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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

‘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

AMC Reveals Starting Date and Trailer for Arctic Horror Story ‘The Terror’

AMC has announced the debut date for the arctic horror story The Terror, based on the Dan Simmons’ novel of the same nameThe Terror comes from executive producers Ridley Scott, David Kajganich and Soo Hugh and will open with a two-hour premiere on Monday March 26th at 9:00 p.m.

According to the official press release, the story was inspired by true events and follows “…the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.” read more

Loren W. Lepre Talks ‘The Dark Military’

The internet and social media are more influential than ever. People on their phones, posting on social media, hiding behind avatars, streaming their thoughts and accessing anything their hearts desire no matter how dark. Imagine the very tool to learn and access brought you closer to your death? In The Dark Military, we meet a group a diverse people brought together to be part of a game on Halloween. Over one night, that game of life or death will be executed with no one or nothing to help them. A tense, thrilling and brutal blending horror and action together, who will be strong enough and survive to witness the rise of The Dark Military. With the film working through festivals around the world, Jay Kay grabbed writer, actor, producer and director Loren Lepre to talk lighting, drafting a cast and creating killer deaths for the Horror News Network. read more

Brian Fuller and Michael Green Exit ‘American Gods’

Deadline is reporting that the creators of Starz’s American Gods series, Brian Fuller and Michael Green, have abruptly left the show.

The duo “…created the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning novel and served as executive producers/showrunners on the show, which debuted this past spring and earned a quick Season 2 renewal. We’ve learned that more than half of the scripts for Season 2, which had been targeting a mid-2018 premiere, have been written.”

It is also rumored that “…Gaiman may come on board as a co-showrunner but that is in flux as he also has series Good Omens for Amazon.” read more

‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Premieres in January on Amazon Prime

The anthology series based on the short stories of seminal sci-fi author Philip K. Dick entitled Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will debut on Amazon Prime on January 12, 2018.

The star-studded cast features such talent as Vera Farmiga, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Richard Madden, Holiday Grainger, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin and Bryan Cranston.  Cranston will also serve as one of the executive producer on the series. read more

Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Set for Big Screen Adaptation

With the success of horror movies and television programs featuring children as the main characters as of late, it is no wonder that Paramount is mining Nickelodeon’s 1990’s horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? in hopes that it will capture the attention of nostalgic fans and teen viewers alike.

The Hollywood Reporter not only broke the news that the horror anthology for the pre-teen set was getting the greenlight, but that it would also be penned by a writer that is no stranger to horror in the form of It and Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman. read more

‘Mr. Higgins Comes Home’ Artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: The Horror News Network Interview

Just in time for Halloween, Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have cooked up a delicious original graphic novel treat for all fans of classic Universal and Hammer horror films entitled Mr. Higgins Comes Home. Horror News Network had the pleasure of speaking to artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and he discussed his unique style, monster movies, and “sad werewolves”.

Horror News Network: How did you become involved with Mr. Higgins?

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: Mike and I were on a Sketch Panel at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival and we got the chance to briefly chat and he suggested we might work on something together. He is such a hero of mine; I dared not think that would turn out the way it did. He got back in touch with this idea he had and I was amazed, then Scott Allie got in touch too and slowly it started to become an actual reality. I would get physical pangs of excitement while working on the pages and I still find it hard to believe even though the book is (about to be) on the shelf now. I cannot thank Mike, Scott and Dark Horse enough. read more

Josh Boone Hired To Write Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Variety is reporting that director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, New Mutants) has been hired to pen the script for the adaptation of the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman.  Boone may also get to direct the film, but nothing is official at this time.

This isn’t the first King related project that the writer has worked on, as “Boone has had a long-standing relationship with the author after being tapped to write and direct an adaptation of The Stand. When that project was put on hold, the iconic writer tasked Boone with penning an adaptation of Revival, which is currently in development.” read more