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Award winning composer Christopher Young will be at the Dark Delicacies storefront this Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, along with fellow composers Philip Pope, Rolfe Kent, William Stromberg, Cliff Eidelman, and Nigel Morgan. Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 West Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91505.
Among horror composers, Christopher Young is known for his versatility. He will be at Dark Delicacies, Burbank's "home of horror", to meet with fans and discuss his work on his horror film scores, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Drag Me To Hell, and The Grudge, among his many other horror credits.

January 27-29, 2012
(Los Angeles, CA) January 24, 2011- Film and television composer Daniel Licht will receive Composer of the Year at the Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards this week on January 28, 2012 in Moscow. Supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Cinematography Union, this event honors both native and foreign films, actors, directors, and composers within the horror genre. Past honorees include Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jeffrey Combs (The Re-Animator). Daniel Licht will be honored with Composer of the Year for his repertoire within the horror genre, which includes Thinner, Children of the Corn, Dexter and the upcoming videogame Silent Hill: Downpour score.
Daniel Licht’s scoring approach has solidified him as one of a kind. Licht’s eccentric techniques create an anxious and fearful environment for his most notable work, Emmy Award winning Dexter. Licht’s scoring, described as “eerie”, employs his most diverse techniques- playing instruments upside down, sideways, and with human bones. The show follows Dexter Morgan, a serial killer turned executioner. Unable to be traced, he continues to kill only those that have committed murder themselves. In January, Showtime will be conducting a score remix contest of Daniel Licht’s “Blood Theme” from Dexter.
Daniel Licht enters new territory with his original score for the videogame Silent Hill: Downpour. Downpour will explore new territory the previous Silent Hill games have not yet ventured. Licht stated at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, “I’m inspired by the mood and the story. I try to come up with a sound world that I feel like will amplify and augment the player’s experience. I incorporated piano, industrial sounds, and the mandolin. Composing for videogames takes me back to the form of the music because it doesn’t always have to fit the visuals”.
Daniel Licht’s composing techniques are not limited to horror. He scores weekly ABC’s Body of Proof, a show following a medical examiner, giving way to the day to day turmoil she goes through- creating a feeling of apprehension and hardship. His most recent film, Dumbstruck, is a documentary about five ventriloquists and their “dummies” at the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Dumbstruck DVD and soundtrack are now available.
Daniel Licht got his musical start in independent films with Stephen King’s Thinner. After scoring Splendor for Gregg Araki, he went on to score Cowboy Up for Academy Award winning director Xavier Koller. He has also worked with director Alex Cox and was commissioned to work with actor and producer Ben Stiller.

The Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards support the developing Russian horror industry and the Russian film service. The three day event includes a film festival, master classes, and an autograph signing event. Other honorees this year include director Stuart Gordon (Stuck), director AJ Annila (Sauna) and actress Jodelle Ferland (Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

Press Releases / Dark Horse wants your sprogs
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:49:38 AM »


January 23, MILWAUKIE, OR—Do you or someone you know have a penchant for the supernatural? Do you like spending time in the great outdoors? Are you between the ages of 9 and 17? Will you be in Portland, Oregon, from July 16 to July 20? If so, Trackers Earth has the ultimate summer-camp experience for you!


Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a partnership with Trackers Earth offering officially licensed B.P.R.D. and Hellboy camps, made possible through the generous permission of Mike Mignola, creator of B.P.R.D. and Hellboy.


“Trackers Earth is part of what makes Portland such an interesting place to live, and the most fun place in the country to raise a kid. This year my 6-year-old did Trackers camps focusing on forest ninja skills and stealth archery, and attended a school of magic. I wish he were old enough for B.P.R.D. camp, and I can’t wait to participate myself,” said B.P.R.D. editor Scott Allie. 


Trackers Earth is looking for a few good recruits that have got what it takes to join an elite team of paranormal investigators combating the forces of darkness from all across the globe. They immerse you in tactical training of all forms, including survival skills in any environment (both earthly and non), martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities, hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more) and forensic investigation. All these are key skills that every agent must have; plus, you will be steeped in the history of the Bureau and the legacy of paranormal research.

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Recruits get actual field time during the entire camp. Learning is hands-on, with essential survival skills such as shelter building, stealth, and tactical and martial-arts training.

Younger Recruits

Ages 9–10: Younger recruits train in survival and field skills in local green spaces. They also spend their day investigating the haunted history of our city, piecing together the larger mystery revolving around the legend of Adolph Aschoff.


Older Recruits

Ages 11–13 and 14–17: Older recruits also investigate nearby “haunts,” then finally travel to Camp Trackers near Sandy, Oregon, to investigate reports of dark figures and strange happenings at the remnants of the old, defunct town of Marmot. Here they search for a legendary and lost pioneer cemetery (true story) to ask local specters and spirits about the town’s history and the legend of Adolph Aschoff, the man who is said to have sealed away an ancient evil upon the founding of the town.


Wednesday–Friday Overnight: Older recruits culminate their week with a two-night stay at Camp Trackers’ outdoor wilderness site in Sandy, Oregon. This is the perfect opportunity to focus on many of the skills taught at the camp.


The B.P.R.D. Training Camp includes:

• Tactical training
 • Survival in any environment
 • Martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities
 • Hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more)
 • Investigation and forensics
 • Folklore and mythology
 • Potions and charms 101
 • Telepathy training
 • Gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses, and other paranormal investigative gear
 • Comparative analogy and physiology of monsters
 • Construction of your own quality foam swords and training weapons
 • Meeting with the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D.
 • Bureau history and paranormal research

“It’s good to be a kid in Portland. Which other camp teaches you not only survival skills but also telepathy.”—Bleeding Cool

To find out more about B.P.R.D. Camp (AKA Hellboy Camp), head over to the official website:


About Trackers Earth

Tony and Molly Deis founded Trackers Earth in 2004. Tony based Trackers on his personal work in outdoor education since 1992 while teaching and developing programs with the Audubon Society of Portland, Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces, Portland State University and many more. Since then, referrals from both parents and students has grown Trackers into one of the largest and most well respected camp and outdoor programs in Portland, Oregon and beyond.

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

News / PS roadshow end of Jan 2012
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:59:21 PM »
PS Roadshow, featuring me and Ramsey Campbell and Paul Kane. So let's start again, shall we. Here's the note with the details correct. Ramsey Campbell, Paul Kane and I are appearing on a (very!) mini PS carnival tour of the cream of the northwest’s Waterstone’s outlets next weekend and we’d love to see you (especially if you buy some books). We’re at Liverpool on Friday 27 and Lancaster on Saturday 28 (kicking off at 6 pm for both), reading and talking and signing (and then drinking and laughing and eating which, as everyone surely knows by now, we’re rather good at). Check here:   AND

email here  [email protected] for the number of tickets you'd like to reserve. They're absolutely free and there's no commitment; the guys at the stores just need to know how many seats to set out. Here's a link to the blog post with more details:

News / Arcanna Free Comic Day
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:11:00 AM »
Arcana is proud to be participating in another Free Comic Book Day this year, but this time we're doing things quite different. We're kicking off an AMAZING company-wide crossover called INTRINSIC, which will blow you away. We can't give a lot away now, but we can provide a sneak peak of the cover to INTRINSIC above, plus a description below. Be sure to ask your local comic book shop to get you a copy of INTRINSIC! You won't want to miss it... trust us! For the price of free, you can't go wrong.


ARCANA COMICS' - 25% off at the Arcana Store!

VANCOUVER (Jan 16, 2012) - We're neart the tail end of our Winter Sale over at the Arcana Store. We are still offering 25% off of all purchases from the Arcana Store from now through the end of January! Just head over to, add some books to your cart, and use code "ARCANAWINTER" (case sensitive) at checkout for 25% off!

There are a bunch more books up on the site, so browse through and pick up a few!

We're 175 Graphic Novels and 227 Characters strong and growing every month!


Arcana Studios, Inc. is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.

Arcana Studios, Inc. remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studios is currently in production of the stereoscopic 3D animated feature, The Clockwork Girl. Arcana is also partnered with Gale Ann Hurd (“Terminator”, “Aliens”) on Gearhead, Alexandra Milchan (Sylvestor Stallone’s “Head Shot”) on Blade of Kumori, Hans Rodinoff and Hollywood Media Bridge (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”) on Raise Kane, Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”) on Gauze, Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”) on Trout, Jar Productions (“Hidden Howie”) on Philosopher Rex, Terry Dougas (“The Invention of Lying”) on The Tower, Doc Wyatt (“Napoleon Dynamite”) on 100 Girls, JC Spink (“The Hangover”) on Continuum, Adrian Askarieh (“The Hitman”) on Amnesia and also is producing a three slate at Codeblack/Universal for Light’s Out, Ant and Blam!

Feedback / Live in the UK and fancy yourself as a reviewer??
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:57:30 PM »
Hello everyone

Well, not quite everyone, this is for you who live in the UK.

Fancy your chances at becoming a reviewer with SFCrowsnest, then follow the routs off the SFC main page as to requirements and email me a sample review.

If you're extra-terrestrial will need proof.


PS If you're into fantasy then you've hit the sweets jar.

Forbidden Planet are delighted to welcome back one of favourite SF writers – Alastair Reynolds will be signing in London on Saturday 20th January, from 4 – 5pm.
With e-book success sensation Amanda Hocking earlier in the day, it promises to be a Saturday to remember!
You can find  a full list of our events on our site, here:

Independent publishers and their writers might want to look in on the Rubery Book Award link:-

and see if you're qualified to submitting a review copy.

Closing date: 31st March 2012

Acclaimed British illustrator James Jarvis unveils his first new narrative in five years – at Forbidden Planet. Renowned for his fantastic range of ‘In Crowd’ figures, James Jarvis is widely regarded as the father of 3D urban vinyl in the UK.

And now he brings us ‘De Profundis’ - see it at London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR, on THIS THURSDAY, the 12th January.
Press release and artwork attached!

ARCANA COMICS' - Happy Holidays and Winter Sale!
VANCOUVER (Jan 3, 2012) - All of us at Arcana Comics would like to wish you a Happy New Year! To celebrate, we are offering 25% off of all purchases from the Arcana Store from now through the end of January! Just head over to, add some books to your cart, and use code "ARCANAWINTER" (case sensitive) at checkout for 25% off!

Over the last week, we have added a TON of books to the store, so please head over and check it out. You'll be amazed at the selection and the deals!

On January 11th, starting at 6:00 P.M., Meltdown Comics will present an autograph signing with Jeff Cahn for the release of RED SPIKE VOL1 TP, produced by Benaroya Publishing and published by Image Comics.

RED SPIKE VOL1 TP, which collects issues #1-5 of the sold out miniseries, involves soldiers Matt Cutler and Greg Dane, the first to survive the Project Red Spike program. They have been proven on the field to be everything that was wanting in the program. Unfortunately, an upgrade to Greg’s implant goes array and now it’s up to Matt to chase down his friend before he hurts himself, the city and the tax payers who funded their creation. But as the friends begin their very public battle in heart of Washington D.C., twisted and sinister secrets begin to emerge from within the Red Spike program. Can both soldiers survive or are their deaths a necessary measure to secure the program’s secrecy?

 The RED SPIKE autograph event will take place in Los Angeles at Meltdown Comics on January 11th from 6-8 P.M. at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 . For more information, please call (323) 851-7223.
About Meltdown Comics

At 9000 square feet, Meltdown is the largest pop culture emporium west of the Rockies .It’s ever-shifting stock holds new discoveries for even the most discerning reader and if you are new to the game the dimmest ember of obsession shall be fanned into a great bonfire here.Meltdown’s proprietors have seized every opportunity to upgrade service within the store resulting in unparalleled relationships with vendor and consumer alike.This means that as a customer of Meltdown, you have access to a worldwide network of purveyors of pop and if you don’t see what you want in front of you Meltdown can procure it almost instantaneously.

About Jeff Cahn

 After graduating from Pomona College, Jeff Cahn returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he interned on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Digital Domain’s Oscar winning visual effects team. Once the shoot wrapped, he returned to Los Angeles and now works at Benaroya Pictures and Publishing as a story developer and writer of both screen and comics.
  About Benaroya Publishing

Founded by Michael Benaroya in 2009, Benaroya Publishing is a comic book and graphic novel production company dedicated to thrilling and compelling storytelling. A subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, Benaroya Publishing is based in Los Angeles and launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world. For more information, visit

News / Intelligent life found on Earth
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:21:03 AM »
Whales and dolphins are considering cats as the next important sentient species on Earth, especially based on how they control their biped pets.

News / Life found on Venus
« on: January 02, 2012, 04:36:14 AM »
Zoonie gives an over-zealous greeting.

News / Life found on Mars
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:58:20 AM »
Dr. Manhattan refuses to come home!

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