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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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    Q&A: Classic Misfit, DOYLE on Danzig’s 25th Anniversary Tour and More

    About midway through the set on Danzig’s 25th Anniversary tour, the legendary front man stops the show to introduce an old friend. With absolute fury, Misfits guitarist Doyle comes stomping out—in full devilocked, corpse faced glory—to blister through a set of the seminal punk band’s favorites. The room, or at least New York City’s Roseland Ballroom in this case, comes alive. Even someone who prefers the solo Danzig material would find it hard to deny this as a highlight, the most rousing aspect of the evening.

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    EXCL: Phantom City Creative’s “VAULT OF HORROR” Piece for Mondo’s E.C. Comics Tribute Show

    “Their time was cut short,” R.L. Stine writes in the introduction to Jim Trombetta’s collection and history of Horror Comics and their persecution, THE HORROR! THE HORROR! The GOOSEBUMPS creator continues, “Their star went dark. But the eerie, ghoulish glow they gave off shines on.” Later as he pledges his own allegiance and spot under the influence of E.C. titles like TALES FROM THE CRYPT, THE VAULT OF HORROR and THE HAUNT OF FEAR, it’s clear Stine is but one example of the far-reach E.C., creators Al Feldstein and William Gaines and artists/writers like Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando and Al Williamson exert into the present.

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    Q&A: Author Gary McMahon on Melancholy Ghost Story, “THE BONES OF YOU”

    Acclaimed as being in the vanguard of the new wave of British horror writers, Gary McMahon has been publishing novels and short stories at a prolific clip for over a decade now. He writes about damaged, dysfunctional people struggling to deal with the real world, who find themselves unlucky enough to stumble into its dark, unreal corners along the way.

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    Q&A: Caitlin Kittredge talks Witchy new comic, “COFFIN HILL”

    As the supernatural claims our attention in horror cinema, a very noticeably witchy atmosphere is permeating. It’s extended from film (HANSEL & GRETEL, LORDS OF SALEM) to television (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN) to the pages of Vertigo, the influential publisher who just this month released both a revamp of horror anthology series THE WITCHING HOUR and Caitlin Kittredge’s New England-set COFFIN HILL. The latter, authored by fantasy and young adult writer Kittredge, finds a Massachussetts woman whose high-society family history is steeped in witchcraft and the occult. As a reckless teenager toying with that black magick, Eve Coffin unleashed… something. Now, charged with responsibility and putting her life back together, Eve returns home and starts where it all went off the rails.

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    Max Brooks: Welcome to “THE EXTINCTION PARADE,” Part One

    Author Max Brooks can’t keep his hands off dead things. After crafting the best-selling books THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and WORLD WAR Z (the blockbuster movie version of the latter now on disc), Brooks once again turns to the living dead with THE EXTINCTION PARADE, a 12-part comic-book series from Avatar Press. But there’s a big difference in this latest ghoulish romp: Brooks pits his zombies against vampires! In this exclusive interview, Brooks, who’s attending New York Comic Con this weekend, talks about the creation of THE EXTINCTION PARADE. In part two next week, the son of Mel delivers a postmortem on WORLD WAR Z.

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    Q&A: Kim Newman on “JOHNNY ALUCARD” and the world of “ANNO DRACULA”

    Recently published by Titan Books, JOHNNY ALUCARD is the fourth novel in Kim Newman’s ANNO DRACULA sequence, a shared universe alternate history series of novels detailing a world in which Dracula triumphed over Van Helsing and his other foes. Taking place over several different countries and a hundred-year span, the books combine to form a witty, erudite horror epic that functions  both as a rip-roaring pulp yarn and a thoughtful meditation on evil, in all its forms.

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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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