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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Alexander Williams (Attack of the Killer Sock, MCPHONEY PICTURES)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The talented man behind MCPHONEY PICTURES is a full-time dad, part-time actor and creator of many clever short films. He also went to university with the creator of Alternative Magazine Online (that would be moi) – so I was understandably delighted when he reached out to share his new short film with me. AMO is therefore proud to present an exclusive online interview with Alexander Williams where we discuss all things Attack of the Killer Sock!

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BOOK REVIEW – Trick or Treat by Sally Anne Morris

By Marty Mulrooney

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Trick or Treat by Sally Anne Morris is a comedic romance novel with a supernatural twist. Lucy Diamond (Lucy Michelle Eleanor Jude Rita Diamond to be exact) is an average girl with an average life, until one day she starts hearing voices and seeing the dead. But just how successfully can she juggle her troubled love life and high maintenance friends alongside her newfound psychic abilities? Happy Halloween to all of Alternative Magazine Online’s readers!

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GAME REVIEW – A Vampyre Story (PC)

By Ian McCabe

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A Vampyre Story is a point and click adventure developed by Autumn Moon Entertainment and released for PC in late 2008. It’s a game in the true spirit of Halloween, with vampires, monsters, ghouls, goblins, bats, creepy old ladies and terrifying French accents. With the one night of the year where witches come out to play almost upon us, it just seemed right to give the game a look…

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Cathy Brett (Author)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Earlier this year, AMO reviewed Cathy Brett’s illustrated teen novel Ember Fury, describing it as “an enjoyable, wonderfully illustrated light read.” We weren’t the only ones impressed either: Ember Fury was recently shortlisted for The Young Minds Book Award. Her latest novel, a darkly comic horror story about a teenage ghost called Scarlett Dedd, was released in September 2010. AMO recently caught up with Cathy to have a chat about both books and her plans for Halloween…

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BOOK REVIEW – Dracula’s Heir (An Interactive Mystery)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Dracula’s Heir is an interactive mystery book written by Sam Stall and illustrated by Roland Sarkany. In a similar vein to Batman: Murder At Wayne Manor (reviewed here), readers of Dracula’s Heir must study interactive clues – such as the original first chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – to discover who is responsible for a series of grisly murders and uncloak the new nosferatu… perfect reading for Halloween!

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GAME REVIEW – Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption (PC)

By Stewie Sutherland

VampMasqFrontCoverAh, Halloween. Very rarely do I go into anything spooky or creepy, but if there’s one thing I can’t refuse it’s a good story. Something with likeable main characters, a flowing plot, a satisfying ending, and above all, length. Not often do you find something with all those things in it. Many of today’s games spend a lot of their disc size on high-end graphics and sacrifice length, or visa versa. (Final Fantasy XII is a good balance of both, amazing for a simple PS2-sized DVD!) But I can’t deny it: if you want length, visuals and balance, you have to go to the PC. Old now (coming out in 2000, and already having a second game based upon it), Activision’s Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption was a game that delivered just that. Continue reading

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Jan-Andrew Henderson (Award Winning Author And Founder Of Edinburgh Ghost Tour Company Black Hart Entertainment)

By Marty Mulrooney

janhendersonOn a recent holiday with my girlfriend in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), I went on a ghost tour that truly chilled me to the bone. The City Of The Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour seemed fun enough to begin with, but soon I was feeling icy cold, panicked and even thought somebody touched my neck! (Nobody was there, I checked!) Please bear in mind that I started the tour as a somewhat dubious participant!

The graveyard itself was spooky enough, but when our guide opened the gates to the Black Mausoleum at the rear of the site (closed off from the public due to random fainting supposedly caused by the Mackenzie Poltergeist) I immediately felt uneasy and quite spooked out!

I found the tour fascinating and even bought a book about the supernatural goings-on in the area by Jan-Andrew Henderson, the founder of the tour company (Black Hart Entertainment).

Just in time for Halloween, Alternative Magazine Online now has the great pleasure to speak to J. A. Henderson directly, and find out some more about the tours that the Sunday Times recommended in their review as:

The WEIRDEST history with the WILDEST stories and WICKEDEST humour! Continue reading

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