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Book Review: The World of the End by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(August 27, 2013)
Have you ever consumed media which was of obvious quality or value, but which simply did not land in your wheelhouse? Such was my affliction with The World of the End, a novel first arriving on the scene in 2004, but which has only been released in English

1st Divergent Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 26, 2013)
Is this the next Hunger Games? Check out the first trailer for Divergent. This trailer premiered during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Lair of the Beasts: A Famous Movie Monster by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 24, 2013)
Now and again I’m asked what my favorite monster-movie is. In conversation, people often assume it’s something like the original version of King Kong, or perhaps Godzilla, or, maybe, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Well, it’s none of those. Nor,

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters of the USA by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 17, 2013)
Several years ago, Stackpole Books (of Mechanicsburg, PA) embarked upon an ambitious project. It was one designed to produce a series of books that would chronicle the most credible and famous reports of strange creatures from each and every U.S. state.

Tuesday Terrors: Evil Dead and Under the Bed Reviews by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(August 13, 2013)
It’s time again for your Mania dose of horror with Tuesday Terrors with lots of new trailers, news about a TV show based on the Exorcist, and a review of Evil Dead and much more.

Lair of the Beasts: Lovecraft Comes to Life by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 09, 2013)
Imagine, if you dare, a real-life equivalent of H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous and legendary creation: the great Cthulhu. In the dark and disturbing pages of The Call of Cthulhu, Lovecraft gave a hideous description of the ominous nightmare.

Lair of the Beasts: A Texan Terror by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(August 03, 2013)
Paradise is a small town, situated not too far from the sprawling city of Fort Worth, Texas. It’s dominated by isolated homes, thick and somewhat mysterious woods, sprawling fields, numerous cows, and not much more at all. Aside from a killer-werewolf, t

Book Review: Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Kimberly McCall, Contibuting Writer
(August 02, 2013)
I am always excited to flip through a behind the scenes book on the creative process of a movie. Make that a book about the new Superman movie and my attention is doubled. I dove into Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace w

Lair of the Beasts: When Size Matters by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 27, 2013)
When is a monster not a monster? Well, I’ll tell you: when it’s a monster-sized animal. Within the field of Cryptozoology, when someone uses the term “monster” they are usually referring to a creature of definitively unknown origin and identificati

Catching Fire Comic Con 2013 Trailer by RObert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 20, 2013)
Here is the 2013 Comic Con Trailer for The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. It is a better look at what is in store for Katniss’ return to the Hunger Games.

Book Review: The Goliath Stone by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 20, 2013)
hen I was a young boy there was a dangerously wondrous unknown. It was a phenomenon whose properties weren't completely understood, and thus its potential was exaggerated in a number of conflicting ways. I'm referring of course to radiation, with its amazi

Lair of the Beasts: Defining Cryptozoology by Nick Refern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 20, 2013)
So, Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals, right? Yep, that’s right! Although, it’s important to note – and I always stress this to people – that it’s not an official “ology.” In other words, it’s not a recognized field in which one

Lair of the Beasts: The Monsters of Staffordshire by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(July 13, 2013)
When Jonathan Downes, the head-honcho of the British–based Center for Fortean Zoology, asked me, via a transatlantic telephone-call late one cold and icy winter’s night in 2007, if I would be interested in writing a book for his Mystery Animals of the

Book Review: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by Kimberly McCall, Contributing Writer
(July 11, 2013)
The larger than life trailer for Pacific Rim in no way set it apart from every other summer blockbuster showing off its digital wingspan. What is drawing me to this film is the name, Guillermo del Toro. That name, to me, means a filmmaker with extraordinar

Tuesday Terrors: Tons of Walking Dead Toy Action by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(July 09, 2013)
Diamond Select to offer SDCC Exclusive Walking Dead Minimates set. This year's Comic-Con exclusive Walking Dead Minimates box set is titled Hershel's Farm, and it includes four different Minimates based on the famous farmhouse story arc.

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

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