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Old February 2 2010, 11:38 PM   #496
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How can House Of Wolf Man be looking for a distributor? You'd think somebody would snatch that right up. Of course, I hear that Larry Blamire has trouble getting his stuff distributed, too. Strange....
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Old March 22 2010, 08:54 AM   #497
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I'm not sure what you heard about The Wolfman remake, but the original's status is pretty safe. The sets, make-up and costumes were all great, and the performances were pretty good, but the movie was overall pretty mediocre. I enjoyed it well enough, but it should have been a lot better. There are reports that a lot was taken out, and there will be an extended DVD, but it'd have to be some seriously good stuff to elevate it.

I don't want to come down too hard on it--it wasn't bad. It just wasn't as good as it could have been. But remakes have been a whole lot worse.

I stayed on a werewolf kick and read Frostbite: A Werewolf Tale by David Wellington. It was a good little pulpy read. It was different from a lot of werewolf stories, in that the protagonist is a woman, and the werewolf transformations are handled in a way we're not used to. It's not the usual sort of transformation, with hair sprouting out of skin and such--it's closer to a shape-shifting deal--and she turns completely into a wolf (a dire wolf, to be exact). In that sense, it's a little closer to the werewolves of lore. Fans who prefer a human/wolf hybrid may not like that so much, but I'm open to all types of lycanthropes.

It's a fun, fast-paced read, and I'll be reading more from this author.

About a week ago, I got Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown from Netflix. It's a great documentary about the man and his work, with interview with people like Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro, Ramsey Campbell, and, of course, S.T. Joshi. It probably won't tell you anything you don't know, but I think it's still pretty enjoyable. The special features are pretty good, with almost an hour of extended interviews.

It put me in a Lovecraft-y mood, so I've been reading The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft with notes and introductionby Joshi.
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Old March 22 2010, 09:49 AM   #498
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I'll watch the Wolf Man remake when it comes to On Demand, but my opinion of it will be colored by the fact that it's a remake. I still think that if you're going to make that many changes, you should just go all the way and make something original. But "original" is too scary a word in Hollywood....

Both Frostbite and the Lovecraft documentary sound good. They are now resting in my Shopping Cart.
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Old March 22 2010, 10:22 AM   #499
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Don't read too much about Frostbite at Amazon. There's a pretty interesting twist about a third of the way in that really kicks it into gear.
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Old March 22 2010, 11:09 PM   #500
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I haven't read any of the reviews yet, so I'll hold off on that. I have to get my Brother a Birthday present, so maybe I'll order it tonight.
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Old April 2 2010, 09:15 AM   #501
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Speaking of things Lovecraft, this'll brighten your day:

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Old April 2 2010, 09:34 AM   #502
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Oh, yeah! More from HPLHS. That's great. As you know, I've got their silent Cthulhu and all their "Radio Shows," and they've never failed yet to get things right. These are people who understand and respect the subject matter. I suppose "October 1931" means this coming October, which means another painfully long wait-- but I have no doubt that it will be worth it.

And I did get Frostbite, but it's going to have to wait until I read The Long Man; I've been waiting thirty years for another novel by Steve Englehart.
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Old May 13 2010, 11:05 PM   #503
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Well, I read Frostbite. Strange kind of Werewolf story, very surreal. Most of it takes place in a weird dreamlike frozen landscape far up North in Canada; some of it in the forest, some in a bizarre abandoned mining town. Part of it takes place in flashback, circa World War I. Very little is set in anything resembling a familiar setting, adding to the nightmarish feel. As someone who finds anything below 70 degrees cold, it was an uncomfortable read as the Werewolf characters frequently find themselves running around naked in these frozen landscapes. I shivered the whole time. The strange moral ambiguity of the story also left me feeling uncomfortable, which was intentional; we were left with no characters to really root for, just a bunch of people doing what they need to survive and sacrificing their Humanity in the process. It was very well done, I thought; more unsettling than horrifying.
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Old May 15 2010, 06:06 AM   #504
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I'm glad you liked it. If you're interested, the sequel will be out in October.
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Old May 15 2010, 09:51 AM   #505
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Sweet. I'll definitely get that. I'd love to see what happens to these characters next-- hopefully a relocation to a tropical island.

Have you read his zombie books?
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Old June 30 2010, 08:44 AM   #506
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My most recent read was DWELLER by Jeff Strand. I tore through it in about two days while on vacation. It's a "boy and his best friend the monster" story, the twist being that it basically chronicles the two characters' lives together, spanning decades.

In a way, it's right up your alley. Here's a pretty good review.

It's a sweet story in its way, but just bear in mind it's definitely a horror story.

I also picked up CURSE OF THE FULL MOON. They're churning out these werewolf anthologies faster than I can read them! It was a blind buy based on some of the names in it (Campbell, Ellison, Gaiman, Lansdale, Le Guin, Moorcock, etc.). It didn't look like it had any duplicates from other recent werewolf books.

Right now I'm counteracting TWILIGHT mania by reading David Wellington's 13 BULLETS, the first in his vampire series. Pretty quick-paced read so far.

I haven't made too many movie purchases lately, but one that caught my eye in an ad between movies on TCM was the UNIVERSAL CULT HORROR COLLECTION. It's a little pricey at $50, but it's exclusive to the site, and it's a nice little package of B-horror flicks. The standout for me so far has been MURDERS IN THE ZOO. Great little pre-Code Lionel Atwill flick.
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Old June 30 2010, 09:57 AM   #507
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^^ Ah, I saw Murders In The Zoo when they ran it. That was a good one.

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My most recent read was DWELLER by Jeff Strand. I tore through it in about two days while on vacation. It's a "boy and his best friend the monster" story, the twist being that it basically chronicles the two characters' lives together, spanning decades.

In a way, it's right up your alley. Here's a pretty good review.

It's a sweet story in its way, but just bear in mind it's definitely a horror story.
That sounds great. I love stories with that kind of range. This sounds like a Horror pastiche of Lio or "Puff the Magic Dragon."

I also picked up CURSE OF THE FULL MOON. They're churning out these werewolf anthologies faster than I can read them! It was a blind buy based on some of the names in it (Campbell, Ellison, Gaiman, Lansdale, Le Guin, Moorcock, etc.). It didn't look like it had any duplicates from other recent werewolf books.
I'll add that to my list as well.

I picked up the first Season of True Blood. I found out that it has Werewolves as well as Vampires and I had a Wal-Mart gift card sitting around since Christmas and there's a Wal-Mart near my dentist, so there you go. I haven't looked at it yet, since I'm still devouring my new Tales Of The Gold Monkey set.
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Old July 15 2010, 01:40 AM   #508
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Today I got an email notice that HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Here's hoping it's worth the wait!
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Old July 15 2010, 09:35 AM   #509
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Me, too. It would suck to be disappointed after all this.

But I just pre-ordered it, along with Curse of the Full Moon, and if it ships on time we'll have it for Halloween.
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Old August 10 2010, 10:19 PM   #510
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There was some sad news last week about Dorchester Publishing, which produces the Leisure Horror line, including the bulk of paperbacks by Brian Keene and reprints of Richard Laymon's work. Paperback sales are down 25%, so in order to stay afloat, they're switching to an all-digital and print-on-demand model. I suppose it's good that these modern publishing options allow them to stay in business, but I'll miss seeing their paperbacks in stores. They've been around since '71.

As for recent horror readings and purchases, Wellington's 13 BULLETS was a great little read, and a good antidote to the sparkly vampire craze. His vampires are some mean bastards, looking more like Count Orlock than they do Robert Pattinson.

I got the new LIO collection in the mail, complete with that awesome Calvin & Hobbes spoof cover. Even the author photo and text poke a bit of fun at Watterson. Great stuff, as always.

I had a coupon at Borders the other day, and as I was looking through the horror section, I spotted BLOODSUCKERS: THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVES. I rolled my eyes as I picked it up, expecting a TWILIGHT knock-off (for whatever reason), and I was surprised to see it's a cool little paperback collection of vampire stories from throughout the history of the genre, in the vein (hur) of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF WOLF MEN. Some Bradbury, Manly Wade Wellman, Dan Simmons, Stephen King, etc. A lot of the stories are available elsewhere (they had to sneak "Dracula's Guest" in there, as usual), but it's nice to have them in a portable little paperback for my commute reading.

There are two more volumes in the pipeline, called FANGS and COFFINS. It looks like the three volumes are split-up versions of THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVES, which I've admired in the store a few times (great cover!), but the thing's a whopping 1,056 pages and pretty unwieldy. I kept hoping they'd publish a Kindle version, but the paperbacks will do nicely.

Lastly, I took a recent trip to Michaels crafts, and I guess they start putting up their Hallowe'en stuff this early in the year. They had the usual stuff, including the Lemax SpookyTown additions for 2010. They made some really cool ones this year. I couldn't resist snatching up a few items.
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