March 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

Belladonna-Horror-Mag-March2017Do I hear a shriek of pleasurable fear? I do indeed! The new issue of Belladonna must be out!

Available for purchase hereBelladonna‘s tenth issue is again bursting at the digital seams with delights. This time you will be treated to interviews with Elena Vladi of the heavy metal band Red Queen, indie auteur Michelle Nessk and The Devil’s Candy star Ethan Embry, a hearty endorsement of Netflix’s Dead Set, a look back at the fairy tales that creeped us out as kids, an overview of the hottest characters (both male and female) in video games, plus the usual reviews of horror films past and present.

My own contributions are an article on the Top 15 Horror Comic Heroines (YOU WON’T BELIEVE NUMBER 8! Mainly because she’s got a knob) and reviews of Bizenghast and Blood Queen. Fun for all ages!

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“Ban Anime Now”: Geekdom’s Love-Hate Relationship with Censors

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Today I was idly thinking about the anime forums I used to hang out when I was a teenager, and a specific controversy suddenly popped back into my head…

Back in the early 2000s, a petition entitled “Lets Save America – Ban Anime Now” began circulating. I don’t know when it was first created, but Archive.org has copies going back to 2002.

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Edible Bootleg Transformers

transfsnack1I have no idea if Transform-A-Snack exists outside of the United Kingdom, but here, it’s a national institution. For the bargain sum of 30p, you get a packet of Transformers! That taste of cheese and onion! It’s a Transformer… that’s also a Wotsit!

Well, that’s the idea, anyway. Long have I seen Transform-A-Snacks on newsagent shelves, but now, for the first time, I have picked up a packet for myself to see just how well the premise pays off…

Be warned, Golden Wonder. You may have impressed generations of 5-year-olds, but now, Transform-A-Snack is being interrogated by a critic of more discerning taste.

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Perchance a Change in Focus

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In less than a year, I have written three lengthy blog posts on the subject of paedophilia. That’s three more than I ever expected to be writing when I first set up this blog.

It’s an emotionally exhausting topic and one I am eager to move on from, along with the area of the culture war that had got me writing about the subject in the first place.

My earnest hope is that, for the immediate future, any horrors that I write about on this blog will be the fictional kind.

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Child Abuse: Cover-Up or Exploitation?

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Marion Zimmer Bradley, feted author of feminist science fiction and fantasy, was a child molester. As far back as 1999 there were accusations Bradley had enabled the crimes committed by her husband, convicted paedophile Walter Breen; the charge was led by Stephen Goldin, whose stepson was one of Breen’s victims. But it was not until 2014 that the full extent of Bradley’s complicity was made public. This happened when Deirdre Saoirse Moen contacted Bradley and Breen’s children and received a first-hand testimony from their daughter Moira Greyland stating that Bradley was not merely an enabler, she was an active molester herself.

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How I Spent February 2017

lupercalia-domenico-beccafumiWell, that’s the second month of 2017 done and dusted (more or less). It wasn’t an especially eventful month for me; I spent a good chunk of it down my local gay bar, reading Sax Rohmer while early-2000s synth pop played in the background.

But February did have a definite highlight in that I got to see more of the lovely pencils from Marcela, the artist with whom I’m collaborating on my comic. It’s all looking gorgeous, and I’m tremendously pleased to be working with her.

Exactly when I’ll have something solid to show for the project is still TBA, but hopefully it should be sometime this year.

In the meantime, this:

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February 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

c5dhct7vuae6nk4-jpg-largeIt’s that time of the month again: Belladonna, the all-woman horror magazine put together by we of the Horror Honeys, has it the newsstands of cyberspace.

Highlights include interviews with Jovanka Vuckovic, Claire Carré and Roxanne Benjamin; a feature on woman-fronted metal bands; reviews of the latest horror releases; and a poetic rumination on what might have happened to Lord Summerisle had his sacrifice of Edward Woodward failed to save the island’s apples.

All in all, the latest Belladonna has more ghoulie goodies than you can shake a mummified limb at.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy now! AND I MEAN NOW.