Who Put Bella in the Wych-Elm in Diabolique!

My feature pulling in the many and various pieces of work inspired by the case Bella in the Wych Elm has now been published in Diabolique! you can read it here. I’d just like to say many thanks to my contributors who in reality did most of the work for me: Cathi Unsworth, Jayne Harris,…

Penny Dreadful (Comic)

Hot on the heels of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem our friends at Titan Comics take us back to Victorian London again to kick off the next chapter in the Penny Dreadfull saga with fabulous artwork by Jesus Hervas. Gathering up the loose ends from the TV show’s final season. Six…

29 Days Crossed – Interview with Filmmaker Dan Brownlie

The second of the short films previewed during May’s Vampiir Bitez evening was 29 Days Crossed, by Dan Brownlie of Brand B Corporation. It’s not a vampire movie, but it’s an original little shocker set in the days after the Zombie Apocalypse with a very neat twist in its tail. Dan was kind enough to…

Sleepless – What keeps author Lou Morgan awake at night?

New Young Adult imprint Red Eye made their publishing debut this month (January 2015) with two pretty impressive tomes of terror; Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell and Sleepless by Lou Morgan. We like Young Adult stuff that goes bump in the night and gets folks interested in the genre down at the Horror Hothouse. Sleepless…

Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter: Q&A with filmaker Zoe Kavanagh

Currently in post-production Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter is a new monster hunting indie flick from Irish filmaker Zoe Kavanagh. Well you all know how much we like a bit of punk film making so we tracked Zoe down to her secret lair and over a packet of virtual Hobnobs (dark chocolate naturally since it’s my virtual world) talked things through. So without further ado lets…

Borley Rectory: Q&A with Animator Ashley Thorpe

Borley Rectory in Essex had the reputation of being the most haunted house in Britain. The Gothic revival house, built in 1822 to house the rector of the local parish was demolished in 1944 after being badly damaged by fire in 1939, but its reputation lives on and it will shortly be the subject of a…

Devils in Disguise: Q&A with Filmmaker Guillaume Campanacci

If there is one thing we like at the Hothouse, it’s film folks with a ‘can-do’ attitude. French filmmaker Guillaume Campanacci certainly fits that bill having knocked out Devils in Disguise, his debut movie as director in just 11 days. In Devils in Disguise, Guillaume has brought a very Gallic twist to what is a taut psychological thriller concerning friendship, love,…

Fearie Tales: Exclusive Interview with Editor Stephen Jones

Back in the early 1800s, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected a bunch of European folk tales and published them as Kinder und Hausmarchen (Children’s and Household Tales). We know them as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and before Uncle Walt got his sugar-coated hands on them, they were not always thought to be that suitable for the rug rats. Now…