Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Just a quick update today with a few creepy ephemera of interest. Fall has long reigned as a good season for all things horror, and this one is no exception. From the internet, to the movies, to your local bookstore, I've selected a few things to keep an eye out for:
- Salad Fingers, Episode 8: After more than a year and a half, British artist David Firth has released the eighth installment of his popular and disturbing "Salad Fingers" series. While I found it slightly lacking in the acute oddity of previous episodes, Firth's return to this bizarre world is very welcome. And the Salad Fingers character remains a disturbing boon to the flash community and wider world of surreal horror.
- H.P. Lovecraft's The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions: Del Rey publishers just re-released, in a very affordable paperback form, this old Arkham House collection. Introduced by Stephen Jones, it features over twenty of Lovecraft's short stories, which he ghostwrote for other writers. In many of them, HPL is responsible for a large part or even the entirety of the prose. Fine tales like "The Mound" and "The Curse of Yig" are included, excellent stories hitherto neglected in other recent collections.This is definitely one to pick up for enthusiasts, and rounds out Del Rey's reprints of Lovecraft's fictional work. Andrew Wheeler has written more about the new edition at his Antick Musings blog here.
- The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm Before: Robert Kirkman's estimable zombie comics see their seventh graphic novel compilation out tomorrow. This volume collects issues #37-42, a full story arc covering the aftermath of the brutish encounter with the neighboring town of Woodbury, Lori's pregnancy coming to term, and reveals nastier hellishness on the horizon. As always, Kirkman's writing is superb, and the reader gains greater insights into the daily lives of the survivors and their interactions than seen for awhile. Kirkman also reminds us that the undead of his world remain a potent threat, even as further clashes with Woodbury await.
- "The Last Winter:" This recent independent horror film is receiving some rave reviews, including an 81% on Rottentomatoes, though I confess I haven't seen it yet myself. It freshens up the old theme of horrors unleashed from the ice seen since "The Thing," as an Alaskan oil drilling expedition unleashes the wrath of Nature. With not so subtle political commentary on the potential ravages of man's industry and global warming, it's worth a look in theaters or DVD form in the near future.
- "Resident Evil: Extinction:" If you saw the first two, are a fan of the games, or a zombie lover, just see it. Heavy on action and mutant horrors unleashed upon the entire world by the Umbrella Corporation, the super-charged heroine Alice seeks to stop the madness. You likely know about this one already, and have either decided to see it or not without my recommendation. Enough said.
- Clive Barker's Jericho (Video Game): Big news this week for the impressive Clive Barker game in development. A new video of the horror shooter in action is available at the link above, and a trailer is due to be released this Thursday on the Xbox and Playstation networks, as well as for the PC at the game's website here. Barker's foray into gaming looks promising, and pits the player against many charnel horrors as they go after a demon in the Saharan desert.