Gods and Monsters: The ‘Next Big Thing’ Blog Hop Tour

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Gods and Monsters: 2013

By Paula R. Stiles

The ‘Next Big Thing’ Blog Hop Tour shares upcoming authors – we ‘next big things’ – with as wide an audience as possible. Each week, a new author takes the baton, answering the same 10 questions about their upcoming work. You can find the previous entry here on Rebecca Byfield’s site.

My next upcoming book is a best of anthology, Raygun Chronicles:

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Column: Slicing Score: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Slicing Score: 2013

By Maria Mitchell

Sleepy Hollow (1999). Composer: Danny Elfman.

This film’s beautiful cinematography keeps vivid color to an effective minimum and relies on dreary, overcast, gray atmosphere to create dread. The score employs a similar concept by relying heavily on low-end orchestral instruments like contrabass, bassoons and tubas, and cuing gentler instruments like harps and solo violins sparsely.

“Introduction”: The ideally ominous way to begin a film …

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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/30/13

This entry is part 5 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2013: Part 1

This week, we have more news and spoilers about upcoming books, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, returning sci-fi shows, and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

Fans of Weird Fiction may want to turn their attentions this week to D.P. Watt’s new collection, An Emporium of Automata. Watt has …

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Column: Dark Matter: Review: Once Upon A Time 2.12: In the Name of the Brother

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Once Upon a Time Season 2

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land That Was: Victor Frankenstein, his father Alphonse, and Victor’s younger brother Gerhardt are celebrating the Silver Cross that has been awarded to Gerhardt. It’s apparent that while Alphonse is quite proud and loving with his younger son, he is anything but to his older son. He gives Gerhardt a pocket watch, …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Video Game Review: Cthulhu Saves the World

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Cthulhu Eats the World: 2013

By Brian M. Sammons

Cthulhu Saves the World. Zeboyd Games, for PC and Xbox Live. USD $3.00.

Welcome back, gaming ghouls. Today, I’ve got another game for the spotlight, one that harkens back to old-school gaming goodness. Remember the classic 8-bit RPGs like Final Fantasy, Fantasy Star, and pretty much anything else with “Fantasy” in the title? Do you find yourself often …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Being Human (Syfy) 3.02: (Dead) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Being Human (Syfy) Season 3

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: After a shorter, and rather convenient, leap in time than the one between seasons, we come back to find Sally, Nick and Stevie all alive and aboveground again. It seems that Nick and Stevie did go back to their own bodies and wake up in their own graves. Fortunately, some quick visits and grave-digging by Josh and Nora …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 8.11: LARP and the Real Girl

This entry is part 11 of 23 in the series Supernatural Season 8

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Medieval fantasy reenactments! Fairies! Dean in costume and a bad wig! Charlie! Okay, forget Charlie – Dean with a honking huge sword! Join me in SCA Land come Wednesday night!

Recap: Rather boring recap of Charlie Bradbury (the self-important hacker from “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”), Samelia and Denny.

Cut to Now and a …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Review: Prophet, Vol. 1

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Comics Over Innsmouth: 2013

By Lyndsey Holder

Graham, Brandon and Roy, Simon. Prophet, Vol 1: Remission. Image, 2012. USD $9.99. ISBN-13: 978-1607066118.

Rob Liefeld is always used as the poster boy for what is wrong with comics. Sure, there are countless other people out there who are doing it wrong, but, like some tragic Greek hero, he has taken on his shoulders the entire weight of our ire at …

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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/23/13

This entry is part 4 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2013: Part 1

This week, we have more news and spoilers about upcoming books, Once Upon a Time, returning sci-fi shows, and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

The week’s most exciting release is likely Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by the acclaimed Japanese writer Yoko Ogawa. Ogawa has already earned praise from figures as varied …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: “Safari (Mountain Man Book 2)” and “The Hospital”

By Randy Stafford

Blackmore, Keith C. Safari (Mountain Man Book 2). Amazon Digital Services, Inc, 2012. USD $3.99. ASIN: B007YQG33Q.
Blackmore, Keith C. The Hospital. Amazon Digital Services, Inc, 2012. USD $0.99. ASIN: B009L2X8KM.

There are worse things than waking up to a house with busted-in doors, a dead girlfriend, and a bunch of dead bikers.

There is, for instance, do-it-yourself dentistry.

That’s the problem Augustus Berry AKA Gus AKA the Mountain Man faces at the beginning of …

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Column: Dark Matter: Review: Once Upon A Time 2.11: The Outsider

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Once Upon a Time Season 2

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahoy]

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg

Recap: Fairytale Land That Was: Belle is sitting in a tavern, post having left Rumpelstilskin, listening to some men try to gather a posse to hunt down a Yaoguai (a fire-maned, large dog-like creature) that has been terrorizing the town. She longs to join them, but doesn’t quite have the courage. …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: Heroman

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Global Ghoul: 2013

By Dale Carothers

Ohta, Toman. Heroman: Volume 1. (Original concept by Stan Lee & BONES) Vertical Inc., 2012. USD $10.95. ISBN: 978-1-935654-58-2.

I’ve read better comics by Rob Liefeld.

To make this claim, I felt I had to test it. After reading Heroman, I went to my local comic book store and looked for Liefeld’s work in the dollar bin. I didn’t find …

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