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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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    Stephen King’s “JOYLAND” (Book Review)

    After an uncharacteristically quiet 2012, author and multimedia brand Stephen King is resurfacing with a diverse slate of projects: From the UNDER THE DOME TV adaptation to the big-screen remake of CARRIE to the long-awaited musical theatre experiment GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY to King’s risky revisit with THE SHINING’s Danny Torrance in this fall’s novel DOCTOR SLEEP. While most of the aforementioned projects have yet to see release, it’s safe to declare that King’s new paperback original JOYLAND (out now from Hard Case Crime/Titan) will most likely be judged the runt of 2013’s considerable litter.

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    TRUE BLOOD DRINKS AND BITES (Book Review)

    I have to admit this first:  I have been cold toward the HBO show TRUE BLOOD ever since they had the nerve to kill off Christopher Meloni’s character, Roman, mid-freakin-season this past year. As time heals all wounds, I’ve been debating whether I should get back into the show and finish off the second half of this past season, finally catching up before the new season starts on June 16th.  As luck would have it, here I find myself reviewing a cookbook that is designed around the show.

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    Joseph D’Lacey’s “ROADKILL” (Book Review)

    Following on the heels of their previous chapbook release (Conrad Williams’ unsettling THE FOX – see our review HERE), This Is Horror return with Joseph D’Lacey’s ROADKILL, an existential tale of automotive dark fantasy. The story contains little in the way of actual horror, demonstrating that the publisher refuses to be limited by any generic boundaries one might infer from their name; an admirable undertaking, although one that pays mixed dividends in this latest publication.

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