Books

Devil May Cry 3142: Graphic Arts Review

Review by: Stephanie Shamblin Gray

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

An art book for Devil May Cry makes nothing but good sense. This is an extremely stylish game that had people playing it for the imagery as much as the exciting gameplay. But what really makes great sense is taking the time to really showcase all of the effort put into creating, drawing, and bringing the DMC hero, Dante, to life. Dante is arguably the most meticulously crafted male character in video games. Most of the time the developers are satisfied to just stick a helmet on some dude and call it a day. At best they modify something resembling a “Ken Doll” and add some bulky muscles. But not Dante. He’s sort of the Brad Pitt of video games with some serious added swagger. So having a book that walks us through the process of creating this memorable character is really long overdue.  read more

Katerina: A Review

 

Writing a literary work in which the narrator is an unpleasant person is always a gamble. The writer needs to stay true to the character and his/her point of view and yet if the character’s thoughts and actions are too hostile and disturbing, then the reader may be alienated from the work and not become immersed in it (just ask Bret Easton Ellis and Patrick Bateman).  Author Erik Hofstatter strikes just the right balance of disgust and intrigue in his novella Katerina. The story opens with an extended self-inventory of the sexual experiences of the narrator expressed in the most crude and nasty way possible. Clearly, this character has issues with woman and these issues are explored through his initial encounter and subsequent obsession with “Ginny,” a mysterious prostitute with feral behaviors. Hofstatter’s brutally honest depiction of not only a prostitute’s life on the streets but also the borderline sociopathic world view of the narrator make for compelling but very uneasy reading. As the story unfolds, the narrator’s own insecurities and anxieties are projected onto Ginny, and she becomes not only the receptacle for his sexual desires but also for his need to exert control, power, and dominance in his life, personified by his interest in medieval weapons. The horrors in Katerina are the horrors of a dead end world that can only find excitement and meaning in anonymous sex, misogyny, and a vain preoccupation with the body. Masculinity in Katerina is only validated by traditional male tropes like working out, degrading women, scoring with a chick, and then bragging about it afterwards, while femininity is used and abused in a cynical, business-like fashion.  And yet, for all her weird tendencies and demeaning existence, “Ginny” is a much more alive and exciting character than the narrator or his dead souled buddy as her primal energies survive and adapt even in the midst of hellish conditions. Erik Hofstatter’s writing is not pretty and he certainly doesn’t pull any punches, but that’s what makes Katerina such an absorbing work. read more

‘The Dreams Come True Anthology’ & Aspirations Press

The new generation of horror is here! ‘The Dreams Come True Anthology’ & Aspirations Press

Information about The Dreams Come True Anthology and Aspirations Press:

 

Welcome, and thank you for reading this! I’m Kya Aliana and I’m here to talk about the importance of the Dreams Come True Anthology and Aspirations Press.

 

I have been writing since a very young age. I wrote short stories since before I can even remember, and I completed my first novel at thirteen. I self-published my first novel at fifteen-years-old. Now, at twenty-one, I am the proud author of nine novels and counting. I’m working hard, writing every day, taking workshops, striving to improve, and following my dreams. read more

Read Advance Chapters of ‘The Catcher’s Trap’ on Inkshares

First-time author Ricardo Henriquez debuts his 240-page dark fantasy novel, The Catcher’s Trap, one of the novels in the running to be published as part of Nerdist’s Inkshares contest, ending September 30. The Catcher’s Trap is the story of a young man fighting for his life and his freedom in a world where demonic supernatural beings have enslaved humans. This is the origin story of a hero born out of the darkest struggle of the human soul. The Top 5 books entered into the contest get published and sold in stores. The book costs $9.99, but registering for Inkshares gives you a $5 credit, so the book will only cost you $5.  read more

Michael Dougherty’s ‘Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas’ Graphic Novel Coming Nov 24

From Amazon.com

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT…

If you want to survive the holidays, stay off the naughty list.

Michael Dougherty’s Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas tells a new story based on the upcoming horror comedy film Krampus from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures. Unleashing this ancient Christmas demon and his maniacal holiday-themed henchmen for an adventure that will change the way you see the holidays forever!

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Michael Dougherty’s ‘Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead’ Graphic Novel Coming Oct 6

From Amazon.com:

From the twisted imagination of creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat, screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) and a top-notch team of artists including Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.   

Days of the Dead ventures through the ages for this chilling collection of Halloween-time stories: from old-world lovers whose romance takes a darker turn, to pioneers who discover more than they bargained for out West, to an edgy 1950s Los Angeles tale dripping with horror noir, and straight through the heart of small-town America to teach a couple of a trouble-making pranksters a lesson they’ll never forget. read more

‘The Silent End’ Now Available – Exclusive Excerpt Inside

Ragnarok Publications recently released a new novel, The Silent End, which is described as a mix of Stand by Me, The Goonies, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In a small mist-covered town in the Pacific Northwest three teenagers find themselves pitted against an unearthly menace that dwells beneath the foundations of their high school…

THE SILENT END is funny and poignant, a novel that contains elements of supernatural fiction, horror, young adult and literary fiction in order to create a genre-bending novel, recalling authors like Neil Gaiman, Rick Yancey, Patrick Ness, Stephen King, and early Jonathan Lethem. read more

Teaser Trailer for Dark Fantasy Novel The Catcher’s Trap

A young man is kidnapped into a world where supernatural beings have enslaved humans. This is the origin story of a hero born out of the darkest struggle of the human soul.

“The Catcher’s Trap is a unique achievement in the fantastique genre. Although the fantasy aspects of the novel are darkly imaginative and strikingly creative, it is the elements of realism (the characters, the dialogue, the dramatic tension) that make the novel a life-affirming triumph, a gaze into the abyss that enlivens rather than defeats.” read more

Pre-Order New Dark Fantasy Novel The Catcher’s Trap

The Catcher’s Trap by  Ricardo Henriquez is a dark fantasy novel concerning a young man who is kidnapped and brought to a world where supernatural beings have enslaved humans.  Henriquez’s prose combines the terror of existence with the hope for freedom and awareness. The Catcher’s Trap transforms the tropes of fantasy and horror into an experience that transcends those genres, creating that rare original achievement that lingers in the mind, heart, and soul. 

“This is not a sad book. This is a tale of resilience and discovery. It is the origin story of a hero born only with the power of hoping beyond realism. Andres is all of us staring at tsunami and knowing in our hearts, that against all odds we will survive. Of course there are also giants, witches, seers and magic potions; it wouldn’t be awesome fantasy without those elements.” read more

Dark Regions Press Announces Clive Barker’s ‘The Body Book’

From the Press Release:

Dark Regions Press announces Clive Barker’s The Body Book meshing film and literature in one of their biggest releases of the year. Read the full details at here.

From the award-winning publisher of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition comes a new volume from New York Times bestselling author Clive Barker entitled Clive Barker’s The Body Book. Details on this exciting new book from Dark Regions Press can be found in the link above. read more