movies good and bad are in store for you today. Check out our 19 reviews
for August! We also have a new review by Kelly Parks of JURASSIC
PARK III. Feo is going to the Horrorfind.com convention
this year - I have to, I'm one of the celebrities if you can believe
that. Weird huh? Between the World Horror Convention in May, The ComicCon
in July, and the Horrorfind in August, all of us Horror folk have been
pretty damn busy. Fear not though: updates to this site have been slow
for the summer but all this Con hopping is bringing us away from the
computer and to you. Its also bringing us toward new directions in Horror
which are all going to come back to your favorite Horror site (which
is this one I hope!). Keep checking back for further updates.
feoamante.com is rocking!
Report by Judi
BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY AWARD NOMINATIONS
The British Fantasy Society announced the final nominations for the British
Fantasy Awards 2001, and while these awards are for fantasy, a number
of works do lurk in the shadows of being "dark" fantasy. Winners will
be announced at the BFS' 30th Birthday Bash in London on September 23,
NOVEL (The August Derleth Award)
Ramsey Campbell, SILENT CHILDREN (Forge)
Tim Lebbon & Gavin Williams, HUSH (Razorblade Press)
Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis, THE RAGCHILD (Razorblade Press)
China Miéville, PERDIDO STREET STATION (Macmillan)
Peter Straub, MR X (HarperCollins)
Mike Chinn, ed., SWORDS AGAINST THE MILLENNIUM (Alchemy Press)
Stephen Jones, ed., BEST NEW HORROR 11 (Robinson)
Stephen Jones & David Sutton, eds., DARK TERRORS 5 (Gollancz)
M.P.N. Sims, L.H. Maynard & David Howe, eds., F20 (BFS/Enigmatic
Brian Willis, ed., HIDEOUS PROGENY (Razorblade Press)
R. Chetwynd-Hayes, PHANTOM & FIENDS (Robert Hale)
Robert E. Howard, THE CONAN CHRONICLES (Gollancz)
Terry Lamsley, DARK MATTERS (Ash Tree Press)
Stephen Laws, MIDNIGHT MAN (Silver Salamander)
Kim Newman, WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED (Alchemy Press/Airgedlámh
Ramsey Campbell, NO STORY IN IT (Dark Terrors 5)
Tim Lebbon, NAMING OF PARTS (PS Publishing)
Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis, THE WINTER HUNT (F20)
Stan Nicholls, THE TAKING (Swords Against The Millennium)
Michael Marshall Smith, THE HANDOVER (Dark Terrors 5)
The Alchemy Press
AT THE WORLD'S END (ed. Mark Chadbourn et al)
PS Publishing Razorblade Press
THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE (ed. Andy Cox)
Edward Wagner Award will be decided by the BFS Committee and announced
at the September awards ceremony.
information, visit the BFS website at britishfantasysociety.com.
VAMPIRE ORIGINAL? YES!
There is this really fascinating Vampire movie - one of the best I've
seen - that is playing on STARZ these days. You cannot buy it anywhere,
its a made for TV flick. Its called THE BREED.
of otherworldy, alternate earth movies like JACOB'S
CITY or THE
MATRIX are going to love this one.
in a strange alternate timeline that is both our future and, somehow,
our past, this world discovers that there are Vampires among them. A
population of 4000 undead that live in a ghetto district of the city
reminiscent of the photographs of Jewish ghettos in Nazi Germany (this
alternate world also has a Nazi past). The country is a police
state with Soviet style uniforms, rampant poverty, repressive government,
and state run radio constantly gibbering out a barrage of Government
mottos. Like AM talk radio without an off-switch.
leader of the Vampires wants to bring about a peace between his kind
and the humans, The vampires want to raise their families without worry
from sharp stakes and other weapons. They are strong, fast, and immortal,
yes, but they are also so very easily killed (A
sharp stake through the heart will kill a vampire, so will a beheading
and setting one on fire. Come to think of it. That would kill a regular
person too!), and humans have this nasty way of attacking a vampire
while they sleep. So they want to integrate themselves by promising
to never ever drink human blood again - but as they seek this goal,
another vampire is running through the streets and feeding off of humans.
This "sport" threatens to wreck the fragile truce, and in
a country that is ruled by a repressive dictatorship, a little paranoia
is no where near enough.
is such a world that highlights this modern re-telling in a wholly intriguing
BREED stars Martial artist Bokeem Woodbine as the human police detective,
Stephen Grant. Stephen works for a highly restrictive government agency
called NSA - which may or may not be the same as the USA's NSA. Stephen
is a black skinned cop who is newly partnered with a white skinned cop
who he has never heard of before. Martial artist and star of the HIGHLANDER
television episodes, Adrian Paul, plays the vampire detective, Aaron
of course, are faster and stronger than humans and Steven must contend
with the fact that Aaron may be caucasian in appearance, but considers
himself no more a member of humanity than Steven, an African American
cop, thinks of himself as Asian. And speaking of Asian, actress Ling
Bai (THE CROW) is the love interest for
Steve in this movie. Not only must he consider his bigotry against vampires,
he finds himself drawn to this deadly and powerful vampire - who needs
neither his protection or provision - who finds herself just as inexplicably
drawn to him. THE BREED touches on issues of racism, prejudice, and
the roles of men and women in western society. All this put together
with an atmosphere of film noir. You won't (as
of this writing) find THE BREED reviewed here as it is unavailable
for world wide release. But as soon as it is, you will read a favorable
and far more in depth review of the strikingly original THE BREED.
promise to keep my ear to the ground and let you all now about any further
developments regarding this one. Its not great - but its damn, DAMN fascinating!
Report by Judi
HALLOWEEN MAN TO HIT THE ROAD
Considering the title of one of horrormeister Douglas Clegg's books was
HALLOWEEN MAN, it seems appropriate that he would choose October to celebrate
the publication of his latest Harrow House adventure, THE INFINITE.
And how will
he do it? First, Clegg will offer out yet another eserial - his third
- and it's a special one, too. Said Clegg: "My novel, BAD KARMA, originally
published under my pseudonym, Andrew Harper, in hardcover and paperback,
will be out in 3-to-5-day-per-week segments of a serial beginning October
1, 2001. It's a fast, guilty-pleasure read that I hope (readers)
enjoy. It got some good reviews and some bad ones when it first came out,
but overall, I hope (readers) have fun with
it when I send it out this October."
using this third eserial to thank his faithful elist subscribers and to
promote his new book, THE INFINITE. (Membership
to the Clegg's list is free. Interested readers may send an email to DouglasCleggemail@example.com.)
not all, folks!
in early October and continuing into November, Clegg will undertake his
Indie 5000 Tour. He'll be hitting the highway, taking pictures, meeting
with readers, and signing books all the way from New York to California.
In between, he intends stops in Michigan (attention
Ann Arbor!), down through Illinois (Chicago's
on his map!), and into Wisconsin (beep-beep
Madison). Then it's over to Minneapolis/St. Paul before a tear
down through the mid-section of America: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma
(Tulsa, your name is circled!), and down
to Texas (open your doors Dallas and buff up the
city limits sign in Austin). After gassing up, he'll be back on
the road, taking in New Mexico; Flagstaff, Tucson, and Phoenix, AZ.; Denver,
CO, and winding up in California.
which bookstores will he signing in? "This is more about me learning about
what's really going on out at the independent bookstores of America,"
Clegg offered. "Particularly the little-known ones. Right now, the only
confirmed (bookstore visit) is for Mysterious
Galaxy in San Diego California on October 27th - a pajama party and screening
of Bad Karma, along with the signing." (I'll be
Clegg will be adding more confirmed bookstore appearances in the next
few weeks, he is choosing to make his appearances less deliberate. It
should make for an interesting new bookstore pastime: Spot Douglas Clegg!
More information at Clegg's website: douglasclegg.com.
From Nick Kaufmann
DARKTALES PUBLICATIONS TO REISSUE ACCLAIMED ³SHAMAN CYCLE² SERIES
It was "The Series That Almost Died."
Publications has rescued Adam Niswander's "Shaman Cycle" from an early
and undeserved grave, reissuing these unique Southwestern Supernatural
Thrillers in uniform trade paperback editions with all new cover art.
originally published THE CHARM, the opening novel in this acclaimed
series, in hardcover in 1993. The first printing sold out in three days.
A second, larger printing was immediately ordered. Every major publisher
contacted Integra about mass-market rights, and three film studios contacted
Niswander about movie rights. As the reviews rolled in, Niswander was
compared to everyone from Tony Hillerman and Louis L'Amour to Stephen
King, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Heinlein. The second volume, THE SERPENT
SLAYERS, premiered at the 1994 World Horror Convention, and received
equally positive reviews.
Niswander puts it, "It hit the fan."
Volume three, THE HOUND HUNTERS, was scheduled for release in October of 1994
but, due to the actions of an unscrupulous distributor, Integra Press
folded before The Hound Hunters could hit the shelves (since
then, galley proofs of The Hound Hunters have become coveted collectors
items). The series never found a new home. Until now.
Publications will re-release volume one, The Charm, in September, 2001,
followed by The Serpent Slayers in October and The Hound Hunters in November.
Then, in spring of 2002, DarkTales will premiere the recently completed
fourth volume in the series, THE WAR OF THE WHISPERERS. Plans are
in place for DarkTales to continue the projected thirteen-volume series
of independent but linked novels featuring the continuing adventures of
a "Great Gathering" of Native American medicine people who face the threat
of ancient evil.
"No one picks
up a series in mid-stream," says David Nordhaus of DarkTales Publications,
"so we knew we would have to go back to the beginning and do it the DarkTales
way right from the start. We decided to go ahead not only with reissuing
the first two previously published titles, but to publish the official
First Edition of The Hound Hunters and a brand new book to be titled The
War of the Whisperers."
Niswander, it's a resurrection.
that DarkTales felt strongly enough about the series to go with a four-book
deal, something they had never done before. Now the series has a chance
to reach a whole new generation of readers. I hope everyone will love
reading the books as much as I love writing them."