‘Huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists’

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Lena Finch art

There are a lot of things to like about this book, quirky characters, memorable themes, a good balance between new takes on vampire lore and honoring the original mythos – but I think what stands out to me most is the representation. Considering how popular vampires are in the media, it’s appalling how rare it is to see vampires of color. Doris fits into that category, but that’s far from her defining trait. She’s intelligent, caring, and a huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists.” From Cat Voleur’s spoiler-free review at https://indefenseofthehorror.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/book-promotion-late-night-partners

She runs a pretty cool blog in general, so check it out.

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The Cold II: If It’s Something to be Proud of, Like It Yourself

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People are busy and not always able to make time to read as much as they might like — which doesn’t always quite bode well for a blog post. There are always many that nobody ever reads, let alone likes. If you’re the author of a post that you put a bit of your heart into, and if likes mean something to you (they certainly don’t have to),  like it yourself. Continue reading “The Cold II: If It’s Something to be Proud of, Like It Yourself”

Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’

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“Maniac” is a 2015 Norwegian TV series from co-creator/star Espen Larvaag and Håkon Bast Mossige. Cary Fukunaga is helming an American remake, but the original stars Larvaag as Espen, a mentally ill man who’s been committed – though in his head, he’s having the time of his many lives (And now for spoilers galore). In his vivid fantasy scenarios, Espen’s alternately a billionaire who moonlights as a superhero, a hotel magnate/heir to a dubious family’s fortune, a WWII hero, (sitcom) Jerry Seinfeld, and more. The one constant in these lives is best friend/companion, Hakon, who alternately reaffirms that Espen’s the coolest person on the planet and to not trust any interloper. Continue reading “Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’”

Oh, the horror of a lime in most dishes

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Van Gogh art, 1888

Ghosts and goblins? Psh. What about the horror of any dish with a lime thrown in just to add some semblance of flavor? As if, “This food is pretty bland, but instead of spicing it up, I’ll just throw in some lime flavoring. Limes are, after all, very zesty.” Continue reading “Oh, the horror of a lime in most dishes”

Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’

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G. Dou art, 1635, public domain. Fangs by Fennel.

For Halloween, I wanted to write about classic monsters in a way that’s slightly different, harking mostly to the metaphorical parallels that makes them so interesting. As alliterated in a Smashing Pumpkins song, the world is a vampire. Cue flash of lightning and the sound of thunder. Continue reading “Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’”