Author Archives: Dave Gammon

Book Review: Haftmann’s Rules – Author Robert White

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HAFTMANN’S RULES By Robert White Grand Mal Press “Blood is like a rainbow, like red violet when it first flows, black in the moon light.” Every now and again a volume of literature is so gritty, so enthralling, so psychologically spell binding we tend to forget what particular genre it slides most neatly into. Robert White’s story of private d*ck Thomas Haftmann and his obsession with solving an increasingly complex case is if nothing else … Continue reading

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Festival Storms Great White North with Chilling Fury

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada As an avid cinematic aficionado since early childhood I’d embraced the opportunity of attending the annual Canadian Film Fest with bedazzled awe. With mixed feelings of neurotic nervousness and preconceived notions the event would serve copious quantities of artsy, pretentious content that would require an interpreter for later translation I walked into the gala ready for anything and everything. My initial impressions could not be further from the truth. Kicking off the … Continue reading

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Interview: Manuel H. Da Silva (The Unleashed, Cycle of Fear )

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UNLEASHING MANUEL H DASILVA Perhaps this year’s most anticipated screening at the annual Canadian Film Fest was Dark House Film’s The Unleashed Mere hours before the festivities commenced I spoke with Manuel Da Silva from his studio on a myriad of topics ranging from the origins of the Ouija board, the future of independent genre films and what makes a truly spine tingling movie experience. DAVE GAMMON: A warm welcome Mr. Da Silva to Horrornews.net. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cemetary Club – Author JG Faherty

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CEMETERY CLUB By JG Faherty Faherty’s latest effort is spell binding terror with a paranormal slant with tons of twists and turns. Often thought provoking and spine tingling several prominent themes are introduced simultaneously. Who wouldn’t love a good ghost, ancestry, paranormal, zombie tale right? Toss in a few skeletons in the closet and it seems we have ourselves a blue print for thrill ride into the mind and imagination of one JG Faherty. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Hunger 2 – Author Eric A Shelman

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DEAD HUNGER 2 THE GEM CARDOZA CHRONICLE By Eric A Shelman A clever, witty sequel pitting our vigilante survivors grappling with the continuous zombie plague in modern American society; it’s within the first person narrative this time from Gem Cardoza’s perspective. For those not yet privy to The Dead Hunger trilogy, Gem is the bad ass, shoot now ask questions later female companion of Flex Sheridan who told his own story in the original. Our … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twice Dead (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: The Cates family is thrilled to learn they have inherited the old mansion of the deranged, stage actor, Tyler Walker. They arrive to discover that the mansion has turned into a playground for a local street gang. But the gang is not all the Cates children have to worry about as Tyler’s ghost makes it known he is not pleased with their intrusion. REVIEW: Directed by: Bert L. Dragin Starring: Tom Bresnahan, Jill Whitlow, … Continue reading

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Film Review: City of The Living Dead (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave REVIEW: Directed by: Lucio Fulci Starring: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlinghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Fabrizio Jovine “The soul that pines for eternity shall out span death. You dweller of the twilight void come Dunwich.” From the get-go we’re served a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Demon of Renaissance Drive – Author Elizabeth Reuter

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DEMON OF RENAISSANCE DRIVE By Elizabeth Reuter Annabelle a succubus nestled comfortably in the confines of eternal damnation is bored and restless. Her primary role is to deliver a multitude of incubus unto the Lord of Darkness. Gestation ordinarily lasts twenty four hours. Feeling a constant void she longs to experience the emotions of a mortal and devises a plan to stow away on a voyage to earth through a possible porthole. Often witty, whimsical … Continue reading

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Film Review: C.H.U.D. 2 – Bud The Chud (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A military experiment to create a race of super-warriors go awry, and legions of murderous zombies are unleased upon a surburan neighborhood. REVIEW: Directed by: David Irving Starring: Ed Naha, Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn Perhaps one of the persecutions fans of horror face the most is their taste in cinema. Make no mistake about it C.H.U.D. will never be confused for an Oscar nominee or acclaimed chiller … Continue reading

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Book Review: 90 Minutes to Live – Editors Joel Kirkpatrick, Bill Patterson

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Journalstone’s 2011 Warped Words – 90 Minutes to Live “There’s a time to live and a time to die When it’s time to meet the maker There’s a time to live, but isn’t it strange As soon as you’re born you’re dying” Bruce Dickinson-Iron Maiden Clairvoyant 1988 A true milestone for any budding author is to pen a tale that forces the reader to re-evaluate their own life and learn something about himself. Granted we … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revenge – Authors Gabrielle Faust and Solomon Schneider

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REVENGE By: Gabrielle Faust and Solomon Schneider Barking Rain Press “Unfortunately there is no place in Hell for insurgents.” Marcus is a prisoner of the mundane. Long lost is his passion for anything aside from consuming countless bourbon after bourbon in his tattered, withered upholstered chair. Submitting to reclusiveness and withdrawn even his live in partner Brenda becomes steadily estranged. One evening he receives a text she’d sent indicating she wouldn’t be home for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hills Have Eyes II (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of dirt bike racers set off on a bus trip to enter a race across the notorious desert of all the legendary folklore murders. The bus breaks down off the beaten path. While searching for help they split up and end up in the clutches of the desert mutants’ traps. REVIEW: Directed by: Wes Craven Starring: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Colleen Riley, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, Janus Blythe Wes Craven … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beyond (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: The cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir of the hotel wants to restaurate it. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, the plumber vanishes and her friend breaks his neck. When she escapes to the hospital of a friendly doctor she doesn’t know what a nightmare is waiting there… REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Book Review: Malcontents – Authors Wilbanks, Thomas, Norris, Chandler

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MALCONTENTS-Four Novellas By: Randy Chandler, Gregory L. Norris, Ryan C. Thomas, David T. Wilbanks “I think what I love most about her, is her in born need to dominate possess.” Vincent Price The Black Widow 1975 HOWLER By Randy Chandler: A Bonnie and Clyde incarnation get more then what they bargain for when they rob Mama Rose’s brothel. A freak of nature: part wolf, part girl aptly nick named Wolfgirl and fellow whore extraordinaire Zelda … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pentacle Pendant – Author Stephen M DeBock

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THE PENTACLE PENDANT By: Stephen M DeBock Claire Delaney, a stunning blonde vixen that can best be envisioned as a sort of Charlize Theron type is vacationing in the Caribbean. A tourist approaches her in standard tropical manner and the two volley back and forth witty and whimsical flirts. They agree to meet later for a midnight swim and hopefully in Johnny come lately’s mind something more. The seducer gets more than what he bargains … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Hunger – Author Eric A. Shelman

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DEAD HUNGER Flex Sheridan receives an eerie phone call of unusual proportion. His sister, Jamie Leighton reaches out and quickly unveils the plague that has consumed her. She complains of an infernal, insatiable hunger. Even her husband or two daughters Jesse and Trina couldn’t subdue her carnal behavior. The call is abruptly concluded to disturbing, blood curdling screams. Distraught, he bolts off like a bat out of hell from his Atlanta home on the highway … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joker’s Club – Author Gregory Bastianelli

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Jokers Club has made me proud to be a horror fan again. No longer is there a need to endure sneers, snickering and low brow comments at social gatherings. Granted an interest in the macabre comes along quickly in tow with the stereotype of being unabashedly disturbed. Make no mistake about it even the disturbed do have integrity. In an era where we’re force fed contrived remakes such as Piranha, Friday the 13th and The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ghosts of Coronado Bay – Author JG Faherty

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GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY – A MAYA BLAIR MYSTERY Our harrowing tale commences off the Atlantic coast in 1908. The Black Lady a vessel slicing through the unforgiving seas swiftly encounters a hellacious storm. The captain, Gavin Hamlin and (no not Gavin McLeod of Love Boat fame, although at times I fought not to envision him this way) crew struggle against the merciless peril but ultimately find an untimely demise. The ship crashes into a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Traiteurs Ring – Author Jeffrey Wilson

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THE TRAITEUR’S RING In all honesty I’d initially approached The Traiteur’s Ring with the same enthusiasm as a hippy in the late sixties regarded the Vietnam War. We’re faced with so many every day real horrors in 21st century living one may argue such grisly turmoil has no place within our fictional escapes. Wilson captures this statue of realism exploiting a very close to home mentality as our protagonists the U.S. Navy SEALS are stationed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Duncan’s Diary – Birth of a Serial Killer – Author Christopher C Payne

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DUNCAN’S DIARY: BIRTH OF A SERIAL KILLER I was forewarned of the atrocities found within Duncan’s Diary. Allow me to be bold enough to state I entirely disagree. Some may attempt to steer you off the slashing, beaten path and suggest Payne’s efforts are a carbon copy of Jeff Lindsay’s lovable anti-hero Dexter Morgan. This is a naĂŻve assessment at best. Comparing the two would be like putting Jaws against Piranha, two completely different kettles … Continue reading

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Book Review: Warped Words for Twisted Minds – Author Christopher C Payne

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WARPED WORDS FOR TWISTED MINDS Short Stories compiled by JournalStone’s Christopher C Payne Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, after all we’re all humanery stew if we don’t pledge allegiance to… ….I love the dead before they rise. No farewells no good-byes, I never even knew your now rotting face. Cadaver eyes upon me see….nothing. Ah, nothing says Halloween better than a good, solid blood curdling, spooky, banshee wailing collection of short stories. Carefully and personally … Continue reading

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