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February 11, 2012

FMWL's "Support Indie Horror Fiction and Films, Win a Dead Hooker" DVD Giveaway!

When From Midnight, With Love first happened, it was supposed to be my way to ramble about the films throughout the history of genre cinema that I love.  It still is, but there's been an excellent side effect that came with writing about horror - I've become acquainted with some really cool people who do some really cool things in the horror 'verse.

But it's certainly not fair if I'm the only one here who's acquainted with these cool folks and their cool projects.  So, I want to give you a chance to get to know them too.  And, as an added incentive for you all...we're gonna give one reader who supports these projects a special prize.
Before we get to that prize (which you can probably guess from the title if you've read FMWL for a while), let's talk about three awesome things you should know about in the horror world.

Mad House Magazine
I spend a lot of time promoting independent horror films here, but it's worth noting that horror fiction is not a dead art.  And loyal Midnight Warrior Jose - formerly of From Beyond Depraved, currently of Mephisto's Castle, always of awesomeness - has a new project up his sleeve that demands your attention.  In his own words, here's what you need to know about Mad House Magazine!


Do you crave classic horror stories? Do you love the musty smell of a paperback anthology containing vintage horror? Stories about creepy old houses, aristocratic vampires, Lovecraftian creatures, and tales of psychological spooks?

We wanted to send a shout out to all interested parties who would want to submit pieces in this vein to MAD HOUSE, new digital magazine that’s eager to hear the terrifying tales that all you storytellers have to share. In addition to fiction, we're open for nonfiction, poetry, and artwork.

If you pine after the Universal and Hammer horror films and worship authors like Poe, M.R. James, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and many others, then MAD HOUSE is the monster mag for you!

The official deadline for any and all submissions for our premiere issue is MAY 5TH, 2012. We are planning on releasing the anthology in time for the Halloween season and need to have all materials at the ready by the above timeline. Don’t miss out on your chance!

At this time we cannot offer payment to our contributors. We're putting this magazine together for the pure fun of it and out of our love for all that is classic horror. We hope to someday offer monetary compensation for the great work that we’re provided with. In the meantime it is our desire to simply put together a loving publication that we can all share with other terror-loving friends.

We prefer that your submission is in Word document format, 12 point Times New Roman, single-spaced.
Stories can reach up to a 7,000 word maximum. Maximum word count for articles is 5,000 words.
Attach it to your email and make sure you include the piece's title and your name in the subject line.
We will request short bios upon acceptance of your piece(s).
Address all submissions to madhousemag [at] yahoo [dot] com.

MAD HOUSE will require the non-exclusive right to use submissions in our free online edition and any possible PDF editions. First world electronic rights revert back to the creators three months after publication in MAD HOUSE. Reprints are more than welcome. We only ask that creators notify us of previous appearances of their work and credit MAD HOUSE for future publication of their accepted piece.

Check out our blog for more information. Be careful as you traverse through MAD HOUSE and always keep your hands at the level of your eyes! You never know who you may run into.


 I can't say enough about this young man's passion for horror in all its formats, and I strongly urge anyone with a love for horror or a talent for writing to give Mad House Magazine a chance.

Last October I got the chance to review an intelligent little pandemic horror film - think Contagion meets The Signal - called Ashes.  And, it's with great pleasure that I report that the folks over at Osiris Entertainment released the film worldwide on DVD last Tuesday.  I wasn't head over heels in love with the film when I first saw it, but it's grown on me with time and I think you darn sure should check it out.  I'm not sure if it's on the giant web-based rental and streaming site yet, but I do know you can pick up the DVD at Amazon right about now. 

Yeah, I've talked about Absentia a lot.  Heck it was in the top three of my best of 2011 list.  But there's more news on the Absentia front that you need to know, particularly that a) the film is now available for rent on VOD services like Amazon and ITunes, and b) the film will be out on DVD for everyone on March 13th.  I can't recommend it enough - which is part of why I'm still talking about it - so make sure you keep your eyes out for it!
Now....about that giveaway!
Why am I sitting here pimping this stuff? Is it because I'm too nice? Is it because I think I'll get attention by promoting it? NO.  It's because I get excited about good horror, and I want to see these people and their projects succeed.  One such success story is Dead Hooker in a Trunk, which recently hit DVD.  I reviewed the movie more than 18 months ago - which is like 47 years in blogger terms - and yet, it's still relevant to horror today.  And that excites the heck out of me.   And I want to feel that excitement about these projects too.

Some folks in a certain program like to say that "we keep what we have by giving it away".  So...I'm gonna give some one who reads this post and supports these three awesome horror projects a free DVD copy of Dead Hooker in A Trunk
If you want to win this piece of grindhouse-y goodness, here's all I ask of you. 
  • Go to Facebook.  "Like" the pages for Mad House Magazine, Ashes, and Absentia. (I promise I won't cyber stalk you, but I will be watching the total number of likes on each page, and I darn sure better see the numbers going up!)
  • Leave a comment below with a name and contact info, letting me know you want in the drawing for a free copy of DHIAT.
  • Want to have your name in the drawing twice so you can double your chances of winning? "Like" FMWL on Facebook, and leave a comment on the wall letting us know that you support great indie and print horror! 
I'm confident you all could love these projects on your own, but that doesn't mean I won't push you in their direction.  So go forth and find out why I love them, then come back here (or meet us on Facebook!) by Midnight CST on Friday 2/17 to get yourself entered in the drawing for a free DVD copy of Dead Hooker in a Trunk!


Michel Sabourin said...

I def want in! You can reach me at We'd be happy to review and discuss any and all of the above on our podcast. Check us out at

Marvin the Macabre said...

Done, done, and done. And also done, as you'll see when you check your FB wall. So mark me down for the drawing, and here's my email: