Devour The Earth- Kaiju Anthology

An anthology of earth-shaking terror, gathering together titanic authors of monstrous horror who will astound and amaze you with their tales of the most massive monsters to ever stalk the earth. This anthology contains bizarre stories of a mechanical Jesus, things sleeping beneath the waves, and the most unfortunate day at a theme park you’ve ever encountered!

Are you ready for some of the most incredible kaiju stories written, by some of the best and brightest writers today? Then join us for some truly amazing storytelling.

Featuring the work of;

  • Susan Snyder
  • Naching Kassa
  • JL Gould
  • Tim Mendees
  • Kirstopher Mielke
  • Kathleen Allen
  • Lucas Mangum
  • Reed Alexander
  • Moaner Lawrence
  • and John Baltisberger
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New Release! In The Beginning

Reed Alexander’s newest Cosmic Horror! Reed ramps things up with cosmic invaders that have installed themselves into local governments. Continuing to follow the traditions of H. P. Lovecraft, this book is about the protagonist dealing with the illogical in the most logical fashion. This is followed by a slow descent into madness as the power of their enemies seems to contradict the natural laws of the universe.

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Artifice of Flesh, the Second Book in the UPD Series Out Today

By John Baltisberger & Reed Alexander

Artifice of Flesh, the second book in the Unnatural Perpetrator Department (UPD) series, is out today.

The UPD is an “elite” department within the FBI that deals with supernatural, or otherwise unstoppable slashers and serial killers. As such their methods are somewhat unusual. This series follows the efforts of the Southern division within the department based in Houston, Texas. Agent Ronny, an indigenous shaman uses natural forces to even the playing ground. Joe-Jack Gulledge an Appalachian hick uses hedge magic and folk medicine to keep his team alive. Jira, a fae gremlin handles the supernatural app “NQuisitR” to assist the team in the field while Dianna Saferstien a woman with no magic ability whatsoever struggles to see into the mind of these unnatural killers. The whole team is led by Miranda Murdoch, a gruff woman who seems to exhibit primal magic and strength.

In Artifice of Flesh, the team comes up against a mass killer who runs experiments on its victims. Each crime scene is a monument to torture, necromancy, and alchemy, and when the killer is done, the victims are posed, fleshless mimicking great works of art. The team is joined by Joseph, an uninitiated FBI agent looking to make his first big collar, and Wolf, a Jewish mystic who has a vendetta against necromancers.

You can get Artifice of Flesh, and book 1, Inhuman Error, now in digital or physical format at Madness Heart Press below or on Amazon right now!

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FearCon 2019

No matter your interests, Salt Lake City’s metro area regularly hosts enough conferences and conventions that there’s most likely one that’s right up your alley. There is, of course, the LDS Church’s General Conference if that happens to be your bag – but there are also FanX and Salt Lake Comic Con (our biannual pop culture and comic book conventions), Anime Banzai, the Salt Lake City International Tattoo Convention, numerous government and professional meet-ups… and FearCon, a convention devoted to all things horror.

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American Cult, Part Three: Whose Stories Get Told?

This month, Madness Heart Press will release American Cult, an anthology of horror focusing on uniquely American visions of horror. It includes my short story “stuffed,” and is available for pre-order as we speak. In honor of its release, this is the third part of a three-part examination of American horror and the terrors and beauty that are part of life in this cult-drunk time and place in which we live. (You can read parts one and two here and here.)

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The First Shred

The first novella of the Shredded trilogy, and the debut work by author DLW.
A grim fantasy novella, enter a world where deaths can be taken, and the faelie wear the dead like skin. Where killers can turn their victims into rains of blood. Follow the path of three would be saviors, but remember; Here, no one is meant to be a hero.


“I couldn’t put the damn book down. I needed to know what was going on. I read it more than once. That’s a more impressive feat than keeping the interest of an adult with ADHD” –Reed Alexander Horror Reviews

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The Devour the Earth Anthology is Now Live

Our new anthology, Devour the Earth – A Kaiju Anthology, went live yesterday, some good names in here, including Susan Snyder, Lucas Mangum, Reed Lazaro, Naching T. Kassa, Tim Mendees. Moaner Lawrence, J. L. Gould and several more!

We have two promotions going on, anyone who orders their copy from the MHP website before Thanksgiving, will get a copy signed by Lucas, Me and Susan Snyder!

The first 10 people nationally or 20 people locally to send in proof of purchase of the print edition from MHP or Amazon by December 31st will get an art print inspired by one of the stories in the book, and ANYONE who sends J. L. Gould proof before then will be entered to win a Kaiju-themed Butt plug!

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When Horror Stories Bleed Into Political Delusions

Stories are essential to what makes us human. We tell them constantly: to ourselves, about ourselves, and collectively, with other people, the stories we tell and are told make up culture at large. It is thus worth noting which stories we choose to tell and – vitally – how closely those stories map to the real world. This confirmation of our narratives with verifiable reality is a vitally important exercise that has become increasingly rare, and the effects have been especially pernicious on American politics. From the disastrous and counterproductive “War on Drugs” (driven more by Rambo and Miami Vice as by data and research) to the anti-scientific information illiteracy preached by programs like Ancient Aliens and The 700 Club, some political stories have bled into the culture in ways that make us, to be blunt, dumber, meaner, and crazier.

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Nicholas Cage: What Does He Contribute to Horror?

Nicolas Cage is slated to play the male lead in a movie adaptation of “The Color out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft. So, are we going to get a deep and thoughtful rendition of an incredibly complex story line? Or are we going to get the usual “Not the bees” hammed up acting that Nicholas Cage is well known for?

I hit the threads to ask fellow horror heads in Frightland what they thought and it broke down pretty simply.

It should be noted that the sample is about half what I consider acceptable (no less than 300 reporting) and my targeted sample group are horror fanatics who have specific biases.  However, those are the biases are what I’m after. First, the hard numbers.

When asked if they thought Nicholas Cage was an appropriate fit, those surveyed had this to say.

Stats: Sample size 144
Nicholas Cage is a fine actor and will do a great job 62 43%
Nicholas Cage’s over the top acting will fit the genre 41 28%
Nicholas Cage is not fit for this movie 20 14%
No Opinion 21 15%

Though just barely, I am immediately hit by the fact that individuals who didn’t care one way or the other, outnumber individuals who believe Cage is going to bomb.  Even if just by one. There are two primary camps for support. Those who believe Cage is actually a good actor and can handle it. Not sure how familiar these people are with his filmography but it’s their opinion.  The second camp believe that Cage’s usual over the top method acting is actually perfect for Lovecraftian setting. This may be a good point. Lovecraft delves deeply into madness and if anyone does a ‘frothing at the mouth raving lunatic’ right, it’s Cage.

For those who believe Cage is a decent actor, it is true his filmography is filled with smashing performances. Matchstick Man, Raising Arizona, and 8mm. Even films like The Rock, as campy as it was, Cage did a fine job. He’s clearly capable of amazing acting… but then we start to look at his track record in horror and it seems like his quality level takes a nosedive.  In several of my reviews, I’ve told him to please leave horror and never come back.

We don’t have to just use examples like “Not the bees” from The Wicker Man.  He hasn’t exactly had a great track-record with horror at all. The worst being Vampire’s Kiss which was so over the top, it has since become a series of memes that have launched his campy ridiculousness into legendary status.  Cage went so over the top in Vampire’s Kiss we got full blown ‘So Bad It’s Good’ with levels not seen since Troll 2.

In my review of Pay the Ghost, I was surprised to be hit by a lukewarm performance as opposed to the hammy over acting.

In my review of Mom and Dad, literally the only bad acting was Cage, and he was surrounded by a bunch of nobodies.

But with 8mm under his belt, Cage clearly shows he’s capable of the edgy subtlety necessary for Lovecraftian stories.  And that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for one of Cages full blown over the top zany moments. We all remember Bruce Campbell’s  scene from Evil Dead 2 when confronted by laughing furniture, or when actor Sam Neill completely cracks at the end of, In the Mouth of Madness.  Most recently, fans of the good ol’ fashioned Cage freak out point to Mandy, where his over the top acting filled the role almost too perfectly. It was like a natural fit.

Current director Richard Stanley, maybe keenly aware of Cages ability to deliver both and if he has the capacity to wrangle in the great ego that is Cage, it could work out perfectly.  While there is something about horror that Cage never really seems to get a handle on, using 8mm again as an example, if The Color out of Space is presented more as an ‘investigative thriller,’ maybe he won’t ham it up until eventually given clearance from the director to, so to speak, ‘go full Cage.’

Looking at the director’s filmography, nothing stands out as a particular gem and the list is depressingly short over a very long time period.  I wonder if this director has the clout to reign in an ego like Cage and rangle up appropriate acting.

In the end, there is a slight glimmer of hope that Cage can pull off Lovecraft.  It’s likely just a matter of presenting it to the actor in the correct way. If it can be done, The Color out of Space may deliver the final adaptation for the story to be taken seriously in cinema.  However, I’m not holding my breath. We literally only have 8mm to point to as the right style for Cage, that and a director I strongly doubt has the level of clout needed to direct Cage.