"Run-of-the-mill" seems like a modestly accurate way to describe myself in terms of horror fandom. In certain respects I find that valuable, since ideally I can make an appeal to those like myself, to those who may be testing the waters, and hopefully to the hardcore horror fans as well. (And I sincerely encourage feedback, especially from the latter.) It wasn't until several years ago, the present time of this writing being December of '09 to give perspective, that the genre genuinely appealed to me and I owe all that to the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT'. After that, it was a slow and steady progression that grew into watching more Stephen King film adaptations, then into watching general horror films. In more recent years it's branched from solely films into different mediums, namely: comics (comic books, manga, graphic novels, webcomics, etc.), purely written literature, and different games.

But let's get to the point, shall we? The Darkley Niche is something I've constructed after the comic-in-progress that a friend and myself plan on self-publishing, an anthology of short horror stories much in the same vein as 'Tales from the Crypt' and similar titles. The series centers around a faceless persona we've affectionately dubbed Alan Darkley, the Niche's namesake, and a cast of storytellers whose tales fall within particular subgenres and sister genres of horror. This site is the drawing board, if you will, where everything posted is either a form of research or a roughing out of ideas. It's all relevant in some fashion. By exploring these different horror stories and their mediums a better understanding and influence of the genre, as well as inspiration, can be put into the comic. Even if you have no personal interest in the project, perhaps you can glean something from the reviews and the like. And if nothing else, the Niche will work to serve my own purposes.

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Well, here's yours truly. The name's Drew, in case you were wondering. The Niche is my personal site, while the comic-in-progress is a partnered effort with Don, a lifelong friend of mine. We collaborate on the stories, but my partner's the writer in the outfit while I am the illustrator. This is currently little more than a side project, but we hope to make something of it.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ZotB: from myth busting to busting zombies

Hey, everyone! Hope all our readers had a good Easter this past weekend.

Recently we came across Jeff Gilbert's Drinkin' & Drive-In, another horror blog that's definitely worth following along. But more to the point, among Jeff's latest posts included an article on an upcoming short film titled 'Night of the Little Dead', an obvious word play on George Romero's claim to fame. Basically, it's about midget zombies. *winces* Can't help cringing a little at that premise. However, while viewing the trailer we spied 'MythBusters' own Adam Savage caught in the ensuing chaos. Who would've guessed? So, if you're as entertained with watching Adam Savage on 'MythBusters' like we are, maybe he will also bring something good to the table, here.

the trailer

behind the scenes trailer

On a side note, one of the "little dead" is performed by Michigan native, Martin Klebba. With Darkley creators Don and myself also being born and raised in Michigan, we get a thrill whenever our home state can make an appearance, even if it's by association with an actor. Heck, Alaska has had more prominent features in horror! No disrespect intended, Alaskan readers.

Martin Klebb getting into costume

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