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On October 2, 2011, the world will once more feel the
clammy, carnival grip of William Castle’s work when “he” releases his first
book, FROM THE GRAVE: THE PRAYER, a terrifying tale geared—as were the original
Castle horror films—to young adults looking for bone-chilling, yet campy,
shocks. FANGORIA is teaming up with Castle and giving our readers the chance to
take a page out of THE TINGLER’s wild ad campaign and “Scream for Your Life!”
And three lucky winners will receive a signed copy of the book plus...a classic
piece of vintage memorabilia from the Castle vaults!
In the history of horror cinema, one name stands alone. A
kind of P.T. Barnum of vintage big-screen shock, producer/writer/director and
weird movie visionary William Castle stumbled upon a winning formula when, with
his 1958 chiller MACABRE, he arranged for theater owners to offer more
lily-livered pundits a life insurance policy insuring moviegoers against death
during the running time, authentically certified by Lloyd’s of London. The
marketing gimmick took off, and more stunts followed in such Castle films as
THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, HOMICIDAL, THE TINGLER (check out Castle’s
introduction to that film below) and many more. Castle passed away in 1977 at
the age of 63, but, as all Fangorians know, true masters of horror never die.
They always come back...
Simply pick up your iPhones, webcams or any other video
recording device and film yourself doing your best Hollywood horror-style
scream—the louder and more dramatic the better—and send an MPEG to
. We’ll send the video
straight to the gloriously undead William Castle and his charming (although
still rather bloodthirsty) daughter, Terry Castle, who will watch ’em and judge
’em. We’ll then start posting the best of them online at Fangoria.com.
Closer to the release of THE PRAYER, the Castles will pick
their three favorite screams and the winners will receive a signed copy of the
book plus...a classic piece of vintage memorabilia from the Castle vaults! So
polish your pipes, stick your mug in front of some sort of lens and give
William Castle your best full-throttle scream! And remember: “A scream at the
right time might save your life!”
And win you some cool junk!
For more on the recent activity of the Castle clan, visit
their official website.
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