Live Action Reviews! By Crystal Connor: Containment

Posted in News with tags , , on October 8, 2015 by notesfromtheauthor

At 12:47 am on Aug 17th, 2015, Crystal Connor, finally settled in her new apartment climbed into her sleeping bag on the couch and picked up her remote. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, a film by Neil Mcenery-West called Containment


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Entry 1: Are they in Scotland?

Entry 2: Huston we have a problem

Entry 3: You just cut your hand open with a hammer, dude put the screwdriver down before you kill yourself.

 Entry 4: lol, I think I am in love with him.

 Entry 5: Once the army shows up, all bets are off.

Entry 6: And there it is.

Entry 7: You think you can out run a sniper? Told you

Entry 8: He is out of control

Entry 9: That moment when your little brother sees you for the monster you are.

Entry 10: No, dude you don’t get to be in charge anymore

Entry 11: Now your all infected … way to go. Dumb ass

Entry 12: Are we going to talk about the sniper?!?

Entry 13: Wow

Entry 14: Please kill him, please with sugar on top let him die!

Entry 15: Movie Quote of the Night: “It wasn’t like this during the war. Some people trampled over their own children to go in shelter, we were all scared, but at least it was somebody you could see.”

Entry 16: Hell to the damn NO!

Entry 17: Don’t you dare save him.

Entry 18: Dude I would rather deal with zombies, are you F’ing kidding me?

Entry 19: Why are we going to the roof?

Entry 20: What the?! Oh sweet Jesus keep me near the cross!

Entry 21: Oh no…

Entry 22: Damn it =(

Entry 23: Wait a minute, what the hell…OH MY E’FFN GOD, oh my God.

Plotline: Neighbors in a block wake one morning to find they have been sealed inside their apartments. Can they work together to find out why? Or will they destroy each other in their fight to escape?

Who would like it: Fans of isolation movies. Zombie, pandemic, and survivalist fans, anyone who likes military research and cover-up conspires, and everybody who loves their horror served with a healthy sides of psychological and suspense.

High Points: I love monster movies, my favorites are the ones where they don’t show the monster. In Containment, just like the people we’re watching, we don’t know what happened, and this sets the tone for the rest of the movie because you immediately start listing agencies that you think would have the power to take control of three large apartment buildings, put everyone inside asleep, and then glue all the doors and windows shut …without being seen.

I also loved, once the group was established, how fast they turned on each other. Not only do they have to deal with what’s going on outside the tension is ratcheted up four notches because no one is sure if the person right next to them has their back.

We never find out what the virus is or what caused it, even the captured Hazmat expert seems to suggest that her team is basically leading from behind, doing all they can to catch up to this rapid moving germ.

The ending is no ending at all. Once you realize what they’ve done a million questions and assumptions pop into your head and all you can do is sit there and try to take it all in. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the icing on this cake!

Complaints: Though well-rounded, the characters are cliquish queuing up and dying in the order that you expect them too, but because this movie is so well acted and the tension is so taught it’s not that big of a complaint.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And Containment entertained me, I loved it and I hope you will too.

Stars: 4 ½

Where I watched it: Amazon Prime


Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

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Press Release: Wind Walkers Takes the Last Spot of the Horror Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on October 7, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest
Wind Walkers Takes the Last Spot of the Horror Festival

windwalkers_475x700Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2015) – Once again Courtney Solomon showcases yet another heart lurching horror under his company After Dark Films. Wind Walkers, a spine-chilling Native American tale set in the wilds of Florida, will be the 8th and final film in the ‘8 Films to Die For’ horror festival, in theaters October 16, 2015.

Written and Directed by talented filmmaker Russell Friedenberg, and Produced by Iron Circle Pictures and Sweet Tomato Films, Wind Walkers will bring the first ever film with a Native American flair to the brand.   TheDark Side Magazine has referred to the film as “Unremitting and furious, Wind Walkers breathes fresh air into the genre.”

“We’ve saved the most unique for last,” says Stephanie Caleb, EVP of Creative Affairs & Acquisitions at After Dark Films, “Wind Walkers digs deep into Native American history and the Psyche of our shared yet tortured pasts. It explores the nature of what it means to be cursed as an individual and as a community.  The gradual withering away of the collective soul and all that makes us human is on display in this horrifying tale of the violent rebalancing of natures scales.”

The film stars Phil Burke (Hell on Wheels), Russell Friedenburg (Among Ravens), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Christopher Kriesa (Cast Away), Castille Landon (Sex Ed), and Glen Powell Jr. (The Expendables 3; The Dark Knight Rises).

Director Friedenberg says, “I’m really excited to bring Wind Walkers into the world with After Dark and their ‘8 Films to Die For’. After Dark has proven their ability to keep the genre fresh, exciting and scary as hell.  Their brand is unparalleled and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Official Synopsis:

A U.S. solider returns home from captivity to find that his best friend and fellow former POW has gone AWOL. While out on an annual hunting trip with his friend’s father and some extended family, their group comes under attack by an ancient Native American curse that has mysterious connections to his best friend’s heritage and the prison in which they were once held captive.

“Wind Walkers was a blast to make and we think taking it into the world with After Dark will be equally fun,” says producers Heather Rae and Dori Sperko, “Russell’s vision plays on many levels and the genre audience is in for a wild ride!”

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.

Ian Brereton negotiated the deal on behalf of After Dark Films.

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After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die For” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.

After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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5 things you need to know about zombies

Posted in News with tags , , , , on October 6, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest

By Karina Fabian
It’s the 2040s, and the world has seen the rise of a new pest – zombies. Yes, the reanimated are clawing themselves out of graves or shambling out of morgues and wander the streets. Fortunately, the contagion is mostly controlled, and these corpsicles are the exception rather than the rule. Nonetheless, one in 20 Americans will have a close call with a lamebrain of the undead variety.

Should you encounter one, it’s good to keep these things in mind:

  1. 9866652Zombies are not the dead come back to life. That is not you Aunt Maisy eager to embarrass you with a public display of affection. That’s a soulless, animated corpse that wants to bite you, infect you, and if she was a fan of zombie lore, eat your brains. There are no exceptions.
  2. Zombies are not intelligent. But they do retain certain skills, attitudes and habits developed in real life. Martial artists and dancers may still have their moves, even if they lose body parts during the routine. Someone who went fishing every Saturday could return to its favorite spot, maybe even with a pole. As we’ve recently seen with the Crappy Crude attack in Richmond, people can program their brains to come back with a certain mission or 15996091purpose through the use of attitude immersion and catchy tunes. Which is why this next point is so important.
  3. The best way to stop a zombie is to sever the spine, preferably right after the person has died. Bullets to the head or smashing the skull make good TV, but if you don’t destroy the brain, the zombie will keep going. Sever the spine, and the active brain will not be able to make the body move.
  4. Regardless of what preferences the zombie has, certain things usually repel it. Heavy chemical products like household cleaners with bleach or ammonia (not the Green stuff) and insecticides can, at least temporarily, hold back a zombie’s advance. Thus, splashing a line between you and it could give you enough time to run, or tracing a circle around yourself may cause it to pass you by. If the person worked regularly with these kinds of products before death, such as as a housekeeper or non-organic farmer, these will not phase them, however.
  5. Leave the zombie killing to the professionals. We’re not living a season of The Walking Dead. Rare common sense thinking meant strong protocols were put in place early to prevent the zombie apocalypse. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean individual stupidities won’t increase the spread of zombieism. Most untrained individuals who try to take on a shambler alone end up being bitten and infecting themselves or others or creating a mess that spreads the contagion. Licensed zombie exterminators are on-hand 24/7/365 to take on the zombies. If you have to fight, then fight smart, but otherwise, run and call 9-1-1.

For more information, check out the Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator novels by Karina Fabian. Also in audiobook, narrated by Becky Parker.


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Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on October 5, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest
This SLASH From the PAST Will Leave You Shaking in the Dark!
Los Angeles, CA (August 25, 2015) – Remember those classic 80’s slasher movies that were all the rave?  Well, hold on to your heads, we’re bringing it back to the extreme. Bastard will be the 7th film in the ‘8 Films to Die For’ lineup, in theaters October 16, 2015.
Bastard encompasses all the classic qualities that horror fans crave,” says Franchesca Lantz, Director of Creative Affairs & Acquisitions at After Dark Films, “it’s hard to watch, yet it’s impossible to look away.”
Written by Patrick Robert Young and directed by Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young, this character-driven film has been referred to as a “Triumph for independent horror.”
The film stars Tonya Kay (Get Him to the Greek), Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch), Burt Culver (The Paper Boat), Ellis Greer (A Small Death), Dan Creed (Dinner Party), and Will Tranfo (The Creation of Aspen).
Bastard is a labor of horror love crafted on a budget of blood, sweat, and visceral synth score,” says directors Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young,  “Shot under the influence of Tom Savini and Jamie Lee Curtis’ lungs, Bastard hearkens back to a time when people couldn’t complain about the state of horror.  Our approach was not to spoof or make fun of these old slashers, but rather embrace the mindset of how these films were made, and make our story with the same technique and passion. We wanted to give our fellow horror lovers the 80’s cult flick they never got to see in theaters – the one that inspires them to go out and make their own.  Because that’s what films like Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, and Zombi have done for us.”

Official Synopsis:
Five strangers – newlywed serial killers, a suicidal cop, and two runaways – become suspect and victim when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town.

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.

Ian Brereton negotiated the deal on behalf of After Dark Films. Elsa Ramo negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Grant Me Serenity: The End Part 2

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by veryuniqueusername


“Well now,” Len said pleasantly, not moving. “I see we have quite a quandary.”
“Yeah?” Harding sneered. “I don’t see a quandary. You don’t get moving, there’ll be a bullet in your head before you can think about saying goodbye.”
“How are you going to do that without having to explain a lot of things to them?” Len nodded at the door leading to the hallway which opened to the parking lot. Decent group tonight, judging by the amount of door-slamming and the volume of residual chatter as the AA members who smoked lit up around the ashtray. “I don’t see a silencer on that gun of yours. Your arm must be getting tired, by the way.”
Harding’s face was frozen in the sneer but his eyes had filled with an uncertainty Len recognized. His arm, whether genuinely tired, or inspired to be so by the power of suggestion, began to tremble.
Len began to move forward, hands held out to his sides, a placid smile on his face. Harding raised the gun anew. “Get moving out that back door motherfucker, I swear to Christ I’ll blow your fucking head off. Don’t push me.”
“Oh I’m sure you would,” Len replied, still coming forward, still with hands out. “I’m not as heavily armed as that man but my pockets are full of shadows. Who knows, one of them could be an automatic.”
“Shut up!” Harding’s gun pointed at Len’s head, then his stomach, then his chest. “Just shut the fuck up and get out the door!” His voice had risen noticeably.
The smile dropped off Len’s face. Only some had seen the look which replaced it, most of whom were dead. “Last chance, EX-detective. Put your gun away and leave. You can continue being whatever you are now instead of what you will become.”
“Fuck you!” Harding raised the gun again and aimed it between Len’s eyes. “This is your last fucking chance!”
Len sighed, and plunged his hand into his pocket. Harding, his nerves strung tighter than a guitar string, fired.

“The jury finds the defendant guilty of the charge of murder in the first degree.”
The words hung in the courtroom, leaden. Guilty. Murder. Harding could scarcely believe it. Hearing the jury recommend the death penalty was even more surreal. Death penalty? For him? What the fuck had happened? How had he gotten here?
His mind whirred through the past like a flipbook. Yesterday’s meeting with his lawyer. Good record, recovery, acquittal is a sure thing, blah blah blah. The weeks leading up to that meeting, the trial, the hell of being torn apart in front of crowd, a judge, a newspaper, with the press, always the press out for his blood, and some days those four smirking faces from the church in the crowd, right there but unattainable. The months of incarceration prior to that whole media frenzy, pacing his cell, desperate for time with his lawyer, because then, only then, did he feel like he was making progress, moving forward. The weeks immediately afterward, when he had been in the purgatory of jail, not knowing what was coming, only knowing it was taking its sweet time and that it was going to be bad, then being proved correct in his worst assumptions. That horrible night he had been taken into the police station in the humiliating perp-walk, handcuffed past his peers, some of them gawking, some shaking their heads, some smirking like the pieces of shit they were. His mug shot, the most painful moment of all, somehow, was when they had fingerprinted him. Finally the ghastly night in the basement of the church when he had somehow, like a fucking idiot…

A small round dot appeared between Len’s eyes, visible for a split second before his head jerked back and threw him to the floor, arms flying out, hands open, nothing but emptiness inside. Unarmed.
“No,” Ed groaned, dropping to his feet beside Len and dropping his gun. “No, oh God oh God NO!” he screamed, pawing desperately at Len’s hand, as though by magic he could make a weapon appear in it. He slapped Len’s legs, hoping to manifest a gun in a holster, a knife in a pocket, something, anything, oh holy fuck not again…
“Oh my God!”
This new hellishly unwelcome voice cut in. Ed jerked his head around, eyes bulging, staring at the first alcoholic to enter the room, a matronly woman in a pink pants suit, whose face was hidden behind her ringed hands, horror in her eyes.
Ed held out his hands to her, numbly glad he had dropped the gun, his mouth working on excuses, somehow blurting out, “I can explain…”

His last meal was a big decision, and Ed thought about it long and hard. Finally, he settled on Shepherd’s Pie, sauerkraut, and pistachio ice cream, washing it down with two cans of Mountain Dew. He immediately regretted it upon finishing, wishing instead he had ordered beef stew, or ravioli, but that was just who Ed Harding was. Had he ordered all three, he would have wished for something different. As he sat there, tasting the sauerkraut and fishing errant strings of it from his back teeth, a guard appeared at his door. It was time.
As he was being strapped in to the chair, trying to keep from hyperventilating, the door in the back of the death chamber opened. Dr Pudge entered. Missy followed. She looked straight at him, with not a hint of recognition. His jaw dropped.
The guard, moving so swiftly he seemed not to move at all, fixed a gag across Ed’s mouth. The room returned to its normal silence as the necessary plumbing was hooked up to Ed’s body. His eyes grew huger as he saw Jerry, Jessica and Paul sitting in the gallery. No one else was there. Paul smiled and waved. Jessica glared. Jerry’s face was a mask.
The guard, seeing the prisoner was ready for execution, made his speech. “Edward Harding, you have been sentenced to die by a jury of your peers. Do you have anything to say before sentence is carried out?” The guard removed the gag, and Ed filled his lungs.
“Listen to me. This is the truth. That crazy bitch there,” he nodded in Missy’s direction. Her face didn’t move. “and those three assholes–” nodding toward the gallery, “are psychopaths! Murderers! I killed one of their little group after they sat around telling stories about how they’d done it as kids! Ask them! Go on!”
The guard nodded as though he believed every word. This was not the first time someone in the chair had screamed accusations with their last breath. It would not be the last. He looked at Missy. She nodded in return, and began opening valves in her deadly dance. Ed was still ranting as he noticed his eyes growing heavy. He began to yell, but by then, it was over.

Until his eyes opened.
“Oh, there he is, I told you he’d wake up, didn’t I?” A woman’s voice, nearly crowing with delight. Horrible to hear. Horribly familiar.
“Well done, Missy,” a male voice said.
Ed was shivering, but could not move. Was he still in that god damn death room? Was his execution still going on? Then why did the ceiling look so much darker?
A stinging smack on the side of his face brought the ceiling in to focus. He shook his head and looked around him just in time for the rolled up towel someone was snapping to take him in the eye and nearly gouge it out by the feeling, holy shit he had never felt that much pain in an eyeball and what the FUCK was going on..?
“Did that rouse you a bit honey?” Another female voice was crooning next to his ear. “Wouldn’t want you to sleep through Len’s memorial now would we?” She had just finished the last word when a fist smashed into Ed’s nose, bending it to the left with a crack. Ed howled.
“Cool it,” the first woman said. “There’s no rush, and we want him to stay conscious at least for a little while.” Harsh laughter. The abuse ceased and Ed shook his head, trying to clear his vision. His right eye was a stinging slit of agony misted with red, but the left was taking things in all too well. His mind began to process them.
He was in a chair, arms behind him, stripped to the shorts and soaked. Apparently he’d been doused with water to wake him up. He tried to bring his hands around front and found, to no real surprise, that they had been restricted behind him. He pulled, expecting to hear the clank of chains and heard… nothing. No movement either. They had glued his hands together behind his back, as though he were rubbing them together. He could not move so much as a finger.
They stood around him, over him, surveying him. Missy still wore her business suit but her hair had come out of its bun.
“Curious? I bet you are.” A hand dropped into her pocket and procured a little glass vial. “I just switched out the deadly stuff for some sugar water and switched you for some other corpse on the way out of the morgue, once I declared you legally dead.” She grinned, and Ed felt his blood run cold.
“Brilliant, doctor,” Jerry said, and applauded her. Paul and Jessica joined in, giving Missy a well deserved ovation.
“Thank you,” she said, giving them a curtsy and turning to give one to Ed as well. “Len has been cremated long since, but we waited to have the memorial until you could join us for the fun. It wouldn’t be the same without you.”
Ed could only look on in dumbstruck horror as she picked up the briefcase sitting beside her and turned to place it on a counter nearby. She opened it.
Fluorescent light ricocheted off the angles of the cutting tools filling the briefcase. Razor blades, scalpels, assorted knives and something which looked horribly like a cheese grater grinned at Ed with shining teeth.
Ed began to blubber.
Jerry reached forward and took a scalpel. Jessica grabbed a razor blade. Paul took a large butcher knife. Missy took her favorite, the cheese grater, and the small salt shaker that came with it.
Ed began to plead, to threaten, to bargain, forgetting that for all intents and purposes, to the world, Ed Harding was already dead.
The four of them lined up, Missy at their lead. They would continue taking turns, until the sport had worn off. But it would take a while. They were in no rush.
Ed began to scream.
Missy walked forward, her eyes searching for the perfect patch of skin to begin her ministrations. Behind her, she heard them praying.
Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.


Jesse Orr was born and raised in Alaska and has no idea, nor do his parents, when or how he began reading and writing; as is the case with so many things, they just are. Moving to Seattle in 2007, he settled down to a life of recording and performing music as well as writing whatever caught his fancy. He has a dog named Mr Dog and lives in West Seattle. 122, Dario Ciriello

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An interview with Dario Ciriello

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2015 by David Watson

Our featured author for episode 122 of the horror addicts podcast is Dario Ciriello. Dario recently answered a few questions for us about his work:

When did you start writing?

18710085 When I was eight or so! I actually have my first short story, a one-page effort called “The Anti”, written on my Dad’s typewriter (he was a journalist, so I had a model right there).  It’s a fraught little piece, full of foreboding and strange events. Though the editor in me sees a few issues, I was clearly already channeling Poe and Conrad. But I only really became semi-serious about my writing in the early oughts and published my first book, Aegean Dream, in 2011.

What do you like to write about?

 Ordinary people faced with strange and challenging situations. I started off writing straight-up Science Fiction short stories, which I’ve always loved; but in recent years I’ve moved towards suspense novels. Still, I can’t do “straight” reality: my work is always going to have an element of the fantastic or supernatural, because that’s really how I see life—the known is always shadowed and underpinned by strangeness and the unknown.

Who are some of your influences?

I’ve always been a style and language junkie, so really terrific prose artists who also know how to keep a reader turning pages—authors like John LeCarre, Fritz Leiber, Roger Zelazny, PD James, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Joseph Conrad, Robert Graves—have always been favourites; and though his excesses are many, Lovecraft does hold a special place in my heart. I’m also a terrific fan of Stephen King, whom I consider one of the all-round best authors of our time in every way. He really gets character, and is incredibly good at psychological depth and getting under the reader’s skin. There aren’t many authors who can hold my attention for 60 pages, never mind 600 or more.

Do you prefer writing fiction or non-fiction? 7085919

 Nonfiction is in many ways easier for me, as no invention is really required. My first book, Aegean Dream, a nonfiction travel memoir, is my longest work, yet it was the fastest to write—the first draft reeled itself off in just three months or so. But there’s a whole added dimension of satisfaction and achievement to crafting a long work of fiction in which you spin characters and sometimes entire worlds from whole cloth.

Can you tell us a little about Panverse publishing? 

 I founded Panverse in 2009 to edit and publish a series of original Science Fiction novella anthologies—novellas are my favourite story length for SF, and yet the one there are fewest markets for. In 2011, after publishing three annual anthologies (Panverse One, Two, and Three), I published my own first book, Aegean Dream, and it did very well. I expanded the company and in 2013-2014 began to publish novels by other authors, as well as my own thriller/suspense novel, Sutherland’s Rules. But the workload was horrifying and my own writing was suffering. So at the end of 2014 I returned the rights to our authors, and kept Panverse as an indie publisher/imprint solely for my own work.

What do you find fascinating about the horror genre?

8492651 The exploration of the subconscious and the more shadowed, ancient parts of our psyche. I like psychological rather than graphic, in-your-face horror full of gore and shock images. Getting back to King’s work, I find the novels Gerald’s Game and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon infinitely more scary (and interesting) than, say, Carrie, Cell, or Salem’s Lot. I do find the idea of possession—and there’s a strong element of that in my forthcoming novel, Black Easter—genuinely terrifying. We’re an ancient race, and parts of our wiring go back to pre-rational days. We’re hardcoded for correspondences and symbolism, for instance, at a level we can’t easily access consciously…but we sense it. At some level we know that the everyday world is just a construct, an agreed model, a fiction of sorts, and that there’s an awful lot of what’s out there that goes unseen, and for very good reasons. The best horror fiction and film taps into those pre- and subconscious levels where we’re aware of the hidden and occult realms, and it scares the shit out of us. And I do believe that there is such a thing as real, true evil in the world.

What will you be reading for episode 122 of the podcast?

 I’ll be reading an excerpt from my new novel, Black Easter, which releases on December 5. What’s it about? Well, there’s black magic, human sacrifice, a severely traumatized Nazi colonel, love, sex, possession, an idyllic island in the sun-drenched head shot2014Aegean, and a whole new theory of Hell.  It’s Mamma Mia meets The Exorcist, with a side of Inglorious Basterds.

Where can you we find you online?

 Thanks for asking, and I do love to hear from readers. I’m in quite a few places, including:

My author blog:

My indie press:


Twitter:                 @Dario_Ciriello

Amazon page: (no “www”)

You also can pre-order some of my books at:

And finally, I write a monthly Thursday guest post for the Indie Author Series over at Janice Hardy’s excellent Fiction University (



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