Review: Supernatural: Rising Son

by Paula R. Stiles

Johnson, Peter and Dessertine, Rebecca. Supernatural: Rising Son. Artist: Diego Olmos. Colorist: Jonny Rench. Letterer: Wes Abbott. [Short story: Kripke, Eric and Johnson, Peter. The Beast with Two Backs. Artist: Dan Hipp. Colorist: Jonny Rench. Letterer: Wes Abbott] La Jolla (CA): Wildstorm Productions, 2009. 144pp. US $14.99/CAN $16.99 CAN. ISBN: 978-1-4012-2205-5.

Terri Clark, a reviewer for the site Supernatural Sisters, hits the nail on the head when she says that she liked …

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Review: Negadon Attacks

by Amy Harlib

Note: This article was previously published in

Negadon Attacks: Three Animated Odysseys from Japan (Central Park Media Corporation, NY) Imaginasian Theater, NYC, May 12-18, 2006.

A New York-based media company, Central Park Media, that imports Japanese manga (comics) and anime (DVDs) for sale in the USA, arranged for limited theatrical distribution for a 90-minute-long presentation of a trio of its best offerings under the title Negadon Attacks: Three Animated Odysseys from Japan. All readily …

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Review: The Very Best of Gene Wolfe

by Alex Keller

Gene Wolfe. The Very Best of Gene Wolfe. New York: PS Publishing; Limited signed edition (1 Jul 2009). ISBN: 978-1848630277

I wanted to like this collection; I really did. I read The Book of the New Sun and thought it was generally good (if hard work), and coupled with Kim Stanley Robinson’s gushing introduction, I was expecting a great read. However, I found the few problems I had with The Book of the New Sun (it …

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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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Adaptation: Turn of the Screw

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

During the 1960s and 70s, there was a craze for Gothic novels. The covers of many paperbacks featured a woman (often in a white nightgown) running away from a castle, tower, or other ominous landmark. The women in the covers were, of course, the literary descendants of Jane Eyre.

The books often had exciting titles, such as The House of Secrets, The Black Dog, or Festival of Darkness. Back in the day, these covers …

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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. 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 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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