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Jan 27 2015 9:00am


Alyssa Wong is honored to reprint “Scarecrow,” a horror short story by Alyssa Wong. Originally published in Black Static 42 (September 2014), “Scarecrow” has never before been available to read online. Please enjoy this horrific tale of tragic love and corvid loss. This story contains scenes that some readers may find upsetting.

[Read “Scarecrow” by Alyssa Wong]

Jan 20 2015 1:45pm

Day Four Follows The Three

Day Four Sarah Lotz

The Three was without question one of the best and most hellish horror novels released in recent years. As I concluded in my review, Sarah Lotz’s “nightmarish indictment of contemporary culture [was] assiduously ambiguous, brilliantly balanced, carefully controlled and in the final summation fantastically crafted,” so I’m on board for Day Four, the “unforgettable sequel” Hodderscape revealed recently.

Day Four appears to shift the focus of The Three from the skies to the seas.

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Jan 15 2015 12:30pm

Back to Hell with Clive Barker

Clive Barker The Scarlet Gospels

Get ready to say hello and goodbye both to two classic characters. Harry D’Amour—a major player in Everville—and Pinhead himself, he of The Hellbound Heart in part and the whole of the Hellraiser film franchise, are finally ready to return in “a good versus evil saga that goes straight to Hell.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you—or rather reintroduce you—to The Scarlet Gospels, a “farewell speech” of sorts, and Clive Barker’s first book for adults since 2007’s altogether too brief masterpiece Mister B. Gone:

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Jan 14 2015 12:30pm

Cold Season, Cold Silence

A Cold Season Alison Littlewood

Jo Fletcher Books has successfully concluded negotiations for not one, not two, but three new books by bestselling horror author Alison Littlewood, who today described the deal as “a very nice Christmas present indeed.”

The first of the three is called A Cold Silence—a surprise sequel to Littlewood’s 2012 debut. At the same time as getting all kinds of excited about its similarities to the Silent Hill series, I called A Cold Season “a powerful story about motherhood... about family, and the ties that bind us.” It went on to sell tremendously well, not least because it was featured in the Book Club chaired by former daytime television personalities Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

In the years since A Cold Season’s release, Littlewood has written two other unrelated novels—namely Path of Needles and The Unquiet House—alongside a whole host of superlative short stories. I for one thought she was done with Darnshaw, but obviously not.

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Jan 12 2015 5:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 38: Mallory O’Meara and Jayson Utz

Jayson Utz Mallory O'Meara

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by Mallory O’Meara and Jayson Utz to talk about living with a writer and the horror genre gutter. These two items are in no way connected, honestly.

[Listen Now!]

Jan 9 2015 12:00pm

Red Equinox (Excerpt)

Douglas Wynne

Red Equinox by Douglas WynneThe Red Equinox has dawned, and the old gods who have slept for aeons are stirring.

Urban explorer and photographer Becca Philips was raised in the shadow of Miskatonic University, steeped in the mysteries of her late grandmother's work in occult studies.

As urban warfare breaks out between eldritch monsters and an emerging police state, she must uncover the secrets of a family heirloom known as the Fire of Cairo to banish the rising tide of darkness before the balance tips irrevocably at the Red Equinox.

Read an excerpt from Douglas Wynne's new book below, out on January 16, 2015 from JournalStone Books.

[Read an excerpt from Douglas Wynne's Red Equinox]

Jan 9 2015 11:00am

You Are Never Coming Home. Holly Black Traps Readers in The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Beware the justice of children.

A book trailer has surfaced that relays the story behind Holly Black's new book The Darkest Part of the Forest and even a few seconds of it is enough to scare you sweetly. Check it out below.

[The Darkest Part of the Forest]

Jan 7 2015 2:27pm

Med Students Learn Why You Don’t Bring People Back from the Dead in The Lazarus Effect Trailer

The Lazarus Effect trailer Olivia Wilde Mark Duplass Donald Glover Evan Peters

You would think that Victor Frankenstein would be the best cautionary tale against playing with electricity and corpses, but there always has to be a group of doctors arrogant enough to believe that they can bring the dead back to life. This time it’s Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass as the good doctors, and in the first trailer for The Lazarus Effect, they’re going biblical.

[Watch the trailer]

Jan 1 2015 10:00am

Fiction Affliction: January Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

Thirty-eight new releases in these mega-genres will help you get rid of all those holiday gift cards, including new titles from, among others, Jaye Wells, Daniel José Older, Victoria Laurie, J.C. Nelson, Jim C. Hines, Seth Grahame-Smith, Myke Cole, Walter Mosley, Yasmine Galenorn, and Kelley Armstrong.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Dec 24 2014 10:00am

All I Want For Christmas is an Evil Snowman: Christmas Tales of Terror

Christmas Tales of Terror Christ PriestleyBy now, it’s safe to say that some of you might be harboring certain, shall we say, thoughts about the holiday season, and especially Christmas. Irritated thoughts. Cynical thoughts. Angry thoughts. Even—dare I say it—horrified thoughts.

If so, you might be in the mood for Chris Priestley’s Christmas Tales of Terror, where all kinds of terrible, nasty, awful things happen to adorable and not so adorable children on Christmas.

Also, ghosts.

[And, naturally, an evil snowman powered by BLOOD because why not? Spoilers.]

Dec 12 2014 1:00pm

On the Masterful Creepiness of Merricat: Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived in the Castle I came to the Shirley Jackson party late. The first thing I read was The Haunting of Hill House, and that was just last year. On my way to the park for a lunchtime walk and brain-clearing, I pulled a parcel from the post box. In the park I didn’t refrain from tearing open said parcel because, well, book. I did laps whilst reading this tremendously weird tale, and by the time I returned home there was a kind of strange translucent wallpaper over my vision, an image of Hill House superimposed on the things of my everyday life. That’s kind of disturbing.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about—Hill House (not sane, but brilliant) led me to We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and the thoroughly magnificently malignant creation, Mary Katherine Blackwood. Merricat, with her strange acts of sympathetic magic, her even stranger magical thinking, and her almost complete lack of conscience—I say “almost” because she does seem to know she’s doing wrong, but she shrugs and does it anyway because it’s all in the service of what she believes is required.

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Dec 11 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Merry Cthulhumas!

Cthulhu Wreath

Photographer and improver-of-Christmas LiquidNight made this fantastic Cthulhumas wreath, and shared it with GeyserofAwesome! If you’d like to add some tentacles to your own holiday celebrations, there is a step-by-step Elder Guide over on imgur.

Morning Roundup demands more dinosaur hybrids, confirms that (flying cars aside) we are indeed living in the future, and decides to o some hardcore wassailin’ with Christopher Lee!

[Plus, Stephen Colbert will not rest until he has been every LOTR character!]

Nov 28 2014 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

new releases urban fantasy December 2014Twenty-three offerings help deplete the holiday pocketbook this month. Look for new titles from, among others, Kristen Painter, Keri Arthur, Dorothy Hearst, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Carrie Vaughn.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Nov 17 2014 11:18am

Universal’s Monsterverse Movies Will Be Action-Adventure, Not Horror

Universal Monsters movies not horror action adventure The Mummy Dracula Frankenstein

In news that shouldn't come as a surprise, Universal Pictures’ Avengers-style Monsterverse will not pull from the original films’ horror roots. Instead, the studio is reimagining Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein, and other monsters as action-adventure movies.

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Nov 12 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Ethan Reid

Ethan Reid pop quizWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Ethan Reid, member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Ethan’s debut novel, The Undying, is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the vampire-infested ruins of Paris—available now as an ebook from Simon451!

Join us!

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Nov 12 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 34: “Selfies” by Lavie Tidhar

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an audio edition of “Selfies,” an original story by Lavie Tidhar, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

“Selfies” is a creepy little horror tale about the fate of a young woman who makes the mistake of a lifetime when she buys a new phone in the local mall.

The short story can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “Selfies”]

Nov 12 2014 9:00am
Original Story

The Walk

“The Walk,” by Dennis Etchison, is a neat little horror story about the dog eat dog world of Hollywood in which a director and writer have very different ideas of how their collaboration should proceed.

This short story was acquired and edited for by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “The Walk” by Dennis Etchison]

Nov 10 2014 10:30am

A Head Full of Ghosts Excerpt and Cover Reveal

Paul G. Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay is pleased to reveal the cover design for A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul G. Tremblay’s chilling thriller that blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror—coming from HarperCollins in June 2015! From the catalog copy:

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality TV show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Head below the cut for a sneak peek excerpt from A Head Full of Ghosts!

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Nov 8 2014 8:00am

Bram Stoker Created a Horror Classic from the Anxieties of his Age

Bram Stoker Art by David A. Johnson

Bram Stoker’s interest in the macabre seems to have been with him from his youth. While at Trinity College, Dublin, he became a member of the University’s Philosophical Society, and the first paper he presented was “Sensationalism in Fiction and Society.” After graduation, he married his classmate Oscar Wilde’s ex-fiancé (it took a few years for them to mend the friendship, but Stoker ended up being one of the friends who visited Wilde in France after his incarceration) and worked as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. The paper was owned by Sheridan Le Fanu, who ended up being a far larger influence on Stoker’s creative life a few years later.

[From many influences, Stoker created a unique classic]

Nov 5 2014 2:00pm

Under the Radar: Gulab by Annie Zaidi

Gulab Annie ZaidiWhile genre literature in the subcontinent is now being published more frequently, it isn’t all that often that you come across a ghost story that reminds you (in the best of ways) of those that filled the pages of Urdu digests and magazines from a couple of decades ago. Bombay-based writer Annie Zaidi’s novella Gulab is one such story—clever, funny, and of course, creepy.

Gulab starts with a very unlikely romantic hero—the lead protagonist Nikunj is a sweaty, whiny man packed tight in a formal suit while attempting to say goodbye to the one true love of his life, Saira. Having assumed she had died in an earthquake many years ago when the building she lived in collapsed, Nikunj is shocked when he receives a telegram informing him of her death and burial.

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