Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown

Jake Aurelian aka Ripper the Clown

Zombie spoof wins multiple literary awards!

The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie--the book that simultaneously redefines and spoofs the zombie genre--by dark fiction author Jake Aurelian (and his clown alter-ego, Ripper the Clown) has been the recipient of seven international literary awards

Before The Life & Mimes... was officially published, it received 2nd Place for General Fiction at the 2014 Hollywood California Book Festival (which awards books that should be movies or TV shows). In the interim, The Life & Mimes... received 1st Place for Fiction at the 2014 Halloween Book Festival (Los Angeles), 2nd place for Fiction at the London England Book Fest and Honorable Mention for Fiction at the 2014 Great Midwest Book Festival (Chicago), The New England Book Festival (Boston) and the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival. 

In May 2015, The Life & Mimes... received a Finalist award in the Humor/Comedy category at the prestigious 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The Indie Book Awards is considered "the Sundance of Book Awards" and (from their site) "...the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books..."  

Smile Politely review of The Life & Mimes...

Amazon link with additional reviews:

Buzz Magazine article (October 2014): 

Buzz Magazine article (May 2015):

News segment / ci Living WCIA:

About the author: Jake Aurelian is the author of eight fiction and non-fiction books; since Summer 2012, his fiction books have won 14 international literary awards. On Halloween 2012, Aurelian took an obscure character from his own fiction, an angry clown named Ripper, and turned the character into a stand-up comedy gimmick--which quickly branched into Youtube comedy videos, commercials and appearances. No other author has done anything remotely similar. 

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 Episode 5

Episode 5 is…

Above the Vaulted Sky

Vanessa, Ethan, and Sir Malcolm protect the mansion from another attack.

Take a look at what’s coming up tonight…

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Sunday Scares: "Predator: Dark Ages"

Today’s Sunday Scares feature is a fan film that puts Predator in a time long long ago…

PREDATOR: Dark Ages is a short fan film.

Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from.

Starring: Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane

Written and directed by: James Bushe


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Soldiers of the Damned - New Quad Artwork!

It’s the Eastern Front, 1944. The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic. As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler’s occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians.

The film has now got an amazing new quad poster to be used for the upcoming release. It encompasses both the horror/thriller and the war/action elements and gives us a glimpse of what the filmmakers have in store for us.

"A supernatural Nazi horror film to rival Michael Mann's THE KEEP **** Stars" Nerdly

"A blood-soaked blitzkrieg of mayhem and terror." - Scream:The Horror Magazine

"If Sam Raimi made a film featuring Nazis, then Soldiers of the Damned might well be the result." FromPage2Screen

“The True Horror of War...Dark & Creepy" UKHorrorScene

"The poster was created by the talented guys at Obviously Creative (, who have done an amazing job of portraying the mood and genre of the film" said producer Stephen Rigg.

The SOTD team are now gearing up for the release of the film which promises to surprise and scare in equal measures. Producer Nigel Horne says the UK release through Safecracker Pictures is due late summer, with many foreign territories already sold. “Safecracker are now concentrating on a Cinema and multi-platform release and we are currently working with them on some fantastic extra’s for the DVD"

Director Mark Nuttall said "We've worked hard to get this film to where it is now, and are very excited to get it out to our audience."

The team at Blackdog/Viking have also released a short trailer/promo for the film, which is a behind-the-scenes short looking at the shooting of just one of the amazing action sequences in the film. It features interviews from writer/producer Nigel Horne and several of the main cast, who talk about the scene and some of the effects used to create it.

Producer Stephen Rigg added “We are hoping to release more materials in the coming months to whet the appetites of any Thriller/Action fans out there, and we post regular updates on our Facebook page

Here is a link to the trailer:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Night Feature: "The Return"

The Return is a psychological thriller, set in and around Glossopdale, the film follows a film crew who come to Glossop to make a documentary, on their arrival they discover that there is something strange about this sleepy little town... are there ghosts? parallel dimensions? or is it all a hoax?

The films psychological angle draws you in, whilst building the suspense, and feeding you information to keep your mind racing and questioning what is going on.

It is made by 'Life you Choose Productions' which is an arts and multimedia group for people with learning difficulties.


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The Terror of Losing Loved Ones in Scavenger: Evolution

Scavenger: Evolution is just as much Horror as it is Scifi. It has some scifi gadgets, such as the sand diving technology created in the novel Sand by Hugh Howey, (in which the world of my story originates), and a nanoinfused evolving monster. This future America has an isolated section east of the Rocky Mountains that has turned into a desert wasteland full of those dreaming of the riches buried in lost cities. In a way, I get to tune into my childhood fandom of the Alien franchise. My main character and a group of refugees flee into a buried military base. When they arrive, they realize the worst of enemies was waiting for them to open the door and turn on the power. My main character will have to use his sand diving technology to manipulate microscopic threats, some with programmed and deadly abilities.

Like all the best Horror, Scavenger: Evolution is about relationship struggles. My main character, Rush, lost his infant son to a sand spill two years ago. Since then he’s separated from his wife and resigned from his teaching duties as a sand divemaster and become a janitor at a tavern and brothel. In a way, S:E is also a bit Western. Their town is kind of like a mining town on the verge of becoming a ghost town, and he lacks the initiative to flee before there’s nothing left. For him, he isn’t sure there’s anything to live for anyway. A stranger offers him a job that would pay him enough to lose himself in the pleasures of wealth for a long time, and he must decide if he’s close enough to the dark point of no return to take the job.

Very quickly, he finds out that job has put him over his head and the love he’d forgotten he had for his wife is reborn. After the initial novelette, Red Sands, Scavenger: Evolution focuses on how he and his wife can rebuild their relationship. What they find within the base threatens their relationship in a way they didn’t expect, one where she can become strong enough not to care about his or anyone else’s help, and one where Rush is as helpless in saving her as he was saving his son.

My Horror influence in this story, aside from Alien, ranges from James Smythe (The Machine; The Explorer) to Ronald Malfi (Via Dolorosa; The Floating Staircase). They are both among my favorites through their ability to include fascinating Scifi and Horror elements, but mainly captivates my interest through the ways in which their characters seek for and struggle to find happiness. They’ve shown me that losing those we love is more terrifying than losing our life. With the powers that Rush and his wife, Star gain in this story, losing either one could be catastrophic for the remainder of civilization.

Scavenger: Evolution is available in ebook and print with links to stores direct from

Article by Tim Ward 

HELL TOWN Wins at Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest

Hell Town, USA—The soap-opera slasher HELL TOWN won Best Feature and Best Actress for Amanda Deibert at Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest in Charleston, SC.

Cult icon Debbie Rochon was in the audience and commented, “Hell Town… Takes what’s hot and flips it on its head… To me it’s like a work of art. You can’t pigeon hole it into any particular category. It’s unique, it stands on its own. And that’s so awesome, smart.”

“We hellions are thrilled and honored,” co-director Steve Balderson says of the wins.  “To be the best of the fest is an honor.  Crimson Screen is an awesome festival and I can’t wait to return – even if I have nothing to screen.”

Crimson Screen was complete with open coffin on the red carpet, so attendees could climb in for a twist on the step and repeat.

Here, Owen Lawless (nominated for Best Actor in HELL TOWN) and Amanda Deibert climb in together:

Amanda Deibert sits with fellow winner Debbie Rochon:

Awards with Steve Balderson with Amanda Deibert, and Owen Lawless:

Steve Balderson and Debbie Rochon celebrate (in a very unique way that we aren’t exactly sure about):

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Additional photos from the Awards Ceremony and Crimson Screen can be found at

Friday, May 29, 2015

Into the Darkness

A cursed cavern, a fierce battle for a sword, and a reborn evil god are just a sample of what readers can expect in A.M. Rycroft’s debut dark fantasy novel, Into the Darkness.

Long ago, a once-famous adventurer sealed his treasures away in the Black Caverns, cursing them as he died. Aeryn Ravane, a headstrong sell-sword on a mission to honor her late father and complete the quest he never finished, has finally found the key to unlocking the Black Caverns.

Unbeknownst to Aeryn, rumor of this find has brought unwanted attention her way, including that of a young thief seeking to buy her brother’s freedom. When their paths cross, they soon discover the dark secret the caverns hold within them and nothing is as it seems.

Faced with an ancient evil bent upon resurrecting a long-forgotten time of darkness and suffering, both sell-sword and thief must face down their fears and work together to push back the darkness once again.

Click here to check out an interview with author A.M. Rycroft

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New Graphic Novel "Starblood"

“Scotland horror author Carmilla Voiez and Belarus artist Anna Dmitrieva meet on a Deviant Art and create eye popping horror graphic novel.”

"Starblood, the graphic novel", is due to be released May 29 2015. There is a Facebook based party to celebrate and all guests will be given a free webcomic "Sex, Skulls and Sorcery" just for being there. The party can be found at

The graphic novel is based on Carmilla Voiez's debut novel Starblood. Starblood and Carmilla Voiez have won three awards since 2013 – Horror Fan's Asylum Horror Author of the Year 2013, Fearventure Author of the Year 2014 and The Three Bookateers' Horror Release of 2014, for the Starblood Trilogy.

Anna Dmitrieva has created concept art for computer games for the past 3 years and has a passion for bringing characters to life in her art.

Together they have created something uniquely terrifying, Starblood the graphic novel, which will be released on May 29th 2015.

They are working together to make graphic novel versions of the other two books in the Starblood Trilogy. Psychonaut will be released in 2016 and Black Sun in 2017. All graphic novel titles are published by Vamptasy Publishing an imprint of US independent publishing house Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly.

Synopsis -

STARBLOOD, a tale of magic and horror and the debut novel by Carmilla Voiez, has been transformed into a graphic novel by Anna Dmitrieva.

Blinded by love, Satori, a young magician, attempts a spell that goes horribly wrong, resulting in the demon Lilith returning to Earth. Satori knows he must send Lilith back. The dark goddess, brimming with power, makes it her mission to wreak havoc on Satori's life by ensnaring Star, the woman he loves, and her friends into a web of chaos and deceit.

Biographies -

Carmilla grew up on a varied diet of horror. Her earliest influences as a teenage reader were Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley and Clive Barker mixed with the romance of Hammer Horror and the visceral violence of the first wave of video nasties. Fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by threnodies of eighties Goth and post-punk music she evolved into the creature of darkness we find today.

Living in the quiet town of Banff in North East Scotland, she finds inspiration in the wildlife, castles and desolate places which surround her. She lives with her two children, two cats and one poet-clown-partner by the sea.

Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Withonef of Houston Press once said - "You do not read her books, you survive them."

Signed to Vamptasy Publishing in 2012 three books in the critically acclaimed Starblood Trilogy have been published both separately as paperbacks and in one volume for Kindle.

Anna Dmitrieva is a CG artist from Belarus. Until 2012 she worked as a freelancer. From 2012 she has been working for Fenomen Games and is mostly involved in concept art creation. Her dream is to work full time as an illustrator.

FAQs -

Why did you decide to release a graphic novel version of Starblood?

Again and again I've been told that Starblood is an incredibly visual book and readers would love to see it as a movie. I haven't had anyone grab the movie rights YET, but it got me thinking about how else to bring the story to life. I've always loved graphic novels and when I met Anna, an incredibly talented artist who shared my vision, well the rest is history.

Are there any significant differences between the novel and the graphic novel?

Yes. The graphic novel focuses on three characters: Lilith, Satori and Star, whereas the novel focused on Freya as well. Anna saw some of the characters differently, in particular Star, who in the novel and my head had black ringlets. I loved her drawings so much I decided not to ask her to change Star back, but it did mean some of the dialogue had to change. In the graphic novel Star is referred to as the girl with the big eyes, whereas in the novel it's the girl with the curls.

Do you and Anna plan to work together again?

Absolutely. We've already committed to making graphic novel adaptations of Psychonaut and Black Sun.

Did you learn anything new about the story when you saw it in graphic novel form?

I realised just how much sex and mutilation I had written. It's a very adult graphic novel. I also realised that I had unwittingly written a few caricatures as background characters and vowed to avoid doing that again. Of course in comic art everything is magnified, but it was an eye-opener.

How long did it take to make the graphic novel from start to finish?

If you include the time it took to write the original story, then about three years. The script and the art was produced during the same period with preliminary sketches, discussion and changes to both. Then Anna worked on the final images and a few minor changes were made during that process. It took about a year of Anna and I working together, to produce the finished book.

Whose book is it?

It's definitely our book. With her art, Anna has added as much to the story as I have with the words and original plot line. One couldn't exist without the other.

Do you think releasing this book will change your life?

I love my life, but it can always be made easier by a steady income. Now a film deal, that would rock. Or a Starblood TV series. A girl can dream.


Insomnolence is a short horror film being made as part of the Victorian College of the Arts Masters course in Film and Television. 
The film is a psychological/psychedelic horror that seeks to portray a descent into madness using a 70s-style-horror visual aesthetic, while also acting as a meditation on how we refuse to let ourselves let go of what we cannot hold onto.

Starring: David John Watton

Directed by: Kiefer Findlow

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Red-Band Trailer for Horror "Other Halves"

Whether you use Tinder, OKCupid, Grindr, or one of the other myriad dating apps, there is always a moment of apprehension when you first agree to meet someone.  Feature horror “Other Halves” takes this apprehension to the next level, showing what happens when a group of coders creates a dating platform with serious consequences.  

Watch the tense red-band trailer here: 

The film stars Mercedes Manning (Strictly Sexual, Zipper) and Lauren Lakis (HybridsGun Woman) as programmers who develop a revolutionary new dating app called Other Halves. On the night before the app is set to launch, they discover it causes strange side effects: users lose all self-control, becoming amoral, lascivious, violent... evil. They consider shutting the app down, but...


Two previous teasers gave us a clever glimpse of the evil properties of the app, the first disguised as a “Start-Up Investor Pitch” and the second teaser announcing the “Public Beta” of the revolutionary dating app.  “Other Halves” will make you think twice before you swipe right.

Other Halves, from One Oh One Radio Pictures, is the feature film debut for director and co-writer Matthew T. Price, and co-writer Kelly Morr.

The film is being produced by Curt Chatham, and also stars Lianna Liew (Truth Or Dare), Megan Hui (The Before Time), Melanie Friedrich (Positive: Some Doors Should Remain Closed), Sam Schweikert (Hart of Dixie), and Carson Nicely (The Conan O'Brien Show).

You can follow the production on their website, or on IMDB. You can also follow the film on Facebook,  Twitter (@OtherHalvesFilm), and Instagram (@OtherHalvesFilm).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Beware of the Klowns

In the small town of Santa Mira, their brave Sheriff is forced to protect his twins, Joy and Lisa, from the terror that is the Klown King and his cult of killer klowns. The Sheriff tries to uphold the town's "clown-law", a ban on all things clown related, plus keep Bobby, the son of a retired clown, away from Lisa. Madness ensues as mass murders occur with the message of Klown Supremacy at the forefront of The Klowns rampage against the town. Can the Sheriff protect his town and his daughters? Will the Klown King succeed with his ultimate goal of Klown Supremacy? Blood, guts, nudity, and violence fill this B-movie inspired film with thrills and chills that will bring you to another time and place.

Starring: David A. Hubert, Mark Conway, Amanda Risinger, Justin Wolters, James Peters, Jordan Cox, Barry Murdock Jr., Adriana Vega, Aaron Hart, Brian Winfield, Simon Barrios, Vinny Prisco, Jason Elkins, Keith Henman

Written and directed by: Tim Wolak

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"Star Wars" Visual Effects Team with CHINA SPY

Star Wars' visual effects teamed up with CHINA SPY

Star Wars' visual effects Bryan Taylor teamed up with CHINA SPY as Visual Effects. Mr Bryan Taylor has been known as visual effects artist and 3D digital compositor for major studio Sci-Fi movies including :

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Slay Belles

Are all set to star in…

It's Christmas time in a quaint rural town where a chorus of screams drowns out the holiday carols. Krampus is on the loose and he's making up for lost time by killing his naughty prey. As Krampus is "soul searching", three urban explorers in all of their hotness, go on an adventure and break into a long shutdown theme park, Santa Land. Unwittingly they find themselves at the scene of the crime where Krampus takes his prey. It's also where the real live Santa has retired. Now Santa, a crotchety biker-wannabe coping with his faded magical powers, is forced to ally himself with these chicks. The fate of the world is riding on their combination of wits, magic and spunk, to take down Krampus once and for all. If they fail, Krampus will kill Christmas and all of the naughty the world over. Now that's a lot of people…

Directed by: SpookyDan Walker

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