Thursday 30 October 2014

Intravenous Magazine's Halloween Round-up 2014

Greetings boils and ghouls! It is that time once again, the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where the barriers between the worlds of the living and dead are at their thinnest and the spirits walk amongst us... it's also a night for having a bloody good party!

To aid you in your Halloween celebrations, no matter how you like to spend your evening, we have some ideas for you to make the most of your night.

A Compendium Of Terror...

First off we have some features from our crypt to get you in the mood while you're getting ready to get your costume on and head out to terrorise the town...

Strange Frequencies...

If you'd rather set the mood with a little audio, huddled round the wireless listening to tales of terror then why not check out these links to some of the spookiest podcasts on the web...

And don't forget the most infamous Halloween radio show of all time courtesy of Orson Welles.

Sinister Tomes...

We here at Intravenous Magazine are big supporters of Neil Gaiman's All Hallow's Read project which promotes the giving of scary books as a gift every Halloween. Last year we gave you some new and classic book recommendations for your young ones, and this year we've had a look at what 2014 has to offer.

A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

'Evil Librarian' by Michelle Knudsen
When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right.

'The Penguin Book of Witches' by Katherine Howe
From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

'Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales' by Kelly Link
Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume.

'Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright' by Tam Francis
Do you like scary stories with a little romance and a vintage twist? Welcome to Ghostoria. […] Ghostoria will gnaw the corners of your mind and challenge your ideas about life, love and death long after you leave.

'At Hell's Gates' by Devan Sagliani
When evil overflows from the deepest, fiery pits, the battle will be At Hell’s Gates…Whether you are a zombie aficionado, or you feed on horror, there is something for everyone. We’ve summoned some of the top Zompoc authors, masters in horror, and even some new talent to strike fear into even the most jaded soul. Dare you look, let alone approach, the dreaded gates?

'Suspended In Dusk' by Simon Dewar
Suspended in Dusk brings together 19 stories by some of the finest minds in Dark Fiction: Ramsey Campbell, John Everson, Rayne Hall, Shane McKenzie, Angela Slatter, Alan Baxter, S.G Larner, Wendy Hammer, Sarah Read, Karen Runge, Toby Bennett, Benjamin Knox, Brett Rex Bruton, Icy Sedgwick, Tom Dullemond, Armand Rosamilia, Chris Limb, Anna Reith, J.C. Michael.

'Dustbowl Gothic' by David Kimber
The year is 1929, and a tallman freak named Kahlil has returned home from a long sojourn to the traveling carnival sideshow in which he and his dwarf brother Heinrich grew up as adopted orphans. […] Desert life is unforgiving, where any faint hope is soon covered in dust to rot in the mind, a half-remembered memory. And yet, things are about to change for the worse in ways that none of the performers could have imagined.

'The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom' by Robin Spriggs
A hallucinatory exploration of the strange work and even stranger life of Ozman F. Droom, by Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Robin Spriggs.

'Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft' by Salomé Jones
At the time of his death in 1937, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown. The power of his stories was too great to contain, however. As the decades slipped by, his dark visions laid down roots in the collective imagination of mankind, and they grew strong. Now Cthulhu is a name known to many and, deep under the seas, Lovecraft s greatest creation becomes restless...

Evil Visions...

Last year we gave you a run-down of our 50 favourite horror films of all time. But there are plenty more new cuts on offer on DVD and in the cinema this year. If you're the kind of person whou would spend Halloween under a blanket watching a scary film, here are some new ones worth checking out.

As Above, So Below
Starring: Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, Edwin Hodge, Josh Kervarec
Director: John Erick Dowdle

Life After Beth
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon
Director: Jeff Baena

Dracula Untold
Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper
Director: Gary Shore

Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard
Director: John R. Leonetti

Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Génesis Rodríguez
Director: Kevin Smith

Deliver Us From Evil
Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn
Director: Scott Derrickson

Stonehearst Asylum
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley
Director: Brad Anderson


Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, James Remar
Director: Alexandre Aja

Under The Skin
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin
Director: Jonathan Glazer

The Quiet Ones
Starring: Jarred Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck Byrne.
Director: John Pogue

Black Masses...

If you're a party animal who relishes the chance to get out on the town every Halloween, but haven't made up your mind as to where to spend your night yet, we've got some club nights across the UK to recommend.

Darklands, York – Post Halloween Spectacular: 8th November

The Candlelight Club, London – 1920s Halloween: 31st October and 1st November

Slimelight, London – Club Night: 1st November

Eddies, Birmingham – Halloween Resurrection: 1st November

Torture Garden, London – Halloween Ball 2: 1st November

Torture Garden, Somerset – Heaven And Hell Halloween: 1st November

The Charnel House, Newcastle – Club Night: 1st November

Pit and Pendulum, Nottingham – Coven: 1st November

Jilly's Rockworld, Manchester – Back From Hell: 31st October

Restoration, Whitby – Club Night: 2nd November  

Best Of The Rest...

If you've got kids, or fancy doing something a little different this year, why not check out these fun activities across the UK.

Farm Of Horror
Lancaster Park And Animal Farm, Oldham, Wednesday 29th October

Pinup Halloween Special
Lola Lo, Manchester, Thursday 30th October

Halloween ghostly tour and ghoulish supper
Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, Thursday 30th October

Halloween at British Library
British Library, London, Friday 31st October

Necropolis – London’s journey of the dead
Waterloo Underground Tunnels, London, Friday 31st October

St Lukes Bombed Out Church, Liverpool, Friday 31st October 

Halloween ghost hunt at Newsham hospital 
Newsham Park Hospital Seaman's Orphanage,Liverpool, Saturday 1st November

Hauntings and hangings Halloween ghost hunt
Kidderminster Town Hall, Saturday 1st November

Halloween Dalton Mills ghost hunt
Dalton Mills, West Yorkshire, Friday 31st October

Copperdollar: back of beyond
The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Saturday 1st November

That is just a little taste of some of the events and clubs happening this wee, but there are many more, so please support the goings on in your area. Of course if you're not feeling social you can check out the podcasts, films and books that we have recommended, but either way Intravenous Magazine would like to wish you a very happy Halloween this year.

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