Kicking off today's Highlights is an excerpt from 's Horror Library Volume 6. Also: a new exclusive clip from Besetment, Death Camp foreign distribution details, a Living Dead Dolls Resurrection XI teaser video, The Dead Next Door Blu-ray release details, and information on Ty Arthur's new novel, Light Dawning.
Read an Excerpt from Horror Library Volume 6: Horror Library Volume 6 is now available from Cutting Block Books:
From Amazon: "The multiple Bram Stoker Award® nominated Horror Library anthology series is back!
Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard -- himself a past Stoker winner -- Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new talents.
As always, if you'd like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you've found the right book.
Don't miss Horror Library Volume 6! The Librarian is waiting for YOU."
The Red-Eye to Boston
By John M. Floyd
“Whoa,” the old man said.
He eased himself into his seat as if sitting on eggs. His face was drawn and sweaty in the dim lights of the passenger cabin, his eyes staring blankly at the back of the seat in front of him. “Whoa,” he said again, under his breath.
Three feet to his left, in the window seat, a young man with a blond crew-cut looked up from his paperback. He regarded the older man for several seconds. “You talking to me?”
The old-timer turned, blinking. He looked past the younger man for a moment, at the black circle of the window and the night sky beyond, then seemed to force his gaze back to his immediate surroundings. Perspiration glistened on his wrinkled cheeks and forehead.
“This is not my seat,” he murmured as if speaking to himself. “I’m sorry, I must go find my seat.”
The blond man watched him curiously but casually, the way a cruel child might watch a dog lying injured in the street. “What’s your problem, old man?”
For an instant, the tired, frightened eyes seemed to clear, and the two passengers stared at each other across the empty seat that separated them.
The old man leaned closer.
“There is something in the bathroom,” he whispered.
“In the bathroom. The one on the right, at the back of the plane. Something is in there.” He swallowed again. “It almost got me.” The dazed look returned, and the old man’s gaze drifted again to the window.
The young man studied him. “What do you mean, almost got you?”
The old-timer blinked, focused. His face turned deadly serious. “I need your help.”
After a pause, the young man snorted and reopened his book. “I think you need more help than I could give you.”
“I can make it worth your while.”
The young man looked up again. “What’d you say?”
Watch an Exclusive Clip from Besetment: "Uncork'd Entertainment invites you to a hotel of horrors this June with Brad Douglas’s highly anticipated thriller/chiller Besetment.
Besetment stars Abby Wathen (The Bay) as a young woman who takes a hotel position in a small town where she ends up fighting for her life.
Amanda Millard, struggling and desperate for a job, takes a position at a hotel in a small town in Oregon. It’s a creepy, back country kind of town but owners Mildred Colvin and her son Billy seem nice enough at first. It’s not long before Amanda discovers their real intentions, and her struggle to make a living becomes a nightmarish fight for her life.
Abby Wathen, Marlyn Mason, Michael Meyer, Douglas Rowe, Lindsea Kline, Greg James, Hannah Barefoot, John T. Woods, Sonya Davis, Max Gutfreund, Liam O'Sruitheain, Sandra Doolittle, Tanner McCullough, Ashley Layton, Nona Bigham, and Edward Simper star in a Brad Douglas film.
Besetment premieres on VOD June 6 with a DVD release to follow September 5."
Death Camp Foreign Distribution Details: Press Release: "HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – June 30, 2016 – August Sun Productions announced today that they have secured foreign distribution for the upcoming horror feature “Death Camp.” August Sun, will enter into a partnership in which Acort International (www.AcortInternational.com ) will distribute “Death Camp” in foreign territories. Today’s announcement was made by August Sun Productions CEO Robert J. Locke and Darrin Ramage of Acort International. “Death Camp” will begin principal photography this summer.
"Acort International is one of the Top Horror Distributors in the World, and Darrin and Robert have known each other for more than 10 years," commented Locke. "A horror film like “Death Camp” will resonate with audiences around the world in all international markets. Acort has a strong track record of putting great films in front of large audiences. We look forward to working with Darrin and Acort scaring audiences around the world."
“Acort International is proud to announce our distribution partnership with industry veteran, and August Sun Productions CEO, Robert J. Locke,” said Darrin Ramage, President, and CEO of Acort International. “Our upcoming release of the film “Death Camp” will be distributed far and wide by our great team of distribution experts. Horror is what we specialize in and we plan to push this out to every goblin, ghoul, and gorehound with an international taste for the genre. Having known Robert for more than 10 years, it was a no-brainer that we would partner up on a Horror title of such great promise.”
About August Sun Productions:
Robert J. Locke launched August Sun Productions (ASP) in 1997 which has produced feature scripted projects and documentaries for multiple formats. ASP’s first feature film "The Family Web" was a finalist for best film at the 2000 Zoie International Film Festival and “One Long Day received an official selection at the 2004 Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival. ASP’s feature horror film "The Legend of Bloody Mary" was purchased by Lionsgate. ASP produced in web-based series “Schoooled” starring Seamus O'Brien, Judy Tenuta and Bergen Williams. ASP is currently finishing post-production on the sports documentary “Journey into Freestyle Wrestling" and in pre-production for a feature horror film “Death Camp.” (www.facebook.com/DeathCampMovie/) (www.AugustSunProductions.com).
About Acort International:
Darrin Ramage, President, and CEO established Brain Damage Films in 2001. Since it has grown to become one of the largest and most respected independent Horror film distributors in the world. Growing in size, stature, and quality, Brain Damage Film’s catalog became hundreds of high quality, independent horror and shock movies. As the catalog grew, so did the quality in content, spanning many different genres, and creating a demand for new brand labels: MidnightReleasing and Acort International. With the addition of Acort International, Brain Damage Films and MidnightReleasing’s titles have an expanded reach worldwide. With this global reach, we are able to bring you the best content, not only in Horror, but crossing the Action, Documentary, Drama, Foreign, Sci-Fi, Suspense, and Thriller genres, directly to your home (http://www.acortinternational.com/)."
Check Out This Living Dead Dolls Resurrection XI Teaser Video: Mezco Toyz recently teased their Living Dead Dolls Resurrection XI in a new video that you can watch below. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.
The Dead Next Door Blu-ray Release Details: Press Release: Press Release: "May 15, 2017 – Akron, Ohio: Tempe Entertainment today announced the launch of its Blu-ray label Tempe Digital with the September 26 release of the 1990 landmark independent shocker “The Dead Next Door.” Priced at $29.95 SRP, this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition includes the same Blu-ray from the company’s limited (and now out of print) 3-Disc Ultimate Edition, along with an all-new DVD featuring a collectible slipcover and three new bonus features.
Two and a half decades before “The Walking Dead” made zombies mainstream on cable television, 19-year-old writer/director J.R. Bookwalter (“Ozone,” “Witchouse 2: Blood Coven”) embarked on “The Dead Next Door,” an ambitious horror feature pitting an elite team of Zombie Squad soldiers against hoards of the undead and the secretive religious cult hell-bent on protecting them. The film would ultimately take four years to complete with the help of a now-famous Hollywood director and more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio residents, who portrayed the multitudes of bloodthirsty ghouls.
For this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition release, brand-new 4:3 and 16:9 1080p HD masters have been painstakingly created from a 2K restoration using the original Super-8mm film elements. Also included is a 5.1 surround mix which restores the voices of the original cast members for the first time ever, vintage and newly-prepared bonus materials, and much more. The DVD includes a 4:3 standard-definition presentation of the restored feature plus a candid audio commentary by the director recorded in 2001, which was previously only available on long out-of-print international releases.
The second disc also features an all-new 2017 interview with actor Scott Spiegel (director of cult favorites “Intruder” and “From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money”), as well as a 1999 tour of several locations where the film was shot. Rounding out the Collector’s Edition is a beautiful slipcover featuring newly-commissioned artwork, which will only be available with the first pressing of 1,000 units.
“The Dead Next Door” 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD will be available everywhere on September 26, 2017 at $29.95 SRP, with retail distribution from our partners at MVD.
Release Details for Ty Arthur's Light Dawning: Press Release: "Following his debut sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, Ty Arthur returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning.” Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist. This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017.
Kindle pre-orders are now online at https://www.amazon.com/Light-Dawning-Ty-Arthur-ebook/dp/B0722FJ3ZB/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.
As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.
“As with all my work, this story is inspired by a real life experience translated into a fictional setting, and completing this book took a lot out of me,” Arthur said of the upcoming release. “Its set in an unquestionably fantasy universe, but you won't find any elves or farm boy chosen ones saving the world. My take on the genre draws more from cosmic dread and the horror of war than anything with unlikely heroes or lovable rogues. Don't expect any happy endings.”
Like its predecessor, the creation of “Light Dawning” was driven forward by the power of music. To get an advance preview of the themes and tone of the novel, a music playlist matching several scenes can be heard via Spotify at http://goo.gl/dYxaVq
Ty Arthur gets to meld his passions with his work while freelancing for the likes of Metalunderground.com and GameSkinny. His debut sci-fi / horror novella “Empty” was released in early 2016, with many more dark tales still to come. Arthur writes to exorcise his demons and lives in the cold, dark north with his amazing wife Megan and infant son Gannicus Picard."