Horror serial ‘Deeper Than Hell’ to debut on Morbidly Beautiful October 7th, 2016

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Horror site (and fellow Crypt TV member) Morbidly Beautiful is teaming up with writer Josh Millican and artist Sean Wilson on the dark horror serial Deeper Than Hell. While the site has featured creative writing in the past, this will be its first recurring series. Here’s the official one sentence synopsis:

Deeper Than Hell tells the story of Sonny and Drew, two heroin addicts living in the tunnels below Las Vegas who go on a bizarre pilgrimage underground.

Josh Millican is best known as a prolific horror blogger (currently featured on HorrorFreakNews.com, Blumhouse.com, and PopHorror.com). He’s also the Director of Community for CryptTV. “Most people know me as something of a journalist, so I’m excited to get back to my creative roots,” said Millican about the project. “My goal is to create compelling characters and storylines that people will be excited to follow, something that readers can look forward to. Expect plenty of cliffhangers!”

Sean Wilson is an artist known for his unusual and often unsettling work, including the poster (seen here) for the upcoming feature film Death House, described as “The Expendables of Horror.” He will contribute original artwork and “inspiration” for each chapter of Deeper Than Hell. Millican is enthusiastic about their collaboration: “Sean’s got an incredible, wicked style that’s all his own. I’m excited and honored to be working with him to create a unique and terrifying universe for readers to get lost in!”

While plot details are being closely guarded, Deeper Than Hell will resonate with fans of horror movies and literature.

“Fans of Lovecraft and Clive Barker will love it,” said Millican. “It’s got some parallels to Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno, but I’m also drawing influence from 1980’s and 1990’s sci-fi and dystopia. And cults!”

'Deeper Than Hell' creator/writer Josh Millican
Sean Wilson's excellent poster for 'Death House'

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The first chapter of Deeper Than Hell drops October 7th; additional chapters will be published the first Friday of each month, and the serial is slated to continue through September 2017.


Morbidly Beautiful was founded in October 2015 as an independent, not-for-profit site dedicated to horror and committed to celebrating the genre across all media — film, television, literature, and art. The site strives to recognize and support emerging artists, independent film and filmmakers, women in horror, and original creative voices in the genre. Site features include horror news, interviews, new and retro film reviews, video reviews, genre analysis, short horror fiction, artist spotlights and other exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else.

The Gourmet Horror Review: ‘Fevre Dream’ (1982) – Long before ‘GoT,’ GRRM wrote a cool period vampire novel

The Gourmet Horror Review: ‘Fevre Dream’ (1982) – Long before ‘GoT,’ GRRM wrote a cool period vampire novel

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1982
PUBLISHER: Bantam (mass market paperback edition)
LENGTH: 480 pages (Bantam paperback reprint edition – April 24, 2012)
HARDCOVER? (Y/N): Y
PAPERBACK? (Y/N): Y
KINDLE? (Y/N): Y
AUDIOBOOK? (Y/N):  Y
RATING (1-5): 4

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: You know that old saw, the one that goes “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is”? Well, that’s the narrative engine driving this book. And it drives it along a most unusual path, up and down the Mississippi, in the days when riverboats ruled its muddy waters.

It’s a picaresque novel set in the 1857, but with vampire trappings – kind of Mark Twain meets Stephen King. This unusual hybrid is an early work of fiction from a guy you may have hard of: George RR Martin, architect of the vaunted A Song of Ice and Fire novels upon which HBO’s international megahit Game of Thrones is based.

EVALUATION: So is this novel any good? Oh, hell yes. In Fevre Dream, Martin has crafted a lean, agile, and utterly engrossing tale. It’s built around the relationship between Abner Marsh, a financially strapped riverboat captain, and Joshua York, an alarmingly pale, wealthy aristocrat. Marsh is immediately suspicious, since there seems no possible profit for York in their arrangement. But York has reasons all his own for wanting to ply the waters of the Mississippi, and for wanting to hire this particular captain to navigate its passage. Besides, Marsh is in no position to turn away his business – no matter how increasingly mysterious and sinister his employer’s behavior may grow.

No sequels, no prequels. This is a completely standalone story. If you’re tired of waiting for our good friend GRRM to finally finish the last two volumes in his A Song of Ice and Fire heptalogy (will the next volume, The Winds of Winter, actually come out in May or June of 2016? Don’t bet on it.), this book will be a welcome diversion. Highly recommended.


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  • George RR Martin’s official site
  • George RR Martin on Twitter
  • George RR Martin on Facebook
  • George RR Martin’s blog (highly entertaining) on LiveJournal
  • Westeros, the A Song of Ice and Fire domain
REVIEW: “World War Z” by Max Brooks (2006)

REVIEW: “World War Z” by Max Brooks (2006)

"An Oral History of the Zombie War"

Four Knives

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2006
PUBLISHER: Three Rivers Press (imprint of Crown Publishing Group, division of Random House, Inc.)
LENGTH: 342 pages (paperback edition)
HARDCOVER? (Y/N): Y
PAPERBACK? (Y/N): Y
KINDLE? (Y/N): Y
AUDIOBOOK? (Y/N):  Y (abridged CD)
RATING (1-5): 4

SYNOPSIS: This is a survivors’ story, told from the perspective of an unofficial chronicler of the recent zombie apocalypse, using interviews with key figures from a conflict that nearly spelled the end of humanity. Their first-person accounts serve to flesh out the scope and horror of the pandemic, which wiped out a vast cross-section of the human race. Although, in true zombie fashion “wiped out” is a misnomer; get bitten, or partially eaten, and you die… but you then reanimate as a flesh-craving walking corpse. A vaguely supernatural explanation is hinted at, but never confirmed or elaborated upon.
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