“I wish I were younger,” I said to myself while reading the final few pages of Stephen King’s latest novel, Joyland. I wish I were fourteen years old. I wish this were the first Stephen King book I ever read because this is the kind of novel that has the power to inspire. Joyland is a gripping coming of age story, and boy does it pull a few emotional chords along the way. Stephen King is a wise man, and he has an uncanny ability to tap into certain aspects of life that apply to almost everyone. King’s unique brand of horror has always been so potent because there’s an underlying sense of humanity, and perhaps none of King’s recent work embraces that more than Joyland. READ MORE
Antonio Garrido’s award-winning novel, The Corpse Reader, is set for release on May 28th in both print and ebook format. The novel is inspired by Song Cí, who was considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, and is set in thirteenth-century China. In the novel, Cí Song and his family have left the city, where his father was a comfortable bureaucrat, in order to mourn for his grandfather. Song Dynasty China has many opportunities for an intelligent student to succeed in the exams and have a successful career in the government, but Cí has to leave his law studies for the hard manual labor of his brother’s farm. However, Cí’s life takes an unexpected turn in the following excerpt, leading to his tumultuous career as a “corpse reader,” an early forensic scientist. READ MORE
Anchor Bay Films will be releasing Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem on April 26th, 2013. This comes along with the news that the film will be receiving a novelization co-written by Zombie and B.K. Evenson that hits on March 12th, 2013 – just in time to spoil yourselves a month ahead of time like you did back in ’89 with the Batman novelization.
The book has a new, more detailed synopsis. “Heidi Hawthorne is a thirty-seven-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station-a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information. She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen. The strange music awakens something evil in the town. Soon enough, terrifying murders begin to happen all around Heidi. Who are The Lords? What do they want?”
Written and directed by Rob Zombie, The Lords of Salem stars Sheri Moon Zombie (House of 1,000 Corpses, Halloween) as well as Bruce Davison (X-Men), Jeff Daniel Phillips (Halloween 2), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Patricia Quinn (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Dee Wallace (E.T.) and Judy Geeson (To Sir, With Love).
In what sounds like an interesting mashup between 8MM and The Ring, Syndrome E is now in development at Paramount and Indian Paintbrush. The Franck Thilliez novel by the same name is already a bestseller in France and it’s only the first installment of a planned ongoing series. Which means it has what Hollywood craves – franchise potential.
Per Deadline, “Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush are closing a deal to acquire the rights to the international bestselling novel Syndrome E. Originally published in France, the Franck Thilliez novel is the first in a series, and it will be released in the U.S. by Viking this summer. The publisher bought U.S. rights at Frankfurt, and it’s the first book by the author to be translated into English.”
In the book, “The protagonist is a beleaguered detective named Lucie Hennebelle, who discovers that his friend comes down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. The cop discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images that those who come in contact with it end up deal. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods. Together they get to the bottom of what has to be the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. It has global and scientific implications, and its maker might well be the personification of evil and the origins of violence.”
Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian & Garrett Basch are producing with Steven Rales & Mark Roybal. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has scored the exclusive teaser trailer for musician/horror author Jeremy Wagner’s upcoming book, The Armageddon Chord! The book is slated to come out August 22nd via kRP Publishing. Check out this exclusive sneak peek after the jump.
“Deep beneath the Egyptian sands, an ancient and evil song written in hieroglyphics is discovered in the long lost and buried pyramid of the demonic pharaoh, Aknaseth. It is written, that if this song is performed for the world to hear, it will unleash the Apocalypse upon the world of man Satan will reign and grant immortality to the chosen. With the help of abominable Egyptologist, Helmut Hartkopff, nihilistic multibillionaire, Festus Baustone the Third will do whatever it takes to bring the song to life at any cost- even if his only daughter is to be sacrificed. Kirk Vaisto, dubbed the God of Guitar by his millions of fans, soon finds himself caught between the forces of divine good and monumental evil. Vaisto begins a musical journey that takes him from an unholy chapter in ancient Egyptian history to the very remains of the Holy Cross, to the concert stage, and beyond all this, to the very edge of Hell itself. Will Kirk give the performance of a lifetime and either deliver our world from evil or will he annihilate us all with the stroke of his hand? What will happen when Kirk Vasito strikes The Armageddon Chord?”
Jeremy Wagner is a published horror writer with stories in ‘Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love’, and ‘Hungry For Your Love’. He is also an avid member of the Horror Writer’s Association. He is also a touring/recording artist, having gone through 16 countries with his bands Broken Hope and Lupara.
Hot off the heels of us bringing you a first glimpse into Seth Grahame-Smith’s “ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER” (“PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES”)today we bring you another politician, that when not hard at work overseeing their country, is moonlighting as a hunter of the supernatural. Read on for the preview. There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.
There are some days that I can’t believe what I am writing. Some days that’s a good thing, others…not so much. But this is definitely one of the former and not the ladder. There has been a huge boom in the “historical horror” sub-genre, and arguably the champion of this has been Seth Grahame-Smith.(“PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND ZOMBIES”)Inside you will find a first look at his newest offering “ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER”, which promises to be an instant New York Times Bestseller.