Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 07/24/13


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

Also, check out our editor Paula R. Stiles’ book The Mighty Quinn, on sale for 99 cents until the end of the month, along with a bunch of other books from the same publisher.

Not to mention, the cover art for the Fraterfamilias sequel, Confraternitas, is now up.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

As attested by its presence in my mailbox this afternoon, the Bad Moon Books rerelease of Thomas Ligotti’s Death Poems has surfaced. As promised, it has some gorgeous art, a series of added poems, and those of the original volume. Perhaps best of all, it’s rather more affordable than the original. Those interested can choose between a signed hardcover, a paperback, and an ebook.

Valancourt Books is continuing to release all sorts of recent and distant horror gems that have fallen off the radar. John Blackburn and Valancourt have come up together in this column before. With A Scent of New-Mown Hay, they are back again. Debuting in 1958, the book features a splendid mix of Nazis, fungus, and the Cold War. Here, it is introduced by Darren Harris-Fain. The Great White Space by Basil Copper, meanwhile, is a Lovecraftian novel of discovering a city below the Black Mountains. Stephen Jones wrote the introduction.

Continuing with the Valancourt releases, we come to Frank Baker’s The Birds, here introduced by Ken Mogg and incorporating Baker’s revisions. Then there is Russell Thorndike’s The Master of the Macabre, which sees Tayler Kent forced to take refuge after a car crash in a medieval monastery. Alas, the monastery is inhabited by Charles Hogarth, the Master of the Macabre. The volume is introduced by Mark Valentine. Finally, it seems fitting to end the list of Valancourt’s releases with what Karl Edward Wagner called the greatest supernatural horror novel of all, Hell! Said the Duchess. Men are dying all around London, and the clues point to the Duchess of Dove. The police cannot understand what could drive such a woman to murder. The answer proves rather deadly. This book, too, is introduced by Valentine.

But enough of dead reads shambling out from the past and back toward us. It’s time for shambling zombies. Editor Steve Berman’s Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages is a historical zombie anthology. Divided into sections of Before and After Lazarus, it has stories from the dawn of time, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the centuries preceding our own from a wide variety of authors that includes Stephen Graham Jones, Jonathon Maberry and some names that might be quite familiar to fans of Innsmouth: Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Molly Tanzer.

The week ends on a suitably Lovecraftian note. In Kolchak: Necronomicon C.J. Henderson’s investigator Kolchak has stumbled across a final evil: the Necronomicon and all the entities within.

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

With Comic-Con having happened this weekend, there are quite a few interviews and videos out there for the show!

You can catch recaps of the panels at The Huffington Post, TV Line and TV Guide. You can also see the trailer at all of these sites. The big news seems to be that they ARE going to have the Little Mermaid, AKA Ariel, in this season, as evidenced by a little tease in the trailer itself!

You can see video of the panel here: part 1 and part 2.

The TV Addict has up a video interview with Colin O’Donoghue and Michael Raymond-James.

Casting news: Meghan Ory claimed at her panel for her new show Intelligence that Red will be back.

Young actor Robbie Kay has been cast as a Lost Boy.

Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina

A┬ábunch of video has come out for the show’s presence at Comic-Con this year!

You can see the show’s full panel video here.

You can see the full video for Matt Smith’s panel with Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) and others here.

You can see the Nerd HQ panel that Matt did with Jenna-Louise Coleman and Steven Moffat here.

You can catch a cute little video of Matt walking the convention floor in disguise here.

You can catch a video interview with Matt Smith from IGN here.

You can also catch one of Matt and Jenna with Hypablevids here.

There is also an interview with Matt here.

BBC America has some quotes from Matt on his first day at Comic-Con here.

But alas, for all of the video up, so far, there is no video yet of the trailer for the 50th Anniversary special! You can find a description of it up on the SFX recap of the panel, though! Big spoiler of the trailer: The Daleks are back! Might they be back because of the Time War?

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

So, Comic-Con happened! Woot, right? And now there is a plethora of spoilers and interviews to look over for all of the shows!

Here’s a rundown of just some of the news and video that is out there.

Haven: You can find a video interview of Emily Rose with TV Addict here. Colin Ferguson discusses his arrival on the show in four Comic-Con clips at the Blastr site.

Arrow: The trailer for the new season dropped at Comic-Con and you can see it here. You can catch a video interview with the cast by EW here. There is also a video of John Barrowman being interviewed by TV Line. TV Guide has its wrapup here. E! has its recap here. The Huffington Post has a video up here. TV Line has their recap here.

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland: The big news for Wonderland is that they cast Naveen Andrews from Lost as Jafaar. You can see a video interview with him and the cast with EW here. You can catch The Huffington Post’s recap of the Comic-Con panel here. And TV Guide‘s recap is here. TV Line has their first impressions up of the pilot here.

Game of Thrones: ThinkHeroPro has up the Comic-Con panel on their YouTube channel.

The Walking Dead: The trailer for the new season was released and even this non-viewer has to say it looked pretty dang cool! ThinkHeroPro has up the Comic-Con panel on their YouTube channel. And you can catch an interview with Andrew Lincoln at TV Line here.

Almost Human: You can check out the panel for this show here. And you can read TV Guide‘s recap of the panel here. EW has some fan’s reactions on the premiere.

Being Human: You can catch the Comic-Con trailer for the new season here (It’s very short).

Grimm: TV Guide gives their wrapup of this show’s Comic-Con panel here.

Defiance: The Blastr site has some clips up of this show’s Comic-Con panel here.

The X-Files: Spoiler TV has up the Comic-Con panel on the site! You can read a recap of it at EW, The Huffington Post and TV Line.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: You can catch the entire panel for this show at the i09 site. It was revealed that Cobie Smulders will be making an appearance in the pilot. You can read TV Guide‘s recap of the panel here and TV Line’s here. The pilot screened at Comic-Con this year and some sites have up their impressions of it: EW and i09.

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

Tonight’s repeat episode is the season finale, “Sacrifice.” No, I haven’t posted a review of it, yet. Probably on Monday.

The big news this past week was the Comic-Con panel, with attendant interviews of the principals. The full panel is now up, as is the season eight gag reel and season premiere clip. In addition are press room interviews with Jeremy Carver, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins. You can find spoilery recaps of the panel here, here and here. Also, you can find a near-transcript of the panel and some articles speculating about what came out.

On top of all this, Felicia Day crashed the panel, talking about being the “Teflon vagina” of the show. Quite aside from my dislike of women who claim to be feminists reducing themselves and other women to their reproductive organs, I can’t say I’m wowed by the show choosing to pick a single female character who isn’t actually that popular to pimp to embarrassing levels just because she’s basically no threat to the brothers and their popularity whatsoever, all the better to hide how any of the good and popular female characters have been dropped like spiders in a camp shower. Classy, show.

The third episode of the season is called “I’m No Angel,” and will introduce a new angel character named ‘Bartholomew.’

On top of this, Ackles and Padalecki did a Nerd HQ panel. Also, Collins and Mark Sheppard did a joint video interview with TV Line.

Jared Padalecki did a goof on Jensen Ackles’ transformation from Dad to Dean. This is a useful skill, since he just confirmed he’ll be a daddy for a second time.

The biggest news from Comic-Con is that they’re finally doing another spinoff, centering around a character introduced in 9.20 and more urban than its parent show. And it will be written by Andrew Dabb, one of the most notorious of the show’s writers in terms of bad plotting and violating canon. Yeah, I can’t see anything possibly going wrong from the start with this project, either.

Finally, the ratings for the repeat of “Clip Show” were 0.3/1 in demo and 760 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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