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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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    “ARMY OF DARKNESS / REANIMATOR” (Comic Review)

    H.P. Lovecrafts HERBERT WEST—REANIMATOR has been adapted or referenced in a dozen different ways, from cartoons to video games to movies, and most famously being the basis for what is arguably one of the greatest horror flicks of the 80s, RE-ANIMATOR. With its shambling corpses and looming horror of the unknown, and an enigmatic, mysterious author to boot, it’s easy to understand why so many creators would be attracted to put their own spin on the classic tale. ARMY OF DARKNESS/REANMIATOR is the latest addition, this time putting EVIL DEAD’s smart-mouthed, chain-sawed leading man Ash in the shoes of the story’s anonymous narrator as he teams up with mad scientist Herbert West. Sticking close to the original Lovecraftian version, this comic is less of a re-telling and more of a garnish to the tale of terror.

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    Exclusive Music Video: Dance Hall Pimps’ “The Dead Don’t Walk”

    As a horror fan myself, there’s few things that are as great as seeing fellow fright fans embrace their love for the genre and apply it to their other passions. Sometimes, that fandom begets filmmakers, who seek to become the next George Romero or John Carpenter. Sometimes, that fandom produces musicians, who apply their love for horror in the aesthetics of their art and lyrics of their songs. And in times like this, those influences combine to create something truly unique and fear-film-friendly.

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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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    “ON LOCATION IN BLAIRSTOWN: THE MAKING OF FRIDAY THE 13TH” (Book Review)

    Author David Grove is a FRIDAY THE 13th superfan who admits such with pride in the introduction to his latest effort, the hefty and illuminating ON LOCATION IN BLAIRSTOWN: THE MAKING OF FRIDAY THE 13th (available now from Author Mike/Dark Ink books). Grove has penned plenty of genre-oriented tomes in his day, including 2004’s well-received MAKING FRIDAY THE 13th: THE LEGEND OF CAMP BLOOD, and the existence of his latest poses the question as to how he could ever best the scope of that well-reviewed initial immersion into the Voorhees universe. the answer is that, instead of trying, Grove focuses here exclusively on producer/director Sean S. Cunningham’s first stab at the slasher franchise exclusively, and does so affectionately – yet objectively -  and even stops to muckrake a bit of choice gossip for those that care about such things.

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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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    George A. Romero-starring “ZOMBIE SQUASH” Game Gets Metal Soundtrack

    Here’s an oddball diversion as you slink into the Halloween season. Sumthing Else Music Works, the indie label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks is about to unleash the ZOMBIE SQUASH Original Soundtrack featuring the heavy metal instrumental score from ACW Games’ tongue-in-cheek mobile game for iOS and Android.

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    Death Metallers Howling pay tribute to Chas Balun and “HORROR HOLOCAUST” on new record

    HOWLING is not at all shy about letting its genre roots show—the gore-festooned melodic death metallers’ self-declared influences include “80s back issues of FANGORIA, GOREZONE, DEEP RED, and vintage poster/VHS artwork from the glory days” and the band’s excellent full-length debut A BEAST CONCEIVED paid open homage to a bevy of underground classics from the backwoods horror subgenre.

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    “THE MEMORY COLLECTORS” (Comic Review)

    There are many ways to torture a person. While plenty of horror tends to focus on the physical torment, it’s the psychological scars that truly stay with the victim, threatening to resurface at the most awkward of times. MEMORY COLLECTORS takes full advantage of this unique human condition, creating a comic that is steeped in nightmares and the demons who feed off the subsequent misery. Written and illustrated by Menton3, the series has been a long time coming for fans of the artist’s distinct, fetishist goth art. Though this is the creator’s second attempt at a full comic series, he is usually found only contributing to cover art, making MEMORY COLLECTORS a unique addition to his repertoire.

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