News Round-up Week Ending 1 April 2016

Here’s a selection of some of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week…

The Walking Dead Season Finale ‘Last Day on Earth’ Airs April 3

As the 6th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead comes to a close this Sunday, April 3, viewers are preparing for another summer long cliffhanger when Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan finally makes an appearance on the show. A comic book favorite, Rick Grimes and family have been tangling with Negan’s Saviours nearly every episode of this season, and now they must venture outside the walls to save one of their own. Directed by showrunner Greg Nicotero, the episode clocks in around ninety minutes, and with some of the rumours that have been going around regarding major cast upsets, it will no doubt have fans on the edge of their seats.

PS Publishing Releasing Hardcover Edition of Stephen King’s ‘salem’s Lot

Coming in April, PS Publishing will be releasing Stephen King’s vampire novel, ‘salem’s Lot, in a new hardback special edition. The three sections of the novel have been broken down into novella sized books, each with their own cover and interior art by Fangorn. The edition ships with slipcase and is limited to 974 copies, making this a special edition every collector is going to want to own. Features a foreword by Neil Gaiman, an introduction and afterword by Stephen King, a section called Deleted Scenes, and more.

For more information, please visit PS Publishing website HERE.

Stan Original Series Wolf Creek Begins May 12

Mick Taylor returns May 12 with Stan Original Series with an all new six-hour long miniseries, Wolf Creek. Creator Greg McLean and star John Jarratt are both onboard for this latest outing of the Australian serial killer, this time turning the tables with a vicious revenge plot. Here’s the official synopsis:

Wolf Creek, a six-part drama series, is a psychological thriller set in the world that fans of the films will recognize – but this time things are different. At first the pattern is familiar: Mick Taylor targets an American tourist family to terrorise and destroy. But the tables are turned when 19-year-old Eve survives the massacre and starts to rebuild her shattered existence by embarking on a mission of revenge. Staring Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy) as Eve, Deborah Mailman (Offspring), Dustin Clare (Strike Back), Richard Cawthorne (Catching Milat), and Jessica Tovey (Wonderland), the miniseries was written by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard, and directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean.

Feldman and McDowell Star in Vampire Thriller Corbin Nash

Called a ‘vampire thriller in the vein of ‘The Crow’, Corbin Nash is set to feature Corey Feldman (Lost Boys), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher, Bladerunner), and Bruce Davidson (Tales From the Crypt).

Dean S. Jagger (Game of Thrones) plays a New York City cop recently transferred to Los Angeles to try to find those who killed his parents. Upon arrival, he’s quickly killed, but then comes back to life, seeking revenge. McDowell signed on to play a character called the Blind Prophet; Hauer a mysterious stranger; Davidson will play the title characters’ step-father with a dangerous secret; and Corey Feldman portrays a cross-dressing vampire. Fernanda Romero (The Eye) and Richard Wagner round out the cast. Written by Ben and Dean S. Jagger and Christopher P. Taylor, filming began March 30, with a release date to be announced soon. This Is Horror will provide updates as they become available.

HWA Names Recipient of the Silver Hammer Award

Bram Stoker Award winning editor and writer of horror, science-fiction and fantasy Michael Knost has been named the recipient of the Silver Hammer Award, which honors HWA volunteers who have worked diligently for the organization. Knost chairs the organization’s Mentorship Program, which pairs newer writers with experienced pros for a year-long, one-on-one intensive training. With Knost’s help, the wait-list for mentoring has been cleared and they now have nearly 100 mentoring pairs. The Silver Hammer Award is given only periodically and was instituted in 1996. Knost will be presented the award during the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony, Saturday May 14, 2016, at the inaugural StokerCon in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will also be live-streamed this year.

For tickets and additional information, please visit www.stokercon2016.com. For more information about the Horror Writers Association, please visit www.horror.org.

Rob Zombie’s 31 Hits US Theaters in September

Saban Films have recently acquired the North American rights to Rob Zombie’s latest horror film, 31, and has set a release date of September 16, 2016 for a limited theater run. Starring Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Malcolm McDowell (Mozart in the Jungle, A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem), the film is about a group of carnival workers held hostage in a deserted compound, forced to act out a violent game; survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. Zombie is best known in film for his films House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween and Halloween II, and The Lords of Salem. No official trailer for the film has been released yet. Please check back with This Is Horror as more information becomes available.

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