Call of Cthulhu (Video Game, 2017)

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft. I am a mere sacricolist at the altar of Lovecraft. His work has inspired my own short story series, as well as many of my other works. And I know that I am not alone in this. In fact, Lovecraft has inspired us more than any purely magazine printed author of all time. Naturally, his work has influenced film, music and video games. Now the latter of these have given us a few good scares over the years, but as of December 2017, those scares are likely to become soul destroying as Call of Cthulhu […]

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The 5 Anne Rice books to introduce you to her talent

Today we are celebrating the birthday of an intriguing writer that is loved and adored by everyone who reads her literature. If you have not yet had a chance to read her work but you are looking for a great place to start, let these 5 books be your guide. Interview with the Vampire Part of The Vampire Chronicles, this book is possibly best known for the movie adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Sticking to what horror fan truly expect vampires to be, this fantastic novel is arguably what helped to cement Anne’s fame and status as a writer. Horror, seduction and a great story line come together to tell the story of vampire confessing all the things […]

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Vampires and Feminism

‘In the land of the living women’s power is limited – in the realm of the undead, which lies across and between that of the living, it might be greater’.-Linda Ruth Williams. In my opinion, October 6th, 1941 serves as a significant literary landmark, for it calls attention to the birth of Anne Rice, the acclaimed authoress predominantly renowned for her gothic fiction and erotica. Notwithstanding the popularity of The Vampire Chronicles, it can be argued that the series lacks strong female characters. With regard to Interview with a Vampire, it cannot be denied that once pitted against the overly romanticised, brooding Louis Pont du Lac, or the alluring, charismatic Lestat de Lioncourt, members of the fairer sex become almost […]

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ROALD DAHL’S STORIES AND THE AGE OF CGI

Roald Dahl crafted many stories that charmed, inspired, and fascinated not only children but adults the world over. My first introduction to the works of Roald Dahl came in the form of The BFG which incidentally enough is going to be one of Steven Spielberg’s next movies. The BFG tells the story of Sophie who befriends a BFG (Big friendly Giant) whose job it is to bring dreams, which are bottled up, to sleeping children ‘s rooms every night. Their adventures together takes them far and wide and at one point they end up meeting the Queen of England in a wonderful story that, with today’s technology would really be brought to life in an extraordinary way in the cinema. […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 5, aka Goodbye for now

And here we are, at the end of an amazing day. It’s just got 11 PM, and Wookiee and I have just finished our last drink at the banquette. (I had a Guinness. He had a coke. Thought you’d like to know.) As I stand here, the cold night air crawling across Hubbard Park, followed closely by a soupy fog, I think back over the amazing day that we have had, and sadly of all the events we have missed. That’s right. Even we have regrets. Even though Geekfest 2015, has been an absolutely thrilling event, and our writers have experienced a number of amazing and fantastic happenings, we couldn’t see everything we wanted to see. There’s a list of […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 4, aka There was a food fight!

We wander around the venue for an hour or so, getting to grips with the locals, the “normals”, the unique shops, their deliciously naughty products and their diverse myriad of owners. Soon we have sampled a plethora of tasty items. We’ve explored everything from comic books to home made armour. We have been met by, and greeted with love, a legion of Andy. (See what I did there Rebellion Boys fans?) In the distance a horde is massing in front of a large bouncy bag, as a queue of loons is led around a corner, raised high above it on a magnificent steel structure -all shiny and sexual- and the flung from it with a fury or screaming hair and wobbly […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 3, aka It continues

A parade of winged dogs, and horned hounds begins the Cosplay Competition. Once they have been judged, the Hobbits are unleashed upon the stage. They sing and dance and perform as you would expect from tiny people -lots of enthusiasm and smiles, with demented foot work and awesome power slides. Some of the pets and children put on a better show than their parents. Then the crowd goes quiet as the main event begins! Over the course of the next 3 hours or so, seventy odd cosplayers take to the stage. Some of them come alone; others come in small teams; a few walk on, quickly bow and then leave. But the best -they put on a show worthy or […]

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I, NAG

Ever since NAG mysteriously showed up around 17 years ago, many researchers, have been trying to determine exactly what it is that makes it so successful and why it has a symbiotic relationship with its owner. What they found was quite interesting: NAG entices its host with its vibrant cover which usually features a digitally created character as well as the promise of more information pertaining to that character when the host chooses to accept NAG as its host. In return NAG will give the host what are known as “Demos” of games. This symbiotic relationship is beneficial for both the host and the NAG magazine since it has advantages for both of them. These hosts are what have become […]

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NAG

I can still recall the first time I held a NAG magazine (Issue 3) in my hands: the feel of the plastic wrapping, the soft swooshing sound made by the CD moving against the wrapping and the magazine cover, the smell of fresh printing and paper as the wrapping was torn away. Ah, yes. Those were the days of miracles and expansion packs. So today is going to come as a shock to some of you; but today -after 17 years- NAG releases their final issue. [youtube id=”FdoCdvLPEH4″ width=”600″ height=”350″] That’s right, today is the last day of the magazine that taught me all about games and gaming. Today is the end of the magazine that inspired me to join […]

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Lee and Tolkien

“I still think Lord of the Rings is the greatest literary achievement of my lifetime” – Sir Christopher Lee on The Fellowship of The Ring. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee last week. From Dracula to Scaramanga to Count Dooku, there is no doubt the man was a true legend of cinema, not to mention many other things. Fans of fantasy will remember him as the wizard Saruman, head of the white council, in Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit. There is more to Sir Lee’s involvement with the Tolkien universe than many may realise. [youtube id=”TQVi_DC9HvI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Lee originally auditioned for the role of Gandalf in […]

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