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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road

I had heard so many positive reviews and praise heaped upon Mad Max Fury Road that it was hard not to have high expectations.  Although I enjoyed the movie and thought it was well done, I don’t think it was quite worthy of the hype.  The movie starts off with Max taken captive in a Read More…

Game of Thrones: The Gift

Last week’s episode was a bit of a disappointment, but I think things made a turn for the better with “The Gift”.  There were lots of intrigue and big moments, along with a couple of real head-scratchers.  Read on to see what it all means.   Samwell Tarly Maester Aemon met his demise in a Read More…

10 Questions with Mark Onspaugh

1.  What made you choose a Native American backdrop for your novel The Faceless One? One, I am part Native American, Cherokee and Creek on my mother’s side. The other inspiration was from a photo. I was leafing through Time Life’s Mysteries of the Unknown, looking for story ideas. I saw a Tlingit bear mask Read More…

The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh

The Faceless One is a horror novel that is steeped in Native American legend, most of it surrounding old gods, one of which is The Faceless One, an evil entity that is seeking a human to enter the world and wreak havoc and destruction.  When Jimmy Kalamaku was a boy he had an encounter with Read More…

Movie Review: The Avengers Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron had a pretty high bar set on it since The Avengers  was the best Marvel movie ever made, in my humble opinion.  This movie had the dubious fete of trying to match what was a fantastic movie, something that many sequels fail to deliver.  So, how did Age of Ultron fare? Read More…

Game of Thrones: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Things are looking bleak for a great many of the characters in “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”.  There were a couple of unexpected twists in this episode.  Time to the break it down.   Arya Stark Arya is none too happy these days in the House of Black and White.  Not that I blame her, as she Read More…

10 Questions with Benjamin Kane Ethridge

1.  What was the basis for the mythos you used in Divine Scream where banshees are heralds for people when they die? It was a very loose interpretation of a female spirit in Irish mythology, which is usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld. In DIVINE SCREAM the banshee Read More…

Divine Scream by Benjamin Kane Ethridge

Divine Scream takes place in one day, the day that Jared Kare finds out that he is supposed to die.  While waiting for a doctor’s appointment (one in which Jared is going to be given the bad news) a banshee who is supposed to be the herald for his death intervenes.  She has been following Read More…

Game of Thrones: Kill the Boy

The dragons were back in full force in “Kill the Boy”.  We also got our first glance at the Stone Men.  Let’s get right to the breakdown.   Daenerys Targaryan The show starts off with Daenerys looking over the corpse of Ser Barristen.  I got this part totally wrong figuring Ser Barristen would survive and Read More…

World Horror Convention Day 3 Recap

After dragging myself out of bed after a late night, I managed to catch half of a panel about publishing in the ebook age.  Another one of those masochistic 9 AM panels.  Seeing as how ebooks are becoming more and more dominant in the marketplace, it was beneficial to listen in on the panel.   Read More…