Low budget genre film production companies usually do not stick around long enough to gain either notoriety or a reputation. Troma is one of the few that has endured. Its reputation is . . . let’s be generous and say “mixed.” Some Troma movies are worth a laugh. Many (many, many) Troma movies don’t work […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Father’s Day"
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"
This week finds C. C. Blake’s own magazine of lived in futures returning with its eleventh installment. Two more stories about tough guys and gals caught in tougher situations finds Rick Cave and returning backup character Dutch up to their necks in trouble. For this week, Blake originally delivered a column titled “The Crook in […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 11"
Rogue Blades Press is a small press responsible for several anthologies of heroic fiction over the years. Two of my Vasily stories have appeared in their books (RAGE OF THE BEHEMOTH and CHALLENGE!: DISCOVERY), and Trista has made an appearance in their reprinted/expanded edition of CLASH OF STEEL: DEMONS. Over the last few years, the […]Read more "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: CRAZY TOWN"
Many authors struggle with the expectations of genre, no matter if they are writing in a particular field (say, detective fiction) or aspiring toward the literary. It’s all genre, folks. A lot of writers aspire to be sui generis, or a genre unto themselves. You know these sorts of folks because they eventually get qualities […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: TWO MUCH!"
Synopsis: When remorse-ridden truck driver Joe (Nicolas Cage) intervenes in an assault in a truck stop bathroom , he discovers a whole new world of supernatural wonder and horror. The “victim” of that assault Julie (Franka Potente) was no victim at all. She was actually having a man choke her for the express purpose of […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: BETWEEN WORLDS"
Mitch Tobin was kicked off the force for bad judgment: Instead of doing his job, Mitch was off sharing sexual heat with his mistress while his partner shook down a suspect. The encounter turned deadly, Mitch’s partner got killed, and Mitch lost his job. He developed a supreme case of guilt, and he eventually decided […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: A JADE IN ARIES"