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  • “HARROW COUNTY #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Nothing quite hits the horror fan in the heart like a good Southern ghost story, what with their weeping willows, cursed towns and cemeteries that stretch for miles into the setting sun. Throw in a wise old man mumbling about how much “you don’t want to go down that road,” and you’re all set. HARROW COUNTY #1 takes all that classic imagery, paints it in earth-worn colors of the farmland and sets it free to terrorize your overly religious aunt. While perhaps more of an homage to classic horror than a wholly original piece, it is the comics dedication to giving its readers the perfect subtle scares while staying true to the old school ‘haints’ of the South that really gives it a voice.

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  • “THE DEVASTATOR: HORROR” (Comic Book Review)

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    It’s hard to do a good horror satire without it coming off as completely cheesy, lazy, or just plain unoriginal. Many scary comedy films are dropped into pit of rolling eyeballs and exasperated sighs as their over-the-top approach to horror tropes fall short of being funny or entertaining. Luckily, the good folks at Devastator Press don’t have this problem; dedicated to poking fun at every aspect of entertainment and society, THE DEVASTATOR has released its most recent pack of rabid reviewers on their horror issue. Writers from The Onion, THE DAILY SHOW, and Adult Swim among others add to this 60-page behemoth of comics, stories, illustrations and fake reviews all poking fun at Fangoria’s bread and butter. Frankly, they couldn’t have done it any better.

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  • Book Review: “SEX AND HORROR: THE ART OF EMANUELE TAGLIETTI” (NSFW)

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    Artist Emanuele Taglietti is one of the most celebrated masters to emerge from that unique period in 1970’s Italy, when morale shifted and the popular fumetti (Italian comic books, literally translated as “puffs of smoke”, an allusion to speech bubbles) followed more liberal strains of genre cinema and more overt, explicit sexuality was visualized on their covers. Tagleitti, a former set designer who had worked with Fellini, jumped on this, exploiting the comforts of working from home by becoming a full-fledged cover illustrator, nurturing a style that was sensual, lurid, saturated and bristling with energy.

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  • “KAIJUMAX #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    While the giant monster movie subgenre, a/k/a kaiju, have never quite died away in popularity in their native country of Japan, the phenomenon has just recently re-ignited on the shores of the Western world. Thanks to Guillmero Del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM and the newest GODZILLA film, we are once again in full swing of all things large and bizarre, including comics. Oni Press’s newest creature feature release, KAIJUMAX, takes advantage of the craze and shows us what happens after the urban-destroying monstrosities get locked up. A hilarious yet poignant look at life behind bars, the comic not only focuses on the social hierarchy of these monsters, but also on family and parenthood as our lead fights to escape the island in an attempt to find his children.

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  • TOYS OF TERROR #44.5: The Misfits Edition!

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    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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  • “COURTNEY CRUMRIN: TALES OF A WARLOCK” (Comic Book Review)

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    Though the adventures of young Miss Courtney Crumrin have come to an end with the previous release of COURTNEY CRUMRIN: THE FINAL SPELL, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other stories to the Crumrin universe. The newest volume, TALES OF A WARLOCK, further explores the dark corners of the magical world, this time featuring Courtney’s uncle Aloysius in his younger days as a wizard. Exploding with political intrigue, shadowy secrets, and of course, a heaping amount of magic, this is the series for fans who are interested in a more adult take on Courtney Crumrin. That’s not to say that just because the previous volumes focused on a pre-teen protagonist that they were any less appealing (earning itself the coveted ‘all-ages’ tag vs. the limiting ‘young reader’), but it’s welcome insight into the enemies that Aloysius hinted throughout the series as well as a fun peak into his early life.

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  • “NOTHING LASTING” (E-Book Review)

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    With a story centering around a small town harboring a demented secret, Glen Krisch’s NOTHING LASTING is a fast-paced, disturbing, and extremely frustrating glimpse into how trapped someone can become when surrounded by the wrong people. But even though NOTHING LASTING’s literal horror is an unsolved case of missing children over that resurfaces as more seem to disappear, the real horror comes from witnessing how easily the main character transitioned from an innocent 12-year-old boy to someone whose life would forever be weighed down by a guilty conscience, stemming from a toxic relationship with someone he could not escape.

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  • “MADAME FRANKENSTEIN, VOLUME 1” (Comic Book Review)

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    While female versions of Frankenstein’s monster tend to fall by the wayside in preference to the more classical, male rendition of the village-terrorizing creature, lady monsters are surprisingly not as uncommon as you think. From Universal Studios’ vintage tale of horrific love, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, to the more recent-ish FRANKENHOOKER, women and the classic Shelley work have crossed paths on more than one occasion. Thanks to Image Comics’ newest graphic novel horror, MADAME FRANKENSTEIN, we get another female-led rendition to add to the meager collection.

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  • Exclusive Preview: Vertigo Comic’s “WOLF MOON #4”

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    In the realm of horror comics, there’s few names as reliable for mature, terrifying content as DC Entertainment’s Vertigo line. And even fewer are the selections among Vertigo’s work that’s as visceral and genuinely dread-inspiring as WOLF MOON, Cullen Bunn’s bloody and beautifully-illustrated werewolf opus. And with the fourth issue in the WOLF MOON series dropping on March 4th, FANGORIA has an exclusive first look at the next chapter in the WOLF MOON saga!

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  • “FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND” (Comic Book Review)

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    It’s tough to be Frankenstein’s monster. When you’re not being hunted, shot at, or chased out of town by a horde of angry, fire-wielding villagers, you’re accidently killing everything you love. But, thanks to his seemingly immortal life (and license-free image) horror fans are treated to new tales and re-imaginings of his sordid existence by everyone from movie directors to comic creators. Once again, we are presented with the further adventures of the hulking figure via Mike Mignola’s endless imagination, which puts Frankenstein’s monster deep into the jungles of Mexico. Forgoing blood and violence for a more philosophical approach to the creature, FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND explores how deep human fear can go.

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  • “SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS: FROM THE HORROR ZINE” (Book Review)

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    Horror Zine founder and editor, Jeani Rector has masterfully put together a collection of spine-chilling and macabre tales in her third installment of anthologies SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS: FROM THE HORROR ZINE. The bite-sized short stories showcase Rectors flair as not just an editor, but for seeking out the best in known and up and coming talent in the horror fiction genre in her third offering from THE HORROR ZINE. And although a new publisher is on board for this anthology (Post Mortem Press) the novel still follows the same solid format as the two previous compilations.

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  • “HOLY F*CK” (Comic Book Review)

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    Nothing sells a work faster than religious controversy. Something about insulting the moral, right wing minds of conservative culture tickles the fans pink, especially when it’s so over-the-top that even the stiffest upper lip would crack a smile. From Garth “The Menace” Ennis’ PREACHER to Robert Kirkman’s BATTLE POPE, comics have never shied away from pushing the boundaries of good taste and HOLY F*CK is no exception as it follows the long tradition of mocking Christianity in comic books. Reading like a religious exploitation film brought to the four panel world, HOLY F*CK brings babes and bikes to God’s holy hand, creating a globe-trotting adventure to save the end of the world… that is if we ever get Jesus off of crack.

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