The book, published in February, centers on a rock star obsessed with the occult who buys a suit advertised at an online auction site as haunted by its dead owner’s ghost. He ultimately is forced to confront the ghost and the demons of his own past.
Aging rock star Judas Coyne is a collector of bizarre and macabre artifacts: a used hangman’s noose, a snuff film, and rare books on witchcraft. When he purchases a suit billed in an online auction as the haunted clothes of a recently deceased man, Coyne finds more than he bargained for. Everywhere he looks he sees the twisted spirit of an old and evil man following him and dangling a deadly razor on a chain. He learns that the suit belonged to Craddock McDermott, the stepfather of a former lover who committed suicide shortly after Coyne tossed her out of his life. McDermott, a professional hypnotist prior to his death, swore to destroy Coyne’s rock-star life of self-indulgence to avenge her death. The behind-the-scenes look at stardom alongside the frightening pyrotechnics of McDermott’s ghost will draw in teens who really enjoy a good scare. But like all good ghost stories, Hill also crafts a deftly plotted mystery as McDermott’s true motivations and powers unfold.
The story of Nina Locke and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.
Alternate: “Locke & Key” tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities. However, a devious creature is also after the keys, forcing the family to make a stand against evil.
Radcliffe will portray the number one suspect for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. He awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their impulses — an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy.
The short story, written entirely as tweets from a teenage girl, follows an American family on a cross country road trip that goes horribly wrong. The tale appeared in “The New Dead,” an anthology of zombie stories, published earlier this year.
A thrilling nail-biter, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #4 never lets its readers off its hooks. Based on Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed novel, “NOS4A2,” readers will surely be drawn to this new breed of vampire known as Charlie Manx. If you loved the novel, you must definitely get your hands on this prequel. READ MORE
After a few weeks of fan and creator voting, the winners for the 2013 Ghastly Awards have been announced! “Afterlife with Archie” picked up three awards, including Best Ongoing Title, while “Locke & Key” picked up two, including Best Writer. This is a solid list of fantastic horror titles from the past year, each of which deserve to be recognized for bringing a little more terror into our lives. If you haven’t checked out these titles, you’re missing out. Check out the full list of winners below. READ MORE
Spine-chilling to the core, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #3 is a thought-provoking tale of lost chances and revenge beyond the grave. Based on Joe Hill’s vampire epic novel, “NOS4A2,” readers will be captivated and terrified by its dangerous madman, known as Charlie Manx. If you loved the novel, you must certainly get your hands on this prequel series. READ MORE
The third annual Ghastly Award nominees have been announced. If you don’t know about the awards, they honor excellence in the horror comics industry, not unlike the Eisner Awards. Head below for all the 2013 nominees, and it’s a pretty solid list if I do say so myself. READ MORE
With the increasing popularity of e-readers and lit websites, is has become harder and harder for good horror fiction to go unrecognized. Nevertheless, I’m grateful to the various bloggers and Tweeters and genre authors who shared their fiction recommendations as I was compiling this list. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading a 6-pound Justin Cronin hardcover or Gillian Flynn’s latest on a 2-ounce e-reader, the fiction market flourishes through word-of-mouth. Sure, e-readers don’t have a wicked cool cover you can sneak a glance at, but if the owner looks engaged, reach out, ask what they’re reading. Personal recommendations are the internal combustion engine of the fiction market.
With that in mind, approach the following list of novels as my personal recommendations for 2013, rather than the best of the year. A couple of colleagues have stated that this was a somewhat shitty year for horror fiction, but I disagree. There was plenty of good stuff out there. But it helps if you ask around. READ MORE
An emotionally gripping finale, “Locke & Key: Alpha” #2 is the perfect conclusion any fan could hope for. The deeply flawed Locke family stand together one last time. A mixture of somber and closure, the “Locke & Key” series delivers a touching ending that will make you appreciate the years of brilliant work from its creators. READ MORE
IDW Limited is at it again, this time they are releasing an “ultra-exclusive” limited-edition hardcover of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s “Locke & Key: Head Games”. This edition comes with a tray case an exclusive photo portfolio, a Head or Echo Key, and a secret compartment containing pages from the Locke family journal. If you’re an avid “Locke & Key” fan and you’re looking to get yourself something special this holiday season, look no further. There are a few version of the release ranging form $175 to $600, each offering something unique. READ MORE
With news of “Preacher” getting a pilot over at AMC, it reminded me of the heartbreak that ensued when FOX passed on the “Locke & Key” series, based on Joe Hills revolutionary comic.
In speaking with MTV, Hill talked about how the failed pilot is causing a huge headache for him and producers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
“It’s been snared in an endless series of contractual negotiations. Universal took a long, long time to come through with an acceptable contract for myself and IDW,” said Hill. “Now they’re dealing with a bureaucracy as labyrinthine and implacable as their own: FOX TV. Uni wants to avoid spending $25 million on a movie, and then have FOX steal their thunder by releasing a three-year-old pilot. READ MORE
A truly gripping sense of dread, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #1 delivers an unforgettable character who basks in his dark side. Readers should take a chance and feast their eyes on this prequel to Joe Hill’s vampire epic novel, “NOS4A2.” The first installment lets readers see what lurks inside the mind of a terrifying madman. READ MORE
A truly scary and spine-chilling installment, “Locke & Key: Alpha” #1 keeps the reader’s heart racing while taking their breath away. The deeply flawed Locke family stands together in an epic-sized battle against evil. With one issue away from the finale, the “Locke & Key” series gets ready to deliver an ending fans are anxiously awaiting. READ MORE
With the end in sight for IDW Publishing’s “Locke & Key”, let’s look back at how this simple family drama became an epic saga of supernatural horror, fantasy, and dark humor. To recover from the death of their father, three siblings move far away to KeyHouse, a mansion that screams of buried secrets and hidden corridors. Behind closed doors, there is a strangeness lurking in the shadows, waiting patiently to strike back at this dysfunctional family. READ MORE
Celebrating his tenth year in covering the Toronto International Film Festival for Bloody Disgusting, it feels a bit like fate that Mike Pereira is writing about Alex Aja’s newest genre flick, Horns, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples. Ten years ago, Mike was one of the first ever to attend a film festival and write about it on the Web – he personally helped Bloody Disgusting become the largest horror website in the world. His first review ever? How about Alex Aja’s breakthrough French slasher Haute Tension? Talk about full circle…
In his review of Horns, Mike explains that Aja doesn’t throw jabs, he goes straight for the knockout punch: “I always feel unsettled and untrusting in Aja because of his tendency to hit the viewer hard without a hint of notice. That tension is present all throughout Horns,” he writes. “When the violence explodes, you’ll no doubt react. KNB EFX has done yet another first-rate job especially with Ig’s ever-changing make-up. The ambitious CGI work is also very impressive.
“With Horns, Aja has shown his greatest leap as a filmmaker thus far,” he adds. “Horns is an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen and probably will see from the genre in some time.”
Watch for more out of TIFF in the coming week. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikePereira21. READ MORE
I’ve always had an affinity for films that boldly walk the tightrope, that very fine line that could lead to either success or a flat-out disaster. Whatever group a particular work falls into, it almost always results in a riveting time at the cinema. Director Alexandre Aja who’s responsible for genre favourites such as High Tension and the stellar remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha is the latest filmmaker risking it all with his most recent offering, Horns. It’s easily his biggest leap forward as an artist.
Horns is about Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), a young man who finds himself accused of the murder of his soulmate Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). One day, he wakes up to find horns growing out of his head. Somehow this gives him the ability to force people he comes in contact with to tell the truth and reveal their secrets. Ig uses his newfound ability to help solve the mystery behind Merrin’s death. A premise this outside of the box could easily be a recipe for disaster. Thankfully Aja gets the tone spot on from the start and never lets it slip. Horns marvellously succeeds as not only an affecting romantic fairy tale but as well as a dark comedy and a compelling mystery. The sequences in which people around Ig’s horns begin to reveal some truly outrageous, twisted secrets are pretty hysterical without ever edging into camp. The romance between the two leads is beautifully understated and the mystery element is involving.
It definitely helps that Aja is backed by an excellent cast (which also includes Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Max Minghella, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan and a very memorable turn by Heather Graham) that handles the material pitch-perfectly despite how silly the story can get. The real revelation in Horns and most likely the main reason for its success has got to be Daniel Radcliffe’s strong performance. If any role can help shed away the Harry Potter label thus far, this is it. His focus and commitment scene after scene is a marvel to behold. He definitely anchors the picture at its most venerable state especially during the violent, over-stuffed third act. I haven’t read the book so I’m not sure how true to source the final product ends up being. Author Joe Hill was at the premiere screening and he seemed genuinely pleased by the final results.
Aja has attempted something different with every project but still sticking within the horror genre. The one thing that connects his body of work is that signature brutality and ferocious edge. Even something as humorous as Piranha shocked me with its unflinching violence especially during the now iconic spring break massacre. I always feel unsettled and untrusting in Aja because of his tendency to hit the viewer hard without a hint of notice. That tension is present all throughout Horns. When the violence explodes, you’ll no doubt react. KNB EFX has done yet another first-rate job especially with Ig’s ever-changing make-up. The ambitious CGI work is also very impressive.
With Horns, Aja has shown his greatest leap as a filmmaker thus far. The delicacy in which he handles the love story is prime example. Despite its share of contrivances, I was invested in these characters and captivated by this unusual tale. Horns is an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen and probably will see from the genre in some time.
Alejandre Aja’s Horns, based on the book by Joe Hill, will be premiering at TIFF this year. Now (courtesy of EW) we have a look at a few more images from the film!
Horns is “Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by dark comedy, mystery and romance follows Ignatius Perrish as he awakens after a hard night of drinking to find he has grown a pair of horns. In addition to his devilish appearance, the horns cause people to fall into a trance and voice their most unspeakable thoughts, an effective tool in Ig’s quest to discover the truth of his girlfriend’s murder.”
Starring Juno Temple and Daniel Radcliffe, the film is due out October 11th, 2013. READ MORE
Comic books are notoriously difficult to make scary. They don’t have the advantage of sound to build atmosphere, and there is no possibility of jump-scares. Creators must rely on storytelling, mood, and still images alone. It takes a talented team to create a horror comic book that gets inside your head, and stays long after reading. As Bloody-Disgusting continues to highlight the very best that the horror genre has to offer, the staff put together a look a list of the comics that we feel will truly terrify readers. READ MORE
IDW announced that they will be releasing a prequel comic book series to Joe Hill’s latest novel, “NOS4A2″, which will be written by Hill himself. As Hill describes, “In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day”. I have not read “NOS4A2″ yet, but it’s been getting rave reviews and I imagine the comic will follow in its footsteps. “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” will be illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III. READ MORE
Comixology makes getting digital comics even easier, and more importantly, cheaper. The site is now offering bundle packages as well as the option to subscribe to your favorite series. Unfortunately the subscription option doesn’t save you any money, it just means you don’t have to go in and order every Wednesday when a new issue drops. However, the bundles offer some pretty sweet deals and some decent savings. Some of the better deals include a Joe Hill bundle pack that saves you 21%, and the entire Rick Remender “Uncanny X-Force” run for 33% off. READ MORE
As each installment draws closer to its grand finale, the reading experience of Locke & Key: Omega #5 will definitely leave you breathless. Once you get to know them, you will be rooting for the deeply flawed Locke family to make it out alive. As the “Locke & Key” series comes winding down, each issue delivers an unforgettable punch of story and art. READ MORE
According to redditor Dave_Vai, “Lock & Key” partners Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will be taking over an established character for either Marvel or DC this year. While nothing has been announced officially, the redditor says he had the opportunity to speak with Hill in Scotland yesterday. Dave_Vai asked Hill what his plans were and the writer mentioned that him and Rodriguez would be working on a big 2 character, but was not at liberty to say which one. Hill did however say, they will “either have superpowers or are well trained and have gadgits”. Do you have any thoughts/hopes for which character the Hill/Rodriguez team will be taking over? READ MORE
“Locke & Key” was originally supposed to close with the current “Omega” story arc, but IDW made public over the weekend that there will in fact be more from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, and I’m not complaining. “Locke & Key: Omega” will now run 5-issues as opposed to the 6 originally planned, and the series will conclude in with “Locke & Key: Alpha”, which consists of two oversized issues. It’s often a problem that creators are not given enough room to bring a series to a proper conclusion and IDW is keen on making sure fans of the Locke family get the ending they deserve.
The first of the forty-eight page issues will hit in August. READ MORE