an event, the more companies and creators want to join the party. Even if you are not in San Diego, make sure to support and enjoy your local comic and pop-culture conventions.  read more