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Book Review: The Dark Net By Benjamin Percy
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The Dark Net
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By Benjamin Percy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: August 1, 2017

Dark magic has infiltrated the Dark Net. Which makes sense… since technology has brought forth progress, so has the power to bring forth destruction and chaos. The Dark Net is where criminals can flourish, conduct business, and satisfy their depravity. But now it is also a place where demons can possess you. A 12-year-old blind girl is the only person who can save Portland and the world from a virus that can cause one to kill and maim in a rage, just by looking at their screen, an action done by most 20-30 times a day. The girl, with her Luddite aunt, a man on the supernatural “spectrum” who can come back to life, a couple of hackers, and a dog are the only ones standing between the demons and the apocalypse.

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Bruce Campbell’s ‘Hail To The Chin: Further Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor’ Book Signing
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Last week, I got a chance to interview Bruce Campbell over the phone. Amongst our topics of conversation were his new memoir, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, a sequel to his 2002 book, If Chins Could Kill, and his upcoming 35-city book tour. Well, yesterday in New Jersey the tour commenced, and I was there with my son to meet the man, the chin, the legend, Bruce Campbell and get my copy of his book. The book signing took place at Bookends, located at 211 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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Book Review: Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga #1) by Carrie Vaughn
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The Bannerless Saga #1
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: HMH Books | John Joseph Adams | Mariner Books
Release date: July 11, 2017

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched a new scifi/fantasy imprint called John Joseph Adams, and they’ve kicked things off right with Bannerless, the first book in Carrie Vaughn‘s futuristic dystopian saga.

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‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ Books Re-Released With Original Artwork
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If you lost countless nights of sleep growing up thanks to the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books written by Alvin Schwartz, you know just how crucial the artwork by Stephen Gammell was in planting the seeds deep in your psyche that would later grow into terrible nightmares.

You’re also probably aware that the books were re-released a handful of years ago, complete with brand new, far less haunting artwork. This did not go over well. Fans were clearly outraged. And, as it turns out, that intense disapproval had an impact. The publisher of the books, Harper Collins, has re-released the books yet again, but this time they have Gammell’s original artwork restored.

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SDCC 2017: Watch the Entire Lucasfilm Publishing: New Star Wars Stories Panel
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At San Diego Comic-Con last Friday, Lucasfilm publishing held a panel for fans of the plethora of stories in the expanded Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain moderated the panel which included: Ben Blacker, author of the Join the Resistance series, Cullen Bunn, author of Star Wars: Darth Maul, Landry Walker of Star Wars Adventures, Claudia Gray, author of Leia: Princess of Alderaan, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps, Beth Revis, author of Star Wars: Rebel Rising, and much more.

Check out the entire panel from SDCC 2017 below.

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Book Spotlight: War For The Planet Of The Apes: Revelations
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War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations
The Official Movie Prequel
By Greg Keyes
Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD
Publisher: Titan Books
Release date: June 6, 2017

In 2011, FOX’s successfully rebooted the Planet of the Apes film franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which centered on Caesar, a genetically enhanced chimpanzee born in an animal-testing lab whose early life is spent with a human family. Excellently mo-cap performed by Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis, Caesar struggled to find his place amongst humans, and then eventually landed in an abusive animal shelter before leading a revolt of his fellow apes against their human handlers. In 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel set ten years after the events of Rise, the human race had been nearly wiped out by a virus that in turn made the apes more intelligent. Here, Caesar tried to keep the peace between his ape tribe and the human survivors, but it became clear that war was coming. Which brings us to the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes.

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Book Spotlight: Nights Of The Living Dead By Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero
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Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology
Paperback | Digital Book | Audio CD
Edited by Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero
St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

In 1968, a horror movie from director George A. Romero came out called Night of the Living Dead. Nearly 50 years later, zombie horror is “alive” and well, with hit shows like The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a renaissance of zombie fiction in all forms of entertainment, from comics to novels like World War Z (Max Brooks) and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith) to TV and film. Zombie even manage to cross over into other genres. The TV series iZombie takes the flesh eaters into the world of police forensics and the underground “brain trade.” Movies like Warm Bodies (2013) showed zombies can be romantic and of course Shaun of the Dead (2004) proved they can be the butt of jokes.

Though, there was a time when zombies were not the “it” thing in horror, but back in 1989, an undead anthology called Book of the Dead (edited by John Skipp & Craig Spector) made zombie literature cool again. Nights of the Living Dead is a collection of original zombie short stories all based in the world Romero built. What’s really interesting is reading the introductions by Romero himself and co-editor, author, and unabashed Romero fanboy, Jonathan Maberry.

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Book Spotlight: One Death At A Time (Twelve Stakes, Volume 1) By Thomas M. Hewlett
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One Death at a Time
Twelve Stakes Volume 1
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Thomas M. Hewlett
Twelve Stakes Publishing
Release Date: August 5th, 2016

Jack Strayhorn has lived a long, long time, and has pretty much seen it all. He’s a vampire, turned in 1948 after a harrowing police case. No longer a cop (hard to explain), he’s currently a private investigator who can differentiate smells to tell him a story. Hired for a missing persons case, the result is death by Fae. Not wanting it to be his business, but getting dragged into this new case anyway, Jack soon finds that he is a target for following the “scent,” albeit a deadly and formidable one.

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Book Review: A God In The Shed By J-F. Dubeau
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A God In The Shed
Written by J-F. Dubeau
Release Date: June 13th, 2017

A serial killer had been living right under the village of Saint-Ferninand’s nose for years. The culprit was a surprise, and when the remains were finally discovered, the scene was gruesome and strange. But there is a bigger darkness underneath that horrific find, and the town knows all about it. It might be the worst kept secret in the village.

When Venus, a teenager and the “weird girl,” stumbles across the “god” that is kept contained by “eyes,” she is unable to make a decision about it. And when more people start dying in the most gruesome way possible, she gathers some grieving friends to do something about The God In The Shed by J-F. Dubeau.

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Book Review: The Bones Of The Earth: A Bound Gods Novel By Rachel Dunne
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The Bones Of The Earth
A Bound Gods Novel (Book 2)
Paperback | Kindle
By Rachel Dunne
Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 27, 2017

It’s been almost exactly a year since I wrote a review extolling the virtues of Rachel Dunne‘s debut novel In The Shadow Of The Gods. I heaped praise upon it for the beautiful setting and extensive world building that she had created. It is therefore safe to assume that I was not at all hesitant to dive into the sequel so as to write a review prior to the release. Unfortunately, my expectations were set too high it seems. The Bones Of The Earth was not at all what I expected.

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