Brian Niemeier: The Man Who Would Be (Stephen) King


Last month I posted about Brian Niemeier, an obscure right-wing indie author. Niemeier holds a number of curious beliefs – such as his notion that the political left is literally being controlled by evil spirits – but my post focused on one of his claims in particular: that his book Souldancer was amongst the most popular horror novels of 2016.

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Passengers: Why I Empathised with the Robot Barman (All the Spoilers!)


I recently went to see Passengers, the science fiction film that has been causing quite a stir recently due to the nature of the romantic relationship it portrays. In the end, the character I empathised with the most was not either of the lovebird leads, but rather the robot barman played by Michael Sheen.

Why? Well, first off, I’m going to have to spoil the whole dang movie.

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December 2016 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

2016-12-17-19-32-40We of the Ho-Ho-Horror Honeys (the rest of whom will probably flay me for typing that) know how to celebrate Christmastime with taste and decorum. So, the December issue of Belladonna, available now at Magcloud and Magzter, has the special theme of cannibalism!

Featured this month are such legendary devourors of human flesh as Hannibal Lecter, Alfred Packer, Sweeney Todd and Eli Roth. My own contribution to this sumptuous helping of longpig is an article about WildStorm’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre comics – which are, for my money, the best things to come out of the franchise since the original film.

Away from the cannibal theme, I also review Chris Koehler and Sam Sattin’s graphic novel Legend, while the rest of the team discuss their favourite Christmas-oriented horror films. What more could you ask for?


Horror Puppies Redux: Is Souldancer Really Horror Fandom’s New Favourite Novel?


A while back I made a post about how the Sad and Rabid Puppies campaigns have treated horror fiction. I pointed out that when the pro-Puppy authors write something within the horror spectrum, they generally end up with the kind of work that editor and horror expert Stephen Jones associates with the term “horror-lite”:

These days our bloodsuckers are more likely to show their romantic nature, werewolves work for covert government organisations, phantoms are private investigators and the walking dead can be found sipping tea amongst the polite society of a Jane Austen novel. […] Today we are living in a world that is ‘horror-lite’. This appalling appellation was coined by publishers to describe the type of fiction that is currently enjoying massive success under such genre categories as ‘paranormal romance’, ‘urban fantasy’, ‘literary mash-up’ or even ‘steampunk’. […] The audience for this type of fiction has no interest in being deliciously scared by what they read, or left thinking about a particularly disturbing tale long after they have finished a story and closed the book.

This description fits Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter, Declan Finn’s Honor at Stake, and arguably Brian Niemeier’s Souldancer.

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