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Return of the Jedi Making of Book Pics by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 02, 2013)
Entertainment Weekly has posted 5 pictures from J.W. Rinzler’s upcoming ''The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,'. Check out these exclusive insider shots from the 1983 saga closer. This is third book to chronicle the making of the original Star Wa

Book Review: Without a Summer by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 27, 2013)
"Don't judge a book but it's cover" is an oft intoned maxim which we're all equipped with. We use it with great frequency as both a teaching too and as a stern warning about being judgmental. So imagine my inner turmoil when Without a Summer arrived in the

Lair of the Beasts: Big Cats and Missing Cats by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(April 27, 2013)
As practically each and every British soul of a certain age will graphically recall, midway through 1976 the good folk of the nation were pummeled into exhaustion and submission by one of the hottest summers on record for many a decade. I was eleven at the

From the Vault: A History of Horror Comics Part 1 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(April 21, 2013)
This week in From the Vault we begin a multi-part look at the history of horror comics from the 1940s through the 1970s which covers the genre’s heyday of the 1950s, its decline after the establishment of the Comic Book Code, and of its revival in the 19

Book Review: Virus Thirteen by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 18, 2013)
It's the future. All children are, by law, engineered to be cancer proof. Fast food restaurants serve only healthy fare; being obese is punishable by a compulsory trip to fat camps; and the average life expectancy has skyrocketed.

Lair of the Beasts: Creatures of the North by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(April 13, 2013)
With a colorful and historic heritage extending back to 74 AD when a powerful Norse chieftain, Ingolfur Arnarson, landed on its shores and established a permanent foothold that grew and grew, the Republic of Iceland is a small, island country in the North

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters on the Doorstep by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(April 06, 2013)
Many people assume that to search for, investigate, and find strange creatures, it’s necessary to travel thousands of miles to locations as exotic as they are mysterious. Well, yes, sometimes that is true. Take, for example, the Chupacabra of Puerto Rico

Book Review: Shattered Pillars by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 01, 2013)
From time to time, the fantasy genre can grow stale. Like a rock gathering moss, forward moment is required to shake off that taste of similarity it can acquire. Sword and sorcery needs an infusion of spice occasionally, to cleanse the pallet. Elizabeth Be

Lair of the Beasts: Monsters and Ghosts by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(March 30, 2013)
When it comes to trying to ascertain the true nature of British Bigfoot and wild man encounters – which is a deeply fraught and difficult task at the very best of times – the theories are as wide and varied as they are controversial and thought-provoki

Book Review: The Greatest Comic Book Covers of All Time by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(March 25, 2013)
For dedicated comic book fans a memorable cover can take you back to the time when you read the story for the first time—and maybe even to the time you bought that particular issue. I can recall the first time I ‘discovered’ Conan the Barbarian when

From the Vault: Classic Monster Magazines Part 2! by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(March 24, 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

Lair of the Beasts: Origins of a Monster by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(March 23, 2013)
Many people have heard of the legendary Abominable Snowman or Yeti. It’s the Himalayan equivalent of the United States’ famous Bigfoot. But not so many, perhaps, know of the origins of the beastly man-monster of the snowy peaks. It’s a reportedly dia

Goosebumps Movie for Sony by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 22, 2013)
Who was or is a fan of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps? Sony Pictures announced earlier this week that Rob Letterman (Monsters Vs Aliens, Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels) is in talks to direct a feature length motion picture based on the Fright Series.

Tuesday Terrors: The Sinister Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(March 19, 2013)
Welcome back to Tuesday Terrors your regular Mania fix of all things horror!

Game Of Thrones Season 3: Trailer #2 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 18, 2013)
The new season of Game of Thrones is officially less than two weeks away. Here we can see a full trailer for the third season, courtesy of HBO and Game of Thrones. Mania will be supplying weekly reviews of this coming season.

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

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