Review: The Dead Travel Fast

By Paula R. Stiles

Nuzum, Eric. The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.

Maybe I should have known better than to expect much from a book that cost me two bucks at the dollar store. But I’ve had good luck with the discount rack in the past. I even picked up a well-known history of the 1905 San Francisco Earthquake for the same price along with this one. Unfortunately,

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Review: True Blood, Season Two

By Paula R. Stiles

Having sudden access to free HBO for three months this summer, I decided to find out what the brouhaha was all about and check out True Blood. Written by Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, a series I could take or leave, it had been lauded up, down and sideways as smart and scary, groundbreaking and all that.

Well, it does pass the time for the most part; I’ll give it that. The …

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Review: Bitten

by Paula. R. Stiles

Bitten (2008): Once Bitten Films, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Made-For-the-SyFy-Channel films generally suck out loud, but every so often, the network puts out something decent (hint: stick to the basic themes and stay far, far away from anything involving CGI/rubber blown-up monsters and/or set in Iraq). This low-budget, Canadian-indie vampire offering is something decent.

Ironically, Bitten (AKA Mordidos or Lady Is a Vamp) isn’t actually made for television. It’s a real, bona fide censored R-rated …

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Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.01: Sympathy for the Devil

by Paula R. Stiles

[Here be big old episode spoilers]
Tagline: Lucifer’s on earth, searching for his vessel. Dean and Sam go looking for Michael’s Sword – and find it in a very surprising place.

Recap: After a kicking recap of season four to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”, it all starts where season four left off, with Sam and Dean standing in front of a fountain of light blasting out of the bloody floor of a convent. Dean finally …

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Supernatural sources: Paradise Lost and The Book of Revelation

by Paula R. Stiles

[Supernatural season five starts tonight at 9 on the CW. Some spoilers for season four below. Obviously.]

The Supernatural writers have often mentioned that they have used various sources for their episodes, especially for creating MOTWs. However, they have explicitly mentioned two sources that they have been using for seasons four and five. For season four, show creator Eric Kripke stated that they were doing The Book of Revelation” (c.96 CE). For season five, …

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Review: Official Supernatural sites

by Paula R. Stiles

The show Supernatural has several official sites sponsored by different companies or devoted to different aspects of the show. The first is because Supernatural is aired by the CW, but is produced by Warner Bros., not the network. There are also different places where the show has an official presence, though not as many as for some other shows (no show page on Twitter, for example). Here they all are:

Official CW site

This is …

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Review: Supernatural Season Three DVD

by Paula R. Stiles

Kripke, Eric, et al. Supernatural Season Three [DVD]. Burbank [CA]: Warner Bros., 2008. 651 min. US $59.98/CAN $32.99.

Dean has made a deal with a Crossroad Demon to save Sam’s life and in return, he’s also received a year to live. He’s determined to make the most of it. Too bad the MOTWs are lacking in sympathy. More sinister is the strange obsession that every demon has with making Sam their King and killing Dean early, …

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Review: Supernatural Season Two DVD

by Paula R. Stiles

Kripke, Eric, et al. Supernatural Season Two [DVD]. Burbank [CA]: Warner Bros., 2007. 903 min. US $59.98/CAN $74.98.

The massive cliffhanger at the end of season one has left Dean on life support in a hospital, with brother Sam and father John fighting each other on how to save him. The fallout from John’s solution turns Dean into an emotional mess and forces Sam to go searching for other psykids like him. This all …

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Review: Supernatural Season One DVD

by Paula R. Stiles

Kripke, Eric, et al. Supernatural Season One [DVD]. Burbank [CA]: Warner Bros., 2006. 936 min. US $49.98/CAN $32.99.

Sam Winchester is just a normal college student: going to Stanford; applying to law school; has good friends, a loving girlfriend…and is just a bit odd. Just a bit of a lone wolf. Then one night, someone breaks into his apartment. It’s his feral older brother, Dean. Sam’s family are professional hunters of the supernatural ever …

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Who Are Sam and Dean Winchester in the Supernatural Mythology?

by Paula R. Stiles

[This article has spoilers for seasons one through four]

Plot? What plot?
Along the way to Supernatural season five, a few odd things happened to the show’s protagonists. Sam Winchester started out as a college student with a nice girlfriend, Mr. Normal to his feral, ghost hunting older brother, Dean. This also made him, paradoxically, the black sheep of his screwed-up family. Then Sam’s girlfriend was killed and his life destroyed. Out on the road with …

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Ten Horrific Silent Films

by Paula R. Stiles

Some of these films would not even be classified as horror today. However, all have given images, techniques and themes to the horror film genre that have never gone away (or should definitely be dug back up). It’s not intentional that most of these films are not American, but it might not be a coincidence, either. The German expressionists of the silent era were highly influential on later horror film. I’ve included links to the films

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Review: Supernatural: Origins

by Paula R. Stiles

Johnson, Peter. Supernatural: Origins. Artist: Matthew Dow Smith. Colorist: JD Mettler. Letterer: Greg Thompson. La Jolla (CA): Wildstorm Productions, 2008. [Short story: Johns, Geoff. Speak No Evil. Artist: Phil Hester. Colorist: JD Mettler. Letterer: Greg Thompson] 144pp. US $14.99/CAN $16.99 CAN. ISBN: 978-1-4012-4701-3.

Supernatural: Origins is rather difficult to review. It’s come under a lot of fan criticism, largely due to some continuity problems relative the show. I understand that the original six-issue

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