Review: Supernatural: The Winchester Arcana

By Paula R. Stiles

I’ve long thought it would be fun to have an episode centered on the tarot. So, imagine my cheer at discovering the next best thing – an LJ group devoted to creating tarot art based on Supernatural themes: The Winchester Arcana. We’ve dealt with Lovecraft tarots in the past, even had a Monster Byte (and a story coming up in our Gothic anthology, Candle in the Attic Window). The Supernatural one has …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.14: Sex and Violence

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 4

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean hunt a creature that seduces men and then turns them on those they love best.

Recap: Then recap of Dean finding out that Sam has been screwing around with Ruby.

Cut to Now, where a woman is banging meat with a tenderizer. She stops when she sees her husband arrive home and get out of his car. …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.14: Sex and Violence

Review: Sha’Daa: Last Call

By Mike Griffiths

Edward McKeown, Edward, ed. Sha’Daa: Last Call. Altered Dimensions. Michael Hanson, series creator.

This is the second book in what I hope will be a very long series of Sha’Daa titles. In case you have been captured by aliens or the like (and didn’t read our review of the first title), the Sha’Daa is an event which takes place every 10,000 years. During the 48 hours of the Sha’Daa, the barrier between Hell and Earth is …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Return of Doctor X (1939)

By Orrin Grey

The Return of Doctor X (1939). Director: Vincent Sherman. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, John Litel.

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 Return of Doctor X, directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Humphrey Bogart, just before he got really famous. The version I watched is from the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, where it …

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Review: Game of Thrones 1.10

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Game of Thrones Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

[spoilers ahead]

The season finale of Game of Thrones felt oddly muted for a season finale, but then again, the show is not trying to wrap things up neatly in a bow as much as prepping viewers for the next chapter in this saga. So, for viewers expecting the big bang-bang, it might come as a surprise to discover it was mostly …

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Column: Slicing Score: Re-Animator (1985)

By Maria Mitchell

Re-Animator (1985). Director: Stuart Gordon. Composer: Richard Band.

The score to Psycho, composed by Bernard Herrmann, may have been the epitome of a score that slices sound, but Re-Animator‘s score is a score that splits a heart of darkness into shards of laughter. This score, I believe, was born, not of madness, but of affection and respect for a cornerstone of horror music contained between Herrmann’s original staves. This quality is an underrated and ignored aspect …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.06: The Almost People

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Matthew Graham

Previously: The Doctor, Rory and Amy arrived at a factory set in a monastery on Earth. There, a group of factory workers are using something called “the Flesh” to create doppelganger puppets of themselves that they can use as they mine an acidic substance. Solar flares hit the factory, causing the doppelgangers to come to life, …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: The Lurking Horror (1987)

By B.A. Campbell

The Lurking Horror (1987). Company: Infocom. Developer: Infocom. Platform: PC. Rating: Unrated.

“People’s names for their nodes are getting weird. This one is called ‘Lovecraft’.”

If there were ever an appropriate analogue for the Great Old Ones in the realm of computer entertainment, it would be interactive fiction. For half a decade, starting in the late 70s, before sinking into obscurity under the rising tides of colour graphics and moving animations, IF was the undisputed god-king of …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.15: Time Is on My Side

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series Supernatural Season 3

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean hunt a 19th-century doctor who prolongs his life through stealing human organs. Meanwhile, Dean has a major break on his deal when someone tracks down Bela, the thief who stole the Colt.

Recap: A Then recap reintroduces us to Dean’s deal, Lilith versus Sam, and superthief Bela’s theft of the Colt. Cut to Now in Eerie, Pennsylvania. …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.15: Time Is on My Side

Review: I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like

By Simon J. Berman

Isis, Justin. I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like. Chomu Press (January 12, 2011). US $16.00. ISBN-13: 978-1907681011.

The debut collection of author Justin Isis, I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like, is a meticulously crafted set of unsettling stories set in contemporary Japan. Isis is clearly fascinated with the alienation at the core of modern city life, the dulled sensations of the over-stimulated, and the sharp edges where those states meet.

The 10 …

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The Event 1.22 (Series Finale): Arrival

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

[spoilers ahead]

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!” – J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

We open the final episode of The Event with Leila fighting off unconsciousness as the virus continues to ravage her system. Sean, prodding her awake, assures her that, through some hush-hush channels, the CDC has been contacted and that help in on the way. Leila tries to remind the poor dope that there’s a whole planet that needs saving and to …

J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon NokomisThe Event 1.22 (Series Finale): Arrival

Review: Game of Thrones 1.09

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Game of Thrones Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

[spoilers ahead]

It was pretty obvious who was watching Game of Thrones last weekend and who wasn’t: The collective “Oh, shits” gave it away. I know some people are mildly catatonic as a result of the last few minutes of the show. Those of us who read the books already knew this was coming, but still, it’s quite something to see it …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Game of Thrones 1.09