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del Toro for Slaughterhouse-Five? by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 08, 2013)
It looks as if this was part of the deal in getting the Pacific Rim made at Universal. Guillermo del Toro want to produce a new film based on Kurt Vonnegut’s original novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five”. Del Toro wants Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Book Review: Requiem by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 08, 2013)
Reading a book functions similarly to a trip to the amusement park. Some works of literature are like The Graviton, following one narrator and providing a consistent voice no matter which seat is selected. Since each spot offers the same level of adventure

Lair of the Beasts: Inventing Lake Monsters by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 06, 2013)
Is it possible that at least some tales of lake monsters are not all that they initially appear to be? In fact, might they actually be the results of rumors spread by military agencies – rumors designed to deflect interest away from far more down to eart

Enders Game Character Posters by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 01, 2013)
There has been a ton of hype for Ender’s Game in the past few days. Summit Entertainment has now released character posters for Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld. These are not the final official versions of the

Enders Game Propaganda Posters by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 30, 2013)
Summit Entertainment has released new propaganda posters for this November’s Ender’s Game. Check out the I.F. SENTINEL web site here IF-Sentinel.com. What is the I.F. SENTINEL? It stands for Informing Citizens. Training Leaders. Protecting Earth's F

Lair of the Beasts: When Animals Go Into Battle by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 29, 2013)
This weekend, I thought I’d share with you something very strange. Namely, the way in which military agencies have secretly used animals in bizarre but intriguing projects designed to defeat hostile, enemy nations. They sound too weird to be true. Actual

Enders Game at Comic Con 2013 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 28, 2013)
Comic Con is only a few short weeks away. Mania will be working extra hard to decipher and report all the news coming out of San Diego. For the mean time we will be bringing you updates on events, panels, and exclusives. Summit Entertainment has released t

Book Review: Wisp of a Thing by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 28, 2013)
Without exaggeration Wisp of a Thing is sort of novel that will keep readers up late into the evening, ravenously continuing well past the point of eye strain. Its perfectly proportioned chapters carry exactly the right measure of mystery to keep readers i

Latest ENDER'S GAME Posters by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 26, 2013)
One can never have enough propaganda in the world of Ender's Game. So says Summit Entertainment, with the studio releasing more "propaganda" posters via their official website If-Sentinel.com. Check out the posters down below and sound off with your though

In Memoriam: Richard Matheson by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 26, 2013)
The late Richard Matheson isn’t a household word like many of the writers and filmmakers he inspired. Science fiction fans always perk up at his name, but run-of-the-mill folks don’t recognize him like they do, say, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Rod

Richard Matheson Has Passed by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 24, 2013)
The sad news arrived on Monday that one of the true great writers of our age has passed. For reasons still unknown, Richard Matheson, passed away in his family home on Sunday night. His daughter Ali wrote the following:

Doctor Sleep Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 23, 2013)
Who would ever thought that Stephen King would return to The Shining? Well to wet our appetites further, the publisher of Doctor Sleep, Scribner, has put together a quick trailer for the book.

Lair of the Beasts: The Strangest Monsters of All by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 22, 2013)
“What is the weirdest monster that people have reported?” That was the question put to me on a radio show earlier this week, while I was promoting my latest book, Monster Files. It’s a good question, since there is said to be a wide range of bizarre

World War Z Extended Clip by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 16, 2013)
Paramount Pictures has posted and Extended Clip and a new TV Spot called “Together” of World War Z. If Pitt’s Gerry Lane succeeds and saves the world, will that not negate the the trilogy they are hoping to build? So in short, Pitt probably isn’t g

Book Review: Antiagon Fire by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 15, 2013)
What sort of adversary can be pitted against a man capable of freezing solid entire armies and whole royal parties alike? Imagers of the world of Terahnar are immensely gifted individuals; rare people who can conjure into being nearly any object they can c

Lair of the Beasts: Flying Humanoids by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 15, 2013)
Every now and again, a monster-themed book comes along that I recommend to one and all that are interested in the strange creatures of our world. And that is exactly what I am doing right now. Ken Gerhard is a good friend of mine who lives in San Antonio,

Lair of the Beasts: Defining Lake Monsters by Nick Refern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 08, 2013)
Just a few days ago, I was interviewed on a radio show about my new book, Monster Files. During the course of the Q&A, I was asked for my views on the nature of so-called lake-monsters, such as Scotland’s famous Loch Ness Monster.

Mortal Instruments: Official Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 07, 2013)
Here is the trailer and plot for Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. When I watch this trailer I see nothing more than the next wanna be Twilight. Which is all Beautiful Creatures tried to be. Everything just falls too perfectly into place here.

Lair of the Beasts: In Search of the Green Man by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(June 01, 2013)
Within British folklore, there exists a creature that has overtones of a somewhat “Wildman” nature attached to it. It has become known as the Green Man.

New Enders Game Image by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 31, 2013)
A new image of Asa Butterfield (The Road) has surfaced from Ender’s Game. Here we see Ender in zero gravity being watched by Graff (Harrison Ford). The image comes from Empire (see article here) where they interviewed Butterfield about working with the S

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Official Trailer #2 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 29, 2013)
Here is the second trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Does Nathan Fillion’s Hermes really play that big of a part? Are they just appealing to the fanboys? This actually looks like fun. I think I just found something to do on August 7, 2013.

Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Book Trailer by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(May 29, 2013)
Star Wars.com has released an official trailer for J.W. Rinzler’s upcoming ''The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,'. Check out the trailer and the insider photos from the 1983 epic. This is third book to chronicle the making of the original Star W

Lair of the Beasts: Ape-Human Cross-Breeds by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(May 25, 2013)
The idea that humans and gorillas (or humans and chimpanzees) could cross-breed sounds not just bizarre, but like something straight out of nightmarish science-fiction. Indeed, such a thing should not be possible in the slightest.

Book Review: The Art of Epic by Kimberly McCall, Contributing Writer
(May 25, 2013)
I more or less brushed off the trailer to “Epic” with a shrug. To me, it seemed just another digitally animated crowd pleaser with an all-over voice cast. However, the film’s production art book, The Art of Epic from the artists at Blue Skies Studios

Lair of the Beasts: Born to be Wild by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Critic
(May 18, 2013)
Within the US and the UK, there are longstanding traditions of sightings of so-called “wild men.” No, we’re not talking about Bigfoot or the Yeti, but something more along the lines of primitive humans. And many of the cases seem to have distinct par