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Jonathan Maberry’s Favorite Horror Movies!

Posted in Authors, Horror, Movies, and Trivia

Jonathan Maberry recently requested

Name your favorite:
1. Vampire Movie
2. Werewolf Movie
3. Zombie Movie
4. Monster Movie
5. Haunted House Movie

And he listed his…

1. Near Dark
2. Dog Soldiers
3. Dawn of the Dead 2004 unrated directors cut)
4. Aliens
5. The Haunting

So here’s mine…

  1. Dracula (1931)

  2. Curse of the Werewolf

  3. Night of the Living Dead (Romero Original)

  4. Aliens

  5. The Changeling


Deep Silence: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry is Coming!

Posted in Authors, and Books

The next Joe Ledger novel, Deep Silence, is set to drop on October 30, 2018.

The twelfth Joe Ledger novel in the New York Times bestselling series.

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side-effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global super-power secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the end-game of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera, the super-volcano that could destroy America.

I’ve read all of the Joe Ledger novels and there’s not a misfire in the batch.  Of course that’s no surprise because every Jonathan Maberry short story or novel (Yeah, he writes other things besides Joe Ledger) has been a winner.  Let me put my pre-order in now.


Posted in Authors, Books, Comics, and Crime

CROSSROAD BLUES: A NICK TRAVERS GRAPHIC NOVEL by Ace Atkins and Marco Finnegan is set to drop May 1st and I can’t wait.

After a New Orleans college professor goes missing while searching for the rumored lost recordings of bluesman Robert Johnson—who, as legend has it, sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads—Nick Travers is sent to find him. Clues point to everyone from an eccentric albino named Cracker to a hitman who believes he is the second coming of Elvis Presley.

I first discovered Atkins writing when he was tapped to continue the Robert B. Parker Spenser novels.  I was so impressed I searched out more of Atkins work and this led me to his other novels as well as the first Nick Travers graphic novel, Last Fair Deal Gone Down.  Needless to say, I was hooked.

Source: Comicosity.

The Living Dead by George Romero & Daniel Kraus is Coming!

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Horror, and Zombies

Before he died George Romero was working on a zombie novel.  Daniel Kraus (co-author of The Shape of Water novel with Guillermo Del Toro) has been hired to pull together Romero’s final zombie tale.  Kraus is excited about working on this project…

“I could talk all day about George. He’s the reason I’m a writer… Some of [the book] was in tremendous, publish-ready state… Other parts, near of the end of what he wrote, were sketchier, clearly intended to be fleshed out later…

“What’s exciting about the novel, though, is…It’s huge. It’s a massively scaled story, a real epic, the kind no one ever gave him the budget for in film. In a book, of course, there is no budget, and in his pages you can feel his joy of being able, at last, to do every single thing he wanted.”

The Living Dead will be released by Tor in Fall 2019.  Here’s a synopsis:

On October 24th, John Doe rises from the dead. Assistant Medical Examiner Luis Acocella and his assistant Charlene Rutkowksi are vivisecting him when it happens, and so begins a global nightmare beyond comprehension.

“Greer Morgan is a teenager living in a trailer park, and when the dead begin their assault, the true natures of her neighbors are revealed. Chuck Chaplin is a pretty-boy cable-news anchor, and the plague brings sudden purpose to his empty life.

“Karl Nishimura is the helmsman of the U.S.S. Vindicator, a nuclear submarine, and he battles against a complete zombie takeover of his city upon the sea. And meanwhile, a mysterious woman named Etta Hoffmann records the progress of the epidemic from a bunker in D.C., as well as the broken dreams and stubborn hopes of a nation not ready to give up.

“Spread across three separate time periods and combining Romero’s biting social commentary with Kraus’s gift for the beautiful and grotesque, the book rockets forward as the zombie plague explodes, endures, and finally, in a shocking final act, begins to radically change.”

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and /Film.

S. Craig Zahler Interview!

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Crime, Horror, and Movies

S. Craig Zahler is a novelist, screenwriter and movie director.

Zahler’s novels include Mean Business on North Ganson StreetA Congregation of Jackals, Wraiths of the Broken Land, and Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child.  I’ve read and enjoyed Mean Business on North Ganson Street.  I look forward to diving in to his other novels.

At this point, Zahler is probably best known for his movies.  Bone Tomahawk and  Brawl in Cell Block 99  showed Zahler to be a promising film-maker not afraid to create genre films that are equal parts character study, action and horror.  Zahler’s next film, Dragged Across Concrete, stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn with support from Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Laurie Holden,Udo Kier and Michael Jai White.  I can’t wait.

Jedidiah Ayres recently interviewed S. Craig Zahler and they talked novels, movies and more.  Well done, Jedidiah!

The Swords of Heaven, Flowers of Hell by Moorcock & Chaykin: New Edition Coming!

Posted in Art, Authors, Books, and Comics

If you’ve never read Howard Chaykin’s adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s The Swords of Heaven, Flowers of Hell, and you can’t get your hands on the rare 1979 edition… then you’re in luck.  Titan Comics is releasing a new hardcover edition on May 15, 2018.

Here’s how they describe it…


Writer: Michael Moorcock & Howard Chaykin

Artist: Howard Chaykin

144pp • $29.99 • On sale Date: April 18, 2017 • ISBN: 9781785863307

Award-winning writer and artist Howaard Chaykin joins forces with Michael Moorcock to bring the Eternal Champion known alternatively as Erekose, Urlik of Skarsol or John Daker to vivid life in this classic tale from 1979.

Includes an exclusive introduction by acclaimed comic book writer Cullen Bunn.

Here’s a link to pre-order if you’re so inclined.  I have to admit that even though I have the ’79 edition, a new hardcover is tempting.  ; )

Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Comics, Crime, and Horror

Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling is an interview with, well, Jonathon Maberry.  Fans of Mayberry’s fiction as well as folks who’d like advice on writing should check it out.

If you don’t know… Jonathan Maberry is…

…a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. Jonathan Maberry was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers, and his books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. Jonathan is known for his writing that spans several different genres; including horror, mystery and young adult fiction.

Source: The Reading Lists.


31 Things We Learned from Frank Darabont’s “The Mist” Commentary

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Horror, and Movies

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects present 31 Things We Learned from Frank Darabont’s The Mist Commentary.  Here are three of my favorites…

1. The opening set, where David Drayton (Thomas Jane) is painting, is designed after Drew Struzan’s actual studio and features copies of his most famous poster work including The Thing and Pan’s Labyrinth. “My idea was our artist here is painting a movie poster for a fictional Dark Tower film.”

6. He picked Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead) from tapes given them by the local casting director, and she impressed even the more seasoned actors during her initial scene in the market where she’s concerned about her kids. “The audition was thrilling, but what she did on set was even more thrilling.” The cast and crew burst into applause when he called cut.

23. The jump scare at 1:24:53 — William Sadler pounding on the glass door — made King jump in his seat on first viewing. “It was really one of the most gratifying moments because I scared the crap out of Stephen King, with the oldest trick in the book.”


Stephen King Interview!

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Horror, Movies, and TV

Jenelle Riley has a nice interview with Stephen King at Variety.  Here are a couple of tidbits…

Do you enjoy acting? A lot of people cite your performance in “Creepshow” as memorable.
What they really talk about is the bit I did in “Sons of Anarchy” where I played a crazy guy who cleans up bodies. That was fun. Look, I like to sing in the shower, too, but that doesn’t mean anybody’s ever going to put me on a record.

Is there anything that scares you? 
Oh God, yes. Air travel is a big one with me because I feel like I’m not in control. I’m close to 70 now, so I’m worried about basically having the cheese slide off my cracker — Alzheimer’s, dementia, stuff like that. I don’t like bugs, I don’t like bats, I don’t like things that creep and crawl. With the exception of snakes, somehow they don’t really turn my dials. But I’m also afraid of people like Brady Hartsfield, they’re out there. And it crosses my mind every time I do a public event. You think about somebody like Mark David Chapman, and you think maybe somebody’s got a knife out for you. But that’s part of life.

Hard to believe Stephen King has been knocking out best-sellers for over 40 years!

Jonathan Maberry Interview!

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Comics, Horror, Movies, TV, and Zombies recently posted an interview with Jonathon Maberry that’s worth a read.

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, executing a wide-ranging body of work for Marvel, Dark Horse, and more. He is currently doing loads of stuff with IDW, from the frenetically-paced, terrifyingly good ‘V-Wars’, to the angst-loaded, twist-laden ‘Rot & Ruin’. A fan would be breathless following the work of this writer, just as we were when he granted us the following interview, in which he promised lots of rot, ruin, and paranoia, among other things.

Check it out!