Book Review: SNOWBOUND

SNOWBOUND novel by Maria Alexander | ©2019 Ghede Press

Writer: Maria Alexander Price: $13.99 Publisher: Ghede Press Publication Date: July 21, 2018 What with NOS4A2 making Christmas in July scary again on TV, this seems the ideal time to pick up Maria Alexander’s novel SNOWBOUND. This is the second in Alexander’s Yuletide trilogy, following her Bram Stoker Award-winning SNOWED. While it is advisable to read SNOWED before SNOWBOUND (and SNOWED is excellent in its own right), it’s not absolutely necessary. Alexander brings us up to speed without repeating herself. SNOWBOUND is told in the alternating first-person voices of Charity Jones, a brilliant just-out-of-high-school engineer now doing government work, and […]Read On »

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KRAMPUS: Composer Douglas Pipes unleashes music for the anti-Claus – Interview

KRAMPUS soundtrack | ©2015 Back Lot Music

If Douglas Pipes comes knocking at your door with a bag begging for candy, or drops into your chimney with a sack of toys to give, it’s best to run the other way from a composer with a knack for turning child-friendly holidays into hell. But for those Scrooges who delight in hearing merriment tuned to the key of frenzied misery, Pipes’ seditious way of playing two of the year’s most beloved days as humorously black-hearted apocalypses is music to the ears – no more so than on the happiest eve of all as he twists all that is musically […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KRAMPUS

KRAMPUS movie poster | ©2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler Writers: Todd Casey & Michael Dougherty & Zack Shields Director: Michael Dougherty Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical): December 4, 2015 While KRAMPUS is far from the first movie to use the mythic anti-Santa of legend as its villain, it’s arguably the best of the bunch, and indeed, up there with GREMLINS as a Christmas horror movie that deserves to become a tradition. Krampus, for those who’ve never heard of him, is a figure who possibly predates Christianity, but certainly showed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY

A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY | © 2015 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoe De Grand Maison, Alex Ozerov, Shannon Kook, Amy Forsyth, Adrian Holmes, Olunike Adeliyi, Orion John Writers: James Kee, Sarah Larsen, Doug Taylor, Pascal Trottier Directors: Grant Harvey, Steve Hoban, Brett Sullivan Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical, VoD, iTunes): October 2, 2015 A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY is actually several horror stories all set on Christmas Eve in the picturesque small town of Bailey Downs. For fannish folk, Bailey Downs is the name of settings in both the werewolf movie GINGER SNAPS and the TV sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK. Neither […]Read On »

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