Reviewed: Crimson Peak

crimson peakOr why your horror needs more gothic romance, and vice versa…

The macabre and surreal have a definite place in my heart – as do beautiful things – so watching Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror, Crimson Peak, as a cap to a fantastical weekend at Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre , found several avenues to completely win over my fascination and admiration. But, to find out just why I found it such a beautiful and remarkable film, you’re going to have to mosey on over to The Recommenders (formerly known as Green Embers’ Recommends) and read the review!

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Lions and Tigers and Cylons, oh my!

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Grandpas, Great-Grandpas, Moms-who-are-Dads, Step-Dads, Partners in Crime and all-around fabulous people who take the time to serve as a role-model and guiding hand in any child’s life. You make the world a better place.

Second, take a trip to outer space and check out my review of the Battlestar Galactica TV Miniseries (2003) at Green Embers Recommends!

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Adventure with us in Spaced

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A: Join D and I over at Green Embers’ Recommends for our take on Spaced!

D: Wait, A! I have another one: A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. . . Spaced Wars

A: Eh, it’s a touching tribute to the show, but I liked your other ones better, D.

D: Fine, fine. To see just what the devil A and I are talking about, click the link

A: And enjoy!!

Go Our Way for a Movie Review

adventureswithD-final (1)D: What is this “our” thing? You wrote the Going My Way review for Green Embers Recommends all by yourself.

A: Don’t pretend that you weren’t there vamping in the background of my head, adding a deeper bass to Mr. Crosby’s crooning.

D: I take exception to the term ‘vamping.’

A: That’s what I thought. Between your singing and the sniffling–

D: I did not sniffle.

A: Would you prefer I showcase the balled up tissues and sopping hanky?

D: Sniffling will do, A. Sniffling will do.

A: Cheers, D. So everyone, stop by Green Embers Recommends, check out my review of Going My Way, not to mention Green’s Helix review (so excited) and the most-excellent, first-podcast-ever with Sarah M. Cradit on the Hobbit movies!

In Review: Catalysts

Catalysts, a new horror novella from author Charles Yallowitz (Legends of Windemere), is perfect for a quick afternoon read. Even better if it is a drizzly and/or dark afternoon, because then the particular spell of this book can work its full – horrific – magic on your soul.

Catalysts presents readers with a true monster, one that is fascinating to watch, even as my stomach twisted a little bit at the carnage it wrecks. As much as I wanted to slap them, the characters are very real. It was easy to see a little bit of myself not only in the two main characters, but also in the ensemble cast. These men and women were the readers’ entry into the terror going on within the celebrity convention and each one was a well-drawn personality to either hope for, or revile.

I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of the scenes in the elevator with the chaos and slaughter outside. And as a warning to those faint of heart, it is slaughter. Personally, I enjoyed it – the descriptions were delightfully gross, and at one point, I swore I could feel the squelching of blood under my toes. The elevator scenes themselves were harrowing in their own way. It is never an easy thing to watch two people help each other spiral deeper into a personal darkness.

The story was tight and the culprits. . . I don’t want to spoil anything, but it was clever. Not only that, the book itself was a slow-burn creepy that hit me the next day. I enjoyed it and I recommend it – Catalysts is perfect for this time of year, or any time you want to peer into the darkness. And lucky you, you can buy it at Amazon!

Review based on a pre-release digital copy provided by the author.

From the Author

When trapped in an elevator together, Jeffrey and Darla learn that misery doesn’t always love company. With the screams of death and chaos echoing from outside, they find themselves slowly slipping into a world of fear and darkness they may never recover from. All the while, something is terrorizing the convention outside and turning the guests and celebrities into psychotic monsters.



In Review: Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse

jack flacco - zombieWhen picking your ‘team’ for the zombie apocalypse, Ranger Martin should be high on your list. When picking a book to read – for the sheer fun of it or for the love of a good story – Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse, by Jack Flacco, should also be high on your list.

A tightly-knit story, woven together with humor, pathos and just-around-the-corner danger, Ranger Martin, was everything I wanted out of a thriller. It starts out with a bang, and doesn’t let up until the final page.

As I read, I felt as though I was riding along with Ranger Martin and the kids: I felt the desert air, felt the fear and thrill of adventure. Jack’s words made their struggles and fears mine as I read. Additionally, the camaraderie between the characters, and the relationships – kid-to-kid, and kid-to-adult – flowed naturally.

Ranger himself was, at turns, wild, mysterious, heroic and just plain fun. Frankly, I read the book wishing I had a Ranger Martin in my life growing up – zombies or no. While the book is humorous at times, Jack never lets you forget that the zombies are a very real danger. I found myself holding my breath in some sequences, fearing the worst but hoping for the best.  I also loved the twist on the genre that Jack employed. As a newbie to the zombie mythos, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Of course, you’ll have to pick up the book in order to find out what that twist is, and I highly recommend that you do so. Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse is due for release on October 22, 2013, and is available at amazon.

This review was based on the digital ARC, provided by the author.

Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse from the Author:

jack flaccoNever call them zombies. That was one of the rules. So much for rules, everyone who made up that garbage is either dead or undead. It doesn’t matter anymore. They go by other names—chewers, eaters, maggot bags, the changed. Whatever they’re called, they’re everywhere. And they’re not giving up until every last human becomes a single serving entrée to satiate their uncontrollable appetite.

Enter shotgun-toting Ranger Martin who is determined to end the zombies’ all-you-can-eat buffet. In an abandon military silo on the outskirts of the Nevada/Arizona border, he and his specialized team of assassins plan their assaults. Who’s he kidding? His team consists of three kids in their teens, and a boy barely old enough to wipe his own nose. But when a secret air force base in the Mojave Desert proves there’s more to the change than anyone knew, the temptation is too great. Now Ranger and the others set out on the road to overthrow the center of the infestation—a frantic race that will either destroy the hunger-prone zombies or cost him and his friends their lives.

Use your zombie prowess to stalk Jack on his official website or on Facebook.