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  • “ALEISTER ARCANE” (Comic Book Review)

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    Back in 2004, Steve Niles was just another little fish in a big pond. He had done several original works for a series of small press companies, had mild success with his runs on SPAWN and HELLSPAWN (where he met his future collaborative partner Ben Templesmith), and was spending his off hours shopping around a vampire movie script titled 30 DAYS OF NIGHT that no one would touch with a ten-foot pole. In the middle of getting kicked out of movie studios with a comically over-sized boot, he managed to pen a three-issue comic titled ALEISTER ARCANE for IDW Comics. With artwork by Breehn Burns the work was a spooky little footnote in his comic career and quickly fell to the wayside, until now. Once again helmed by IDW, the comic has been recollected and reprinted into a second collection for fans who missed it the first time around and for those who don’t want to wait for the movie.

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  • “SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Richard Corben is a prime examples of how talent and creativity never ages out, it only gets better. His career has spanned over fifty years, from comic booms to comic crashes, and even now, at the age of 76, has no plans of slowing down. SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE certainly proves that. A collection of new work, SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #1 is the first of eight issues that features several single story comics along with a continued tale that spans the entire collection. As expected, his iconic art work is the standout feature of the comic, though the stories themselves hold up just as much as his inks. Each one has the perfect touch of macabre and bizarre, a strange world that walks the fine line between reality and the twilight hour where the monsters are only a breath away.

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  • “BLOOD KISS” (Book Review)

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    In J. Daniel Stone’s contribution to the excellent novella collection I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD, a deranged old eccentric filmmaker named Laurenz offers two young artistically-inclined, searching young men a wad of money to perform in what he promises will be an extremely outré motion picture—a negotiation which ultimately leads to the following exchange, worth quoting at some length:

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  • “HOUSE 23” (Book Review)

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    HOUSE 23 is a part murder mystery, part home invasion horror, written by Eli Yance and published by Skyhorse Publishing. The story follows Joseph Lee, a man who seemingly has everything: A beautiful, supportive and wealthy wife, Jennifer, alongside a large home in the English countryside.  One minute, he is showering to ready himself for a holiday get-together with his family; the next, he is spitting blood through now-broken teeth and dizzy from a bloody wound to his head. As he stumbles in a bid to get downstairs to his wife, he tumbles down the steps and lands upon Jennifer’s lifeless body. Now living as the town pariah and being suspected as Jennifer’s murderer, Joseph finds comfort in his new neighbors, Riso and Zala, who shares a striking resemblance to Jennifer, yet something sinister lies beneath the couple’s appearance.

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  • “THE COMPLETE VOODOO, VOL. 2” (Comic Book Review)

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    There was a lot of things to be terrified of in the 1950’s: Communism, atomic bombs, fat lazy children nursed on the unholy teat that is television. With such rampaging paranoia, it’s no wonder that some of the most iconic horror movies and shows emerged from the unique era, inspired in part by one of the largest horror comic booms in the history of the printed press. Thanks to the hard work of Yoe Comics and IDW Comics, we in the far future of 2016 with our flying cars and space travel, can read what all the hubbub was all about. THE COMPLETE VOODOO VOL. 2 is the second installment of reprinted horror works originally from Farrell Publications simply titled VOODOO, and features a collection of spooky stories to keep you up at night.

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  • “CURSE WORDS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    With only a month and half left of the current year, Image Comics already has its sights set on the endless possibility of 2017 by announcing new plans for a new year. Along with plenty of high-end adventures and creative endeavors, the most interesting and hilarious work to hit early January shelves is CURSE WORDS. The black magic mini-series revolves around a wizard who one day showed up to Earth claiming golden intentions, even when old enemies catch up with him. Full of hipster quips and monster hits, CURSE WORDS kicks in the door of the parody genre and brings back what made the initial draw to satires so popular: respect for the source and genuine understanding of its roots.

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  • “CHIMICHANGA: SORROW OF THE WORLD’S WORST FACE #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    If little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, then Lulu the Bearded Girl got a bit of fire and steak in her gullet as well. The tough talking, common sense wielding, pint-size matron of the Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus is back again continuing her adventure with the perpetually bummed out Ronny the Hairy Man and her pet monster Chimichanga that started in the first issue. As expected from the multi-talented duo of writer Eric Powell and artist Stephanie Buscema, the second issue manages to keep the momentum going as Lulu finds herself battling the ghosts of a rival circus in pop art inspired illustrations that made the initial release so successful. Heck, it’s just as fun as going to the real circus but way cheaper.

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  • “STRANDED” (Book Review)

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    If you’re not quite familiar with horror author Bracken MacLeod, you will be after the release of his debut novel STRANDED, out October 3 from Tor. In fact, Warner Brothers Television/Macmillan Entertainment has already optioned the tome. MacLeod himself describes it as “THE THING meets JACOB’S LADDER.” If you’re a huge horror fan and that doesn’t have you drooling, there’s something wrong with you.

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