Column: Global Ghoul: Cthulhu #1

By Dale Carothers

Cthulhu #1. KettleDrummerBooks, in association with Diabolo Ediciones (June 2010). $9.95. ISBN: 978-0-9778066-4-5.

[spoilers ahead]

Cthulhu #1 is an anthology from KettleDrummer Books of Spanish writers and artists. There are several stories and I’ll give a quick review of each one. The book reminds me of those old EC Horror comics, or a series of two-minute Twilight Zone episodes with a Lovecraftian flavor.

The first two stories are by writer/artist Pepe Aviles. His work …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.08: Bugs

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate when construction workers in a new housing development get a case of the creepy-crawlies.

Recap: Standard early season-one recap of the uberplot, where the brothers are “on a quest to find their father”. Cue title cards and cut to Oasis Plains, Oklahoma, on a housing development called “Oasis Plains Estates”. Two construction guys working for “Oklahoma …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.08: Bugs

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Beyond the Wall of Sleep

By Brian M. Sammons

Beyond the Wall of Sleep. Directors: Barrett J. Leigh, Thom Maurer. Cast: George Peroulas, Fountain Yount, William Sanderson.

Remember last time, when I was talking about movies that start with “H.P. Lovecraft’s” and yet, have absolutely nothing to do with the man or his tales? Well, here’s a prime example of that. Don’t let the title fool you; it has almost nothing to do with the Lovecraft story of the same name, other than …

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Review: Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears

By Amanda J. Spedding

Young, Marty and Challis, Angela, eds. Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears. Paperback. Brimstone Press (2010). ISBN: 9780980567748.

When I began reading Macabre, I didn’t set out to review it. As a current committee member of the Australian Horror Writers Association – and with one of the editors, Marty Young, being the outgoing president of the association – I figured there’d be a conflict of interest or cries of bias, but midway through …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.04: The Doctor’s Wife

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

Written by: Neil Gaiman

Recap: The episode opens with Uncle (Adrian Schiller), Auntie (Elizabeth Berrington), and an Ood called “Nephew” (Paul Kasey), escorting Idris (Suranne Jones) to a grate in the ground, where she’s told that her memories and soul are going to be sucked out of her by Nephew and replaced, and that it will be really painful. …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Siren

By B.A. Campbell

Siren (2004). Company: Sony Computer Entertainment. Developer: SCE Japan Studio. Platform: Playstation 2. Rating: Mature.

“The Japanese village of Hanuda teeters between two worlds – the world of the living, and a nightmarish world where the buildings have been ruined, the land has been distorted, and the mountains have been replaced by an unending sea.”

In XX prefecture, there are tales of a village lost in time. A village buried by a landslide 27 years ago, yet …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.02: Rendition

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Doris Egan

Recap: “Rendition” opens at Heathrow Airport, where Rex and his men are met on the tarmac, at a private plane, by another operative named “Lyn Peterfield” (Dichen Lachman). Rex’s plan is to extradite Torchwood back to the States, but not before taking away Jack’s timeband, separating Gwen from her husband and child, and sending Rhys and Anwen …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.06: Yellow Fever

This entry is part 6 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 4

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a revenge curse that drives people insane from fear and then kills them. And then Dean gets it.

Recap: It’s a dark city street at night. We hear a man panting in terror as he runs full-tilt down the street from a pack of barking dogs. The camera pans up so that we see the man …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Mad Love (1935)

By Orrin Grey

Mad Love (1935) Director: Karl Freund. Cast: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s movie is the last film in the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, and is probably the closest thing to a true classic in the set (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). Mad Love is directed by …

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Review: Supernatural: Season Five DVD

By Paula R. Stiles

Kripke, Eric, et al. Supernatural Season Five [DVD]. Burbank [CA]: Warner Bros. (September 7, 2010). 924 min. US $59.98/CAN $74.98.

[spoilers for season five below]

Recap: Dean is in for a big shock in the season premiere when he and Sam are sent off on a hunt for the “Michael Sword” and, instead, find out they’re intended vessels for the archangels Michael and Lucifer. As Armageddon gears up and Apocalypse figures from the Whore of …

Paula R. StilesReview: Supernatural: Season Five DVD

Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Saucy Vampires

By Lyndsey Holder

Powell, Eric (creator) and Stewart, Dave (colourist). The Goon #34. Dark Horse (June 29 2011).

Busiak, Kurt; Gregory, Daryl (writers); and Godlewski, Scott (artist). Dracula: The Company of Monsters #11. Boom! Studios (June 22 2011).

Do you remember when you’d hear that a story had vampires in it and you’d think, “Wow, vampires! All vampire stories are totally awesome and not terrible at all!”

I don’t.

Maybe it’s just that I’m old and jaded, …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.03: The Curse of the Black Spot

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers up through 6.07]

Written By: Stephen Thompson

Recap: The episode opens on 17th-century Earth, on a pirate ship. The crew report back to the Captain (Hugh Bonneville) that one of the men has been injured – a cut on his hand – and that they aren’t sure if he will survive. Considering he’s walking, he seems like he’s in good health …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.03: The Curse of the Black Spot