PUTRID PREVIEW: THE HALLOWEEN ISSUE OF RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE

I always get a thrill picking up Rue Morgue‘s Halloween issue each year, not only because my writing is inside but because it’s always a thing of beauty. This year’s 13th anniversary edition is no different, with a cover story on the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho which turns 50 this year. And look at that cover, courtesy of art director Gary Pullin. Norman’s almost pretty enough to kiss!

Issue 105 of RM hits stands October 1 and here’s a rundown of what you can expect.  Go buy it!

WE ALL GO A LITTLE MAD SOMETIMES

Fifty years ago Marion met Norman at the Bates Motel and the modern horror film was born. Rue Morgue’s panel of experts celebrates the lunatic legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Featuring Wes Craven, assistant director Hilton Green, and authors Stephen Rebello and David Thomson.

PLUS: A look at Bernard Herrmann’s score, a new documentary on the film, sequel spotlights, and more!

by Aaron Von Lupton, Mark R. Hasan, James Burrell, Stuart F. Andrews, Joseph O’Brien and John W. Bowen
50 REASONS TO LOVE HORROR COMICS
From pre-Code grue to today’s top purveyors of terror, read about the scariest, goriest, strangest and most original stories, series, characters, things and even places on the panelled page.

PLUS: Interviews with Bernie Wrightson, Dick Ayers, Eric Powell, Mike Carey, and more!

by Dave Alexander, Pedro Cabezuelo, Paul Corupe, Monica S. Kuebler and April Snellings


HE IS LEGION: WILLIAM PETER BLATTY REVISITS THE EXORCIST

The film often regarded as the scariest movie ever made arrives on Blu-ray. The man who started it all takes stock of its lasting legacy.

PLUS: Cinematographer Owen Roizman on crafting the look of evil.
by John W. Bowen and Stacie Ponder

PLAYING WITH MADNESS

Derek Riggs, creator of Iron Maiden’s infamous Eddie mascot, reflects on a career forged in metal.
by Ashley Thorpe

FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2010

Pics from Rue Morgue’s 7th annual horror convention.

Photos by Ashlea Wessel, Matthew Marigold, Robert “Nix” Nixon and James Burrell

SKIN CITY

Zombie mayhem heads to Vegas in Dead Rising 2.

by Monica S. Kuebler

GHOULISH GRINS

The history of the jack-o’-lantern.

by Last Chance Lance

THROUGH THE CREAKING DOOR

Glass Eye Pix resurrects the dark audio drama for the digital age with Tales From Beyond the Pale.

by Jason Pichonsky


DEPARTMENTS:

NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND

In the shower with Psycho.

DREADLINES
Sam Raimi brings Zombie Roadkill to the web; Teen filmmaker enlists Machete talent for Twilight spoof; Australian horror film being presold one frame at a time.

THE CORONER’S REPORT
Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six: Psycho’s Most Scarring Scenes.
NEEDFUL THINGS
Psycho House, Zombie Wrapping Paper, Blood Bath Shower Gel and Team Sleep Monsters.

CINEMACABRE
CineMacabre features a look back at the Saw franchise, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil and new documentary The Aurora Monsters – The Model Craze That Gripped the World,  plus reviews of Piranha 3D, Night of the Demons, Buried, Sea of Dust, Dorian Gray, Dark and Stormy Night, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, Ghost Hunters International, Squeal, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Madeline’s Halloween and Other Spooky Tales, Parasomnia, Assault of the Sasquatch, The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot, Inbred Redneck Vampires, I Spit Chew on Your Grave and Terror at Blood Fart Lake. Blood on a Budget spotlights Legion of Terror and Cruel. And Reissues features Dark Night of the Scarecrow, plus reviews of Cannibal Girls (1973), Grindhouse (2007) Blu-ray, The Evil (1978) and Martin (1977) Blu-ray.
CINEMARQUEE
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959).

BOWEN’S BASEMENT
Reptilicus (1961).

BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS
Features American Vampire, plus reviews of Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1, A Very Zombie Summer, King #1, Ides of Blood #1, and Dracula: The Company of Monsters #1.

THE NINTH CIRCLE
Spotlight: Rob Sacchetto’s Zombiewood Weekly. Library of the Damned investigates the “zombie romance” of Hungry for Your Love. Plus, reviews of The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead, He Is Legend: An Anthology Honoring Richard Matheson, Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Fall, Haunted Legends, Jonathan Cape’s Haunted Air, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps Horrorland: Weirdo Halloween and So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead.
TRAVELOGUE OF TERROR

Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt – Toronto, Canada
THE GORE-MET
Menu: I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
AUDIO DROME
Featuring the Halloween carols of Kristen Lawrence. The Blood-Spattered Guide investigates the Haunted Mansion theme song. Plus reviews of Piranha 3D OST, Predators OST, The Dead Matter OST, Earth vs. The Spider (1958) OST, Vampires Suck OST, Dax Riggs, The Other, The Birthday Massacre, The Creepshow, Psycho Charger, Psyche, Interment, Tombstones, and The Devil Wears Prada
PLAY DEAD
Featuring a round-up of horror games on Facebook, plus reviews of Clash of the Titans, Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box and The Serial Killer Trivia Game.

CLASSIC CUT
Robin Wood’s Hitchcock’s Films.

GIVEAWAYS THIS ISSUE!
15 new subscribers will win The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut on Blu-ray, a Gore-met trucker’s hat and a Rue Morgue patch!

RUE MORGUE #105 Special Edition 13th Anniversary Halloween Issue is also available in digital format at: http://www.yudu.com/item/details/208008/Rue-Morgue-Subscription-Group

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