Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 07/10/13

This week, we have more news and spoilers about upcoming books, Once Upon a Time, sci-fi series, and Supernatural. We’ve just started a brand new spoilers column series. You can access previous spoilers columns from 2013 here.

Don’t forget to check out our shiny new issue. It’s number 13! Come share in the broken-mirror, black-cat bad luck here.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

Mira Grant’s zombie novels have gained a huge following and some impressive award nominations. Now she has a new entry into that series, a novella entitled ‘How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea.’ Set in Australia, it shows us the results of the zombie outbreak on that continent’s varied wildlife, bringing forth a range of beasts that includes zombie kangaroos.

Meanwhile, things aren’t going well for Jack, protagonist of F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack series. The newest addition, The Dark City, sees our hero’s favorite bar being sold – and a deadly menace entering the fray. Though the standard edition doesn’t come out till October, the Gauntlet Press edition can be purchased now.

Carsten Stroud is another author returning to his established setting. The Homecoming brings us back to Niceville, where the police find themselves confronted by a chain of disappearances and a peaceful town that is rather less pleasant beneath the surface.

In Blackwater Lights, Michael M. Hughes sets out to combine the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft with the taut, thriller structure of Dean Koontz, showing a protagonist whose attempt to investigate a summer camp near his hometown soon unearths, not only buried memories from his childhood and a number of other searchers, but also the entity that was awakened.

The Summer is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved, the newest release from ChiZine Publications and written by Joey Comeau, also features a summer camp, this time of the religious variety. The dark fates of the attendees, though, seem like they may hold across both books.

Finally, the week sees the release of North American Lake Monsters, a collection by Nathan Ballingrud from Small Beer Press. Ballingrud has won the Shirley Jackson Award and earned praise from greats like Jeff VanderMeer, and this collection seems like a perfect place to become acquainted with his work.

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

Adam Horowitz tweeted from the writers’ room about episode 3.03: “Wings, people don’t believe…snow clocks charming – yo….”

He also tweeted that the title of the season opener is “The Heart of the Truest Believer” and it will be written by him and Edward Kitsis.

And Spoiler TV released that the show is casting two recurring roles: “… the roles of Rufio and Thief are being cast. Rufio is in his teens, and is a mischievous and devious Lost Boy, and the Thief is in his 30s and steals magic from Rumpelstiltskin in order to save someone he loves.”

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

ABC released a new trailer for its Once Upon A Time spinoff, Wonderland.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming Wa has an interview up with SFX.

Arrow‘s Marc Guggenheim gave an interview on seasons one and two.

Fox announced the premiere dates of their shows. Sleepy Hollow will premiere on September 16 and Almost Human will premiere on November 4. Very wide difference on dates!

Danie Gilles gave an interview with TV Rage regarding The Vampire Diaries and new spinoff show, The Originals.

There’s a sneak peek of Syfy show Haven over at TV Line.

Defiance‘s Julie Benz has an interview up on the SFX site.

Some more Comic-Con announcements.

The Syfy Channel’s Haven will be having a panel at the convention for the first time. The cast made a video announcement for it.

It’s been confirmed that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be attending the 20th Anniversary panel. Will they be announcing another movie? One can hope! Even if the last one wasn’t that great!

NBC finally announced the attendance of their shows. Grimm, Hannibal, and Revolution will be appearing there.

CBS Television has announced that there will be panels for their shows Beauty and the Beast, Star-Crossed and Under the Dome.

Spoiler TV has up a nifty little list of which shows are attending and which are not!

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

Tonight’s repeat episode is “The Great Escapist,” which I just reviewed for Innsmouth Free Press.

Director Guy Norman Bee and producer Jim Michaels have confirmed that “Devil May Care” is a real episode that is being filmed first, but will air second. So, it will be 7.01 in production number but 7.02 in air date and chronological in-show terms. Michaels is being coy on why this is so. The stuff about the two Walking Hunter Stereotypes, one gender each, also appears to be true. Sorry.

There’s info up here about the show’s panel at Comic-Con, coming in a week and a half on June 21.

The Winchester Bros site had an interview/blog talk on the 6th with Samantha Smith. She talks specifically, and at length, about filming episodes and how she perceives Mary with each of the brothers.

Finally, the ratings for the repeat of “The Great Escapist” were 0.3/1 in demo and 770 thousand in audience, which is pretty good for July 3 on the CW. Cult has its last two episodes this Friday.

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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