Gags the Clown is making house calls on Blu-ray and DVD this November, and the audio horror anthology Come Join Us By the Fire can be found now on the Google Play store. Continue reading for more details. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new Spiral clip, Indie Memphis Film Festival lineup details, and Don't Get Stabbed! game now on Amazon.

Gags The Clown Coming to Blu-ray and DVD: Chicago, IL (October 17, 2019) – The clown hunt continues this November with Lauren Ashley Carter in horror comedy Gags The Clown by Adam Krause. The feature film, inspired by the viral media frenzy and worldwide phenomenon of ‘clown roaming’ will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Doppelgänger Releasing (the genre label of arthouse distributor Music Box Films) and horror genre website Bloody Disgusting beginning November 26th.

A small city in Wisconsin is terrorized by a mysterious clown who roams the streets late at night with nothing more than a handful of black balloons. The local news stations scramble to break the story on who he is and what he wants while a group of high schoolers see the clown’s arrival as an excuse to create a little trouble themselves. The police try to maintain order in a city that has gone clown crazy and a conservative podcast host vows to put a stop to the clown known as Gags while broadcasting his “clown hunt” on social media for the world to see.

The horror comedy film delighted and terrified audiences at its 2018 Cinepocalypse world premiere and was released earlier this year on VOD platforms. “Gags the Clown is a scary, creatively shot and often-times humorous look at how the arrival of one mysterious clown can turn a city upside down and inside out…literally,” said filmmaker Adam Krause.

In 2016, director Adam Krause released his short film “Gags” and won Best Director at the Madtown Horror Film Festival and the Above and Beyond Award at the Green Bay Film Festival.

Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting will present the Blu-ray and DVD debut of Gags The Clown beginning November 26, 2019 (pre-book October 22) featuring a slew of fun bonus features including the original short film, gag(s) reel, featurette, and more for the suggested retail price of $24.95 and $19.95.

More information on GAGS THE CLOWN may be found on the DOPPELGANGER RELEASING website at

Gags The Clown
Doppelganger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting
DVD RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2019
Pre-book Date: October 22, 2019
DVD SRP: $ 19.95
BD SRP: $ 24.95
Director: Adam Krause
Writers: Adam Krause and John Pata
Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Tracey Perez, Evan Gamble, Aaron Christensen
Running Time: 89 min.
Format: 1.81:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating: NR
Country: United State of America
Language: English

Bonus Features:

  • Feature Commentary with filmmakers
  • Gags, the original short film
  • Gags: Terror Surrounds You 360 short film
  • Storyboard comparison of ending
  • VFX comparison featurette
  • Cast Mannequin challenge video
  • Doorbell cam production video
  • Gag(s) reel

Bloody Disgusting is the world’s largest destination for horror fans, with an audience of over 20 million. Trusted since 2001 as the first source for breaking and in-depth coverage of all things horror, the Chicago-based media company produces its award-winning namesake website and mobile app, the fastest growing weekly horror show on YouTube, “This Week in Horror,” and the number one podcast network for horror fans. Bloody Disgusting has also both produced and distributed films, including Sundance Film Festival hits V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and THE WOMAN, as well as the TIFF Midnight Madness breakout SOUTHBOUND. Bloody Disgusting has positioned itself as the most important place for producers of genre film, television, games, events, and comics to connect with their fans. For more information, please visit

About Doppelgänger Releasing:

Doppelgänger Releasing is the genre label of Music Box Films. Launched in 2013, highlights include the Slamdance award-winner 100 BLOODY ACRES, Santiago Segura’s TORRENTE series, and Fabrice Du Welz’s psychosexual thriller ALLELUIA. Recent releases include the Blu-ray debut of Wes Craven’s 1978 cult classic SUMMER OF FEAR and Dario Argento’s OPERA, THE CHURCH, and THE SECT. Doppelgänger Releasing, along with horror website Bloody Disgusting, has recently released the heavy metal comedy HEAVY TRIP, art house horror film HAGAZUSSA, and, coming this fall, will release GAGS THE CLOWN. For more information, please visit"


Come Join Us By the Fire Audio Horror Anthology Release Details: "NIGHTFIRE, a new horror imprint that will join Tor, Forge, Tor Teen & Starscape, and Publishing as part of Tom Doherty Associates, is thrilled to announce an exclusive audio project in conjunction with Google Play Books.

COME JOIN US BY THE FIRE is an audio-only horror anthology of 35 short stories available to download as free individual audiobooks or to call up with a voice command on your Android phone or Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers, like Google Home, via the Google Play Books app. To try it out, just say “Hey Google, read me ‘This Guy’ by Chuck Wendig”–one of the many titles available.

The project is a way to preview the breadth of talent writing in the horror genre today, with contributions from a wide range of bestselling genre luminaries including China Miéville, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey, and Victor LaValle, Shirley Jackson Award winners Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World), Priya Sharma (All the Fabulous Beasts), and Sam J. Miller (Blackfish City) Nebula Award winners Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson and many, many more.

Theresa DeLucci, editor of COME JOIN US BY THE FIRE and Senior Associate Director of Marketing at Nightfire says, “We wanted this long list of stories to showcase the scope of modern horror, from the cosmic and Lovecraftian, the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers, to the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, aging, and one of the briefest, most distressing alien abduction stories you’ll ever hear (‘No Matter Which Way We Turned’ by 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Brian Evenson.)”

The authors also reflect the diversity of horror as a field, with selections from horror grandmasters such as Joe R. Lansdale and exciting new voices including recent Bram Stoker Award winner Gwendolyn Kiste (The Rust Maidens) Cassandra Khaw, and Michael Wehunt and literary crossover stars such as Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award finalist and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction.

Google, in cooperation with Nightfire, will highlight this unique project through banners across the Google Play Store. Nightfire, Tor, and will also showcase this modern horror content through social media.

To start listening, visit or visit to sign-up for the Nightfire newsletter and get the latest information.

The full Table of Contents is as follows:

“No Matter Which Way We Turned” - Brian Evenson

“Daddy” - Victor LaValle

“This Guy” - Chuck Wendig

“Flayed Ed” - Richard Kadrey

“The Pond” - Paul Tremblay

“Her Body, Herself” - Carmen Maria Machado

“The Girls in the Horror Movie” - Gwendolyn Kiste

“These Deathless Bones” - Cassandra Khaw

“It Washed Up” - Joe R. Lansdale

“Stemming the Tide” - Simon Strantzas

“Midnight Caller” - Stephen Graham Jones

“Black Bark” - Brian Evenson

“The Anatomist’s Mnemonic” - Priya Sharma

“Rabbit Heart” - Alyssa Wong

“The Beasts of the Earth, The Madness of Men” - Brooke Bolander

“Cold, Silent, and Dark” - Kary English

“When the Zombies Win” - Karina Sumner-Smith

“Harold the Spider-Man” - Paul Tremblay

“Ponies” - Kij Johnson

“Black Neurology” - Richard Kadrey

“Beware of Owner” - Chuck Wendig

“The Vault of the Sky, The Face of the Deep” - Robert Levy

“Don’t Turn on the Lights” - Cassandra Khaw

“Wasp & Snake” - Livia Llewellyn

“Greener Pastures” - Michael Wehunt

“And When She Was Bad” - Nadia Bulkin

“El Charro” - John Langan

“Dream Home” - Kat Howard

“Spawning Season” - Nicholas Kaufmann

“In Sheep’s Clothing” - Molly Tanzer

“57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” - Sam J. Miller

“Was She Wicked, Was She Good?” - M. Rickert

“A Life That Is Not Mine” - Kristi DeMeester

“That Which Does Not Kill You” - Lucy A. Snyder

“The Design” - China Miéville "


Watch a New Spiral Clip: "SPIRAL will have its U.S. Premiere at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival on October 22nd.

Following a celebrated World Premiere at London’s FrightFest this past Summer.

Set in the 90s - Malik and Aaron, a same-sex couple struggle to raise their sixteen-year-old daughter Kayla after moving to a small town filled with mysterious secrets. Within weeks of arriving, a hate crime is committed in their home - sending Malik into a state of heightened paranoia. As he investigates the town he slowly starts to uncover that something much more sinister lies beneath its friendly facade.

The film harnesses the dread of reality in a unique socio-political frame and confronts society’s ever eagerness to sanction off an ‘other’- and turns it into a chilling horror fable with strong gay characters in the lead.

SPIRAL is directed by prolific young filmmaker Kurtis David Harder (INCONTROL) and stars Ari Cohen, Lochlyn Munroe and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman of American Horror Story and Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series unREAL, and recently announced judge on Drag Race Canada.

The film is written by Colin Minihan (WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, IT STAINS THE SANDS RED) and John Poliquin (GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2), who both produced on behalf of Digital Interference alongside Harder and Chris Ball.

Harder's filmmaking credits include writer and co-producer on the upcoming teen comedy SUMMERLAND, as well as producer on the evil imaginary-friend horror Z (2019), bloody black comedy HARPOON (2019), survival thriller WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE (2018), Michael Ironside fronted KNUCKLEBALL (2018), meta-docu-thriller FAKE BLOOD (2017) and the parenthood-inspired horror STILL/BORN (2017), in addition to director of his sophomore and debut features, INCONTROL (2017) and CODY FITZ (2011).

SPIRAL is currently on the festival circuit and garnering praise from critics internationally.

For more information on the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival screening go HERE "


Indie Memphis Film Festival Lineup Revealed: "Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan Williams, Inc., is pleased to announce the full slate of films for its 2019 incarnation, spanning from October 30th - November 4th, 2019. This year’s festival promises to be a very exciting and wildly varied one, featuring films ranging from new discoveries to beloved classics, from festival hits to experimental wonders, and everything in-between.

The 2019 festival features work from up-and-coming filmmakers, as well as festival hits such as Agnès Varda’s final film VARDA BY AGNÈS and Céline Sciamma’s PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE. This year’s very exciting Special Presentations includes Jim Jarmusch in attendance for the 30th Anniversary of his now-classic Memphis-set film MYSTERY TRAIN and a screening of his latest THE DEAD DON’T DIE, with Jarmusch in conversation with The New Yorker’s Richard Brody.

In addition, there will be a Halloween screening of the classic BLACULA (on Halloween) and the previously announced Sara Driver Retrospective (and sidebar of Driver’s favorite spooky inspirations) with Driver in attendance, and Memphis native Ira Sachs in attendance for his latest film, FRANKIE. Many other filmmakers will also be in attendance and are detailed below.

The Opening Night film is Kasi Lemmons’ HARRIET, based on the thrilling and inspirational life of iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman. There will also be a very special, can’t-miss Secret Presentation of a much-buzzed-about upcoming release (we’d love to tell you, but we can’t!). Rounding out the festival slate are the Narrative and Documentary Competition sections, featuring the World Premiere of Eli Daughdrill’s FAITH, Spotlight Narrative and Documentary sections featuring festival favorites, the Departures section featuring experimental/hybrid films that divert from expectations, the music-centric Sounds section, and the Hometowner section, filled with films by Memphis-based artists.

“Our program this year is full of eccentric characters, and I think Memphis audiences are going to show these films some love,” says Indie Memphis Artistic Director Miriam Bale. “Our narrative films, especially, are dominated by stories told by women directors, especially women of color, as it should be.”

The festival continues to feature live music performed in the theaters before every screening and the annual block party on Cooper Street, which this year will include the return of the band Unapologetic, performing to coincide with the release of their new album Stuntarious IV. Acts performing include AWFM, PreauXX, IMAKEMADBEATS, C Major, Kid Maestro, She’Chinah, Aaron James, Cameron Bethany, and special guests.

Additional upcoming announcements will include the Black Creators Forum program, IndieTalks Panels, Workshops, Live Music Lineup, and more.

The 2019 slate was unveiled publicly on the evening of October 1st at the venue Rec Room in Memphis, TN.

For more information, please visit "


Don't Get Stabbed! Amazon Release Details: "Rookie Mage Games is proud to announce that its first game, DON’T GET STABBED! is now available for purchase on Amazon. Just in time for Halloween!

After a successful Kickstarter campaign this past spring where the project raised 138% of its goal, the game has been sent out to all backers and is now available to everyone.

“It’s very exciting to have had such great success on Kickstarter that I am able to make my game available to everyone. My Kickstarter backers, family, and friends have been so supportive, and now I get to take my small business to the next level.” Founder Jordan McLaughlin said."

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    About the Author - Tamika Jones

    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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