Review: When the Stars are Right

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By Allen Griffin


Datlow, Ellen. Lovecraft’s Monsters. Tachyon Publications (April 15, 2014) Paperback: 432 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1616961213.


There is little doubt that H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos has penetrated the Western world’s popular culture, from Cthulhu’s cameo on South Park to plushy toys adorned with tentacle visages, H.P.’s monsters are ubiquitous.

However, many who see these images are unaware that they are even derived from a corpus of literature at all. Meanwhile, within the literary sub-genre of Lovecraftian horror, the monsters …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Sea Cucumber Parties: The Fuse 01, Undertow 01

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Comics Over Innsmouth 2014

By Lyndsey Holder


Johnston, Antony, writer and Greenwood, Justin, artist. The Fuse 01. Image (2014).

Orlando, Steve, writer and Trakhanov, Artyom, artist. Undertow 01. Image (2014).


Can I just say how great this is? How awesome to read comics where the female protagonist is a tough-as-nails old lady? I mean, I would have settled for just an average woman, someone who wore reasonable shoes …

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Recap and Review: Sleepy Hollow 1.04: The Lesser Key of Solomon

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Sleepy Hollow Season 1

By P.S. Griffin


spoilers ahead


Summary: Wherein our heroes learn the name of their horned adversary amidst torture, gunfire, death, a cantankerous family reunion, and Demon Night 2: a Celebration of Modern Dance.


Recap: The episode opens on a flashback to the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. Of course Ichabod was involved and not only that – he actually organized it as a diversion, …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2014

The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942). Directed by: Lew Landers. Starring: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, “Slapsie” Maxie Rosenbloom.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. The version I watched was one of several screeners sent as part of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s manufacture-on-demand service “Sony Pictures Choice Collection” …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Dreams in the Witch House: a Lovecraftian Rock Opera

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Cthulhu Eats the World

By Brian M. Sammons


Lovecraft, H.P., author; Dalager, Mike and Leman, Andrew, lyricists. Dreams in the Witch House: a Lovecraftian Rock Opera. The H.P. Lovecraft Society, 2013.


I love rock operas. AKA concept albums. AKA slices of pure musical awesomeness pressed to disc. Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime, and The Who’s Tommy are some of my more mainstream favorites, but as …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.04: Slumber Party

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 9

By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Charlie returns for a Wizard of Oz spoof, just in time to promote the movie’s reissue in 3D.


Recap: Recap of Charlie Sue’s escapades that is obviously meant to be cute and instead reminds me how much I can’t stand her. Ugh. The rest of the recap is about the brothers discovering the Men of Letters bunker.…

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Review: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed

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By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Nicolay, Scott. Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed. Fedogan and Bremer (2014).

“Horseshoe arches crammed both floors, most opening on nothing. Dense mocarabe toothed them all, suggesting stalactites and giving even those that tramed only wall a more cavern-like appearance. Mosaics sprawled across every intact inch of the ground floor facade. The white had lost its purity, red was faded with shades of crusted blood or rust, and …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed

Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: The Dark Rites of Cthulhu

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

By Randy Stafford


Sammons, Brian M., ed. The Dark Rites of Cthulhu. April Moon Books, 2014. Paperback: USD $15.74; Kindle: USD $2.99. ISBN: 978-0-9937180-0-7.


April Moon Books’ first title doesn’t go off the editorial rails at any point. Each story fulfills the promise of the title. None is bad; a few are outstanding. Whatever your definition of “Lovecraftian” fiction is – cosmic horror …

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Column: Retronomicon: Lonely Hearts: Dracula 1.03: Goblin Merchant Men

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Dracula

Recap: We start off with a quick recap of the previous episode. Thankfully, we only get the relevant details, such as Jonathan’s offer, the introduction of the Seers, Lord Laurent’s being made a party of blackmail, Lady Jane’s determination to track down the vampire in London, and Grayson’s reluctance to do more than what he’s doing with Mina.

We then open onto the episode proper with a view of …

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Review: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8

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By Josh Storey


Strahan, Jonathan, ed. The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8. Solaris (April 10, 2014). USD $19.99, paperback. ISBN 978-1-78108-216-4.


Gathered from across publishing media – from traditional print to online magazines and single-serving digital downloads – The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8. paints a picture of the current state of science fiction and fantasy. So, if a year’s best anthology is a snapshot of the last 365 days …

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Review: The Book of the Dead

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Shurin, Jared, ed. The Book of the Dead. Jurassic London (2013). Softcover: 362 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0957646254.


I’m a sucker for a good mummy story. Unfortunately, mummy stories – whether good, bad, or indifferent – are pretty thin on the ground. While the mummy has captured the public imagination in Europe and America since the turn of the century, it has mostly found its manifestation in film rather than print and, like the werewolf, never really had any agreed-upon ur

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

Sammons, Brian M. and Barrass, Glynn Owen, eds. Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future. Chaosium, 2013. $17.95. ISBN: 978-1568823898.


Past, present, or future, you’re always screwed in a Lovecraftian universe. Even victories are only temporary and sanity precarious. Computers, capitalism and corporations only add to the problem.

The literary genes of the Man from Providence have proven quite good at splicing …

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