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Book Review: Roads Less Traveled – The Plan – Author C. Dulaney

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Roads Less Traveled: The Plan By C. Dulaney Permuted Press Apocalyptic zombie fiction from a very promising author? Yes please. Roads Less Traveled: The Plan may be yet another genre novel told in the first person (this is really bugging me of late), but it’s one that has a superb balance of plot, character, fun and carnage. Getting underway the day after a zombie apocalypse has kicked off, the story follows main characters Kasey and … Continue reading

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Horror On The Kindle: A New Frontier

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The Amazon Kindle (and Kindle apps for Android and iOS devices) has really caught the imagination of a lot of readers around the world, and has given a lot of writers (myself included) a genuine chance to have their work seen by a potentially massive audience who otherwise may have missed out on them altogether. Horror on the Kindle is well represented by a wide variety of writers both new and established, and the possibilities … Continue reading

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Comic Review: Rachel Rising Issue 1 – Author | Artist Terry Moore

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RACHEL RISING Issue 1 Writer/Artist: Terry Moore Abstract Studio After the gripping epic science fiction series ECHO, Terry Moore (the man who also created the magnificent Strangers in Paradise) is back with a journey into yet another genre with the first issue of RACHEL RISING, a new horror series. This first chapter in the story really does whet your appetite for what is to come, and acts very much like a movie trailer does. Not … Continue reading

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A Nightmare on the big Screen – A Retrospect on the film and remake

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It would appear that the mighty Freddy Krueger is about to be beaten by his greatest nemesis of all: Apathy. Initial reviews of the remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street are not all that favourable, and each new one I see seems to cement the opinion that this was a big mistake even further. It was a done deal to bring icons like Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Michael Myers back to the big screen, … Continue reading

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Horror Fandom: Giving Back Some Scares

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Have you ever wanted to create your own horror masterpiece? Have you ever wanted to give something back to the genre that you love and join in the fun? Brilliant. We’re honoured to have you as fellow fans. Seriously, it’s a brave step for any fan to take. There comes a time in many horror fans’ lives in terror when a certain thought occurs; “Now it’s MY turn.” This is how countless much-loved creators got … Continue reading

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Horror Classics: Titles That Never Lose Their Power

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As fans of the horror genre, we find ourselves in something of a unique position. Where many so-called ‘Genre Classics’ in other areas of cinema and literature tend to date and lose some of their lustre (be it due to societal changes in the way issues are perceived, the technology used in the making of the films or whatever), while there are countless examples of horror films that have not only dated well, but retain … Continue reading

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Comic Review: The Stuff of Legend Volumes 1, 2 and 3 – Authors: Various

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The Stuff of Legend Volumes 1, 2 and 3 By Mike Raicht, Brian Smith, Charles Paul Wilson III, John Conkling and Michael DeVito Synopsis A young boy is dragged out of his bedroom by none other than the Boogeyman and taken to a world known as The Dark. His toys come to life and decide they will set out to rescue their owner. However, once they arrive in The Dark, they transform into living, real … Continue reading

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Underworld: What’s Next for Selene

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Now that Underworld: Awakening has been released and bitten into by fans around the world, the question is arising as to where the franchise will go next, if anywhere. While Underworld: Awakening is certainly a complete film in its own right, the story is left wide open for a fifth instalment. Questions are left unanswered, a few plot points are left unresolved, and all seems to be in place for another adventure. In some ways, … Continue reading

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Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Banned In UK

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It has been stated by the BBFC that The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, has been refused a certification and thus cannot be legally released in the UK. The sequel to the recent horror hit is stylistically different from the first, in that it uses the first film as a piece of fiction rather than actual events. In it, the main character becomes “sexually obsessed” with the film and replicating the onscreen horrors. The full … Continue reading

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Shaun of the Dead – A Masterclass in Longevity

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Once more, an evening has been most enhanced by a viewing of Shaun of the Dead. It’s a film that continues to improve with age, and is still a very long way away from having its delights dulled by the passage of time. The amazing thing is that it came out seven years ago (already? Crikey), and that no matter how many times it finds itself on our screen, it still entertains and grips us. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Darkened Corner – Author Tom Hamilton

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The DARKENED CORNER By Tom Hamilton Philistine Press This dark thriller fits into the horror genre more from its atmosphere and unsettling style rather than the amount of violence. A unique mix of biography and narrative, this intriguing novella follows seventeen years in the life of the main character, an Irish traveler with a knack for narrative. It provides a stylish read for those with a taste for material that evokes the work of David … Continue reading

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Giallo: The Dawn of A New Wave?

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There are dark and strange things afoot, which for folks like us is a wonderful thing. Something is bubbling back up to the surface of the moviegoing consciousness, something special. With films such as Black Swan and Amer in recent times bringing a sense of surreal and artistic nastiness to a film climate awash with torture p*rn and artless schlock, are we seeing the resurgence of the Giallo tropes that made that first wave of … Continue reading

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The Dark Side: Welcome Back To The Shelves

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The Dark Side, The UK’s longest-running horror magazine, is back on the shelves again in what would appear to be something of a spectacular rebirth. The previous incarnation of the magazine vanished due to financial issues brought on by the recession, but it has recently been reborn by scene stalwart Allan Bryce, but this time it is without the assistance of Ken Mills, who has sadly passed away recently. The Dark Side is a magazine … Continue reading

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Scream Is Back. What Could Return Next?

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So Scream 4 is here and we are once again in a world where Ghostface is asking people what their favourite scary movie is. Yeah, it’s a sequel, but it’s wonderful that the series didn’t go down the reboot/remake route. Surely there are other franchises out there that are due another sequel? And let’s be serious, no DVD sequels. As much as I enjoy cheap DVD sequels, they rarely do the source movies justice. So, … Continue reading

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Freddy And Jason: No New Nightmares Or Fridays?

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The ominous silence from Platinum Dunes regarding any sequels to their remakes of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street was broken when producer Brad Fuller spilled some details on Twitter. Fuller stated that a script is ready for a new Friday the 13th movie, but so far there’s little movement from New Line Cinema to make it. As for Freddy Krueger getting another outing any time soon, he said that there’s not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Eaten Alive! Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies – Author Jay Slater

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Eaten Alive! Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies Edited/Co-written by Jay Slater Published by Plexus Books, 2006 255 pages US 19.95, UK 14.99 Think you know everything there is to know about the Italian zombie and Cannibal movies that made up such a fascinating chunk of horror history? Think again! This edition of this excellent book was originally released in 2006, and while the mentions of the modern era are a little dated now, the wealth … Continue reading

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Hellraiser: How can the series get back on track?

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Hellraiser: Revelations, the ninth movie in the series inspired by Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart, has completed principal photography (in just 13 days of actual shooting time… yikes). A cut exists already, and the flick will hit DVD next year. Will it bring some fans back to a franchise that many have left for dead? Possibly. While the film was apparently rushed into production due to the impending end of the license on the … Continue reading

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Horror Fandom: Halloween Shenanigans

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So yeah, here we are at the time of year where a bunch of people start turning their attention to all things macabre. Well, kind of anyway. Halloween can be fun, with uproarious parties, movie nights, dressing up and all that other good stuff that goes with it. Is is any different for the avid horror fan? A little. This is the time of year that stores are filled with things that ideally we’d like … Continue reading

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Resident Evil Movies – A Guilty Pleasure

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With the recent debut of the Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer, it’s time to look over the series thus far. The thing is, I find it hard to look at these films with a critic’s eye, as I can’t help but enjoying them for what they are big, daft action movies with a horror element. Yes, they do kinda walk all over the games universe they are based on, but not being a gamer myself, I … Continue reading

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Horror Fandom: I Could Do That Better

Come on, we’ve all thought that at some point or other. When sitting in front of some less-than-brilliant horror flick. It’s a natural reaction. We all think we can do better. Thankfully, there are those amongst us that are actually going that extra step further and getting out of their chairs and making something themselves. We’re in an age where movie lovers are able to shoot and edit their own movies to a pretty high … Continue reading

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Horror Fandom: Spreading The Disease

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As fans of this bloodiest of genres, we are often looked at as a bit mad by other people, and  especially those that a close to us. It can be difficult to explain to others just what we find  so fascinating about the horror genre, and if friends come round for a movie night, it can be  even harder trying to figure out what to show them that won’t have them running and screaming  from … 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