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Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories Book Review

Oct 16, 2017 1 Comment by

In Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories, published by Titan Books, Kim Newman once again tears open the toy chest of genre culture and doesn’t pick up after himself, leaving a clutter of in-jokes and obscure references in his wake.  Yeah, Newman’s got his schtick, but so do we all and his is a lot […]

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Dark Cities Anthology Book Review

Aug 31, 2017 No Comments by

The city can be a frightening and dangerous place. Dark alleys, strangers, crime, speeding vehicles, and even law enforcement can be potentially life threatening. Walking around the city at 3:00 am when there’s no one, or perhaps just the one other person in the shadows, can make one’s heart pound and quicken one’s step. There […]

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The Horror on the Links: The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, Volume One Book Review

Aug 28, 2017 No Comments by

It’s true. The longer you live, the more you see how culture waxes and wanes like the changing of the tides. One decade’s movie star becomes the next decade’s has-been. At one time Rudolph Valentino was the most famous man on the planet. Now, few under 50 will know who he is. So it is […]

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The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant Book Review

Jun 19, 2017 No Comments by

Titan Books continues to put out some of the most aesthetically pleasing and in-depth behind-the-scenes art books this side of Planet LV-426. The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant by Simon Ward (The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island, The Art and Making of Independence Day: Resurgence) is the latest tasty morsel of eye […]

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My Soul to Keep Book Review

Mar 13, 2017 No Comments by

As someone who is a horror fan with very specific tastes (I never dug Friday the 13th), who later crafted horror stories (that no one wanted to buy), and then became a reviewer of the genre, sometimes it’s necessary to recognize that a specific film or novel, while not for you, still has great potential […]

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The Iscariot Sanction Book Review

Dec 01, 2016 No Comments by

Those fiends who have been followers of Ravenous Monster for a while now may recall my review of the book The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham. Said book was an interesting Victorian science fiction tale of alternate worlds that had a sizable dose of horror in it. If you enjoyed The Lazarus Gate, I now […]

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Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s Book Review

Nov 02, 2016 No Comments by

Give the Devil his due: he’s been rebooted, retconned, and reimagined for millennia, but we never get sick of him.  To the ancient Hebrews, Ha-Satan (“the Accuser”) was less his own being and more a contrarian part of God’s nature.  In Job, God is essentially arguing with Himself, which makes an already richly fucked-up story […]

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Rise of the Harvester Graphic Novel Review

Oct 17, 2016 No Comments by

The first thing you should know about Steve McGinnis is that he’s a fantastic artist.  His work has been featured all over the place, from Fangoria and Gorezone to his own design outfit Digital Impact Graphics.  And that’s what makes Rise of the Harvester: Book One an interesting piece to review—not only is McGinnis responsible […]

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Aliens: The Set Photography Book Review

Aug 17, 2016 No Comments by

So before I get the review, which I will, I need to issue a disclaimer.  I am the type of Aliens fan that owned the series on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray.  I am the type of fan who bought the Loot Crate 30th Anniversary Box, and was a bit disappointed none of the contents had […]

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Cthulhu Lies Dreaming Book Review

Jul 26, 2016 No Comments by

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming is an anthology of Lovecraftian short stories from Ghostwoods Books edited by Salomé Jones. She had previously edited the well-received Lovecraftian anthology Cthulhu Lives, reviewed here last year by a most notable and modest writer of great literary prowess (Me). Is this new anthology another hit for Jones, or will it sink […]

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