Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Spaceships and Golems

By Lyndsey Holder

Mallozzi, Joseph and Mullie, Paul, writers. Brown, Garry, artist. Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth. Dark Horse (October 2012).

Mignola, Mike and Golden, Christopher. Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Dark Horse (October 2012).

In space, there isn’t any atmosphere and no one can hear you scream. In Dark Matter, a sci-fi comic by Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Garry Brown, there is also no atmosphere, but I’m pretty sure that my screams of frustration …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Dogs: Prelude #0

By Dale Carothers

Miwa, Shirow. Dogs: Prelude #0. Viz, 2009. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1-4215-2702-4.

Dogs: Prelude loosely weaves four stories together. Characters from different stories make cameos – or get fully involved in the shenanigans – giving the volume a modicum of cohesion, but it never really gels for me.

Miwa’s art looks good when you first pick the book up. Characters are universally lanky, and their limbs describe graceful arcs and angles across the page. Miwa is fond of …

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Review: Datlow’s Alien Sex, Sirens anthologies

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 320pp. USD $7.99. ASIN: B009193KBC.

Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex. [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 286pp. $7.99. ASIN: B009193LT8.

Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 436pp. $7.99. ASIN: B009193KQC.

One of the joys of e-books is the ability to get …

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Review: “The Cabin the Woods” Novelization and Visual Companion

By Michael Matheson

Lebbon, Tim. The Cabin the Woods. Titan Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1848565265.

The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion. Titan Books, 2012. ISBN 9781848565241.

The Cabin in the Woods gets a DVD release this month and we look at the novelization and the visual companion. For our review of The Cabin in the Woods, go here.

Tim Lebbon’s novelization of The Cabin in the Woods is a completely separate entity from the …

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Review: Supernatural Calendars 2013

By Paula R. Stiles

Less than a week to go on our IndieGoGo for our Sword and Mythos anthology next year, but we’re still $1500 short. Check it out and donate to get some nice stuff. If you can’t donate, please spread the word. Many thanks to those who have donated, already. We really appreciate your support!

Supernatural 2013 Wall Calendar: The Television Series. New York: Universe Publishing, 2012. Design: Celina Carvatho. USD $13.99.

Supernatural 2013 Cast Calendar. …

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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

Our fundraiser for our Sword and Mythos anthology next year continues. Check it out and donate to get some nice stuff. If you can’t donate, please spread the word. Many thanks to those who have donated, already. We really appreciate your support!

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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