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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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Dead Letters Book Review

May 26, 2016 No Comments by

Sadly, I’m not particularly familiar with Conrad Williams, the British author whose award-winning works in the horror and fantasy genres have earned him acclaim and distinction. Heard of him, yes. Read him, no. And that’s still the case, save for the introduction to Dead Letters, a short-story anthology Williams conceived and edited. In it, he […]

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Thirty Hours With a Corpse Book Review

Mar 31, 2016 No Comments by

Grand Guignol is a byword for shockingly grisly horror. Blood, guts, vomit, and other secretions—these were the trademarks of the dirty, little theatre in the Pigalle section of Paris. From 1897 until 1962, Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol ran millions of plays, most of which were one-act productions that emphasized cruelty. Although performances of Shakespeare’s Titus […]

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The Angel of Highgate Book Review

Feb 02, 2016 No Comments by

One would be hard pressed to find a name more English than Vaughn Entwistle. I’ve certainly never heard anything that oozes tea and crumpets quite like it. On top of it all, Mr. Entwistle is the author of an oh-so English novel—The Angel of Highgate. Set in the autumn of 1859, The Angel of Highgate […]

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