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Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 151

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Magazine Review: The Dark Side Magazine – Issue 147

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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

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

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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

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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

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Suspiria Remake Moving Forward – Are You Kidding?

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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

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Chloë Grace Moretz – The New Carrie?

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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?

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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

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Book Review: Rise – Author Gareth Woods

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RISE By Gareth Wood Permuted Press  Amidst the wave of post apocalyptic zombie novels currently flooding the market, there are sure to be some real gems. This is just such a book, and is very probably one of the best yet. Wood’s book takes the form of diary entries, which he wrote on the dates they take place as a hobby, without the intention of ever publishing the material for outside consumption. Thus, there are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beyond the Barriers – Author Timothy Long

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BEYOND THE BARRIERS Author: Timothy Long Permuted Press And the zombie fiction juggernaut thunders on with another addition to the genre. This time it’s by Timothy Long, and has the potential to be a better book than many of your run-of-the-mill zombie yarns. Once again we’re stuck with the damn first person narrative though, which is getting more annoying as time goes on. That aside, Beyond The Barriers has a great deal working in its … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Undead Situation – Author Eloise J. Knapp

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The Undead Situation Eloise J. Knapp Permuted Press I don’t know about you, but I’m really getting tired of genre novels written in the first person. Genre novels, for the most part, work best when the story unfolds via an unaffected third person narrative. The first person narrative is great for getting a sense of character across, but not so great for moving the story along. This is the case here with The Undead Situation. … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: The Darkside Magazine – Issue 144

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THE DARK SIDE – ISSUE 144 Ghoulish Publishing Editor- Allan Bryce Being able to pick up new issues of The Dark Side is still an exciting prospect for me. The magazine’s return to publication and return to mainstream outlets has pleased me greatly, and thus it pleases me even more that the standard of the magazine continues to improve and grow. This latest issue is an essential purchase for any horror movie fan, possibly even … Continue reading

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Human Centipede 2 to get UK Release After All

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Oh come on BBFC, make your minds up! Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is going to get a UK release after all, despite the film being banned outright recently. The BBFC stated before that the film was relentlessly obscene and that no amount of cuts would ever make it suitable for release, and yet here we are with the news that the film has now been passed by the board with an 18 certificate after … Continue reading

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About Andrew Hawnt

As well as Horrornews.net, 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 novel A STOLEN FATE and several others. Andrew lives in Nottingham, UK. You can find him on Twitter as @andrewhawnt