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    “AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY” (Comic Review)

    Whether they’re seducing sweet, innocent girls or slaughtering entire towns in a blood-fueled rage, there is a certain mystique that surrounds vampires, inspiring centuries of stories, legends, and films DC/Vertigo’s AMERICAN VAMPIRE fits perfectly into the well-established mythos as it follows the lives of a brand new strain of vampires who’ve broken away from their European ancestors and have instead grown anew in the wilds of the American West. Beautifully written by DC’s hot rising star Scott Snyder and with an Eisner Award under its belt, it’s no surprise that other creative talents are biting at the chance to work on it. Enter AMERICAN VAMPIRE Anthology, a compilation of some of the industry’s best and brightest adding their own unique twists on the series while helping to fatten up the main characters’ back stories.

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    “THE HALLOWEEN LEGION: THE GREAT GOBLIN INVASION” (Comic Review)

    There’s something strange happening in the little town of Woodland. Of course, this is one of those towns where something strange always happens, a spooky crossroad for all things that bump in the night. Such is the setting of THE HALLOWEEN LEGION, an all-ages story about a haunted circus, an unlucky city, and a Halloween-themed collection of heroes each imbued with unique powers. Don’t let the young reader tag fool you; with its clever writing and characters, the work is appealing for the weird kid in everyone, from new readers to experienced horror fans. THE HALLOWEEN LEGION: THE GREAT GOBLIN INVASION (now available from Dark Horse Comics) continues where the novella left off, this time pinning our heroes against invaders from space.

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    “BALTIMORE: THE INFERNAL TRAIN” #1 (Comic Review)

    Bigger weapons, higher death-tolls, and political interests have changed the face of mans need to divide and conquer, but for some, like Henry Baltimore, actions in battle have consequences far beyond human understanding. With a post-war Europe plagued with vampires, BALTIMORE takes the traumas of war and mixes it with the arcane and bizarre; creating a sublime series that ensnares readers with its dark charm. BALTIMORE: THE INFERNAL TRAIN takes our hero into the wild streets of Budapest as he continues his hunt to eradicate the blood-suckers that he, mistakenly, let out onto the world.

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    “TALES OF HOT ROD HORROR #2″ (Comic Review)

    Be it possessed autos looking for vengeance or a hitchhiker horror story, cars have long been a safe go to for chilling tales. TALES OF HOT ROD HORROR takes that classic formula and spins it for a new generation of readers, bringing in artists and writers from all over the industry to participate. Taking cues from vintage horror comics, the work is a collection of short tales focusing on cars and the open road masterminded by writer Devon Devereaux. With the first volume having already been out for a couple years, the second one has finally hit shelves thanks to a successful Kickstarter Campaign.

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    “NOTHIN’ TO LOSE – THE MAKING OF KISS (1972-1975)” (Book Review)

    Last year, FANGORIA published the official KISS Monster Magazine (issue #1 is still available in our store here, while the 3D issue #2 is sold out) and it’s no secret that this writer/editor is obsessed with but two things: horror movies and yes, KISS. It was a fixation that locked in preschool, and it was seeing Gene Simmons with fangs, leather, metal and bat wings on the cover of 1977’s LOVE GUN that drew me to Dracula. After the swoon of discovering garish and bloody perversions of gothic horror ebbed, I later fell in love with KISS’ patented brand of trashy 70’s rock n’roll and it’s that adoration of Paul Stanley’s scream and Simmons’s stomping, spitting persona that I’ve carried with me and will keep close to my heart until I die, whenever that may be.

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    “STOKER’S MANUSCRIPT” (Book Review)

    In the seemingly inexhaustible territory of modern vampire literature, it can be refreshing to uncover those restorative works of fiction that hark back to the cold-blooded, merciless and inhuman traditional bloodsuckers that set the precedent. Bram Stoker epitomized this vein of literature in 1897 with DRACULA, forever changing the world of horror with its since oft-depicted antagonist. The novel and the Count have inspired a vast number of other works that have become somewhat detached from the source, but Royce Prouty’s debut novel STOKER’S MANUSCRIPT (Penguin) pays careful homage to Stoker’s original masterpiece.

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    “BLOOD BROTHERS” #1 (Comic Review)

    There are many places for a pair of vampires to hide out. Some would choose the bright lights of Milan, New York, or Paris to blend in with the fashionable and insane, while others would be more inclined to retreat somewhere more sullen, a haunted bayou or dismal castle. But there are always exceptions, such as with best friends of a thousand years, Nick and Tree, who settle down in Las Vegas, a city of excess, money, and dangerous turns. Unfortunately, one of those turns just happens to have the two of them in mind.

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    “HOAX HUNTERS: CASE FILES #1″ (Comic Review)

    The world is full of strange things. Bigfoot, aliens, ghosts, demons; the stuff of horror goes on and on. Thanks to the fascination of all things morbid, many television shows are taking advantage of humans’ natural fear of the unknown and turning a pretty hefty sum investigating claims of paranormal activity. But what if there was a show that debunked all that? A type of MYTH BUSTERS, but for things that go bump in the night?

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    “THE WAKE” (Comic Review)

    The sea has been fascinating curiosity seekers for centuries. The endless possibilities of what might be lurking in its deep, dark caverns have swirled in the imaginations of authors and artists alike, paving the way for DC/Vertigo’s most recent comic, THE WAKE. A fantastic take on the Old Ones mythos, it takes the uncertainty and madness of the ocean and sets it loose on an unsuspecting crew of scientists.

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