Out now, my story ‘The Whispering Tree’ appears in Croosroads in the Dark II: Urban Legends, a new horror anthology by Burning Willow Press. The release also features work by C.C. Adams, David Owain Hughes, Alice J. Black and many other great horror writers.
“32 tales…32 storytellers with a twisted mind to entice you. When you were younger, the stories told around the campfire were the best you had ever heard. The bedtime stories our elders would tell us were the ones that put us to sleep but the campfire was where you got the chills to stay up because of every sound the woods made at night. It is hard to believe in a world where things do not get creepier at night or the world does not come more to life at dusk. Where the world gets just a little unhinged in the dark. Urban Legends is a collection with some of today’s up and coming authors in the indie world. Giving you their takes on the tales they grew up with…legends of mystery, of the macabre, of horror, designed to make the hairs on your neck stand alert and your skin crawl. You know some of the stories but do you know the twisted minds of the author telling the tale? Make sure you keep the lights on…things get harder to wrap your thoughts around at the Crossroads in the Dark.”
There’s still a few days left to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign for Hybrid Moments: A literary Tribute to the Misfits, ‘a collection of short stories inspired by the songs of the greatest horror punk band of all time’. By participating you can snag yourself limited edition copies of the book, due out in October, and a wide range of other goodies besides. Published by WeirdPunk Books Hybrid Moments follows their 2015 release Blood for You: A Literary Tribute to GG Allin.
Hope other people out there are looking forward to this release as much as I am. Danzig era Misfits are one my all time favourite bands, so I’m extremely proud to be apart of this book and delighted that its release will coincide with the Misfits reunion. And isn’t that an awesome cover!
The official poster for Rob Zombie’s long awaited movie 31 has been released and it looks amazing. I’m really looking forward to seeing this flick. It comes out on VOD on September 16th and in theaters on October 21st.
“Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.”
I’m a massive Tobe Hooper, he is without question my favourite American genre director, I’ve seen all his movies, all, that is, except for 1990’s I’m Dangerous Tonight. Based on a novella by crime writer Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968), this was a made for TV horror movie that aired on the USA Network on 8 August 1990 and then released on home video. It stars the gorgeous Madchen Amick (Shelly from Twin Peaks), which makes me all the more desperate to see it. VHS copies have always alluded me, they’re incredibly rare, and my scouring the internet for a copy of the film to stream has never been successful. But now finally, on 18 July 2016, it’s getting a long overdue DVD release, thanks to Final Cut Entertainment.
This has been a long time coming, it’s terrible how this movie, directed the man who gave us Texas Chain Saw Massacre (and Crocodile) and starring one of the hottest women ever to have a camera focused on her, has been pretty much forgotten about for twenty-six years! And sure, the plot about an evil Aztec cloak sounds corny as hell, but, even so, I can’t wait to finally get my hands on a copy and see what craziness Hooper did with this one. Now can we please get a DVD release for 1999’s The Apartment Complex.
“Psycho star Anthony Perkins stars in this brilliant supernatural thriller. When a college student turns an ancient Aztec cloak into a party dress the results are catastrophic. The death toll mounts as supernatural powers cause the deaths of anyone who comes into contact with the dress. Directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper.“ Product Description from Amazon.
Also, John Carpenter, probably my second favourite American genre director, has just released Lost Themes II, the follow up to his amazing Lost Themes album, which I’m really looking forward to sitting down and listening to, and Danzig has put out an awesome music video for his cover of Black Sabbath’s NIB. Typical of a Danzig video, it features a lot of scantily clad models. It’s what music videos would look like if Jean Rollin directed them. Good stuff!
As part of their Never On Your Screens youtube series, Creation Originales have published part of a recent interview with Tobe Hooper, probably my favourite living American horror director, where he talks about a carnival-film project of his that unfortunately never got produced.
Those who have seen Hooper’s carnival set slasher, The Funhouse, will no doubt appreciate more than most what a shame it is that this film was never made as the carnival setting really does fit well with Hooper’s predilection for unusual set design and sleazy characters.
Tobe seems to be in good health in this video, which gives me hope that the seventy-two year old master of horror might yet produce another movie to follow up the much criticised but actually surprisingly good Djinn.
RIP to Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface from Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
November can be quite a depressing month, not because of the early sunsets and the chilly weather (I personally like both these things), but because Halloween has passed, the end of the year is now on horizon and one begins reflect on just how quick the past eleven months have flown by. It’s fortunate then that, to keep away the post Halloween blues, two of my favourite artists, Tobe Hooper and Glenn Danzig, will being releasing much anticipated new material this November.
Coming out first, on November 17, will be the DVD release of Tobe Hooper’s much delayed movie Djinn. From what I’ve read about the plot, think Rosemary’s baby meets Wishmaster. The film was actually completed five years ago, 2010, but couldn’t find a distributor and/or was held back by its financers, the United Arab Emirates, who had issues about the way the country was depicted in the film. Troubled productions unfortunately are quite common with Tobe Hooper movies and at 72 years old Djinn looks like it might be his last feature film so I’m glad it’s finally getting released. Thanks Screen Media Films. Mr. Hooper gets a lot of shit (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre is his only good film. Steven Spielberg really directed Poltergeist!”) but I love him, The Funhouse, Lifeforce, TCM 1&2 and Toolbox Murders are my favourites (and Salem’s Lot was the first movie to ever give me nightmares). Not all his films are perfect but I’ve never seen a Tobe Hooper movie I haven’t enjoyed (O.K Crocodile was shit! But that’s it.). Even his novel Midnight Movie was fun.
Scheduled for release sometime in late November is Glenn Danzig’s long awaited covers album, Skeletons. Not much to say about it. It’s Danzig so it’s gonna kick ass!