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Book Review: The Little Boy Inside and Other Stories – Author Glenn Gray

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The Little Boy Inside and Other Stories – by Glenn Gray Concord ePress, 2013 Hello, my name is Sean, and I sometimes suffer from what I have decided to call extreme hypochondria. It’s not a constant, and it’s not something that affects my daily life, but it is there nonetheless. It’s not that I always think I’m sick; on the contrary, I’ve had a cough for what seems like months and I’m not one bit … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Black – Editor Richard Thomas

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The New Black – edited by Richard Thomas Dark House Press, 2014 Sometimes I forget that there are big-time, majors in the world of book publishing, because it seems like everything good is coming out of the indies. Between the titles coming out of established indies like Lazy Fascist Press, Sinister Grin Press, and Samhain Publishing (just to name a few), and the high-quality work coming from “new guys” like Broken River Books, Bizarro Pulp … Continue reading

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Film Review: Nutbag (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: A serial killer stalks prostitutes on the mean streets of Las Vegas. REVIEW: It is sometimes said that in an author’s first work, he or she often ends up spinning a highly personal and highly autobiographical tale as their inexperience can cause them to (inadvertently) fall back on what they know. I don’t know how this theorem translates over to film, but let’s hope Nutbag is all the product of the director’s (unoriginal) imagination. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Clusterf*ck – Author Carlton Mellick III

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When it comes to Carlton Mellick III, I have difficulty deciding where to start. Clusterf*ck is one of five books released in 2013 by one of the most prolific authors of our time (including the highly praised Quicksand House), alongside five additional re-releases. Mellick has now released over forty books and shows no signs of slowing. He is often considered the real world Kilgore Trout (revisit Kurt Vonnegut’s works for that reference). The only thing … Continue reading

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Film Review: Freakshow (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: In a modern retelling of Tod Browning’s “Freaks” (1932), “Freakshow” tells the story of a group of criminals who chose to hide out by working security at a traveling circus. At first, they plot with an insider to steal the ticket sales, but the wily Lucy has bigger plans. She convinces the gang to let her seduce and marry the aging circus owner, Lon, in order to secure the entire circus fortune after he … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bloodrayne (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: In the Eighteenth Century, Rayne is the half-human half-vampire Dhampir and the lead attraction in a carnival’s freak-show in Romania. When she escapes, she meets a fortuneteller that tells that her mother was raped by the king of the vampires Kagan and she decides to destroy her father. In her journey for revenge, she meets Vladimir and Sebastian, the leaders of the fortress of vampire hunters Brimstone, and she joins their society. She seeks … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Girl Next Door (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

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Film Review: Subconscious Cruelty (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: Subconscious Cruelty” is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball – a naked woman is sliced by a sharp blade and an eyeball is removed from her belly. Human Larvae – a deranged man that hates his sister that is pregnant kills her newborn offspring and she during the delivery. Rebirth – a group of naked people rolls around in mud and blood. Right Brain/Martyrdom – religious symbolism associated with gore and sex. REVIEW: Subconscious … Continue reading

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Film Review: Singapore Sling (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: A man searching for his long-lost lover is kidnapped by her killers, an insane, mother-daughter duo, and they force him to commit various sexual atrocities with them. REVIEW: If you watch just the first few minutes of Singapore Sling, you’d swear it was an old, noir-y detective film. It is shot in black and white, it is dark outside, and the rain is pouring down. Two women are digging a ditch/grave. A guy speaks … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Summer Job – Author Adam Cesare

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Adam Cesare is the horror author that fans of horror movies should love. He’s already got a Deodato-style cannibal novel (Tribesmen), an homage to 1980’s horror (Video Night), and even a Creepshow-esque collaboration with Matt Serafini (author of the werewolf novel Feral) called All-Night Terror. He has also written for Fangoria, a little horror magazine that may be familiar to some folks. And in January, 2014, Cesare will be unleashing upon the world of fiction … Continue reading

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Book Review: Notes From the Guts of a Hippo – Author Grant Wamack

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Notes From the Guts of a Hippo starts out in the tradition of any good action movie; fast, loud, and in your face. Jay Robbins, our protagonist, gets a call to drop everything and go to Brazil in search of a journalist who has disappeared while researching the Lastiz, a rare breed of hippopotamus. He jumps in a cab to head for the airport, but it is immediately smashed by a runaway truck. So he … Continue reading

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Book Review: Black – Author Max Booth III

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Horror (in all its forms) has been a huge part of my life for the better part of thirty seven years now, going back to the ghost story books I’d get through Scholastic Books and the episodes of Amazing Stories and Unsolved Mysteries I would watch with my parents (sometimes through the cracks between the fingers covering my eyes). Early on, I decided Dawn of the Dead was one of my all time favorite movies … Continue reading

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Film Review: Die Insel der Damonen (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: Sport diver Mario and his two women friends sail out to a small island off the coast of Italy. There he discovers an old wooden chest at the bottom of the ocean. In it he finds a knife whose cut releases the seed of a demon REVIEW: This is classic gorehound fodder. We open with images of a castle overlooking a great body of water rotating on the screen as a deep, eerie German … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Red Nights of the Gestapo (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: An illustrious group of German industrialists plot to overthrow Hitler by negotiating a peace treaty with England. Disgraced, but dedicated Nazi officer Colonel Werner von Uhland is assigned by his superiors to ferret out these deceitful dissidents and stop them before it’s too late. von Uhland recruits a bunch of beautiful women to seduce these traitors and undermine their conspiracy.

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Film Review: Cannibal Mercenary (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Wilson, a Thai veteran of the Vietnam War and all around master of combat, leads a group of men on a daring mission into the jungles of Vietnam to topple a dangerous drug lord and his cannibal army.  REVIEW: This is one of those movies that films like Death Proof or Planet Terror or even Hobo With a Shotgun strive to replicate. It was released as Cannibal Mercenary, but in English called The Mercenary … Continue reading

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Interview: Author Vincenzo Bilof (Confessions of the Impaler)

With his upcoming book, Confessions of the Impaler, getting a lot of buzz lately, I thought I’d take a couple minutes to pick the brain of the author, Vincenzo Bilof. HorrorNews: Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a little about Vincenzo Bilof. What should we know? Vincenzo Bilof: The Tale of Vincenzo begins in the in the colorful world of Michigan, a planet that’s not too far away, but you still need a spaceship … Continue reading

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About seanofthedead

In 1987, after hearing Poison’s “Look What the Cat Dragged In” for the first time, Sean decided he wanted to play drums. After realizing all rock stars wore leather pants, he traded in his dreams of fortune and fame for 80’s sitcoms, horror movies, and punk rock. Sean has spent his recent years trying to recover from Catholic guilt while searching for an idea worth writing.