Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Orchid: Volume 1

By Lyndsey Holder

Morello, Tom, writer; Hepburn, Scott, artist. Orchid: Volume 1. Dark Horse, 2012.

When I am Queen, I’m going to make a decree that if you have one artistic talent you’re known and well-respected for, when you decide to try your hand at a different medium, your first attempt needs to stink. I’m not asking for it to be entirely awful, but flawed enough that the rest of us don’t feel completely outclassed.

Tom Morello is going …

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Review: Supernatural: Caledonia

By Paula R. Stiles

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Wood, Brian, writer; Bond, Grant, artist. Supernatural: Caledonia. Issues #1-6. DC Comics, (December 2011-May 2012). USD $2.99 per issue.

In this tie-in comic book miniseries for the show, Supernatural, Sam decides to …

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Review: The Shadow of the Unknown

By Orrin Grey

French, A.J., ed. The Shadow of the Unknown. Static Movement, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN 978-1617061448.

There’s no shortage of Lovecraftian anthologies on the market these days. (They may not quite outnumber zombie-themed anthologies, but, then again, who can keep track?) So, any new one that does arrive has the job right away of trying to distinguish itself from the eldritch pack. Many take the route of some more specific sub-theme, or of mixing Lovecraftian elements and …

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Review: Dadaoism (An Anthology)

By Michael Matheson

Isis, Justin and Crisp, Quentin S., eds. Dadaoism (An Anthology). Chômu Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-907681-14-1.

Weird fiction, as a viable sub-genre, or potentially even a genre in its own right, has a great deal to recommend it. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea (But then, what genre can ever really claim that it is?), but for those who are willing to come to a story with an open mind, and ready to enjoy whatever crazy shit …

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Review: Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

By Randy Stafford

Joshi, S.T., ed. Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror. PS Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-848631-19-9.

The triumph of Howard Phillips Lovecraft was complete when his name became an adjective, a literary compass heading for travel into zones of weirdness and horror. But it’s something of a deviant compass pointing in several directions.

Right up front, editor Joshi announces one territory we won’t be heading towards in this book: the land of the slavish Lovecraft pastiche, …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 1

By Dale Carothers

Kishiro, Yukito. Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 1. Viz, 2003. USD $9.95. ISBN: 1-56931-945-6.

[spoilers ahead]

Even though Battle Angel Alita takes place in a post-apocalyptic junkyard, there’s an underlying tenderness to the story. Violence and cyber-gore abound, but the connection between Alita and Daisuke Ido, the cybernetics doctor who brings her back to life, is what drives the story.

This tenderness is evident in the way Kishiro draws Alita. Her face is the very picture …

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Column: Retronomicon: Robert Bloch’s “Hell on Earth”

By J. Keith Haney

Giffen, Keith; Fleming, Robert Loren; Robert Bloch’s Hell on Earth. DC Comics, 1985. USD $5.00. ASIN B000FPDCRI.

There are some creators and their works that are such a part of the cultural landscape you’re likely to hear about them through cultural osmosis alone. Maybe most people don’t know the name of ‘Francis Ford Coppola,’ but just about everybody has, at least, heard of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, two of the most famous films …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Dracula World Order

By Lyndsey Holder

Brill, Ian. Dracula World Order: The Beginning. May 2012.

I’ll say one thing for vampires: They’re certainly a busy bunch. They populate every possible fictional avenue, worming their way into urban legends for good measure. There’s hardly a space real or imaginary that has never had a fang in it at one point or another. Their abilities, traits and physical characteristics are as varied as the backgrounds from which they come – vampires evolve as quickly …

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Review: Twisted in Dream: The Collected Weird Poetry of Ann K. Schwader

By Randy Stafford

Schwader, Ann K. Twisted in Dream: The Collected Weird Poetry of Ann K. Schwader. Hippocampus Press, 2011. USD $15.00. ISBN 978-1-61498-004-9.

Yes, I’m talking about poetry. Don’t roll your eyes and click on the next page.

This isn’t that kind of poetry, no odd-looking bits of text that seem to be mumbling something behind a screen of obscure language and esoteric allusions. I assure you this isn’t like that stuff your old English teacher made you …

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Review: In the House of the Wicked

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Remy Chandler

By Paula R. Stiles

[Minor spoilers ahead]

Sniegoski, Thomas. In the House of the Wicked: A Remy Chandler Novel. ROC (August 7, 2012). Paperback. USD $15.00. ISBN-10: 0451464567; ISBN-13: 978-0451464569.

The Remy Chandler series is about a seraph named “Remiel” who deserted Heaven after Lucifer and his rebel angels were thrown out. Remy now lives on earth and works quietly (or tries to) as a private eye …

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Column: Retronomicon: Richard Matheson’s “Hell House”

By J. Keith Haney

Edgington, Ian; Fraser, Simon. Richard Matheson’s Hell House. IDW Publishing (October 21, 2008). USD $19.99. ISBN-13-978-1600102639.

Richard Matheson is one of those writers whom you may not realise you’ve seen in action until you start listing off his bibliography. For starters, he was one of three writers to have been the main scenarists for the original Twilight Zone TV series (the other two being Rod Serling and Charles Beaumont), scribe of such memorable episodes as …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Flowers of Evil

By Dale Carothers

Oshimi, Shuzo. The Flowers of Evil. Vertical Inc., 2012. USD $10.95. ISBN: 978-1-935654-46-9.

Go out and buy this book. It’s okay. I’ll wait….

Are you back? Good. Now look down at its cover. It’s white and pristine like a cake of the sweetest frosting. And if you cut a slice of that cake, you’ll find a story most alluring and sweet, but dark like chocolate. Within the lacy-moist nooks and crannies sits a spider’s egg. An …

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