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Book Review: Fringe: Septembers Notebook by Michael Henley, Critic
(March 18, 2013)
You know a genre TV show has made its mark on the pop culture consciousness when fans are rewarded with a reference book. In that case, Fringe fans, welcome to the big time. Fringe: September’s Notebook is a definitive resource and guide to the world of

From the Vault: Classic Monster Magazines! by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(March 17, 2013)
This week in From the Vault we begin a look at the great monster magazines of the 1960s and 1970s. If you grew up in the era of the late 1950s to the early 1980s chances are you COULD be a “Monster Kid”. So what’s a Monster Kid? Well if I can stea

Book Review: Homeland by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 16, 2013)
Disappointing is the novel whose critical messages are undone by the weakness of its narrative. Doubly disappointing when the work contains a number of critical messages, which are of paramount relevance to the world today. Envision a situation where Slaug

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters of the Movies by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(March 16, 2013)
“So, what are your favorite monster movies?” That was a question put to me in January of this year, when I was lecturing on the mystery of Bigfoot at the Austin, Texas-based Museum of the Weird. Well, first off, I can tell you which ones aren’t my fa

The Host CLIP: Human by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(March 15, 2013)
Here is a clip from Stephanie Meyer’s The Host. I think what bothers me in the post Twilight world is that all these survivors are attractive looking people. I know they are actors and the studio wants to get people in the theater but did Meyer write the

Catching Fire Character Posters by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(March 14, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter has released new character posters for the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. The portrait posters seem appropriate for the characters, but one has to wonder why Gale (Liam Hemsworth) got one? For marketing it makes sense, but for t

Lair of the Beasts: Bigfoot: The Problem of Food by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(March 09, 2013)
Many researchers of the Bigfoot phenomenon take the view that the hairy, man-like beasts are some form of unknown ape. Or, they suggest that the creatures may represent a surviving, relic population of the presumed long-extinct, ancient ape known as Gigant

Much Ado About Nothing Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 08, 2013)
There comes a time Maniacs when a director, from our genre, ventures off and does a different project. There are times when that can be both good and bad. Joss Whedon is a director we all admire. We may not all agree on what his “best” project may be.

2 New Catching Fire Character Posters by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 05, 2013)
Total Film.com has posted new character posters of Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket and Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman for Hunger Games: Catching Fire. These poster obviously don’t feature Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) but

Lair of the Beasts: On the Monstrous Road by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(March 02, 2013)
Last week, here at Lair of the Beasts, my subject-matter was the top three expeditions I’d like to go on in search of strange and enigmatic creatures. My choices were to search for (a) the massive, presumed-extinct, Australian monitor lizard called Megal

Firebrand Book Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 24, 2013)
Juxtaposition is an finely honed, double edge sword for fantasy and science fiction writers. If it's poorly realized it can produce a jarring, inconsistent read that distracts more than it entertains. Author Gillian Philip shows a natural aptitude for blen

Game Of Thrones Season 3: Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 23, 2013)
HBO has released a new trailer for the third season of Game of Thrones. Check out he trailer below Fans of the book, what can we expect to see in this third season? Mania will be covering each and every episode of the new season. Check back and comment on

New Panem Poster for Catching Fire by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 23, 2013)
Lionsgate has released a new teaser poster for the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Check out the poster below of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Petta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The poster is of their tour of Panem after winning the Hunger Gam

Lair of the Beasts: Monstrous Expeditions by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(February 23, 2013)
Now and again I get asked something along the lines of: “What strange creature, which you haven’t yet searched for, would you like to chase down?” Well, it’s a good question. The world is a very big place and there are a lot of weird beasts out the

ROBOCOP VS. THE TERMINATOR Hardcover Announced by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 21, 2013)


Lair of the Beasts: A Ghost-Ape Lurks by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(February 15, 2013)
In her 1883 book, Shropshire Folklore, Charlotte Sophia Burne detailed a deeply curious tale of a bizarre, ghost-like ape encountered near woods surrounding an old stretch of English canal:

Game Of Thrones Season 3: Chaos Preview by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(February 14, 2013)
Sorry Maniacs, that this one is a few days a late. We have not forgotten about the third season of Game of Thrones. Check out this teaser from HBO. The season 3 premiere is on March 31st, 2013. Mania will be bringing you full coverage of each episode.

Incredible Shrinking Man Remake by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(February 13, 2013)
MGM has acquired the right to to Richard Matheson’s classic story “The Shrinking Man”. Their plan is to update the story and bring it to a whole new generation. Matheson originally had his story adapted into the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Ma

Lair of the Beasts: From Bigfoot to Nessie by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(February 09, 2013)
On December 21, 1977, the U.S. Government’s Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service published a controversial and thought provoking document titled Are We Ready for “Bigfoot” or the Loch Ness Monster? It began in what was most certainly

Tuesday Terrors: House at the End of the Street by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(February 06, 2013)
Welcome back to Tuesday Terrors! This week we’ve got casting news for Dexter Season 8, American Horror Story Season 3, and a ton of other news. We’ve also got reviews of two films and two books!

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters and Secrets by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(February 02, 2013)
In just a couple of short months from now, I’ll have a new book out with New Page Books. Its title: Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals.

Lair of the Beasts: Tusked Thugs on the Loose by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(January 26, 2013)
The life of a cryptozoologist doesn’t just resolve around quests to find Bigfoot, lake-monsters, the Chupacabras, the Abominable Snowman, or sea-serpents. Sometimes, it involves a search for known animals seen in locations in which they have no business

Book Review: Imagers Battalion by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 22, 2013)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. His name alone makes the promise of engaging adventure, be it of the high fantasy or science fiction variety. As fans following the Imager Portfolio series will readily attest, Modesitt's expert world building is dense, thorough, deep,

Mania Interview: WARREN MURPHY by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(January 22, 2013)
In 1963, two writers, Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir set out to write an action novel. It took them 8 years to finally sell their book but in 1971, Created: The Destroyer was released, introducing the world to Remo Williams and his mentor Chiun, the mast

Lair of the Beasts: Tales of the Chupacabras by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(January 19, 2013)
Puerto Rico’s Caribbean National Forest, as El Yunque is known, is an amazing sight to behold: almost 30,000 acres in size, and located in the Sierra de Luquillo, which is approximately 40-kilometers southeast of the city of San Juan, it was named after