Column: Writing the Mythos: The Robert Munsch Mythos

By G. W. Thomas

I am surprised by the universality of certain plots, not their details but their feel. Take, for instance, Robert Munsch’s The Dark (1979). (For those who lack access to the smaller kind of humans, or prefer Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch is a Canadian children’s writer who gained widespread popularity after his book, Love You Forever, became the fourth bestselling children’s book of all time. You may remember Joey Tribbiani reading it on Friends in 2003.) …

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Welcome to Conspiracy Day

Today is October 13. As those of you who followed our Templar Week last October know, the trial of the Knights Templar started on this date in 1307 when almost all of the Templar monks in France were arrested in a sudden predawn raid on charges of heresy by a greedy French king. The trial dragged on for seven years, establishing unpleasant and ugly precedents still extant of extra-judicial expediency for princes in the realms of torture and due process …

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TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 10/12/10

This entry is part 17 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, after a brief hiatus due to our latest fiction issue coming out last Monday, we continue with spoilers from V, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural:

(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are so many spoilers this week that it is hard even to determine what to include.

First of all, Jane Badler is glad to be back on the show. She …

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Found on the Net: Cthulhu 3-D

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Since everything in the universe is getting the 3-D treatment, it’s no surprise that Cthulhu will be joining the 3-D bandwagon. Wired reports that vintage sci-fi novels will be re-issued with pulpy 3-D covers. On the list: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Call of Cthulhu and Other

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15 Years of Cosmic Horror: The 2010 Portland Lovecraft Film Festival

By Ahimsa Kerp

2010 was the fifteenth year that the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival was held in Portland. This was its last year, as the current festival director, Andrew Migliore, is stepping down. He was starting to fail his sanity role, he said. Highlights of the 2010 gathering included director Stuart Gordon presenting his film Dagon, author Catlin Kiernan reading some of her work and editor Ellen Datlow explaining what editors really want. (Hint: It’s not paranormal romance.)

The …

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Found on the Net: Tentacli

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Tired of reading about your friends’ cats? Wishing there were more Lovecraftian blogs out there you could browse in your downtime? Fear not; Tentacli is here! Dubbed as a literary and visual arts blog on the famous author H.P. Lovecraft, it contains all manner of interesting little posts and bits about that dude from Rhode Island, and is updated frequently, to boot.

Recent stuff includes news on S.T. Joshi’s I Am Providence and a series of posts …

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Supernatural Fridays: Supernatural Scotland

By Paula R. Stiles

Sam and Dean Winchester, through their mother, Mary Campbell, are both half-Scot and descended from arguably the most powerful and populous clan in Scotland. If they ever traveled back there, they’d discover an entire country full of such dark and bloody folklore, it’s literally underfoot. Some of the MOTWs could even be human.

The Low Road
Most people think 19th-century “Loch Lomond” is a quaint and sappy Scottish tune, but if you know any …

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Vampire Thursdays: Vampiric Origins

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The vampire we know today, the variety that most commonly inhabits our cinemas, is a creature of disease. A metaphor for STDs, or infection in general, it transmits its condition via direct blood contact. Sometimes, there is even a scientific explanation for the vampires, such as in Daybreakers (a bat creates a pandemic). Most cinematic vampires, whether supernatural or closer to natural, belong in this category. A few examples exist of vampires who are born vampires (…

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Vampire Thursdays: Guest Article: On the Electronic Backlist

By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Today we have a guest article from author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, well-known for her historical vampire series about the Count Saint-Germain. E-Reads has recently released two of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s novels in  both electronic format and print-on-demand trade paperback editions. The books, The Palace (the second novel featuring the Count Saint-Germain) and To The High Redoubt (an epic fantasy) are the first two Yarbro titles E-Reads will be featuring. Later this year, Hotel Transylvania (first …

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TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/28/10

This entry is part 16 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we continue with spoilers from V, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural:

V (Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

More cast members joining V! Jay Karnes has signed up for a recurring role as the new partner of agent Erica Evans. The two trained at Quantico, so they have something of a history.

Could this be Erica’s baby’s daddy? Some might bet yes, …

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Found on the Net: Cthulhu Uses Old Spice

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

One of our Innsmouth reviewers, Lydnsey Holder, pointed us to a video of Cthulhu using Old Spice making the rounds on YouTube. The video parodies the popular Old Spice commercials featuring a handsome young fellow (with a horse!) urging ladies to purchase Old Spice for the men in their lives. In this case, Cthulhu urges women to purchase Old Spice because then their god can smell like him. Which, we assume, means smelling like squid.

You’ll notice …

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Supernatural Fridays: Supernatural: Darkness in New Zealand

By Amanda Spedding

Kia ora koutou. (Hello everyone.)

This week, the Winchesters are touring the beautiful islands of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud). Comprised of the North and South Islands, science explains New Zealand was formed by the shifting of tectonic plates, but in a country steeped in lore and ceremony, the traditional landowners, the “Maori”, assure us it was the great fisherman, Maui, who pulled the land from the sea (more about him soon).

Maori mythology …

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