So. Man of Steel. I’m a bit late to the commenting party on this, and I have already contributed my two-bits to a roundtable podcast hosted by Shaun Duke of the Skiffy and Fanty Show (over here). I did, though, want to elaborate a bit further on a point I touched on in that discussion: the unconvincing use of religious symbolism in Man of Steel versus its far more interesting deployment in some giant monster movies. Stick with me here, okay? Read the rest of this entry »

The following is riddled with spoilers from start to finish, so be warned. Read the rest of this entry »

Keycon 30!

Posted: May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

So here’s a quick rundown of where I’ll be at Keycon 30 this weekend. Looking forward to the fun and discussions! Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Weimer was kind enough to invite me to take part in a Mind Meld about the upcoming SF/F/H film offerings. Check it out here.

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), of which I am a proud member, has announced the nominees for the 2013 Scribe Awards. Here is the list, and huge congratulations to all the nominees! Read the rest of this entry »

I just learned this morning that Jess (Jesús) Franco has passed away. I’m going to try to put together a few thoughts about the man and his films in the days ahead. In the meantime, I’m making available a PDF of a piece I did on his film Vampyros Lesbos. This originally appeared in the Horror issue of Paradoxa (no. 17, 2002), edited by Steffen Hantke. My thanks to publisher David Willingham for granting the permission so quickly. Read the article here: Guerilla Vamping.

The current issue of Fangoria has its ballot for the 2013 Chainsaw Awards, and the nominees for “Best Wide-Release Film” got me thinking about the current state of the horror film. Here are the nominees:

-          The Cabin in the Woods

-          The Grey

-          ParaNorman

-          Sinister

-          The Woman in Black Read the rest of this entry »