Creature Features in Review: King Kong (1933)

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I am going to assume you’ve seen this film so spoilers will abound. If you haven’t, for the love of God, go. Go now.

Well, now. Here we are again.

Last time, it was Bride of Frankenstein (check out THAT review here). Sure, Thomas, I’ll cover Bride’, thinking quick watch through of Frankenstein and the sequel, then 1500 words, bish bash bosh, job done. Then that sinking feeling, as I realized how ludicrously good Bride was, how much I’d have to say, would want to say, just how big the world of existing essays, books and criticism must already be.

You might have thought I’d have learned something from that.

Yeah.

Apparently not.

So, King Kong. In my defense, I had seen it before, and more in my defense, it had been well over a decade. So, my memory was simply that it was bloody brilliant, absurdly good for…

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Women in Horror Month

NADIA BULKIN

Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.

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You go to see a new horror movie. It is filled with young ladies in peril, and then in various states of undress (still in peril), and then in various states of dissection (still in undress). The camera fawns over their destroyed bodies. The one who entered the movie broken gets to live. It’s the reward for her suffering. You come home disappointed. “Well, I could have told you it was going to be like that,” your male roommate says. “If there’s a half-naked girl in the trailer, you know the movie’s going to be rapey.”

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You are an ambassador of your gender, so you better be good: in your writing, in your attitude, in your openness to overture. Someone generous is taking a chance on you, so don’t disappoint, or you’re the last lady horror…

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October Author Spotlight KIT POWER

Big interview with Tina Marie over at the Tina’s Bookcase blog. Check it 🙂

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Kit Power is a great friend, and brilliant writer. Have only known him a short time, and it’s been an amazing ride. Hop aboard ….

Kit lives in the UK with this lovely family. He’s witty, funny, kind, smart, talented, an all around great guy, and you will adore him, just as much as I do. When not writing, he’s front man for The Disciples Of Gonzo, http://www.disciplesofgonzo.com . This man’s talent knows no bounds. If you haven’t picked up one of his books, or an anthology that he’s been a part of, you are truly missing out!

All of Kit’s books are available on http://www.amazon.com and can be easily found on his author page. Kit’s books come in paperback and kindle formats.

https://www.amazon.com/Kit-Power/e/B00K6J438K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1476090329&sr=1-1

The first book of Kit’s that I read was GODBOMB. It’s a very thought provoking book. I know it made me think about my beliefs (or lack…

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I’ve Become Radicalized

Wow.

CLASH

Yeah, radicalized. Go ahead: think about Muslims and panic, you bigot. Now listen up because I have some shit to get off my chest. When someone becomes radicalized, it means they become more radical, especially when it comes to politics, and radical only means that they advocate for some sort of change. True, the term usually applies to people who participate in the very bad things that come from political/religious fanaticism, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t use the word. I’ve been radicalized, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

You see, I’ve been inhabiting Otherness for almost a decade. I’m the guy women run from the second they step off the bus. I’m the guy mothers pull their kids away from when I walk through the park. I’m the guy some white dude wearing a tie asks if he has a green card during a job interview…

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Bleeding Springsteen: How Bruce’s Writing Inspires this Weirdo.

Glenn Rolfe

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I recently posted a list of fifteen writers who have had an influence on my work. One of those writers was Bruce Springsteen. Does he write books? No, but he does write stories. He creates characters and places and moments in his songs that breathe just as well as Jack Torrance or Scout Finch. You’ve lived in his towns. You’ve felt the pain of losing someone close to you and the joy of doing the things you love. He writes about things that have influenced his day-to-day life as well as yours, and he does so effortlessly. Okay, he makes it seem that way, but I’m sure he fights for his words as hard as any of us writers do.

There are plenty of authors who mention the impact of his work in their own. Brian Keene is the big one that comes to mind (he does have a book…

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Pounded in the Butt by Social Justice Warriors by Dingleberry Peckerwood

CLASH

I know what you’re thinking: “Social Justice Warriors are just crybabies. They’re nothing but a group of idiots complaining about everything, accusing everyone of being a racist, and denying the fact that what they do is actually pseudo-progressive authoritarianism and they don’t give a shit about justice.” You know what? You have a point. There is a lot of that going on, but the problem is not that. No, the problem is that you feel very comfortable putting everyone in that group. That leads to your All Lives Matter bullshit and your constant complaining and your unending quest for examples that can fit that mold instead of paying attention and realizing that at least one out of every ten times, the issue being discussed is important and the group fighting for attention actually deserves it.

Let me tell you why you hate SJWs so much: you hate them because you’re…

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ZERO SAINTS by Gabino Iglesias

Yeah, this book is awesome.

Shotgun Logic

So. Gabino Iglesias. I had never read any of his work before. To be honest, I didn’t really know that he was a fiction author. We were facebook friends and I had read a ton of book cubrirreviews by him. In fact, I greatly admire him as a book reviewer and follow his reviews avidly. But I had never encountered his fiction. Then I started seeing this book pop up over and over again. All over Facebook and Twitter people were raving about it, and it got so hot the feds had to step in to keep it from burning down the internet. You all remember that, right? Well, I might be exaggerating just a tad, but that’s the way it should have gone. The book is ZERO SAINTS and if things happened the way they should in life the internet would be a smoking ruin right now.

Being 100% serious…

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The Bad Game by Adam Millard (Book Review)

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THE BAD GAME by Adam Millard

Adam Millard’s latest novel from Sinister Horror Company, THE BAD GAME, is the best of pulp horror fiction with undeniably gripping B-movie atmosphere. Think Children of the Corn meets Night of the Living Dead and add a jigger of rocket fuel, but don’t get confused. This isn’t a zombie story, it’s something so much better, so much more interesting.

Jamie Garret is a fifteen-year-old living in Hemsby, a British seaside town in the thriving throes of the tourist season. Great for visitors, but boring for Jamie who spends his idle time at the local arcade or fending off a group of town bullies who have been getting more aggressive as of late. One day two things happen to change Jamie’s life: He meets a girl and an unusual arcade game arrives at his local haunt, one that is so strange and intriguing that it…

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