Archive | February, 2008

Monica Valentinelli

Blood of Angels CD Review

Posted on February 9, 2008 by

Michelle Belanger lends her soprano voice to this musical selection by Nox Arcana.

Like their other selections, Blood of Angels is based on a theme. In this case, the idea that the “Watchers” alluded to in myth and religious texts were angels that fell from Heaven to fall in love with humans.

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Matt-M-McElroy

More Pandemonium from Neoplastic Press

Posted on February 8, 2008 by

Rafael Chandler has announced the a new book in the Dread line-up: Pent: The First Gospel of Pandemonium Pent: The First Gospel of Pandemonium is a sourcebook for Dread that includes five ready-to-run scenarios and a dozen one-page adventure hooks. The scenarios include thoroughly fleshed-out locations, characters, setting information, and maps. Pent will be available […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Flash Fire Mini-Reviews! (Vampires)

Posted on February 8, 2008 by

Round three of the Flames Rising Flash Fire Mini-Reviews series is here!

This week we’ve got a vampire theme going on with a mix of fiction, comics and games. Some vampire hunters might even make an appearance as well. You can’t have the monsters without giving the heroes a little screen-time too. So, grab your garlic, watch your neck and enjoy!

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Monica Valentinelli

Interview with Ralan Conley, creator of Ralan.com

Posted on February 7, 2008 by

Whether you have tried to publish one piece of fiction or 100, chances are you visited Ralan.com’s SpecFic and Humor Webstravaganza for better listings of publishers than the Writer’s Market has to offer. In this interview, we hear from Ralan himself about his work and the thoughts behind offering free information for all writers to access.

If you’re not familiar with the site, Ralan does offer this invaluable information for free and survives off of donations and the kindness of others. This massive source of publishers, webzines and contests features everything from Weird Tales to Ralan’s Flash Fiction Contest. So sit back and hear from the man behind Ralan.com about his fiction, freelancing and other projects.

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Monica Valentinelli

Better Off Undead DVD Review

Posted on February 7, 2008 by

Independent films often struggle with their ability to attain audiences and garner recognition. I like to think that some of these lesser-known films are self-aware, either stretching their boundaries to be a “great” film, or toying with conventional filmmaking to experiment with the media.

Review by Monica Valentinelli

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Flames

Flames Rising Shopping Updates

Posted on February 6, 2008 by

Lots of updates to the Flames Rising Amazon Store today. Horror & Dark Fantasy fiction, games, movies and more. Included in these updates is the option to pre-order: Ventrue: Lords Over the Damned (Vampire the Requiem) Battlestar Galactica (Season 3) Small Favor (Dresden Files) Purge the Unclean (Dark Heresy) Over at FlamesRising.RPGNow.com you can check […]

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Monica Valentinelli

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review

Posted on February 6, 2008 by

As the last of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the finishing touch to a series full of magic, mystery and friendship. Having read all of the books, I’m sure that fans of the series have either already picked up this book or will shortly. Still, there are interesting things to point out here that have left many readers feeling a little bit unsatisfied with the events that have happened here.

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Flames

Wind Chill DVD Review

Posted on February 5, 2008 by

A Japanese terror movie remake is frequently a bad idea, but an American horror movie that looks like one is worst. “Wind chill” tries to tell a declared true story in a Japanese way. That means to use a claustrophobic atmosphere, an aesthetic style and especially a plot based on spirits that want revenge. But in the end, it’s just a nothing-happens movie with bad acting and lazy direction.

Review by Douglas Lobo

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Flames

Pseudopod: a Horror Podcast Site features “Prey”

Posted on February 5, 2008 by

Do you enjoy listening to things that go bump in the night? Do you imagine what your favorite horror characters sound like in real life? Enter Psuedopod, a site devoted to bringing you original fiction read by passionate readers. The authors are paid for their efforts, yet the site is free to listeners and survives […]

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Flames

Small Favor (Dresden Files) Review

Posted on February 4, 2008 by

Sometimes, as an author, you might have it in your head that you’re going to write a very long story. Instead of writing an “epic novel” in one book, you break it up into smaller pieces so that when the end is in sight, the pieces fall together neatly like a stack of dominoes. Small Favor was, to me, one of the dominoes of the over-arching plot. While it tied up a lot of previous plots, it also opened the door to a host of questions for Thomas, Murphy, Michael and, of course, Dresden.

Review by Monica Valentinelli

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Matt-M-McElroy

New Vampire Apocalypse from Derek Gunn

Posted on February 4, 2008 by

Check out the latest news from Derek Gunn and Black Death Books. Two new Vampire Apocalypse books coming…. Vampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder, is the first book in the Vampire Apocalypse series from Irish author, Derek Gunn (published by KHP Industries, US, under their Black Death Books imprint) and currently available worldwide. Two new […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

The Cylon Centurion

Posted on February 3, 2008 by

Ok, I’m getting excited about the upcoming Battlestar Galactica Season Four. I’ve watched the Teasers and I’ve got the Razor DVD. What I don’t have is the Life Size Cylon. “Each Cylon is hand-made using only the finest materials and overseen by the ‘Robot Man’ himself, Fred Barton.” Can you imagine that thing sitting here […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Flames Rising News Feeds & Updates

Posted on February 3, 2008 by

Visit the RSS Page to check out the available Flames Rising news feeds. Stay up-to-date on the latest Flames Rising Horror & Dark Fantasy product Reviews, author and artist Interviews and more! You can also find Flames Rising on MySpace.com: http://www.myspace.com/flamesrising Other updates include new books and games at the Flames Rising Amazon Shop and […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Flash Fire Mini-Reviews! (Second Attempt)

Posted on February 1, 2008 by

Welcome to the second installment of the Flash Fire Mini-Reviews series on Flames Rising!

This week we’re talking about ghosts, werewolves, alien slugs and fantasy kingdoms in a mix of books, games and even a movie. Some of these are brand-new releases and others are items that caught my eye for one reason or another this week.

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Matt-M-McElroy

Talking to the Dead, an interview with Nathan Tucker

Posted on February 1, 2008 by

Eve of the Dead, a zombie novel by Nathan Tucker, combines the vision of Romero’s post-apocalyptic world with the break-neck pace and action of pulp zombie fiction at its finest to create a story that will leave you begging for more.

I recently had the chance to have short conversation with Nathan about writing Eve of the Dead and the challenges of getting from the idea stage to the final product. I didn’t want to reveal too many spoilers, so this interview is mostly about Nathan’s writing style in regards to the book.

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