<![CDATA[Ginger Nuts of Horror - NEWS]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:06:58 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[KIM NEWMAN’S VIDEO DUNGEON THE COLLECTED REVIEWS]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/kim-newmans-video-dungeon-the-collected-reviewsENTER IF YOU DARE...

VIDEO DUNGEON is the first collection of film critic, film historian and novelist Kim Newman’s full reviews of the best and worst B movies, inspired by his legendary EMPIRE column of the same name, which appears every month in the UK’s largest film specialty magazine.

With themed chapters covering new films and re-releases, from AFTERDEATH to ZOMBIE SHARK, from 1915’s LES VAMPIRES to 2016’s THE SHALLOWS, over 500 of the cheapest, trashiest, goriest and, occasionally, unexpectedly good films released for the home entertainment market are covered here, torn apart and stitched back together again in Kim’s unique style.

KIM NEWMAN is a well-known and respected author and movie critic. He writes regularly for EMPIRE magazine and contributes to THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, TIME OUT and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV. He has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and James Herbert Awards.


9781783299393 | 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017 | PAPERBACK & EBOOK | 560PP | £14.99 
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<![CDATA[EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE RAVEN AT THE LONDON HORROR FESTIVAL AT THE OLD RED LION THEATRE]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/edgar-allan-poes-the-raven-at-the-london-horror-festival-at-the-old-red-lion-theatre

Adapted and Directed by Simon James Collier 

This new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic Gothic tale is a re-working of Poe’s original story, with Lady Elizabeth Woodruff wrestling with melancholic thoughts after losing her lover; a love whose death she questions her own involvement with upon discovering that she and her estranged husband were themselves engaged in a passionate affair. 

From the twice nominated ‘Empty Space...Peter Brook Award’ Okai Collier Company / Evcol Entertainment comes this haunting tale from the master of gothic story-telling: Edgar Allan Poe.

Listings Information

Venue: The Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St. John Street, London EC1V 4NJ 

Box office: www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk or 020 7837 7816
Dates: Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 October 2017 at 9.30pmTickets: £10, £8 concessions (suitable for 12+)
Theatre website: www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk
London Horror Festival: www.londonhorrorfestival.com 



The Writer: Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story.

The Company: Founded in 1994 by Artistic Director Omar F. Okai and Writer/Producer/Director Simon James Collier, the award-winning Okai Collier Company / Evcol Entertainment has over 100 productions to its credit and works towards breaking down contemporary social barriers and encouraging new talent by developing a range of projects.

The London Horror Festival: The UK's original and largest festival of horror in the performing arts returns to the Old Red Lion Theatre in London this October. Scaring the living daylights out of audiences since its inception in 2011, the London Horror Festival is a celebration of the ghoulish, the thrilling and the downright macabre through the various mediums of live performance. Over the past six years we have championed horror theatre, proudly presenting programmes featuring new writing, adaptations of literary classics, immersive interactive experiences, LGBTQ cabaret, musicals, burlesque, live podcast recordings, comedy, clowning, puppetry, storytelling, magic, midnight mind- reading and Séance shows, film screenings with live choirs, radio and playwriting competitions, lectures ... and much more!
The Creative Team 

Writer | Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Simon James Collier Director | Simon James Collier
Set Design | Sydney Moorfoot
Sound Design | Sam Glossop 
Lighting Design | Ben Jacobs Costume Design | Rebecca Cartwright 
Producer | Okai Collier Company / Evcol Entertainment
The Cast | Sandra Veronica Stańczyk, Mitch Howell & Michael Eriera 
PRESS on previous productions: 
Excellent cast, script and direction. The Corruption of Dorian Gray ***** Everything Theatre A fantastic thrill ride, not for the faint hearted! Jekyll & Hyde London Theatre 1
The Okai Collier Company deserves a place in the Britain’s Black Hall of Fame for bringing this affirmative and highly entertaining show to UK audiences for the first time. Purlie What’s On 
Theatre social media: 
Twitter: @LndnHorrorFest 
Facebook: /LondonHorrorFestival /TheOldRedLionTheatrePub 
Company social media: 
Twitter: @okaicollier | @EvcolOfficial Facebook: Okai Collier 
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<![CDATA[HORROR NEWS: MARK MORRIS HAS SOME NEW FEARS JUST FOR YOU!]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:18:18 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/horror-news-mark-morris-has-some-new-fears-just-for-youNEW FEARS
EDITED BY MARK MORRIS 

The horror genre’s leading living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories.

The impressive line-up includes stories from:

RAMSEY CAMPBELL, ADAM NEVILL, SARAH LOTZ, STEPHEN GALLAGHER, ANGELA SLATTER, A.K. BENEDICT, JOSH MALERMAN, MURIEL GRAY, CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN, NINA ALLAN, STEPHEN LAWS, CAROLE JOHNSTONE, BRIAN KEENE, KATHRYN PTACEK, CONRAD WILLIAMS, ALISON LITTLEWOOD, BRADY GOLDEN, CHAZ BRENCHLEY, AND BRIAN LILLIE.

New Fears invites readers on a ride through a world of human fears in a vibrant collection of numinous, surreal, gut wrenching and terrifying stories that showcase the very best that modern horror fiction has to offer. Curated by leading horror author and editor Mark Morris, the collection proves that fear truly does come in many forms...

New Fears is the first collection in a new horror anthology series from Mark Morris and Titan Books.
About the editor

Mark Morris has written over twenty-five novels, including four books in the popular Doctor Who range. He is also the author of two short story collections and several novellas. His short fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of Cinema Macabre, a book of horror movie essays for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award. 


9781785655524 | 19TH SEPTEMBER 2017 | PAPERBACK & EBOOK | £7.99 | 416PP www.titanbooks.com | https://www.facebook.com/titanbooks | @TitanBooks 

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<![CDATA[TALES FROM THE SHADOW BOOTH: VOL 1]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/tales-from-the-shadow-booth-vol-1

​The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1
Edited by Dan Coxon

ISBN: TBC
200 pages, Softback
Publication date: December 2017
When Eliot first spies the booth at the end of the pier, he wonders what it is. The canvas is faded, the striped pattern barely visible beneath years of dirt. The wooden boards are stained and bare. It’s the crude, handwritten sign that draws him closer, makes him reach out to pull the curtain aside. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.
The Shadow Booth is a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by Dan Coxon (Winner: Best Anthology – Saboteur Awards 2016) and published as a mass market paperback. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky territory between mainstream horror and literary fiction. The journal is crowdfunding on Kickstarter from 26 September 2017.

Featuring stories by: 

Paul Tremblay, Malcolm Devlin, Richard Thomas, Stephen Hargadon, Annie Neugebauer, Richard V. Hirst, Sarah Read, Timothy J. Jarvis, Gary Budden, David Hartley, Kate Feld, Dan Carpenter and Joseph Sale.

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<![CDATA[F. PAUL WILSON’S THE KEEP RETURNS]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:42:10 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/f-paul-wilsons-the-keep-returnscrowd funding campaign goes live tomorrow. 
 
F. Paul Wilson’s acclaimed gothic horror novel ‘THE KEEP’ is set to return in a new format, a three-part audio mini-series, by Three Storms Productions.
The Keep tells the story of a squad of German Troops during the Second World War who, whilst occupying an ancient castle in Romania, release a terrifying being that slaughters them night after night. When the SS cannot solve the problem they must rely on an ailing Jewish professor and his daughter to unlock the secrets hidden within the walls.
 
Released in 1981, the novel became a New York Times Bestseller and went on to join five other novels in what is now titled ‘The Adversary Cycle’. The novel has never been out of print since being published. Author F Paul Wilson has this to say “THE KEEP was my first horror novel and I threw myself and everything else into it.  I began it in 1979 when horror fiction was mostly rewrites of CARRIE and 'SALEM'S LOT -- all small-town horror.  I decided to go widescreen.  I'd been reading a lot of Robert Ludlum and you can see the influence of his paranoia/trust-no-one motifs weaving through the story.  You might say the international thriller had a one-night stand with cosmic horror and conceived THE KEEP.  
Because it occupies its own little historical Never‑Neverland in the Transylvania Alps on the eve of WWII, THE KEEP doesn't date. It's held up very nicely through the decades.  First published in 1981, it's never been out of print and is generally considered a classic of the genre.  Who can ask for more?”
 
In 1983 the novel was adapted into a motion picture directed by Michael Mann and released through Paramount Pictures. Unfortunately the movie strayed too far from the source material and was a disappointment to not only fans of the novel but F Paul Wilson himself.
 
Three Storms Productions’ producing team Dan Lacey, Grant Charlesworth and Mark Ruthven will deliver a fully licensed, faithful adaptation of ‘The Keep’ which is fully endorsed by the author. This will be achieved as a full cast audio drama, with an original score and boasting immersive sound design that will transport the listener on a journey of horror and mystery.
 
The mini-series has been adapted and written by Dan Lacey. Dan has previous experience writing for the audio format, having previously penned episode 2, ‘Osirian Enemy’, of Osiris, a science fiction audio drama released by Everybody Else Productions in 2014. This is the holy grail of adaptations for producer Dan Lacey, who, after securing the license to adapt the material, had this to say: “Adapting The Keep is a true labour of love, it is my favourite novel by my favourite author. I owe it to Paul and his fans to bring them a truly faithful adaptation.” Dan is eager to point out that fans can follow their progress on social media sites Facebook, Twitter and the campaign page itself for future announcements regarding casting, director and sound designer. Dan said “There will be a lot of announcements in the foreseeable future. We hope all of them will excite our fans and supporters”.
 
Producer Grant Charlesworth who has previous experience in writing and directing short films is pleased that fans and F. Paul Wilson himself will finally have a faithful representation of the classic novel. “I’m really pleased that we will be able to deliver an authentic companion piece to Paul’s brilliant novel. I think it’s about time someone was able to do his work justice”. Grant’s previous credits include Platform 13, Con Affetto and Tomorrow.
 
Damien May alongside Matthew Dow Smith will be providing original artwork for the production. Matthew is a comic book artist who, not only has drawn on titles such as Batman, X Files: Origins, Doctor Who and October Girl, but also illustrated the graphic novel adaptation of The Keep. Damien has collaborated with Big Finish on several of their Doctor Who audio dramas. He is also responsible for the artwork at Showmasters London Film and Comic Con events.
 
The creative team will utilise the global crowd funding platform that is Indiegogo to fund this exciting and terrifying adaptation. Fans and newcomers alike will be able to donate funds to the project in return for the mini-series, posters, autographs and even an opportunity for a cameo role in the production. Indiegogo is a flexible crowdfunding platform that allows people from all over the world the opportunity to either build or donate and support a variety of different projects. More than 275,000 projects have been launched through Indiegogo and there over 7,000 active campaigns at any given time. Producer Mark Ruthven said “We have chosen the Indiegogo platform in order to reach the widest audience possible, every donation will make a difference and our rewards are excellent.”
 
The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep will launch on the 15th September and will run for 40 days.
 
You can find more information via the following link:
 
https://igg.me/at/fpaulwilsonsthekeepaudiodrama

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<![CDATA[EPIC SUPERNATURAL THRILLER BEFORE BY PAUL KANE IMAGINES DIRE CONSEQUENCES FOR MANKIND. NOW AVAILABLE!]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/epic-supernatural-thriller-before-by-paul-kane-imagines-dire-consequences-for-mankind-now-available
 Mankind’s most enduring questions are answered  with the release of Before, the thrilling new fantasy and supernatural adventure novel from award-winning author Paul Kane.

Part horror story, part non-stop road adventure, part historical drama, Before(ISBN: 978-1-940658-78-0) is a work like no other. Described as “the dark fantasy version of Cloud Atlas,” Kane’s Before is a compelling epic that is as wide in scope as it is in imagination that answers the enduring questions about who we are, why we’re here and where we’re going.

Kane’s mind-bending journey begins in a psychiatric hospital in 1970s Germany where a patient nearing the end of his life speaks again for the first time in years. Fast-forward to present-day England where college professor Alex Webber is celebrating his birthday with family and friends, an occasion that sends him into a terrifying downward spiral in which he is plagued by a series of hallucinatory visions that threaten to his unravel his life and portend an even more ominous outcome for the souls of humanity.

“If you enjoy [Clive] Barker, you will love Paul Kane. He has matured a lot and is now conjuring these fantastical workings as memorably as the master imaginer Barker,” said Steve Dillon in his review of Before at Dread Central. “Not to diminish Kane’s work in any way, as this is truly compelling reading.”  

As an award-winning, bestselling British author and editor of over 60 books, Kane’s work includes the recent hit novel Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, the Arrowhead trilogy (later released as the sellout Hooded Man omnibus), plus The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and more.

Horror and dark fantasy icon Clive Barker calls Paul Kane, “a first-rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned.”

Before becomes the next offering in a long line of acclaimed titles from Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press that began in 2013 with the release of its inaugural anthology, the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume One.

“It’s an honor to commemorate our fifth anniversary in publishing  with the release of this engaging epic by the accomplished Paul Kane,” said Anthony Rivera, editor and publisher. “In Before, Kane unveils new fantastical horrors that have become the signature ingredients in the genre-shattering fiction for which he’s known. The concepts explored in Before are going to blow readers away, during and long after they’re done reading the book.”

Before is now available in trade paperback and all common digital formats wherever fine books are sold worldwide. For more information visit PaulKanesBefore.com, GreyMatterPress.com or Paul Kane’s website at shadow-writer.co.uk.
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<![CDATA[FROM THE WRITER OF BEETLEJUICE AND THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS COMES COLD MOON]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/from-the-writer-of-beetlejuice-and-the-nightmare-before-christmas-comes-cold-moon
HORROR FILM REVIEWS: COLD MOON (2017)
A chilling tale of supernatural vengeance arrives this October with Cold Moon, co-written and directed by Griff Furst, in theaters and VOD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Starring Josh Stewart ("Shooter", The Dark Knight Rises), Christopher Lloyd (the Back to the Future series), Robbie Kay ("Once Upon a Time", Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides), Candy Clark ("Twin Peaks", Zodiac), Rachele Brooke Smith (Center Stage : On Pointe, The Nice Guys) and Frank Whaley ("Luke Cage", The Doors), Cold Moon is based on the novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by the late Michael McDowell, author Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

In a sleepy southern town, the Larkin family suffers a terrible tragedy. Now the Larkin's are about to endure another: Traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly visage prowls in the streets, and graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror . . . And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form to seek a terrible vengeance.

Tommy Wiseau, Madison Wolfe, and Laura Cayouette co-star.

Film receives a 10-market theatrical release along with digital on 10/6 through Uncork’d Entertainment.
Film is produced by Furst’s Curmudgeon Films.
 
Cold Moon is in theaters and VOD October 6.

Studio: Uncork'd Entertainment
Director: Griff Furst
Cast : Josh Stewart, Christopher Lloyd, Robbie Kay, Candy Clark, Frank Whaley

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<![CDATA[HORROR NEWS: WILD EYE 24-HOUR MARATHON ANNOUNCED!]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:37:42 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/horror-news-wild-eye-24-hour-marathon-announced
Wild Eye Releasing, a growing leader in independent cinema since 2008, in association with Midnight Monster Movies are hosting a day of splastastic, fantastic horror fun as they host a marathon of some of Wild Eye’s most popular releases.

The event, being held at the Gateway Film Center in Ohio on September 16/17, features a full 24 hours of the Wild Eye catalogue as well as dinner and breakfast.

With the assistance of Wild Eye president Rob Hauschild, who admits his product and practices are  unapologetically based on those of B-movie legend Roger Corman, organizer (Dr) Bob Tesla,  fictional younger brother of Nikola Tesla, has put together a slate of outrageously fun films including Asylum of Darkness (with cast and crew Q&A), erotic horror-comedy The Disco Exorcist, Donald Farmer’s Shark Exorcist and Tales of Poe starring genre legends Adrienne King and Caroline Williams.

The marathon features :
Tales of Poe
Caesar & Otto's Deadly Xmas
Frankenstein's Hungry Dead
Dinner Break: Tailgate Dinner Buffet
Queen Crab
Bigfoot: The Movie
Shark Exorcist
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated simultaneous double feature
Asylum of Darkness
The Disco Exorcist
Sodomaniac
Clownkill
Badass Monster Killer
 
More details

https://www.facebook.com/events/1866617836945155/
http://gatewayfilmcenter.org/24-hour-wild-eye-marathon/
http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Midnight-Monster-Movies-24-Hour-Wild-Eye-Marathon
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<![CDATA[OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: OTHER COVENANTS: ALTERNATE HISTORIES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE EDITED BY ANDREA D. LOBEL AND MARK SHAINBLUM]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/open-for-submissions-other-covenants-alternate-histories-of-the-jewish-people-edited-by-andrea-d-lobel-and-mark-shainblum

​Historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews (Knopf, 1999) claimed that the Jews invented the very concept of history. They were the first, he said, to perceive time not as an endless circle of life, death and rebirth, but as the flight of an arrow, on a linear path to somewhere from somewhere.

However, what if time is not one arrow, but a volley of arrows? What if there are other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God? What would have become of their triumphs? Their defeats? Their suffering and their successes?

Award-winning author/editors Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum propose to answer this question in Other Covenants, the first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate history, to be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Submission window: August 28, 2017 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time to Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
  • Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/other-covenants.
  • Stories must be in the alternate history genre and must be clearly relevant to the theme of the anthology.
  • Length: 500–15,000 words. There are relatively few spots for stories at the high end, so please query first if you think your story will go long.
  • Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published stories on a case-by-case basis.
  • Submissions may be made in English or French. Author is responsible for translations into English after acceptance.
  • English-language translations of stories from other languages (published or unpublished) are welcome, but we can only accept submissions in English or French.
  • Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
  • We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
  • Initial responses (rejections, holds, and rewrite requests) within 30 days of submission; final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
  • Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds. (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds).
  • File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
  • Formatting: indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no headers, footers, or pagination; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page. That said, don’t fret too much about formatting; good fiction is what’s most important. (Correct spelling also counts.)
  • Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
  • Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
  • To be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019.
  • Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
  • NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
  • NOTE ON SUBJECT MATTER: Any book dealing with the Jewish people, Jewish history and Israel will, by definition, be controversial. We welcome controversy and politics, but don’t forget that this is a fiction anthology. Telling good stories takes first, second and third place. Submissions that grind axes loud enough to drown out the story are unlikely to be accepted.
  • Questions or queries: othercovenants@gmail.com. Please don’t submit stories via email, as noted above.

A WORD ABOUT THE ALTERNATE HISTORY GENRE

Other Covenants is open to authors of every background, and for those of you who may not be familiar with alternate history, here’s a quick thumbnail sketch of the genre.

A popular sub-genre of speculative fiction, alternative history weaves fictional narratives into the “what-if”s of the past, and explores the infinite number of historical roads not taken in the past, present or future.

The Collins English Dictionary defines alternative history as “a genre of fiction in which the author speculates on how the course of history might have been altered if a particular historical event had had a different outcome.” According to Steven H. Silver, an American science fiction editor, alternate history requires three things:

1. A point of divergence from the history of our world prior to the time at which the author is writing
2. A change that would alter history as it is known
3. An examination of the ramifications of that change

Although alternate history is related to counterfactual history, it is distinct from it. The latter term is used by historians to refer to the academic, non-literary, question “what could have happened if . . .”.
Now please don’t take the above as prescriptive or proscriptive. We understand that boundaries are vague, definitions are fuzzy, and the distinction between an alternate history and a counterfactual may be entirely in the eye of the beholder. But whatever voice you write in, please keep in mind that first and foremost we are looking for stories about characters.

Also, though alternate history originated as a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy and may incorporate tropes like the many-worlds theory, parallel universes, time travel, mysticism and magic, these are notrequirements. Use them if you want to, don’t use them if you don’t. The only speculative element required is the break from history as we know it, and the effect of that break on the Jewish people.

THE KIND OF THEMES WE MIGHT EXPLORE:

Please don’t take these as prescriptive or proscriptive either, the whole canvas of Jewish history is open to you—Biblical, historical and mythological:
What if • the Holocaust had never happened?
What if • Joseph’s brothers had not sold him into slavery in Egypt?
What if • The State of Israel had been established in Uganda? Or Germany?
What if • Jesus’ followers had not broken with Judaism?
What if • The Jews had proselytized their faith door-to-door for a thousand years?
What if • The Romans had not destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple?
What if • Judaism became the dominant Western religion, but was riven by conflicts between the Temple priesthood and reformist rabbis who put the Torah and prayer before Temple ritual and sacrifice?
What if • The Spanish Inquisition had never occurred?
What if • Napoleon had not smashed down Europe’s ghetto walls?
What if • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were reality . . . in some other universe?

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Andrea D. Lobel has been a writer and editor for over a decade, winning two awards for her work.
An ordained rabbi and university lecturer, she holds an M.A. in Religious Studies (McGill University), and a Ph.D. in Religion (Concordia University), specializing in the history of religion and science, astronomy and religion, celestial mythologies, calendars, magic, and religious authority in Judaism, as well as in the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern context.
Her book, Under a Censored Sky: Astronomy and Rabbinic Authority in the Talmud Bavli and Related Literature, is forthcoming from Brill Publishers in 2018–19.

Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the acclaimed comics series Northguard and Angloman with Gabriel Morrissette. Northguard has recently been revived by Chapterhouse Comics in Toronto.
In addition to writing comics, Mark has published science fiction in various magazine and anthology markets including On Spec and Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic. As an editor, he co-edited Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas with John Dupuis in 1998 and Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen in 2016 with Claude Lalumière.
Mark shared an Aurora Award with John Dupuis in 1999 for Arrowdreams, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.
Mark and Andrea live in Ottawa with their daughter.
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<![CDATA[UNAUTHORIZED TURKISH REWRITE OF DRACULA FROM 1928 TO BE PUBLISHED BY NEON HARBOR]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMThttp://gingernutsofhorror.com/news/unauthorized-turkish-rewrite-of-dracula-from-1928-to-be-published-by-neon-harbor
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A bizarre, alternate version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, inaccessible for decades, will be made available for the first time in English by Neon Harbor Entertainment. Neon Harbor will publish DRACULA IN ISTANBUL: THE UNAUTHORIZED VERSION OF THE GOTHIC CLASSIC on September 13, 2017. The book features a new foreword by Anno Draculaauthor Kim Newman, an introduction by translation scholar Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar, an afterword on the rare 1953 movie adaptation by film scholar Iain Robert Smith, and several rare photos from the film. DRACULA IN ISTANBUL will be available in paperback and ebook editions via draculainistanbul.com.

In 1928, Turkish author and poet Ali Rıza Seyfioğlu not only translated Stoker’s novel, but transformed it. He relocated the action from London to Istanbul, compressed the story, added new material—including completely original scenes and a substantial amount of Turkish nationalism—and traded Christianity for Islam. The resulting book was published as Kazıklı Voyvoda and credited to Seyfioğlu as his original work, its title meaning “The Impaler Prince.”

In Seyfioğlu’s story, a modern Istanbul is threatened by the invasion of the ancient vampire Dracula, and three veterans of the Turkish War of Independence are forced to avenge their nation against its hereditary enemy.
As the title suggests, Kazıklı Voyvoda establishes Dracula’s true identity as the historical warlord Vlad the Impaler—the first adaptation ever to do so. This choice allowed Seyfioğlu to retell the story from the unique perspective of a people once routed by the real-life Dracula.

Impressed by the book’s literary and historical value—and simply eager to read it for himself—editor and Neon Harbor owner Ed Glaser worked with Necip Ateş, a professional translator based in Turkey, to make this unique Dracula counterpart available for the first time outside its native language.

“I was surprised that it had never been translated before,” said Glaser. “So I contacted universities and Turkish studies organizations about creating an English language edition, but none were able to offer any resources to make it happen. So I figured, ‘if no one else will do it, I will.’ And I reached out to Necip, who was game for it. It’s a fascinating book, and I’m delighted to be able to make it available for other fans and scholars to read.”

For more information about DRACULA IN ISTANBUL, including a book trailer and image gallery, visit draculainistanbul.com.

Ed Glaser is a Telly Award-winning filmmaker and film historian. He has written numerous essays on Turkish remake cinema and has been interviewed on the subject for CNN and the BBC.
Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar is a Professor in the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She is the author of The Politics and Poetics of Translation in Turkey, 1923-1960.

Kim Newman is an award-winning writer, critic, journalist, and broadcaster. His horror novels and short stories have won a number of industry “bests,” including the Bram Stoker Award for his best-selling Anno Dracula.

Ali Rıza Seyfioğlu (1879-1958) was a Turkish translator, novelist, historian and poet. The author of some 29 books, his writing frequently featured nationalist themes.

Iain Robert Smith is Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. He is author of The Hollywood Meme: Transnational Adaptations in World Cinema, and co-editor of Transnational Film Remakes and Media Across Borders.


About Neon Harbor Entertainment
Neon Harbor Entertainment is a six-time Telly Award-winning independent media producer. Past projects include the first English-language version of the Turkish “Rambo” rip-off, Rampage. Currently it produces “Deja View,” an online video series showcasing other unauthorized foreign remakes of popular Hollywood films. DRACULA IN ISTANBUL is Neon Harbor’s first book. For more ​about Neon Harbor, visit neonharbor.com.
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