World Horror Convention heads to Europe

Horror knows know bounds, right? Word is out that the 2010 World Horror Convention is headed overseas. The horrorfest will happen on March 25-28th in the historic seaside city of Brighton, Sussex, on the south coast of England (memories of Pete Townsend singing Bell Boy, anyone?).

The theme: “Brighton Shock! A Celebration of the European Horror Tradition from Victorian Times to the Present Day.” One has to admire the venue: near the marina on Old Steine Road, in the Royal Albion Hotel (opposite Brighton’s Palace Pier and ghost train, and overlooking the English Channel).

More WHC details will be announced soon. You can get more details, including booking and future guests, at the convention’s main page. Now if we can only get some Mod zombies to ride by on haunted scooters…

PC, 360 or PS3 — new horror games ahead

For those who enjoy a good scare in their XBox 360, PS3 or PC game, there is light at the end of the corpse-strewn tunnel.  Three new horror games are about to hit the market.   Left 4 Dead, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Dead Space (the latter is the only game available for all three platforms).  Who knows how they’ll compete with a market about to get flooded by Fallout 3 and Gears of War 2, but when games like Alone in the Dark, System Shock and Clive Barker’s Undying come out only once in a decade, horror gamers can only hope.

On the outside, Dead Space looks like it has the best chance.  I’ve never been a fan of the Silent Hill games.  While creepy in all the right ways, the interface always felt clunky.  Left 4 Dead’s touts co-op play, of which I’m a huge fan (Halo, Vegas).  The story follow four survivors in a world overrun with zombies.  You can read more about the game at’s profile.  The game also allows 4 player co-op or an 8 player versus mode.

Dead Space is a third person sci-fi surivial horror shooter set aboard a deep space mining ship (say that ten times fast).  Gamers take the role of engineer Isaac Clarke, heading down to fix the communications systems.  When the crew falls victim to an alien infestation, Clarke must fight…well, you get the drift.  You can watch a Dead Space trailer below.

Silent Hill arrives in stores first, on September 30th.  Dead Space October 14th and Left 4 Dead on Nov. 20th.