The Signalman is an agent for a shady government organization. As The Agents of Dreamland opens, he is waiting in a small diner in the blasted Arizona landscape for a meet with a woman called Immacolata Sexton—and isn’t that a wonderful name? The two are tied to an investigation of a cult known as The […]Read more "The Best Foreshadowing Never Seems Like Foreshadowing: Caitlin Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland"
On paper, the novel Gideon the Ninth should be a smash hit for me. Necromancers, rapier wielding duelists, a baroque castle in space, eight houses vying for the privilege of ascending into the highest office of the land . . . err empire, death-obsessed nuns, skeleton minions, ancient lore, superscience and mysticism? Sign me up. […]Read more "Sense and Self-Discovery: Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon The Ninth"
When mighty Odysseus encountered the powerful, one-eyed giant Polyphemus, he tricked the Cyclops into believing Odysseus’ name was effectively “Nobody” and then gouged out its eye. The second feat allowed the Achaean warrior to save his captured men and the first allowed him to escape because when the other cyclopses asked what he was shrieking […]Read more "Keeping Your Eye On The Prize: Jeff Strand’s Cyclops Road"
Synopsis: Once the dust settles on Eternia, Skeletor (Frank Langella) occupies Castle Greyskull and evil is triumphant. Only He-Man (Dolph Lundgren), Man-At-Arms (Jon Cypher), Teela (Chelsea Field), and the mystic keymaster Gwildor (Billy Barty) oppose him. When their paths lead across a mystical bridge to an alien world, our heroes find themselves in weird territory […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Masters of the Universe"
Synopsis: Death comes to the shores of Britain aboard the doomed freighter Demeter. Although the sailors aboard the craft do their best to heave the danger overboard, they are unable to do so in a timely manner before the occupant plaguing their ship dispatches them. When the ship crashes near the home and workplace of […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Dracula"
One of the more recent releases from author Jeff Strand, Allison hit eBook and paperback stands not quite a month ago. The novel tells the story of a woman possessed of a terrifying, paranormal power. Since she was a little girl, Allison Teal has had the ability to manipulate people’s bodies during “during what Mom […]Read more "They’re All Gonna Laugh at You: Jeff Strand’s Allison"
This week, we continue our mini-reading series exploring some of the works of writer Jeff Strand, who brings dollops of humor to his suspenseful explorations of horror and suspense subject matter. The novel up for discussion today is one that combines two forms of nightmare fuel for folks, playing on the varying levels of arachnophobia […]Read more "Rewriting the Nightmare Fuel Narrative: Jeff Strand’s Clowns Vs. Spiders"
This month we kick off a new mini-reading series for our short subject Sunday reviews, checking out a few works from prolific writer Jeff Strand. For those not familiar with the author, let’s set up our subject. Regular readers of our Thursday reading series know how Donald E. Westlake invigorated the comic caper through his […]Read more "The Grin in the Floor: Jeff Strand’s Facial"
Synopsis: When Professor Harrington (Maurice Denham) threatens to expose a demon worshipping cult as frauds, he challenges the coven leader to do his best to stop him. Cult leader Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis, sporting a devilish goatee) complies by invoking demonic powers to do just that. Prof. Harrington dies, though the cause of death appears […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Night of the Demon"
Synopsis: Joan Mitchell (Jan White)is a suburban housewife with all the baggage that goes along with that title. She has a husband, Jack Mitchell (Bill Thunhurst), who is more interested in pursuing his career, she has a daughter, Nikki “Nix” Mitchell (Joedda McClain), who is ready to fly the nest in as noisy a way […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Season of the Witch"