Edited by Hans-Åke Lilja, Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library is exclusive to Cemetery Dance Publications and will feature a Stephen King story that hasn't been released since 1981. We also have updated release details for The Similars, the final wave of films announced at Monster Fest 2016, six photos / details for The Orphanage video game, and a new trailer for Gremlin.

Cemetery Dance Publications' Shining in the Dark Anthology: From Cemetery Dance: "Shining In the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja.

About the Book:
Hans-Ake Lilja, the founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to help celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web!

This anthology includes both original stories like the brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) very rare reprints like "The Blue Air Compressor" (a LONG LOST Stephen King story that has never appeared in any of his collections and hasn't seen print anywhere since 1981), and at least one classic tale that inspired Lilja's love of the macabre at a very young age!

An exclusive Cemetery Dance Publications release, there are no other editions planned anywhere in the world for this incredible anthology!

Please Note:
We're offering an optional slipcase for this signed Limited Edition hardcover. Some collectors like them for their special books and this slipcase will be custom-made just for this title!

Table of Contents:
"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Introduction) by Hans-Åke Lilja
"The Blue Air Compressor" by Stephen King
"The Net" by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek
"The Novel of the Holocaust" by Stewart O'Nan
"Aeliana" by Bev Vincent
"Pidgin and Theresa" by Clive Barker
"An End To All Things " by Brian Keene
"Cemetery Dance" by Richard Chizmar
"Drawn to the Flame" by Kevin Quigley
"The Companion" by Ramsey Campbell
"A Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
"A Mother's Love" by Brian James Freeman
"The Keeper's Companion" by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Afterword)" by Hans-Åke Lilja

Published as a Hardcover Limited Edition:
• Limited to just 750 signed and numbered copies
• Personally signed by the editor and the artist on a unique signature page
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in full cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket

• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price just $60!

To learn more, visit Cemetery Dance's official website.




Update Release Details for The Similars: XLrator Media will release The Similars on cable VOD beginning November 15th and on iTunes and Digital on November 22nd.

Synopsis: "On the rainy night of October 2, 1968, eight people waiting in a remote bus station for a bus heading to Mexico City start experiencing a strange phenomenon. Threatened by paranoia and fear, the strangers show the best and worst of themselves as they try to unravel the mysterious condition that is invading each of them like a virus."

Directed by Isaac Ezban, The Similars stars Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Fernando Becerril, and Humberto Busto.




Monster Fest 2016 Final Wave of Films Announced: Press Release: "In a fitting complement to this most sinister season, Australia’s premier genre festival Monster Fest has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films DOG EAT DOG and THE HOLLOW POINT from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback THE WINDMILL MASSACRE, the hometown premiere of epic period western THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL with cast in person and acclaimed TIFF selections PREVENGE and INTERCHANGE alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD and the devastating – and polarizing –PLAYGROUND. Brief descriptions of all films in the final wave follow below.

Select panels for the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy - Monster Fest’s two-day industry component running Nov 23 + 24 - have also been announced, including a panel with director Geoffrey Wright and producer Daniel Scharf about the making of Aussie cult sensation ROMPER STOMPER, a panel on the Golden Age of Ozploitation featuring producer Antony I. Ginnane (PATRICK, TURKEY SHOOT) and cinematographer Vincent Monton (ROAD GAMES, LONG WEEKEND), a case study panel on ‘The Westbury Faery’ as an example of international multi-platform storytelling, panels on festival strategy, the opportunities and obstacles facing women working in the genre space, and more to be added. The full lineup for Monster Academy will be announced in the coming weeks.

See the Final Wave of Monster Fest 2016 Films listed below:


Director: Liam Gavin | Ireland 2016 | 100 mins | Australian Premiere

Driven by an all-consuming desire to make contact with her murdered child, Sophia hires an occultist named Solomon (Steve Oram) to conduct a black magic ritual that would grant her wish. As they delve deeper into the tedious, trying ritual, Sophia and Solomon find their bond of trust and sense of sanity pushed to the very limit as a sinister presence makes itself known.

Director: Rohit Mittal | India 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere

This Man Bites Dog take on a Mumbai Taxi Driver follows a documentary crew as they shadow an auto-rickshaw driver named Narayan. The slice of life angle soon skews into dodgy voyeuristic complicity as the film crew documents the unraveling of a man’s humanity, culminating in a chilling, bloody climax.


Paul Schrader | USA 2016 | 93 mins | Australian Premiere

Based on a 1995 novel by acclaimed crime writer and ex-con Edward Bunker, the latest from the writer of TAXI DRIVER and ROLLING THUNDER and director of MISHIMA, HARDCORE, CAT PEOPLE and so many other now-canonized films, is a pitch black, uncompromisingly brutal and at times highly theatrical crime thriller about three ex-cons (Nicholas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) who team up for that fateful ‘one last job’ only to have everything go horribly - and hilariously - awry.


Director: René Cardona Jr. | Mexico 1979 | 90mins

When over 900 Americans were made to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid in the middle of the steamy Guyana jungle, exploitation filmmakers couldn’t wait to cash-in on the tragedy, and Mexican filmmaker René Cardona Jr (TINTORERA: TIGER SHARK) was the first on the scene. Hypnotically sleazy and enjoyably lurid as only Cardona Jr. could make them. Co-presented by the Morbido Film Festival.


Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | USA 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere

Patrick Wilson stars as Wallace, the new sheriff of a small town in Gonzalo López-Gallego's full blooded take on the western genre. Building on the best of B-movie westerns and not skimping out on the gore, Gallego crafts a tale of one man investigating the aftermath of a drug cartel deal gone wrong - cleverly filling all the roles with terrific actors including Ian McShane, John Leguziamo, Jim Belushi and more.


Dain Said | Malaysia 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere

In this Malaysian ritual thriller and TIFF Midnight Madness selection, a forensics photographer is lured into a world of shamans and mystic creatures while helping his detective friend investigate a series of macabre murders.


Matthew Holmes | Australia 2016 | 134 mins | Victorian Premiere

In this epic period western based on the true story of one of Australia’s most famous outlaws, Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.


From the makers of Man Bites God and the Theatre of the World podcast, Mystery Radio Theatre is a comedy/murder mystery performed in the style of old-timey radio theater. There will be sound effects. There will be silly voices. There will be live ad-reads. There will be a special musical guest. And there will be blood.


Sean Brosnan | USA 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere

The debut feature from Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce) about the vengeful path of a man left mute since childhood following a family tragedy straddles the border of nihilistic revenge tale and brutalist Southern Gothic redemption with a poetic, even romantic sensibility, recalling at times sleeper hits WINTER’S BONE and COLD IN JULY.


Bartosz M. Kowalski | Poland 2016 | 81 mins | Australian Premiere

Certain to be the most controversial film of the festival, acclaimed documentary director Bartosz Kowalski issues his first narrative feature, the stark tale of two pre-teen budding sociopaths and what they do on the last day of school. A devastating film in the vein of NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN and THE TRIBE.


Alice Lowe | UK 2016 | 88 mins. | Australian Premiere

This brilliant first feature from actress/director/writer Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS, GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE) channels Lowe’s comedy background to create a completely unique horror comedy about a woman who is seven months pregnant and full of homicidal fury.

Director: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero | Spain 2015 | 80 mins | Victorian Premiere

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, PSYCHONAUTS is a gorgeous, haunting animated allegory that follows rebellious teen Dinky and the silent, drug-addicted outcast Birdboy as they attempt to escape life as they know it from an island ravaged by an industrial accident.

Chris Peckover | Australia/USA 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere

On a quiet suburban street tucked within a 'safe neighborhood', a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. A great new yuletide terror film from the director of UNDOCUMENTED (2010).


Nick Jongerius | Netherlands 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere

Windmills, they’re those things you see in storybooks surrounded by daffodils right? Think again! THE WINDMILL MASSACRE is a freakishly ferocious slasher reboot about unsuspecting tourists who awaken a mysterious evil in the Dutch countryside after their tour bus breaks down, stranding them at an abandoned barn beside a sinister windmill where a miller used to grind the bones of locals.


For the full 2016 lineup, including all previously-announced films, go directly to our 2016 Festival Site at:

All-access Passes, Day Passes, and tickets to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here:

All-access passes for Monster Academy are now on sale here:


About Monster Fest:

Founded in 2011, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favorites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond. Monster Fest is mounted with the support of Screen Australia and Film Victoria."




The Orphanage Video Game Series Details & Images: Press Release: "Los Angeles, October 31, 2016: Spooky Stage, LLC announced today that the Los Angeles-based game developer is partnering with online trading card company NeonMob to adapt their popular card set “The Orphanage” into a series of video games for PC, mobile, and consoles.

The Orphanage was originally released by NeonMob as a 100-card set, created by illustrator Vaughn Pinpin. It tells the story of deadly specter Elsabeth Grinn, who after losing her child Atticus, converts her home into an orphanage for ‘peculiar and unwanted’ children. But there are darker motivations behind Elsabeth’s kindness…

The Orphanage video game series is a blend of visual novel and adventure game genres. As the newest orphan in Grinn’s home, players will explore the property, interact with the other children, make friends and enemies, and search for special items to advance the plot and ultimately defeat Elsabeth. The game features multiple endings, dozens of branching story paths, hidden secrets, and full VO for all characters.

Valencia-based studio Mint Potion will provide original music, sound effects, and VO recording for the game.

The Orphanage is a four-part game series, with the first game set to debut in early 2017 on all platforms.




Gremlin Trailer Revealed: Press Release: "Emmy Award winning director, Ryan Bellgardt’s (Army of Frankenstein) highly anticipated creature feature GREMLIN will invade the 2016 American Film Market in Santa Monica next month.

Described as a mesh of Godzilla meets The Ring, GREMLIN boasts top of the line computer generated effects from some of the best in the game, as well as vibrant, slick direction Bellgardt with a truly original story.

High Octane Pictures President, Galen Christy, says “We are so proud to be working with Ryan and his incredible team again on bringing GREMLIN to the marketplace. This film is so unique and wild that I know viewers are going to go insane for it as there’s truly nothing like it out there!”.

Two years after the murder of his 10-year-old son, Adam Thatcher receives a mysterious box from a relative containing a terrible secret, a creature that will brutally kill everyone he cares about one by one.

The only way to release himself from the curse is to give the box to someone he loves, continuing the never ending circulation of this ancient evil. As the ominous timer on the box counts down to its end, Adam can only imagine the horrors that await. Does he give the box away to save his family, or face his own demise while unleashing a powerful terror on the rest of humanity? He can’t destroy it. He can’t escape it. He can only give it to someone he loves."

  • Tamika Jones
    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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