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Magazine Review: The Dark Side – Issue 153

Dark Side 153

The Dark Side Issue 153 Ghoulish Publishing Editor: Allan Bryce Allan Bryce and the writers on the Dark Side team continue to make my job here very difficult. I mean, a review is supposed to weigh up the good and bad and present it to the readers so that they may form their own opinions of whether something is worth the cover price. However, when it comes to each issue of The Dark Side, it’s … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: Lunchmeat – Issue 7


Magazine review: LunchMeat Issue 7 Editor in Chief: Josh Schafer (Independent Publication) You know, sometimes the passion and excitement for a subject can really reinvigorate your own. When you find material by someone who really understands what makes certain fans tick, it’s impossible not to get caught up in it. Lunchmeat magazine is just such a publication. Lunchmeat is as close to perfect as it’s possible for a zine to get. Professionally designed and printed … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: The Dark Side – Issue 152

Dark Side 152

THE DARK SIDE ISSUE 152 GHOULISH PUBLISHING EDITOR: ALLAN BRYCE Each successive issue of The Dark Side is seeing the magazine go from strength to strength. The title is showing up in more retailers than ever in its history, and that’s a testament both to the hard work of editor Allan Bryce and the extremely high standard of the content. Continuing the magazine’s run of themed issues, issue 152 is largely all about revisiting the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Containment – Author Sean Schubert

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CONTAINMENT: ALASKAN UNDEAD APOCALYPSE BOOK II Author: Sean Schubert Permuted Press Picking up after the first book, INFECTION, left off, CONTAINMENT is another feather in the cap of Permuted Press and an admirable continuation of a series which is shaping up to be an extremely satisfying zombie saga from author Sean Schubert. As well as sharing a surname with an iconic and wonderful composer, Schubert has a talent for making you keep turning the pages, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Infection – Author Sean Schubert


INFECTION: ALASKAN UNDEAD APOCALYPSE BOOK I Author: Sean Schubert Permuted Press We’re starting to see the other side of the zombie fixation now, with the world starting to move on a bit from the obsession with zombies that has gripped popular culture for the past few years. The thing is, this is happening because the zombies that are being offered by various media are very standard creatures that we’ve seen a million times before. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 151


It was always going to be a tough job for The Dark Side to follow up issues like their spectacular Hammer and Amicus specials, but while issue 151 isn’t quite the classic that other recent issues have been, it’s still brilliant. This one is centred on the Scream Queens phenomenon, and thus it’ll be an issue which divides opinion somewhat. I really enjoyed it, as ever, but there are some glaring omissions from the lineup … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lords of Night – Author Thom Brannan


Lords of Night: An Apocalyptic Novel Author: Thom Brannan Permuted Press Lords of Night has one of the coolest covers I’ve seen on a genre novel in years. Just look at that art. Brilliant. It’s a good thing the book itself lives up to the promise of its cover. Author Thom Brannan was unfamiliar to me before reading this, but I will most definitely check out future titles from him. Mixing all manner of tropes … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: Dark Side Magazine – Issue 150

Dark Side 150

THE DARK SIDE – ISSUE 150 Editor: Allan Bryce Ghoulish Publishing The series of ‘Special’ issues that The Dark Side is currently going through, with each issue largely dedicated to one major subject, is paying dividends for both the reader and the magazine itself. This latest issue is an AMICUS special, and is every bit as in-depth as the previous specials (and works very well as a follow-up to their earlier Hammer special issue). The … Continue reading

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Permuted Press: Making the Apocalypse Fun


It’s all very well to be critical of the output of publishers and movie studios, but sometimes some simple praise is needed. Permuted Press deserve some kudos for what they’ve been doing in recent times for horror fiction. Be they printed or ebooks, the releases from Permuted Press offer a different take on the apocalyptic fiction which has seeped into the horror genre over the past decade. Zombies have been all the rage for a … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: Death Wound Horror Zine – Vol 1


DEATH WOUND HORROR ZINE – VOLUME ONE Independent Release Now THIS is how you make a zine. DIY zines may seem like a thing of the past to a lot of people, but with the rise in interest in classic horror, VHS collecting and genre appreciation, it’s good to see underground print magazines starting to resurface a bit more. This 72 page monster is a superb starting point for this title, offering material on films … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 149


THE DARK SIDE – Issue 149 Ghoulish Publishing Editor: Allan Bryce Behind yet another beautifully evocative painted cover lies issue 149 of the UK’s longest running horror movie magazine, and it is going from strength to strength. This latest issue is an Indie Horror Special, and as ever features a wealth of material for fans of both the classic and contemporary eras of the genre we love. Interviews this issue include Woman In Black/Kick Ass/X-Men: … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Tropics – Author Sue Edge


DEAD TROPICS By Sue Edge Permuted Press Finding originality in the zombie fiction genre is becoming quite a difficult task, but Permuted Press continue to find authors who are able to take a very hackneyed concept (the dead returning to life to feast on/massacre/infect the living) and create some very compelling stories.One such story is DEAD TROPICS by Sue Edge, which takes a look at the usual survival tropes through the eyes of a mother … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 145


THE DARK SIDE – ISSUE 145 Ghoulish Publishing Editor- Allan Bryce UK magazine The Dark Side is going from strength to strength with this new era of its publication, and while some may point out the new layout and design evokes the old Fangoria style, the content sets it apart from a lot of other horror magazines. Despite a dark period prior to its original cancellation in which the title had a great number of … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 148


The Dark Side Magazine issue 148 Editor: Allan Bryce Ghoulish Publishing Just when it seemed this iteration of The Dark Side couldn’t get any better, here is issue 148, and it’s an absolute feast for classic horror fans. Billed as a Hammer Horror Special, almost the entire issue os taken up by some truly sterling material on the legendary studio and its legions of films. The central piece to this exemplary issue of the magazine … Continue reading

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Top 10 Horror Films That Could Be Remade Effectively


Look, I’m not a fan of remakes. They tend to be rather pedestrian affairs with only the slightest amount of the originals’ power, and as such most are utter nonsense. Case in point would be remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Amityville Horror, The Grudge, One Missed Call and any number of others in recent years. The thing is, despite both critical reactions and box-office numbers being pretty lousy, … Continue reading


Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 147


The Dark Side Magazine – issue 147 Editor: Allan Bryce Ghoulish Publishing It’s always a pleasure to see The Dark Side’s gaudy painted covers on the shelves, and it’s an even greater pleasure to discover the magazine is continuing to go from strength to strength in terms of content. This latest issue features another slew of features on mainly classic titles and filmmakers, but that’s no bad thing. New releases are still covered in the … Continue reading


Book Review: Pavlov’s Dog’s – Authors D.L. Snell | Thomas Brannan


Pavlov’s Dogs Authors D.L. Snell and Thomas Brannan Permuted Press Werewolves! Zombies! Armageddon! Now there’s a good tagline. This is a wonderfully engrossing and satisfying book which has all the hallmarks of a classic horror novel, whilst mixing two beloved beasts in one tale. Despite its title, it’s not about physiologist Ivan Pavlov and his investigations into the gastric workings of dogs, which is probably a good thing. This is a dark and action-packed story … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation – Authors David Houchins | Scot Thomas


Zombie Apocalypse Preparation: How to Survive in an Undead World and Have Fun Doing It! Authors: David Houchins and Scot Thomas Permuted Press Oh yes, thank you very much indeed, David and Scot, for putting this delightful thing out there. “Zombie Apocalypse Preparation: How to Survive in an Undead World and Have Fun Doing It!” is a wonderfully entertaining, funny and observant book which does exactly what it says in the title, albeit with a … Continue reading


Suspiria Remake Moving Forward – Are You Kidding?


David Gordon Green, the director of such fare as, uh, Pineapple Express, has been trying to get a remake of Dario Argento’s legendary SUSPIRIA off the ground for a while now, and according to a post over at Deadline, Crime Scene Pictures are now fully backing the project and it is due to shoot in September. Why is this film even being considered? Why would such an iconic, perfect genre film which is very much … Continue reading


Chloë Grace Moretz – The New Carrie?


It’s been reported by Fangoria and elsewhere that Chloë Grace Moretz is to take on the role of the telekinetic title character in a new screen version of Stephen King’s breakthrough novel, “Carrie”. So the poorly received sequel and the even more poorly received TV version didn’t tell them anything? And while Chloë is cool, she’s nothing like the Carrie in King’s novel, unless she puts on a hell of a lot of weight and … Continue reading

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What Makes a Perfect Horror Soundtrack?


While the psychos and the scream queens get most of the press, there is much more to creating a great horror film than the visual aspect. The horror soundtrack is an art form in its own right, and there are many collectors out there who crave the very finest examples of the genre, almost to the point of mania. But what does make a perfect horror movie soundtrack? In recent years there has been the … Continue reading


About Andrew Hawnt

As well as, Andrew writes for the UK's POWERPLAY ROCK AND METAL MAGAZINE and film geek site WEEKLY GEEK SPEAK. He is the author of books such as VHS ATE MY BRAIN, BAGGED AND BOARDED: LIFE ON PLANET GEEK, the novels A STOLEN FATE, ROGUE SOUL and several other titles. Andrew lives in Nottingham, UK. You can find him on Twitter as @andrewhawnt