Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.03: Soul Survivor


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Sam puts Dean through an extremely brutal form of shock therapy to make him human again. It has unforeseen consequences.


Recap: Recap of the first two episodes of the season, including a brief callback to the demon cure scene in “Clip Show.” Which is interesting because Sam? Well, he doesn’t do that ritual quite right. Could be it’s significant. Could be this writing team forgot important canon again.

Cut to …

Paula R. StilesColumn: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.03: Soul Survivor

Review: In the House of the Wicked

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 in Boston. Life’s been tough these past few years, though, since his …

Paula R. StilesReview: In the House of the Wicked

Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.21: Reading Is Fundamental

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: When Kevin, a bookish young man, is struck by lightning, he wakes up as a Prophet – and the pawn in a rivalry between the brothers and a garrison of angels.

Recap: A minute-and-twenty-seconds recap of 7.17 and the last-minute “twist” part of last week, involving Castiel’s return and healing of Sam, and the mysterious brick/sandstone slab that the brothers stole from Dick.

Cut to now, first in Neighbor, MI, …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 7.21: Reading Is Fundamental

Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.17: The Born-Again Identity

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam has a major nervous breakdown and ends up in a mental hospital. Dean has a major nervous breakdown trying to get him out. Which leads to the return of a familiar face. Two, actually.

Recap: We start with 40 interminable seconds of Sam Hellpain recap. Please let this be the last Sam Hellpain recap, ever. Please.

Cut to Sam running down some railroad tracks in the middle of the night, for God …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 7.17: The Born-Again Identity

Supernatural Fridays: Castiel: In Search of God

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

So, in the midst of all the drama about my being the Antichrist last week, there was much demand for an article about Castiel. After grumbling about having no time to do it, I figured, Oh, what the hell. Off we go.

When the Man Comes Around

If fans had to pick the most badass moment in the show, Castiel’s explosive entrance in “Lazarus Rising” would be way up there. From the …

Paula R. StilesSupernatural Fridays: Castiel: In Search of God

Recap and Review: Supernatural 6.22: The Man Who Knew Too Much

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Castiel moves to open Purgatory, distracting Dean by smashing the wall inside Sam’s head.

Recap: Recap to “Carry On Wayward Son” of the previous season. If you blink, you’ll miss the fairies. Remember them? But you won’t miss Death, who gets a surprising amount of recap, considering he only guested in one episode and has been scarcely mentioned again.

Cut to Sam running down a street, fleeing from a police car. He kicks …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 6.22: The Man Who Knew Too Much

Recap and Review: Supernatural 6.20: The Man Who Would Be King

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: The brothers and Bobby trap and interrogate Castiel about his ulterior motives and Master Plan involving Crowley.

Recap: Far too much recap of “Swan Song”, followed by a mention of holy oil, some soul-groping, mentions of Purgatory and fairy-blasting, and Eve’s feud with Crowley. Cut to Castiel sitting in an empty park on a bench, whining (sorry, praying) to God. Initially, he reminisces about his time on earth, starting with the first fish

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 6.20: The Man Who Would Be King

Interview: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Today, we talk angels, comics and Lovecraft with Thomas E. Sniegoski, author of two angelic noir, Urban Fantasy series, The Fallen and Remy Chandler. His latest Remy Chandler book, A Hundred Words for Hate, which we reviewed during Shivers and Sighs Week, comes out in bookstores today.

[Warning: spoilers – past, present and future – ahead for both The Fallen series and the Remy Chandler books]

IFP: How did you get started in writing?

TS: Oh, jeez…well, what’s …

IFPInterview: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Review: Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts

By Pamela K. Kinney

Stephen Jones. Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts. Ulysses Press, 2010. 400pp. ISBN-13: 978-1569758380.

Fallen angels and heavenly hosts – what better subjects for a genre anthology of short stories? There are plenty of collections with stories about vampires, werewolves and demons out there, but this is something different, something fresh. So, when I got Visitants in the mail, I dove right into it.

Visitants has a variety of stories ranging from angels …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: A Hundred Words for Hate

By Paula R. Stiles

Sniegoski, Thomas E. A Hundred Words for Hate: A Remy Chandler Novel. New York: Roc Books (March 1, 2011). 306pp. USD $14.00; CDN $17.50; Kindle: $9.99.

The caretaker of the Garden of Eden is dying, and something evil festers and grows beneath her fertile soil (Yes, her, the Garden is sentient). Meanwhile, Bostonian PI Remy Chandler’s latest case involves an elderly African-American woman suffering from Alzheimer’s (and an even older angel, Malachi). Fernita can’t …

Paula R. StilesShivers and Sighs Week: Review: A Hundred Words for Hate