DC Online–a gaming addiction fix

The massive multiplayer online role-play game World of Warcraft has long been known as “gamer crack.” Next week, this form of MMORPG gaming will hit the console experience as DC Online Universe is released for the Playstation 3, and I’m predicting a good many people are going to lose sleep, eat poorly, and spend too […]

Gone Zombie: Interview with Web Comic Creator Stephen Thor

In the comic world, people like zombies. That is, people like zombies eating people. I talked with Stephen Thor about his web comic Gone Zombie, an independent comic with a storyline revolving around a religious cult seeking spiritual fulfillment by becoming undead themselves. As the story begins, Kurt is on a search to find his […]

Arkham City

Fans of Lovecraft have always given a knowing nod to the naming of Arkham Asylum in the Batman universe. When the video-game Arkham Asylum was released for gaming consoles, gamers who were also dark fiction fans weren’t disappointed by the dark environment and disturbing images. Arkham Asylum became one of last year’s largest hits, and […]

In The Batter’s Box

SQT, who runs the blog http://sqt-fantasy-sci-fi-girl.blogspot.com/ always has an interesting view of film and fiction. I asked her to take a look at the calendar and give me some of her predictions as to which of the upcoming genre films might fare well at the box office. Here is what she wrote me:


You Say Exploitation Like It’s A Bad Thing

You say “exploitation” as though it’s a bad thing.

One way to gauge the success of genre is by studying how widely it becomes accepted in popular culture. Consider “Iron Man.” Granted, Tony Stark has been part of the Marvel Universe for some time, but only since the release of the first “Iron Man” film […]

Comic Book Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye

Genre: Horror/Zombie

Creator/Writer/Letterer: Robert Kirkman

Penciler/Inker: Tony Moore

Publisher: Image

When the Comic Book Store Guy speaks, people listen – for good reason.

I admit it: I rarely visit my local comic book store these days. Collecting comic books just isn’t a top priority any longer, not in the current economy. When I do […]