One day ten years ago, four Blackfeet men went hunting where they had no business going. Part of the reservation’s hunting grounds were reserved for elders, but the week before Thanksgiving, Ricky Boss Ribs, Lewis Clarke, Gabe Cross Guns, and Cass Thinks Twice decided to head out and see what they could find, bring home […]Read more "You Hurt and You Hurt, and Then You Don’t: Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians"
Synopsis: When their world is threatened by the maniacal Gavanas warriors, the Jillucian elder Kido (Orimoto Junkichi) casts forth eight mystical Liabe Seeds (kind of like walnuts that glow on occasion) into the cosmos. He sends his granddaughter Emeralida (Shihomi Etsuke of 1974’s Sister Street Fighter fame) and her bodyguard Urocco (Sato Makoto) to find […]Read more "Eight Magic Nuts to Save A World: Message From Space"
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The world’s strangest use for a wiener dog: An old man’s ferocious “guardian.” Of course, no one takes the threat of a wiener dog seriously until his elderly owner reveals that pup’s secret attack— Wait a tick. That’s the wrong story. That would be “Really, Really Ferocious,” a […]Read more "Let’s Kick Some Ass: Jeff Strand’s Ferocious"
It’s a world that is huddling away from a terrible virus, staying at home, off the streets out of harm’s way. No, this is not the first COVID-19 reactionary novel to hits stands, it is Paul Tremblay’s literary horror work Survivor Song. The novel posits Massachusetts caught amidst an epidemic, terrified of a disease that […]Read more "Spreading the Disease: Paul Tremblay’s Survivor Song"
Synopsis: When the planet Akir comes to the attention of the sadistic Sador (the recently passed John Saxon), the warlord offers the peaceful settlers there a choice: Become slaves or face annihilation. Threatening to return within seven risings (days), the folks in the settlement don’t have much time to come up with a plan. Inexperienced […]Read more "A Meal, and a Place to Hide: Battle Beyond the Stars"
As this clever novella opens, Charlie Stanlon is not having the best time of things. At work, he is little more than a social misfit. However, on his own time (well, once every two months—those are the rules) he is a hunter, stalking victims in the lower class stretch of town. He is accustomed to […]Read more "Sit. Stay. Kill. Good Boy: Jeff’s Strand’s Kutter"
Synopsis: Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) is a man who has gotten his revenge against the Mafia who killed his family, yet still feels compelled to hunt down the crime families of New York City as his costumed alter ego, The Punisher. Wielding his signatory many, many guns and a skull breastplate, Castle blows through many, […]Read more "“Damn it, Frank!”: Punisher: War Zone"
The madcap character Harley Quinn was originally conceived as a nameless henchman for the wonderful Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992-1995. Thanks to fan interest, a character in a funny costume got a name and then a recurring role in the show. She has since gone on to appear in several incarnations of […]Read more "Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things: Harleen"
Synopsis: Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has been tied to Puddin’ (aka Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime) long enough that all the hoods in the city give her a pass for any kind of beefs they might have with her. Nobody wants to mess with the crazy, and Mr. J is craziest of the crazed. […]Read more "Riot Grrls: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn"
Charlotte has been working as a waitress at Davey’s Italian Grill for far longer than new girl Gertie, so she’s seen a few more things. Like the lousy lady customer who is not only never satisfied with her waitress, but who cannot help but make the new girls cry. Sadly, one of the first tables […]Read more "Hungry For Answers: Jeff’s Strand’s My Pretties"