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Forbidden Tomes: 7 Autumnal Books to Read on Halloween

Horror fans don’t need a time-sensitive excuse to indulge in uncanny and unnatural literature, but there’s nothing quite like steeping oneself in a novel of the strange as the October winds blow, bringing half-imagined whispers of phantoms from the pages. Some books evoke this sense more effortlessly—and frighteningly—than others. Here are seven chilly, liminal examples of literature’s power to bring us across the veil.

Books of Blood by Clive Barker: While technically five volumes, Clive Barker’s masterwork of short horror fiction brings the perfect mixture of pulpy violence, grotesque monstrosities, and transcendentally disturbing themes. His tales take the reader through gritty urban wastelands, liminal spaces of decay or transgression, where the rejected pieces of society manage to make a life—and encounter monsters in the process. Particularly poisonous treats include the titular story, a nightmarish diatribe on the roadways of ghosts; “Rawhead Rex,
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Harrison Ford Reveals If Han Solo Will Return in Star Wars Movies

Harrison Ford Reveals If Han Solo Will Return in Star Wars Movies
For the one or two Star Wars fans who haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is a big spoiler coming up right now. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was killed by his own son, Ben Solo, a.k.a. Kylo Ren, but, as in many franchises, death is not always as final as one would think. In fact, Harrison Ford was asked in an interview last year if there was any chance Han Solo could return, stating that, "Anything is possible in space," but now it seems he's changed his tune. During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, host Ryan Seacrest posed the question once again, asking if Han Solo could in fact return, but it seems that won't happen anymore.

"He's dead. I'd been begging to die for the cause for a couple of years. I thought Han Solo's got no mama, got no papa, doesn't believe in The Force.
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Listen to ‘Thriller’ Remix from Michael Jackson’s New Halloween Album

Listen to ‘Thriller’ Remix from Michael Jackson’s New Halloween Album
Officially available Today, Michael Jackson’s Scream is a Halloween-appropriate compilation album that collects together 13 of Mj’s spookiest songs on CD and vinyl! In addition to beloved tracks like “Thriller,” “Ghosts” and “Scream,” the album also includes the brand new, five-song mash-up “Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up).” The full track listing includes… 01 […]
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind at 40 – an Appreciation

Article by Dane Eric Marti

Sometimes a film will speak directly to a person in an audience: A preternatural, unearthly tendril of luminous light tapping you on the shoulder, a benevolent yet mysterious voice reminding you of an obligation, or a musical, colorful Dream Message entering your eyes and speaking to your soul with wonder, awe and truth. Like other Art forms, film can do amazing things.

For me, there are definitely a few choice films of overwhelming, pristine power. Yet one cinematic work is not just great, deeply special to me: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Directed by the Wonderkind, Steven Spielberg, directly after his landmark suspense-adventure film, ‘Jaws’.

Now, his new flick, released in 1977, also dealt with the fantastic, with riveting moments of terror… but its endgame was something quite dissimilar.

I think it would take either a first-rate Psychologist or an Exorcist with a lot of
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Forever and Ever and Ever: Uncanny Doubles in ‘The Shining’

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece is full of doubles, doppelgängers, and alter-egos.

Mirrors, ghosts, doppelgängers, reflective surfaces, repetitions, and perfectly symmetrical frames…these are just a few cinematic devices which Stanley Kubrick uses to create an uncanny atmosphere in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Sigmund Freud defines the term “uncanny” in his essay “‘The Uncanny’” as something which is familiar yet somehow frightening. The Shining tells the story of a family of three — Jack (Jack Nicholson), Danny (Danny Lloyd), and Wendy (Shelley Duvall) — whose lives are terrifyingly disrupted when they move into the Overlook Hotel for the winter. Family is, by definition, the most familial subject matter, and therefore it is all the more terrifying when one’s family members somehow seem different. The Shining is filled with uncanny doubles, where those who look or act familiar are mysteriously different, which provoke feelings of terror. Kubrick creates this uncanny atmosphere by meticulously crafting a story-world
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Ghosts of Futures Predicted: How Hollywood Imagined We’d Be Living Now

Author: Cai Ross

Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”

Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.

Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell
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Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage comes home May 2

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Hollywood, Calif. – Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: Return Of Xander Cage x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.

When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it. Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage features a powerhouse international cast including Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu,
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Cannes 2017: who's in the running?

Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.

With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.

Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.

Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.

Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the
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Homeland Recap: Special Delivery

Homeland Recap: Special Delivery
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here.

Well, if you’ve been feeling like this season of Homeland has started out a little slow… this week’s episode certainly ends with a bang.

Sekou gets released from prison — which means Carrie’s crazy blackmail ploy worked! She and Reda tell Sekou the only condition of his release is that he not talk to anyone about the case. He seems to go along with it: “I’m out, aren’t I?” But at a welcome-home party, a couple of buddies think he sold out the cause and
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Gotham Photo Preview: A Shock for Everyone!

Hurry up January 16!!!

Leave it to Gotham to leave us as excited as ever with their mid-season finale tease of Jerome. Yes, our favorite crazy carny is returning to Gotham. But, we already knew that after he presumably escaped from the bus at the end of last season.

So, what has Jerome been doing all this time? That's for Gotham to know and us to find out. There is very little information about what's going to happen on Gotham Season 3 Episode 12. 

There are no pics of our favorite villain, but there are plenty of Jim and company.

Penguin is looking a little shocked at something. We wonder if Nygma told him he knows. Lee doesn't look too happy with Jim. Falcone seems relatively calm considering his son just got killed. And, Bullock is doing a lot of standing around.

So, what's in store for us with "Ghosts"? Check out the photos and see for yourselves!
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Page-Turning Terror: 5 Joe Hill Reading Recommendations to Give You Frights this Fall

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It may seem like horror is mainly used to elicit fear and terror, but its ability to frighten and rattle its audience is actually rooted in an unlikely emotion: sympathy. Even the most cynical character can be found worthy of redemption if the circumstances which jaded them are deemed tragic, and even the darkest villains are made more interesting by exposing their insecurities. It is this gray area in which brilliant author Joe Hill seeks to explore the darkest depths of the human mind throughout his portfolio of work, and the result of his inquiries is a large stack of fascinating publications.

Born Joseph Hillstrom King, Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King, the famous writer of iconic works such as Carrie, Christine, The Shining, Gerald’s Game, Cujo, Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile, Misery, and many, many more. Stephen King has become a household name, and although
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‘Billy on the Street’ Season 5 Trailer: Jon Hamm and Lupita Nyong’o Join Billy Eichner’s Game Show

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‘Billy on the Street’ Season 5 Trailer: Jon Hamm and Lupita Nyong’o Join Billy Eichner’s Game Show
Billy Eichner has successfully capitalized on his “Billy on the Street” fame in recent years with appearances in films like “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and a leading role in Hulu’s “Difficult People.” He’ll soon return to his old tricks in the fifth season of his unique game show, which will feature appearances by Aziz Ansari, Jon Hamm and Keegan-Michael Key, among others. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: ‘Billy on the Street’ Reveals Season 5 Guests, Filming Secrets

Donald Trump comes up frequently in the 90-second spot: Eichner asks one woman to name a racist for $1; Trump is her immediate response. Another woman asked to name a liar for the same prize likewise names the businessman-turned-presidential candidate. Categories for Eichner’s rapid-fire question-and-answer rounds include “Chris Hemsworth or Someone Who Had to Try, “Believes in Ghosts or Can’t Eat Toast” and “Jabba the Hut or Just Some Gay Guy?
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American Horror Story Teasers Might Be Setting Up For A Mist Theme

By now we know that the American Horror Story producers are messing with us. FX has been periodically sending out teasers, with the claim that one of them is “real” and the others are all fakes and misdirects. The latest, entitled “The Harvest,” hit only a few days ago, but there was another one called “The Mist.” What’s intriguing about this one is that it lines up with a recent listing from both TV Guide and Rotten Tomatoes that refers to the new season as American Horror Story: The Mist.

Interesting, but not very informative. Thus far the teasers for the new season of American Horror Story have indicated all sorts of creepy things, but none of them terribly cohesive. If the theme for this season is “the mist,” what exactly does that mean? Weird creatures coming out of the mist? Ghosts? Maybe, perchance, a different time period?
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‘Locke & Key’ is getting a second chance at a TV adaptation

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‘Locke & Key’ is getting a second chance at a TV adaptation
Locke & Key is rising from the dead. The fan-favorite and awards-showered comic series is getting developed for TV again. In a previous attempt to adapt the horror-fantasy series to the small screen, Locke & Key got a pilot greenlit by Fox. The pilot screened at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011 but never aired and never got picked up for more episodes by the network. Universal also optioned the comic with plans to develop a feature film adaptation with frequent J.J. Abrams collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but those rights have since lapsed. Idw, the comic’s publisher, announced Monday that the series’ creator, Joe Hill, is writing a new Locke & Key pilot and will serve as executive producer on the project. The comic series begins with three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move into Keyhouse, their ancestral home in Massachusetts. There they discover mysterious keys, strange doors,
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Tourist Captures Photo of 'Ghost' at Spooky Hotel That Inspired The Shining: It 'Gave Me the Chills!'

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Tourist Captures Photo of 'Ghost' at Spooky Hotel That Inspired The Shining: It 'Gave Me the Chills!'
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, has been called "the most haunted place in America." Aside from inspiring Stephen King to write The Shining, it's apparently built on a foundation of quartz that purportedly attracts all kind of spirit activity, the latest of which has been allegedly captured on camera by hotel guest Henry Yau. Yau was walking around the hotel after dinner snapping photos when he took a picture of the Stanley's famous lobby, apparently capturing a woman dressed in period clothing standing to the left of the stairwell. Yau says he waited until the area was empty
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Tourist Captures Photo of 'Ghost' at Spooky Hotel That Inspired The Shining: It 'Gave Me the Chills!'

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Tourist Captures Photo of 'Ghost' at Spooky Hotel That Inspired The Shining: It 'Gave Me the Chills!'
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, has been called "the most haunted place in America." Aside from inspiring Stephen King to write The Shining, it's apparently built on a foundation of quartz that purportedly attracts all kind of spirit activity, the latest of which has been allegedly captured on camera by hotel guest Henry Yau. Yau was walking around the hotel after dinner snapping photos when he took a picture of the Stanley's famous lobby, apparently capturing a woman dressed in period clothing standing to the left of the stairwell. Yau says he waited until the area was empty
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Round-Up: Fright Rags’ Pumpkinhead Collection, All Hell Breaks Loose DVD, Deprivation to Begin Production, Excess Flesh VOD Release Details

Based on Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead, a film about a demon summoned to exact vengeance on a group of teenagers, this collection from Fright Rags has something for everyone. Also in this round-up: All Hell Breaks Loose and Excess Flesh release information and Deprivation production details.

Fright Rags’ Pumpkinhead Collection: “Pumpkinhead V1 (Shirt) from $27.00

Art by Chris Lovell.

Pumpkinhead V1 (Zippered Hoodie) $47.00

Art by Chris Lovell.

Pumpkinhead V2 (Shirt) from $27.00

Art by Godmachine.

Pumpkinhead V2 (Baseball Tee) $37.00

Art by Godmachine.

Pumpkinhead 18X24 Screenprinted Poster $35.00

Limited To 175 Prints.

– 18×24 screen printed poster

– Art by Matt Tobin

Pumpkinhead 18X24 Screenprinted Poster (Variant) $45.00

Limited To 50 Prints.

– 18×24 screen printed poster

– Art by Matt Tobin.

Please note that both versions of the Pumpkinhead shirt and hoodie are printed on 100% pre-shrunk Cotton and ships in 1-2 business days. Us customers: Please allow 3-5 days for delivery. International customers: Please allow 10-14 days for delivery.”

For more information on this collection,
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Under The Lake

Toby Whithouse's Under The lake is packed with references, from a 7th Doctor story through to Star Trek. Here's what we spotted...

This article contains lots and lots of spoilers for Under The Lake.

Under The Lake may not be the Dalek-filled continuity fest of the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t set our geek senses tingling. Here’s everything we were able to spot, from the obvious references to the slightly tenuous connections, from this week’s episode...

Ghosts From The Past

Under The Lake is a perfect example of what’s commonly referred to as a ‘base under siege’ story. These were a staple of the classic series, particularly during the Patrick Troughton era, not least because they meant the ever-stretched production team could save on the set budget. The first proper base-under-siege tale was William Hartnell’s final story, The Tenth Planet,
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Round-Up: Carrie The Musical Q&A, Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2, Apocalypse Swordsman

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Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.

Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.

Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at www.ExperienceCarrie.com. Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.

Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and
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Modern Doctor Who: an episode roadmap for beginners

Want to catch up with post-2005 Doctor Who but don’t have 85 spare hours to watch the whole thing? We’ve some tips for you…

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do
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