Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
New from Bram Stoker Award winner Eric J. Guignard, Doorways to the Deadeye, from Journalstone, available for pre-order now
Eric J. Guignard presents his debut novel, Doorways to the Deadeye, through Journalstone, released 26 July. Combining themes of magical realism, urban fantasy and light horror, Doorways to the Deadeye features Luke Thacker, a drifting hobo in depression-era America. On his travels he picks up the hobo code, learning the cipher better than anyone else, and this transports him into Athanasia, the middle ground of memories. This story, besides all its mysticism and magic, aims at the heart of myth in America. As always with Journalstone, if you buy the paperback direct from the publisher, you receive an eBook copy for free. Otherwise, you can pre-order your copy here.
YA Horror, The Hunting Ground, by Cliff McNish re-released with new cover art and creepy trailer
First released in 2011, The Hunting Ground, is a YA horror novel by Cliff McNish. Set in the crumbling Glebe House, Elliot and Ben do not expect to be sharing the place with ghosts. An old diary gives up some forgotten secrets of the house, among them a terrible tragedy. Now re-released with new, more appropriately horror-based cover art, this new edition of The Hunting Ground will be released 1 July.
Grimmfest announce northern premiere of Darlin’, written and directed by, and starring The Walking Dead‘s Pollyanna McIntosh
Grimmfest, Manchester’s premiere genre film festival, returns to the Odeon Great Northern on 3 October for four days of horror, cult and fantastic films. While much of the line-up is still being selected for the festival, the Grimm team are only too excited to announce their northern premiere screening of Darlin’. A follow-up to Lucky McKee’s The Woman, Pollyanna McIntosh not only reprises her role in this film, but also writes and directs. Continuing with the themes from the first film, which leaned heavily on the novels of the late Jack Ketchum, Darlin’ should be one to check out. Also worthy of note is that the festival remains open for submissions, so indie filmmakers should get their entries in soon. Information about tickets, the full program and the submissions process can be found at the Grimmfest site, here.