An eight-year-old girl’s determination not to let a little sickness prevent her from enjoying herself at a famous Florida amusement park sparks off the destruction of the world in Mira Grant’s apocalyptic thriller, the short novel length work KINGDOM OF BONE AND NEEDLE. Some people would call it a novella, and perhaps that’s ostensibly true, […]Read more "I’m So Sick: Mira Grant’s KINGDOM OF NEEDLE AND BONE"
TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS ISSUE 10 This week, C. C. Blake will talk a little bit about crafting the kinds of gritty far future thrillers that have occupied the (now) ten issues of his SWEATY SPACE OPERAS series. Take it away, Blake! # A New Reader Every Issue C. C. Blake […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: A NEW READER EVERY ISSUE"
Synopsis: Just who is Vers (Brie Larson), the neophyte warrior-hero for the human-looking, blue blooded Kree Empire saving the universe from the terrorist scourge of the shape-changing Skrulls? She does not know. Her memories are wrecked from an incident six years in the past. When a mission finds her captured by the enemy and unlocks […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: CAPTAIN MARVEL"
How does one follow up a delirious and near-perfect ensemble novel like DANCING AZTECS? With another Dortmunder adventure of course, a smaller cast of characters, some clever turns, and a surprise in little bit of escape from the great city that got such a lovely snapshot in the previous book. The work in question even […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: NOBODY’S PERFECT"
To celebrate this week’s release of her newest novella, Kaysee Renee Robichaud will take us inside her approach to storytelling, pulling away the many masks a writer can wear in order to shed some light on some of the more troublesome assumptions in internet criticism. # Writing What You Know Vs. Writing What You Believe […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: Kaysee Renee Robichaud’s ATTENDANTS TO THE MASQUERADE"
While the first feature Trista and I watched for review via Netflix gave us pause about the format—PHANTOM OF THE THEATER (2016) was lovely to look at but problematic in terms of structure and execution—the second feature we watched for review was not reassuring. THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY was another good looking movie, of […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY"
Jeff Strand has earned a reputation for quirky, funny horror stories for both adults and young adult readers. On occasion, he sometimes reduces the funny part of the quotient and ups the tension, resulting in macabre gems like his Bram Stoker finalist novel PRESSURE. COLD DEAD HANDS is a novella that falls a bit harder […]Read more "In A World So Cold: Jeff Strand’s COLD DEAD HANDS"
To celebrate the paperback debut of my short, dark fantasy novel FROM HELL’S HEART, I thought I would take a look at this work and its origins. Less inspired by the Tolkein school of fantasy than writers like Leigh Brackett and Louis Lamour, it’s an apocalyptic dark fantasy that owes quite a bit to the […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: DANIEL R. ROBICHAUD’S FROM HELL’S HEART"
Synopsis: When seven young friends decide to head out to a remote cabin in the woods and enjoy some young person past times (sex, good food, walks in the woods, swims in the ponds) none of them expects to end up inside a horror movie. Scratch that. ONE of them expects to end up in […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE"
In the South American country of Descalzo, three guys enact a desperate plan to smuggle a golden statue across the borders by hiding it among a bunch of fake copies destined for New York. However, their plan goes awry when the expected package gets diverted before it can end up in the safe place they […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: DANCING AZTECS"