Diabolique Digesters! Do you prefer your horror with humor? Your fright with fun? Your pain with punchlines? If so, then you’ll especially be in for a treat, as Diabolique Magazine Issue #17 (July/August) is almost here, and we’ll be looking at the wonderful world of horror-comedy!

With the releases of This is the End, The World’s End and Grabbers on the horizon, Diabolique Magazine thought fit to give the subgenre a much-needed tribute, with some truly exciting pieces covering the horror-comedy of the past, the present and the future! In addition, Issue #17 is one of the most star-studded issues to date, featuring exclusive comments from icons of the horror-comedy world.

So what exactly will Issue #17 entail? Well, for starters, how about an exclusive interview with the dark-witted Sightseers and Kill List director Ben Wheatley, from our own Colin McCracken? Wheatley reveals some insight into his macabre comedy with our correspondent from the Emerald Isle.

Next up, McCracken takes a shot at the sci-fi horror-comedy hybrid Grabbers, grabbing his own words with director Jon Wright, writer Kevin Lehane and SFX Artist Shaune Harrison. Stuck in the slimy mitts of McCracken, perhaps the three filmmakers will shed some light on their alcoholics vs. extraterrestrial showdown…

If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, then how about we go back to the beginning of it all? Ken Hanley retraces the rocky path of the horror-comedy subgenre, from Abbott and Costello to Wright, Pegg and Frost. Hanley won’t be alone in his retrospective, as he traverses through the subgenre’s history with comedian/podcast host Doug Benson, actor/filmmaker Alex Winter and Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman.

Following that dissertation comes a discussion with an icon of the horror-comedy world, as Max Weinstein goes one-on-one with the imcomparable and imaginative Joe Dante. In their discussion, Max and Joe revisit the wildly bonkers and subversive horror-comedy sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and celebrate the massively misunderstood cult classic.

However, Issue #17 can’t all be fun and games, as Redemption Films founder Nigel Wingrove looks back on the life and work of the dearly departed exploitation extraordinaire Jess Franco. Seen by some as a misogynist, and by others as a genius, Wingrove approaches the controversial Franco with a respectful introspection.

After Wingrove speaks his peace, the attention turns to Tyler Doupe, who sits down with “The Hardest Working Man in Horror”, Reggie Bannister! The longtime Coscarelli mainstay opens up to Doupe about his phantasmagorical career and what lies next for the B-movie stalwart.

Once Doupe and Bannister leave the building, make sure you lock the doors and seal the windows, or else you may fall victim to the mastermind of the long-awaited You’re Next, Adam Wingard. Ken Hanley speaks to the talented up-and-coming director as Wingard’s brutal yet surprisingly fun foray into the home invasion genre prepares to ambush audiences.

In Issue #17, Diabolique learns about strength in numbers as the filmmaking collective Astron-6 teaches Max Weinstein about making films beyond the mainstream. Plagued by censorship woes, production problems and notoriety, the Manborg filmmakers give Weinstein a piece of their independently demented mind.

At this point, Diabolique trades in high-concept for high-art, as the prolific artist Akiko Stehrenberger descends down the rabbit hole with Michele Galgana. Not only does Galgana talk about the craftmanship of the Funny Games poster artist, but she uncovers something much more haunting as well…

Lastly, but certainly not least, V/H/S/2 co-director and white knight of nostalgia Jason Eisener calls his interview with Ken Hanley as he sees it, discussing a career filled with killer Christmas trees, heroic hobos and alien abductions. Eisener and Hanley aboard their Delorean, traveling to the grindhouse that inspired Eisener to learn his ABC’s and his V/H/S’s.

Issue #17 of Diabolique Magazine will hit stores this July, with more information, including exclusive cover art and pre-order details, to come as soon as possible. Until then, get ready for our most morbidly madcap issue yet.

By Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine, as well as a contributing writer for Diabolique Magazine and Fangoria Magazine. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he recieved an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on several screenplays spanning over different genres and subject matter, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.