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Anne Rice's The Wolf GiftAnne Rice’s new novel The Wolf Gift hit bookstore shelves and online outlets today, and she recently sat down with NPR to discuss a possible sequel, the appeal of supernatural fiction, the struggle between good and evil, and what’s next on her agenda. Read on for all of that and more!

When asked by “Weekend Edition” host Rachel Martin to explain who Reuben Golding, the man-wolf hero of The Wolf Gift, is exactly, Rice replied, “Well, Reuben is bitten by a werewolf, and he does contract werewolfism in the classical way. But when he goes through the transformation, it doesn’t have anything to do with the full moon, and he enjoys the transformation. He likes the increased strength, the increased power, the sensuality, the heightened hearing, the ability to move through the night, to go up a wall and go over a rooftop – he loves all of that. I mean, I know when I was writing it, I loved it. I loved that idea that he could go climb over the rooftops above North Beach and listen and hear people everywhere talking and whispering. And he had even a heightened ability to see through the cloudy overcast night and see the stars beyond.

This, to me, is one of the things I love exploring in fiction, period. I did it with the vampires. I did it with the witches in the Mayfair witches stories. I did it with Jesus, really, in the two novels I wrote about him. The way a hero sees the world, the way it impinges on him sensuously, the way he responds to the beauty of it – I love to write about that.

With regard to what she found interesting about writing through the perspective of a werewolf, Rice expounded, “He’s a supernatural monster. He’s a man who suddenly finds that he’s not a man anymore. He’s something different. He’s something perhaps better, perhaps worse, definitely stronger, and maybe even immortal. I mean, one of the things that happens to Reuben is he discovers he’s resilient, that a knife wound or a bullet wound isn’t going to hurt him, that it heals almost instantly. And that’s very beguiling, too.

But, you know, I think the reason all of this works in fiction – when it works – is that these are all metaphors for things that are happening to all of us all the time. I mean, our bodies are mysteries to us. Life itself is a miracle. The fact that we’re conscious, that we know we’re going to die, that we can be witnesses to the universe… it’s what we cope with every day as we think about life, as we take a breath, as we move forward, as we confront the death of a loved one. And the great thing about supernatural fiction is you’re talking about those very things in a metaphorical way. You’re writing about a vampire, yes, or you’re writing about a werewolf, but you’re really just writing about human beings.

As for how The Wolf Gift reflects her current understanding of the struggle between good and evil, Rice said, “You know, I don’t know if I have any understanding of the struggle. It’s just ongoing. But it pops up in all my work. I mean, all the characters are always talking about good and evil and where they belong in things because it obsesses me. It’s one of those questions that I can’t get away from. In The Wolf Gift Reuben can smell evil. He can actually pick up the scent of somebody, you know, attacking someone else. He can even smell innocence, and he’s very puzzled about why that is, why he feels such an urge to intervene on the side of good. And so there again I’m dealing with a hero that’s potentially evil but has a great capacity for good, which is just what I thought I was dealing with with the vampires. And he’s tormented about how to use his power. And I think what he shares with the vampire characters and the witches is a sense of being alone, of having to work this out alone. Because I think that’s what I feel very strongly right now, that I have to work out questions of good and evil, God or the devil, eternal life or mortality. I have to work that out alone, and I think that’s what a lot of people today feel.

Finally, the issue of where her ideas come from and how she prioritizes them was raised. Rice offered, “I’ll have a whole bunch of ideas. It’s like zombies on the porch trying to get in the door. And finally one zombie makes it inside and the other zombies have to go away for a while.” And has a sequel to The Wolf Gift made it inside yet? “Oh, I want to do a sequel, but first I want to do another supernatural novel. And I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s, you know, all those zombies are really on the porch and they’re banging on the door. But one zombie is getting through the door. And I’m going out on tour for The Wolf Gift (click here for more info on that), but as soon as I get back, I do want to get to work on this new supernatural novel.

Now THAT is some very exciting news for the fans. As soon as word comes as to what exactly this “new supernatural novel” might be about, you can be sure we’ll pass it on. In the meantime hit up the NPR link at the bottom of the page for the full interview, and look for our review of The Wolf Gift soon. For more info be sure to “like” Anne Rice on Facebook.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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