As Halloween approaches, here’s a rundown of the 13 most frightening vampires, monsters and madmen to appear in horror films and TV shows – and which might well be knocking on your door on the night of October 31st!
Diana in Lights Out
This year’s horror hit, based on an acclaimed short film with millions of views on YouTube, features a nasty nightcrawler called Diana, who creeps towards her victims in the dark. It is nerve-shredding stuff. So whatever you do this Halloween, keep the lights on.
First up, thanks so much to Jim McLeod for giving me the chance to chat here about Crow Shine. It’s an exciting time, having my first collected volume of short fiction published. After six novels, it’s a good feeling to have something that feels like a first book again. Putting together a collection is also a uniquely difficult task.
I’ve had over 70 short fiction publications through my career so far, and narrowing that number down to the best is tough. It’s also incredibly subjective, so having a great editor on board, in this case Russell B Farr from Ticonderoga Publications, was a boon. The initial cull was straightforward enough. While I write across horror, fantasy and sci-fi, this is a collection of the cream of my dark fantasy and horror stories. Stuff I usually refer to as the dark weird fantastic. There's magic and monsters, there's revenge and consequences, there's wonder and darkness. And hopefully a few thrills along the way.
To celebrate the official launch of Train to Busan, ( released 28 October ) Ginger Nuts of Horror is proud to bring you our top ten of travel horror. Whether it's a leisurely day trip or a trans-continental journey across Europe, travelling has never been more fraught with danger and death. From flesh eating zombies to demonic motor vehicles, it looks as though we would all be better off staying indoors. Read on for our top ten favourite transport themed horrors, please comment with your favourite examples of transport themed horror films.
In Ginger Nuts of Horror's never ending search to bring you the latest and greatest from the world horror, we stumbled across this great little Game - Camp Sunshine. Most of you who read this site will remember the glory days of 16 bit video gaming. Where gameplay and story reigned supreme.
Camp Sunshine is a 16-bit blood-soaked Horror RPG that pits you as Jez, who is dropped off at Summer Camp. He awakes in the middle of the night to discover blood everywhere, a rampaging killer on the loose dressed in a mascot costume and himself involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse!
You can purchase Camp Sunshine from Steam by clicking here
To celebrate the release of Gods of Egypt out on Blu-ray and DVD on the 24th October, we explore some of the most epic and memorable mythological beasts and Monsters that have appeared in Hollywood cinema. Read on for our top six countdown of cinemas biggest and baddest scene smashing monsters of mayhem and destruction.
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Win a terror-filled weekend in Bram Stoker’s Whitby AND get a Horror DVD Movie absolutely FREE
It’s going to be Bram Stoker’s birthday on November 8th and to celebrate Safecracker Pictures have devised this bone chilled offer: We are giving away a horror-filled weekend in Whitby. This terror…ific prize includes two nights at the spooky Bats and Broomsticks Bed and Breakfast. And that’s not all… you get FREE entrance to Whitby Abbey and FREE tickets to the Dracula Experience and the Whitby Dracula Society Walk.
And it doesn’t end there….you will also be able to purchase Dracula:The Impaler on DVD at a 25% discount and get The House of Good and Evil absolutely Free! (Just enter your discount code).
All you have to do to enter the prize draw is to sign up to the Safecracker Pictures Newsletter ( by clicking on the image above) and we can keep you updated on all the upcoming Safecracker Horror film releases and then you’ll have the chance to purchase the bone-chilling DVD: Dracula: The Impaler and get House of Good and Evil absolutely FREE! Good Luck!
Prize to be drawn on 8th Nov 2016.
Ah, that difficult second Con.
This time, it will be different. I’ve gotten prepared, that’s the thing. I’ve downloaded onto my Google calendar all the events I want to make it to - even added the location into the title so I know which hotel I’m going to be in. I’ve got a Panel on Saturday afternoon, a reading Saturday evening, and another panel Sunday afternoon. I will be focussed. I will be disciplined. I will got to every launch I want to get to, every panel and interview I want to see. I will go to bed at a sensible time on Friday, and I will not drink on Saturday until I finish my reading at 11:30pm. Last year, I got overwhelmed and rolled over by the sheer scale of the event, star struck and bobbing like a cork on the tides of fate. Not this time. This time, FCon, I am wise to you. This time, I’m in the driving seat.
You can already see where this is going.
So I arrived on Friday afternoon, made it into the lobby of the Grand, and waited with the bags while Vix (who was insanely kind enough to swing by MK on the way past to pick me up) parked up.
In contrast to general opinion, I rather enjoyed Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels. Certainly not the book I or anyone was expecting; far, far, far from Barker's best work, but one I cannot deny taking some adolescent thrill from (I believe I described it as the literary equivalent of a ghost train ride in my initial review).
That said, I am under no delusions as to its short-comings; all of the criticisms that have been levelled at it elsewhere on this site (and others) are true and then some. It is inconsistent, comic-book in tone and heft, ducks and dives all over the place without ever centring or focussing on a clean or definite through-line (so far removed from any of Barker's previous works, it has led many to question just how involved in its production the man actually was).
Which criticisms beg the question: How would I have done it better?