The first instalment in my series of 2017 Hugo Awards reviews has gone live at WWAC! Join me as I discuss fairytale lesbians, eldritch cops, trash-talking harpies, psychic chess-players, transgender time-benders and robot-raping SJWs.
The Horror Honeys’ magazine Belladonna is celebrating its first year in print with another issue jam-packed with goodness and good-badness.
This month, Katie reviews Rupture and Alien: Covenant; Chasstity looks at Don’t Hang Up and Devil’s Knot; Sarah discusses Colossal and gives a nostalgic look back at Goosebumps with a few facts that you may not have known; and Kim takes a look at Besetment and Childeater. Meanwhile, Kat Wells informs us on the creepy origins of wedding traditions, Samantha examines trends in the portrayal of witches, and Addison rings in Summer with a celebration of the sea-dwelling creatures in horror. My own pieces of writing are a review of the graphic novel Surgeon X and a retrospective of WildStorm’s Friday the 13th comics.
All this and more!
Seriously, look at all this stuff! JUST LOOK AT IT!
As well as the above, this issue sees the continuation of my comic serial Midnight Widows, brought to life by my always-lovely artistic team of Rosie Wigg and Marcela Hauptvogelova. For the second instalment, readers will – fittingly enough – be introduced to a second Widow: Kateryna…
I went to see The Mummy. Not the Boris Karloff one, not the Peter Cushing one, not the Brendan Fraser one. The Tom Cruise one.
I can’t say I had particularly high hopes, but I at least wanted the film to be good. I’ve given it a fair old crack of the whip over at WWAC.
I went to see Wonder Woman, and I loved it to bits. Loved the performances, loved the aesthetic, loved the way the film picked over Wondy’s fragmented canon to create a coherent whole – the perfect starting point for future stories.
There are plenty of things I could write about, but I’ve decided to home in on one little thing that surprised me the most. It’s something that I doubt many other people will be covering just yet when everyone is (rightly) gushing about Wondy herself: the film’s portrayal of Steve Trevor.
May was a big month for me, mainly due to the long-awaited (by me, anyway) debut of my comic Midnight Widows in Belladonna magazine, a project that’s been knocking around my head in one form or another since I was a teenager reading 1970s books on horror films. Much gratitude is due to my fellow Horror Honeys for printing it, and to illustrators Rosie Wigg and Marcela Hauptvogelova for bringing my script to life.
Edith and her girls have been in their coffins for far too long: it was high time they were finally unleashed on the world. Here’s hoping that they’ll be having many adventures to come…
One task I set myself this month was assembling a space opera reading list, stretching from the days of Doc Smith and Edmond Hamilton through to our new era of Yoon Ha Lee and Ann Leckie. I decided to do a deep dive into the genre as part of my research for Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers, and the recent scuffle over the Tor blog was the perfect chance for me to collate a set of space opera recommendations from across the political spectrum. The result is a hefty list and no mistake, and I’m quite eager to get stuck into it when I have the time.
My trips to the cinema this month exposed me to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (yay!) Mindhorn (yay!) Alien: Covenant (could see what it was going for, but wasn’t entirely convinced) and Colossal (yay!) Off to see Wonder Woman tomorrow…
Articles of mine published elsewhere this month:
- Fascist Ghosts: Racism and the Far Right in British Horror (part 3)
- Amazing Histories, August 1926: The Mind Electric
- Who Shot the Neanderthal? Stephen Murphy and Mike Hawthorne’s Umbra (Belladonna)
- Toybox Turmoil: 10 Beloved Kids’ Franchises that are Actually the Work of Beelzebub (Belladonna)
- Hollers and Amazons: Leo Baxendale’s Bad Girls
- Amazing Histories, September 1926: Novel Matters
Article topics for June and beyond:
Over the weekend I went to a transgender talk that was taking place as part of an outdoors festival. While I was waiting for it to start, I kicked back in a deckchair and read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Thuvia, Maid of Mars.
Halfway through a chapter I heard an excited voice: “I can’t believe you’re reading Thuvia, Maid of Mars!”
I looked up. It was a middle-aged woman, wearing a festival volunteer t-shirt. She told me how she read the Barroom novels in the 70s, and was now in the process of re-reading them (on her Kindle, she said, so other people couldn’t see what she was reading – she was apparently a little more self-conscious about having the cover on view than I was).
We had a bit of a chat about how many books we each had left to read in the series, and how there was still the Venus series afterwards. then it was time for the talk to start, so I headed into the tent.
Transgender discourse and Edgar Rice Burroughs fandom. My kind of an afternoon.
My latest Amazing Stories retrospective is available to read here.
Head back to September 1926, when bold adventurers were exploring the North Pole, the ocean depths and the surface of Venus; where astronomers had found life on the Moon; and when Earth was under attack from Martians.