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Steve Niles Returns to ‘Criminal Macabre’ in December

Steve Niles returns to his original hard-boiled, paranormal detective Cal McDonald this December with Dark Horse Comics The Big Bleed mini-series.  Niles will be joined by emerging artist Gyula Németh and letterer Nate Piekos for the latest chapter in the Cal McDonald mystery series.

According to the official press release, Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out “…starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career.  But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray.  What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken?  It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire…and ends with a bang.”

Niles is excited to return to the character, and he has “… been writing Cal McDonald since I was in my 20’s and to this day he is the most fun to write. I couldn’t be happier to see him come back with Gyula Nemeth doing the art.  I think fans of Cal will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully a little horrified.” read more

The Original Horror Book Store Dark Delicacies Needs Your Help

Dark Delicacies has been a staple for horror fans and creators in the Los Angeles area since founders Del and Sue Howison opened the doors in 1994.  The shop quickly became known as a place for writers, artists, and filmmakers to not only sell their work, but also to meet, greet, and interact with fans.

Like many other brick-and-mortar specialty stores, Dark Delicacies found it difficult to cope with rising rental costs and earlier this year, the co-founders considered shuttering the very first horror themed book store in the United States.  Due to a great outpouring of support from the horror community, the Howisons decided to move the world-famous horror hang-out to a new location (with a more reasonable rental charge) so the legacy of Dark Delicacies could continue. read more

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