Category: Books

Book Review: THAT’S NOT YOUR MOMMY ANYMORE by Matt Mogk & Aja Wells

That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore By Matt Mogk Illustrated by Aja Wells Available on Amazon I had to ask myself, “Would I buy this for Bethanista on her birthday?” Bethanista is a cool girl who likes zombies, fairies, dancing and ice cream. She’s also seven. When after her mother bought Plants v. Zombies, Bethanista interest …

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Book review: ZOMBIE, OHIO by Scott Kenemore

Scott Kenemore Zombie, Ohio: A Tale of the Undead (Check out Scott Kenemore’s Zombie Blog) Zombie, Ohio starts off slow but like the titular creature, picks up momentum as the story progresses on to make a very enjoyable read. Scott Kenemore has crafted the pacing of  Zombie, Ohio to follow, step-by-step, the progression/degeneration of the main …

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Monster Jokes

Ah, cheesy monster jokes. They are a staple of any young, growing horror fan’s reading diet and they’re impossible to escape during October. As I don’t know whether or not directly posting jokes falls under “fair use” rules, I’ll avoid any potential trouble by linking to several previews of spooky joke books. So if you’re …

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From Shock Theater to Svengoolie

Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theater to Svengoolie By Ted Okuda and Mark Yurkiw I like Chicago. It’s a nice place that has developed its own style – CHICAGO STYLE – and attitudes. A lot of great music has come out of that city, along with great comedy and in this case, great …

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Stay Sick! Ghoulardi: Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride

Ghoulardi Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride by Tom Feran and R.D. Heldenfels Buy here on Amazon Tom Feran and R.D. Heldenfels book Ghoulardi: Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride documents how Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson, through the Ghoulardi character, captured the imagination and energy of Cleveland the way that a lot of the initial horror hosts did …

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Edison’s Frankenstein

Originally debuting as a self-published work in 1996, Edison’s Frankenstein is back in an expanded and updated edition that’s more than double the original’s page count (along with a tie-in DVD-R release of the film). And the timing couldn’t be better, because 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the original silent Frankenstein film’s release! Author …

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A Black History Horror First

Rather than doing my usual profile of an African-American who made some kind of contribution to horror cinema, I thought I’d do something a little different this year. Instead, I’m going to highlight the (alleged) first-ever collection of short horror fiction by African-American authors. First published in 2004, Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and …

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Reading Suggestion

I’m close to Providence, so it makes sense to bust out the Lovecraft this time of year. Everything is soggy, gray and cold. I suggest you to do the same. Granted, history will show that he was a racist, classist and misogynistic. We can’t forget that. But he died in near poverty so take that …

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Give me some light!

Zacherely The first thing taken from Richard Scrivani’s ‘Goodnight, Whatever You Are’ is a sincere appreciation for both the classic horror films of his youth and the television host who made them a little less scary and a little more fun. That admiration is undeniable throughout his chronicle of his life alongside John “Zacherley” Zacherle. …

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Half pint of snakebite.

A quick pre-review preview. I’ve noticed that the main problem with with writing a biography, or any non-fiction, is the separation of author from the subject, specifically maintaining that distance so the biography remains impartial and in such, pure. When the author and the subject are intertwined, the bias is unavoidable. It’s impossible for one …

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