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    Q&A: Developer Dave Cox talks “CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2″

    When it comes to horror-adventure games, is there a legacy as reputable as that of the CASTLEVANIA series? The long-running video game franchise has let players explore its various corners and crevices, introducing new monstrous oddities while furthering its rich, Gothic mythology. The latest game in the series, the highly-anticipated CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2 (available now from Konami), builds upon its successful spin-off predecessor and finally lets longtime fans loose as one of the series’ most bloodthirsty arch villains, Dracula.

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    Barbie Wilde on Daniele Serra’s “VEINS AND SKULLS”

    This writer was introduced to Daniele Serra’s work through Cheryl Mullenax at Comet Publishing and was fortunate enough to have this award-winning artist and illustrator do the cover artwork for my debut dark crime novel, THE VENUS COMPLEX. Serra has now produced an entire book of his creations called VEINS AND SKULLS, published by Short, Scary Tales Publications, with a foreword  by author Jeff Mariotte.

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    Report: Skinny Puppy, Live in Toronto

    It was colder than a mother-in-law’s kiss Tuesday night in Toronto, but that didn’t stop an army of multi-generational Skinny Puppy fans from making the pilgrimage to a picturesque, remote industrial area dubbed The Docks to see the three decades-old electronic band that not only refuse to die, but sonically seem to get sharper with age.

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    Fango Preview: “CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2″

    Are you a CASTLEVANIA maniac? I remember playing the earlier installments growing up, reveling in the cool gameplay and Gothic-inspired inspired designs of the game, but as time went on, I lost touch with the series. So imagine my surprise as FANGORIA was invited to test out the latest addition to the series, CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2.

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    First Look: SEGA’s “ALIEN: ISOLATION”

    The concept is something of a no-brainer. While James Cameron’s lauded sequel and its balls to the wall aesthetic might be more suited to an action-heavy experience, there’s an entirely rich, haunting atmosphere to be mined from Ridley Scott’s original, better ALIEN film. Dripping with steam and dread, ALIEN’s original intent is as noble as ever and provides just one reason why SEGA and the team at Creative Assembly crafted the latest series game in its image. This isn’t that action-heavy experience. With ALIEN: ISOLATION, they want to scare the shit out of you.

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    Q&A: Matt Weinhold, The Comedian With a Collection To Die For

    To many horror fans, the weight of your fandom is measured by the size of your collection. And for good reason: as conventions start growing with record-number attendances around the country, blue-blooded genre nuts are separating themselves from the rookies by hitting up the myriad booths of memorabilia and artwork that take up the exhibitors floor. Even better, though, is when these die-hard fright fanatics do good by the genre that they love, whether it’s by making films, such as esteemed collector (and now, cultural benefactor) Guillermo del Toro, or sporting it at their place-of-business, such as Kirk Hammett with his horror-inspired guitars.

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    Q&A: Skinny Puppy Video Director Jason Alacrity talks “illisiT” clip

    Influential horror-stained Industrial/electronic outfit Skinny Puppy pioneered the blending perverse performance art with abstract sonics smashed into dance-floor friendly structure. Throughout the 1980s right until present day, lyricist/frontman Nivek Ogre and aural architect cEvin Key have ensured that the visual component of SP mirrors the music, with a series of stage shows and video clips that are violent, sensual, surreal and often shocking.

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    Inside Guillermo del Toro’s “CABINET OF CURIOSITIES,” Part Two

    Fantasy film fans looking for the ultimate coffee table should go no further than GUILLERMO DEL TORO CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: MY NOTEBOOKS, COLLECTIONS, AND OTHER OBSESSIONS (Insight Editions), the sumptuously illustrated exploration inside the films (and mind) of the master fantasist. Boasting scores of personal sketches, designs, rare photos and artwork from del Toro’s amazing body of work, home and journals, plus written contributions from James Cameron, Tom Cruise, John Landis, Ron Perlman and many others, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is an embarrassment of riches. In part one of this exclusive two-part interview (see here), del Toro talked about the creation of his gargantuan tome. Today, the director of CRONOS, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH and the HELLBOY movies spills the beans on his exciting future projects.

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    Inside Guillermo del Toro’s “CABINET OF CURIOSITIES”, Part One

    The lavishly illustrated GUILLERMO DEL TORO CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: MY NOTEBOOKS, COLLECTIONS, AND OTHER OBSESSIONS is the ultimate coffee table book for fans of the master Mexican filmmaker. Along with writer/collaborator Marc Scott Zicree, del Toro unveils drawings, production art and sketches from his private journals and filmmaking diaries, providing a running commentary on the creation of his wonderful movies CRONOS, MIMIC, BLADE II, the HELLBOY duo, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH and PACIFIC RIM. Plus we also get a photo tour of geek heaven, del Toro’s memorabilia-laden Bleak House. Also displayed: designs from his intriguing unproduced films, like the Lovecraft epic AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. In a nutshell, Del Toro leaves no stone unturned.

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    Monster MAC: Rick Baker on his Halloween Makeup Collection

    When most people think of seven-time Oscar-winning special effects makeup creator Rick Baker, they envision cinematic werewolves, apes and space aliens. What doesn’t immediately come to mind is a Halloween collection designed to be applied and worn by ordinary folks at home, but that’s just what Baker has created for MAC cosmetics.

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