Welcome one and all to the latest edition of Your Monday Mouning Report in which I dig around the dark webs and return with bones to share at the table for all who enjoy a quick gnaw now and again.
Dark Bites is getting a face lift of sorts. I’m happy to report that since starting this blog almost seven years ago as a way to share the things I love within the horror world, I’ve decided to scratch that seven year itch by prepping for moving day into a brand new home. After onboarding with a host server and switching over to Word |Press to enjoy more functionality and more options, I hope to create even more content for you all to enjoy. Will it be different? Oh, yes. Will it better? Come find out! Bookmark Darkbites.ca and be the first to visit the new haunting grounds once everything is up and running, in about one to two weeks.
FIVE NOVELLAS by Jeff Strand. (From Jeff’s Gleefully Macabre site) People often ask when novellas like An Apocalypse of Our Own, Stalking You Now, Kutter and others will appear in paperback. I’ve never really wanted to publish them as individual books (they’re kinda thin) but there’s a huge difference between something like Faint of Heart and Facial, and it seemed like a collection of several of my novellas would be a very odd package.
From Grey Matter Press’s twitter page The fear mongers at @InkHeist wanted it, and we gave it to ’em. Paperbacks of @JohnFDTaff’s THE FEARING: BOOK ONE – FIRE & RAIN are NOW AVAILABLE at @Amazon. Order a copy today and receive it by pub date of 7/9/19! With special Introduction by @RayGarton
John F.D. Taff’s highly-anticipated epic supernatural thriller, The Fearing, begins with Book One: Fire & Rain where humanity faces a series of catastrophes spawned by a worldwide event that unleashes all of mankind’s greatest fears.
In the American high desert, vacationers returning from a road trip are thrust into a heart-stopping flight from death as they try to avoid a cataclysmic end. In rural Missouri, the lives of a group of high school students are destroyed after their small town is devastated and they’re forced to confront the end of everything they’ve ever known.
And on the eastern seaboard, there’s someone else. An enigmatic man who thrives on despair and embraces all fear. A man with his own dark and sinister goals. Someone who wants to ensure humanity goes out with the biggest bang possible.
L.L. Soares via Facebook:
“This is for the old guys out there. Name 2 “old guy” things you still do. For me, it’s 1) I still have a landline phone and 2) I still subscribe to TV Guide. Old gals feel free to post, too. LOL”
Ralph Robert Moore via Facebook:
“One of the most important things a young girl or boy learns early in their pursuit of a career in writing is, if you get an idea, write it down as quickly as possible, while that idea is still visiting. If you don’t have a pen and paper on you, and the nearest pen and paper is an aisle away in a supermarket, knock down as many people as you have to, innocent shoppers, military on home leave, the elderly, people in wheelchairs, tiny toddlers, to get to that pen and paper as quickly as possible. Then afterwards, once you’ve written down the idea, you can retrace your steps and apologize to everyone.”
John Bowen blows a fashion gasket via his Facebook page to bring us the following:
“OK, so Season 3 of Stranger Things is pretty good so far, but I’ve got some legit concerns about the wardrobe. I know it’s set in the ’80s, which by design entails a much higher degree of sartorial hideousness than any other decade of the entire fucking 20th century, but seriously, did the producers order the costume department to inflict these atrocities on the cast for demanding unreasonable raises or something? I mean LOOK AT THIS SHIT. Hopper’s supposed to enforce the law and raise some orphaned weirdo kid like she’s his own while he’s rocking this excruciating floral print shirt and mom jeans? Like, HELLO, does anybody remember dignity? And OK, retail uniforms were even worse in the 80s than they are now but were these sailor suits really necessary? And what did Billy do to deserve the degradation of that failure moustache?
Do you realize how far gone things have to be for a walking fashion coma like ME to get upset about anything wardrobe-related? FUCKIN HELL, PEOPLE?!?”
BrianKeene @BrianKeene via Twitter:
“Midsommar by @AriAster is a masterpiece of horror cinema for many reasons. Prime among them is @Florence_Pugh’s evocative, staggering performance. A really remarkable, unsettling film that ranks alongside @JustinHBenson and @AaronMoorhead’s THE ENDLESS as one of the new classics.”
Web of Fear
Sometimes this dark thing of our is about facing our deepest fears – and discovering new ones – in a relative safe zone, but it can also be about helping people out when we can. This is one of those times, as brought to us by Brian Keene: “The good folks at NECON have started a GoFundMe for @Meteornotes aka Dave, my co-host on The Horror Show with Brian Keene. Help if you can: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-dave-thomas?member=2521022 Dave Thomas, who helps produce The Horror Show, is a long-time member of the horror community and a valued NECON attendee. Right now, Dave needs some help. He is having health problems. Tests are being done, but until doctors can figure out the culprit, he could use some support from the community.
Hospitalizations are expensive, and Dave needs to focus on getting healthy instead of figuring out how to pay for tests and other medical expenses.
The horror community always comes together to help our own. I know Dave has been there for many of us in our times of need. Let’s do the same for him.
Thanks to Bob Freeman for sharing this one: This is what actually happens in your brain when you have a near-death experience https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/this-is-what-actually-happens-in-your-brain-when-you-have-a-near-death-experience (this article is rather ad heavy, but a very interesting read).
Because sometimes the scariest things happen in real life, under the very ground we tread upon: https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-plants-and-animals-reawaken-after-40-000-years-of-the-deepest-icy-slumbers
Well, my fellow fiends, that wraps up this week’s Mourning Report. Stay tuned for next week which is sure to be as rotten as this week’s was.
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