It may not be October yet, but the Halloween season is already upon us. Set the spooky scene with Fright-Rags’ new apparel from Trick ‘r Treat, General Mills Monsters, Stephen King, and Haunters: The Art of the Scare.
Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Morecambe and Wise, Sooty(!), Charles Bronson, Laura Dern, Johnny Rotten, Iggy Pop, Clive Barker… Apart from all being huge stars across various mediums (especially Sooty), they all share one specific thing in common… Barbie Wilde.
“At the Hellbound audition, I met Tony Randel, we had a chat, and the next day, I got the job. It’s funny, because I nearly didn’t go to the audition, as I thought that they were looking for someone to play the Chatterer character and I found that particular Cenobite far too scary in the first film.”
The Liverpool Horror Festival took place in a new venue this year, known as the Invisible Wind Factory which is a re-purposed warehouse, so is really grungy and suitable for a horror festival.
“A celebration of horror!”
The first in a trilogy of novels by Australian author Phil Hore, The Order of the Dragon introduces us to two very different characters: the learned, dryly humorous Amun Galeus, and his hulking friend Sebastian Vulk. While this might sound like standard bickering buddies fare, the novel doesn’t descend into cliché: it’s a fun, pulp horror piece that starts off slow, but once it hits its stride, rockets like a freight train.
“My name is Amun Galeas and it is hard for me to fathom that I now live in an age of instant communication. But then again, I’ve said similar things about many an age for as long as I can remember…”
A cult phenomena has to start somewhere, and as a longtime fan of Hideo Nakata’s horror film Ring (1998) I thought it was about time I delved into the original source material.
Written by Koji Suzuki, his second novel after releasing his debut Rakuen 楽園 (Paradise), Ringu リング, or Ring as it would become known in the west, transformed the landscape of contemporary horror in the 1990s.
“Those who have viewed these images are fated to die at this exact hour one week from now. If you do not wish to die, you must follow these instructions exactly…”
Vampires of Hungary: The Holy Roman Empire is a medieval horror/comedy comic book series written by David Jenkins, and illustrated by the incredibly talented Aan Budi Sulistyo; known for Star Missions. Intended as a five issue series, David Jenkins has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in an effort to fund the first two issues.
“Christ with me. Christ before me. Christ behind me. Christ in me.”
Last year Waxwork Comics released their debut comic book series, House of Waxwork; a rousing horror-anthology series packed with macabre tales of ghouls, ghosts, witchcraft, the occult, the living dead, and revenge! Now Waxwork Comics has released the highly anticipated second issue…
“Don’t feed these books and records after midnight.”
Published throughout 2017 in Popcorn Horror magazine, Rock In Purgatory is a horror comedy comic strip, created, written and illustrated by Rik Jackson, which showcases the outrageous deaths of hapless rockstars. Rik Jackson has now launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, allowing fans to get their hooves on a collected print edition of Rock In Purgatory.
“It was just a case of making sure that the fans would now remember this moment as well.”
The debut issue of Lords of the Cosmos floored fans of science fiction with an incredible homage to the cartoons and toys of the 1980s. Creator Jason Lenox, and UGLI Studios have been hard at work on Lords of the Cosmos #2 which is bigger, badder, and now currently on Kickstarter.
“Lords of the Cosmos is the tale of the exotic planet Aiden, a planet lost to space and time.”
For all you “cockadoodie” Stephen King fans, there’s nothing to worry about. Shh darlings, trust us… Fright-Rags have teamed with artist Robert Giusti to bring the Misery dust jacket from the 1987 novel to t-shirts and hoodies. Fright-Rags’ Creepshow collection is the frosting on the cake. It ain’t meteor shit, you lunkhead!
“Oh, my goodness! Heavens to Betsy!”
The Horror & SciFi Prop Preservation Association (HSPPA) is a nonprofit organisation that aims to preserve film history by bringing screen-used props and wardrobe from genre movies to public settings for fans to see up close and in person. Their upcoming book The HSPPA Volume Two: Planet of the Props will bring the exhibition to you.
“The HSPPA isn’t just a display of objects from movies, it’s a showcase of iconic items that have an incredible meaning to different people.”
This December, Gregory Suicide was released via Dark Horse Books to both brick and mortar, and online comic book stores everywhere. I have my copy, and I suggest you do the same. The hardcover graphic novel is written by Eric Grissom, with artwork by Will Perkins.