Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 06/26/13


This week, we have more news and spoilers about upcoming books, Once Upon a Time, sci-fi series, and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.

We have a new issue up. It’s number 13! Come check it out and share the broken-mirror, black-cat bad luck here.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

New horror novels are in plentiful supply this week. D.T. Dyllin’s Feeling Death introduces us to Samantha Bevans, an empath. Gifted with the ability to feel the emotions of others, she has been having an affair with no physical component, but that is stopped when a serial killer begins to cut through Pittsburgh and targets her distant lover. Murder also plays a rather central role in Killer’s Diary by Brian Pinkerton. As the bodies pile up in the Windy City, Ellen Gordon stumbles across a diary left behind in a coffee shop. The author is charming. But his writing holds the clues to terrifying secrets.

Stronghold by Maynard Sims brings us to a location that seems a bit more secure than cities stalked by serial killers. Safe Haven is a luxurious retreat ­­- one protected by the most advanced security. But the world outside is waking back up and its hungry beasts are nearing Safe Haven’s walls. Continuing on with apocalyptic themes, this week has two different takes on the living dead. David Moody has revised the conclusion to his Autumn series, The Human Condition. The book shows the remnants of humanity, giving us the stories of those few lucky men and women that survived. Meanwhile, the undead lead of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series is caught between the genuine living dead and a zombie movie filming in town in the latest installment, White Trash Zombie Apocalypse.

For those who prefer horror in shorter, sharper servings than novels, we have some exciting new collections. Centipede Press has announced What the Doctor Ordered, which collects stories from the last three decades by Michael Blumlein. Then there is All-American Horror of the 21st Century, an anthology edited by Mort Castle with the highlights of the last decade, including pieces by Andy Duncan, Tom Montelone and John Everson.

Finally, though I am sure that just about anyone interested in Innsmouth Free Press has a good grasp of Lovecraft’s work, the new edition of his stories this week still might be worthy of some attention, considering its publisher. The Classic Horror Stories features nine of the Master’s tales and comes from Oxford University Press. The book is introduced by Roger Luckhurst.

Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina

ABC announced that the show will be appearing at Comic-Con this year. No word on which cast members will attend, though. Spinoff Wonderland will also have a panel.

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

ABC announced that their new show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, will be at Comic-Con this year, as well.

More shows announced for Comic-Con: MTV’s Teen Wolf and Warner Bros shows Almost Human, Revolution, Nikita, The Following, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The 100, and The Tomorrow People.

Remember the pilot of the show that never got picked up, Locke and Key? I reviewed it here. Well, sounds like they are going to make a movie of it. Still too bad about the show, as it introduced a couple of interesting non-comic book canon twists that would have been cool to see more of.

The CW announced their fall premiere dates. Alas, most of them are in October.

NBC also announced their show’s premiere dates. Grimm will be premiering on Friday, October 25. While new show Dracula will premiere right after it.

Netflix has picked up their supernatural show Hemlock Grove for a second season.

Supernatural (Wednesday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Y’all can do the Snoopy dance now – Supernatural is, indeed, going to Comic-Con. Guest stars will include Jeremy Carver, Robert Singer, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark Sheppard.

If anybody is going and wants to do a report for us (whether or not you’re going to the Supernatural panel), let us know at: innsmouthfp(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tonight’s repeat episode is “Taxi Driver.” Remember that there’s no Friday repeat because of the return of Cult.

Now, let the weeping and wailing, gnashing of hair and rending of garments begin – the show isn’t returning for season nine until October 15.

Shooting for the season reportedly begins on July 11, which means we’re likely to get something visual in the spoiler department at Comic-Con, as usual. Jared Padalecki teased that he had already received the first few scripts of season nine.

Finally, the ratings for the repeat of “Goodbye Stranger” were 0.4/1 in demo and 1.00 million in audience. The repeat on Friday of “Freaks and Geeks” got a 0.3/1 and 680 thousand in audience.

We’ll be back next week with more news, spoilers and blatantly unabashed self-promotion. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event, Once Upon a Time, Grimm and Supernatural.

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