Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury, who passed away October 11, 2022 at the age of 96.
In honor of the season, Fangoria gives a critique of the Ray Bradbury classic Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Melanie Walsh is a scientist, used to working with data, and like many of us, she discovered just how difficult it is to find the answer to a simple question; how many copies of a certain book have been sold?
This little video mocks every folk horror film ever made. Depending upon how your colleagues feel about folk art/modern art, may be NSFW.
I hesitate to share fund solicitation, but those of you on Twitter probably know what the Thomas family has gone through in the past year, as daughter Caitlin’s condition steadily worsened. For those of you who wish to, this is the GoFundMe site to help them meet the growing expenses, and lessen one burden for the family at least.
The 2022 Harvey Award winners, for excellence in comics were announced last week.
Instead of six books, Nerds of a Feather interview Aidan Moher about six games.
Tor.com provides a list of fall new releases.
The newest DC comic-book-based movie, Black Adam, appears in theaters on October 21. Here is an article about it from July in Den of Geek. I didn’t know anything about this character except Dwayne Johnson played him and he can fly. I still don’t know much. It seems kind of like the DC version of The Eternals.
Finally, your annual pumpkin-carving video. She recommends rinsing the carved pumpkin in a disinfectant solution. Does anyone do this?
The Tor.com list sounds…not bad. None of the blurbs shout out “teenaged protagonist!” and only one sounds like it might be a thinly disguised romance. And the Attila Veres one I am actually planning to buy, which I can’t say happens often with their new release lists. Usually have more of a “might borrow one or two from the library” reaction.
It might not even be a thinly disguised romance.
I thought of you while I was finishing up THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU by Silvia Moreno Garcia. The “daughter” in question is a teen protagonist in a coming-of-age story Because it’s set in 19th century Mexico, she is not the “traditional” fictional heroine.
It’s less the traditional aspect that wearies me and just the overwhelming focus on protagonists in the 15-22 year old range, where implicitly their reckless behaviors and hormonally-induced infatuations are elevated to some sort of peak life experience status. As if no one ever, you know, GROWS UP and has a meaningful life beyond when they’re young and stupid. But I realize this is a capitalist commodity market and whatever the marketing department of the publisher says is hot is what gets out there, and what writers are well aware of when they conceive their narratives.
Well, Carlota does grow up in the Doctor Moreau book.
I agree with you that finding adult or even middle-aged protagonists in the SF genres is challenging.
Yes, I keep telling those teenaged protagonists to Get Off My Lawn, but it doesn’t seem to work!
Wait ’til the sequel where they get a job and are suddenly faced with the horror of “gross” vs “net!”
re: rinsing a pumpkin. I read someone recommending rinsing with a weak vinegar solution rather than something stronger like a bleach solution–better for the environment and any small critters which may try to munch on the pumpkin.
I can see that… then wildlife doesn’t get a chlorine hit.