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‘Exorcist’ Author & Screenwriter William Peter Blatty Has Died
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William Peter Blatty The Exorcist

Not the news horror fans wanted on Friday the 13th for sure, but the man responsible for creating the greatest horror story of the 20th century has passed away. William Peter Blatty died last night in a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, according to his wife of 33 years Julia Alicia Blatty, who confirmed to CNN. He was 89.

The acclaimed writer, director, and screenwriter died of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. William Friedkin, who directed the film version if Blatty’s most infamous work, The Exorcist, posted the news to his Twitter account.

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Disney In Depth: Previewing Disney’s 10 Most Exciting 2017 Projects
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A new year is here. That means an abundance of new content from The Walt Disney Company across its many divisions, from film and music, to television and the theme parks. What is most worth seeing and experiencing?

Here’s my picks for Disney’s 10 Most Exciting 2017 Projects!

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UK’s Agatha Christie Stamps Contain Hidden Clues From Her Classic Mysteries
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UK Royal Mail Agatha Christie stamp

A few months ago, the U.K.’s Royal Mail released a set of stamps inspired by the works of Agatha Christie, one of the greatest mystery writers of all time, in honor of the 100th anniversary of her first detective story – The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot, the famous fictional Belgian detective. But these are no ordinary stamps.

Each of the six designs is based on one of Christie’s popular novels and each contains hidden clues pertaining to its respective title — Murder on the Orient Express, The Body in the Library, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Murder is Announced, and the aforementioned The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Check out images of all six designs here below.

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Book Review: Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book
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Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book
Paperback
By Sam Shearon
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
166 pages | 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
Release date: October 18, 2016

It’s Christmas time, so I should be wrapping gifts and baking cookies, but instead, I’ve been coloring in my new Creepy Christmas coloring book!

That’s right, author and artist Sam Shearon has injected some terror into this holiday season with his adult coloring book Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book. Well, actually, as the book tells us, the creepy aspect has always been a part of the season, with tales of legendary creatures like Krampus, Wendigo, and the Abominable Snowman. For the traditionally innocuous elements, such as toys, snow globes, and even Rudolph, Shearon converts them into terrifying yet somehow still festive depictions just begging to be colorized.

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Book Review: Extreme Makeover By Dan Wells
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Extreme Makeover: A Novel
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
Written by Dan Wells
Tor Books
Release Date: November 15th, 2016

The never-ending quest for eternal youth and beauty is the bread and butter of the beauty industry, and it looks like NewYew is the company that has hit the winning jackpot. Their secret weapon (literally) is scientist Lyle Fontanelle, who has developed a lotion that can cause a body to create more collagen, good for burn victims, and Lyle hopes, eventually… cancer patients. But the corporate bigwigs want to push through with the testing and manufacturing against Lyle’s better judgment. An accidental lapse in safety protocols cause the lotion to be tainted. During the test run, most of the subjects start turning into Lyle, and one man starts turning into his assistant (a woman). That doesn’t end pretty. The tainted lotion overwrites one’s DNA, and the quick knowledge spread of the lotion’s capabilities start spiraling the drain, leading all to want an Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells.

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‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ Author Pens A ‘Rogue One’ Sonnet
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This past weekend saw the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the standalone story about the group of rebels who stole the plans to the Death Star, which directly leads to the events of the original film, 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

For this occasion, Ian Doescher, author of Quirk Books’ line of Shakespearianized Star Wars novels, has written a Shakespearean sonnet titled “Rogue In Vogue” inspired by the new film.

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Disney In Depth: Book Review: They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Golden Age
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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age (The 1930s)
Hardcover
By Didier Ghez
Foreword by Pete Docter
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: September 8, 2015

The first volume in a series that examines the craftsmanship of Disney artists responsible for the studio’s most recognizable and beloved products, They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age exhibits artwork catalogued and concealed. Until now. Released last year to much fanfare, the Didier Ghez book would nicely accompany any collection of Disney titles. It’s a perfect introduction to the painstakingly detailed works by four relatively unknown Disney artists for both the Disney nerd and the casual fan.

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Book Review: Dead Jack and The Pandemonium Device By James Aquilone
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Dead Jack and The Pandemonium Device
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By James Aquilone
Homunculus House
Release date: November 19, 2016

What’s better than a zombie novel? How about a zombie novel about an undead, foul-mouthed, junkie private eye, his homunculus sidekick, Oswald, and their outlandish adventures through the otherworldly Pandemonium? I’d say that’d do it! I first discovered the Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device Kickstarter via John Denardo, the former head of SF Signal — and I’m glad I did. Written by James Aquilone, this is not your typical supernatural romp.

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Book Review: Art Of Atari
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Art of Atari
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Tim Lapetino
Foreword by Ernest Cline
Afterword by Robert V. Conte
Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Art of Atari, a lavish book which covers all things visually historic and celebratory regarding the storied, pioneering video game company, is out in bookstores now, and without question, if there ever was a must-have book for the video game zealot, the pop culture maven, or the scores of gamers in between, this is it.

Absolutely essential from cover to cover and irresistible in its one-two dazzling punch with its presentment of facts and a literal overstuffed yet 100 percent effective usage of photos containing pretty much every single facet of the company’s output that required some sort of art, Art of Atari leaves no stone un-turned, not even the most minute pebble. From the packaging of the boxes for its line of 2600 VCS games to the sides and front of its successful and now almost legendary line of arcade coin-op games, and advertisements that stretched from stark simple white background designs with a spectrum of colorful game boxes to the most rebel rousing and sensory lifting art of the highest caliber, it’s all showcased this hardcover tome, and then some.

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Audiobook Spotlight: Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
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Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Digital Audiobook | Audio CD
Written by James Luceno
Read by Jonathan Davis
Del Rey | Random House Audio
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Welcome, one and all to my very first Audiobook Spotlight! With the theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One just days away, I wanted to make sure you know there is an amazing audiobook that’s out and ready to bridge the prequels and the original trilogy. Written by James Luceno and read by Jonathan Davis, Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel is an unabridged recording of the novel, so you won’t miss a single detail from the story. The great thing about listening to a book, rather than reading one, is that you can multitask and accomplish other things like chores, workouts, or homework! I prefer to listen to them while driving, but make sure you’re not one of those really passionate readers who gets so into the story that you forget what you’re doing! Here at Geeks Of Doom, we support Safe Audiobook Consumption.

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