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Out Now: A Brutal Chill in August

Word Horde is proud to present the latest book from author and illustrator Alan M. Clarke. A Brutal Chill in August is a fictionalized historical account of Polly Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper.

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We all know about Jack the Ripper, the serial murderer who terrorized Whitechapel and confounded police in 1888, but how much do we really know about his victims?

Pursued by one demon into the clutches of another, the ordinary life of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols is made extraordinary by horrible, inhuman circumstance. Jack the Ripper’s first victim comes to life in this sensitive and intimate fictionalized portrait, from humble beginnings, to building a family with an abusive husband, her escape into poverty and the workhouse, alcoholism, and finally abandoned on the streets of London where the Whitechapel Murderer found her.

With A Brutal Chill in August, Alan M. Clark gives readers an uncompromising and terrifying look at the nearly forgotten human story behind one of the most sensational crimes in history. This is horror that happened.

Head to Amazon to get your copy!

Book Trailer: Ecstatic Inferno

John Skipp, the head of Fungasm Press, has put together a trailer for Autumn Christian’s book, Ecstatic Inferno. And just like the book, it’s a trip.

Weird Movie Watch: Zashchitniki

There are a fuckload of superhero movies these days. So many that they’ve settled into a steady rhythm of diminishing returns. The bigger and more mainstream superhero movies become, the more flawed most of them become. The good ones feel like the same story over and over, and the bad ones are just plain terrible. But with so many superhero flicks, we also get weird experiments like Zashchitniki (Guardians to us English-speakers). It looks like all of the superhero stuff we love filtered through Russian culture and dubbed to hell. In other words, it looks awesome.

Yes, that’s a bear-man with a Gatling gun. Thanks for that, Russia.

Thanks, Japan: the Plush Isopod

Japan creates all sorts of weird stuff, and today we’re going to explore their love of the adorable daiogusokumushi, or Isopod.

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Americans might find this creature strange or creepy, but to the Japanese (and weirdos all around the world), it’s cute enough to warrant its own stuffed animal. Soft, intricately detailed, and the exact size of a human baby, the plush isopod will bring comfort and luck to your family while also freaking out any salesmen or religious figures who may stop by at any time. They’re available in several sizes and colors and hopefully will replace the bear as America’s favorite stuffed companion. Just imagine the peaceful sleep you’ll get with an isopod as your pillow.

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Thanks, Japan.

Kevin Donihe, Bizarro Missionary

Very recently, author Kevin Donihe visited Rotterdam, the Netherlands to attend the UBIK: FUTUROSITY festival! While he was attending, Donihe was given a microphone and thrown in front of a crowd, because this is what you do with Kevin Donihe. The result is one of bizarro fiction’s top writers sharing his thoughts on weirdness and cavemen. Don’t fear the weird. Embrace it.

Weird Movie Watch: Antibirth

A woman on the edge, living on the poverty line and fueled by drugs and partying, suddenly finds herself pregnant, only this pregnancy isn’t thanks to a one night stand. There’s a paranormal conspiracy afoot and the woman’s mind begins to shatter as her body undergoes a series of unnatural horrors. This is Antibirth, a new horror film coming to (probably select) American theaters soon. Classic body horror for the twenty-first century, presented by director Danny Perez like a surreal fever dream.

Antibirth will be available on VOD on September 2. If you like your movies to be weird as hell, check it out!

Help Kickstart Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits

The maniacs at Weirdpunk Books are putting together another anthology based on awesome and transgressive music. Last time it was G.G. Allin. This time it’s THE MISFITS.

You know the songs. They’re etched into every punk’s brain. Not just because they’re catchy, but because there’s something else there. Glenn Danzig’s lyrics evoke intense imagery. Beautiful, dark, monstery imagery. There’s poetry between the whoa-oh-ohs. There are stories in those songs. They just need to be told.

Cover Art By Justin Coons

The guys at Weirdpunk Books have already put together an insane table of contents and now just need a little backing to get the project printed and distributed. All fans of weird fiction or devotees of the Misfits should seriously consider donating! Head to the Hybrid Moments Kickstarter to join the fun. Even the smallest donations can earn you some great prizes.

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