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Nightmare Cinema Premieres at Fantasia

July 13th, 2018

An enthusiastic crowd gathered well in advance of Nightmare Cinema’s premiere. By 9:00 last night, the line already stretched around the block, assuring a full house for a project that producer-director Mick Garris began dreaming up over a decade ago.

Shortly before 10:00, Festival Programmer Tony Timpone took the stage to introduce directors Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugues, Ryuhei Kitamura, and Joe Dante … [read more at The 21st Century Scop].

It’s Official:
Voices now in eBook from Fantasist Ent.

June 26th, 2018

I’m back home, settling in after KGB and SHU. I wrote my posts on those events more quickly than usual, but they seem to be lucid (to me at least).

Both book-related appearances offered an opportunity to get the word out about Fantasist Enterprises’ new edition of Voices: Tales of Horror, and I’m pleased to report that the digital edition is now available as an eBook bundle (Mobi, ePub, and PDF) direct from the Fantasist website, and as a Kindle edition from Amazon.

The same edition will be available in print later this summer.

Including the complete text of the book’s first printing, the upgraded Voices also features a new foreword by Mick Garris (producer of our forthcoming Nightmare Cinema), a bonus story (complete with new art by World Fantasy Award nominee Jason Zerrillo), and some very cool Easter eggs – all for the price of a pumpkin spice latte (and it’ll last a lot longer).

The eBook bundle, available direct from Fantasist, gives the biggest bang for your buck, and while you’re visiting the site, you might want to check out FE’s other titles, all of which are illustrated and packaged with an eye for graphic design that makes their books unique among genre publishing.

Looking for a recommendation? Check out the urban fantasy anthology Modern Magic, edited by W. H. Horner and featuring stories by Christe M. Callabro, Donna Munro, and Rhonda Mason — all of whom were in attendance at In Your Write Mind. In addition to mind-bending fiction, the book features terrific illustrations by David Seidman — one of my favorite fantasy illustrators. And if that wasn’t enough, the last I checked, FE was offering the book at a 50% discount. A steal!

This post has been my third in as many days. (Whew!) I have no intention of keeping that pace, but I do intend to be back very soon with some previews of the big Nightmare Cinema premiere at next month’s Fantasia Film Festival.

Can’t wait!

Images

The 21st-Century Scop and W. H. Horner at In Your Write Mind. Photo by Christe M. Calabro.

The second-edition of Voices: Tales of Horror. Cover art by Jason Zerrillo. Cover design by W. H. Horner of Fantasist Enterprises.

Modern Magic. Cover art by David Seidman. Cover design by W. H. Horner of Fantasist Enterprises.

Voices: Tales of Horror
New Edition Preview @ Fantastic Fiction

June 17th, 2018

The good people at Fantasist Enterprises are preparing a couple special editions of Voices: Tales of Horror for release this summer, starting with the book’s first-ever digital edition and following it with a second print edition.

Both will feature a new foreword by Mick Garris (Showtime’s Masters of Horror and the upcoming Nightmare Cinema) and a bonus section featuring an additional story that originally appeared as “Human Caverns” in Fear the Abyss (Post-Mortem Press 2013).

Rewritten for its appearance in the second edition of Voices, the story about a strange discovery in the West Virginia woods will appear under its new title, “Siren,” and will be accompanied by an introduction and a new illustration by World Fantasy Award nominee Jason Zerrillo.

Jason did all the illustrations for the original release of Voices, and it’s great having him on board again.

The new digital edition will be available across all platforms (Epub, Nook, Kindle, iBook) in July, but folks attending my reading at KGB (June 20) will be able to pick up vouchers for advance copies of the epub edition (included with the purchase of the book’s first edition).

Hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, Fantastic Fiction is held at the KGB Bar in the East Village. Readings begin at 7:00 PM. This time I’ll be joined by Mary Robinette Kowal – winner of multiple Hugo Awards and the author of the historical fantasy novel: Ghost Talkers and the forthcoming Lady Astronaut duology. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

If you can’t make it to NYC but still want to score a voucher for the advance epub of Voices, I’ll be joining Fantasist Enterprises for a special signing at Seton Hill University in Greensburg on June 23. The event will be part of the In Your Write Mind Workshop, a four-day event that runs concurrently with the University’s summer residency for writers of popular fiction.

Looking further ahead, we hope to have both the new print and digital editions available to coincide with my return to Confluence, the long-running Pittsburgh sf convention, on July 28.

And of course, I’ll also be attending the premiere of Nightmare Cinema at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 12.

More updates coming soon. It’s going to be an exciting summer.

Don’t Sleep: Nightmares are coming!

October 14th, 2017

They enter the Rialto only to have their darkest fears brought to life by The Projectionist – a ghostly figure who holds the horrifying futures of all who attend his screenings. And by the time the viewers realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. For once the ticket is torn, all fates are sealed.

That’s the premise of Nightmare Cinema, a film project that began coming together when producer-director Mick Garris first assembled his team of writers, directors, and producers in the fall of 2015.

The goal: gather some of the most exciting practitioners of dark cinema and give them free reign to create a series of short horror films, mini nightmares for the Rialto Projectionist to queue up and screen for each unlucky patron.

If you’ve been following this blog or reading the trades, you’ll recall the buzz from two years ago, starting with an official announcement at the Morbido Film Fest in Mexico, a fitting venue to unveil an international roster of talent that includes Alejandro Brugues (Cuba), Ryuhei Kitamura (Japan), David Slade (U.K.), and Sandra Becerril (Mexico). Check out the clip below, and don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish. Most of the video is in English.

Additional announcements followed the Morbido unveiling. Some appeared here at 21st-Century Scop, others appeared in the trades. Here are a few links from Fall 2015:

After that initial buzz, further developments were kept under the radar until Mick announced the latest details at last month’s Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank. There, accompanied by fellow directors Joe Dante and Alejandro Brugues, Mick lifted the veil on the project once again, this time announcing that it was being prepped for a 2018 release.

Following Son of Monsterpalooza, the press is once again humming with details, including the casting of Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Mickey Rourke as The Projectionist and Richard Chamberlain as Dr. Mirari, a key character in a segment penned by horror master Richard Christian Matheson.

Also in the news is the announcement that Cinelou Films (the development, financing, and production company behind Jennifer Aniston’s award-nominated Cake and the upcoming Iraq-war drama The Yellow Birds) has teamed with Fortitude International to coordinate the film’s release.

And just this week, at Podcast One’s Post Mortem with Mick Garris, director David Slade can be heard talking about his life in film — an impressive career that has brought us Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Twilight Eclipse, Hannibal, and American Gods. David and Mick cover all of those productions, and although I was pretty sure I already knew a lot about them, David managed to reveal quite a few intriguing revelations during the hour-plus podcast.

Bottomline: if you’re a fan of dark cinema, you’re going to love listening to David’s interview on Post Mortem. Give it a click. And while you’re at it, take a moment to subscribe to the series. It’s free … and the interviews are priceless.

Naturally, David also talks about This Way to Egress (a.k.a. “Traumatic Descent”) and the seventeen-year journey that finally put it in the hands of The Projectionist at the Rialto.  It’s a journey that I’ve written about in the past, covering the first ten-years in the introduction to my book This Way to Egress, and it was great hearing David recount the entire tale from his perspective,  including the recent turn of events that led to our new screenplay becoming part of Nightmare Cinema.

(BTW — That’s David and me in the above-right photo, a sureal forward-and-backward view courtesy of a conveniently-placed mirror in an L.A. bistro.)

It’s great to have things coming together on this project. I was on set for filming this past June, and a few weeks ago I screened a rough cut of the Egress segment. It was intense. Even without the final score or completed effects, I found it profoundly unsettling and moving. As David says in his Post Mortem interview: “It really surprised me how intense it was.”

As of this writing, Nightmare Cinema is moving toward a release in early 2018. But the story won’t end there. As Mick tells Simon Thompson in a recent Forbes interview, there are plans “to create more […] Nightmare Cinemas either as feature films or as a TV series.”

And so the journey will continue.

For now, there are certain to be more exciting developments as our release date approaches. When news breaks, I’ll be sure to report it here.

Until then, scop on … and stay awake for the nightmares!

Images & Videos

  • Promotional image for Nightmare Cinema.
  • Nancy Leopardi (line producer), David Slade (director), Joe Dante (director), Joe Russo (producer), Mick Garris (producer, director, writer) Ryuhei Kitamura (director), Alejandro Bruges (director). Photo taken in the Rialto Theatre. June 2017.
  • Joe Dante and Mick Garris reveal plans for Nightmare Cinema at the Morbido Film Festival. Puebla, Mexico. October 2015.
  • Joe Dante, Mick Garris, and Alejandro Brugues announce the completion of Nightmare Cinema at Son of Monsterpalooza. Burbank, CA. September 2017.
  • David Slade and Mick Garris in the Podcast One Studio. October 2017.
  • Two David Slades (frontward and backward) with The 21st-Century Scop (background, far left). November 2010.
  • The 21st-Century Scop with Mick Garris. December 2016.
  • Nightmare Cinema teaser.