Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 TV Adaptation comes to Shudder

NOS4A2, the hit vampire series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, is coming to Shudder, the premium streaming service dedicated to horror, thriller and the supernatural. Shudder announced today that the first episode of NOS4A2 will debut on their service in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, August 8, with subsequent episodes of the 10-episode series added every Thursday.

“Showrunner Jami O’Brien and her cast have done an amazing job bringing Joe Hill’s gripping novel to life,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “NOS4A2 is one of the best new horror series in years, and we’re beyond thrilled to bring it to Shudder members.”

The series stars Emmy®-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jahkara Smith. NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen (Cummings), a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx (Quinto). Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

NOS4A2 is produced by AMC Studios in association with Tornante Television. The series is executive produced by Joe Hill, Jami O’Brien (Fear The Walking DeadHell On Wheels), who created the show for television and serves as showrunner, and Lauren Corrao, Co-President of Tornante Television. Hill has also contributed a story to Shudder’s upcoming original series Creepshow, premiering later this year.

Stephen King Getting Comic Book Makeover

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the early 2020 launch of Sleeping Beauties, a captivating comic book series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King. Author Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) will adapt the rich narrative of Sleeping Beauties to a ten-issue limited series under the watchful gaze of Stephen and Owen.

“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties,” says Owen King. “We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing.”

To which co-author Stephen King adds, “We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format.”

Sleeping Beauties explores a world where women have sunken into a deep, cocooned slumber, their dreams taking them to an idyllic other place. They can only wake if disturbed, which results in violent, feral behavior. Meanwhile, the men have inherited the Earth, their society devolving into barbarism. Provocative and absorbing, Sleeping Beauties is a gripping dark fantasy of gender dynamics, individuality, and toxic masculinity.

“To work on anything with the King name attached is surreal, dizzying, and somewhat terrifying,” says Youers. “As soon as my feet touch terra firma, I will focus on my goal: to stay true to the novel’s spirit, and to deliver a page-turning, visually impacting experience that will appeal to readers of both Stephen and Owen King’s fiction, and to comics fans the world over.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to work on Sleeping Beauties,” says Sampson. “The story is very suggestive for interesting art, with magical themes interwoven through a very real place setting in Appalachia, and the opportunity to draw some truly diverse people. Places, spaces, gender, bodies, character, relationships, political themes, emotions, a challenging (and almost certainly innovative) design job, and a great story – it’s all here. I cannot wait to share what we are making.”

“There was something magical about the combination of Stephen King’s and Owen King’s specific skills on the pages of the Sleeping Beauties novel, an alchemy that resulted in a story so of the moment and yet so timeless,” says IDW President & Publisher, Chris Ryall. “Rio and Allison are fashioning a graphic retelling that synthesizes that same sense of wonder while very much making the comic its own thing entirely. We’re ecstatic to be doing this with all involved.”

The Journey to The Rise of Skywalker Starts Here

Get ready for Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker with IDW Publishing’s Ongoing Star Wars Comic Book Series for Middle Grade Readers.

IDW Publishing have just announced that October’s Star Wars Adventures #27 will debut a three-part storyline telling an untold chapter set between The Last Jedi and the thrilling conclusion to the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

Star Wars Adventures Number 27Issue #27 will debut a three-part monthly storyline by writer John Barber and artist Derek Charm, featuring the mighty Wookiees. With the New Republic devastated, the First Order launches an attack on the planet Kashyyyk, and Chewbacca takes up arms to defend his people!

“It’s a thrill and an honor to get to tell this story with the amazing Derek Charm,” says Barber. “Chewie’s one of my favorite characters ever, for as long as I can remember. Having the opportunity to tell his story to a new generation of Star Wars fans – and all this leading up to the conclusion to the Skywalker saga — is one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

Charm says, “I’ve been lucky enough to work within a lot of Star Wars eras in this series, but doing something in the current, post-Last Jedi landscape is really exciting. The fact that it focuses on Chewbacca and what he’s been up to between these movies is more so.”

A backup tale by writer Michael Moreci and artist Tony Fleecs will see a team-up between the beloved droids of the Star Wars series – R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 – as they embark on a desperate recruiting campaign for the Resistance.

“What I love so much about this story is that it gives the droids a mission that’s specific to who they are as characters and not just droids,” says Moreci. “This is a fun, fun adventure, but I also think it’s important to these characters as they, like everyone else, find their way in the galaxy.”

Star Wars Adventures Number 27 VarientFleecs says, “I probably don’t love anything more than I love Star Wars – and in particular, the 1985 Droids cartoon and the accompanying comic book featuring art by the great John Romita Sr. That’s the energy I’m bringing to this project – vibes from 1985, Star Comics, John Romita, Nelvana Animation, and Marie Severin, with a healthy dollop of Tony Fleecs thrown in for good measure.”

Star Wars Adventures #27 will feature regular covers by Derek Charm and Tony Fleecs, with a special retailer incentive variant available by Manuel Bracchi.

Get Involved With Cops and Monsters: Uprising!

Cops And Monsters Uprising

Cops And Monsters PosterWant to become a Monster or Exec Producer in the second Season of the award-winning Amazon Prime TV show?

SillyWeeFilms have confirmed that they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure funding for their second season of  Cops and Monsters . Donors to their crowdfunding campaign are set to be rewarded with a number of incentives, which include a role in an episode (as a monster), a credit in the titles and signed scripts and DVDs. The highest donors will even be listed in the credits as Associate or Executive Producer in the credits and on IMDb. 

Cops and Monsters  is an on-going, award winning supernatural police thriller set in a near-future Scotland. When vampires, werewolves and zombies come out of hiding, the country breaks out into war and riots with both sides fighting for control. Eventually the First Minister and the heads of the vampire and werewolf societies meet and form a treaty that will allow humans and supernaturals to co-exist. As such a police team, the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland, are put into place to police  and protect both sides.

In 2017 the team successfully crowdfunded the budget for the 8th and final episode of series 1, raising over £15000 to shoot the episodes over two years, starting in 2015. The episodes were released via their YouTube channel along with behind the scenes videos, cast and crew interviews and more.

Series 1 featured guest stars such as Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who), Rachel Teate (Wolfblood), James Mackenzie (Raven), Leona Kate Vaughan (Wolfblood), James Payton (Harry Potter), Caitlin Blackwood (Doctor Who) and Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons), working alongside upcoming actors including Simon Weir (Trainspotting 2) and Chris Bain (Shooting Clerks).

Moving ahead with series 2 the team have secured Debbie Moon (BAFTA winning Wolfblood creator), Philip Lawrence (Big Finish) and Simon Underwood (Wolfblood) to join James T Harding (Broadway Baby), Laura Anne Anderson (BAFTA winning team member of CBeebie’s OOglies) and series creator Fraser Coull to pen 6 x 20 minute episodes, which will stream directly on Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video.
 
The team have set up a several crowdfunding accounts t
 o raise funds to shoot the brand new series, which will consist of 6 x 20 minute episodes, focusing on a “story of the week”. Once complete, the episodes will be streamed from Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video. 
To support the TV Series, go to Patreon ($) or Drip (£) to make your donation!

People can also donate via PayPal. Details are at https://copsandmonsters.co.uk/support-the-show/.

Mowhawk Judoon Favourite Thing About Doctor Who Series 12

Judoon with Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who

New official image from the BBC see Jodie Whittaker ‘s returning doctor in a face off with a Judoon for series 12 of new Doctor Who.

Judoon with Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner said “No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full force, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t safe. If anyone has anything to hide, confess now. The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission! The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series. And we’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can’t wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.”

IDWs Marvel Action comics starts with Captain Marvel

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the latest addition to their Marvel Action line of comics aimed at middle grade readers: Captain Marvel! From the stellar creative team of writer Sam Maggs (Marvel: Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World), artist Sweeney Boo (My Little Pony), and colorist Brittany Peer, the first thrilling chapter hits stores in August!

Carol Danvers’ quiet night with BFF Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) takes a catastrophic turn when Manhattan’s bodegas are suddenly overrun by a host of angry felines! And not just any felines—Flerkens, the most terrifying, pocket-dimension-holding, tentacle-devouring kitty-look-alikes in the entire universe! Can Captain Marvel overcome the formidable foes before it’s too late?

“I feel so privileged to help launch Captain Marvel’s solo title for Marvel Action,” says Sam Maggs. “Carol has always been my favorite super hero; I love how she’s truly come into her own, culturally, and is finally being widely-recognized as the star that she is. Being able to write for Carol is the most exciting and terrifying thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t wait to share this arc with everyone!”

Sweeney Boo says, “This comic is for everyone! If you have seen Captain Marvel’s movie and want more of her, and if you are a cat lover, this is definitely for you. This title has everything – it’s funny and sweet, it has powerful moments, and it’s absolute cat madness!”

“Working with Sam and Sweeney on a story featuring one of the most iconic super heroes of our time has been a dream,” says Megan Brown, assistant editor. “I adore Carol — she’s strong, capable, funny, and someone that anyone can look up to. In Marvel Action, we’re also highlighting the strength of her friendship with Jessica Drew, and it’s been such a positive, uplifting experience bringing this rock-solid bond between two absolutely amazing ladies to life.”

STARCADIA QUEST Comics on way from IDW and CMON

CMON’s highly-anticipated tabletop game (and Kickstarter darling) Starcadia Quest will come to comics beginning in August, courtesy of IDW Publishing. The first-ever expansion of the Starcadia universe, this three-issue miniseries welcomes James Roberts – the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed writer of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye andLost Light – to craft a wild new adventure for Starkid and his Freelance Adventuring Crew.Illustrated by Aurelio Mazzara (Skylanders) and colored by David García Cruz, Starcadia Quest takes comic readers and game fans deep into the Frontier, where the toughest jobs in the galaxy are handled by Freelance Adventuring Crews. On his sixteenth birthday, the delivery boy known as Starkid sends out a call for the best recruits he can get… at his local Stardollars coffee shop. An action-packed and hilarious QWST begins!

As a special bonus, each issue of Starcadia Quest will be jam-packed with additional pages’ worth of exclusive playable content, allowing readers to incorporate the issue’s story elements into their tabletop gameplay!

ACE Gamebooks – Who are they and why should I care?

Ace Gamebooks

ACE Gamebooks are the brain child of author Jonathan Green  who over the last *ahem* years of being a professional writer has written for big licences like Doctor Who and Warhammer, in addition to writing the Pax Britannia series.

Jonathan is the king of the ‘Game Book’ having written the definitive history of the Fighting Fantasy series that spawned the Chose Your Own Adventure sub genre of literature. (See You Are The Hero on Amazon).

Through Kickstarter Jon has successfully funded 5 game books, forming ACE Gamebooks (below are the links to the original campaigns and amazon links should you wish to buy them.

Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland  (amazon)

The Wicked Wizard of Oz (amazon)

NEVERLAND – Here Be Monsters! (amazon)

Beowulf Beastslayer

‘TWAS – The Krampus Night Before Christmas

 

Now Ace Gamebooks are moving into RPGs!

 

This is good news. The first title planned is ‘TWAS – The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas – a spin off from the game book.

Personally I am really waiting for a NEVERLAND – Here Be Monsters! as one is surely going to surface presuming the Krampus one is funded.

 

Geek Tech – DJI’s answer to the Go Pro unveiled this week:

DJI Osmo Action Camera

DJI announce the launch of Osmo Action! Whether you want to record your world from behind a lens or be the star of the show, the Osmo Action’s dual screens are all you need to capture it all with the touch of a button.

DJI. Famous for the Mavic Pro Drones and other high end consumer drones have put their camera tech into an Action Cam!

  • Dual Screens
  • 4K HDR Video
  • RockSteady
  • 8x Slow Motion
  • UHD Image Quality
  • Waterproof

For more see the Osmo page on the Official DJI Page.

DJI Osmo Action Camera

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides

IDW Publishing reunites the Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate creative team of writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar for an all-new adventure: Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides! Debuting in November 2019, the five-issue miniseries delves into the mythology established in the highly-anticipated D&D adventure Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus arriving on September 17.

In Infernal Tides, fan-favorite Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur’s Gate. Unravelling the secret of its source will take the heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be Hell to pay!

“Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides is a wild ride through some of my favorite parts of D&D lore,” says Jim Zub. “Getting the chance to help develop the story and setting for a brand new D&D sourcebook directly with the D&D team, having Max Dunbar contribute key concept art to that adventure, and then getting both of us back at IDW to create a brand new comic story that propels Minsc and the rest of the Baldur’s Gate heroes into the same kind of devilish danger is an absolute dream come true. This comic is going to be pure D&D-fueled adrenalin. I can’t wait for readers to see how it all rolls out.

“I’m so connected to these characters,” Jim continues, “that I’m shaving my head and donning the purple makeup and leather armor to play as Minsc at D&D Live 2019: The Descent. Watch me roll some dice with Chris Perkins as DM and Matthew Mercer playing Boo in the final part of The Descent at dungeonsanddragons.com on May 18 at 8pm PT.”

“I am so thrilled to be able to return to D&D comics with Jim Zub in Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides,” says Max Dunbar. “This story plunges our Heroes of Baldur’s Gate into an adventure of a scope and scale we haven’t seen yet in these comics. We’ll dive into the heart of locations and events that are absolutely legendary to D&D. I feel incredibly lucky to be working with Jim Zub, incredible colorist Sebastian Cheng, IDW, and Wizards of the Coast on this vast and diabolical story!”

“We are so excited to be bringing back the original Baldur’s Gate creative team for this new series,” says David Hedgecock, associate publisher at IDW. “What an incredible privilege it has been to watch these creators and this story become such an important part of D&D canon!”

Infernal Tides, while an accommodating entry point for intrepid new readers, rewards longtime fans as the continuation of Jim Zub’s epic comic book storyline which began with Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate and continued into Shadows of the Vampire, Frost Giant’s Fury, and Evil at Baldur’s Gate.

For information on how to secure copies of the Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides miniseries, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Spider-Man Far From Home – IMAX!

Spider-Man™: Far From Home Will Be Specially Formatted For IMAX Cinemas!

IMAX have announced Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home will feature select sequences specially formatted for IMAX cinemas. IMAX fans will experience Spider-Man to the fullest and see 26% more picture from your friendly neighbourhood superhero when he swings into IMAX cinemas July 2nd!

The IMAX release of Spider-Man: Far From Home will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized cinema geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will transport fans into the action like no other movie-going environment can. Fans can get their IMAX tickets here

About Spider-Man™: Far From Home

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Directed by Jon Watts. Written by McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

ENDGAME SPOILERS in the Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer. – You have been warned!!!

Orson Welles Great Mysteries

The legendary Orson Welles hosts thirteen mysterious tales from this much sought-after anthology series creeping its way on to DVD for the first time.

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Showcasing a haunting theme by John Barry, these macabre – often supernatural – dramas feature an astonishing array of talent, including Rupert Davies, Eli Wallach, Michael Kitchen, Patrick Magee, Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, Susannah York, Michael Gambon, Julie Dawn Cole, Kenneth Haigh, Harry Andrews, Dinsdale Landen, Jane Seymour, Ian Holm and Christopher Lee.

The thirteen tales of mystery and suspense featured on this set – including classic tales from Wilkie Collins, W.W. Jacobs, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle – are:

DISC ONE

• A Terribly Strange Bed

A young American hits a winning streak in a Paris casino, but finds that his luck changes when he tries to sleep in the casino’s guest bed.

– Starring Colin Baker, Edward Albert, Rupert Davies and Jenny Nevinson
– Dramatised by Anthony Fowles
– From a story by Wilkie Collins
– Directed by Alan Cooke
– Original ITV Transmission 20 July 1974

• Compliments of the Season

A drunken down-and-out returns a special doll to its owner, the young daughter of a millionaire. In doing so, he receives two rewards – one completely unexpected.

– Starring Eli Wallach, Ed Bishop, Hildegard Neil and Billy Hamon
– Dramatised by Donald Wilson
– From a story by O. Henry
– Directed by Philip Saville
– Original ITV Transmission 11 December 1975
• The Ingenious Reporter

A newspaper reporter poses as a suspected murderer, but his plans go awry when he loses his proof of innocence.

– Starring Geoffrey Bayldon, Pam St Clement, David Birney, Anthony Ainley and Ronald Radd
– Dramatised by Carey Harrison
– From a story by Pontsevrez
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 18 September 1975

• The Monkey’s Paw

A monkey’s paw with a strange and unnatural past brings fear and disaster to an unsuspecting family.

– Starring Michael Kitchen, Cyril Cusack, Meg Jenkins, Patrick Magee and Robert James
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by W.W. Jacobs
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 7 September 1974

• Captain Rogers

An old shipmate arrives at the inn owned by his former skipper and enmeshes him in a web of blackmail, bribery and terror.

– Starring Donald Pleasence, Kevin Stoney, Donald Gee, Joseph O’Conor, Daphne Heard and Alan Bennion
– Dramatised by Harry Green
– From a story by W.W. Jacobs
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 6 July 1974

• For Sale – Silence

A criminal seeks an illegal fortune – and pays for it in blackmail.

– Starring Jack Cassidy, Ed Devereaux and Harold Goodwin
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by Don Knowlton
– Directed by Peter Sykes
– Original ITV Transmission 9 October 1975

• La Grande Breteche

A French count, master of a chateau known as La Grande Breteche, torments his young wife and wreaks vengeance upon her lover…

– Starring Peter Cushing, Susannah York, Michael Elphick, Morag Hood and Pauline Delaney
– Dramatised by Martin Worth
– From a story by Honoré de Balzac
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 27 July 1974

DISC TWO

• An Affair of Honour

When espionage is discovered in a colonial outpost it is dealt with in a gentlemanly manner…

– Starring Michael Gambon, Jenny Hanley, Harry Andrews and Jeremy Clyde
– Dramatised by Carey Harrison
– From a story by F. Britten Austin
– Directed by Alan Bromly
– Original ITV Transmission 30 October 1975

• In the Confessional

A young paranoiac’s confession leads his priest and the police to the unexpected and dramatic solution of a girl’s murder.

– Starring Julie Dawn Cole, Philip Davis, José Ferrer, Milo O’Shea and Shane Rimmer
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by Alice Scanlan Reach
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 14 August 1974

• The Furnished Room

A young man comes to the big city to search for a missing girl.

– Starring Clarence Williams III, Joan-Ann Maynard, Irene Worth and Sally Travers
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by O. Henry
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 24 July 1976

• Under Suspicion

A concert pianist’s loyalties are torn when she discovers that her lover is a traitor. But is he betraying her love – or his country?

– Starring Julie Crosthwait, Kenneth Haigh, Dinsdale Landen and Janice Rule
– Dramatised by Anthony Fowles
– From a story by Norman Edwards
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 16 December 1975

• The Leather Funnel

A young Englishman arrives in Paris to propose to his French girlfriend. But her uncle shows him, through the power of dreams, that his desire to marry into the family could cause him to lose his reason – or his life.

– Starring Christopher Lee, Simon Ward, Jane Seymour, André van Gyseghem and Ralph Arliss
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 13 July 1974

• Trial for Murder

The foreman of a jury at a murder trial is influenced by visions of the victim’s spirit.

– Starring Ian Holm, Jennie Linden and Keith Buckley
– Dramatised by David Lawrie
– From a story by C.A. Collins and Charles Dickens
– Directed by Peter Sykes
– Original ITV Transmission 30 April 1976