It has risen again! The sixth annual Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special is here! Available to download as a totally free pdf file, this sensational sixth issue features 68 pages of uncanny terror to send a shiver down your spine! Werewolves, ghosts, vampires, sheep and strange electrical devices are all to be found within!
Here Are The Download Links :
Lo-res Version (file size = 28.2mb) : MEDIAFIRE DROPBOX
Hi-res Version (file size = 91.6mb) : MEDIAFIRE DROPBOX
You can also read the issue online at : ISSUU
Full contents of horrors dwelling beyond that retro cover by Malcolm Kirk are as follows…
Page 3 : Wolf To Man Script & Art by Graham Stoddart
Page 7 : Guess The Reaper’s Face by various / Monsters by Jason D. Brawn
Page 8 : Hair Scare II : Split End! Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 15 : I Was A 20-Something Toasterhead Script by Drew Edwards, Art by Maciej Palka, Letters by CS3
Page 21 : It’s A Dirty Job Story by Chris Redfern, Art by Paul McCallan
Page 23 : Bestiary of Beasties : The Ghost Bustard by Malcolm Kirk
Page 24 : Terrorvision Guide by Malcolm Kirk
Page 25 : The Caretaker Script by Chris Sides, Art by Freja
Steele, Letters by Chris Travelle
Page 31 : Death’s House Story by Derek Hamill, Art by Alex Mines
Page 32 : Mirror Mirror Story by Tim West, Art by Carol Kewley
Page 34 : Frederick Story & Art by Glynis Devine
Page 36 : Fancy Script by Stu Perrins, Art by Brian Burkek
Page 37 : Hair Scare III : The Last Strand Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 42 : Scream! and Scream! Again! Article by “Marx”
Page 45 : A Christmas Feast Story by Russell Hillman, Art by Patrick Halpin
Page 54 : ZX Spectre Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 59 : Swamp Witch by Ric Chamberlin
Page 60 : Terror of The Sheep : The Secret Origin of Doctor Lupus Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk
Page 63 : Zombie Siege by Edgar-Max
Page 64 : Postcards From Halloween by Ben Peter Johnson
Page 67 : Hierophantom’s Poeticorner : Citadel by Paul Bradford, Art by Eric Hurley
Page 68 : 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!
by Ghastly McNasty
Do you like comics? Do you like slasher movies? If so, this may be just what you’ve been waiting for!
Slashermania is an original graphic novel, an epic tribute to the best (and worst) slasher movies of the eighties. Written by Russell Hillman, with art by Ron Joseph, Jake Isenberg and Harry Saxon, and letters by Sergio Calvet.
1983. Troubled teens from New York and Los Angeles are taken to a summer camp facility to be trained as counsellors and mix safely with other people their own age. Little do they know they are being watched by an audience hungry for sex & violence. They are the designated victims for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem – WELCOME TO SLASHERMANIA!
Masked maniacs from across the USA, Canada, Italy & the UK compete in various categories: Best Male Solo Death! Best Female Solo Death! Coitus Interruptus! Sin Punishment! Most Creative Kill! Biggest Multiple Death! The coveted Slasher of the Year award!
“And the Slashie goes to…”
Get involved! Head to Kickstarter and help this comic become a reality.
Writer, Russell Hillman, also has a story appear in this year’s Hallowscream. Arriving tomorrow, from beyond the grave.
Nifty music video from the Squirrel Nut Zippers, paying homage to a whole load of scary old cartoons, like this one and this one.
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…
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!
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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…
by Ghastly McNasty
Feast your eyes on this teaser soon to be launched by Freaktown Comics. Writer and Freaktown impresario Russell Hillman is no stranger to weird fiction. Russell has an disturbed fondness for slasher movies and has studied the genre, fine-tuning and perfecting it, in comic book format. This one-shot comic looks to fit just the bill.
The Bowery, Lower Manhattan, 1980. The New York burlesque scene has faded away, replaced by strip joints, peep shows and porno palaces. One small club of indomitable performers – the Luxury Lounge – still holds out against the tide.
The art of burlesque is dying. For one person, it isn’t dying fast enough. As the bodies pile up, so do the suspects – could the killer be desperate club owner Mr Barnett? Cantankerous juggler The Amazing Ralph? Stale stand-up comic Martin Stevens?
A performer can die onstage a thousand times. Offstage, once is enough.
Deadly Burlesque is a one shot horror story inspired by the earliest of the first wave of eighties slasher movies. Written by Russell Hillman, art by Daniel Bell and letters by Sergio Calvet. 24 pages, full colour, £4.00. Deadly Burlesque will be released in November at the Thought Bubble Comic Convention in Leeds, England, with online release to follow.
You can follow @FreaktownComics on Twitter or find them on Facebook.
Russell also has a story appearing in this year’s Hallowscream due to materialize from the gates of Hell on October 31st 2014.
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…
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…