The Lovecraft Circle – Part 1

Stepping into the fantasy world of HP Lovecraft is an indulgent experience for most people who enjoy being drawn to entering fantasy world where anything can be real. Since his work first came to the attention of literature lover’s right up until today, HP Lovecraft is a name that is linked to other worldly horrors. But few know of the fellow talented writers who became his friends, inspired his writing and even became characters included in his wild and beautiful imagination. Those who he came to know, correspond and eventually work with remain largely unknown however they were greatly influential during the time when Lovecraft was working on his now well-known stories, and they wrote some fantastic literary horror themselves. […]

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WHY DATING A SUPERHERO IS NOT A GOOD IDEA

February: the month of love. I thought I might try my hand at writing a piece on the love lives of superheroes. These individuals, be they caped crusaders, aliens from other worlds or mutants born with the latent genetic potential to develop powers later in life, are characters that are written in order to appeal to us. In order to do that, they have to have some features that we can identify with, so they too are characterised in such a way that they seem to have human weaknesses even though they may have invulnerabilities to conventional weaponry that would kill even a Metal pangolin. Anyway, here’s my pick of the tragic tales that some of our favourite superheroes have […]

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The Imminent Death And Rebirth Of The Marvel Universe

“20 January 2015 – a day that will live in infamy: legions of Marvel fans were suddenly and deliberately informed of the imminent destruction of the Marvel Universe. The Marvel fandom was at peace with the editors of Marvel comics and, placated by the publication of comics each month, were still in conversation with its artists and writers (via twitter, facebook etc.). We were looking toward the maintenance of peace but we now have a Secret war looming….” – Sum Gaye (2015) Well, it was with the sad news of the imminent demise of the Marvel universe that I went to bed on that fateful day. Even Pangolins (despite having a tough, scaly exterior) can feel pain, and this hit […]

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Modern Rebel Victorians – The Steampunk Society

“Steampunk is…a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. But most of all it is fun!”-George Man. Airships, mechanical machines, Victorian outfits and fancy masks. What do all of these seemingly unrelated things have in common? Well they have all found a place in the hearts of Steampunk fans. In worlds where old fashions meet new industrial trimmings have given fans of this culture a reason to get together and share their steampunk interests and ideas. As if we needed any reason to dress up as Victorians… Steampunk takes its inspiration from the times of the industrial revolution and it […]

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Upcoming Literature (Part 5)

And finally… Blood And Salt: Written by Kim Liggett, this supernatural filled dark romance revolves around Ash, an abandoned teenager who tracks her mother back to her ancestral town in Kansas. A peculiar cult run town which is far from normal, civilized or safe. Burning Kingdoms: This, the second book in the The Internment Chronicles, by Lauren DeStefano, continues the tale of Morgan and her companions as they flee from their floating homeland to discover what has been under their feet for eons. A Court Of Thrones And Roses: This action based Fantasy romance novel is the first in a new series by Sarah J. Maas. In this story of love, betrayal and fairy kindness, a young huntress, Feyre, is […]

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Upcoming Literature (Part 4)

And now… Blood Will Tell: This, the second book in the Point Last Seen series by April Henry, is a definite read for any Alternative kid that has been accused of everything from Satanism to murder. When a young girl is killed in Portland Park all eyes turn on Nik, a odd kid who lives too close to the scene. Now it’s up to Alexis and Ruby to clear Nik’s name. The Dead House: This amazingly haunting book told through diary entries, film transcripts, medical notes and so forth is the first novel by Dawn Kurtagich.  The novel revolves around a mysterious diary that castes light on the deaths of several students and fire that ravaged a local high school. […]

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Upcoming Literature (Part 3)

And now… An Ember In The Ashes: This brilliant debut novel by Sabaa Tahir, revolves around the brutal Martial Empire in which an orphan fighting to save her brother and a soldier fighting for his freedom. Apple And Rain: The latest from international best seller Sarah Crossan is a tale of family, betrayal, and healing. After many years of being alone Apple’s mother returns to her. Now Apple’s healing can begin, though first some questions need to be answered. Chaos: Can the love of two people change the universe even at the sake of everything they know and hold dear? That is the question asked by Lani Bross’s new book.   Now on to Part 4.

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Poet to be the last stand against the forces of darkness?

“And Much of Madness, and more of Sin, And Horror the soul of the plot.” -From The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe. Speaking of plots, it has always been rumoured that Poe would make a nice horror action figure especially after the movie The Raven. He is one of the fathers of American horror and Poe lovers might recall stories by this poet and short story legend like ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, “This Pit and The Pendulum’ and the atmospheric and grotesque story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. And no Poe fan will make a mockery of this king of horror. It is no surprise that Idris Elba and his company Green Door Productions are doing some film-making magic […]

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Best Of Poe

 

 “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” To me, Poe is one of the greatest writers of all time -his command of words, his use of character, his deliciously dark and morbid flavour. The fact that he created a number of the genres we enjoy today! All these reasons and more make Poe one of my favourite writers. Granted my opinion is my own and I am certain that many of you will argue for or against it regardless. For this article I’ve decided to mention a few films based on his works, and a few of his best known works. (Worry not, no Raven’s here.) […]

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Poe Games

 

 “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?“ Though games based on the works of Poe, are probably not as well known or loved as the games based on Lovecraft or Doyle, but they are still worthy of note… and of play. “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.“ Dark Tales: The Fall Of The House Of Usher. You, the player, and your loyal colleague, Detective Dupin, have been called to search for missing twin sisters in the haunted House of Usher. Visit the official Facebook page for more information. Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy. Poe is dead and […]

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