July was a good month for me. I hooked up with some new creative collaborators, i attended Pride, and got stuck into a pile of vintage space operas going all the way back to 1928. That’s livin’ the good life, I tell ya.
Most of all, I’ve been feeling creative. couple of comic projects I’ve had swimming around my head for a while have started to solidify into actual scripts. I’m eager to get started on exploring some new imaginary worlds.
My cinema choices this month were Baby Driver, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Beguiled and Dunkirk. And I don’t regret seeing a single one of them, no-siree.
Researching for Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers has done zilch to reduce my TBR pile, but it has been interesting to explore some of the nooks and crannies of contemporary indie publishing.
One of the chapters in my book will be about the intersection (or lack thereof) between the Sad/Rabid Puppy campaigns and horror fiction. It’s clear that the Puppy authors have, by and large, not spent a great deal of time within horror – but there are exceptions to this. Nathan Shumate’s small-press outfit Cold Fusion Media specialises in horror anthologies, and has published short stories by a few of the Sad Puppies campaign leaders: Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen and Sarah Hoyt. Naturally, this was something I had to look into, so I snapped up Cold Fusion’s Shared Nightmares, a 2014 anthology themed around dreams and nightmares with contributions from Correia and Hoyt.
I’ve been working on the horror chapter of my book Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers. One of the things I want to talk about there is that multiple small-press horror outlets have promoted themselves as anti-SJW (in a let’s-freak-the-moral-guardians way, rather than a let’s-all-read-Mike-Cernovich way) but, as far as I can see, none of them overlap with the Sad Puppies campaign or its various spin-offs and satellites.
One of the case studies I’ve chosen is the digital horror magazine Deadman’s Tome. Its editor, Jesse Dedman, put out a video called Horror and PC SJW Culture, which is about what you’d expect from a video called Horror and PC SJW Culture. I imagine that the sentiments expressed there would go down well in the Puppysphere, but some of the themed issues of Deadman’s Tome might not be so well-received: the “He’s Risen” issue promises “zombie Jesus eating church goers, baby Jesus pegging a priest, a showdown between Jesus and Moses and more” while the cover of the “Trumpocalypse” issue features a Gentileschi homage depicting the decapitation of Donald Trump (months before the Kathy Griffin photoshoot, no less!) Given the Puppy campaigns’ association with the religious right, it is questionable whether they would embrace such subject matter.
The third article in my four-part 2017 Hugo Awards review series has gone live at WWAC. This time the stories cover goths in Wonderland, shamanic murder mysteries, jumbled childhood memories, forbidden gay love, and a whole lotta Lovecraft.
A month wouldn’t be a month without Belladonna, and July is no exception! The latest issue of the Horror Honeys’ lovingly-produced magazine is on the digital newsstands, and as always, it is positively lubricating itself with horror-themed goodness.
Amongst the highlights this month: LinnieSarah reviews the re-release of Fright Night, followed by an interview with its director Tom Holland! Guest contributor Becky Sayers looks at the theme of American patriotism in horror films! Brittany flies the flag for the under appreciated sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby! Sarah is unimpressed by a Tom Cruise movie! Sleepaway Camp star Felissa Rose turns up for an interview! Kim shows us that Jaws is not the be-all and end-all of shark-themed horror films! Samantha analyses the queer side of horror cinema! Jess sums up the most promising games from E3!
And the above is only the merest sampling, as this contents page so ably illustrates.
My comic reviews this time around are Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme and DC’s Raven. Also included is the first in a regular feature on women in comics: 666 Sketchbook. This month, Kit Cox is presented with a set of questions that I assembled.
And also! Midnight Widows, the comic that I put together with artist friends Rosie Wigg and Marcela Hauptvogelova, reaches its third instalment. Vampiress Edith is abroad in London, and she is on the trail of her latest prey…
The second part of my 2017 Hugo Awards overview has gone live at WWAC. This time I’m covering alien tourists, horny dinosaurs, mind-altering gems, wistful hotel workers and a pair of weird Westerns in the Best Novelette category…