Column: Retronomicon: Dead In The Water: Grimm 3.04: One Night Stand


By J. Keith Haney


“More and more she grew to love human beings and wished that she could leave the sea and live among them.” – Hans Christian Anderson, “The Little Mermaid”


Recap: The quote above is put against the backdrop of yet more of Portland’s lovely forest area, starting from a tree and panning all the way down to a fallen log by the water. We then fade out and abruptly cut to a bunch of young people singing …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.05: Dog Dean Afternoon


By Paula R. Stiles

In keeping with the 12 Days of Christmas (which began on Thursday), I’ll be doing at least 12 Supernatural episode reviews to catch up a bit between now and January 20. Today is number one.


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: When the brothers investigate the death of a taxidermist, Dean takes a shaman’s potion to speak with the only witness – the man’s dog.


Recap: Recap of the season so far, with a weird emphasis …

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Column: Recap and Review: Sleepy Hollow 1:06: The Sin Eater


By P.S. Griffin


Summary: Wherein we learn the skeletons in Ichabod’s past and the holes in the Masons’ plan. Yep. Those guys finally showed up well after Ichabod fanboyed the Masonic symbols on the dollar bill in the pilot.


Recap: Sweet Abbie takes the previous episode’s life lesson to heart immediately and begins to try and make Ichabod feel that he belongs in this century by introducing him to America’s favorite pastime. The episode opens with the two in the …

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Column: Retronomicon: The Price of Loyalty: Dracula 1.04: From Darkness To Light


By J. Keith Haney


Recap: We start off with a recap that encompasses Daniel’s suicide, Grayson’s demonstration, the reincarnation angle with Mina and Grayson, Grayson’s continuing frustration with the lack of a solar vaccine, Mina proposing to Jonathan, Lucy’s torch that she’s carrying for Mina, Lady Jane’s nasty vampire-hunting habits, and the death of the Seers. Whew! That’s more action than some series get on thirty episodes, let alone three.

With that out of the way, we open on the …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Thing on the Doorstep (2014)


By Brian Sammons


The Thing on the Doorstep (2014). Director: Tom Gliserman. 
Cast: David Bunce, Susan Cicarelli-Caputo, Mary Jane Hansen.


The thing about making a movie about a story by H.P. Lovecraft is that anyone can do it, since many of his tales are public domain. This means that many first time filmmakers cut their cinematic teeth on tales by the Grand Old Gent from Providence. Some do this out of love for the source material, and others do it …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of the Damned (1963)


By Orrin Grey


House of the Damned (1963). Directed by: Maury Dexter. Starring: Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Richard Crane.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s fright film has a synopsis that would have been right at home in a Stuart Gordon movie thirty years later, where it would have been half again as long, at least three times as eventful, and about a hundred …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: The Tedium Zone


By Lyndsey Holder


McKelvie, Jamie (artist) and Gillen, Kieran (writer). The Wicked + The Divine. Image (2014).

Vilanova, Guiu (artist) and Straczynski, J. Michael (writer). The Twilight Zone. Dynamite (2014).


I am a multi-tasker. I do really well when I have seventeen million things to do at once, but when I have only one task, I quickly become bogged down in minutia. When my house is an absolute riot, which it always is because housework is pretty low …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.01 (Season Premiere): Black


By Paula R. Stiles

If you like these reviews, you can help support us by buying our books and spreading the word about them. We currently have a presale going for our latest collection, The Nickronomicon. Also on sale is our recent sword & sorcery anthology, Sword and Mythos, and Laotian-American Mythos poet Bryan Thao Worra’s collection, Demonstra.


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Newly demonized Dean paints the town red with Crowley, while Sam goes to …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: The Book of the Black Sun II: The Book Collector


By Randy Stafford


Thomas, G.W. Book of the Black Sun II: The Book Collector. RAGE m a c h i n e Books: 2014. Kindle USD $4.99. ASIN: B00JV252XS.

I always like to see one of G.W. Thomas’ “Writing the Mythos” articles show up here at Innsmouth Free Press. His various essays on pulp authors and genres, available on his website, are worth reading as well. So, I was eager to read some actual fiction by him.

Thomas has …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73)


Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972-73). Directed by: Various. Starring: Scads of people.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, in honor of that spookiest of all seasons, Halloween, we’re unearthing not merely a film, but an entire TV series! This is the last of several DVD screeners I got from the Sony Pictures Choice Collection, specializing in titles that have never before been …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: King Kong With Tentacles


By Lyndsey Holder


Afterlife with Archie #6. Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illustrated by: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli, Robert Hack, and Rachel Deering. Archie Comics, 2014.


Generally, I’m sort of a hit-it-and-quit-it kind of lady with my reviews. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t lack the ability to settle down with a series, but as much as I’d love to sit around all day in my underpants eating chocolates in bed with BPRD: Hell on Earth (and believe me, …

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Column: Recap and Review: Sleepy Hollow 1:05: John Doe


By P.S. Griffin


Summary: Something sickly this way comes – and goes with Abbie’s help, thereby saving Ichabod, Sleepy Hollow, and probably the world. Prithee I bid ye to cast out all sense lest madness take root, gentle viewers.


Recap: We open in the familiar woods of Sleepy Hollow. A dirty boy in ye olde timey garb sees a young girl, suspiciously clean in a white nightie. They are both barefoot. She dares him to try to catch her; he …

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