Monthly Archives: June 2011

MAD TV ALUMNI GET SOME BREAKS! HUZZAH!

I was a longtime fan of MAD TV. Unlike SNL, whose format (celebrity guests reading cue cards) has become very stale (with some exception),  MAD TV always seemed to put funny first. Sure, celebrities might show up, but the real … Continue reading

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RAISING HOPE: TOO DAMN FUNNY!

Every time Erin and I watch this show, we laugh. Out loud. And yet we never plan on watching it. And its way better than MY NAME IS EARL, created by the folks doing RAISING HOPE. Earl was moderatly funny, … Continue reading

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Factory Brand Wrestlers: The Curse of One Major League Promotion

Yes, it’s time for another wrestling post. Last year (?), Nick Mamatas wrote about the dangers to pro wrestlers all trying to look like John Cena: trying to look like a pro bodybuilder on a wrestler’s schedule might lead to … Continue reading

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When A Dream Turns into Reality: Dungeons and Dragons Camps were Real?

When I was a kid, there was a rumour going around that something called Dungeons and Dragons camp existed. A magical land where kids could play D&D all summer instead of having to portage with a canoe, make wallets, or … Continue reading

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Is My Code Name Jonah?

So, I’m bopping along with the new novel. And it got me thinking about what I’d like to do next. For shit and giggles, I thought I’d toss out the three ideas I’ve got burbling around the brain and see … Continue reading

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Historian Grudge Match: Fundamentalist History? Wha?

I don’t get too political here on the blog. Just not my style. But as a historian from Canada, I’ve been intrigued with how Americans view their own history compared to the Great White North. And one thing that has … Continue reading

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Against the Grain: How the Val Lewton Challenge turned Titles into Published Stories

Back in 2006, Justin Howe and I brainstormed a writing experiment. We’d read that legendary horror director Val Lewton made some of his best work under pretty interesting studio conditions. He was allowed to make any kind of horror movie … Continue reading

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Women and Horror: The Truth is, They’re Awesome. And Men find this SCARY!

On Facebook, I found a list of “The Top Twenty Horror Writers of All Time” that featured a lot of worthy folks, some folks who were good but not great,  . . . and not a single woman. http://www.mania.com/top-20-greatest-horror-writers-alltime_article_113153.html It … Continue reading

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“Green Lantern was Pretty Good!” says the Ridlerville Times

Lots to like about Green Lantern. Cosmic adventurescape. Ryan Renolds is funny as the lead, and the ending had folks in the theater clapping wild. I loved lots of the movie and the ring-combat stuff was fun! Hurrah! It suffered … Continue reading

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Finally, Doc Ridler Sees KICK ASS!

Talk about movies made for yours truly, KICK ASS was bloody brilliant. Literally. Lots of blood, lots of brilliance. One of the best super hero films I’ve seen. I loved the comic, and seeing how they brought it to life, … Continue reading

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