Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
The media says Undeath is manageable, a condition controlled with a new drug called Lazarus. Retaining their humanity and able to live happy, somewhat normal lives, Lazarus keeps the negative symptoms—like becoming a dead and mindless, shambling, killing machine—at bay for those suffering from Undeath. Davin wanted to believe it all. He dropped out of college to care for his sister Zoe after their father died. With dad signed over to the Lazarus House for treatment, things were starting to look up. Then an accident left him dead, and soon, suffering from Undeath. Now, he has to keep it all a secret, and finds himself caught up in the underground resistance. Soon, he discovers the terrible truth about everything, and it’s the last thing anyone expected. River of Souls by T.L. Bodine, soon to be released from Trepidatio Publishing 23 August 2019, is available for pre-order now.
The Willows by Nathan Carson, Algernon Blackwood, and illustrator Sam Ford now collected in Trade Paperback
Algernon Blackwood’s classic tale, heralded by H.P. Lovecraft as the finest weird tale ever, is granted new life in this beautiful trade paperback edition. Carefully adapted by Nathan Carson (Starr Creek) and beautifully line drawn by Sam Ford, The Willows plot is intact, while the characters are given much deeper roles. Two women adventurers, one British, the other Swedish, come face to face with weird horrors in the Hungarian forest circa 1907. Together, they begin to question their very sanity as the world becomes stranger and stranger. Now collected into one volume, with a prequel story penned by Nathan Carson, this graphic novel is forthcoming from Floating World Comics 8 October 2019, and can be pre-ordered here.
Toby Jones ‘glows’ in Kaleidoscope, the debut psychological thriller written and directed by brother Rupert Jones
Meet Carl Woods, an ex-prisoner who dreams of beginning a gardening business. One morning he wakes to loud knocking at his door, but no one’s there. In his sparse flat in London, he notices strange things: lipstick on a glass, an ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts, and a dead body in the bathroom. Now Carl has to piece together the events of the night before, all while dealing with his overbearing mother, preparing for his first date in many years, and his neighbor Monique. With powerhouse performances from Toby Jones, Sinead Matthews (Jellyfish), Cecilia Noble (Danny and the Human Zoo), and Anna Reid, Kaleidoscope is Rupert Jones feature film debut, casting Hitchcockian shade with a new thriller for the 21st century. Available streaming 12 August 2019 and DVD 23 September 2019 from Sparky Pictures.