The War of the Realms: The Punisher by Eric S Brown

The War of the Realms: The Punisher Eric S Brown War of the Realms was an event which spanned the entire Marvel Universe. Malekith, the king of the Dark Elves, declared war on Midgard, and all of the horrors of Asgard pilled onto the…

Punisher: Born by Eric S Brown

Punisher: Born Eric S Brown The Punisher: Born trade paperback is part prequel, part origin story for the infamous, gun-toting vigilante. Weighing in at only 112 pages, it collects the four issue mini-series of the same title. Born opens with the Vietnam war winding…

Immortal Hulk by Eric S Brown

In 2018, Marvel Comics’ most famous, rampaging, green giant got a brand new ongoing series and its first five issues are collected in Immortal Hulk Vol. 1.    This new series is an original take on the character and is much more of a…

Zombieland 2: Double Tap by Eric S Brown

Ten years after the release of the smash hit Zombieland, the film finally got a sequel.    The entire original, main cast reunited in Zombieland: Double Tap.    The question is, of course, does this sequel live up to the original?    The hard…

Dr. Strange by Eric S Brown

Dr. Strange Eric S Brown Marvel once again launched a new Dr. Strange ongoing series in 2018. Much of that series is now collected in trade paperback. The first of these trades, titled Across the Universe, begins with Dr. Strange losing his powers. He…

Lazy Dialog Tags or How to keep the reader from yawning.

There’s so much fad writing/grammar/punctuation/editing advice out there that even professional get confused. The poor inexperienced author that’s just starting out hasn’t got a chance. Let’s see if we can at least help fix one small area: Dialog tags – what to do with…

Night of the Comet by Eric S Brown

Night of the Comet Eric S Brown Night of the Comet was shot with a budget of less than one million and released in 1984. That same year saw the release of such classics as Ghostbusters and C.H.U.D. In terms of genre, Night of…

Dark Knights Rising by Eric S Brown

Dark Knights Rising Eric S Brown In 2017, the DC universe was shaken to its core by the events of a story line entitled Metal which garnered high sales for DC and was widely well received. The Metal story line is now collected and…

Color Out of Space by Eric S Brown

Color Out of Space Eric S Brown H.P. Lovecraft wrote The Color Out of Space in 1927,and Richard Stanley’s new adaptation of it is far from the first to be produced. Die, Monster, Die! released in 1965 holds that honor and many others around…

Manticore: Man-Eating Hybrid Beast of Legend and Art by Richard H. Fay

Manticore: Man-Eating Hybrid Beast of Legend and Art Richard H. Fay A legendary monster that bore many names (Manticore, Manticora, Mantichora, Manticory, Manticoras, Martikhora, Mantiserra, Memecoleous, Mancomorion, and the Satyral), the fearsome Manticore featured in the lore, bestiaries, and creative works of various lands…

C.H.U.D. by Eric S Brown

In 1984, the movie C.H.U.D. was released. While the film earned over three times its production budget, it was far from hitting blockbuster level hit. However, it was a rather unique film in many ways. Billed as science fiction/horror movie, C.H.U.D. was also a…

Zombie (aka Zombi 2) by Eric S Brown

Zombie (aka Zombi 2) Eric S Brown “The boat can leave now.    Tell the crew.”    . . . And with those opening words, what is still considered one of the best films ever produced in the zombie genre begins. Directed by Lucio…

Lilliana Vess by Eric S Brown

Most people have heard Magic the Gathering.But in case you haven’t, it’s a collectible card game that’s been around since the early 90s and is played all over the world.    It is so popular, it has expanded in several series of novels, comic…

Daredevil: No Devils, Only God by Eric S Brown

Daredevil: No Devils, Only God is the second collected volume of Chip Zdarsky’s run on the title. It contains issues 6-10 of the current ongoing series. The story opens a small amount of time after Daredevil is presumed to have died, and Matt Murdock…

Merfolk: Sea People of Folklore and Legend by Richard H. Fay

Merfolk: Sea People of Folklore and Legend Richard H. Fay Featured in the lore of many human cultures, merfolk were said to be people of the sea, although some resided in freshwater. In their most usual form, these beings appeared humanoid from the waist…

Monster Hunter: Siege by Eric S Brown

If you’ve never heard of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series and you’re a fan of action packed reads full of monsters, fun, and horror, you’re really missing out. The series began with a novel entitled Monster Hunters International in 2009. Since then there have…

Rogue Blades Foundation and Heroic Literature by Ty Johnston

Fantasy literature comes in many varieties, but since its inception the genre often has held firmly to notions of the heroic. In truth, the oldest tales in history deal with heroes, from Gilgamesh to Achilles, from Hercules to Samson, and so on. We all…

Daybreak by Eric S Brown

Daybreak’s first season was released on Netflix in the fall of 2019. It’s a post-apocalyptic, comedy centered around the life of a teenager named Josh Wheeler. The adults of the world have been mostly wiped out by a nuclear war and those did survive…

The Monster by Eric S Brown

The Monster Eric S Brown Bryan Bertino likely best known for his film The Strangers. Its success gave him the chance to later direct a screenplay he had written entitled There are Monsters which was released in 2016 titled simply The Monster. Zoe Kazan…

The Boys by Eric S Brown

The Boys Eric S Brown Garth Ennis’s extremely violent and disturbing comic series The Boys hit Amazon Prime this year as a live action series starring Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Elisbeth Shue, Antony Starr, and Tomer Capon. If you’re unfamiliar with The Boys, it’s…

Doom Patrol by Eric S Brown

The Doom Patrol live action series that launched on the DC universe App. this year is a mix of the classic series and Grant Morrison’s groundbreaking run. The team consists of the original members – Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, and the Chief, but also…

The World of Dredd: Judge Demarco by Eric S Brown

The World of Dredd: Judge Demarco Eric S Brown The character of Galen Demarco first appeared in Prog # 970 of 2000 AD magazine. She is born into vast wealth and after the passing of her mother, her father realizes even though wealthy, life…

Daredevil: Mike Murdock Must Die by Eric S Brown

Daredevil: Mike Murdock Must Die Eric S Brown Collecting issues twenty two through forty one of the original run of Daredevil, along with bonus material from Fantastic Four # 73 and Not Brand Echh # 4, Daredevil: Mike Murdock Must Die weighs in at…

Shogun Warriors by Eric S Brown

Shogun Warriors Eric S Brown At the end of the 1970s, Marvel Comics produced many property-based comics such as Star Wars, Logan’s Run, Battlestar Galactica, Rom the Spaceknight, and Godzilla. One such title was Shogun Warriors. Based on Japanese toys, the Shogun Warriors series…

Judge Death by Eric S Brown

Judge Death Eric S Brown Judge Death, misguided entity from an alternate dimension, is a malevolent spectral being determined to wipe out all life. His powers include hopping from one corporal body to another, super strength and endurance, and the ability to kill with…

Baron Karza by Eric S Brown

Baron Karza Eric S Brown When one thinks of Marvel’s most powerful villain, Dr. Doom usually comes to mind. Doom is certainly a well known character, portrayed as a powerful magic user, and one of the smartest characters on the Marvel Earth. However, what…

Day of Chaos by Eric S Brown

Day of Chaos Eric S Brown Judge Dredd is an iconic character. Created in 1977, his adventures continue to this day in both the UK and America, and one of the most important story arcs is The Day of Chaos (a trilogy- The Fourth…

Wonder Woman 1984 by Eric S Brown

Wonder Woman 1984 Eric S Brown On June 2nd, 2017, the first Wonder Woman movie hit theaters. It was a smashing success with critics and fans alike. Earning over eight hundred million, it became of DC’s highest grossing movies of the time. While basically…

Red Sonja by Eric S. Brown

Robert E. Howard created Conan the Barbarian in 1932. Marvel brought Conan into the pages of comics in 1970, and there has been a Conan comic of some kind in various publications since then. It’s likely some believe that Howard created Red Sonja as…

A Conversation with David Robbins by Eric S. Brown

AR: How did you get into writing? Dave: I wanted to write from an early age. My childhood was unusually traumatic. So much so, I sought refuge, if you will, in fiction. The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs were a particular fave. But I…

BSG vs BSG By Eric S Brown

BSG vs BSG Eric S Brown In January, 2018, Dynamite Comics – publisher of Battlestar Galactica comics since 2006 – released issue one of a six issue mini-series entitled BSG vs. BSG, a unique story in the history of Battlestar Galactica which brings the…

Stan Lee By Eric S Brown

Stan Lee Eric S Brown The world recently lost a great man. At the age of 95, Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee passed away in an L.A. Hospital. No other person has likely ever influenced the world of pop culture like he did. While Stan…

A Conversation with Chris Kennedy by Eric S Brown

A Conversation with Chris Kennedy Eric S Brown Chris Kennedy is a powerhouse in the world of publishing. He’s a well-known author, and successful publisher with a ten member staff and a raft of authors. As busy as he is, Chris took some time…

A Conversation with David Drake by Eric S Brown

A Conversation with David Drake Eric S Brown Most people recognize David Drake’s name from his Hammer’s Slammer or RCN Military SF series but his career actually began in the horror genre. His first sale was made to August Derleth, editor of Arkham House….

Great Horror Movies By Eric S Brown

Great Horror Movies Eric S Brown Every year at Halloween, I watch some of my favorite horror films. For those who don’t know much about horror, I thought I would suggest some great films. If you’re into werewolves, Dog Soldiers (2002) is a must…

Pacific Rim Uprising By Eric S Brown

Pacific Rim Uprising Eric S Brown In 2013, Pacific Rim, the first truly, large-budget mecha film, hit theaters across the globe. While it only raked in around 411 million dollars, it also found a deeply devoted cult-following obsessed with its cool mecha, kaiju, and…

Abigail Arcane By Eric S Brown

Abigail Arcane Eric S. Brown Any fan of the Swamp Thing, or DC Comics, knows who Abigail Arcane is. At the mention of her name, one thinks of the swamps of Louisiana and her trademark snow-white hair with its two black stripes. She made…

A Variety of Draconic Creatures by Richard H. Fay

A Variety of Draconic Creatures Richard H. Fay Most folks, when you say the word “dragon”, envision a four-legged, winged, fire-breathing, reptilian monster. In actuality, although many dragons of both modern popular culture and traditional lore fit snugly into this description, draconic creatures of…

The Good and the Bad of Critiques by Richard H. Fay

The Good and the Bad of Critiques by Richard H. Fay While critiques and literary criticisms often contain useful advice for the aspiring author and poet, there is a dark side to this sector of the literary realm. What I hate most about the…

The Darker Side of Fairy Lore By Richard H. Fay

The Darker Side of Fairy Lore By Richard H. Fay Many people today think of fairies as rainbow-winged pixies prancing about in a sylvan wonderland. However, traditional tales about the denizens of the fairy realm spoke of beings and practices that were far from…

The Alp and the Schrattl by Richard H. Fay

The Alp and the Schrattl By Richard H. Fay According to traditional Germanic lore, strange creatures haunted the craggy peaks and shadowed vales of the European Alps. Some of these beings delighted in troubling humankind, using supernatural powers to harass and even prey upon…

Some Arms and Armour Terms and Facts by Richard H. Fay

Some Arms and Armour Terms and Facts by Richard H. Fay Even in this supposed Age of Information, some people still seem a bit misinformed when it comes to proper terminology used for and certain actual facts about historic arms and armour. This may…

Some Arms and Armour Terms and Facts by Richard H. Fay Even in this supposed Age of Information, some people still seem a bit misinformed when it comes to proper terminology used for and certain actual facts about historic arms and armour. This may…

Robert the Bruce by Richard H. Fay

Robert the Bruce by Richard H. Fay Alexander III’s fatal fall down a seaside cliff during a stormy night in 1286 plunged the kingdom of Scotland into a cascade of events that eventually led to a series of wars with England. After the untimely…

Edward IV by Richard H. Fay

Edward IV by Richard H. Fay The fifteenth century English civil war that became known as the “Wars of the Roses” arose out of tension between the rival houses of Lancaster and York. Both dynasties could trace their ancestry back to Edward III. Both…

Speculative Poetry: Past, Present, and Future by Richard H. Fay

Speculative Poetry: Past, Present, and Future Richard H. Fay Occasionally shoved into a dark, stuffy corner of the literary attic by its critics, speculative poetry actually possesses a heritage and current potential at least as rich and exciting as that claimed by its mainstream…