Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book of The Month - February 2015 - "Zombie Girl"

Egypt is full of weird stuff. Sphinx's, mummies, Yummy Mummies...

Eve Brenner finds this out the hard way when something bites her during an archaeological dig. Soon after, strange things begin happening. Strange things of the undead kind.

As fans of stories written "from the monster's perspective", we've chosen Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl as our 2015 book of the month! Author Alessia Giacomi's premiere work over on Permuted Press is a fun, easy read that clocks in around 300 pages. It has a fast-paced narrative and is constantly juggling viewpoints between characters as you dig through the chapters. Great stuff from an up-and-coming writer. Check it out now so when she's famous you can tell people you heard about her here first.

This is the first in a Zombie Girl series to be released. In that way, it's just like Harry Potter or Twilight, except nothing like those other things. Oh, except that you can buy it for your Kindle just like you can Harry Potter and Twilight.

Check out the book and let us know your thoughts!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Creepy Horror Movie Box Art - 'Monster Dog'

You can already tell that I'm old because I used the word "Box" in the title of this post, rather than "digital header image on popular movie streaming service".

While going through some old stuff yesterday I stumbled upon a VHS copy of Critters. Regardless of the thumbs of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert being "up" about it, this image scared the living CRAP out of me as a kid.

Memories being what they are, I started to reminisce about the long forgotten VHS tape covers that used to scare me while my parents let me run around in my local video store, less attended than I probably should have been.

The above box art for Monster Dog was pretty high on the list of irreparably scarring my childhood.

What's scarier than Alice Coopers gaunt mug and sunken eyes? WEREWOLF Alice Cooper! The tale of Vince Raven and his unfortunate rock band totally creeped me out. I was afraid to pick it up and see what horrors lurked on the back panel images. This fear of skinless devil dogs was only further reinforced by Resident Evil later in my life.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Writing Horror Part 4: Keep It Simple

(In part 4 of Jeff's "Writing Horror" series, he explores the importance of setting simple and concise goals for yourself. He also imparts why outlining is useful even though you may not like it.

To catch up on previous installments, click these blatant links

PART 1  |  PART 2  |  PART 3

Click the jump to read more and check out more excellent generic clipart.)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Calabrese - 'Lust for Sacrilege' (Music Review)

Chances are if you're a fan of horror music, there are a few cornerstone bands you're well aware of. The Misfits, Type-O Negative, The Horrorpops, Gravediggaz (did I just shoehorn in a Gravediggaz reference? You bet!)

Perhaps you may not have heard of the brothers Calabrese though. Hailing from the unmerciful sandy wastes of Phoenix Arizona, these guys have spent the last decade producing the kind of quality horror-infused punk rock you wish The Misfits still made since they became a bizarre tribute band to themselves / 50's pop cover outfit.

Calabrese's latest release Lust for Sacrilege is a bit of a departure for the band. I dislike terms like "evolution" or "mature" because that discredits an artists prior catalog to an extent. So can we use the term "musically diverse"? Let's do that. Lust for Sacrilege is easily Calabrese's most musically diverse album to date.

The initial video release for the track "Flesh and Blood" gave a good indication that this album would be darker, moodier, and draw from a wider variety of inspirations. Diversifying from their earlier sound that was deeply rooted in punk rock, we see the trio dabbling into territory previously blazed by the likes of Type-O and The Cult. It's a surprisingly easy transition, with smooth vocals, and aggressive-but-catchy guitar riffs that provide some more ambient and gothic overtones.

There is still plenty of punk elements to be found on Lust for Sacrilege. The high energy drumming and periodic gang vocals are still present, but they are meshed with some more straight ahead alternative rock elements and droning tunes that provide a great variation across eleven songs.

I really enjoyed Lust for Sacrilege. It's dynamic enough to give a complete listen through, and doesn't wear out its welcome. Long time fans will most likely enjoy the further depth and heaviness built upon 2013's Born With a Scorpion's Touch, and it's a gritty but highly musical jumping off point for anyone who is new to the band. If it turns out you love this disc, then you can start heading into their back catalog to experience some of their more punk-oriented roots.

Definitely worth a listen for anyone who digs horror/gothic rock.