Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 08/21/13

Yesterday was H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday. Happy 123rd to the Man from Providence.

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.

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

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

I suspect that I am not the only horror reader who read R. L. Stine when young. Well, Stine is back, this time with Red Rain, a novel about an evil twin that is aimed at the adult fans who once devoured his work.

Joyce Maynard’s After Her sees a young girl using herself as bait to allow her father to catch a serial killer. The plan fails. But the real horror comes about afterward, when Rachel must live with the consequences of her father’s destroyed life and the impact the plan has on her relationship with her sister.

The Poison Oracle tells of an Arab kingdom, an English researcher, and a murder. Oh, and the chimpanzee just learning to write whole sentences that is the only witness. Peter Dickinson’s novel is a powerful piece of crime fiction, a truly bizarre tale, and an investigation of cruelty and language.

A trio of collections rounds out the week’s new material. 13 Conjurations is the third collection of Weird Tales from Jonathon Thomas, a writer who has received praise from genre luminaries like Ramsey Campbell.

Michael Marshall Smith’s Everything You Need follows on, this time with praise from Neil Gaiman and Ellen Datlow. Characters include frightened children, lost drivers, and quite a few more.

Finally, Christopher Golden’s Tell My Sorrows to the Stones is packed with powerful and varied tales, with desperate clowns and gunslingers. It’s introduced by Cherrie Priest.

In addition to all of that, this week’s horror is more than willing to delve for the past’s gems or to toy with its icons. Valancourt Books continues to rerelease the horror of past decades or even centuries. Thorndike’s The Slype is named for an ill-omened passageway besides the cathedral of Dullchester and is introduced by Mark Valentine.

Basil Copper’s Necropolis puts the author’s own psychic detective, Clyde Beatty, into contact with Sherlock Holmes in an alternative history London. Stephen Jones introduces the volume.

The last of the Valancourt group is The Haunted Cavern by John Palmer, a prime example of late-18th-century Gothic fiction.

Editor Paula Guran brings us the year’s retrospective with The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013. Gris Grimly has set out to recast Mary Shelley’s masterwork into a new graphic novel in Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, in which he stitches Shelley’s words into his art.

But let us end on a a sillier note: Dover Publications is releasing Great Horror Movie Villains Paper Dolls: Psychos, Slashers, and Their Victims, a potentially amusing idea for any fans of Horror movies.

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

The big casting news this week is that the show has finally cast their Little Mermaid, Ariel. It will be actress Joanna Garcia-Swisher, formerly of Reba and Privileged. Good choice.

E! Online has a spoiler about the Lost Boys:

QUESTION: Any Once Upon a Time spoilers?
ANSWER: We’ll meet another one of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys in episode 5: Devin, who has been in Neverland a long time and is extremely loyal to season 3’s new Big Bad, but is competitive with his fellow boys, as he’s often overlooked. Green never looks good on anyone, Devin!

Adam Horrowitz announced on his Twitter that the title for episode 4 will be “Nasty Habits,” and will be written by David H. Goodman and Robert Hull.

Josh Dallas had a brief interview with the TV Addict site at Comic-Con.

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

For Shield fans, EW has up a few video interviews with the cast on their site.

According to SpoilerTV, Naveen Andrews (Jafar) will be a Once Upon A Time In Wonderland series regular. Also according to them, there is a new role being cast:

“For Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode 1.03, the role of Grendel is being cast. Grendel is an ogre-like creature who is a threat to Alice and the Knave.”

Spoiler TV has up a video of a new trailer for Haven.

Colin Ferguson, new to Haven, had a brief interview with the TV Addict site.

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

Supernatural repeats with “A Little Slice of Kevin.”

There’s another promotional photo out, this time of just Misha Collins. Speaking of Castiel, Canadagraphs has up some new set photos and minor spoilers about his new human storyline.

Episode 9.05, “Bad Boys,” has been identified as the episode Jared Padalecki mentioned at Nerd HQ where Dean gets laid. Seems he reconnects with a woman he knew 20 years earlier as a teen, while on a case. And isn’t it wild this show has been on long enough that we can do 20 years ago, when the brothers were teenagers? Alas, Adam Glass is writing it, which cuts down on the potential for awesome. We’ll just have to see.

KSite has up a new interview from Comic-Con with Robert Singer.

Another late Comic-Con interview is up with Jared Padalecki.

Speaking of interviews, there’s a new one out with makeup artist Zabrina Matiru, not terribly spoilery.

Meanwhile, various crewmembers have been teasing set pics from the new season, some more spoilery than others.

Osric Chau has apparently cracked under the strain of Hellatus and you can join in. It’s kinda scary how well he mimics Collins’ mannerisms. In a shopping mall.

Don’t forget that Vancon is this weekend.

This … made me giggle.

Finally, ratings for the repeat of “Southern Comfort” were 0.3/1 and 0.97 million.

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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About Paula R. Stiles

Paula is not at all paranoid about government conspiracies after six years in EMS, two years in Africa for the Peace Corps, a few summers with the Park Service, and ten years studying the Knights Templar. She's seen governments in action. They couldn't cover up a toy picnic table, let alone evidence of alien visitation. Writes about science for fun, history for money, and zombies for the company. You can read her sober-as-a-judge book about Templars in medieval Spain, Templar Convivencia, on Amazon. You can find her homepage at: http://thesnowleopard.net.

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