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  • “FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY: VISCERAL HORROR AND NATIONAL IDENTITY” (Book Review)

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    Alexandra West’s first book, FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY: VISCERAL HORROR AND NATIONAL IDENTITY from McFarland, is one of the few books written on the subject; I’ve confirmed with the author that this book is likely the first to combine the New French Extremity art house and New French Extremity horror movements. West further adjusts her focus through an academic look at film through French identity— and the results are riveting.

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  • “WEIRD LOVE #13” (Comic Book Review)

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    Love is weird enough as it is, what with the feelings and the touching and the general anxiety of being that close to another sack of skin and meat, but it’s even worse when it’s cursed! Heralding the thirteenth issue of the WEIRD LOVE genre re-prints, IDW has selected a collection of works all centered around love and curses. Whether it be black cats or spilling salt, you better believe these lovely ladies are avoiding any possibility of losing their men to the murky shadows of bad luck. WEIRD LOVE #13 has collected comics from long forgotten love tomes of the ‘50s-’60s and while perhaps some of the comics could have used a quick run through the color cleaners, its vintage vibe makes it a great addition to any classic horror lovers (and horrific lovers) collection.

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  • “GREENER PASTURES” (Book Review)

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    In the exquisitely weird, elegiac title story from Michael Wehunt’s utterly fantastic, seriously disquieting debut collection GREENER PASTURES—out now via Shock Totem—a long-haul trucker desperate to get home to his young daughter and (perhaps not permanently) estranged ex-wife encounters a stranger at an isolated 24-hour diner who appears determined to redirect small talk towards something considerably more esoteric.

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  • “TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE comic has been a longtime coming. Originally intended to be a reboot TV show written by Joe Hill with contributions by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the show hit the way of the dodo when the CW passed on its a promising pilot. Of course, IDW Comics knows an awesome opportunity when they see it and has recently released the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE as a comic to the excitement of fans everywhere. Luckily, the comics– the brainchild of Joe Hill with artwork by long-time collaborator Gabriel Rodriguez– are an original and fun read of what could have been.  

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  • “DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK” (Book Review)

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    A certain New England author has been getting a ton of press lately, and for good reason. Stephen King himself tweeted about how Paul Tremblay’s A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS scared him and how hard he is to scare. If that’s not the absolute pinnacle of endorsements for a horror author’s work, I don’t know what is. Admittedly, I haven’t yet been able to read GHOSTS, but it is in my reading pile. I was lucky to get an advanced reader’s copy of DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

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  • “SHE-WOLF #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    If the recent influx of independent horror movies has proven anything, it’s that creativity and surrealism is finally surpassing jump-scares and over-the-top gore. With movies like BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, IT FOLLOWS, and most recently THE WITCH, the trend has not only opened up the door for more experimental movies, but comics as well. Though imaginative comics aren’t anything new (see early HEAVY METAL), we are now finally seeing big publishers pick the strange and independent world that has been rumbling just below the surface, starting with SHE-WOLF.

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  • “WEIRD DETECTIVE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Solving supernatural mysteries requires a very specific set of skills, the most preferred being a dictionary-like knowledge of the occult, a taste for cheap whiskey, and a hefty dose of self-loathing from continuously watching your loved ones being ripped apart by the denizens of Hell. Luckily for us, WEIRD DETECTIVE manages avoid all those tropes, instead creating a detective who is just as strange as the cases he seems to solve. Dark Horse’s newest comic is a refreshing addition to the heavily saturated genre of horror noir while harking back to that WEIRD TALES vibe that turned many a reader into a raving maniac howling from the abyss.

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  • “WEAVERS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Horror and crime have always gone hand in hand, usually one being a result of the other and vice versa. Though supernatural crime bosses and occult-powered bad guys aren’t anything new, WEAVERS has given the possessed mobsters a unique twist via mystic spiders. But, unlike other super-powered spider-men, the recipients of such powers don’t use the power with great responsibility, but instead have used them to become the most powerful crime family on the East Coast. Despite being an interesting take on the moral ambiguity of the urban jungle, WEAVERS melts easily into the background of other noir work and struggles to be wholly original.  

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  • “HOUSE OF PENANCE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The Winchester Mansion is considered to be one of the strangest, if not most haunted, house in North America. Located in San Jose, California, it was built by the widow of the William Winchester, an heir to the Winchester gun fortune and was meant to give the spirits of the victims shot down by the guns a home. But it’s no mere mansion: Sarah Winchester’s immense wealth allowed for an almost maze like building to be built around the clock for years, with staircases that led to nowhere, rooms that no one could get into, and doors that opened into walls or sometimes, onto a three story drop. There were, of course, standard rooms and at least one working toilet (among 20 bathrooms) because how else was she supposed to escape the spirits that haunted her in her sleep?

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  • “THE HUNTED TRIBE: DECLARATION OF WAR” (Book Review)

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    As someone who comes across myriad books, movies, comics and music on a daily basis, this writer must admit that there’s something refreshing about finding something that just feels unique. With the zeitgeist feeding the influences of so many writers, it’s difficult to really become lost in something that feels compelling and confident whilst being different from anything else out in the marketplace. Luckily, Roma Gray’s THE HUNTED TRIBE: DECLARATION OF WAR checks off all those categories and so much more, offering a tale of magic and monsters that feels simultaneously intense and personable.

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  • “MERCY” (Book Review)

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    One night, Philadelphia dark-fiction author T. Fox Dunham (pictured above) discovered that a golf-ball-sized lump had materialized just below his left ear. Eventually, he was diagnosed with a rare composite form of lymphoma—Hodgkin’s, large cell. A death sentence, basically, but even with the metaphorical gun cocked, loaded and pressed against your temple, the will to survive can be overwhelming.

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  • “EXMORTIS” (Comic Book Review)

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    World War II has become a literary genre all its own. Creating a generation of Americans who grew up watching Superman punch out Hitler while munching on rationed peas, it’s no wonder that the Great War would still cast a long shadow on the collective conscience. Luckily, the war eventually ended in 1945 because it’s not like Nazis can live forever… right? Well, they can if they’re zombies.

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