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Weekly Book Buzz: Final Ballot for the Stoker Awards

We Review The Creepy Archives Vol. 9

By Tim Janson     March 06, 2011


The Creepy Archives vol. 9
© Dark Horse

 

The only real news story of note this week is the announcement of the final ballot for the 2010 Stoker Awards to be presented at the Stoker Weekend in Long Island NY, June 16-19, 2011. 
 
Superior Achievement in a Novel
•Horns, Joe Hill (William Morrow)
•Rot and Ruin, Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
•Dead Love, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)
•Apocalypse of the Dead, Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
•Dweller, Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
•A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (DoubleDay)
 
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
•Black and Orange, Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
•A Book of Tongues, Gemma Files (ChiZine)
•Castle of Los Angeles, Lisa Morton (Gray Friar)
•Spellbent, Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)
 
Superior Achievement Long Fiction
•The Painted Darkness, Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
•Dissolution, Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
•Monsters Among Us, Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)
•The Samhanach, Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
•Invisible Fences, Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
 
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
•Dark Faith, Maurice Broaddus & Jerry Gordon, eds. (Apex)
•Horror Library IV, R.J. Cavender & Boyd E. Harris, eds. (Cutting Block)
•Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, Angela Challis & Marty Young, eds. (Brimstone Press)
•Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
•The New Dead, Christopher Golden, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
 
Check out the full list here: Stoker Awards
 
 
The Immortal Lost H. R. Phillips [Tate]
 
Dylan Black grew up as an outcast. She had few friends and even fewer she could trust. She lived a life of exile. Coping with her extraordinary abilities at an early age, she learned to hide what others found extremely bizarre. Until the day came that she discovered who and what she really was. It was the day the Immortals walked into her life, giving her the answers she had longed for. Or so she thought. Thrown into an unfamiliar world and hunted by those who desire to use her for her gifts, she has no choice but to trust in one man. A Guardian assigned to protect her and to keep her safe from the darkness that would surely enslave or destroy her. Alessar Belmonte was created to be a warrior. He had no idea that protecting a young, inexperienced Immortal like Dylan Black could be so difficult. Little did he know that her talented gifts would be wanted by every Dark Immortal searching to gain power and control over this world. His desire to protect her from the darkness overwhelms him, but no more so than the desire to have her for himself. Can they survive the evil that lies in wait? Only when the keys come together, will they see the light through the darkness.
 
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing: A Novel Jasper Fforde [Viking Hardcover]
 
Jasper Fforde's exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.
 
The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.
 
John Carter of Mars: Warlord of Mars (Dark Horse Graphic Novel)
 
The greatest hero of two worlds, spacefaring adventurer John Carter of Mars, returns! Marvel at these classic tales of danger and daring as John Carter battles deadly opponents, warring civilizations, and a host of Barsoomian beasts, and see for yourself why Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter has been one of fandom's favorite sci-fi characters for over nine decades! Featuring the work of comics legends Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont, Gil Kane, Frank Miller, Larry Hama, and many more, this volume includes all twenty-eight issues of John Carter: Warlord of Mars plus all three annuals, collected for the very first time!
 
Freakangels Volume 5 Warren Ellis [Avatar Graphic Novel]
 
Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years ago, the world ended. Today, eleven strange 23-year-olds are living in and defending Whitechapel, maybe the last real settlement in flooded London. They've made a new friend, and together they've successfully defended their home from outside attackers, a ghost from the past, and threats from within. In Volume Five, everything you thought you knew about the 'Angels is wrong. In fact, much of what they thought was true simply hadn't been sufficiently examined. While Alice keeps watch over Whitechapel from the watchtower, the twelve reunited Freakangels down below are forced to re-examine their lives... and their deaths!
 
Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster Stephen Jacobs [Tomahawk Press Hardcover]
 
Boris Karloff - A name synonymous with horror. Drawing on detailed research, previously unpublished letters, and interviews with those who knew him this new biography dispels the often repeated myths associated with the star - many perpetuated by Karloff himself - and reveals a wealth of new information about the private and professional life of Boris Karloff. Although forever associated with his breakthrough role of 'the Monster' in Frankenstein (1931) Boris Karloff had a career that spanned almost 50 years and over 150 movies - from the era of the silent picture through to the days of the 'Swinging Sixties'. His roles in Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Black Cat, and many others - most now considered classics of the genre - ensured his reputation as 'The King of Horror'.Born William Henry Pratt in Camberwell, South London in 1887 Karloff defied family expectations and rejected a life in Government service. Instead he emigrated to Canada were he finally found work as a professional actor.
 
Reviews
 
The Creepy Archives Volume 9 (Dark Horse Hardcover)
 
The latest volume of Dark Horse’s outstanding archive collections of the venerable Creepy Magazine gathers issues # 42 – 45. Dark Horse to me really deserves incredible amounts of praise for stepping to the plate and getting the rights to reprint this legendary work. The black & white magazines of the 1970s featured some of the best story and art in the history of comics that would have otherwise been lost to the ages.
 
Even though Frank Frazetta was no longer doing the covers to Creepy, that does not mean they were not left in capable hands as evidenced by the wonderful covers by Sanjulian and Ken Kelly reprinted in this edition. Gardner Fox is the most prolific writer in comic book history but he wasn’t known for horror but Fox gets things off to a rousing start with his gothic Lovecraft-inspired tale “The Quaking Horror”. Another great tale is Fred Ott’s tale of horror on the fog-shrouded moors of Scotland in “The Mark of Satan’s Claw”.
 
The writing in Creepy was always outstanding although the art in this volume isn’t as consistent than in some of the earlier volumes. I think its clear that publisher Bill Warren, a notorious cheapskate, had already begun tighten the purse strings by using artists of lesser renown and thus, cheaper. Still, there are some gems to be found inside…”Sleep” by Mike Ploog, “What Rough Beast” by the great Frank Brunner, and “The Men Who Called Him Monster” by Luis Garcia all raise the bar significantly. Grade B+

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