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Exclusive Cover Reveal – Joe and Kasey Lansdale’s Terror Is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors

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When you ask horror fans to list their favorite authors, Joe R. Lansdale’s name is bound to come up. He has released 40+ titles, received 30 literary awards, and been praised by The New York Times Book Review. And it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Lansdale’s daughter, Kasey (first published at the tender age of eight), has teamed up with her dad to release their first-ever short story collaboration, Terror Is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors, this coming May; and we’re pleased to exclusively present the book’s cover art.

The collection showcases a dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing: Dana Roberts and her sidekick, Jana. Terror Is Our Business gathers together all of Dana’s and Jana’s previous cases in a single volume and features an all-new adventure, “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish,” written exclusively for this collection. It’s a return to old-school feelings of classic mystery horror novels and supernatural tales that draws in the reader with its pacing and style and delights with an abundance of crippling fear.

Author of several short stories and novellas and editor of assorted anthology collections, Kasey is best known as a singer/songwriter. “Writing Terror Is Our Business together allowed my dad and I to blend our own personalities and styles. I tend to be more traditional, while he’s a bit more unconventional. And being a co-author allowed me to incorporate my unique authority from the female perspective, giving the series a refreshing edge,” says Kasey. “Most of the stories I grew up reading in this traditional style were male-centric. I love that Dana and Jana are powerhouse supernatural investigators; yet, gender plays zero factor in the meat of these stories.”

Joe (whose “Hap and Leonard” novels were adapted into the hit SundanceTV series that’s currently in its third season) adds, “As a writer, I am known primarily in the horror world for things that don’t quite fit into the normal approach to horror. But in the last few years, I’ve had the bug to write more ‘traditional’ tales. Thus, Terror Is Our Business was the perfect set of stories for Kasey and me to work on together. And coupled with her music career, being an opening act for everyone from Ray Price to most recently Wynonna Judd, it became clear that both of us have a sort of musical rhythm in our writing. The collaboration allowed us to connect on that commonality.”

Cutting Block Books releases Terror Is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors on May 29, 2018.

Synopsis:
Sherlock Holmes: arguably the most recognized detective in modern history. As the brains of any investigation, it’s no wonder that the heart of his partner, John Watson, is what rounds out this duo to create a textbook definition of success. This complementary dynamic is at the epicenter of the first-ever collaborative short story collection from Joe R. Lansdale and daughter Kasey Lansdale.

Terror Is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors introduces readers to the world of Dana Roberts and her frightening career as an investigator of what she calls the “supernormal.” While she doesn’t believe in the supernatural, she does believe in unknown worlds. And teaming up with her Watson-like partner Jana makes solving what can only be described as very unusual mysteries from beyond the veil that much more riveting.

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The Cast of Westworld Explains Why the Show Is a Must-Watch for Horror Fans

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“Westworld” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM on HBO, and fans of the high-concept sci-fi thriller are chomping at the bit; it’s understandable since Season 1 wrapped way back in late 2016.

While I have a wide definition of the term “horror”, believing it’s more of a sensation than a genre, many Dread Central readers may be wondering if a show about robot cowboys is worth their time and attention.

While I’d recommend “Westworld” to anyone who loves stylized violence, gore, and suspense, we challenged members of the cast to sell the series to potentially reluctant horror fans. How would they respond, for example, to a friend who dismisses the show because they watch horror almost exclusively?

Here are the responses we got from Luke Hemsworth (who plays Head of Security Ashley Stubbs), Angela Sarafyan (who plays host Clementine Pennyfeather), and Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays both Lawrence and El Lazo).

Dread Central: Complete this sentence: “If you love horror movies, you should watch ‘Westworld’ because…”

Luke Hemsworth: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because it’s really gory. It’s pretty dark and it’s also pretty smart.

Angela Sarafyan: You should definitely watch “Westworld” because it makes you face death. It’s a show that questions your mortality. The show not only projects these feelings, but makes you think about the boundlessness of human destruction and how far we can take our reality. Meaning: Will technology eventually be our destruction?

Clifton Collins, Jr: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because the same rushes you get from scares in a horror movie, those thrilling and suspenseful events happen in the show. Just from reading it I can tell Season 2 is really cranked-up compared to Season 1. You’re going to have those moments where your heart palpitates or skips a beat and a lot of “Oh my gosh!” moments. There are some serious white-knuckle moments this season. It’s the same thrill you get from watching a horror film!


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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New Interactive Xenomorph Game Launches This Alien Day

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Alien Day is rapidly approaching on April 26th and today we have news that a new first-of-its-kind interactive survival game is on its way via 20th Century Fox.

The game invites players to experience the intensity and imminent threats of Alien individually, or up to three players in collaborative gameplay and is called Alien: Offworld Colony Simulator. It’s a turned-based survival game that simulates a Weyland-Yutani Space Colony in security lockdown.

Weyland-Yutani is inviting civilians to participate in an open Beta test of “The Offworld Colony Simulator” – an advanced system that simulates security breach scenarios in non-terrestrial colonies. Those that participate in the Open Beta will help teach the system’s AI to accurately simulate human behavior in the face of otherworldly dangers.

Utilizing the Amazon Alexa service, players need to collect items, solve puzzles and explore unmarked territories to successfully move through the colony, unlock sectors, and avoid capture in a Xenomorph-infested space colony.

If you can’t wait until Alien Day, get a head start with the Weyland-Yutani Career Placement Test – a multi-question aptitude test to determine if applicants have what it takes for a role at the interplanetary Weyland-Yutani organization. Complemented with a sweepstakes, the test launches for fans on April 23 at AlienUniverse.com.

The game launches exclusively on Amazon Alexa Devices & Alienuniverse.com one minute prior to Alien Day at 11:59 PM ET on April 25th.

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Jurassic World 2 Gets Yet Another Poster – and Funko Pop Figures!

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Jesus, please us, enough with these Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster, amirite? I’m just kidding (I’m not) but seriously today we have yet another poster for the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World… Plus new Funko figures!

The Funko Pop figures will hit this summer, coinciding with the film’s June 22 US release date and include Chris Pratt’s Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, Blue the Velociraptor, Stygimoloch, Indoraptor, Owen with Blue (Target exclusive), and a 10″ super-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex (Target exclusive).

You can check out the new poster to the right and pics of the Funko line below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) from a script written by Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from prior films. Look for it in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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