I am more than happy to reveal the title for the fifth Winston & Baum novel.
Book five is titled Winston & Baum and the Witch of Soulderbrook Manor.
I am very excited to bring this next volume to you and hope that you will find it a good addition to the series. It should be available on Amazon by the end of July/first of August. Scares that Care weekend (August 3-5) will be the first opportunity people have to get autographed copies of this book directly from me, but we are hoping to have a few more signings for those of you who have been faithful to the exterminators of the strange and weird.
We also have some very fun things in store that I will share once they are completed. If you missed the cover reveal on Facebook, scroll down to view it. A great big thanks to Caralyn Edwards-Tucker, my cover artist and partner in crime.
Please keep checking back ladies and gentlemen as I keep you up to date on where I’ll be and when this volume is available.
When you think of the frozen landscapes that can be the setting for a horror story, most horror fans will go to John Carpenter’s The Thing or H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Both of these are great examples of how to use the isolation and strange white vistas to craft a compelling tale. I’m also willing to wager that most of you are aware of them. Today, I wanted to bring you a different movie that is very much in the vein of these giants of horror.
Harbinger Down is a film that was born from 2011’s The Thing (the prequel). Amalgamated Dynamics was hired to do most of the special effects work on the film. By the time the film was released, most of their work had been replaced by CGI in post-production. The effects team posted the footage of their effects on Youtube, where it received great response. The team started a Kickstarter campaign to make their own film, utilizing their own practical effects. It was the most successful scifi/horror Kickstarter campaign at the time.
This film is great for fans of practical effects in monster movies. I enjoyed the cast and felt that the film made the most out of a meager budget for a film of this scope. Lance Henriksen stars as the Captain of a crab boat that dredges up something nasty from the Soviet space program. If you haven’t seen this film, but love Carpenter’s The Thing, then I advise you to check out this movie. You can click the cover below to pick up a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly.
Hello, I hope you have been enjoying our silent Sundays. Today, I’m going to take offer a different recommendation than normal. It is still a silent film, but this one is much more modern, having been released in 2007.
In February, 1928, H.P. Lovecraft published The Call of C’thulhu. A work which many would say set the tone for what he is most remembered for. It is an ambitious work and well worth a read, however, it was not converted into a faithful adaptation until 2007. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society set to work filming this tale. Feeling that it was best to do it true to the time period, they made a modern silent film. For fans of the tale, you’ll appreciate this adaptation. If you are interested in a film that you’re not likely to see playing on most television stations or streaming services, then this little gem will pleasantly surprise you.
You can click the image below to procure a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: The Call of Cthulhu, an all new silent film, is HP Lovecraft’s most famous story. The film follows the story’s three-part narrative construction, and it moves from the 1920s to 1908 to the1870s and back, as the story does.
John Carpenter is by no means unknown to the world of movies that make you think and leave you feeling freaked out. He has such classics as The Thing and Prince of Darkness. However, his most interesting and shudder-inducing film, in my humble opinion, is In the Mouth of Madness.
This film borrows thematically from the master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft. Where most films go wrong with Lovecraft is trying to adapt a direct story. Most of these, with a few exceptions, are poor at best. However, John Carpenter took the source material and found the consistent themes running within. We have an average man, who finds himself facing something beyond his scope of understanding. The terror of this film is not in a monster, but a world turned on its head.
This film stars Sam Neil, Jurgen Prochow, with Charlton Heston in a supporting role. Click on the image below to pick up a copy, and the official synopsis is below.
Synopsis: Imagine a novel so overwhelmingly hypnotic, so tremendously horrifying that it paralyzes its audience with fear and turns even its most sensible readers insane. When the author disappears, an insurance investigator hired to find the writer discovers far more than he could ever imagine in this spellbinding thriller. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park,” TV’s “Merlin”), Jürgen Prochnow (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The English Patient”), Julie Carmen (“Gloria,” “The Milagro Beanfield War”), Emmy-winner David Warner (“Titanic,” TV’s “Masada”) and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Charlton Heston (“Ben Hur,” “The Ten Commandments”). Directed by John Carpenter (“Escape from New York,” “They Live”).
I am a fan of great anthology films. Unfortunately, they haven’t made too many good ones in recent years. Once two titans of terror, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and Stephen King collaborated to bring to life a movie with five vignettes in it. Each of these stories was in the style of the old EC Comics horror comics: The Vault of Horror and Tales from the Crypt.
Packed with high-caliber talent, featuring the writing of King, while under the direction of George Romero, this movie is fantastic. Throw in effects by Tom Savini, and you have a can’t fail anthology film.
Click the cover below to procure a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: Two macabre masters – writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics. A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father’s Day cake. A meteor’s ooze makes everything … grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army. Add the spirited performances of a fine cast (Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall and King himself) and the ghoulish makeup wizardry of Tom Savini. Let the Creepshow begin.
Just a reminder that Revfest is tomorrow, I hope you guys are able to come out. Onward to day 6 of our 31 days of Halloween. I’m calling this Freaky Friday because the selection for today is one that will mess with your head a little bit.
John Carpenter is one of my all time favorite directors. In 1994, he created what is in my opinion one of the greatest Lovecraftian horror films: In the Mouth of Madness. While this story is not based on any of the H.P. Lovecraft’s works, the film captures the essence of what makes Lovecraftian horror so great: an overwhelming sense of insignificance and the fear of things from outside our realm.
Sam Neil plays an insurance investigator that is hired to locate a missing horror novelist. The fun starts when Sam Neil finds a small town that doesn’t exist except for in the author’s work. Ripe with people transforming into monstrosities and tentacle monsters and a pervading sense of reality beyond our conception, In the Mouth of Madness is a must see for fans of Carpenter, Lovecraft, or good horror.
Click the cover below to pick up your copy of this masterpiece and read on for the synopsis.
Synopsis: Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow, The Seventh Sign) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Academy Award winner Charlton Heston*) sends special investigator John Trent (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park, Dead Calm) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane’s books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. Inspired by the tales of H.P. Lovecraft, this shocking story is, in the words of it’s acclaimed director, “horror beyond description!”