Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fresh Blood: New Releases In the World of Horror

In Book News:

Greg F. Gifune has been called “the best kept secret in dark fiction.” Yet Gifune’s work has been published all over the world, and his already considerable readership grows daily. Books like KINGDOM OF SHADOWS, CHILDREN OF CHAOS, JUDAS GOAT, LONG AFTER DARK and SAYING UNCLE have garnered consistent praise. Isn’t it time YOU got in on the secret?

by Greg F. Gifune

Recovering from an unthinkably violent trauma, Marcus Banyon comes to perceive a different reality. Have his eyes been opened to forces long hidden from the rest of humanity, or has he suffered a psychotic break as his doctors suggest? As he retreats to an isolated chalet with his also-recovering wife and his oldest friend, Marc’s visions lead them to an ancient mythology steeped in mystery and deception … and to a trio of sinister beings who hold the fate of the world in their hands.

Greg F. Gifune’s new existential thriller GARDENS OF NIGHT is the premier release from UNINVITED BOOKS, an independent press dedicated to restoring the mantle of literary distinction to dark fiction. Visit Uninvited Books to become one of the Uninvited and learn more about GARDENS OF NIGHT.

by Guido Henkel

Launched in January, "Jason Dark" is a dime novel series in the vein of the old classic monster movies. As such the style is very retro and may feel like a pair of comfortable jeans. Playing Victorian England, it revolves around Jason Dark, a fearless and resourceful ghost hunter, that follows in the mold of Sherlock Holmes combined with Randall Garrett's Lord D'Arcy. While using familiar themes and visuals, the story also tries to put a spin on various myths and genre stereotypes. Filled with plot twist and furious action, they are somewhat sensational mysteries, just the way classic dime novels used to be, and hopefully I will be able to find an audience that enjoys this sort of fast-paced entertainment on-the-go. Working on a monthly release schedule, since the initial launch in January I have already released four new adventures, "Ghosts Templar," "Heavens on Fire," "Dr. Prometheus" and the brand new ghost story, "From a Watery Grave."

Each adventure is 64 pages long and sells for $2.99 in a large variety of formats, such as a printed booklet, PDF and just about every eBook reader format in the market.


Volume 1: Demon's Night

A series of bizarre deaths leaves the victims unnaturally desiccated and decaying, sending Jason Dark into the dangerous world of the London dockyards in search of a supernatural murderer. But is the paranormal investigator prepared to duel a full-fledged demon on a Hell-bent mission to create chaos and catastrophe throughout the earth, a fiend determined to wreak more death and destruction than his even more ominous Master?

ISBN: 978-0-9843891-0-0

Volume 2: Theater of Vampires

When stage magic isn't what it seems, Jason Dark turns to an old friend for help. Explore the shadows of the Victorian Theater with London's most famous Geisterjäger as he confronts a horror beyond anything yet confronted. "Theater of Vampires" is a story of betrayal, discovery, and horror in the tradition of the Grand Guignol. The only admission price needed is your courage.

ISBN: 978-0-9843891-1-7

Volume 3: Ghosts Templar

A well-known police acquaintance asks Jason Dark to discreetly look into the case of a missing Chief Constable, which is out of Scotland Yard's jurisdiction. When Dark and Siu Lin arrive in Swanage, however, they find that the quaint English seaside village hides more than its share of horrible secrets. "Ghosts Templar" is filled with ruined castles, ghostly hoof beats in the night, and a series of macabre murders, which swirl amidst rumors that undead knights have awakened to exact a bloody revenge. Investigate if you dare.

ISBN: 978-0-9843891-2-4

Volume 4: Heavens on Fire

When our world becomes a mere pawn in an epic battle between Heaven and Hell, Jason Dark faces a challenge that threatens to shatter the very fabric of reality. As immortal angels die and harbingers of death and destruction escape the fiery pits of hell itself, the Geisterjäger and his companions receive a desperate call for help! Will they be able to save mankind in the face of an onslaught of demons or will our fate burn as brightly as the streets of London?

ISBN: 978-0-9843891-3-1

Volume 5: Dr. Prometheus

After the passage of the Anatomy Act, surgeons have access to legally obtained corpses. Yet a few individuals persist in making their illicit living from grave-robbing. And what exactly is the research of the mysterious Dr. Prometheus, who purchases these dead bodies? Could it have any connection to the wild stories regarding re-animated corpses shuffling about in some of the seedier areas of London? When Scotland Yard's finest are baffled, Jason Dark is called in to investigate, not realizing the dangers that lie in wait even for a seasoned investigator of the occult.

ISBN: 978-0-9843891-4-8

Volume 6: From a Watery Grave

A quaint seaside town seems the ideal place for an English summer holiday. Little do its inhabitants suspect, that a century-old curse is about to throw their idyllic existence into turmoil and terror. Wraith-like, the black ghosts of undead mariners spread their cloak of horror over Pegwell Bay, the lure of their cursed gold too much for most to resist. Can Jason Dark and Siu Lin find the key to unlock their secrets and lift the curse from beyond the grave before more innocent townspeople die, or will some villainous trickery put even their own lives in jeopardy?

ISBN: 978-0-9843891-5-5


This month has quite a few noteworthy releases in horror, fantasy and thriller categories of film.

Release date: July 01, 2010
Starring: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Jessica Jade Andres
M. Night Shyamalan brings forward the popular television cartoon series to the big screen with state of the art visual effects. Let’s see if Shyamalan can move on from his thrillers with a twist into the crowded epic fantasy category.

Release date: July 09, 2010
Starring: Manuela Velasco, Leticia Dolera, Juli Fabregas, Jonathan Mellor
Set immediately after the first film, a swat team is sent into the condemned apartment building to contain the virus and to determine what happened. The first REC was suspenseful and had a great horror element which leaves me all giddy inside for this new one.

Release date July 09, 2010
Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace
This reboot of the popular Predators films originally made famous by the Governator receives the Robert Rodriguez treatment as he produced and wrote this new take on the predator mythology.

Release date July 16, 2010
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
This all-star cast is joined with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan in this film which follows a professional whose job is to steal secrets deep within the unconscious minds of his targets.

--Steven M. Duarte

In other news,
George Romero is remaking Dario Argento’s Deep Red in 3D
George Romero and Dario Argento have known each other for a while. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead was financed by Argento in exchange for international distribution rights. Argento decided to cut his own version of the film for the European market, changing it quite a bit in the process. Romero felt like Argento never really understood the film. The two later directed halves of the film Two Evil Eyes. Romero might return the Dawn of the Dead recut ‘favor’ by remaking Argento’s Deep Red (aka The Hatchet Murders, aka Profundo Rosso) in 3D.
Variety says Romero is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to direct the remake, which is being set up as an Italian-Canadian co-production. Despite Dario Argento not being involved with the remake, Dario’s brother Claudio Argento who wrote the script, is producing.
Deep Red is not Argento’s most famous film however it’s often regarded as his best. The soundtrack is by Goblin, a band that has done several Argento soundtracks.
George Romero might be able to come up with set pieces to match Argento’s originals but is 3D really the way to go with this movie? Deep Red is going to be hard to top, or even match with its cinematography that is classic Argento. I guess we will have to wait and see.

--Carey Copeland