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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Peter Stenson's FiendLooking for some zombie-themed literature to get you through another otherwise uneventful Monday morning? Then we have your hot fix, kids! On tap right now is an exclusive excerpt from the second chapter of Peter Stenson’s Fiend!

Click here for our exclusive Fiend PDF!

From the Press Release
When Chase Daniels looks out his window and sees a little girl in umbrella-print socks disemboweling a Rottweiler, he’s sure he’s just done a bad batch of meth. But when the same girl breaks down the door and flashes Chase and his friend Typewriter a bloody smile, what feels like a bad trip becomes all too real. FIEND (Crown Publishers; July 9, 2013), the debut novel from blazing new talent Peter Stenson, is a gripping, foul-mouthed, drug-fueled take on the end of the world as we know it.

As Chase and Typewriter emerge from their days-long drug binge, they find the streets of Minneapolis a bleak wasteland dotted with hellish versions of their neighbors: skin peeling off their faces, teeth bared and chomping for the taste of human flesh, a sickly sinister giggle signaling their arrival. It’s the apocalypse, and while Chase is in for the fight of his life, it’s also his first and last opportunity to finally save the day.

The ultimate antihero, who lists meth right alongside weapons, food, and shelter as his survival essentials, Chase sets off to rescue (and win back) his ex-girlfriend KK. Their romance is the only kind you could expect for two addicts who met in the psych ward: an endless cycle of ultimatums, recoveries and relapses. Now at the end of the world, Chase is seizing his last chance for happiness with his true love.

Mixing the gritty authenticity of “Breaking Bad” with the surrealism of “The Walking Dead,” Stenson has cooked up a zombie novel remarkable for both its credibility and heart. Stenson spent his youth struggling with drug addiction, and FIEND spares no gory details when it comes to using. This nightmarish fantasy of the zombie apocalypse is also a powerful firsthand portrait of addiction—nothing, not even the walking dead, can distract Chase and his band of meth-head survivors from their next score.

As Chase, Typewriter, KK and her tagalong new boyfriend fight to stay alive and find someone to cook the next batch of crystal, they realize the drugs that have been slowly killing them for years are the only thing keeping them alive. All remaining survivors are addicts, the speed coursing through their veins somehow warding off the zombie virus. Their struggle to “keep their heads straight” with meth while staying alert enough to think clearly and defend themselves is a gut-wrenching look at how addicts prioritize drugs over everything—including their own survival. However, this singular focus may be just what the group needs to survive.

Stenson’s blistering prose is truly addictive—in turns darkly funny, gruesome and bitterly honest, FIEND is one hell of a zombie novel, a thrill ride through an apocalyptic wasteland of drugs, guns, addicts and the undead.


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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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