Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #15

By Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2010. Issue #15, March/April 2010. 67pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-645X.

[some spoilers for season five episodes, both recent and future]

This issue is a “relatively” short one, by which I mean that it’s not a hundred-page monster. But it still has some nice tidbits in it, notably, interviews with Jensen Ackles, Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster/Gabriel), Rob Benedict (Chuck), Mark Sheppard (Crowley the demon), Steven Williams (Rufus), and …

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Review: Supernatural: Beginning’s End: Issue #2

By Paula R. Stiles

Dabb, Andrew. Loflin, Daniel. Supernatural: Beginning’s End. Issue #2. Diego Olmos, art. Marta Martinez, colors. Wes Abbott, letters. Ben Abernathy, Kristy Quinn, eds. Wildstorm Comics, February 17, 2010. $2.99 USD. 31 pp.

Issue #2 of Supernatural: Beginning’s End is heavily Sam-centric, which has its good and bad points. After his huge blowout with John last issue, which culminated in John hitting Sam, Sam takes off and hits the mean streets of New York. He ends …

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Review: Tails of Wonder and Imagination

By Michelle Crabb

Ed. Datlow, Ellen. Tails of Wonder and Imagination. Night Shade Books (February 15, 2010). US $15.95 ISBN-13: 978-1597801706

Tails of Wonder and Imagination, edited by Ellen Datlow, does a wonderful job of catering to those of us who prefer a more feline sort of company. The anthology featured an excellent variety of stories in different genres; there was everything from macabre to sci-fi, literary fiction to fantasy. So, there is something for everyone. Most of …

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Review: Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. Tachyon Publications, March 2010. CA$ 16.93/US$15.95. ISBN: 978-1892391957.

I’ve been gravitating towards Datlow’s anthologies for several years now and find them among the more interesting offerings available out there. She usually puts out several of them a year. In 2010, there’s a couple I’ve been watching out for: Haunted Legends with Nick Mamatas and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror.

In her introduction to the book, …

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Review: Pallid Light

By Pamela K. Kinney

Jones, William. Pallid Light: The Walking Dead. Elder Signs Press, January 2010. ISBN: 978-1934501115

Pallid Light: The Walking Dead is the newest horror novel by William Jones, with zombies as the monsters. The story begins with the hero (though he acts more like an anti-hero, especially at the beginning), Rand, as his apartment becomes dark when the power goes. Rain is coming down in a torrent, with odd lights flashing across the sky. A friend …

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Review: Tentacles of Love

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Carter, Margaret L. Tentacles of Love.  Ellora’s Cave (Kindle version: November 1, 2009)

When I was putting together the content for the Blood and Kisses week, I had a hard time finding any novels or stories that combined romance and Lovecraft. Lovecraft wrote about fish-people and things from other dimensions getting it on with humans, but even though there’s plenty of implicit sex in his unholy lineages of New England families, it never goes the way …

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Review: Named of the Dragon

By Paula R. Stiles

Kearsley, Susanna. Named of the Dragon. New York: Berkley Books, 1998. $6.99 USD. ISBN: 0-425-17345-3. 298pp.

Widowed Canadian literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw travels to Wales for Christmas (yep, it’s another paranormal Christmas romance). She suffers from dreams of her son, who has been dead for five years. Upon her arrival, a young widow named Elen latches onto her as the guardian angel of her baby, Stevie. Needless to say, this makes Lyn uncomfortable. Elen is …

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Review: Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance

By Ben Cooper

Perkins, Lori, ed. Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance. Ravenous Romance: Beverly, MA: Ravenous Romance, 2009. $6.99 USD. ISBN: 978-1-60777-308-5.

There has been a strange phenomenon in the last year or two in the genre publishing world. The blending of horror fiction with beloved classics of literature, such as Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. These bizarre portmanteaus have caught the readers’ interest, shifting healthy amounts of copies, as well as media …

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Review: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Remy Chandler

By Paula R. Stiles

Sniegoski, Thomas E. A Kiss Before the Apocalypse. New York: Roc Fantasy, 2008. $14.00 USD; $15.50 CDN. ISBN: 978-0-451-46205-3.

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse is the first in the Remy Chandler series. I picked up this book for the reason (probably obvious to anyone who reads my Supernatural reviews on this site) that it had angels. Well, that, and it was on sale. …

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Review: Embers

By Mike Griffiths

Bickle, Laura. Embers. Pocket: March 30, 2010. US $7.99. ISBN: 978-1439167656.

Embers, the debut novel from Laura Bickle, is a dark fantasy, or urban fantasy if you prefer. The word ‘dark’ is more fitting in this case, for the novel is a moody, grim ride through the complex life of Anya Kalinczyk.

Anya is a driven woman balancing two intense lives. Her paycheck is drawn from her job as an investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, …

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Review: African-American Paranormal Romance Part 3: The Perfect Mate

By Paula R. Stiles

Morris, Stephanie. The Perfect Mate. 2009. 14pp. Free. Available on the author’s website.

Today’s short story is an erotica tale of the PWP (Plot? What Plot?) type from the interracial category by Stephanie Morris. The Perfect Mate, like yesterday’s The Thirteenth, has vampires, but here, the vampire is the dangerous-yet-tender male lover (a common trope in traditional romance) and not an enemy. He drinks blood, but not enough to kill anyone, …

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Review: African-American Paranormal Romance, Part 2: The Thirteenth

By Paula R. Stiles

Banks, L.A. The Thirteenth. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010 (originally published in 2009). 309pp. $7.99 USD, $9.99 CDN. ISBN: 978-0-312-94916.

The Thirteenth is apocalyptic dark fantasy set in the End Times. The African-American and Hispanic heroes are the Neteru Guardian team, a strike force that works directly for Heaven. In this book, they’re on the run after their enemies in Hell successfully put the blame for a battle with demons in the previous book …

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