The Week in Horror: The Splatterpunk Awards, Shudder, One Dark Night, Earth AD

Happy Monday fiends! Hope everyone is holding up well.

Killer Con and the Splatterpunk Awards happened this weekend. Killer Con was a virtual event, of course, with a number of notable authors going online for live readings of their fiction and poetry, as well as some really interesting panels, including “Write What You Know. Now Know More Shit” with John Skipp, Maurice Broaddus, Weston Ochse, Max Booth, and Shane MacKenzie. Last night the winners of this year’s Splatterpunk Awards were announced. Let’s give them all a round of applause and another sale (the links to each book is in each author or publisher’s name)…

Lakehouse Infernal by Christine Morgan (novel)
One For the Road by Wesley Southard (novella)
“Angelbait” by Ryan Harding (story)
Dirty Rotten Hippies by Bryan D Smith (collection)
And Hell Followed from Death’s Head Press (anthology)

Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to author Edward Lee

Congratulations to all the winners!

Mark your calendars, set a reminder on your phone, or carve it into your forearm with a rusty steak knife…This coming Friday, August the 14th, Shudder is hosting a Last Drive-In summer sleepover with Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl for a double feature with special guest Adam Green of the good Frozen, Hatchet, and Hollister fame. The movies are still a secret, but I expect a fun night as always!

One film that’s coming to Shudder that I’m excited to see, is Tom McCloughlin’s One Dark Night, which is the film that got him the directing gig for Friday the 13th Part 6; Jason Lives, my personal favourite of the whole series. I’ve never seen One Dark Night, but that’s what I’ll be watching when it premiers on the streaming app on August 24th.

A famed Russian occultist, Karl Raymar, is mysteriously found dead in his home with the bodies of six dead women. Meanwhile, high school student Julie Wells is being initiated into an exclusive club, but to complete the initiation, she must spend a night in the town’s mausoleum.

Many musicians have been getting creative on Youtube and other forms of social media during these pandemic days. One that just popped up in my suggestions is a cover of the godfathers of horror punk, Glenn Danzig’s original group, The Misfits’ “Earth AD” from the album of the same name, which was notable for two reasons, one, it was the final album from the original line up, and two, it saw the band going in a very thrash direction after years of cultivating an infectious sing-along style of punk that married 50s rock and roll with punk aggression and dark lyrics. This cover comes from the Youtube show, Two Minutes to Late Night, featuring the host, Gwarsinio Hall, Jamie Jasta of Hatebreed, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan, and, um, Max fucking Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and the fucking E Street Band??? Weinberg is no Robo, but he does a pretty damn good job (no one in the E Street Band is a slouch, especially not Max, I’ve just never heard him play this fast). This is pretty cool, actually!

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