Review: Spaceship Zero

by Paula R. Stiles

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. (2001) Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Vancouver: Divine Industries, Inc. $8.99

Spaceship Zero is a soundtrack album for the RPG game of the same name. Put out in 2001 by a Lovecraft/Mythos rock group operating out of Chiliwack, B.C. since 1992, The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, the album is a bouncy tribute to ’50s and ’60s space-opera film and television. It doesn’t take itself even …

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Review: In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural

By Paula R. Stiles

In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural. Supernatural.tv with Leah Wilson, ed. Dallas: BenBella Books, Inc., 2009. xvi, 275pp. US $14.95/CAN $17.50. ISBN: 978-1-933771-63-2.

In the Hunt came out last spring and it’s already a bit obsolete. The publisher even admits this in the preface by noting that the forward by Keith R.A. DeCandido, introduction by Supernatural.tv and 22 essays were all written between seasons three and four of the show (interestingly, 18 out of …

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Masters of Horror: Lovecraft

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a cheap movie in need of a plot must be in want of some tits. Breasts, the most affordable special effect of all, have been used since time immemorial to hide lousy scripts, rubber monsters and bland characterization.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch House, part of the Masters of Horror series, flings as many boobs as it can to distract from the unavoidable truth: that Stuart Gordon, despite …

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Review: Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal

Review by Paula R. Stiles

Irvine, Alex. Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal. Dan Panosian and Alex Irvine, illus. New York: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (William Morrow), 2009. 218pp. US $21.99 (hardbound). ISBN: 978-0-06-170662-2.

I didn’t expect to like Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal, even though I enjoyed Irvine’s previous tie-in, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls. Despite his being played by an excellent actor (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Winchester patriarch John was not my favorite Supernatural character …

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Review: Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters

by Orrin Grey

Langan, John. Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters. Prime Books, 2008. US $24.95. ISBN 978-0809572496.

On the cover of John Langan’s debut collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, there’s a blurb from a Publishers Weekly review that says, “Horror readers will welcome a new voice speaking in a classic tongue.” While I hate to start a review by quoting from another, try as I might, I’ve yet to find a better way to sum …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine

Review by Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2009. 68 (100)pp. US $6.99/CAN $7.99 ($9.99 for 100-page issues). ISSN: 1752-645X.

Issue 11 of Supernatural Magazine came out last week (July 28 in the U.S./Canada; August 13 in the UK). It’s a bimonthly ‘zine, so that’s not quite two years it’s been running. All of the major genre shows have their own official magazines now, even the mainstream likes of Grey’s Anatomy. So, in that sense, …

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The 10 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The following is a list of 10 little-known movies, at least by English-speakers. Some of them have been remade; others remain in obscurity outside of the country where they were filmed. Follow us into a world of horror without borders:

Black Sunday
Country: Italy
Year: 1960

I have to say I’ve never been a fan of most Italian horror. The gialli leave me cold and Dario Who-Needs-A-Plot Argento never convinced me, despite that cool underwater sequence in …

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Review: Realms of Fantasy, August 2009

Realms of Fantasy, August 2009

Review by Paula R. Stiles

Realms of Fantasy, vol. 15, no 5, Aug 2009. Blacksburg, VA: Tir Na Nog, Press, Inc., 2009. 83pp. $6.99 USD; $7.99 CAN.

Realms of Fantasy went on hiatus last year, but has got a second life with a new publisher and starts up again with this latest issue. As part of their promotion, they offered a free copy to the first 200 people who answered their announcement on their …

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Review: Supernatural: Bone Key

Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Review by Paula R. Stiles

DeCandido, Keith R.A. Supernatural: Bone Key. New York: HarperEntertainment, 2007. 290pp. US $7.99/CAN $8.99. ISBN: 978-0-06-143503-4.

I was going to say that Supernatural: Bone Key was probably the closest we could expect to get to a good bit of official Supernatural fiction until I got hold of John Winchester’s Journal, which really is a good bit of official Supernatural fiction.

That said, Bone Key is …

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House. Penguin Classics. 208 pp. US $15.00/CAN $16.50 ISBN: 978-0143039983

Most people have seen a place that seemed to be bad. There was something about it which made a shiver run down your spine when you looked at it.

For me, this bad place was not a spooky Victorian mansion (I lived in one, converted into a dorm). My scary place was an abandoned hospital in bright, young and skyscraper-blue …

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Review: Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon

Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon by Jeff Mariotte

Review by Paula R. Stiles

Mariotte, Jeff. Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon. New York: HarperEntertainment, 2007. 357pp. US $7.99/CAN $10.99. ISBN: 978-0-06-137091-5.

Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon works better as a straight-up horror novel than a Supernatural tie-in novel. There are tons of gore and a generally cold, grim and fatalistic atmosphere. Lots and lots of secondary characters die, some of them before we get properly acquainted with them. The plot is clearly spelled out and the …

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Review: Thirteen Phantasms

Review by Amy Harlib

James P. Blaylock. Thirteen Phantasms and Other Stories Ace Books, NY, April 2003 ISBN#: 0-441-01014-8.

California writer of fantastic fiction James P. Blaylock, though not prolific in the shorter form, has produced award-winners happily included among the 16 stories (two co-authored with Tim Powers), all previously published (but many hard to find), collected together in the book Thirteen Phantasms. This gathering begins with an introduction titled “Five Hundred Dollars” about how Californian local color and eccentricities, …

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