Tag Archives: Festival of Dread

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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Backlog Review: “Jungle Z” (Nintendo Switch, Festival of Dread Special)

First things first,* Jungle Z clearly takes place in a forest, not a jungle. Sure there are some banana trees thrown around for good measure, but it’s a forest. At first glance, Jungle Z looks a bit like a modern take on Zombies Ate My Neighbors with a few RPG elements mixed in. Overhead perspective, a variety of weapons, undead

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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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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 25 October 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 got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell, and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed the future of online commerce, the latest on The Splintering’s Festival of Dread event, the

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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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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, an 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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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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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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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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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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