Archive for "Mar 2011"

Leslie Dale Feldman: Rod Serling's Twilight Zone and Politics

I am always on the lookout for good books that probe various aspects of the fantastic in popular culture in depth. Not long ago I came across such a book that looked at the political views of Rod Serling as expressed in his television show The Twilight Zone. The book is Spaceships and Politics: The […]

Forthcoming Book by John Kenneth Muir: Horror Films of the 1990s

In my last post I provided an update on a volume I contributed to, so I might as well follow that up with another similar project. A while ago I was flattered to have John Kenneth Muir ask me, along with a handful of other writers, to write some brief capsule reviews as a part […]

Update on Butcher Knives & Body Counts

I am pleased to share an update regarding the book Butcher Knives & Body Counts (Dark Scribe Press, forthcoming). The volume's editor, Vince Liaguno, sent an email to contributors today with word that plans are in place to have physical copies of the book in hand in time for some exposure to librarians and booksellers […]

PBS Documentary: Four Days at Dragon*Con

Thanks to the email list for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts I learned about a documentary that will be broadcast courtesy of American Public Television. The documentary is titled Four Days at Dragon*Con. From The APT website: Every Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands descend upon Atlanta for the largest convention […]

LOTTD Favorite Villainess - My Choice: Clash's Medusa

That group of horror bloggers, the League of Tana Tea Drinkers (LOTTD), of which I am a part, has come up with the theme for their latest roundtable group of posts. By early April those participants will have posted on their favorite villainess. It's been a while since I've done something on the lighter side, […]

Donald Tyson: The Dream World of H. P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most influential writers on contemporary horror. As such, he has been the focus of a number of biographies, including H. P. Lovecraft: A Life by S. T. Joshi (Necronomicon press, 1996), and the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, directed by Frank Woodward. More recently, a new biography has […]

Paul Meehan: Horror Noir

Paul Meehan returns once again to discuss the latest example of his wonderful work in the fantastic. In the past he has visited here to discuss his books Saucer Movies: A UFOlogical History of the Cinema (The Scarecrow Press, 1998), and Cinema of the Psychic Realm (McFarland, 2009), and Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction […]

Cyborg Singularity: Charting the Intersection of Humanity and Superintelligent Machines

It is common now to read all over the Internet about the overlap between science and science fiction, or how over time with developing technology that what was formerly science fiction has now become scientific reality. This may be the case in the future in regards to computers and artificial intelligence, or at least that's […]

Tim Burton and Modern Demons

Today I received an email announcement for a conference at the University of Kent and their Centre for the Study of Myth. The conference is titled "Diamonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence" to be held in May in Canterbury in the UK. One of the speakers listed in the program caught my eye, Helena Bassil-Morozow with her […]

Bombs, Earthquakes, Tsunamis: Japan and Future Apocalyptic Monstrosity

Apocalyptic thinking seems to be the order of the day lately. As Max Brooks, author of various zombie survival guides has said, "People have apocalypse on the brain right now.... It's from terrorism, the war, [and] natural disasters like Katrina." The nation with perhaps the greatest sense of apocalypse is Japan. The devastation wrought in […]

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