September 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

BelladonnaSep17Do you smell something? Could it be the smell of some fresh, new Belladonna…?

Yes, there’s a new Belladonna issue out. This time around your humble Honeys discuss their favourite Final Girls and high school horror flicks; Monster Honey Sarah reviews Tragedy Girls; Guest Honey Nicole offers her take on the novels of Jeff Menapace; celebrates the recent Musical Horror Honey Brittany charts the curious history of Reefer Madness; Gamer Honey Jess plays Shadow Warrior; Head Honey LinnieSarah says goodbye to HBO’s The Leftovers and educates us on Kevin Costner’s erotic thrillers; (other) Head Honey Kat compares The Fifth Element to Luc Besson’s latest, Valerian; and multi-talented cover star Nowal “Goldie Goodnight” Massari submits to a Q&A session. And, of course, we celebrate the recent resurgence of creepy clowns with Classics Honey Samantha’s look at the Lon Chaney classic He Who Gets Slapped and Supernatural Honey Kim’s take on Clowntergeist. There’s still more besides!

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Seriously, if there’s nothing here that appeals to you, you must be the illegitimate offspring of Fredric Wertham and Mary Whitehouse.

As always, my personal fiefdom is Belladonna‘s comics section. This month I’ve reviewed Natasha Alterici’s Heathen and the first title from the new Hammer line, The Mummy: Palimpsest.

Also on offer is the latest instalment of my comic Midnight Widows. This is actually a sad moment for me, as it marks the last instalment to be pencilled by the talented Rosie Wing, who is off for pastures new. Visit her on Patreon, Twitter or Facebook and wish her the best of luck for her future endeavours!

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Spot the Easter egg reference to a famous silent horror film.

Inker-colourist Marcela Hauptvogelova is still on board, and starting next month I’ll be jamming with her to create more adventures for Edith, Kateryna and Gabriela.

So, if you want to check out the latest bloody bounty of Belladonna, head on over to the official website or to MagCloud to pick up your copy.

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Nineties Kid Nostalgia: Sega Pirate TV

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I was looking around YouTube and found this compilation of early-90s British TV ads for the Sega Mega Drive (that’s the Genesis, for readers in the US). Boy, what a time capsule they are. And not only because they hype a bunch of 16-bit platformers as cutting edge entertainment technology.

Originally, the ads starred a barber played by Bottom‘s Steven O’Donnell, who turned his customers into cyborgs via a process called the “cyber razor cut”. This was intercut with footage from Mega Drive games because… cybernetic organisms spend their time playing Sonic the Hedgehog, or something.

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How I Spent August 2017

AugustWell, two thirds of the year are gone forever. Time to look back on the last few weeks…

I’ve been beavering away on quite a few things this month.  Between researching for my book,tinkering on a couple of new comic projects, fleshing out a few short stories and wrapping up my Hugo coverage for Women Write About Comics, I’ve had plenty to keep me occupied during this month of weird temperature changes.

At the cinema, I took in the mostly enjoyable selection that was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, War for the Planet of the Apes, Atomic Blonde, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation.

Articles of mine published elsewhere in August:

I’ll be honest, looking back I’m disappointed by the general lack of blogging I’ve done this month. I’m going to have to step up my game…

Article topics for September and beyond:

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August 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

BelladonnaAugust2017It’s the middle of the month, which means that the latest issue of Belladonna is available from the digital newsstands!

This month, Chass looks at the social commentary of The Ice Cream Truck, Brittany is utterly unimpressed by America Has Fallen, Samantha resists the classic 1932 version of The Mummy, Addison celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Chicago Zombie March, Kim takes us to one of the eeriest real-life locations in Seattle, Sarah puts in a plea for the defence of the original Buffy film, Katie reports back from Sinister Creature Con, cover star Sussanne Wuest (as seen in Goodnight Mommy and Iceman) puts in an interview, and LinnieSarah lets us in on her personal favourite disaster movies.

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All of this can be yours.

As always, my job was filling up the comics section. This month I’ve given you reviews of Mother Panic and The Circle, while The Last Halloween creator Abby Howard is our interviewee for 666 Sketchbook.

Plus! My comic Midnight Widows reaches its fourth instalment, which involves the introduction of the third member of the team…

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He’s thinking of the Widows! Are you thinking of the Widows…?

Wanna read it? Then pick up your issue from the official site or MagCloud, according to taste.

The 2017 Hugos and the Last Three Stories

Well, that’s the Hugo Awards done with. I wrote a report for WWAC, covering not only the winners but some in-fighting that occurred within Puppy circles, and then promptly collapsed into bed. A good night’s sleep and here I am!

This year’s Hugo winners weren’t my personal choices, by and large – I’m pretty sure Arrival was the only one I voted for – but there was some great work being honoured. And I couldn’t help but notice that WWAC was longlisted for Best Fanzine:

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When I saw that I felt tempted to break into a “U-S-A, U-S-A” chant, only with “USA” replaced with “WWAC”, but then I quickly realised that the disparity in syllables would render this a fool’s errand.

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The Dragon Awards: A Peek Behind the Scenes

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Dragon Awards, you’ll probably know that two of the finalists – John Scalzi and Alison Littlewood – asked for their novels to be withdrawn from the ballot.

More recently, Alison has posted the response she received from DragonCon president Pat Henry:

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