News Round-up Week Ending 17 July 2012

Simon Ward

Horror channel announce short film showcase Horror Channel have announced the line-up for the FrightFest 2012 International Short Film Showcase. The 90 minute showing of films starts at 1pm on Sunday 26 August at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square. “It’s another fantastic line-up we’re proud to be sponsoring at FrightFest,” said  Chello Zone’s Chief …

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Joseph D’Lacey lands new agent and two book deal with Angry Robot

Award-winning author Joseph D’Lacey has signed a two-book deal with one of the hottest UK genre publishers, Angry Robot. The deal is for a duology with book one, Black Feathers landing in April 2013 and the sequel The Book of the Crowman following in 2014. The exciting deal is for world rights in all languages. …

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Review: Zippered Flesh edited by Weldon Burge

Body horror is nothing new in the horror genre. For decades now, David Cronenberg has delved into our base fears about how our bodies can be altered and changed, causing pain and suffering. In the last decade or so, cinema from the Far East has been utilising this sub-genre to good effect, giving us tales …

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Autumn: Horror in the East Venue

Autumn - Horror in the East

Autumn: Horror in the East have announced that The Aspire Centre in Lowestoft will be the venue for the horror author convention on the 2 & 3 November 2012. “The Aspire Center have been brilliant and have stepped in when we needed them,” says organiser Emma Bunn, “They couldn’t have been more helpful and are doing everything in …

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The fear of clowns – coulrophobia

In the first of a new regular feature, we take a look at modern phobias that infiltrate our modern lives. Fears can be rational or irrational, but if someone suffers from one, they can be paralysed by it to the point that it can affect their adult existence. In extreme cases, it can stop people …

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Review: Dark Shadows

Depp and Burton are something of a collaborative nightmare, with a twisted partnership spanning two decades. It began with the cult masterpiece Edward Scissorhands in 1990, a film which plucked Depp from the chiselled jaws of what looked set to be a career centred entirely on his boyish good looks and set him on his …

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Review: Playback

The latest release from the After Dark series of horror movies, and hinging on a clever premise, Playback is a riff on so many horror films that have come before that you could play a drinking game just spotting the influences. Everything from The Ring, Halloween, Videodrome and numerous found footage films are hinted at …

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Quoth movie versions of The Raven evermore?

The end of July sees the release on DVD of the latest movie to bear the title The Raven. It stars John Cusack, is directed by James McTeague (V for Vendetta) and isn’t bad. I know that sounds as if I’m damning it with faint praise and in a way I am. More on this …

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This Week’s Must Read Horror Articles

Brian Keene

It’s that time of the week – here are a couple of intriguing horror articles from around the web for your reading pleasure. This week on Must Read Horror Articles: Brian Keene writes 80,000 words in one weekend 10 Essentials for surviving the zombie apocalypse To keep up to date with essential articles and horror news throughout …

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Details Emerge of TTA Novella Series

Eyepennies

As This Is Horror reported a few weeks ago, TTA Press are launching their own line of novellas to complement their stellar magazine output. The full details of the series have now emerged and will be of great interest to horror readers. The novellas will be between 20-40,000 words and will run from anywhere between …

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Flash Fear: Mouthful by Jasper Bark

Mouthful by Richard Serrao

Horror host, award-winner, former ‘bottom’ model. Jasper Bark is many things, but above all else he is a fiction writer which is why it’s a huge pleasure to welcome him back to the website for our latest flash fiction instalment, Mouthful – illustrated by the wonderful Richard Serrao. Read more…  

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Event review: Simon Kurt Unsworth, Alison Littlewood and Graham Joyce

Saturday 15 June saw the latest event from the Twisted Tales crew, who put on an evening of supernatural horror readings at Waterstones in Liverpool. The rain poured almost relentlessly throughout proceedings, giving a dreary yet atmospheric slant to the evening. Read more…

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Gary McMahon on new anthology Visions Fading Fast

Award-winning author, Gary McMahon, is editing a brand new Pendragon Press anthology, entitled Visions Fading Fast. Gary recently swung by This Is Horror HQ to explain a little more on his new venture and why he selected each author for Visions Fading Fast. Read more…

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Exclusive excerpt from Scarla sequel by BC Furtney

Finishing my first novel, Scarla, was a great feeling, partly because up until then, I’d never really intended to write a book. As it turned out, the journey was more rewarding than I anticipated. Being brand new to the medium, I had my doubts about gaining entry into the publishing world with the first arrow …

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Interview: Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler

John L Probert interviewed Christopher Fowler, author of Hell Train, ahead of this appearance as Guest of Honour at Edge-Lit this weekend. Read more…

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