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Mongrel: Son of a Bitch

Review by : Daniel Kraevyn

Mongrel: Son of a Bitch

Issue #2 cover

Created By: Edward Dunphy and Michael Kudelka
Story By: Edward Dunphy (here is his website: www.labbratz.com)
Art: Andrew Mitchell Kudelka (and his website: www.amkudelka.com)

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Werewolf stories are very hit or miss, mostly belonging in the latter category. In all honesty, most of them suck, which is an unfortunate thing, as one would think that the mythos would be rife with stories that would write themselves. I guess one of the traps that practically every werewolf story falls into is that they all struggle to capture the feelings of the original Wolf Man film. Many movies, books, and comics have tried to craft a good werewolf story, and most have failed, although there have been some exceptions (notably, the first Howling film, and the Werewolf television series). Perhaps trying to capture this ubiquitous “feeling” is the very thing that leads most lycanthrope stories to vapid response.
Enter Mongrel: Son of Bitch, an indy comic by Edward Dunphy and Andrew Mitchell Kudelka. According the preface, Mongrel was originally written in the early 90’s but due to complications (read: long story of company troubles) the other two issues never saw the light of day. Now, it has been revised, colorised, and with the help of kickstarter, the first two issues are out, and the third is currently seeking funding.
This is a 1990’s era detective story, and I must say, one of the better lycanthrope tales to be released. The mood is evocative of a noir tale, the gruff monologue of a protagonist, interspersed with alternative narratives; yet the comic is injected with a modern, gritty, visceral feel. As with comics, pacing can be tedious, but this story overcomes any issues quickly. Of note: the gore. The violence is spectacular, and witholds nothing, and Kudelka shows his artistic prowess by how he is able to pose his characters, along with a very artistic and original of showing the blood splatter outside of the panels. While “nothing” is happening (no action), the characters pose normally; then the action sequences shine as Kudelka displays the sequences with precision and dramatic flare. I must also note that the werewolves themselves are awesome. I will say that perhaps the greatest challenge to werewolf movies has been to have truly scary, realistic werewolves, and Mongrel does just as the movie Dog Soldiers and the T.V. series Werewolf did for the Lycanthropes, they are fantastic.
Mongrel is a three-issue digital comic, with two issues out, and the third in it’s funding stage on Kickstarter. I recommend this read, and even to support these guys. Indy comics need all the help they can get, because there are some gems out there. I will include links below should you wish to get involved. At least read them, and enjoy a good werewolf story. As I prefaced this review, good werewolf stories are tough to come by, so be sure to experience the good ones.

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Mongrel Website
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A preview by Daniel Kraevyn

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One of the creepiest movies of my childhood was Pet Semetary. One of the greatest elements attributed to the movie is the setting, which is integral to the story – a Maine town, with an Indian burial ground that has mysterious, nefarious qualities. Unearthed and Untold – The Path to Pet Semetary is a documentary that delves into the movie, the mythos, and the production that went into making the film. John Campopiano and Justin White (independent filmmakers with Ocean’s Light Productions) are crafting the definitive film companion to Pet Semetary. Our filmmakers will be delving into the making of the film from two perspectives, but will address many subjects, including the memories of the local communities, and archived footage from local press and media during the films productions; as well as interviewing those who participated in the film, and their devotion and pride in crafting one of Stephen King’s most memorable tales.

Pet Semetary has the distinction of being the first book authored by Stephen King that I read, as well as the first Stephen King movie that I saw, and while no specific date has been set for its 2013 release, I am looking forward to watching this film, just to get new perspectives on one of the creepiest horror films from the 80’s.

SlenderArrival

Review By Daniel Kraevyn

Slender: The Arrival – 2013 (Parsec Productions)

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tenpLSKU-9U

I first learned of the Slenderman story last year, and quite perfectly, around Halloween. This started out as an internet urban legend, or “fakelore”, and quickly took off, creating a vast array of fiction, fan-made short stories, short films, even full-length features. What started as a simple Creepypasta submission has become one of the sacriest phenomena I have witnessed in long time.

Many of you might have played the original game: “Slender: the Eight Pages”, and if not, click here  – A reworked version is available here  (Note: this is a constantly changing game, so the original has been improved greatly throughout its life).

The premise of the game is quite simple: run. It takes the simplistic “Pac-Man” formula of having to navigate through an environment while avoiding being “hit” by a ghost-monster. The hook – This isn’t your daddy’s Pac-Man. The player is tasked with collecting eight pages of crayon (or charcoal) drawings, seemingly drawn by children, and while you collect said pages, you are being hunted by a ghostly, malevolent being known only as “the slender man”, an unnaturally tall, slim person, with a completely blank, white face.

One would think this premise would not be very compelling, yet I challenge you to play the game. The atmosphere, the ambiance, the setting… everything about this game evokes oppressive horror, tension, and ever-increasing feelings of terror.
The point of this post is to announce the impending release of a full-length game from the creators of the original Slender: the Eight Pages comes Slender: The Arrival. I have been privileged (and yes, I even donated to the studio) to have access to this beta version, and I simply cannot fully describe how scary this game is. The beta is a re-working of the original Slender game, with enhanced graphics, more intuitive controls, and a grittier, more oppressive atmosphere. You are in the woods, alone, armed only with a flashlight, and your handcam (the viewpoint through which you experience the game).

As I have said previously, this game takes the “Pac-Man” formula and steers it toward the sinister. I am a staunch supporter of all things indy horror – music, movies, and this game is but another reason to support those innovative minds who help progress the intellectual properties of the genre. I highly recommend playing this game, and encourage you to donate to these guys. I have embedded the trailer at the top, and the link to the game’s website is below. It would behoove you to check this game out, and for further study, get on Youtube, and check out Marbel Hornets here; or this fan-made documentary (click here) which was my first introduction to the slender man mythos (I watched this right before I played the original game, and was so engrossed that the game terrified me).
I entreat you one last time to experience this game, and if you like it, support these guys. Indy horror can be absolutely great, and to see these guys take an idea and realize it through independent means, they deserve all the success they get. To go to the website, click here.

Slender: The Arrival releases on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Radio Horror Postponed

It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you of the temporary postponement of Radio Horror.

It has been a cursed project from the start and after spending all day yesterday and all day today we have fallen at the last hurdle.

Copyright issues have sprung up everywhere and our show is not allowed to be shown on YouTube. We are disputing it of course and will face a bitter legal war if we have to. Unfortunately this means that Radio Horror cannot be shown until then.

Even after we’ve stripped the show of everything, leaving it in its most basic form (dialogue as well as music from bands who we have obtained permission to play tracks) they still say it breaches copyright laws!

Fear not – I’ve never lost ANYTHING in all my time and I’m not going to start now. And when these suits figure out that I ALWAYS win… Radio Horror WILL be published.

The incompetence of some people never ceases to amaze me. We disputed the copyright issue yesterday and we still have yet to receive a response! Another example of an inadequate waste of life disrespecting horror… Don’t they realise we promised our fans and followers a radio show on Halloween? Don’t they realise that it is now November and you still haven’t got your show?

Fear not my horror brethren. As Jigsaw famously said ‘THERE WILL BE BLOOD!’

You will get your horror show

Erebus is back

 

 

 

After months of planning and speculation, I have finally put the wheels in motion to launch Radio Horror.

Right now I want to hear from anyone with a link to horror. Bands who have horror themed music (songs about Halloween, dead people, ghosts, goblins whatever) Horror authors/ film-makers who want to publicize their work etc or any companies that would like a bit of free advertising (Limited time only)

I’m in the middle of putting the show together now so any ideas are welcome.