Book Review: THE LAST DREAM KEEPER

THE LAST DREAM KEEPER | © 2016 Ace Paperback Original

Writer: Amber Benson Publisher: Ace Paperback Original Publication Date: January 2016 Suggested Retail Price: $15 THE LAST DREAM KEEPER is a follow-up to Amber Benson’s THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. Anyone who is familiar with that area of Los Angeles probably wondered if Benson’s first book in this series was fact or fiction. Echo Park is funky and forested and seems entirely likely to host a coven of magical practitioners. In fact, WITCHES is a work of horror-tinged urban fantasy, with Lyse returning from out of state to tend to her beloved great-aunt Eleanora, who turns out to be Lyse’s […]Read On »

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DVD Review: TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES

TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment / Image Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, Ray Wise, AJ Bowen, Sarah Butler, Angela Bettis, Amber Benson Writer: Tom Holland Director: Tom Holland Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014 TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES began life last year as an anthology series on FearNet. Nine episodes have been gathered on DVD, with jocular on-camera introductions by writer/director/producer Holland (of FRIGHT NIGHT and CHILD’S PLAY fame). The segments are of varying lengths – the longest, “The Pizza Guy,” is approximately twenty minutes – and cover a whole spectrum of horror topics, from werewolves, vampires and Satanism to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MEN AT WORK star Adam Busch on Season 3 of the TBS sitcom

Adam Busch stars on MEN AT WORK | © 2014 Darren Michaels/TBS

TBS’ half-hour multi-camera comedy MEN AT WORK is now in its third season, Wednesdays at 10 PM. Created by Breckin Meyer (star of TNT’s FRANKLIN & BASH) and based on incidents in his own life, the series stars Adam Busch, Michael Cassidy, James Lesure and Danny Masterson as a quartet of friends who work together at a New York men’s magazine. Busch’s character Neal is the gentlest of the bunch. Busch began his acting career at an early age, costarring in THE MYSTERY FILES OF SHELBY WOO. The Long Island native also appeared in Seasons 5-7 of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HUSBANDS THE SERIES Season 2 talk from co-creator Jane Espenson

Alessandra Torresani, Brad “Cheeks” Bell and Sean Hemion in HUSBANDS THE SERIES - Season 2 | ©2012 Brad Bell and Jane Espenson

HUSBANDS THE SERIES has made all kinds of news since its first season premiered last year. The Web series about two men, performer Cheeks (Brad “Cheeks” Bell) and baseball player Brady (Sean Hemion), who get legally married while drunk in Vegas and decide to try to make things work, was written up in the New Yorker and Time Magazine, and became the first ongoing Internet show to be honored with its own panel by the Los Angeles branch of the Paley Center for Media. The first season of HUSBANDS THE SERIES, also starring Alessandra Torresani as Cheeks’ inebriated best friend […]Read On »

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Book Review: HOW TO BE DEATH

How To Be Death - A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel by Amber Benson | ©2012 Ace

Writer: Amber Benson Price: $7.99 Publisher: Ace Mass Market Paperback Original “I am Death” was the perfect line to conclude writer Amber Benson’s trilogy about Calliope Reaper-Jones. Callie, as her fans will recall, started as the title character in DEATH’S DAUGHTER, wanting the mundane life of a mortal but gradually accepting her supernatural destiny, including her job as the literal embodiment of Death. However, there’s no reason to keep a good, lethal force of nature down, so Calliope is back in Book Four of the series, HOW TO BE DEATH, which is also the title of the tome our heroine […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Amber Benson on GIRL ON GIRL, REVERSE PARTHENOGENESIS and more – Part 2

Amber Benson at the 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival March 22, 2008 | ©2010 Sue Schneider

Amber Benson, novelist/actress/filmmaker, is touring to promote her new book HOW TO BE DEATH, the fourth installment in the adventures of Calliope Reaper-Jones, born as daughter to Death himself and now inheritor of Dad’s job. Benson’s upcoming tour dates include: Sat. March 24, 2 PM at Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank,CA However, Benson is involved in a number of other projects as well. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, she talks about what else her multi-hyphenate life encompasses at present. ASSIGNMENT X: You were working on a Web series as co-director with Adam Busch, who was also your co-director […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Amber Benson on HOW TO BE DEATH novel – Part 1

How To Be Death - A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel by Amber Benson | ©2012 Ace

Calliope Reaper-Jones started as the title character in Amber Benson’s first solo novel DEATH’S DAUGHTER as a young New Yorker very reluctantly grappling with her supernatural heritage. Thanks to the book’s best-selling success and the adventures, tragedies and triumphs in two follow-up novels, CAT’S CLAW and SERPENT’S STORM, Calliope has now graduated from offspring to Death herself. In HOW TO BE DEATH, Calliope finds herself trying to solve several murders among a group of most unusual suspects, including a number of gods and goddesses. Benson, who still has a multitude of fans for her portrayal of Taraon BUFFY THE VAMPIRE […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 6 – “Mommy Dearest”

Jensen Ackles and Samantha Smith in SUPERNATURAL - Season 6 - "Mommy Dearest" | ©2011 The CW/Jack Rowand

Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Amber Benson Director: John Showalter Writers: Adam Glass Network: The CW, Airs Fridays Original Telecast: April 29, 2011 “Jefferson Starships … because they are horrible and hard to kill.” – Dean (Jensen Ackles) in SUPERNATURAL “Mommy Dearest” Dean had some great one-liners in “Mommy Dearest” on SUPERNATURAL this week. One of my other favorites was when he found out Castiel (Misha Collins) didn’t have any powers he said “Without your powers, you’re like a baby in a trench coat.” Hilarious. The Jefferson Starships line refers to Dean naming the hybrid creatures […]Read On »

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Book Review: SERPENT’S STORM by Amber Benson

SERPENT'S STORM by Amber Benson

Writer: Amber Benson Suggested Retain Price: $7.99 Publisher: Ace Mass Market Paperback Original Publication Date: February 22, 2011 SERPENT’S STORM is the third novel in Amber Benson’s Calliope Reaper-Jones series, which began with DEATH’S DAUGHTER and continued in CAT’S CLAW. While there will reportedly be more books to follow, SERPENT’S STORM feels very much like the conclusion to a trilogy that it in fact is, paying off many elements that were set up in the earlier installments. What’s really gratifying here is that as our heroine Callie has grown and matured, so has her ability to process what’s happening around […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Novelist Amber Benson chats about CAT’S CLAW, DRONES and more – Part 2

Amber Benson at the 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival March 22, 2008 | ©2008 Sue Schneider

Amber Benson creatively does everything – and very successfully, too. Benson originally came to the public’s attention as an actress (Tara on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, an award-winning turn in RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM), but she’s branched out as a filmmaker (writer/director/producer of CHANCE and LOVERS, LIARS AND LUNATICS), a novelist (DEATH’S DAUGHTER as a solo writer, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION books in collaboration with Christopher Golden), a radio play writer and a comic book author. Right now, as a film director, Benson has DRONES, which she co-directed with Adam Busch, awaiting release. As an author, she’s got two […]Read On »

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