October 16th, 2014 | → 2 Comments | ∇ Blah, Graphic Novels & Comics, News |

2000 AD Winter Special 2014

by M.I.K.

Britain’s long running comic, 2000 AD, will be celebrating Hallowe’en in style this year with a brand new winter special, which goes on sale on the 29th of October. Here’s the promotional blurb…

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With an exclusive new cover by critically-acclaimed horror artist Ben Templesmith, the 2000AD 2014 Winter Special delves into the darkest recesses of its creators’ imaginations for a horror-themed 48-page issue containing complete stories featuring Judge Dredd,  Rogue Trooper, Psi-Judge Anderson, Defoe and the debut of new character The Alienist!

From 17th Century zombie hunters to nightmare horrors on alien worlds, some of the top creators in comics – plus new talent – serve their Thrill-power chilled with a zarjaz line-up, including:

JUDGE DREDD: SOREBONE by T.C. Eglington & Riccardo Burchielli
When members of a juve gang are picked off one by one, has one of its members being possessed by an ancient evil?

DEFOE: FRANKENSTEINER by Pat Mills & Leigh Gallagher
We flashback to 1666 and the start of the zombie epidemic, when Titus Defoe first agreed to take the position of Zombie Hunter General.

ROGUE TROOPER: THE FEAST by Guy Adams & Lee Carter
Genetic Infantryman Rogue Trooper battles through a nightmarish hallucination brought on by exposure to a nerve gas.

ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION: HORROR COMES TO VELMA DINKLEY by Alan Grant & Darren Douglas
A rash of murders at Velma Dinkley block leads Anderson to suspect someone is influencing the killers.

TERROR TALES: PHANTOM PAINS by Eddie Robson & Jeff Anderson
Not even burning your house down can stop a haunting…

THE ALIENIST by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby & Eoin Coveney
England, the early 1900s. Sebastian Witherall and Madelyn Vespertine are investigators into the occult, but who holds the real power…?

The 2000 AD 2014 Winter Special can be pre-ordered now from 2000adonline.com or is available from all good stockists on October 29th!

++ END OF PROMOTIONAL BLURB! ++

Rumour has it that’s not the only bit of scary 2000 AD related stuff heading our way this month. Something strangely animated this way comes. Watch this sssspace…

 

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October 6th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, TV |

It is happening again.

by M.I.K.

 

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October 5th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Creepy Videos, Music |

The Fall of The House of Usher (1928)

by M.I.K.

I saw this for the first time earlier this year and wasn’t sure if what I was watching was a genuine silent film or some kind of cleverly shot extended music video.

The soundtrack on this version is new, composed by Colin Z. Robertson just a couple of years ago, (and it works really well), but the film itself is genuinely of the period.

It was made in 1928, directed by James Sibley Watson Jr and Melville Webber and stars Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, and Melville Webber.

How I’ve managed to remain completely unaware of its existence until now, I don’t know, but it’s an impressively expressionistic avant garde/arty farty interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story with loads of cool cinematic effects.

If you haven’t read the source material, you’ll likely have a bit of trouble understanding what’s going on, as there’s a distinct lack of title cards explaining anything, but if you’re familiar with the story, you’ll soon realise it’s actually a pretty faithful adaptation.

It’s just over 13 minutes long. Have a gander…

 

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October 1st, 2014 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Blah, Creepy Videos, Music |

Dracula’s Tango : Toto Coelo

by M.I.K.

It’s October, which means the countdown to Hallowe’en, (and Hallowscream), has begun. Expect a whole heap of horror based postings to this blog over the coming month, starting with this catchy tune from 1982…

 

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April 26th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Creepy Videos |

Vampires : Folklore, Fantasy & Fact

by M.I.K.

A short animated history of the vampire. It’s educational or something…

 

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March 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah |

Hallowscream! Spooktacular Sixth Issue Submission Guidelines

by M.I.K.

 

We at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our freaky free, annual pdf horror comic, HALLOWSCREAM.

 

Well, Mister Freakyblobthing, it’s like this…

Submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut.

We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Anything already completed is far more likely to make it into the comic.

Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 pages in length.

Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.

To get an idea of the sort of stuff we’re after, you can download previous issues of Hallowscream here.

If you’re looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we’ll give you details of available scripts to see if anything suits your fancy.

We’ll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.

Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpeg or png.

Submissions can be sent to merjeagles@yahoo.co.uk or ghastlymcnasty@backfromthedepths.co.uk

As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.

 

We will accept submissions from the undead, (we’re all for equal opportunities here), but if you keep eating people we’re afraid we’d rather not associate with you because a) it’s not very nice and b) it’s probably highly illegal and we don’t want any further hassle from the authorities after that unfortunate incident with the werewolf.

Non-arty folk or people who just want to submit a sketch can still contribute doodles by taking part in the “Guess the face of The Reaper” competition. We’ll also accept entries to this competition from proper artists what can draw really good and that. Click the image below for details at a larger size.

 

Simply post a link to your artwork in the comments, (or anywhere else you see the pic), or send your entry to the merjeagles@yahoo.co.uk address.

DEADLINES :

 

Scripts, articles and text submissions : Sunday 27th July

Artwork : Sunday 5th October

Completed strips : Sunday 19th October.

The finished issue will be available online as a free pdf by October 31st, with a physical copy becoming available via Lulu.com, shortly afterwards. You can also keep up to date with Hallowscream news via the Facebook Page

 

You’re welcome.

 

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March 27th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Creepy Videos, Films |

Phantasm V : Ravager Teaser Trailer

by M.I.K.

So there’s apparently a Phantasm V now…

Where the flip did that come from?

Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm are back, but although Don Coscarelli produced and co-wrote the film, it’s being directed by the other writer on the project, David Hartman, who, come to think of it, I believe I’m watching on DeviantArt. No bloomin’ wonder he hasn’t uploaded much new artwork recently!

 

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February 18th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Creepy Videos |

The World Beyond : May Contain Some Evil and Some Dead

by M.I.K.

Here’s a question for you… What has a remote cabin from which all means of escape have been cut off, point of view shots of something rampaging through the woods making freaky noises, a book of spells and incantations, something nasty hiding in the cellar and a disembodied hand attempting to throttle someone?

The World Beyond is the second of two pilot episodes of an occult detective television series, starring Granville Van Dusen as Paul Taylor, a sports writer who develops the ability to communicate with the dead after a near-fatal motorcycle accident.

The first pilot, The World of Darkness, premiered on CBS in April of 1977. The World Beyond followed on January 27th, 1978 and also stars Barnard Hughes, (Grandpa in Lost Boys), and JoBeth Williams, (Diane Freeling in Poltergeist). Yep, that’s right – There’s someone called J. Williams in this.

The World Beyond appeared on television at precisely the moment Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were conducting ‘research’ for their first foray into the horror genre. Coincidence? Judge for yourself. It’s just under 50 minutes long…

“The book served as a passageway to the evil worlds beyond…” (ooh, what a giveaway).

 

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January 10th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah |

Ghastly Awards 2013 Voting Now Open

by Ghastly McNasty

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Not named after your truly, The Ghastly Awards celebrate the finest horror comics. This year’s nominations are:

The 2013 Nominees are:

Best Ongoing Title:
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
B.P.R.D. (Dark Horse)
Coffin Hill (Vertigo)
John Carpenter’s Asylum (Storm King Comics)
Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)

Best Mini-Series:
Colder (Dark Horse)
Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray (Image Comics)
Killogy (IDW Publishing)
Locke & Key: Omega (IDW Publishing)
Lot 13 (DC Comics)

Best One-Shot:
’68: Hallowed Ground (Image Comics)
Baltimore: The Widow and The Tank (Dark Horse)
Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven & The Red Death (Dark Horse)
Fubar: Free Comic Book Day (Alterna Comics/Fubar Press)
The Living Corpse: Haunted (Dynamite Entertainment)

Best New Series (Fans Will Decide the Winner):
Abe Sapien (Dark Horse)
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
Coffin Hill (Vertigo)
Ghosted (Image Comics)
Ten Grand (Image Comics)

Best Anthology:
American Vampire Anthology (Vertigo)
Bela Lugosi’s Tales From the Grave (Monsterverse Entertainment)
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror (Independent)
The Witching Hour (Vertigo)
Twisted Dark (T Publications)

Best OGN:
Aliens: Inhuman Condition (Dark Horse)
Eldritch (SLG)
Flesh & Blood Vol. 3 (Monsterverse Entertainment)
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (Dark Horse)
The Shadow Out of Time (SelfMadeHero)

Best Archival Collection:
B.P.R.D. 1948 (Dark Horse)
Creepy Archives Vol. 17 (Dark Horse)
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: Haunted Horror (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)
The Human Gargoyles (Bleeding Moon Comics)
Steve Ditko Monsters Vol. 1: Gorgo (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

Best Writer:
John Arcudi (Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D.)
Cullen Bunn (Helheim, Sixth Gun)
Joe Hill (Locke & Key: Omega)
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Paul Tobin (Colder)

Best Artist:
Richard Corben (Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven and the Red Death)
Glenn Fabry (Lot 13)
Juan Ferreyra (Colder, Kiss Me Satan)
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key: Omega)

Best Inker:
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Jason Paulos (EEEK!)
Drew Rausch (Eldritch, My Blacks Don’t Match)
Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly)
Rob Sacchetto (Rob Sacchetto’s Cape Fear)

Best Letterer:
Jack Morelli (Afterlife with Archie)
Nate Piekos (Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities, Colder, Kiss Me Satan, To Hell You Ride)
Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key, X-Files)
Clem Robins (B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Hellboy in Hell, The Strain)
Rus Wooton (Ghosted, The Walking Dead)

Best Colorist:
Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly, The X-Files)
Jay Fotos (’68, Locke & Key: Omega)
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
Miroslav Mrva (Ghosted)
Dave Stewart (Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., Hellboy: The Midnight Circus)

Best Web Comic:
Chopping Block (choppingblock.keenspot.com)
Crossed: Wish You Were Here (crossedcomic.com)
Last Halloween (last-halloween.com)
My Blacks Don’t Match (drewrausch.com/comic/its-alive)
The Eighth Seal (thrillbent.com/comics/the-eighth-seal)

Hall of Fame Inductees:
Gene Colan
Archie Goodwin

Head on over to the website and cast your vote now http://ghastlyawards.com/

 

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October 31st, 2013 | → 2 Comments | ∇ Blah, Graphic Novels & Comics |

Back From The Depths Presents : HALLOWSCREAM! 2013

by M.I.K.

 

The fifth annual Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special is here! Available to download as a totally free pdf file, this year’s comic features 96 pages of shocks and scares to chill your blood over the Samhain season! We’ve also uploaded an horrific hi-res version this year, to give the gore and ghosties an extra gloss.

Here Are The Download Links :

Lo-res Version (file size = 46.3mb) :      MEDIAFIRE      DROPBOX

Hi-res Version (file size = 125mb) :       MEDIAFIRE     DROPBOX

You can also read the issue online at :      ISSUU

Full contents of the terrors lurking behind that gloriously icky cover by “The Gurch” are as follows…

Page 3 : Pumpkin Soup  Art & Recipe by Simon Mackie
Page 4 : A Mother’s Devotion Story by Chris Charlton, Art by Rowel Roque, Letters by Brant W. Fowler
Page 9 : Bestiary of Beasties : Lurking Tut Article & Illustration by Malcolm Kirk
Page 10 : 6 Seconds To Die by Gordon Innes
Page 17 : And Now A Few Words From Our Sponsors Story by Stu Perrins, Art by Israel Huertas
Page 19 : Wicked Stepmother Story & Art by Philip Sneyd
Page 23 : The Claws of The Catman Story by Paul Bristow, Art by Andy Lee
Page 29 : A Grim Tale : No Bones About It Story by ‘Clark Holland’, Art by Malcolm Kirk.
Page 31 : Empty Story by Chris Charlton, Art by Gregory Woronchak, Letters by Brant W. Fowler
Page 39 : Curse of The Season Story & Art by Carol Kewley ( Merry Xmas Everybody lyrics © Copyright Slade 1973 )
Page 43 : Terrorvision Guide by Malcolm Kirk
Page 44 : Hellevator Story & Art by Paul Gordon Innes
Page 48 : Apocalypse The Board Game Concept & Colour by Tim West, Illustration by Mike Legan
Page 50 : Home Is Where The Heart Is Story by Tim West, Art by The PXD
Page 55 : Bestiary of Beasties : The Spring-Heeled Jackalope Article & Illustration by Malcolm Kirk
Page 56 : Full Moon Jacket Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 59 : All The Fun of The Fair Story by Jamie Lambert, Art by The PXD, Letters by Tim West
Page 63 : Bestiary of Beasties : The Pear Wolf Article & Illustration by Malcolm Kirk
Page 64 : Artificial Unintelligence Story by Chris Charlton, Art & Letters by Joe Badon
Page 72 : Bestiary of Beasties : The Crypt Id Article & Illustration by Malcolm Kirk
Page 73 : Hair Scare! Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 77 : Run Story by Chris Sides, Art by Simon Bennett Hayes, Letters by Chris Travell
Page 83 : Dead by Dawn ZX Spectrum Game Advertisement
Page 84 : Many Happy Returns Story & Art by Michael Crouch
Page 89 : The North Wind Doth Blow Story & Art by Russell Hillman
Page 90 : Help! Mummy! Story & Art by Simon Mackie
Page 91 : Bestiary of Beasties : The Glook-Gonk Article & Illustration by Malcolm Kirk
Page 92 : Happy Family Story by David Stoddart, Art by Graham Stoddart
Page 95 : Hierophantom’s Poeticorner : Ghost Train by Paul Bradford, Art by Eric Hurley
…and…
Page 96 : Back Cover Skull by Malcolm Kirk

Previous issues of Hallowscream are available to download from backfromthedepths.co.uk/hallowscream or you can buy real-life monochrome paperback versions from Lulu.com.

HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!

 

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