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Dracula stalks the 80's in this excerpt from Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard."

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Earlier this month, Titan Books celebrated one of writer Edgar Allan Poe's great creations, Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, the protagonist of the first known detective story, "The Murders in Rue Morgue." In the anthology, "Beyond Rue Morgue," a collection of writers returns to Dupin, spinning new tales of the macabre for the first detective--and one of those writers is "Books of Blood"/"Hellraiser" and "Candyman" creator Clive Barker.

After the jump, read an excerpt from his story, "New Murders in Rue Morgue." "Beyond Rue Morgue" is available now in print and digitally from Titan Books.

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Marada The She-Wolf fans, your day has come! The classic series by Chris Claremont and John Bolton is getting collected under one, tentacle heavy roof by Titan Comics. The deluxe edition features fully-restored artwork, behind-the-scenes features, and many, many tentacles attacking a comely lady. If that's your thing, of course.

A little bit of background, before we show off the video teaser and official release. Marada was originally supposed to be a Red Sonja story, until Claremont and Bolton couldn't secure the rights, due to the - incredibly terrible - Red Sonja movie that was being released around the same time. So C & B Comics Factory instead gave the character silver hair, changed her name to Marada, and set the story in the Roman Empire instead of the fictional Hyberian Empire. Also, tentacles.

The book was released under Marvel's creator-owned Epic imprint, which meant that the rights to the property reverted to Claremont and Bolton in 1981. Still, it isn't until now that the book has been collected in one volume. To find out more, check out the only-one-paragraph-ago teased video and press release. And never forget the tentacles: Read More...

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What happens when a high-tech antihero gets tossed into a low-tech world? That's the premise of author Danie Ware's "Ecko Rising," out this week from Titan Books.

And after the jump, we've got an exclusive preview!

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Next week, Titan Books is releasing "The Simon and Kirby Library - Science Fiction" which restores classic works from Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. And one of those strips is "The Last Enemy," from the September 1957 issue of "Alarming Tales" #1.

In it, a time traveler takes a trip to the 26th century, where gun-toting, anthropomorphic beasts have become the dominant civilization on Earth--which bears striking similarities to the future envisioned in Kirby's "Kamandi: The Last Boy" at DC.

After the jump, check out the six-page adventure and if you'd like to see more, "The Simon and Kirby Library - Science Fiction" will be available on June 4.

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With some pretty serious finality, the last episode of the ratings-challenged "Fringe" effectively sewed up any dangling plot threads for Peter, Walter, and Olivia. It was the kind of finale that was satisfying to fans, inasmuch as it closed the loop on many of the show's mysteries, but poses a problem for anyone who wants to come along and do anything with these characters.

And that's how we end up with "Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox," the first of three prequel novels from publisher Titan Books this year, spotlighting the trio at the heart of the series. And writer Christa Faust, in constructing a tale about the origins of Cortexiphan delivers a clunky early adventure featuring Walter Bishop and future Massive Dynamics founder William Bell (and Nina Sharpe, too), as the action moves to the West Coast bringing the trio up against the Bay Area serial killer whose atomic fists and murderous appetites threaten all of San Francisco.

Spoilers!

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Take a trip with Walter Bishop in this excerpt from "Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox," a new novel from author Christa Faust delving into a mysterious, mind-altering compound which leads to a rip in space and time for Walter and William Bell.

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Tarzan is 100 years-old this year and to celebrate, Titan Books is releasing "the only official commemorative illustrated history" of Edgar Rice Burroughs' iconic Lord of the Jungle on November 20 with "Tarzan The Centennial Celebration." Burroughs expert Scott Tracy Griffin takes readers through all of Tarzan's appearances from books to comics to movies to cartoons to musicals throughout over 300 pages of lovingly detailed artwork and insight.

For our part of wishing the wildman a happy one, author Griffin has shared with us his favorite "Tarzan" comics of all time. So without further ado, let's let Scott take it away.

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When a pop-artist references something from "Back in the day," they're usually talking about the '80s or '90s... But not usually the 1890s. Not so for Olly Moss, who's debut book for publisher Titan is a collection of olde timey silhouettes, but with a twist: they're profiles of modern actors, musicians, and characters from movies and TV.

By doing that, he manages to somehow recontextualize the images, and make them into witty comments about how we identify, and identify with figures from pop culture. You know: art or whatever. It's pretty neat though, and often deeply funny. The book will hit stores on October 30th, but we've got a sneak peak at some of the silhouettes inside... Can you identify them all? Read More...

If you're not familiar with Scott Campbell's "Great Showdowns," you're missing out on one of the Internet's most delightful memes. Actually, that's not totally accurate, as Campbell paints all the Showdowns himself, so it's not technically a meme. But that's probably the closest we can come to explaining what GS is like.

But here's what it actually is, and the concept is simple: Campbell paints the greatest face-offs in movie history. What makes it unique is how pleased everyone is to be there, as well as some of the non-traditional scenes the artist pulls from; like John McClane versus broken glass, or Titanic versus the iceberg. With Titan Books releasing a beautiful, nearly pocket-sized collection of Great Showdowns on October 30th, we snagged some of Campell's faves from the book, and got his commentary on what makes these particular showdowns so great:

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You might be familiar with Flash Gordon from the 1980 cult movie (humorously referenced in the recent film "Ted") or the 1970s Filmation animated series -- but the story all began back in January 1934 in the newspapers. Created by Alex Raymond, the original "Flash Gordon" had a quality of art more akin to the lush quality of book illustrations than serialized comic strips. What followed through the many years of its run would inspire several generations of comic artists including Alex Ross. Writes Ross in the introduction to Titan's new stellar collection of the earliest Raymond strips, "Flash Gordon On The Planet Mongo":

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It's the gorram tenth anniversary of "Firefly," so it looks like Browncoats are going to be doing it up with one of biggest parties in the 'verse. Kicking that off, a reprint of Titan Books' best-selling "Firefly - A Celebration" in a fancy new casing worthy of the Tams themselves. Well, Simon, maybe.

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Just released in bookstores, Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart is a look back at the incredible works created, and inspired by the giant lizards of yesteryear. But rather than having us yap on about how cool dinosaurs look, we got the inside scoop from the book's editor, Steve White. White is no stranger to the genre, as he illustrated Dinosaurs: A Celebration for Marvel Comics in 1997. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a journey through time - and a sneak look at Dinosaur Art courtesy of White and Titan Books:

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Of all the dead girls in comics, Roman Dirge's Lenore is probably the most beloved...even if knowing her means you'll probably end up dead, too. A brand new collection of "Lenore" comics hits book stores on August 21st from Titan Books, but before that we've got a look at one of the twisted stories inside for your perusal and enjoyment. So, peruse, and enjoy:
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Supernatural: Season 7 might be over, but you’re going to be able to get one more little taste of the adventures of Sam and Dean in Leviathanland next week, when the official tie-in Supernatural: Rite of Passage hits bookstores. Written by veteran tie-in writer John Passarella, the book may actually be totally Leviathan free (except for a few references), but it does take place before a pretty important moment in the season, involving father-figure Bobby. You know the one. To find out more - and preview a first look at the entire Prologue to the novel - we chatted with Passarella about writing tie-ins, his take on Sam and Dean, and what kind of monster they’ll be fighting in the book:

MTV Geek: Rite of Passage is your second Supernatural novel… What draws you to that universe?
 
John Passarella: I've been a fan of the show since season one, episode one. All the tie-in novels I've written have been for shows I love, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and now Supernatural. The UK editor for my first Supernatural novel, Night Terror, initially contacted me after viewing my writing credentials at passarella.com. I had tie-in experience and I wrote supernatural thrillers. She asked if I was interested in submitting a proposal for a Supernatural novel. Naturally, I was. So she told me the proposal steps, several three-line pitches, outline, etc. When the contract was renewed for Supernatural books taking place in season seven, my US editor asked if I'd like to submit a proposal for a second novel. Rite of Passage was the result. Read More...

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