Archive for Books & Comics

The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes Book Review

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes is a short story horror collection that’s sure to get you steamy… Steamy in the sense that if you’re a 19th century loving punk who straps your goggles high to the front of your old, dusty top hat, and you have an affinity for fantabulous, steam-powered, contraptions, then, to put […]

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The Devil’s Woods Book Review

Dec 05, 2013 No Comments

Hidden deep in the wilds of the Canadian Wilderness is a place known as “The Devil’s Woods.”  It’s in this place that men have disappeared for centuries and it’s there that Kyle Elkheart will return to find his father whose expedition has just gone missing. Brian Moreland’s The Devil’s Woods follows a widower—Kyle Elkheart and […]

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Hellboy: The Midnight Circus Graphic Novel Review

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

“German expressionism meets Jack Kirby.” That’s how kooky old Alan Moore once described the artwork of Mike Mignola, the creator of the demonic hero Hellboy. Ever since Seed of Destruction was published in 1994, Mignola has been at the top of the heap insofar as writers and artists are concerned. His style, which does indeed […]

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Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences Book Review

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments

I can empathize with Gary A. Braunbeck. Much like the impressive hand behind 2005’s Keepers, I too once thought that my students could benefit by writing from the perspective of a fictional character. Specifically, during an assignment that coincided with Halloween, I tasked my eighteen to twenty year-olds with rewriting an already published and celebrated […]

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Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard (Anno Dracula, 1976-1991) Book Review

Oct 27, 2013 No Comments

Highly referential fiction is a difficult proposition. Obviously, the main concern for any scribbler is the question of “Will anyone get my references?” Nobody wants to bash the reader over the head, but similarly, nobody wants to write something so occult that nobody picks up on it. After all, from the writer’s perspective, the point […]

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Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep Book Review

Oct 06, 2013 11 Comments

It’s been thirty-six years in between visits with Danny Torrance and the ghosts of The Overlook Hotel. With last week’s release of the highly anticipated DOCTOR SLEEP, horror maestro Stephen King shows that he still shines as a horror author.  Unraveling a tale both terrifying and moving, King holds out his hand to his Constant […]

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Night at the Demontorium Book Review

Oct 03, 2013 No Comments

Naima Haviland’s Night at the Demontorium is a collection of short stories that harken back to the style of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Darkside.  While all the stories are unquestionably horror tales, they aspire to be more than just that with very original and clever flourishes throughout. The opening story Aunt Tea’s […]

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Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st Detective Book Review

Oct 02, 2013 No Comments

Let’s talk for a minute about Edger Allan Poe. This will be a largely superficial, shallow, glib and possibly even pointless conversation, but by God, I feel compelled to have it. Poe was a guy (yeah I just called Edgar Allan Poe a “guy,” and yeah, I feel comfortable referring to him just by his […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares Book Review

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

Amazingly, ever since the publication of A Study in Scarlet in 1887, the “Great Detective,” Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant/Boswell-like biographer Dr. John H. Watson have enthralled readers with their tales of ratiocination (to lift a phrase from Edgar Allan Poe – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s inspiration) and physical derring-do. After all, who can forget […]

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Lenore: Purple Nurples Comic Book Review

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments

You might not sing a paean in honor of Roman Dirge’s Lenore comic book series, but you won’t sing a “dirge in upraise” after you’ve read it either. Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl is a macabre, blackly comedic horror comic created by magician/artist Roman Dirge and inspired by the poem “Lenore” by Edgar Allan […]

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