Before making the move to Amazon Original Stories for those Nameless series novellas as well as his upcoming novel deal, Dean Koontz joined up with the company for a novella length adventure featuring a guy named Joe. The star of Ricochet Joe is a sweet fellow, a sort of Odd Thomas character who does not […]Read more "The Making of a Paladin: Dean Koontz’s Ricochet Joe"
In November, Dean Koontz kicked off a new relationship with a new publisher and did so in a big way. This time he is teaming up with Amazon.com for a series of original short stories and several novels. The stories are now available, and it turns out that they are not independent tales but a […]Read more "Burn, Baby, Burn: Dean Koontz’s In the Heart of the Fire"
I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Smoke"
Synopsis: When boyhood pals Bobby and Akkun decide to cross a mountain separating their village from the neighboring one, they do not expect to find a strange amusement park tucked away in the remote wilderness. However, that’s exactly what they do find. The place is called Violence Voyager, and it’s a park that encourages kids […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Violence Voyager"
Synopsis: Following her excursion into horror aboard the doomed ship Nostromo, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is stripped of her job, forced to work in the cargo docks to make ends meet. When the opportunity to vindicate her story of a hostile organism comes around, inviting her to return to the planet she and her crew picked […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Aliens"
Synopsis: It’s the cutting edge security force for consumer America, a trio of robots with a variety of non-lethal assault powers (sleep darts, Tasers) and a laser that allows them to cut through barriers in their way. Robbers, vandals, and other crooks don’t stand a chance against these buggers! However, when they are debuting on […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Chopping Mall"
Synopsis: When the monster disposal facility on planet Pluton dispatches a mutated beast of insatiable appetites and sends it out into space as an electrical signal, that signal accidentally gets caught by a backyard satellite dish on the backwater planet of Earth (they don’t even have interstellar travel yet! How primitive!). The family who owns […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Terrorvision"