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    Q&A: Grade School Metal Band and “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” darlings, MURP

    Aaralyn and Izzy O’Neil are collectively known as MURP, a brother-sister Metal tinted band from Boston, Mass who started their wild act in 2010 after vocalist Aaralyn—who was three at the time—discovered she could scream like the Devil. Spurred on by their parents, they competed on TV reality show AMERICA’S GOT TALENT earlier this year performing their mind-bending screamo gem “Zombie Skin,” confusing Howard Stern, impressing Howie Mandel and blowing away a shocked audience.  Though the kids made it to the finals, they were eventually eliminated, but this did little to defeat them. They went back to Boston and made a four-track EP called BROKEN CRAYONS, which is now available.

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    Q&A: Michael Moreci talks “HOAX HUNTERS”

    With HOAX HUNTERS lining the shelves of comic shops across the country, Michael Moreci is slowly growing from talented writer to a bankable creator. Definitely the man to watch, he can be found working anywhere from major publishing houses to independents companies such as Monkeybrain, an entirely digital company with very affordable books. With the HOAX HUNTERS: CASE FILES Annual now available, Moreci sat down with Fango to talk what exactly drove him to explore the limits of the bizarre and the terrifying.

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    In His Posthumous Autobiography, Dark Fiction Author Rick Hautala Defies “the Notion that Death Ends It All”

    (Portrait of Rick Hautala by artist Glenn Chadbourne)

    Shawn Macomber talks to Holly Newstein Hautala, Christopher Golden, Thomas F. Monteleone and Timothy Deal about horror author Rick Hautala’s posthumously-released autobiography THE HORROR…THE HORROR as well as a handful of star-studded fundraising campaigns through which you can help support Hautala’s widow.

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    First Look: Photos from Old Gods’ Bloody Video, “From Beyond”

    Among Fango’s long roster of past and current contributors lies musician and now aspiring filmmaker, Jeff Tuttle. The talented, frenzied guitarist and horror devotee who shot to notoriety during his time in the notorious Dillinger Escape Plan has since left that band, enrolled in film school and started something confrontational and exciting in Old Gods. Fronting the noise-punk outfit finds Tuttle working through not only his macabre fandom, but the themes and concepts at play both in genre and life. With their first full length, STYLIZIED VIOLENCE on the horizon (a self-titled EP was out in 2011), the band has also afforded him the ability to marry visual and sonic blast in the splattered, strange clip for “From Beyond.”

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    Chris Alexander Remembers RICHARD MATHESON, 1926-2013

    The great Richard Matheson has passed.

    The man who invented the template for what would evolve – with some un-authorized assistance from George A. Romero – into the modern zombie and who re-invented what a vampire could be with his 1954 novella I AM LEGEND, defined the parameters of dark fantasy fiction, working in all mediums and developing a style and evolving thematic arc that carried into his final writings.

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    MF Gallery: Ten Years of Monstrous Art

    This summer, Brooklyn’s MF Gallery is celebrating 10 years of showcasing art inspired by horror, monsters, toys and other dark/pop culture. To mark the anniversary, Fango sat down with founders/owners Martina Secondo Russo and Frank Russo (with their beautiful baby boy Joe Butch Russo) to talk about the last decade, and what the next one may hold…

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    New York haunter Tim Haskell looks forward to this summer’s all-night “CAMP NIGHTMARE”

    It’s the beginning of Memorial Day weekend and summer, however unofficially, is here. A season with special ties to horror, it is where the youthful inclination of exploration and reckless abandon meets undeserved punishment, and when you close your eyes it’s envisioned as converging in one place: Camp. Endlessly revisited through FRIDAY THE 13TH sequels, THE BURNING and what have you, camp is a kind of mythical space whose forest getaway is recognizable to audiences and conceivably not very far from their own cabin experiences, minus the kills. Well, until now.

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    Q&A: Borderlands’ Thomas Monteleone talks re-introducing the work of Henry Kuttner

    The crew over at Borderlands Press calls Henry Kuttner a “secret superstar.” It is an appellation that seems more than apt when one considers the profound impact this largely overlooked fantastic fiction maestro had on some of the most revered figures in the genre—Richard Matheson and Ray Bradury each dedicated books to Kuttner (I AM LEGEND and DARK CARNIVAL, respectively); William Burroughs saw fit to quote him in his work; Lovecraft considered him a friend and worthy purveyor of Cthulhu Mythos; Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Roger Zelazny, and other dark fiction luminaries cite him as an influence. Alas, in the years since his far-too-early death at age 42 in 1958—and despite the efforts of a coterie of staunch devotees—Kuttner’s work has fallen further and further off the dark literature radar. 

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