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Horror Writer Spotlight: An Interview With Russell James

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Walk into your local Barnes and Noble and try to find some horror. Chances are you’ll see King, Koontz, and maybe even something from Richard Matheson, Jonathan Maberry, or Peter Straub.  People, there is an army of amazing horror authors out there right now that are not getting the love n’ shelf space that they so rightly deserve. There are readers who would fall in love with many of these ghoul-conjuring maestros if only they knew of their existence.

Now, many horror fans felt displaced a few years ago when Dorchester Publishing closed its doors. After all, Dorchester had a deal with Barnes and Noble. You could find the latest from Brian Keene and many others right there on the “New Paperbacks” display. The Leisure Book Horror Club fed many a devilish mind the kind of horror that hit your system like crack (not that I’ve ever done crack). You lit up, and instantly craved more. The man that spearheaded the Leisure Book Horror line is the man now doing the same for Samhain Publishing, Don D’Auria. If Don brings back a writer SIX fucking times…he’s pretty fucking good.

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When I first started here at iHorror, I introduced you to a few of my friends. Let me introduce you to one more. His name is Russell James. Russell just released his newest horror novel (and sixth for Don D’Auria and Samhain Publishing). It’s called, Dreamwalker, and it is terrific (I’ll have a review for you next week).

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Two realities. One hope.

What if you lived in two worlds, and could die in either?  Pete Holm can. He is a dreamwalker, able to travel to the realm of dreams, including the devastated world of Twin Moon City, where an evil voodoo spirit holds living souls in terror with his army of the walking dead.

In the waking world, drug lord Jean St. Croix knows only the power of the dreamwalker can stop him, so St. Croix vows Pete must die.

Pete is the only hope to rescue the lost souls in Twin Moon City…unless St. Croix kills him first. Can anyone survive when two realities collide?

 

Last week, I got to talk with Russel about Dreamwalker, and much more…

Glenn Rolfe: Your new book, Dreamwalker, is pretty damn amazing. I read it a couple weeks ago, and can’t see it not making my top 10 of 2015. I love that you included a little section in the back talking about the work put into this novel. Research, time spent actually working this story…Let’s open it up there.

How long did this project take from start to finish and why did it take so long?

Russell James: I just checked the date on my earliest version, and it was started October 17, 2005. Why did it take so long? Because in 2005, I didn’t know how to write.

This was probably the third novel-length work I’d attempted. I sent what I thought was a final version off to an editor who taught college out in San Francisco. Wow, did I learn a lot from her notes. I set the work aside after that, like leaving a wrecked car you really like in the garage. After I got Dark Inspiration and two other novels published with Samhain, I thought about Dreamwalker and went to dust it off. Apparently, I’d learned even more since I put it away. I lopped 20,000 useless words out, reworked Rayna so she didn’t have the dimensionality of a sheet of cardboard, and amped up the gruesome factor. I was thrilled when Don D’Auria bought it for Samhain.

GR: How does it feel to finally have it coming out?

RJ: It is amazing. I remember having the idea for this story, and starting to write ideas down on a spiral notebook. Being published was an impossible dream back then, so lesson #1 is that nothing is impossible. Lesson #2 is never throw away any creative idea. Tuck it away and its time will come.

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I also recently finished, Blood Red Roses (another great piece). I know that one is part of the Samhain Gothic anthology, What Waits in the Shadows.  Was that a story you had already started prior to Don’s open call for the anthology, or did you start it fresh.

That one started fresh when Don told me about the submission call during World Horror Con. I did some Gothic horror research, remembered how much I loved Edgar Allen Poe, and devoured a few dozen of his stories to get the flavor of the period. That was the only story I’ve done so far where I consciously tried to change my style.

GR: How much research have you had to do on past novels?

RJ: Everything needs some research. Only a little for Black Magic, a lot for Dreamwalker, an enormous amount for a historical fiction piece I’m just finishing now.

GR: I know you write every day. What’s the magic time for you? Is there a time when you feel the force flows the best/the easiest?

RJ: I like to get up really early, exercise to wake up, then be writing by 4 AM of so. If I can get six hours in then do something else after 10 AM, life is good. Of course I fall asleep about 8 PM on those days.

GR: You say your wife reads your work. Has there ever been a piece you were afraid to show her due to its content?

RJ: There is a graphic rape scene in Q Island, my next Samhain novel, that I think I deleted from her version. She already gives me a lot of odd looks. We did have this conversation once. I was writing in one room, she was reading Q Island in the other.

Wife: Uh, I’m going to skip this section where the guy eats the brains, okay?

Me: No! You can’t skip that. It’s the best scene!

GR: Obviously, as writers, we pull in the things we’ve experienced, and often things the people around us have been through. It’s part of the brave, honest thing we do by opening ourselves up to connect with the readers. Is there any part of your life that is off limits when it comes to writing?

RJ: I have trouble writing about real horror. Ghosts, sorcerers, zombies. Piece of cake. Kidnapped girls transported to a foreign country as sex slaves? Way too real. The slavery scenes from Blood Red Roses are all drawn from actual contemporary accounts that make you ashamed to share a genetic design with slaveholders. That stuff was hard to write.

GR: Before I read your bio, I caught the helicopter knowledge you dropped one scene in Dark Vengeance, and said, “this guy knows how to pilot a helicopter!”  I can’t even imagine what that must be like. What’s your favorite part of flying and do you still get to do it?

RJ: When I was in ROTC, I went to U.S. Army Air Assault School with the 101st Airborne Division. The training is grueling. I sat in the back of a UH-60 on a night mission, watched the pilots and the cool displays and said, “I need to do that job.”

Four years later, I’m flying a mission for the Air Assault School one night. I turn around and see a wide-eyed cadet, mouth open in awe watching the show from the back seat. The circle was complete.

I don’t fly anymore. Helicopter flight time is very expensive. I’ll need to sell a lot more books.

GR: The authors at Samhain, besides being a talented batch, are so welcoming and gung-ho for one another. Personally, you’ve been there for me whenever I have any questions, and I totally appreciate that. What do you think it is that makes it really feel like a family?

RJ: I think that Don D’Auria, our editor sets that tone and we all pick up on the vibe.

GR: What should we expect next from Mr. James?

RJ: Lots going on this year. Sci fi short story collection OUTER RIM came out a month or so ago. I’m in two benefit anthologies for Doctors Without Borders, time-travel-themed OUT OF TIME and space-opera-themed CENTAURI STATION.  Samhain novel Q ISLAND, the story of a plague that turns Long Island, NY into a quarantine zone, comes out in the summer. And of course other stuff is simmering.

Okay, some rapid fire:steve and bruce

Favorite band?

Aerosmith and Springsteen in a tie.

Beer or wine?

What kind? Non-drinker.

Best pizza topping besides pepperoni?

Hawaiian- pineapple/ham/bacon. Yeah!

Author who most inspired you to write?

Stephen King. Hands down.

Author who inspires you most now?

I can name about four Samhain authors off the top of my head who really piss me off because their books are so good they make me have to write better. Hunter Shea, Jonathan Janz, Catherine Cavendish, JG Faherty. And there are way more where those came from.

First thing you do after finishing a new piece of work? Start on the next one.

If you had to write a book outside the wonderful world of horror, what genre would you choose? Science fiction. And if I ever get horror breathing room, I will.

 

Thanks for your time, Russell. I wish you the best with Dreamwalker. I’ll see you in Cincy.

 

 

Purchase Links

GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23563310-dreamwalker

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Dreamwalker-Russell-James-ebook/dp/B00P15GV98

Samhain Horror:

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5295/dreamwalker

Barnes and Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamwalker-russell-james/1120666682?ean=9781619227682

Giveaways

  • Open reviewer giveaway: Anyone who reviews Dreamwalker on Amazon and one other site like GoodReads, etc. and sends Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, their links to [email protected] will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card. This contest ends on Feb. 28, 2015.
    • Rafflecoper giveaway for two copies of Russell’s previous books. Two winners will each win one of two books, Black Magic and Dark Inspiration. US only, no international shipping. Must use a valid email that you can be reached by. By entering the giveaway, you consent to allow Russell to have your email for very infrequent newsletter updates. Contest ends Feb. 28, 2015. Other contest questions can be referred to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, Hook of a Book Media at [email protected].

     

    Direct Link:

    https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/231aa30b16/?

     

    Praise for Russell R. James

    “James has a talent for combining action-packed vignettes into a powerful, fast-paced whole.”

    —Library Journal on Black Magic

    (Five Stars, A Night Owl Top Pick) “I loved the story so much that I’m eagerly waiting to read more from him. He carefully and very intricately wove his storyline to have elements of mystery and suspense throughout. I now have a new favorite book I’ll read over and over again.”

    —Night Owl Reviews on Dark Inspiration

    “The book had me at the edge of my seat. The writing is so vivid I even jumped a few times. If you’re a fan of the genre, love ghosts and are drawn to the supernatural, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book!”

    —Long and Short Reviews on Dark Inspiration

    Russell R. James, Biography

    Russell James grew up on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and The Twilight Zone, despite his parents’ warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn’t make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.

    After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales best read in daylight. He has written the paranormal thrillers Dark Inspiration, Sacrifice, Black Magic, Dark Vengeance, and Dreamwalker. He has two horror short story collections, Tales from Beyond and Deeper into Darkness. His next novel, Q Island, releases in 2015.

    His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says “There is something seriously wrong with you.”

    Visit his website at www.russellrjames.com and read some free short stories.

    He and his wife share their home in sunny Florida with two cats.

    To find out more about Russell R. James, please visit his Website or follow him on Facebook! Join him on Twitter, @RRJames14. Also, feel free to drop him at a line at [email protected].

 

 

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61 Days of Halloween on Shudder Begins September 1st!

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Shudder has declared itself The Home for Halloween as the all horror/thriller streaming platform gears up for spooky season. Their annual 61 Days of Halloween fest this year will feature 11 all-new features along with a host of new original content and series as every horror lover’s favorite holiday approaches!

The fan-favorite “Ghoul Log” will be returning along with the Halloween Hotline which will allow fans to call in and speak directly to Samuel Zimmerman, Shudder’s content curator, for personalized suggestion every Friday in October from 3-4 pm EST. The hotline number (914-481-2239) will only work during operating hours so be sure to get in line quickly!

I write up the new Shudder calendar every month, and I can honestly say this is one of the most exciting lineups I’ve seen in a while, and because there’s so much content, I’m going to break it up a little differently than I usually do. Below you’ll find dedicated sections for the original content, series, specials, as well as the normal spooky calendar. Take a look below, and get ready to scare with 61 Days of Halloween on Shudder!

Original Shudder Series

101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 7th! In this eight-episode new series from the producers of Eli Roth’s History of Horror, master filmmakers and genre experts celebrate and dissect the most terrifying moments of the greatest horror films ever made, exploring how these scenes were created and why they burned themselves into the brains of audiences around the world.

Queer for Fear: A History of Queer Horror: From executive producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Queer for Fear is a four-part documentary series about the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the horror and thriller genres. From its literary origins with queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that influenced Universal Monsters and Hitchcock; from the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century to the AIDS obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films; through genre-bending horrors from a new generation of queer creatorsQueer for Fearre-examines genre stories through a  queer lens, seeing them not as violent, murderous narratives, but as tales of survival that resonate thematically with queer  audiences everywhere.

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Untitled Boulet Brothers Series: For the third straight Halloween season following The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection (2020) and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula season 4 (2021), the groundbreaking duo return to Shudder to horrify and delight with their boldest and most ambitious show ever.

Shudder Originals and Exclusives

Who Invited Them: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 1st! Adam and Margo’s housewarming party goes well enough except for this mysterious couple, Tom and Sasha, lingering after the other guests have left. The couple reveals themselves to be their wealthy and successful neighbors, but as one nightcap leads to another, Adam and Margo start to suspect their new friends are duplicitous strangers with a dark secret. Written and directed by Duncan Birmingham, and starring Ryan Hansen (Veroncia Mars), Melissa Tang (The Kominsky Method), Timothy Granaderos (13 Reasons Why), and Perry Mattfeld (In the Dark). (A Shudder Original)

Saloum: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 8th! Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – must stash their stolen gold bounty, lay low long enough to repair and refuel their plane and escape back to Dakar, Senegal. When they take refuge at a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they do their best to blend in with their fellow guests; including a mute named Awa, with secrets of her own, and a policeman who may be on their tail, but it’s Chaka who happens to be hiding the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other Hyenas, he’s brought them there for a reason and once his past catches up to him, his decisions have devastating consequences, threatening to unleash hell on them all.  (A Shudder Original)

Flux Gourmet: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 15th! Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas, and gastrointestinal disorders.  Starring Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), and Richard Bremmer (Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.) Written and directed by Peter Strickland (In Fabric). (A Shudder Exclusive)

Speak No Evil: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 15th! On a vacation in Tuscany, a Danish family instantly becomes friends with a Dutch family. Months later the Danish couple receive an unexpected invitation to visit the Dutch in their wooden house and decide to go for the weekend. However, it doesn’t take long before the joy of reunion is replaced with misunderstandings. Things gradually get out of hand, as the Dutch turn out to be something very else than what they have pretended to be. The small Danish family now find themselves trapped in a house, that they wish they had never entered. The film was a splash at Sundance, and is honestly one of the most uncomfortable movies we’ve ever seen!(A Shudder Original)

Raven’s Hollow: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 22nd! West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York are drawn by a gruesome discovery into a forgotten community. Starring William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Melanie Zanetti (Bluey), Callum Woodhouse (All Creatures Great and Small), Kate Dickie (The Green Knight), and David Hayman (Sid & Nancy). Written and directed by Christopher Hatton. Official Selection, FrightFest 2022. (A Shudder Original)

Sissy: PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 29th! SISSY stars Aisha Dee and Barlow as Cecilia and Emma, who had been tween-age BFFs who were never going to let anything come between them — until Alex (Emily De Margheriti) arrived on the scene. Twelve years later, Cecilia is a successful social media influencer living the dream of an independent, modern millennial woman, until she runs into Emma for the first time in over a decade. After reconnecting, Emmy invites Cecilia on her bachelorette weekend at a remote cabin in the mountains, where Alex proceeds to make Cecilia’s weekend a living hell. Sissy is written and directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes. Official Selection, SXSW 2022 (A Shudder Original)

Deadstream: PREMIERES OCTOBER 6th! A disgraced and demonetized Internet personality (Joseph Winter) tries to win back his fans by live streaming himself, spending a night alone in an abandoned haunted house. However, when he accidentally unleashes a vengeful spirit, his big comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life (and social relevance) as he faces off with the sinister spirit of the house and her powerful following. Deadstream stars Joseph Winter, who wrote and directed the film with Vanessa Winter. (A Shudder Original)

Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses: PREMIERES OCTOBER 13th! Rome. An eclipse blocks out the sun, blackening the skies on a hot summer day – harbinger of the darkness that will envelop Diana when a serial killer chooses her as prey. Fleeing her predator, the young escort crashes her car and loses her sight. She emerges from the initial shock determined to fight for her life, but she is no longer alone. Defending her and acting as her eyes is a little boy, Chin, who survived the car accident. But the killer won’t give up his victim. Who will be saved? A triumphant return from Italian master of horror, director Dario Argento. Starring Ilenia Pastorelli and Asia Argento. (A Shudder Original)

She Will: PREMIERES OCTOBER 13th! After a double mastectomy, Veronica Ghent (Alice Krige), goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi (Kota Eberhardt). She discovers that the process of such surgery opens questions about her very existence, leading her to start to question and confront past traumas. The two develop an unlikely bond as mysterious forces give Veronica the power to enact revenge within her dreams.  Also starring Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Aris, Rupert Everett, and Olwen Fouéré. (A Shudder Exclusive)

V/H/S/99: PREMIERS OCTOBER 20th!V/H/S/99 marks the return of the acclaimed found footage anthology franchise and the sequel to Shudder’s most-watched premiere of 2021. A thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of horrifying revelations. Featuring five new stories from filmmakers Maggie Levin (Into The Dark: My Valentine), Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City), Flying Lotus (Kuso), Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls) and Joseph & Vanessa Winter (Deadstream), V/H/S/99 harkens back to the final punk rock analog days of VHS, while taking one giant leap forward into the hellish new millennium. (A Shudder Original)

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Resurrection: PREMIERES OCTOBER 28th! Margaret’s life is in order. She is capable, disciplined, and successful. Everything is under control. That is, until David returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past. Resurrection is directed by Andrew Semans, and stars Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. (A Shudder Exclusive)

Joe Bob’s Halloween 2022 Special: PREMIERES OCTOBER 28th! In what has become an annual tradition, iconic horror host and foremost drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs returns with a special The Last Drive-In double feature just in time for Halloween, premiering live on the Shudder TV feed. You’ll have to tune in to find out what movies Joe Bob has selected, but you can count on something scary and perfect for the season, with a special guest to be announced. (Also available on demand beginning October 23.)

September 2022 Release Calendar!

September 1st:

31: Driving through the Southwest on Halloween night, Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie) and her carny crew are attacked and brought to a factory where evil aristocrat Malcolm McDowell announces they’ll be hunted by a series of killer clowns, including the unstoppable Doom-Head (brilliant bad guy Richard Brake, aka the Night King on “Game of Thrones”). The deathmatch set-up has been a horror-fantasy staple from 1932’s The Most Dangerous Game to The Huner Games, but in Rob Zombie’s blood-soaked hands, the subgenre naturally receives its most unrelentingly gruesome interpretation. Contains strong language, sexual scenes, violence, and gore.

The Devil’s Rejects: After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, two members of the clan, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), manage to flee the scene. Heading to a remote desert motel, the killers reunite with Baby’s father, Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig), who is equally demented and intent on maintaining their murder spree. While the trio continues to torment and kill various victims, the vengeful Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) slowly closes in on them.

The Lords of Salem: Heidi, a radio DJ from Salem, is plagued by bizarre nightmares of vengeful witches after playing a mysterious record by a group known as The Lords. When the record becomes a huge hit, Heidi and her colleagues receive tickets for the band’s next gig, but upon arrival find that the show goes beyond anything they could have imagined. From modern horror maestro, Rob Zombie, THE LORDS OF SALEM is an enigmatic and visually stunning take on the mythology of witches that blends a 1970s aesthetic with modern day counterculture to create a vivid, macabre horror. Contains strong language, sexual scenes, violence, and gore.

Lady in White: Nine-year-old Frankie lives in a small town with a deadly secret. For a decade, a serial child killer has eluded police, and the death toll continues to rise. Then, one night, Frankie gets locked in at his school as a prank and witnesses the ghost of the first victim being murdered. Now, aided by the girl’s restless spirit, Frankie takes it upon himself to bring her assailant to justice. But in a town with no strangers, the killer may be closer than he knows! Alex Rocco also stars.

September 5th:

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue: A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George, and Edna, to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bullheaded detective thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna must fight for their lives as they try and stop the impending zombie apocalypse!

September 6th:

Perfect Blue: First time on streaming: Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go… Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. PERFECT BLUE is the groundbreaking and rarely screened first film from the legendary animator Satoshi Kon (PaprikaParanoia Agent).

Mind Game: Loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light.  But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest. First feature from award-winning animator Masaaki Yuasa.

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children: Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever. Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-director Alberto Vázquez (with Pedro Rivero) and winner of the Goya Award for Best Animated Feature.

Nocturna Side A: The Great Old Man’s Night: Ulysses is a hundred-year-old man, battling for redemption on his last night on earth. Faced with imminent death, he is forced to rethink his past, his present and his take on reality.

Lifechanger: Drew has an identity problem. Every few days, he has to shape-shift, or face a painful death. He has to find someone and make a copy. He takes everything: their looks, memories, hopes and dreams. Their entire life. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Lately, the changes are becoming more frequent. Facing his imminent death, Drew sets out on one final blood-soaked mission.

September 12th:

Extraordinary Tales: Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in this visually stunning, heart-pounding animated anthology featuring some fot he most beloved figures in horror film history.

September 19th:

Cemetery of Terror: On Halloween, a group of medical students steal the corpse a serial killer from a morgue and raise him from the dead, inadvertently putting themselves and a group of young neighborhood children in danger.

Grave Robbers: Teenagers accidentally resurrect a satanic killer who targets the local police captain’s daughter to birth the antichrist.

September 26th:

Sole Survivor: A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her.

Trick or Treats: A babysitter is stuck watching over a young brat on Halloween night who keeps playing vicious pranks on her. To add to her trouble the boy’s deranged father has escaped from an asylum and is planning on making a visit.

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‘Cult of the Lamb’ Trailer Takes Inspiration from The Omen, The Wicker Man and More

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Devolover’s latest offering is Cult of the Lamb. This one may look cute and filled with fluffy sheep and friends, but don’t let that fool you. These little lambs are followers of “The One Who Waits” and they will do what is necessary in order to stay prosperous. Do you want lots of food and a flock of the faithful? You may have to sacrifice your Lamb brethren. Be a good leader or you could end up in a Wicker Lamb to be burnt to death.

You can tell that the folks over at Devolver are big fans of Folk horror. There is plenty of influence throughout this one. From The Wicker Man to MidSommar, to The Omen and Eyes of Fire.

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The synopsis for Cult of the Lamb goes like this:

If you are here, you must have heard the call: The One Who Waits requires you to start a cult in this world of monsters and horror. To do so, you will need to cultivate a following of woodland worshippers, crusade through randomly generated dungeons in each of the four Lands of the Old Faith, and battle through hordes of beastly non-believers who will attempt to end your righteous mission. We wish you luck!

If you know Devolver, then you know the sort of fun that this game is going to be. Cult of Lamb takes tons of folk horror influence and creates something really special from the whole sub-genre.

Cult of the Lamb is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch.

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Vince Gilligan’s New Series Following ‘Better Call Saul’ is Being Compared to ‘Twilight Zone’

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Now that Vince Gilligan has wrapped up Better Call Saul the writer/director is excited to get his next series out. The new series is very anticipated among the networks looking forward to making the new series a home on their own respective channel. The new series is said to take Gilligan back to a more X-Files vibe.

While Deadline reports not to expect a full return to that kind of sci-fi/drama, they do report that it is said to be a series that focuses on the human condition in a new and interesting way.

Gilligan’s new series is being compared to The Twilight Zone according to Deadline.

“It is said to be set in our world while putting a tweak on it, focusing on people and exploring the human condition in an unexpected, surprising way.”

It is also said to be thought-provoking but not a morality tale. Gilligan’s new series is also said to have his classic sense of humor thrown into the mix.

If Gilligan is even slightly going back to his X-Files ways and if that is being compared to The Twilight Zone to boot? All we can say is hell yes!

Prior to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Gilligan was writing some great stuff for both The X-Files. In fact, some of the best episodes were written by either Gilligan or Darin/Glenn Morgan.

We can’t wait to see what is next for Gilligan following his world of Slipping Jimmy’s and Blue Meth. His writing has always been a high point whatever he does.

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