Column: Writing the Mythos: Henry Kuttner, Mythos Mistake?

By G. W. Thomas

Henry Kuttner has come back into the public eye with The Last Mimsey (2007), a science fiction film about children who receive educational toys from the future. The film is based on Kuttner’s undeniably classic short story, “Mimsey Were the Borogoves” (Astounding, February 1943). It is one of the stories that guarantees him a spot on SF’s Greatest Writers list. There were others, but Kuttner did not find his way onto the grandmaster roll …

IFPColumn: Writing the Mythos: Henry Kuttner, Mythos Mistake?

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/15/11

This entry is part 7 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There’s a rumour that Erica and Hobbes will get together during sweeps week. Aside from that, it’s very quiet on the spoilers front. Yeah, there are trailers for the next episode going around showing Ryan will be tortured, but isn’t torture becoming the common denominator of this show? …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/15/11

Shivers and Sighs Week: Paranormal Romance Cover Art

By Dawné Dominique

An evolution of paranormal romance covers: Dark Shadows tie-in books (left) were precusors to modern paranormal romances. The sub-genre blossomed in the 90s (centre) and has continued strong into the 21st century (right).

If you’re a reader of paranormal romance, then you’ve seen some impressive cover art of late. It’s not all about bodice-ripper covers or a smudgy outline of a wolf howling at the moon, anymore. The artwork is intricately detailed, sensually stunning, intriguing, and downright …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Found on the Net: Lovecraft Corset

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are certain weeks when writing a Found on the Net is easy. Plenty of Lovecraftian or Mythos-y things pop up, and I can point to them with ease. Other times, it’s harder. For Valentine’s Day I was a bit at a loss when the time came to write something that tied in with the Lovecraft ethos of this weekly feature and combined an element of romance.

Behold, there is a God! And his name is Azathoth! …

IFPShivers and Sighs Week: Found on the Net: Lovecraft Corset

Shivers and Sighs Week: Romancing the Other

By R. F. Long

Our guest author for today is Irish Paranormal Romance author R. F. Long. Her latest book is Songs of the Wolf. She is here to give readers a brief Paranormal Romance primer.

Picking up a book means stepping into another world. One the author has crafted, with characters to love and hate, with paths to follow and plot twists to excite us. Most rely on the existence of a paranormal world within our own, …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Ten Horror Movies for Valentine’s Day

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Horror fans who want to add a little bit of blood and suspense to their Valentine’s Day celebration need not worry: we have compiled a list of ten films perfect for this holiday. Pay a visit to the video store, grab some popcorn and cuddle close.

Rebecca (1940)

Hitchcock and Gothic make for a marriage made in Heaven. A woman falls in love with a rich fellow, without realizing that the shadow of his former wife still …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Lovecraft’s Unknown Erotic Tale

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prim and proper Lovecraft is generally regarded as having nothing to do with naughty tentacles. His stories are absent of sex. Kind of. Plenty of implied nasty things must be going on in his universe, or you wouldn’t get people like Wilbur Whateley. And what’s up with the Martense family and all the Innsmouth fish-folk?

However, as far as tackling the subject head on and referring to sex in his stories, Lovecraft didn’t do it.

Or so …

IFPShivers and Sighs Week: Lovecraft’s Unknown Erotic Tale

Shivers and Sighs Week: The Tragedy, the Pain and the Romance

By Melissa de la Cruz

Our guest writer today is Melissa de la Cruz, whose novella Bloody Valentine (part of the Blue Bloods series) is out now.

What makes a good romantic heroine? Or a good romantic couple?

For me, my favourite romantic couples are those that have a tragic sadness ingrained in their story. My favourite romantic couple is Aragorn and Arwen. I read Lord of the Rings when I was thirteen and their story isn’t even in …

IFPShivers and Sighs Week: The Tragedy, the Pain and the Romance

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/08/11

This entry is part 6 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

V‘s ratings continue to drop, but that’s not stopping the producers from ending the show on a cliffhanger. The V Files has an interview with executive producer Steve Pearlman. He  says that in the finale, viewers will get to see “the Full Monty – The …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/08/11

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/02/11

This entry is part 5 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

You’ve probably figured it out by now, but the fourth episode of V was preempted by President Obama’s speech. A trailer of the episode can be found here.

The series seems to be doing well in DVR playbacks, numbers which may well help it when talks …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 2/02/11

Found on the Net: Free Lovecraft Documentary

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you haven’t watched the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, now is your chance to do so. For free. SnagFilms is showing the 90-minute, 2008 documentary online. The documentary by Frank H. Woodward chronicles the life, work, and times of H.P. Lovecraft, and looks at his lasting influence on popular culture, including writers, musicians and artists. It features interviews with John Carpenter (The Thing), Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Neil Gaiman …

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TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/25/11

This entry is part 4 of 26 in the series Spoilers 2011: Part 1

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V (Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Well, in case you were thinking alien reptiles are soon to be extinct, think again. Executive producer Steve Pearlman recently said a third season of the show is still a possibility and the ratings are not that bad.

Joel Gretsch talked about playing a priest: “You …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/25/11