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Crowdfunding Review: “Tales from the Stacks” (Aspirational Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things tricks and treats. Today we’re going to take a look at Michael Critzer’s Tales from the Stacks, a black-and-white horror anthology written by Critzer and featuring artwork by multiple creators. As a “crowdfunding review”, it will cover the following criteria: Book Content and Quality Communication and

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Review: “Sacrifice” Issue #1 (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things dark and demented. Today we’re going to take a look at issue 1 of Sacrifice, a supernatural action horror comic by military veteran Laurant Valles Jr. Sacrifice is a 32-page book (28-pages of story) written and created by Valles. The first issue, titled “Sin”, is the first

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“Coloring the Undead” Adult Coloring Book Now on Indiegogo (Festival of Dread Special)

The pain… the pain of being blank! We don’t normally cover things like coloring books here at The Splintering, but in light of our ongoing Festival of Dread event, eh, why not? Independent artist Rob Shaffer recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Coloring the Undead, a 42-page adult coloring book featuring a horde of ghastly and gruesome images “so frightening

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Chomp Bites One Off: Bayonetta (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things wicked and bewitching! Every now and again, we at The Splintering are going to lean on our mascot, Chomp the Termite, to go out into the world of myth and fiction to get the stories that we non-fictional types just can’t get. To celebrate the festive

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Retro Review: “The Addams Family” (SNES, Festival of Dread Special)

*snap* *snap* Hey! That’s fun! *snap* *snap* Did anybody else snap to the theme of the old TV show? *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* Ahhhh! That was satisfying! So, starting up The Addams Family for Super Nintendo (SNES) for the umpteenth time seeing as how there is a new movie for my favorite,

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The Festival of Dread Rises from the Grave!

We may have Attack Helicopter Week, 80s August, Monochrome May, and finally Jolly Jinglings to close out the year, but the theme event that started them all is October’s Festival of Dread! And this year’s Festival of Dread event promises to be even bigger than the last! We have plenty of Halloween-themed pieces coming your way, including multiple features, the

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Manga Review: Junji Ito’s “Frankenstein” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread, our celebration of all things monstrous and macabre! Today we’re going to take a look at Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale Frankenstein as retold by celebrated manga creator, Junji Ito. Originally published in 2013, Junji Ito’s Frankenstein includes not just an illustrated retelling of the classic tale, but it includes several backup

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Review: “Infinity – A Tale of the Inferno” (Caliber Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things deadly and demonic! Today, we’re going to take a look at Infinity – A Tale of the Inferno, a supernatural miniseries published by Caliber Comics in 2019.* Written by Chad Strohl and featuring art by Kamil Boettcher and Lukasz Marko, Infinity is a modern story set

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Gallery: Horror Arcade Flyers (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month long celebration of all things cookie, spooky, and altogether ooky. It’s been a while since we’ve done one of our “Cheeky Gaming Ads” galleries, and while Halloween doesn’t quite lend itself to the same level of “cheeky-ness”, we thought it would be fun to gaze at a few horror-themed arcade

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Review: “Johnny Phantasm in the Tales of New Detroit, 1977” (Riot Press, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things fantastic and phantasmic! We have reason to believe that Johnny Phantasm artist and co-creator Patrick Thomas Parnell has been cozying up to the indie comics press as of late. In fact, we have inside information that indicates that The Splintering‘s own founder, Blake Worrell (aka “me”),

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Crowdfunding Review: “Zombie-Sama!” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things dark and dystopian! Today, we’re featuring yet another “Crowdfunding Review” of an independent comic book, this time it’s Zombie-Sama! written by Billy Tucci and featuring illustrations by John Broglia and colors by Paul Little. For those of you not familiar with the crowdfunding review format, we

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Retro Review: “Splatterhouse 2” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Of all the games I’ve owned, sold, repurchased, etc., over the years, I’ve never sold any of my original Splatterhouse games. Why? Because braining demons with blunt objects and watching their unholy essence spray from their freshly-cracked skulls is good ol’ family fun. Wholesome shit, am I right? My personal experience with the Splatterhouse series went like this: Splatterhouse (TG-16 version), Splatterhouse 3, and finally Splatterhouse

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Review: “FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead” (Alterna Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things unsightly and undead! Today we’re featuring FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead, a black and white horror anthology published by Alterna Comics. Published in 2012, Empire of the Rising Dead is the second in the FUBAR series, which features a collection of war-themed zombie tales. Each

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Crowdfunding Review: “The Deep Dark” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things dark and dystopian! Today, we’re featuring yet another “Crowdfunding Review” of an independent comic book, this time it’s The Deep Dark written by Gilbert Deltrez and illustrated by J.L. Giles.* For those of you not familiar with the crowdfunding review format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign

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Top Ten Halloween-Themed Stages in Retro Games (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread, our month-long celebration of all things that go bump in the night! Today, we’re going to highlight some of the best Halloween and horror-themed stages in retro games. It’s important to note that this list will not include stages from games that are fully horror inspired like Castlevania or Ghouls N’ Ghosts,

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Spotlight: New HARDCOVER Edition of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and Bernie Wrightson (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things gory and gruesome! For those of you looking for a classic horror novel to celebrate the Festival of Dread, look no further than the newest edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein featuring reproductions of Bernie Wrightson’s classic illustrations.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was original published in

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COVID Cramping Your Halloween? The Public Domain Comes to the Rescue (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things dark and disturbing! Let’s face it – there’s sadly fewer Halloween activities to enjoy in 2020. Some venues are completely shut down, and many people are still not working at the levels that they are used to. It therefore goes without saying that “recreational spending” is

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Cosplay feature: Capcom’s “Darkstalkers” (Festival of Dread Special)

There’s few game series that scream Halloween as much as Capcom’s Darkstalkers series. Featuring characters inspired by horror mainstays such as Dracula, the Mummy, and zombies, Darkstalkers has a fun take on whatever your Halloween fancy may call for. As with many other Capcom arcade fighters, the roster of Darkstalkers and its sequels (Night Warriors and Vampire Savior) features expressive

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Review: “A Murder of Scarecrows” (Caliber Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things ghastly and ghoulish! Today we’re getting into the spirit of the season with A Murder of Scarecrows, an 80-page graphic novel first published by Caliber Comics in 2011. In the years before the American Revolution, the seeds of rebellion were being planted. Local colonists are becoming

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“War Party” Creator Justin Murphy Talks Horror, History, and Werewolves (Interview – Festival of Dread Special)

Earlier in October, independent comic book creator Justin Murphy launched an Indiegogo campaign for War Party, a six-issue comic book miniseries about supernatural lycanthropes in Colonial America. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his War Party campaign which is still available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible

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Backlog Review: “Night Slashers” (Switch/Arcade, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread, our month-long celebration of all things hideous and horrid! Today, we’re going to review a lesser-remembered arcade beat-em-up now available on the Nintendo Switch, Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Night Slashers. Originally released in 1993 by Data East, Night Slashers is an arcade brawler for up to 3 players. While the early 90s was

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Review: “Undead Border: Year Zero” (656 Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things deadly and disturbing! My attitude towards zombie stories resembles Indiana Jones’ attitude toward snakes.  With that bias in mind, reviewing an anthology of zombie stories like Undead Border: Year Zero seems antithetical, but good storytelling surpasses inherent biases. Please keep that in mind as you review

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Backlog Review: “Claire: Extended Cut” (PS4, Vita, PC, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread event, our month-long celebration of all things evil and eerie! And hoo-boy, do we have some great evil to discuss today, because we’re going to take a look at Claire: Extended Cut for the PS4 and PS Vita, an atmospheric adventure puzzle game that many might call the most terrifying thing of

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