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Book of the Week: Monster, by A. Lee Martinez

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2018 by ranranami

I have read so many of this man’s books. For me, his humorous balance in his story is on par with another favorite author of mine, R. Chetwynd-Hayes. I’ve already recommended one book by A. Lee Martinez in the past, Gil’s All Fright Diner, but honestly? I love this one even more. There was a period of time a few years ago where I was pretty much reading at least one of these books a week, and Monster is one of the best.

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The story plays with a concept I rarely see done as well as it should be. There are monsters everywhere, and normal people don’t know about them. This one adds your typical Martinez guts and gore along with a succubus here and maybe a yeti destroying a grocery store there. A gland in people’s brains that lets them see monsters for what they are, and a sort of supernatural police force doing what they can to at least keep things somewhat normal.

What I love about A. Lee Martinez, is that his protagonists are both very normal and very special in so many creative ways. This book was no exception to the rule, and it is very easily a 3-day read if you put your mind to it. Or don’t. Just grab a glass of wine (or coffee) and enjoy.

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Spooky Board Games: Creepy Hand

Posted in Fun and Games, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by ranranami

I love movie magic. The ability of someone with a few camera angles and quick cuts to make something simple seem that much more intriguing. This is a UK game, so was never easily available to us over here in the states. However, the beauty of the internet makes things that once were impossible to get a hold of…quite easy.

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There really isn’t too much to say about Creepy Hand, because it’s a simple premise. A battery-operated hand crawls around and points a finger at the person who has to pick the card. Kind of like ‘Would You Rather’, with a bit of an Addams Family twist. Honestly, I think I would have preferred if they’d just had Thing in a box, have it spin around inside, and flip open to point at someone…

Oh well. It’s a cute Halloween game for kids. Not rocket science. Much like ‘Ask Zandar’, the main prop is still pretty cool, even if the game isn’t absolutely amazing. There’s only so much you can do with a board game.

Halloween Commercials

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by ranranami

You know what I used to love about October? All of the awesome Halloween commercials. Just a dash of plastic fangs and a sprinkle of green make-up could make a product that much more appealing in October. Here’s to the television spots that reminded us all about Halloween’s impending approach…

 





 

Horror Flick of the Week: Ghostbusters (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2014 by ranranami

Re-watching this film for our upcoming podcast episode, I was reminded that this is just a fun movie. Sure, it may not be as niche as Sugar Hill, and certainly not as dark as Dagon…but not all horror movies are made alike. Some are horror comedy, some are more kid-friendly. Barring the sexy times between the keymaster and the gatekeeper, you’ve got yourself a pretty solid (and enjoyable) kid-friendly movie here.

Sure, some of the effects are dated. It’s hard to find a movie more than 6 years old that doesn’t have dated SFX…but I’m still a bit more intrigued by the stop-motion statues than I would have been if they were cgi monsters.

It spawned two cartoon series, a mega cache of merchandise (I’ve got a Slimer doll tucked away on my shelf right now) and even got itself a tidy little lawsuit from Huey Lewis, which ultimately got settled out of court.

It’s a good weekend picture. It’s a good movie to watch with kids. It’s a good movie to watch with friends. Ghostbusters (and the sequel) are ultimately just good movies, and worth re-watching every couple of years. I’ll save further opinions for our upcoming podcast, but I think it’s fairly obvious I won’t have much negative to say about it.

Drive-in Trailers: Creepy Crawlers (Part 1)

Posted in Media, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by ranranami

“Don’t you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next one to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your scalp,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your sides.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You’ll spread it on a slice of bread,
And this is what you eat when you are dead.”

That song…for me as an impressionable child…freaked me out. It wasn’t the actual part about rotting, or leaking coffins, or dying….it was the worms. The bugs. I don’t have an innate fear of insects and their ilk, but I can’t help but get a little bit of a shiver when I think about being swarmed by/filled with creepy crawlies. So, in honor of their post as really freaking horrible little monsters…the trailers presented today are all about bugs and arachnids. ENJOY….

 

I really had no idea there were SO MANY of these movies, it’s a very expansive genre. So I decided to stop here for now, or risk getting into the triple digits territory. There will be another one some time in the future though, so keep an eye out…and some bug spray handy.

Vintage Comics – Adventures Into Darkness, Issue 5: Murder Mansion & Drury’s Dream (Pg Cover – PG. 9)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by ranranami

We venture into yet another vintage comic series this week, Adventures Into Darkness. This one was from the end of the ‘golden age of comics’, and the company who did this little series was mostly known for pulp stories, which…honestly is pretty obvious from page 1. There’s something with pulp detective stories, kind of like a common trope, where you always have to have at least one visible garish statue within the first five minutes. This comic managed it within the first five panels. Conveniently enough, the statue also happens to be the monster in the first story too.

I can’t help but wonder when they were putting the story together whether the writer was an old man saying to himself ‘yes, a monster…and some kind of spooky house. That’s what kids like nowadays, right? Daggummit Mortimer Chacahoochie, you done it again!’ Because it really does kind of read like a half-lucid summary of a longer ghost story, vaguely remembered by a person who wasn’t really fond of it in the first place. I think my favorite aspect of this comic is the eyes, though they’re mainly dots…the eyebrows are nicely expressive.

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Bleed, the Webseries

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2014 by ranranami

So here’s a funny little web series I watched a few years ago and figured was worth sharing with you guys today. As some of you may know, I’m from Texas. This was filmed in Austin. That’s not really important, but I thought it was cool.

The story follows one really bad new vampire and his friend, pretty reluctant to become one himself…but surprisingly good at it, comparably. It’s a silly little show with some decent acting…and it’s all fun. A good way to spend an afternoon, I think.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s any humanly possible way to link the 2nd episode as a video here on WordPress, so here’s the link to their channel for you to view everything by Bleedonlineseries, if the first one has caught your fancy.