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Realm of Shadows Update

Realm of Shadows Update – Horror icon Michael Berryman (Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes and Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects), joins fellow horror legend Tony Todd (the Candyman franchise) and rising stars Jimmy Drain (The Initiation) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project) in the much anticipated new horror anthology Realm Of Shadows.

Realm of Shadows Synopsis

Enter a world of mystery, possession and shadows in an anthology of short horror themed tales woven into a full length feature presentation. Even the most shocking stories are based on true events. Lauren Mayhew, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Gregg Stone, Caustic Scifidelic, Marc Bilkey and Tony Tucci round out the cast.

Produced by Thunder Knight Entertainment the project was set to go into production before the pandemic. Now it’s waiting for the green light to resume once the US lockdown lifts. 

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Ole Splitfoot Update

Ole Splitfoot Update – Horror-Fix Pictures in partnership with Silver Compass Studios is proud to announce the addition of Scream Queen Kaylee Williams to the cast of “The True Tale of Ole Splitfoot vs. The Lesbian Warrior nuns of the Great White North”.

As announcements continue to roll out about the highly anticipated film from director Massimiliano Cerchi and writers and executive producers Ash Hamilton and Ben Harl, news drops today of MAJOR casting additions. 

The team is proud to announce Kaylee Williams (The Lashman, Teacher Shortage) has officially joined the roster. Kaylee comes to the film with over 63 credits to her name, largely in the horror genre, making her a perfect fit for the role of CeCe (aka Fanta-C), leader of the ragtag “Sisters of the Crooked Cross, a religious order of warrior nuns posing as strippers at rural Canada’s premiere gentleman’s lounge, “The Beaver, DAM!”. 

Joining CeCe is Jeanne Young in the role of Dee (aka Double D-Licious). Jeanne has a long history in feature film and television including roles in The Infinity Project (2018), Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (2019) and Wives With Knives (2015). 

Max Koch is best known for his comedy and impersonations, but his voice-over career is equally impressive. He has lent his talent to many recognizable characters including Mantis in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, multiple characters in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, and is probably best known for being the official voice of Chester Cheetah.

Julie Ann Prescott (Ghoul, The Embalmers, 5G Zombies) is no stranger to horror. With an impressive 105 films she has contributed to she is nothing short of a prolific force in the horror industry. Julie joins the girls of the Beaver, DAM! as Cra-Z, a Canadian stripper who lives up to her name. 

Newcomer Katie Schooley (Play with Me, Forgotten Family) also joins the fine ladies of the Beaver, DAM!. A natural screen presence, Katie has previously worked with Horror-Fix Pictures on their 2018 short film, Play With Me and has been the face of the film’s marketing initiative, serving as the project’s primary model on posters and other collateral.

The new cast join Michael Paré, Robert LaSardo, Bishop Stevens and Rebecca Rinehart, previously announced. 

With a projected date of November 2020 for principal photography, audiences can expect to see the epic horror-comedy everywhere second quarter 2021

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Carrie Rickard, leaving an abusive relationship back in London, tries to escape her own past by throwing herself into her restoration project: Fairwood House, known to locals of Pagham-on-Sea as The Crows. Unable to resist as it whispers to her, Carrie’s obsession only grows when she discovers it was the site of a gruesome unsolved murder.

As Carrie digs deeper into the mystery surrounding the bloodless child stuffed up the kitchen chimney in the 1950s, she awakens dark and dangerous forces that threaten her own life.

Cue an introduction to her eldritch neighbour, Ricky Porter, a foul-mouthed modern-day Merlin in a hoody and a tracksuit, who claims he can see the future. But Ricky, as obsessed with The Crows as Carrie is, has an agenda and several secrets of his own, not least of which are what’s really under his hood, and what he’s got in the cellar…

…Is his offer of help sincere? Or is he the reason she’s doomed?

THE CROWS is a Gothic Paranormal novel for fans of haunted houses, eldritch monsters, and things that go bump in the night. Content Warning for psychological abuse, body horror, gore, strong language, and scenes of an unsettling nature.

What do you think? Sounds good? That was my first thought when I sat down to read The Crows. It was about 21:30 and I figured I’d read for an hour before heading to bed. FOUR HOURS LATER(!) I glanced at the clock. Never mind the content warnings in the blurb, it should warn you of the amount of time you inadvertently give to this book. I genuinely couldn’t put it down.

The story is gripping, immersive and written in a style that is easy to read and understand. Rosens writes as though she had lived through the tale herself. The convincing characters, descriptions of Pagham-on-Sea and the house itself all suggest she was writing from personal experience! Carrie is a down to earth, relatable character who, despite being thrown everything but the kitchen sink, manages to take it all in her stride.

However, it’s not just Carrie that is a well thought out protagonist. Each character is given their own individual personality and traits which either makes them loved or loathed. Their unique personalities and mannerisms often leads to hilarious outcomes/events (just thinking back now is making me smile)

The only downside I could find was the sheer number of characters mentioned. I occasionally found myself having to skim back a few pages to remind myself who certain characters were and how they were connected. However, that may have just been me reading too quick – a testament to how gripping the story really is. If you want an engrossing, unpredictable page-turner, The Crows is the book for you.

So, in conclusion; there’s humour, gore, compelling storyline, well written characters, with twists and turns along the way. What more could you want?

If you would like to check out the book yourself, you can find it here

And if you would like to find out more about C.M. Rosens, you can access her site here

Definitely an author to keep an eye on as she’s likely to keep going from strength to strength.

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When you think of British horror films, what’s the first that comes to mind? 28 Days Later? An American Werewolf in London? As far back as The Wicker Man, maybe? As any discerning horror fan will know, the movie industry is centred around Hollywood with its seemingly endless cycle of remakes and adaptations. So when I heard about The Droving, a British folk-horror flick available on Amazon Prime, I was understandably excited. Something new! Something different! Something that wasn’t tarnished with Hollywood’s ‘perfect movie’ formula. My expectations were high.

Directed by George Popov, the synopsis states; A man returns from the military in search for his lost sister, who mysteriously went missing around the time of a strange traditional festival called ‘The Droving’. Sounds like a good plot. Within minutes the haunting soundtrack during the opening credits sets a precedent for the entire movie. Playing alongside scenes of the breath-taking British countryside, the atmospheric score puts the movie on a high pedestal. And I’m pleased to say it meets every expectation from thereon.

The movie itself has an air of nostalgia about it. Almost like watching The Wickerman for the first time again. Yet, Popov manages to steer ‘The Droving’ down its own path, taking us on a unique voyage of mystery, suspense and folklore. Filmed in Cumbria, featuring the rolling hills and stunning landscape of the Lake District, ‘The Droving’ features an enthralling storyline that slowly unravels keeping us guessing all the way.

Daniel Oldroyd stars as the lead character, Martin; a tormented soldier whose complex characteristics are brilliantly portrayed. Martin initially comes across as a friendly, down-to-earth guy, albeit sometimes blunt and straightforward. Yet, as the movie progresses the complexities of his character start to surface, with a driven, focused and sometimes callous demeanour replacing his previous niceties. Oldroyd’s portrayal of his character’s oscillating mental state was perfectly executed and kept the movie flowing from beginning to end.

Overall, ‘The Droving’ was a breath of fresh air in an industry that often feels stagnant with the same, tired methodology. The combined efforts of Popov and Jonathan Russell seem to be able to draw on the influences of British classics, yet give them a unique identity of their own. With stories that resonate with an audience eager for something new, there’s no telling what heights their next venture can take them.

If you’re an Amazon Prime customer you can watch The Droving there right now. Let us know what you think!

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The Horror Writer
The Horror Writer

The Horror Writer: A Study of Craft and Identity in the Horror Genre. Coined as “The most definitive guide into the trials and tribulations of being a horror writer since Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’…” Wow, that’s one hell of a claim; one which I was eager to verify.

Compiled and edited by Joe Mynhardt, The Horror Writer was released by Hellbound Books and contains a myriad of essays, interviews and valuable insights by some of the best in the business. Ranging from Bram Stoker Award© winners, bestselling authors, a President of the Horror Writers’ Association and many other distinguished writers, this book can aid anyone wanting to improve their craft. The full list of contributors include;

  • Ramsey Campbell
  • John Palisano
  • Chad Lutzke
  • Lisa Morton
  • Kenneth W. Cain
  • Kevin J. Kennedy
  • Monique Snyman
  • Scott Nicholson
  • Lucy A. Snyder
  • Richard Thomas
  • Gene O’Neill
  • Jess Landry
  • Luke Walker
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Marie O’Regan
  • Armand Rosamilia
  • Kevin Lucia
  • Ben Eads
  • Kelli Owen
  • Jasper Bark
  • Bret McCormick

I’m sure you recognise a number of big names on that list, all of which bring their own valuable insights/advice to help aid a writer of all levels. The Horror Writer covers a wide variety of topics such as how to connect with your market and carve out a sustainable niche in the independent horror genre, as well as how to tackle the writer’s ever-lurking nemesis of productivity.

Make no mistake, this isn’t a book that you’re going to read from beginning to end in one sitting (I mean, you could if you were inclined), rather it will serve better as a writing companion. The helpful contents section at the beginning of the book allows you to jump to whichever topic you want clarification of, or would like to explore in more depth. Writing good horror stories with powerful, effectives scenes, realistic flowing dialogue and reliable characters without resorting to cliched jump scares/gimmicks – it’s all there! The book even covers the delicate subject of handling rejection with good grace, and how to use those inevitable “not quite right for us” letters as an opportunity to hone your craft.

I know you’re probably sold at this point and have already jumped to the link at the end of this article to go buy a copy, but wait… There’s more!

There are also a number of perceptive interviews to provide an intimate peek into the psyche of the horror author and the challenges they work through. The authors interviewed include:

  • Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • David Owain Hughes
  • Tim Waggoner
  • Mort Castle

And, as if that – and so much more – was not enough, the book also contains Ramsey Campbell’s beautifully insightful analysis of the tales of HP Lovecraft. What more could you want?

Make no mistake, regardless of your writing ability – whether you’ve never written a book but always considered it, or if you’ve penned over 20 novels – The Horror Writer can be a useful aid for everyone.

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