Fledgling: A Look Back at Octavia Butler

Fledgling: A Look Back at Octavia Butler

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler’s final novel, is a disconcerting read that takes on vampires, racism, and cultural creation myths in one long gulp. Told entirely from the viewpoint of an amnesiac child of a symbiotic species, Fledgling challenges the reader to accept an alien physiology and culture and its unusual

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Misfits & Monsters Fits the Bill

Misfits & Monsters Fits the Bill

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits &Monsters is, not surprisingly, pretty strange. Goldthwait–a man known for his incredibly dark sense of humor– writes, produces, and directs the new comedy series airing on TruTV with a fully self-aware sense of the absurd. So far, the half-hour episodes play more like Tales from the Crypt

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Read This: Nightbird

Read This: Nightbird

Nightbird by David Busboom is an entertaining, richly written debut novella that I wish were a full-length novel. The language is evocative, the premise interesting, and the plot straightforward without being predictable. Isaac, the first-person narrator, describes his deflowering by a mysterious woman, and what becomes of his life because

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Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 Coming to AMC

Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 Coming to AMC

Joe Hill’s vampire novel NOS4A2 is coming to series TV. AMC has ordered ten episodes of the adaptation to air in 2019. Hill will executive-produce the show, while Fear the Walking Dead’s Jami O’Brien will serve as showrunner. NOS4A2 is the latest of Joe Hill’s works to be adapted to

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Preacher Is Still Finding Its Way

Preacher Is Still Finding Its Way

Preacher, the comic book-inspired series that debuted on May 22 on AMC, is so far a cautiously-paced, blackly funny critical darling of a show. I am not familiar with the original Vertigo comic book, so I can’t compare the adaptation to its source material. But three episodes in to a

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He Never Died: Deadpan Horror with Henry Rollins

He Never Died: Deadpan Horror with Henry Rollins

He Never Died is a small-scale horror movie that just happens to star Henry Rollins. That was quite enough to get my attention. Now, I haven’t checked in with Henry Rollins in a couple of decades. It’s good to see that he hasn’t changed much at all. He is still

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Small and Sharp

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Small and Sharp

Before any more time goes by I’d like to review A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night—a strange, small, Persian-language vampire movie set in Iran but filmed in California. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, it began making the rounds of film festivals almost two years ago and was

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Read This: The Last Vampire

Read This: The Last Vampire

The horror author T. M. Wright passed away on Halloween. By pure coincidence I had just reread his 1991 novel The Last Vampire when the news of his death came down.  Wright was a skilled storyteller with an often surprising imagination and a deep sense of life’s essential melancholy, and

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Read This: The Stress of Her Regard

Read This: The Stress of Her Regard

The Stress of Her Regard is a cheerfully well-written, rollicking, swashbuckling, action-and-garlic packed adventure, a sometimes-loopy page turner, and a very different view of vampires than is today’s standard.

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Read This: Anno Dracula

Read This: Anno Dracula

There is something to be said for steam-punky Victorian supernatural dramas. With Penny Dreadful’s eclectic cast of characters churning gorily along toward the end of their second season and Fox preparing to take another stab at The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, we should really take a look back at a

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