Travel Reads: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zombies

This basic guide to all things zombie in fiction, film and other media, is part of the Complete Idiot’s Guide series of books. It is a thin, easy-to-read volume written by the same person who brought you The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Werewolves and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Paranormal – Nathan Robert Brown. […]

Bluewater Comics to Commemorate Vincent Price

May 27, 2011, marks the 100th anniversary of the horror icon Vincent Price‘s birth. For more than two generations the revered actor provided spine tingling thrills with his unforgettable on-screen roles in such films as House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958) and House on Haunted Hill (1959). In honor of this centennial, Bluewater Comics, […]

Comedy Central Renews Ugly Americans

Kent Alterman, head of original programming and development at Comedy Central announced last today that the animated comedy series Ugly Americans has been renewed for a second season. The new 14-episode season will premiere in June 2011. Developed by David M. Stern (Producer/Writer, The Simpsons) and created by Devin Clark, Ugly Americans follows Mark Lilly […]

Travel Reads: The Thin Executioner

Inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Darren Shan‘s The Thin Executioner takes you on a journey that is part mythological quest and part coming of age story. Summary When young Jebel Rum feels humiliated by his father, the revered executioner of Wadi, he impulsively decides to go on a quest to the […]

Travel Reads: Procession of the Dead

Bestselling young adult novelist Darren Shan makes his first foray into adult fiction with an urban fantasy trilogy that begins with Procession of the Dead. For me, this novel felt like a cross between an old style gangster story (you half expect James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson to appear around the corner) and a […]

Podcast Episode 8: Behind Night of the Living Dead

In Episode 8, author Joe Kane and I talk about his new behind-the-scenes book, The Night of the Living Dead, which tells the tale of George Romero’s film and its sequels. Along the way we talk about the rising popularity of zombies, how the film became the icon it is and how it lost its […]

Travel Reads: Changeless

The second book of Gail Carriger‘s The Parasol Protectorate trilogy is a delightful supernatural steam punk novel with a sharp British wit. Summary As Changeless opens, Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarbotti, has been Lady Woolsey for about three months. Her werewolf husband is having a heated discussion with the castle’s ghost, waking her at some […]

Review: Red: Werewolf Hunter

With a cast of familiar faces (at least to me), SyFy’s movie of the week Red: Werewolf Hunter proved to be an entertaining take on the werewolf sub-genre. Quick Aside: Although the movie was promoted as telling the true story of Little Red Riding Hood, there was no mention in the movie at all about […]

Radio Horror Plays – Live in Chicago

A few years back I had the opportunity to watch one of Ray Bradbury’s radio plays performed live in a small theatre in Los Angeles. It was a real treat. So, when I heard that WildClaw Theatre was presenting Deathscribe 2010: The Third Annual International Festival of Radio Horror Plays I knew I had to […]

Halloween Dog Bite Prevention Tips

Have you noticed that your dog gets a bit, shall we say, bitey around Halloween? Changes in routine and the strange sights and sounds associated with events such as Halloween can cause dogs to stress out, turning a normally placid family dog into a biter. Try seeing it from the dog’s point of view: all […]