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“Fear The Spotlight” SGF: Play Days 2024 Preview

 

This past weekend, at this year’s Summer Game Fest: Play Days event in Los Angeles, the good people at Cozy Game Pals and Blumhouse Games gave me an opportunity to play their old school, third-person survival horror game Fear The Spotlight, which is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC later this year.

What follows are my impressions of this game.

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Exclusive Interview: “Writers Of The Future, Volume 40” Editor Jody Lynn Nye

 

There are a lot of anthologies ever year that claim to present the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories.

But one book actually puts them to the test: the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future anthology, which presents the winners of the yearly Writers Of The Future contest. [https://www.writersofthefuture.com]

In the following email interview, Jody Lynn Nye, the editor of the newest installment, Writers Of The Future, Volume 40 (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), talks about what this series is all about, how the winners are chosen, and what went into this new installment.

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Exclusive Interview: “From The Belly” Author Emmett Nahil

 

Taking care of someone in need, especially someone you don’t know, is a very noble act.

But in Emmett Nahil new horror novel From The Belly (paperback, Kindle), this act of kindness backfires on a man who takes care of someone who had been swallowed by a whale.

In the following email interview, Nahil discusses what things inspired and influenced this scary story, as well as why a certain famous fable about another man and the inside of a whale was not one of them.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Dead Spot” Author Angela Sylvaine

 

When you refer to yourself as a “cheerful Goth,” you probably like to keep people guessing.

Which seems to be what writer Angela Sylvaine is doing in her first collection of short stories, The Dead Spot: Stories Of Lost Girls (paperback, Kindle).

In the following email interview, Sylvaine discusses how this collection came together, as well as what inspired and influenced the stories in it.

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Exclusive Interview: “Call Of Cthulhu: Secrets & Sacrifices” Author Cath Lauria

 

With Cath Laura’s new romantic cosmic horror novel Call Of Cthulhu: Secrets & Sacrifices (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), the good people at Aconynte Books are kicking off a new series, one connected to Chaosium’s table-top role-playing game Call Of Cthulhu.

In the following email interview, Lauria discusses what inspired and influenced this story, as well as how it connects to the game.

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Exclusive Interview: “My Darling Dreadful Thing” Author Johanna van Veen

 

Having a character be a liar is a common tactic in stories.

But Johanna van Veen explains in the following email interview about her new novel My Darling Dreadful Thing (paperback, Kindle), this sapphic Gothic horror / historical fiction story really came together when she decided that a character wasn’t lying…

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Exclusive Interview: “The Redemption Of Morgan Bright” Author Chris Panatier

 

We trust mental health professionals with our minds, and the minds of those we love. But if that trust is broken…

In Chris Panatier new psychological horror novel The Redemption Of Morgan Bright (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), a woman has more than just her trust broken, as he explains in the following email interview.

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Exclusive Interview: “Hyde & Seek” Author Simon R. Green

 

If you’ve ever eaten Mexican food or Italian food or, really, more than one dish from any country or region’s dinner menu, you know that people can use the same or similar ingredients but end up with something very different.

Which brings me to Simon R. Green’s Jekyll & Hyde Inc. series, in which monsters fight aliens. Which would seem to occupy a similar territory as Green’s Ishmael Jones novels, in which an alien fights monsters.

But as Green explains in the following email interview about Hyde & Seek (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), the second book after 2021’s Jekyll & Hyde Inc., it’s not just who’s on which side that’s different in this sci-fi / fantasy / horror / mystery mash-up.

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Exclusive Interview: “Zombicide: Black Plague: City Of The Undead” Author C.L. Werner

 

With Zombicide: Black Plague: City Of The Undead (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), writer C.L. Werner is concluding his series of medieval fantasy novels inspired by the zombie board game Zombicide: Black Plague.

In the following email interview, Werner discusses what inspired and influenced this supernaturally scary story, as well as why it’s the end of this saga.