// Category Archive for: Books

TV Review: Outlander S2 E04, “La Dame Blanche”

Published on August 11th, 2016 in: Books, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

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The show’s creators do a great job of keeping to the book with this episode. While I typically enjoy a good healthy dose of political intrigue, having read the book is becoming a little bit of a curse as I sit through the build-up of this season’s action. It’s a necessary evil, however, as there is much that has to take place both on screen and behind the scenes to build to the crescendo that’s coming.

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Hunting Witches with Jeffery X Martin

Published on July 13th, 2016 in: Book Reviews, Books, Current Faves, Horror, Magick, Popshifter, Q&A, Reviews, Upcoming Releases, Writing |

By Laury Scarbro

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I have had the pleasure, nay, honor of being able to review the book Hunting Witches by our very own Jeffery X Martin. This “non-vel”, as he calls it, took many months of work, blood, sweat, and alcohol to construct, and it is more than worth the wait since the last installment of the happenings in Elders Keep. The Elders Keep anthology began as a series of short stories, released individually on Amazon, and can now be acquired in the form of Black Friday, which includes the stories that started it all: “Be Sweet,” “Mouth,” and “Candy.” “Mouth” personally had me cringing, which is not easily accomplished from words on a screen or paper. You can bet, I will be giving that book another read just to fit everything together again.

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TV Review: Outlander S2 E03, “Useful Occupations and Deceptions”

Published on July 12th, 2016 in: Books, Current Faves, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

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Perhaps it was just the fact of real-life obligations getting to me, but it seemed to me that this episode dragged. I’m not even kidding; it took several hours to work through it from start to finish. But I got through it, and it’s worth the watch. Much of what takes place is plot-building rather than action or character growth.

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Book Review: Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion

Published on July 6th, 2016 in: Book Reviews, Books, Critics/Criticism, Horror, Retrovirus, Reviews, Science Fiction, Underground/Cult |

By Christine Makepeace

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I like the idea of collecting the musing and essays from individual Arrow releases into a single bound book. In theory, that is. In reality, if I’m interested in reading analysis on a specific film, like Dressed to Kill, wouldn’t I already have that Blu-ray in my collection?

There’s a chance the answer to that tug of war will color the amount of value you’re able to find in Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion. I flip-flopped on this as I meandered through its pages. When faced with a piece on Zombie Flesh Eaters I struggled to muddle through. Perhaps a mix of topic and writing style, I just couldn’t commit to paragraph after paragraph on a movie I didn’t have much interest in, and that was my reaction to the majority of this book.

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TV Review: Outlander S2 E02, “Not In Scotland Anymore”

Published on June 27th, 2016 in: Books, Current Faves, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

With the second episode of season 2, it becomes evident that Jamie is not fully healed, neither mentally nor physically. Jamie, Claire, and even Murtagh come to the realization that things in France are quite different from what they’ve experienced in Scotland.

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TV Review: Outlander S2 E01, “Through A Glass Darkly”

Published on June 14th, 2016 in: Books, Current Faves, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

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After the way season one ended, delving into season two of Outlander could be a little disorienting for some. It follows much as the book did, but such is the way of a story involving time travel. Stick with it; you won’t be disappointed.

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Movie Review: High-Rise

Published on May 13th, 2016 in: Books, Culture Shock, Current Faves, Movie Reviews, Movies, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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Ben Wheatley adapting a 1975 JG Ballard novel into a film starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, and Luke Evans? It sounded too good to be true. With three planned screenings at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival which were then reduced to two, and rumors of six hour lineups for the second screening’s rush line, it was not an exaggeration to suggest that High-Rise was one of the most hyped films of last year.

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Today In Pop Culture: Right On, Frankenstein!

Published on March 11th, 2016 in: Books, Horror, Movies, Science Fiction, Today In Pop Culture |

By Tim Murr

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born to a philosopher father and a feminist author mother. She lost her mother just a month after her birth. Her father brought her up with a more intense education than most women of that time period. At 17, she began her relationship with her future husband, poet/philosopher/radical Percy Shelley. In 1818, came the fateful holiday near Geneva, Switzerland where Mary, her sister, and Percy stayed with Lord Byron. They amused themselves with German ghost stories and then challenged one another to write their own ghost stories.

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Book Review: Orphans

Published on January 20th, 2016 in: Book Reviews, Books, Current Faves, Horror, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin

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Many people believe that horror fiction begins and ends with Stephen King. It’s easy to see why. King has sold 900 gabillion books, and they keep coming out. The man could publish a phone number scribbled on the back of a receipt and the New York Times would drool all over it.

That’s fine, but that means that a lot of readers aren’t taking full advantage of their resources. There are a plethora of small presses publishing quality horror. Self-published authors are also creating some fantastic work. It’s not all dinosaur erotica and woodworking books.

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Today In Pop Culture: The Black Dahlia Is Discovered In Leimert Park

Published on January 15th, 2016 in: Books, Movies, Today In Pop Culture |

By Jeffery X Martin

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Trigger Warning: graphic descriptions of murder

Leimert Park is a funky little neighborhood in South Los Angeles. It was planned in the 1920s, and the architecture is mostly Spanish Colonial Revival. Now, it is known for its music, its food, and its embracing of African-American culture. But Leimert Park is known for something else, too: one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history.

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