Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fresh Blood: New Releases In the World of Horror

compiled by Nickolas Cook and Steven M. Duarte

In book news:

Quirk books (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and others) contacted our staff writer Brian M. Sammons to let all our Horrorheads know that they're offering a whopping 15% discount on their online store merchandise, found here:

Please be sure to use this code for the discount: QLAUNCHPROMO to score 15% off.

"15% of the net sale price for products will be deducted when the coupon code QLAUNCHPROMO is applied at checkout. The net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). For Zazzle Custom Stamps, the net sale price is the difference between the price of the Zazzle Custom Stamps (excluding shipping and taxes) and the face value of the postage.

Offer is valid through December 31, 2010 at 11:59pm PT. This offer does not apply to past purchases and may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers. If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. Offer valid on only."


(courtesy of Quirk Classics Books and Brian M. Sammons)


--Last night I heard the deathwatch
ticking in the wall--

--Oliver Goldsmith

Shadowfall Publications will be releasing Lisa Mannetti's newest collection called DEATHWATCH which is comprised of two new novellas, both set in the 19th century.

In the first work, Dissolution, Stuart Granville is a would-be medical student from the South who's been sent down for drinking and believes he's heading north to Hyde Park, New York to tutor twin girls. Instead, he discovers that his charges, Abby and Eleanor, not only have never been to school of any kind, but that they are Siamese twins their father, a doctor with grandiose dreams, means to separate surgically, taking advantage of Stuart's expertise and his vulnerability--as well as the supernatural forces at work in the house itself.

In The Sheila Na Gig, Tom Smith is on a ship in steerage and bound for New York from his native Ireland after facing down the the constraints imposed by his family, overcoming the loss of his first love, circumventing his grandmother's wiles and occult knowledge, and trying to save his younger, mentally challenged sister, Delia, from both witchcraft and sexual abuse.

The collection, to be released the second week of December 2010, will be available in all E Book formats (and even if you don't have an E reader you can purchase it and read it on your computer.) Moreover, Shadowfall guarantees that no matter where you purchase any of their titles or whichever reader you use down the line, they will ensure you have copies of the book(s) formatted for that reader--and at no additional charge.


The Battle Between Good And Evil Will Be Fought
On A New Front!

Jason Dark: Ghost Hunter
Tackles Bad Economy With Lower Price

For A Limited Time, The First Volume
In The Multi-Format Dime Novel Series Is Available
For 99 Cents!

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thunder Peak Publishing, a division of international content developer G3 Studios, today announced the price reduction of the digital version of “Demon's Night”, the first volume in the Jason Dark: Ghost Hunter series of dime novels. Since its launch earlier this year, the series has steadily built a catalog of stories, exploring a wide variety of action-packed encounters for the super sleuth Jason Dark to solve.

“With the repricing of the first Jason Dark adventure, we are hoping to open the series up to new readers,” series creator and writer Guido Henkel said. “With the economy in shambles, every penny counts and we wanted to introduce Jason Dark to eBook readers who might so far have been undecided.”

Set amid the sinister, fog-shrouded streets of Victorian England, eight volumes of the Jason Dark supernatural mysteries have been released to date. Mirek Lipinski of Fanta Terror acclaimed the series as "sheer, joyous brilliance," and Fangoria's Chris Alexander declared it "a briskly paced pulp fiction throwback full of gothic dread and shivery intrigue."

“Demon’s Night” is available at the new reduced 99 cent price point for a limited time until the end of the year as an eBook at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, and Smashwords.

Your encounter with the extraordinary awaits! For more information about Jason Dark and his adventures, check out


In movies, we have two highly anticipated film releases, one from a respected director with some staggeringly beautiful and frightening films to his name, and the other from a very popular book series.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Release date: Nov 19, 2010
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes

I personally stopped following the Harry Potter films after the 3rd one but this entry definitely looks to be the darkest of the films. It really does make sense this would be one of the darkest entries into the series considering the actors are in their 20’s by now.

Black Swan
Release date: Dec 3, 2010
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied
The next film from Darren Aronofsky centers on a ballet student who starts to encounter psychological terrors as she battles a rival for the main part in their ballet. The feel and overall tone reminds me of an old school Italian Thriller which leaves me all giddy inside. Hopefully Aronofsky can deliver.

--Steven M. Duarte