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Scott Hawkins’ Debut Novel The Library at Mount Char Arrives June 16th

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The Library at Mount Char, the brilliantly crafted debut novel from Scott Hawkins arriving June 16th from Crown, is a great creepy read to get lost in this summer. It has everything from murders to reanimated corpses to terrible ancient beings with the power to destroy humanity… what more could Dread Central readers want?

We’ll be posting an exclusive excerpt and giveaway for The Library at Mount Char next week, but in the meantime here are the preliminary details on the new book.

Hawkins (pictured below) represents a new voice among the ranks of contemporary fantasy greats such as Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, and Lev Grossman. The Library at Mount Char is equal parts gripping contemporary fantasy, riveting thriller, and vivid horror. Yet, Hawkins’ masterful new novel is also marked by a deadpan, darkly playful sense of humor with a quirky cast of characters including a Buddhist burglar-turned-plumber, a lion named Naga, a war hero who insists on being called Erwin, and the most terrifying killer ever to don a tutu.

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Synopsis:
On the morning of the day she would later call “adoption day,” Carolyn was very much like any other eight-year-old girl. She woke up in her bedroom in her parents’ house in their neat little suburban subdivision of Garrison Oaks, had a bowl of Frosted Flakes, and helped her mother make a big batch of potato salad for that day’s Labor Day picnic. She did not know, as she mixed the ingredients into the bowl, that she and many of her neighbors would soon be orphaned, then forced into an apprenticeship that would teach them the secrets of the universe.

The man she would learn to call Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness and raise the dead. He raised Carolyn and her dozen adopted siblings to study his ancient catalogs, catalogs that imparted some of the secrets of his equally ancient power. They learned to resurrect, to speak to animals, to know futures that would never be, and to speak the languages of the world, Carolyn studying English, French, and Japanese studied alongside the language of storms. When they disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.

Sometimes they wondered whether their cruel tutor might be God.

But now Father is missing, and if he truly is gone, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, the power over all of creation. As Carolyn prepares for the battle to come, what she doesn’t realize is that her victory will require a heartbreaking sacrifice. 

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Must-See: Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees Fan Short Film

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The short film titled Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees made its much-anticipated debut on YouTube channel CallMeJeff86 on January 15th, 2018.

The film is a passion project that pits two horror movie icons against each other; it’s Michael Myers from Halloween against Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a bloody fight to the finish.

What are you waiting for? Give the short a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees is written and directed by Mason C. McDonald and stars Jeff Payne as Michael Myers, Dustin Miller as Jason Voorhees, and John Alton as the Vengeful Father.

Don’t forget to follow the film on Instagram and Twitter!

P.S. I’m pretty sure the ‘Part 3’ in the title is a joke.

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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