Books

New Stephen King Book Gets Earlier Release Date

Horror icon and best-selling author Stephen King has announced an earlier release date for his much-anticipated collection of four new novellas–If It Bleeds.

Publication of the book has been moved up to April 28, a full two weeks earlier than expected, in an attempt to entertain his Constant Readers caught in the web of the dangerous Coronavirus pandemic.

King added that this new date coincides with the release of John Grisham’s Camino Winds. I want to talk to the publisher about maybe doing a two-for-one, he said. Wouldn’t that be cool, a double feature? read more

‘The Living Dead’ Novel Release Pushed Back to August

The Living Dead novel–finished posthumously after George Romero’s death in 2017–will hit shelves in August, instead of the previous June release date.

Tor Book this weekend said the book will be released August 4 instead of the previously-announced June 9 date. The volume will get a hardcover and digital release.

As explained The Living Dead was not completed before Romero’s death. But his manager Chris Roe and wife Suzanne Desrocher enlisted writer Daniel Kraus to finish the job. Kraus co-wrote The Shape of Water novel with  Guillermo del Toro. read more

‘Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen’ Writer Helen Mullane: The Horror News Network Interview

Helen Mullane’s debut graphic novel Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen carefully walks the line between realism and folk horror in a way that only the best horror stories do.  Mullane’s unique take on the folklore and mythology of Great Britain, told through the eyes of a disaffected teen, slowly works its way towards an explosive ending with many terrifying sign posts along the way.

The fact that this original tale from the legendary Humanoids imprint (the French comic company founded by Moebius in the 1970’s, best known for publishing the precursor to Heavy Metal Magazine, Metal Hurlant) landed just in time for their own revitalization is perfect timing for a new vision and direction for the company, including a place for horror next to their renowned Sci-Fi stories. read more

Steven A. Roman Talks ‘From the Stars…a Vampiress: An Unauthorized Guide to Vampirella’s Classic Horror Adventures’

The year was 1969. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The Beatles recorded their final album. And crashing to Earth aboard a damaged spacecraft was a lone survivor of a dead planet who discovered that the sustenance she needed in order to live flowed not in rivers but in the veins of the humans of this strange new world. A huntress named Vampirella.

In From the Stars…a Vampiress, bestselling author Steven A. Roman examines the Warren Publishing adventures of the queen of the bad girls whose reign has lasted through five decades of published comics and novels, and turns a critical eye toward her sole motion picture appearance, as well as the 1970s movie version that might have been. Combined with an extensive checklist of her Warren Era appearances and rare behind-the-scenes material, From the Stars is a smorgasblood of information for Vampirella fans. read more

Amazon Studios Acquires ‘The Dark Corners of the Night’

Deadline is reporting that Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to develop a series based on Meg Gardiner’s upcoming book The Dark Corners of the Night. Larry Trilling is set to be the showrunner and executive produce the series. He will be joined by Shane Salerno who will also executive produce through his company The Story Factory.

Meg Gardiner has authored fourteen published novels which include five in the Evan Delaney series, four in the Jo Beckett series and two in the Unsub series with The Dark Corners of the Night being the next installment. read more

‘The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires’ Tapped for Series Development at Amazon

Deadline is reporting that the soon to be released novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is among the first projects on producer Patrick Moran’s Amazon development slate.

The book is written by Bram Stoker Award-Winning author Grady Hendrix who scribed My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Paperbacks from Hell, Horrorstör, and We Sold Our Souls.

The synopsis of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is as follows:
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this horror novel set in 1990s suburban Charleston read more

‘The Early Days of McFarlane Toys’: The Horror News Network Review

If you grew up in the 90s, you couldn’t make it through your childhood without having at least one encounter with one of the many products of McFarlane Toys. Whether it be their Ultra Action Figures of popular Spawn characters, their variety of Kiss and other music lines, or their movie and professional sports lines, there was a McFarlane toy out there for everyone. If you were a big Spawn fan, though, you lived and breathed McFarlane Toys. During those years, barely a month would go by without a new comic book release or a new line of figures hitting the shelves to get everybody talking, and “mint in box” was the name of the game. Some Spawn fans have moved on from collecting since those golden years, but Todd McFarlane Productions is still as relevant as ever given the recent milestone release of Spawn #301 and the anticipation of an upcoming Blumhouse major motion picture directed by McFarlane himself and starring Jamie Foxx as Al Simmons. read more

‘Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out’ Writer Steve Niles and Artist Gyula Németh: The Horror News Network Interview

Steve Niles hard-boiled detective Cal McDonald has stalked the four color world of comics (and novels) since 1990, solving cases, killing monsters, and upsetting both human and non-human characters alike.

For his latest misadventure, Niles has teamed up with artist Gyula Németh for a tale involving a beautiful vampire and a very premature retirement called Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out.  Niles and Németh sat down with Horror News Network to discuss the new Dark Horse mini-series as well as what has kept Cal going all of these years. read more

‘Locke & Key’ Receives Premiere Date From Netflix

Fans of the ever-popular author Joe Hill, who has multiple projects in varying stages of development, won’t need to wait long for their next fix.  According to Deadline, the supernatural mystery series Locke & Key, based on a comic book series written by Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Publishing, will premiere on February 7th, 2020 on Netflix.   The streaming service made the announcement on Wednesday, and was confirmed by Hill’s official Twitter account shortly afterwards (see below.) read more

Exclusive Preview of Paul Jenkins and Frédéric Pham Chuong’s Original Graphic Novel ‘Scare City’

While Halloween will always hold a special place in the hearts of every horror fan, the holiday is even more near and dear to children around the world.  Capitalizing on the all ages fun of the holiday, writer Paul Jenkins and artist Frédéric Pham Chuong have timed their new original graphic novel Scare City well, hoping to appeal to the children waiting to run outside for sugary treats, as well as nostalgic parents who love the fun and frights associated with Halloween.

According to the official press release, Scare City begins when “Tensions rise in a Monster Metropolis when spooky things start to happen to its citizens! Will they solve the mystery before ancient rifts tear the community apart?  Deep beneath the human world lies Scare City, the hub where all the ghouls, ghosts and goblins dwell in perfect harmony. It took the monsters centuries to overcome their differences and live together in peace.” read more