Unknowing: An Anthology From Beyond the Veil [edited] by Jeff Kowalski and Bill Riggio
Genre: Fiction, horror, anthology, short stories, suspense, dread, the unknown
Summary (taken from the original Kickstarter page):
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” – H.P. Lovecraft
Our goal with this anthology is to publish some underground and unpublished authors, while exploring a genre near and dear to us: Horror.
Remember back in April when I shamelessly begged for support for a horror anthology that me and other Cassie (Cassie-wa) had contributed stories to? (If not, here’s a reminder complete with Nic Cage GIF for some reason.)
Anyway, long story short, the project was funded and we ended up raising $1,232 of our $600 goal! Which means success.
And now you can buy our book with stories from us and a bunch of other talented people in paperback, PDF and Kindle form! HUZZAH! The only thing better than getting the book made is getting people to actually buy it.
It will make a great Christmas/Festivus/Chanukah/Robanukah gift for those you love or merely tolerate.
In other words…
We have an ISBN number and everything. No, really.
The terrifying gross-out children’s book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been snapped up by CBS films to be turned into a movie for the big screen.
And since the original books still haunt us to this day (that one about the singing dog and the severed head we still have nightmares over), we’re curious to see where it goes. Also it’s being produced by the same guy who made the 1999 Mummy, so there’s that too.
In this post, from Image Comics: Saga #16 and The Walking Dead #117 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #18 and Hawkeye #14. Which if you ask me is an awful lot of comics for Thanksgivukkah week.
Saga #16 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Making their triumphant return to Saga is my favorite duo who work for the Hebdomadal, an intrepid reporter and his photographer from the planet Jetsam, both of whom are having an adorable yet illicit love affair with one another. The problem is, homosexuals aren’t given the same opportunities as heterosexuals on Jetsam and to be an other could spell certain career disaster for our heroes, who are trying to break the story about what really happened to Alana. (Coincidentally, there’s a nice dichotomy between the laws on Jetsam and on Alana’s home planet of Landfall where citizens without the power of flight aren’t treated as equals.) Someone give these guys a spin-off!
Meanwhile, in more world building, we are introduced to a form of virtual reality television called the Circuit. You basically put on a helmet and are transported to watch a play complete with audience participation for anyone hooked up to the system. While it’s legal to watch the program (which is basically Jerry Springer-type melodrama) it’s basically run by criminals turned actors, which would be the perfect career move for Alana and Marko. If only things weren’t left on an enormous cliffhanger for them at the end of this issue. Can I haz #17 now?
In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #12 and from Vertigo: Fables #135 and The Wake #5. Basically some hysterical and terrifying hipster stuff plus Fables. Not featured: Sex Criminals #3 which was too strange and hilarious to review properly.
Young Avengers #12 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Young Avengers will be ending with issue #15 and that makes me so sad on multiple levels. On the one hand, I get why they’re doing it, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie only intended the series to be a one-season story so it wouldn’t lose the magic, but on the other I’m just not ready to say goodbye, especially when it’s so consistently good. The story, the artwork, the arrival of sexy twenty-something Loki! I don’t want it to go! I want to continue living in a hilarious world in which adult superheroes have been brain controlled by an evil parasite from another dimension! ::recreates the entire regeneration of Ten::
Making it even harder to say goodbye was this issue (yet another fabulous one of course) in which the storytelling and the humor were top notch. As usual we get a recap from fake Tumblr (Yamblr), the dialogue is spot on hilarious and the fun is in the details. From the ship renamed to the Panic Station Wagon to Kate Bishop’s rallying: “Avengers assemble, I guess” to comments like “the book was better” and the invasion of earth being compared to “a knockoff Converse sneaker stomping on the human face, forever” it’s going to be so hard to read the last issue of this super original Marvel series.
In this post, from IDW Publishing: Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #116 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #17. Basically, the theme of this week is charismatic villains and why we love to loathe them.
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Fiction, horror, Christmas, vampires
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The prequel to the fabulous Joe Hill novel NOS4A2 (REVIEW HERE) has arrived, complete with an amazing variant cover from his Locke & Key partner in crime Gabriel Rodriguez. And suddenly I’m sad about Locke & Key being almost over. WHY CRUEL WORLD, WHY!?! Anyway, this issue serves as both a prologue to the short series Wraith, which in itself serves as an introduction to the novel, and a look at our sinister narrator’s tragic back story and discovery of how to travel the inscapes of the mind. Just be warned, if you read this first certain information about the world in which the characters inhabit will be given away right at the outset. Such as how Charlie Manx is able to use his vintage Rolls-Royce Wraith to steal children and take them to a magical and sinister place called Christmasland. Also why he does it at all.
If it’s possible, the illustrated Charlie Manx is even more frightening than the one I was able to conjure up in my imagination, yet his stories remain just as charming. He’s a masterful storyteller that crazed psychopath and you can’t help but be sucked in by the tales he weaves, which is directly contrasted by the illustrations we’re presented with. Stroke of genius that decision, because you immediately know you have an untrustworthy narrator on your hands. Albeit one with a very painful past. Oh Charlie, didn’t anyone ever tell you Hell is paved with good intentions? Perfection.
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.
Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: We don’t know how many times we have to tell you we’re Team Magnus Bane before you get why we’re digging these short stories. Mostly though we can’t wait to read about what Magnus is wearing in the 70′s.
Ransom Riggs caught the attention of the literary world with his young adult novel filled with haunting vintage photographs: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And now the second book in the series, Hollow City is on its way!
In conjunction with the always spectacular team over at Quirk Books, we are giving away not one, but FIVE posters for the upcoming sequel (see enlarged version HERE) complete with a paperback version of the original book that started it all: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!
Hit the jump below to find out how to enter to win and see all pertinent rules. The contest begins on October 9th and ends on October 23rd.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Minus the murder, we totally wouldn’t mind living on an island in the clouds! Bonus points for this gorgeous cover.
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.
But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.
Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .
Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: The ghost of Marie Antoinette returns to murder the descendents of the people who sent her to the guillotine. If this isn’t “Supernatural” level shenanigans we don’t know what is.