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    “BLACK SCIENCE” #1 (Comic Review)

    If horror has taught us anything, it’s that playing with science is a good way to ruin your day. Unchecked experiments can lead to creatures, zombies, killer plants and human/fly cross-breeds of insane proportions. Unless you’re Velma, it is generally regarded that if you spend a disproportionate amount of your time messing with the fabric of the universe, you will be killed, or at least, very miserable. With BLACK SCIENCE, this is exactly what happens to a poor group of stranded dimension travelers as they desperately search for a way home. Facing alien monsters in an unknown landscape, this new title from Image Comics mixes sci-fi nostalgia with the uncertainty of “what lies beyond,” creating the perfect storm of 70s throwback and modern horror aesthetics.

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    Mark 2014 with Charitable Women in Horror UK Calendar

    As we’ve come to annually explore, via both coverage and critique, February has been carved out to celebrate Women in Horror. But of course, celebrating talented women filmmakers in genre and beyond is not, and should not be, some once-a-year ritual. Thus, London-based filmmaker Melanie Light has inventively crafted a reminder that women are creating and producing exciting and provoking genre film every day of the year: a calendar. What’s more, the Women in Horror UK calendar aims to divert from traditional, or cliched, pin-up style, instead highlighting the work of twelve UK horror artists (including cenobite and author Barbie Wilde, THE WOMAN star Pollyanna McIntosh and director Prano Bailey-Bond) and donating profits to worthwhile foundations. 

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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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    Win a signed copy of MonsterMatt Patterson’s Cheeky “HA-HA! HORROR” Joke Book

    Punishing punster Monstermatt Patterson, the Man of a Thousand Bad Monster Jokes, has a new book out! It’s called HA-HA! HORROR, written and illustrated by him, and  published by Mystery & Horror LLC.  It clocks in with over 600 jokes and 26 illustrations, tailored to the terror fan who doesn’t take him or herself terribly seriously.

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    Waxwork Reveals Release, Jay Shaw Art for “ROSEMARY’S BABY” Vinyl

    There are few times when the lovely, dreamy, if still unnerving, “la la la’s” of Christopher (Krzysztof) Komeda’s ROSEMARY’S BABY score are not floating in my head. For many devotees of the Roman Polanski classic and its fantastic soundtrack, I imagine it’s the same. Now, in the midst of vinyl OST resurgence, Waxwork has revealed the details and (as usual) excellent Jay Shaw artwork for their anticipated, remastered release of the album.

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    “HYSTERIA” by Stephanie Wytovich (Book Review)

    The photographs—rendered in stark, blown out black and white—are striking: There stands dark poetess extraordinaire Stephanie Wytovich in the basement of the purportedly haunted abandoned hospital Hill View Manor, an oppressive blackness and who-knows-what-else closing in. All of it, held at bay only by this beacon of fearlessness, beauty, and joie de vivre smiling out at the camera.

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    Cronenberg Burlesque! Videos, Photos, Tassels!

    Last month, in the midst of prepping our David Cronenberg special edition magazine, we reported on an unusual event in the form of MISS ROSE’S DAVID CRONENBERG BURLESQUE, part of the celebrated and saucy Burlesque performer’s larger show, the Philadelphia-based MISS ROSE’S SEXPLOITATION FOLLIES. In the piece, most of the New Flesh overlord’s filmography was re-interpreted for the arse and tassels set.

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    “DRUMHELLAR” #1 (Comic Review)

    Psychic detectives are a dime a dozen. Every coma patient with a bump on his noggin has a story to tell about your dead grandmother’s will, your love life, and “do you know someone whose name starts with a B?” Even comic books are overrun with spiritual mediums, from the classic Dr. Strange, to the more modern John Constantine and Cal McDonald, and even pushing to the future with Judge Dredd’s mind-reading police associates. So why in the world would Image Comics introduce yet another trench-coat toting, cigarette-chomping, down-on-his-luck investigator of the weird into the already clogged cake-hole of entertainment? Because it’s actually pretty good. While the initial idea of DRUMHELLAR might sound like another rehash, the Alex Link and Riley Rossmo-created series manages to set itself apart with a dynamic art style and hungry passion from the latter.

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    “CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW COLLECTION” (Game Review)

    Most long-running game series (SUPER MARIO, FINAL FANTASY, etc) avoid the potential hazards of a strong “mythology” by keeping it simple (Mario is good, things that he can stomp on are bad) or starting from scratch every time out (save for Chocobos and guys named Cid).  Other series, such as CASTLEVANIA, haven’t had long-term goals in mind when they were designed, but kept expanding on the initial storyline, resulting in a complicated “canon” that can scare off new fans, while also decreasing the appeal for older fans who’ve grown tired of trying to make sense of its narrative (RESIDENT EVIL is an even bigger offender of this).  Some folks at Konami agreed, which is why LORDS OF SHADOW is not only a completely standalone affair in terms of CASTLEVANIA lore, but also planned to be a definitive open and shut trilogy that will wrap up with LORDS OF SHADOW 2 in 2014.

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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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