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Book Buzz: What's the Scariest Book You Ever Read?
Celebrate Halloween with Book Buzz!
By Tim Janson
October 27, 2008
In celebration of Halloween week the Book Buzz is leading off with the week’s new releases and horror and inviting you to share with Mania’s readers the scariest book you ever read! Just use the comments below to tell us the book that creeped you out and kept you awake at night. For me I could only narrow it down to two: Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” and “The Amityville Horror”. I was probably around 12 or 13 when I read these. I suppose you can debate whether “Amityville Horror” is fiction or non-fiction but it still scared the hell out of me and I read it in one night.
Lots of great releases this week across the board! In Horror, Del Rey has given us the Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard. We all know Howard as the creator of Conan, Solomon Kane, King Kull and the virtual creator of Swords & Sorcery. But Howard was also an accomplished horror writer. As a friend of H.P. Lovecraft, Howard created his own Cthuhlu Mythos stories for pure horror tales, and also frequently incorporated the concepts into his fantasy tales as well. I’ve had a chance to check out the book already and while all the best-known Howard horror tales are there (Pigeons from Hell, Worms of the Earth), there are many tales that are probably unfamiliar to all but the most fervent REH fans.
Also on tap this week is new fantasy from Robin Hobb and the latest Sci_fi adventure from Alan Dean Foster. Dig in and enjoy and remember to let us know what is the most terrifying novel you’ve ever read!
New In Horror
The Pines Robert Dunbar (Leisure)
Deep within the desolate pine barrens, a series of macabre murders draws ever nearer to an isolated farmhouse where a woman struggles to raise her strange, disturbed son. The boy seems to have a psychic connection to something in the dark forest, something unseen…and evil. The old-timers in the region know the truth of the legendary creature that stalks the pine barrens. And they know the savagery it’s capable of.
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist (St. Martin’s)
It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day. But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson’s film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard Robert E. Howard (Del Rey)
Here are Howard’s greatest horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions. Some of Howard’s best-known characters–Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them–roam the forbidding locales of the author’s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend-haunted woods outside Paris to remote jungles in Africa.
The collection includes Howard’s masterpiece “Pigeons from Hell,” which Stephen King calls “one of the finest horror stories of [the twentieth] century,” a tale of two travelers who stumble upon the ruins of a Southern plantation–and into the maw of its fatal secret. In “Black Canaan” even the best warrior has little chance of taking down the evil voodoo man with unholy powers–and none at all against his wily mistress, the diabolical High Priestess of Damballah. In these and other lavishly illustrated classics, such as the revenge nightmare “Worms of the Earth” and “The Cairn on the Headland,” Howard spins tales of unrelenting terror, the legacy of one of the world’s great masters of the macabre.
Beware Richard Laymon (Leisure)
Elsie knew something weird was happening in her small supermarket when she saw the meat cleaver fly through the air all by itself. Everyone else realized it when they found Elsie on the butcher’s slab the next morning—neatly jointed and wrapped. An unseen horror has come to town, leaving a blood-drenched trail of carnage in his wake. And his victims are about to learn a terrifying lesson: what you can’t see can very definitely hurt you.
Violent Messiahs: The Book of Job Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) Joshua D.M. Dysart (IDW)
A loose and fast urban retelling of the "Frankenstein" story complete with conspiracy theories and indestructible clones, Violent Messiahs can only be described as a genre-bending, theological, tragic, sci-fi love story about criminal politics, the nature of violence, and man's search for individuality.
Hellboy Volume 2: The All-Seeing Eye Mark Morris (Dark Horse Books)
Hellboy has his hands full. While the supernatural is on a rampage in London, a series of brutal "Torso Murders" turns up at various sites around the city. All of the corpses are headless, limbless, and drained of their blood. Called in to investigate the killings, B.P.R.D. agents Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman discover a wellspring of black magic under the London streets. They also find a sack of heads. Hellboy descends into the dark underworld of London, encountering demons who prophesy the coming of plague and the opening of an eye to the otherworld, bringing forth death and destruction upon the land.
Halloween and Other Seasons Al Sarrantonio (Cemetery Dance)
Summer that never ends...
A sleepover that turns into an unending nightmare...
A Summer camp that offers a one-way ticket...
The strangest Halloween ever...
All this and much, much more in Halloween and Other Seasons: there's a neighborhood rivalry that grows to monstrous proportions; a hedgerow with an appetite; the ultimate Charles Fort story; and the end of the world from the beginning. Halloween and Other Seasons contains 18 gems of weirdness, including Al Sarrantonio's very first published story.
Freaks of the Heartland Scriptbook Steve Niles (IDW Publishing)
Under the weathered skies of America's heartland, and in the wounded hearts of every family in one tiny rural town, a terrible secret has been kept for too many years. Now, a young boy named Trevor must try to keep his younger brother Will from falling victim to the worst fears of a troubled town that can't begin to understand the tragic secret that binds its families together. For the first time ever - a collection of Steve Niles' original scripts, accompanied by the beautiful photography of Jackie C. Niles! Read all six original scripts for Freaks of the Heartland.
Cryptics Steve Niles (IDW Publishing)
Some famous monsters are going to the scariest place they've ever been - the suburbs! The Cryptics follows much smaller versions of horror's most-fabled characters as they grow up in the 'burbs, go to school, and make monsters in the laboratory. If you think your kids are trouble, you ain't seen nothing until you've seen The Cryptics! Steve Niles and Ben Roman bring you a look into the young lives and escapades of pint-sized versions of classic monsters.
Midnight Revelations Karen Bence (Sterling House)
When Sara, her husband David and their young son Jack move into an old horse farm, they don't know that the farm is haunted by tragedies that befell its previous owners. Soon chilling events begin take place. Sara discovers a locked diary, has strange dreams of people she doesn't know, and sees the ethereal reflection of a tormented woman in an antique mirror. When Jack is rendered comatose in a bizarre accident, Sara, in desperation, goes to a nearby church and meets the senior priest, the mystery man from her dreams. Resolved to find out what lies behind the strange events at the farm, Sara stumbles across the key to the diary...as well as the key to her own past. Who really are her parents? What grave secret is the old estate hiding? And what will become of Jack? A chilling book that eplores the paranormal, Midnight Revelations is a powerful portrait of strong woman determined to uncover the truth about herself.
The Bleeding Horse: And Other Ghost Stories Brian J. Showers (Mercier Press)
The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories infests the author's Dublin neighbourhood with an authentic population of ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Brian J. Showers has filled each story with fascinating regional history, local atmosphere and architectural details that are clearly visible today. While this gives the stories a factual flavour, the supernatural twists and turns are entirely fictional. The result is a realistic yet deliciously spooky portrait of a neighbourhood that many in Dublin know well.
Backup Jim Butcher (Subterranean)
Let's get something clear right up front, I'm not Harry Dresden. Harry's a wizard. A genuine, honest-to-goodness wizard. He's Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .44 revolver in his pocket. He'll spit in the eye of gods and demons alike if he thinks it needs to be done, and to hell with the consequences--and yet somehow my little brother manages to remain a decent human being. I'll be damned if I know how. But then, I'll be damned regardless. My name is Thomas Raith, and I'm a monster.
So begins "Backup," a twelve thousand word novelette set in Jim Butcher s ultra-popular Dresden Files series. This time Harry's in trouble he knows nothing about, and it's up to his big brother Thomas to track him down and solve those little life-threatening difficulties without his little brother even noticing.
New In Fantasy
Heart and Soul Sarah A. Hoyt (Spectra)
Within the magical realm of a Victorian British Empire that never was, one man embarks on a fantastic mission that dates back to the first true king of Europe and that may determine the fate of the last true emperor of China–and the world. When Nigel Oldhall hires on to pilot a magic carpetship under the name of Enoch Jones, it seems the perfect way for him to travel without attracting attention. For the English nobleman has in his possession the two most powerful jewels in the universe. His mission is to return them to their shrine in deepest Africa, restoring order to the world–and to his life. But he doesn’t count on being attacked by Chinese pirates–or being held captive by a shape-shifting beauty…
Daughter of the Dragon King, sister of the new True Emperor of All Under Heaven, Red Jade is also on a mission: to reclaim the royal status stolen from her family by invaders. Since their expulsion, they have ruled only a mystical shadow-realm. Now, with the jewels in her sight, Red Jade has the chance to rule all. But she soon finds herself, and Enoch, trapped in a scheme that may cause her to change loyalties–and discover her heart’s true destiny.
Destiny Kills (Myth and Magic, Book 1) Keri Arthur (Dell)
When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.
Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels.…
Dead Reign T.A. Pratt (Spectra)
As chief sorcerer of Felport, Marla Mason thought she’d faced every kind of evil the magical world had to offer. But she’s never faced a killer like this. He’s dark, glib, handsome as the devil—and exactly who he says he is. Death—in the flesh. He’s arrived in Felport with a posse composed of a half-insane necromancer and the reanimated corpse of John Wilkes Booth, and he isn’t leaving until he gets what he came for. Only Marla is crazy enough to tell Death to go back to Hell.
With the Founders’ Ball just around the bend, drawing together the brightest, meanest, and most dangerous of Felport’s magical elite, the last thing Marla needs is all-out war with the King of the Underworld, but that’s exactly what she’s got. As the battle lines are drawn, she can count on her hedonistic, body-hopping partner Rondeau…but how many of her old allies will stand by her side when facing the ultimate adversary? To save her city, Marla will have to find a way to cheat Death…literally.
The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith (Prime Books)
Selected carefully by well-respected editor Robert Weinberg and with an introduction by award-winning author Gene Wolfe, The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith offers both readers and scholars a definitive collection of short fiction and short novels, by an overlooked master of fantasy, horror and science-fiction.
The Company K.J. Parker (Orbit hardcover)
Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need - food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives. But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. Only then do they begin to realize that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for. For one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of the company. And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over.
The Best of Michael Swanwick (Subterranean Hardcover)
It's here at last the first comprehensive overview of the extraordinary career of master storyteller Michael Swanwick. Covering over a quarter of a century, from his first two published stories both of them Nebula finalists to his most recent, these works bear witness to one of the most vivid and far-ranging imaginations in contemporary fiction. From the hardest of hard science fiction to the purest of core fantasy, from the heartwarming to the despairing, these are works incandescent with literary brilliance.
In these pages, Janis Joplin is worshiped as a god, teenagers climb down the edge of the world, zombies are commodified, a vengeful man tracks a wizard across the surface of a planet-sized grasshopper, dinosaurs invade Vermont, a train leaves New York City bound for Hell, and those lovable Post-Utopian con men, Darger and Surplus, seek their fortunes in Buckingham Labyrinth.
Shadow's Edge (The Night Angel Trilogy) Brent Weeks (Orbit)
Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?
Renegade's Magic (The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 3) Robin Hobb (Eos)
Loyal, privileged, and brave, Nevare Burvelle proudly embraced his preordained role as soldier in the service of the King of Gernia—unaware of the strange turns his life would ultimately take. Exposed to a plague of enemy sorcery that felled many of his compatriots, he prevailed, but at a terrible cost to his soul, body, and heart. Now he stands wrongly accused of unspeakable crimes—including murder, the most heinous of them all.
Condemned by his brother soldiers and sentenced to death, Nevare has no option but to escape. Suddenly he is an outcast and a fugitive—a hostage to the Speck magic that shackles him to a savage alter ego who would destroy everything Nevare holds dear. With nowhere to turn—except, perhaps, to the Speck woman Lisana, the enemy whom he loves—he is mired in soul-rending despair. But from out of the darkness comes a bright spark of hope.
Perhaps, somehow, the hated magic that has long abused Nevare can be used by him instead. Could he not learn to wield this mighty weapon for his own purposes rather than be enslaved by it? But down what perilous road will this desperate new quest lead him? And what will be the outcome and the ultimate new incarnation of Nevare Burvelle?
New In Science Fiction
Wet Work (The 4400) Dayton Ward (Pocket Star)
1992: For nearly a decade, the international assassin known only as "the Wraith" has eluded authorities. Political leaders, powerful heads ofbusiness, terrorists known and suspected have numbered among the many victims until -- without explanation -- the Wraith disappears....
2005: Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris are investigating Jordan Collier's murder, but they're pulled off the case. Washington believes the Wraith -- a onetime freelance agent for the U.S. government -- is active again. A high-ranking CIA officer, who oversaw the rogue operator's activities, is killed. Evidence at the scene points to the Wraith and that this highly efficient killer is now a 4400. The NTAC agents only have thirteen-year-old leads to follow an assassin who was never caught. Suddenly, the Wraith kills another returnee. Why? What does this mean? Can the mounting fears of the 4400 be right? Or is this just one returnee who has gone off the track. Baldwin and Skouris need to know -- but will they find out before the Wraith completes this deadly covert objective?
Sunborn (Chaos Chronicles) Jeffrey A. Carver (Tor Hardcover)
With a plot inspired by chaos theory, fully realized characters, and plenty of twists and turns, this exciting hard SF adventure will keep readers on the edge of their seats. John Bandicut and several aliens and artificial intelligences have been thrown together by a force greater than themselves to prevent cataclysmic disasters on an interstellar scale. Now, before they can take a break after a world-saving mission, they are pulled into a waystation that is being threatened by highly destructive gravity waves.
The waves are part of a much larger problem. Something is causing stars to become unstable and go prematurely nova--they're being murdered. When the waystation is destroyed by the gravity waves, Bandicut and his crew barely escape on a jury-rigged ship. Their destination is a star nursery in the Orion Nebula, where sentient stars are being driven to destruction by an artificial intelligence bent on remaking the cosmos in its own image.
Star Trek: Destiny: Mere Mortals David Mack (Star Trek Books)
On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective's route to the Alpha Quadrant. Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan have made contact with the reclusive Caeliar -- survivors of a stellar cataclysm that, two hundred years ago, drove fissures through the structure of space and time, creating a loop of inevitability and consigning another captain and crew to a purgatory from which they could never escape.
Now the supremely advanced Caeliar will brook no further intrusion upon their isolation, or against the sanctity of their Great Work....For the small, finite lives of mere mortals carry little weight in the calculations of gods. But even gods may come to understand that they underestimate humans at their peril.
Quofum Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey Hardcover)
Bestselling author Alan Dean Foster’s new adventure takes place in the amazing Humanx Commonwealth, home of the ever-popular Pip & Flinx. Although the dynamic redhead and his daring minidrag do not appear in Quofum, this knockout thriller sets the stage for their explosive date with destiny in the duo’s final climactic adventure, Flinx Transcendent.
The mission to planet Quofum is supposed to be a quickie for Captain Boylan and his crew. Boylan is tasked with delivering four scientists–two men, one woman, and one thranx–to the unknown world, setting up camp while the experts investigate flora and fauna, then ferrying them safely home.
The first surprise is that Quofum, which regularly slips in and out of existence on Commonwealth monitors, is actually there when Boylan and company arrive. The second surprise is more about what Quofum is not: The planet is not logical, ordered, or rational.
The team encounters three intelligent, warring species–some carbon-based, others silicate-based, all bizarre–along with thousands of unique, often unclassifiable life-forms. Quofum’s wild biodiversity doesn’t appear to be natural. But if it is by design, then by whose, and for what purpose?
Kris Longknife: Intrepid Mike Shepherd (Ace)
Kris Longknife has been assigned to The Wasp, the best warship beyond the Rim of Human Space. But while hunting for pirates, Kris stumbles upon something. It’s a plan to kill one of the members of the aristocratic Peterwald family—and the would-be killers are setting her up as the assassin.
Gears of War Aspho Fields Karen Traviss (Del Rey)
For the first time, fans of the blockbuster Gears of War video games get an in-depth look at Delta Squad’s toughest fighters–soldier’s soldier Marcus Fenix and rock-solid Dominic Santiago–as well as a detailed account of the pivotal battle of the Pendulum Wars. As kids, the three of them were inseparable; as soldiers, they were torn apart. Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago fought alongside Dom’s elder brother Carlos at Aspho Fields in the epic battle that changed the course of the Pendulum Wars. There’s a new war to fight now, a war for mankind’s very survival. But while the last human stronghold on Sera braces itself for another onslaught from the Locust Horde, ghosts come back to haunt Marcus and Dom. For Marcus–decorated war hero, convicted traitor–the return of an old comrade threatens to dredge up an agonizing secret he’s sworn to keep.
As the beleaguered Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments take a last stand to save mankind from extermination, the harrowing decisions made at Aspho Fields have to be re-lived and made again. Marcus and Dom can take anything the Locust Horde throws at them–but will their friendship survive the truth about Carlos Santiago?
The Clone Elite Steven L. Kent (Ace)
2514 A.D.: An unstoppable alien force is advancing on Earth, wiping out the Unified Authority’s colonies one by one. It’s up to Wayson Harris, an outlawed model of a clone, and his men to make a last stand on the planet of New Copenhagen, where they must win the battle and the war—or lose all.
Orphan's Alliance Robert Buettner (Orbit)
Humans have been discovered on the Outworlds. And the Army decides to send emissaries. Emissaries like Jason Wander. As intraplanetary conflicts rage around him, and the personal stakes get ever higher, Jason finds that playing planet-hopping politician can be harder than commanding armies. When united mankind squares off to battle the Slugs for a precious interstellar crossroad, Jason will discover that the most dangerous enemy may be the one he least expects.
Galactic Corps: Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy (The Inheritance Trilogy) Ian Douglas (eos)
War is forever…The people on Earth no longer remember how the human race was nearly obliterated centuries earlier during the terror visited upon them by the merciless Xul. But the Star Marines, thirty thousand light years from home, know all too well the horror that still lives. In the year 2886, in the midst of the intergalactic war that has been raging nonstop for nearly a decade, the unthinkable has occurred. Intelligence has located the gargantuan hidden homeworld of humankind's dedicated foe, the brutal, unstoppable Xul. The time has come for the courageous men and women of the 1st Marine Interstellar Expeditionary Force to strike the killing blow. But misguided politics on an Earth that no longer supports their mission could prove the Marine's greatest enemy—as they plunge bravely into the maelstrom of conflict . . . and into the heart of a million-year-old mystery.
New In Non-Fiction
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman Hank Wagner (St. Martin’s Hardcover)
Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success. From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from children’s literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal, global following. To comic book fans, he is Zeus in the pantheon of creative gods, having changed that industry forever. For discerning readers, he bridges the vast gap that traditionally divides lovers of “literary” and “genre” fiction. Gaiman is truly a pop culture phenomenon, an artist with a magic touch whose work has won almost universal acclaim.
Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and never-before-seen essay, this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in depth information and commentary on Gaiman’s myriad works, the book also includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae, making it both an insightful introduction to his work, and a true “must-have” for his ever growing legion of fans.
Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Cathy & Arnie Fenner (underwood Books)
With art drawn from a wide variety of sources — books, graphic novels, video games, films, galleries, and advertising — Spectrum 15 reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantasy art in today’s culture. Featuring over 300 exceptional works by artists from around the globe, this gorgeous full-color collection celebrates a cadre of creators working in every style and medium. Included are luminaries such as Brom, James Gurney, Marc Gabanna, Shaun Tan, and 2008’s Grand Master Award winner, John Jude Palencar.
Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons Jeff Lenburg (Checkmark Books)
"The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons" is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide of its kind. More than 2,200 cartoon entries encompass all aspects of this 20th-century cultural phenomenon: creators, directors, production studios, voice talents, episode titles, and dates of release.With a foreword by June Foray (the voice behind "Granny" and "Rocky the Squirrel"), more than 150 illustrations, and a nutshell history of American animation, this ready reference details every cartoon and every cartoon character ever created. From the provocative Betty Boop who was censored out of theaters to Mel Blanc - the supreme master of cartoon voices at Warner Brothers for more than 50 years - no star in the cartoon constellation is overlooked.This revised edition features: every production from 1911 to the present, including animated features and television shows produced in the past five years; silent cartoons; sound cartoons; full-length animated features; animated television specials; television series cartoons; and awards and honors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My Word is My Bond: A Memoir (Hardcover) Sir Roger Moore (Collins Hardcover)
One of the most recognizable big-screen stars of the past half-century, Sir Roger Moore played the role of James Bond longer than any other actor. Beginning with the classic Live and Let Die, running through Moonraker and A View to a Kill, Moore brought his finely honed wit and wry charm to one of Hollywood's most beloved and long-lasting characters. Still, James Bond was only one in a lifetime of roles stretching back to Hollywood's studio era, and encompassing stardom in theater and television on both sides of the Atlantic. From The Saint to Maverick, Warner Brothers to MGM, Hollywood to London to extreme locations the world over, Roger Moore's story is one of the last of the classic Hollywood lives as yet untold.
Until now. From the dying days of the studio system and the birth of television, to the quips of Noël Coward and David Niven, to the bedroom scenes and outtakes from the Bond movies, Moore has seen and heard it all. Nothing is left out—especially the naughty bits. The "special effects" by which James Bond unzipped a dress with a magnet; the spectacular risks in The Spy Who Loved Me's opening scene; and Moore's preparation for facing down villains (he would imagine they all have halitosis): the stories in My Word is My Bond are priceless.
Throughout his career, Moore hobnobbed with the glamorous and powerful, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Seymour, and Cary Grant among his contemporaries and friends. Included are stories of a foul-mouthed Milton Berle, a surly Richard Burton, and a kindhearted Richard Kiel, infamous as Bond enemy Jaws.
Lost Ate My Life: The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other Jon Lachonis (ECW Press)
catering directly to an increasingly rabid fan base, Lost bloggers have effectively removed all barriers between the artist and the viewer by hosting one of the largest officially-sponsored independent discussion forums in history. Becoming celebrities in their own right—even controlling the ebb and flow of fan sentiment—the most revered bloggers even affect plot and storyline decisions. Told by two members of the fan community who witnessed the spread and impact of such fervent fandom from the inside, this guide addresses the greatest questions fans have been asking for four seasons: Why does Lost speak so well to our collective unconscious, and why do we consciously endure such mammoth leaps of suspension of disbelief? By examining this unparalleled blogger phenomonen on near-academic levels, the authors successfully break down Lost’s archetypal themes and trace its evolution from the commercial cash-in it was intended to be to the high-concept mixture of philosophy, drama, redemption, science, and faith it became.
Silent Hill Omnibus (IDW Publishing) Graphic Novel/Trade
IDW simply is the best comic publisher when it comes to horror and their handling of the Silent Hill franchise has been fantastic. This Omnibus edition is packed with 400 pages of story and art reprinting several limited series. The stories are all written by Scott Ciecin and feature the art of talents like Ben Templesmith, Shaun Thomas, and Nick Stakal.
In IDW’s Silent Hill the dead town literally is Hell on Earth and a different reward or punishment awaits each visitor. While each tale is self-contained, you’ll find in the end that they are all connected. “Dying Inside” finds a renowned celebrity therapist trying to help a catatonic young girl who escaped the town. After failing with all modern treatments, he takes the radical approach of returning her to Silent Hill. Meanwhile, a group of young Goths recovered the camera containing the video that t he girl had on her when she was found. They decide to head to the cursed town to find out for themselves if all the horrific tales are true.
Ciecin’s stories all capture the otherworld creepiness that fans of the video games have come to enjoy. While employing many of those same elements, he also introduces new terrors that lurk in the cracks and around the corners. Grade: A