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Forbidden Tomes: Skeletons in the Skull – The Psychological Ghost Stories of J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The Victorian era, which saw a surge in literary realism, also witnessed a growing fascination—maybe obsession—with spiritualism. Ghost stories and accounts of hauntings were hugely popular, especially around a Christmas fire. Several authors, including M.R. James, F. Marion Crawford, and Edith Wharton, contributed to its popularity. Most of these tales revolve around some anonymous narrator encountering the supernatural—good for nothing but a nice chill and moment of fear. Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu sets himself apart by summoning his spirits through psychology, even if his version of it is often backwards.

Like the anecdotal, often epistolary stories of M.R. James, many of Le Fanu’s tales read as true hauntings written in an analytical or reminiscent style from the perspective of a witness. “An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street” or “An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House” are, as they sound, entertaining reports.
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Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror On Film And Television Book Tour to Include Screenings, Lectures & Other Live Events

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Featured in Heather Wixson's holiday gift guide, the new book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television could be the perfect stocking stuffer for the horror fan in your life this holiday season, but Spectacular Optical is giving you the chance to take your gift one step further with their interactive book tour this December that includes screenings, lectures, and other live celebrations tied to the book's seasonal themes:

Press Release: For many, Christmas is an annual celebration of goodwill and joy, but for others, it’s a time to curl up on the couch in the dead of winter for a good old-fashioned fright. The festive holiday season has always included a more somber side, and scary tales of child-stealing demons to ghost stories told ‘round the fireplace go back to pre-Christian celebrations. These long-standing traditions have found modern expression in the Christmas horror film, a unique
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Crypt of Curiosities: Depictions of Jigoku (Hell) in Japanese Cinema

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If you ask me, Hell is the ultimate horror setting. Sure, creepy castles and abandoned outposts are great and all, but a realm of eternal torment just strikes me as a tad more terrifying. And of the major cultural interpretations of Hell out there, none are quite as grisly as the hell of Japanese Buddhism: Jigoku. Sure, there’s a way out of it, but the torments inflicted upon the damned in Jigoku make the ones Dante wrote about seem fit for children’s birthday parties. Jigoku consists of sixteen separate hells (eight “hot” and eight “cold”), with eight great hells that consist of tortures ranging from being charred in massive frying pans to being eternally smashed into paste and revived by massive rocks. It’s a brutal, depressing place where hope is faint and mercy can wait billions of years away. Naturally, it makes for a great topic for a horror movie.
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The New Blu-ray Releases You Should Check Out This Week: Ghost Stories, Zombies, and David Lynch

The New Blu-ray Releases You Should Check Out This Week: Ghost Stories, Zombies, and David Lynch
(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.) Happy Halloween! Open your goodie bags and/or plastic pumpkin buckets and I’ll drop some fine physical media in there. In […]

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Five Star Scares up TV Return With ‘3am Bangkok Ghost Stories’

Long-established Thai production and sales group Five Star Production is making a return to TV having focused on feature films for the past decade. It is using the Busan market to launch “3am Bangkok Ghost Stories.”

The now in-production series, comprises 13 one-hour episodes with contemporary tales featuring the spooky incidents that take place in the middle of the night. Stories include a taxi driver who picks up the wrong kind of passenger and a woman whose face suddenly becomes that of a corpse.

“We used to be very involved with TV production, but largely halted that at the time of the Asian financial crisis [in 1997],” said Aphiradee “Amm” Iamphungphorn, director of international sales.

“Now with the changing market for quality TV and our decision to make cinema-quality episodes in 4K, this seems the right time to make a return,” Iamphungphorn said, adding that Five Star is also looking at producing a spin-off “3Am” feature movie.

The series
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'Ghost Stories': Film Review | Lff 2017

'Ghost Stories': Film Review | Lff 2017
First staged in Liverpool in 2010, the hit theater show Ghost Stories has so far enjoyed two long London runs plus detours to Toronto, Moscow, Sydney and beyond. Its multi-plot format pays homage to the golden age of portmanteau British horror films, from eerie Ealing Studios classics like Dead of Night to the campy low-budget shockers made by Amicus and Hammer in the late 1960s and early 1970s. So there is a certain satisfying symmetry in seeing this affectionate celluloid facsimile finally reborn as a big-screen adaptation, which has just world-premiered at the London Film Festival.

Like its stage blueprint,...
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Frightfest 2017: ‘Nightworld’ Review: Dir. Patricio Valladares

Nightworld Review: A man mourning the death of his wife gets more than he bargained for when he takes a security job shrouded in secrecy. Nightworld Review

Ghost stories are an incredibly mixed bag at the best of times. The infamous sub-genre has seemingly been the first port of call for every low budget horror film since the 1970’s. On one hand this makes ghostly thrillers difficult to get enthusiastic about. But on the other hand, it gives them a relatively large amount of flexibility with storytelling. Now, fresh-faced film maker Patricio Valladares has crafted his own supernatural thriller, starring none other than Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Nightworld tells the story of a former Lapd officer, named Brett Irlam, who starts a new job as the head of security in a mysterious apartment building in Sofia. As Brett continues to experience horrific nightmares of his late wife,
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Frightfest 2017: Diane Review: Dir. Michael Mongillo (2017)

Diane Review: A lonely man becomes obsessed with a dead body that turns up in his backyard in this murder-mystery thriller. Diane Review

Trying to pin down what exactly director Michael Mongillo is aiming for tonally in his latest film Diane is the only mystery that needed an explanation in this uneven supernatural thriller. Billed as Stephen King and Brian De Palma meets Gus van Sant and Elmore Leonard, the film never manages to formulate into anything remotely resembling the aforementioned. Frustratingly in trying to emulate these cinematic heavy hitters Diane fails at establishing a coherent narrative and ultimately failed to grip me in even the slightest way.

Horror films are paradoxical in many ways as often much of the sloppiness of the genre can be excused by the pure visceral feeling of fear and dread that the genre and its best can generate. A film plagued by hammy acting,
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CNN’s ‘Declassified’ Set to Detail Russian Sleeper Agents: ‘People Love a Good Spy Story’

CNN’s ‘Declassified’ Set to Detail Russian Sleeper Agents: ‘People Love a Good Spy Story’
Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten enough of Russia stories on cable news recently, as CNN’s “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies” returns for its second season on Saturday. The timely season premiere, “The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories,” is about undercover Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S. and one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI. “Declassified” host and executive producer Mike Rogers is a former congressman and ex-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — the position currently held by Devin Nunes. Needless to say, his former colleagues have been
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‘Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #4′ Review

Written by George Mann | Art by Ivan Rodriguez | Published by Titan Comics

All good things must come to an end, and this issue is the final issue of the Ghost Stories mini-series. Probably not a book that many in particular were clamouring for, it has proven to be a fun ride. Combining a little tour of the Who universe with a smattering of super heroics, George Mann has rung as much fun out of this concept as is humanly possible. A more settled art team would have been the cherry on the top of this cake but never mind, there was enough to be happy with.

By now I am sure you all know the core story. The Doctor has been tracking down the three reality altering gems he needs to keep safe, the other gem being the one that gave The Ghost his powers. The Arquess and The Alcyone have been found and secured,
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Movie Review: A Ghost Story may haunt you, even if you think the ghost looks silly

Ghost stories require a suspension of disbelief, at least from those without serious superstitions. A Ghost Story requires something more. All but daring its audience to chortle, David Lowery’s supernatural mood piece unfolds almost entirely from the perspective of an apparition straight out of a grade-school fun house: a billowing white bed sheet with two holes cut into it for eyes. On some level, this was probably a budgetary workaround, and maybe a shrewd one; as the piss-poor CGI of Personal Shopper recently demonstrated, it takes some coin to conjure a convincing specter from 1s and 0s. But get on the wavelength of this mesmerizing, singularly unusual genre experiment and the undead being at its center stops looking so silly. There’s life in the dead darkness of those eyeholes: black reflective pools on a pale expanse of linen, conveying more feeling than you might expect.

Knowing there’s
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Preview of Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #4

The final issue of Doctor Who: Ghost Stories is out this Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview right here courtesy of Titan Comics…

The Doctor is back in the lives of Grant, Lucy, and their daughter, Jennifer! He’s on a mission to find the other three alien​ ​gemstones, siblings of the one that gave Grant his superheroic powers – and only​ ​Grant can lead the way! Following the​ ​gems’ trail through time, the four ended up battling the fearsome entity known as The Smoke, and​ ​freeing a world from​ ​the Harmony Shoal – reclaiming two gems in the process. With just one gem left to find, the team fell right into the laps of the Sycorax! Now they’re trapped aboard the Sycorax flagship, as a​ ​doomsday weapon begins to fire…!

Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #4 is out on July 5th, priced $3.99.
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‘Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #3′ Review

Written by George Mann | Art by Dennis Calero | Published by Titan Comics

Doctor Who: Ghost Stories snuck up on me a bit, ready as I was to dislike it even before I started it. It has done that rare thing which is to surpass the material that preceded and inspired it. George Mann has taken a fun concept and really energised it, and it has been a fun read. Grant Gordon, aka The Ghost, has been written fairly seriously, and plays off the mischievous Twelfth Doctor very nicely. The revolving artists is a little jarring, with Dennis Calero now becoming the third artist in three issues. I am assuming as each issue is a quest for a different gemstone, the differing art is supposed to reflect this. No complaints this time round though, as Calero is something of a favourite.

So The Doctor has enlisted Grant, and his partner Lucy and their daughter Jennifer,
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Preview of Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #3

The penultimate issue of Doctor Who: Ghost Stories arrives in comic book stores this Wednesday, and we have a preview of the issue for you here courtesy of Titan Comics…

The Doctor is back in the lives of Grant, Lucy, and their daughter, Jennifer! He’s on a mission to find the other three alien gemstones, siblings of the one that gave Grant his superheroic powers – and only Grant can lead the way! Following the gems’ trail through time, the four ended up in a future New York City ruled by the fearsome entity known as The Smoke – and reclaimed one gem. They set off in the Tardis and arrived at their next destination… a world where the Harmony Shoal has taken over! But Grant’s powers have ceased working – just as he and the Doctor are in the direst of straits!

Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #3 is out on June 7th,
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Preview of Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #2

Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #2 hits comic book stores this Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue here courtesy of Titan Comics…

All-new series featuring The Doctor, Lucy and the super-powered Grant! What part of Grant’s secret past is coming back to threaten the universe? Featuring the characters of the stunning Doctor Who 2016 Holiday Special on a brand-new adventure!

Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #2 is out on May 3rd, priced $3.99.
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‘Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #1′ Review

Written by George Mann | Art by Ian Rodriguez | Published by Titan Comics

Before I get stuck into the review in earnest, cards on the table time. I didn’t enjoy the Christmas special that inspired this 4 part mini-series. The Return of Dr Mysterio appeared on our screens Christmas 2016, and seems to have been very well liked by most. That should have included me, as it featured Dr Who of course, and something of an affectionate nod to comic books and superheroes, which have been a part of my life for 4 decades. I appreciated the intent, it just didn’t work for me. This mini-series was designed to build on from the events in that TV special, and I do have an interest in that, to see where Grant and Lucy have been since we last saw them.

For those that never saw the Christmas Special, the Twelfth Doctor was essentially
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The best geeky themed board games you can buy right now

Rob Leane Dec 7, 2017

Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and many more - here's our rundown of geeky tabletop board games...

Aren't tabletop board games great? Gathering a few of your chums around and battling it out of an evening is an endless source of fun. And, of course, adding a geeky bent to proceedings can only make that better.

See related Street Fighter 4 PlayStation 3 review

So, if you're fed up with your Monopolies and your Cluedos, here are some geeky tabletop board game options that our chums at Amazon are offering...

A Game of Thrones

King Robert Baratheon’s death has ignited a brutal battle for the Iron Throne. You and six pals will take control of the houses of Westeros in a calculated game of diplomacy and warfare. Can you coerce your way onto the throne? Or will terror and brutality triumph?

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Game of Thrones
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Preview of Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #1

Titan Comics launches its new Doctor Who series Ghost Stories this coming Wednesday, and we’ve got a preview of the first issue for you here; take a look…

An All-new Adventure With The Ghost, Lucy, And The Doctor. What Part Of The Ghost’S Secret Origin Returns To Threaten The Universe?

A Death-defying Journey Through Time And Space With A Superpowered Family In Tow. It’S Doctor Who Meets The Incredibles!

And A Superhero Needs… A Super-villain! Meet The Ghost’S Dark Shadow, The Smoke!

Four-part Miniseries​ Begins -​ Written By George Mann (Dark Souls, Warhammer 40,000), With Art By Ivan Rodriguez (Doctor Who: Supremacy Of The Cybermen), Dennis Calero (Assassin’S Creed:templars), And Pasquale Qualano (Torchwood)!

Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #1 is out on April 5th, priced $3.99.
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Holey Sheet This New Trailer For A Ghost Story Is Great

Ghost stories have provided incredibly fertile territory throughout the history of cinema. The most obvious examples are the menacing ghouls from horror films, creaking and wailing their way through hordes of terrified B-Movie actors. Yet they can also be a vehicle for comedy, action and, as in David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, romance.

The film, which stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, has already wowed audiences at festivals, having billed itself as “singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence.” That’s a big claim to make, but A Ghost Story seems to live up to the hype, with the titular ghost silently haunting his former suburban home in an effort to reconnect with his former wife.

What you’ll have noticed from the new trailer is that this ghost isn’t some translucent marvel of computer compositing, but a dude in a white sheet with eye holes cut into it.
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Comic Book Review – Transformers Annual 2017

Ricky Church reviews Transformers Annual 2017…

Ghost Stories! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron—only to be confronted by his rival for the Matrix, Pyra Magna! As Pyra’s origin—before she was part of Victorion—is finally revealed, Optimus relives his own past—the first time he met Bumblebee!

See Also: Read a preview of Transformers Annual 2017 here

Idw’s Transformers Annual 2017 offers the series a bit of an interlude that looks at the early days of Pyra Magna and, surprisingly, Bumblebee. Both stories offered a deeper look at these characters, though it was Pyra Magna’s story that really shed light on the character along with setting up future conflicts. All in all, though, the annual delivered a good pair of tales of the Transformers universe.

When it comes to Bumblebee, there’s not really much that needs to be said about his past or why he joined up with the Autobots.
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