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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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Backlog Review: “Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess” (Xbox 360, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things creepy and chilling! Today we’re going to look at Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess, a game from beyond the grave! Why so? Because the game is no longer available to purchase if you have not already done so (at least on Xbox 360). Developed by MediaTonic

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Historical Horror Comic “War Party” Now on Indiegogo (Festival of Dread Special)

It’s Pocahontas meets Altered Beast in comic book form! Sorta… Earlier this week, independent comic book creator Justin Murphy launched a crowdfunding campaign for War Party, a 6-issue, 140-page fantasy adventure miniseries that blends supernatural horror and Colonial American history. You can check out the promotional trailer below (complete with The Last if the Mohicans musical score), followed by the

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Comics Legend Graham Nolan Launches “31 Days of Monsters” (Festival of Dread Special)

Sure, The Splintering has our Festival of Dread running through the month, but our creative elders have been celebrating October in unique ways for far longer than us. Enter revered comic book creator Graham Nolan (Batman, The Chenoo), who has marked the occasion for eight straight years with the 31 Days of Monsters. This year, Nolan will livestream himself drawing

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Unboxing AlternaWeen 2 at The Splintering (Festival of Dread special)

For two years running, Alterna Comics has marked the Halloween holiday with AlternaWeen, a crowdfunded event in which backers receive stacks of discounted comic books (among other swag) to give away to trick-or-treaters. Full disclosure! I’ve backed the AlternaWeen Indiegogo campaign both years, and like last year, I decided to dust off The Splintering‘s criminally neglected YouTube channel to post

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Review: “Old School Monsters” by Ashcan Comics Pub. (Festival of Dread special)

There’s perhaps nothing more synonymous with Halloween than the collection of creatures known as the “Universal Classic Monsters”. Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon – each of these horrors have been recreated and re-imagined across several different mediums over the years. In March 2019, independent comic book publisher Ashcan Comics Pub. gave a handful

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Review: “Splatterhouse 3” – SEGA Genesis (Festival of Dread special)

Review spoiler warning! I friggin’ love Splatterhouse 3. It’s the reason why I love the Splatterhouse series so much, and as far as both violent games and 16-bit brawlers go, it definitely top-tier. That being said, it’s not 100% flawless, and fans of the first two games might not appreciate the changes made to the third installment. Voice: Nobody cares,

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Chomp Bites One Off: Mr. Bones (Festival of Dread special, NSFW humor)

Welcome back to our special Halloween event here at The Splintering, the Festival of Dread! 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. This edition of Chomp Bites One

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Review: “Batman Haunted Knight” – DC Comics (Festival of Dread special)

Before The Long Halloween, the creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale crafted three Halloween-themed Batman stories for DC Comics’ ongoing Legends of the Dark Knight series. Originally released in the autumn of 1993, 1994 and 1995, these three tales simply titled Fears, Madness and Ghosts would later be collected into a single trade paperback titled Haunted Knight, which has

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Review: Archie Vs. Predator – Archie Comics (Festival of Dread special)

When choosing what my first comic book review should be for our Festival of Dread, there really wasn’t any other choice other than this, Archie Vs. Predator. This 4-issue series is particularly special because it’s clearly the spiritual successor to my own book from 1995, Brady Bunch vs Predator. Brady Bunch vs. Predator is already a world-renowned classic, having been

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The Splintering’s “Festival of Dread” Returns this October!

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Sure, we have Attack Helicopter Week in the Summer, Monochrome May, and Jolly Jinglings to close out the year, but none of these events are as big as October’s Festival of Dread. And this year’s Festival of Dread event promises to be even bigger than the last! We already have several Halloween-themed pieces in the

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The Splintering’s “Festival of Dread” begins this October!

All Hallow’s Eve is nigh! To celebrate the dark, terrifying and macabre side of life, The Splintering is launching its very first Festival of Dread event, in which we will post all manner of creepy content intended to set the Halloween mood! We’ve also added Festival of Dread items to our Teespring store! We don’t run any paid ads on

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Paint It Black (and White)! The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Returns!

We love our themed events ‘round here (like our Festival of Dread, 80s August & Jolly Jinglings). But one of our longest running events is Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games, comics, movies, and all things chiaroscuro. It’s also when some people never stop complaining about how “monochrome” doesn’t technically mean “black and white.” All I have

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“Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey” to Receive a Physical Release on PS4, PS5

ININ Games recently announced that Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey will be receiving a physical release on PS5, PS4, and PlayStation VR thanks to Strictly Limited Games. Originally released digitally in 2021, Puzzle Bobble 3D is part of the 35th anniversary celebration of Taito’s action/puzzle Bubble Bobble series (and the Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move spin-off series, of course), and it is the

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Mail Call! Unboxing Cauldron Comics’ “The Abductables 2: Reticulous” by Michael Derrick and Ibai Canales

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of The Abductables 2: Reticulous by Michael Derrick (Grayskale) and Ibai Canales (Iron Sights). This video also features the debut of my cat, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus Al Egypti (or Hermes, for short). Without further ado, let’s get straight to the video. Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful.

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Spec Ops Versus Terrorists in “Thunder Tier One”, Coming to Steam PC in December

Game publisher KRAFTON, Inc. has announced that top-down tactical shooter Thunder Tier One will be available on 7 December via Steam. Touted for its realistic take on military strategy, Thunder Tier One pits players against a violent terrorist organization in post-Cold War Eastern Europe. Here’s the official breakdown of Thunder Tier One from the game’s Steam page below, followed by

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Throwback JRPG “Star Shift Origins” Coming to PC on 8 November

G-DEVS has announced that Star Shift Origins is coming to PC on 8 November. Inspired by retro JRPG classics such as Final Fantasy 7 and Chrono Trigger, Star Shift Origins tells a sci-fi tale with a throwback aesthetic. Here’s the official breakdown of Star Shift Origins from G-DEVS: Star Shift Origins tells the story of the first Crew of the

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Robert Geronimo Returns “Blood Realm” with “Wrath of Kings”, and He’s Not Alone

“Greetings, travelers…” Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Robert Geronimo launched a crowdfunding campaign for Blood Realm: Wrath of Kings, a unique entry into the renowned Blood Realm fantasy saga. As the creator of the franchise (which is published by Alterna Comics), Geronimo has – so far – provided all of the Blood Realm stories and illustrations himself. With

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 31 October 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell and fellow Splintering contributor George Travlos got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we discussed the closing days of Parnell’s Sleepy Hollow campaign, recent happenings from The Splintering’s Festival of Dread Halloween event,

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