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…
Another month has been consigned to the history books.
I wish I had a bit more to say about June 2017, but the fact is that it wasn’t all that eventful. But a few things have been happening…
Just yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a brand new creative collaborator, and my Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers book is gradually forming on a molecular level. So, things have been coming together for me, if only behind the scenes so far.
Two days ago I went to see Transformers: The Last Knight. I’m still not sure that my brain has entirely recovered from the onslaught. So, here are a few of my scattered thoughts on the experience. Some could be seen as spoilerish, if… well, yes.
Happy Halloween 1926, that is. My review of the October 1926 issue of Amazing Stories has gone live, and fittingly for the month, the issue has turned out to have a few monsters between its covers. Giant sapient lobsters! The Beast-Men of Doctor Moreau! A baby-making mad scientist with a fondness for snakes! It’s all here.