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Austin Film Festival horror & sci-fi screenplay call for entries.

May 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Austin Film Festival horror & sci-fi screenplay call for entries.

The final deadline for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition is this Saturday, May 31.  Our Horror and Sci-Fi categories may be of interest to your contact list.  This year, both categories are sponsored by Darkwoods Productions which is run by Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption).  He and his Executive, […]

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50 Great Myths About Religion by John Morreall and Tamara Sonn (book review).

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
50 Great Myths About Religion by John Morreall and Tamara Sonn (book review).

Last year, I reviewed ’50 Great Myths Of Popular Psychology’ by Scott Lilienfeld, so I wasn’t that surprised to see another book in what must now be considered the start of a series of books from Wiley. The ‘50 Great Myths About Religion’ should give you a big clue as to what authors John Morreall […]

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The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics by Kenan Malik (book review).

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics by Kenan Malik (book review).

Kenan Malik’s ‘The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics’ book has a long title which actually tells the content of the book. In many respects, though, it’s more a history of the people who creates ethics than the subject itself, which only gets caught up on in the final chapters. So […]

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Paul Spragg Memorial.

May 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Paul Spragg Memorial.

One of the things you folk who read SFCrowsnest don’t really see is the behind-the-scenes banter I have with the various publicists when arranging books, CDs and whathaveyou for my reviewing team. My contact at Big Finish for the past 5 years was Paul Spragg, who suddenly collapsed and died on 08 May 2014 at […]

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The Big Book Of Flight by Rowland White (book review).

May 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Big Book Of Flight by Rowland White (book review).

Author Rowland White admits from the start to having a love of flight in all of its forms. With this book, ‘The Big Book Of Flight’, he explores its history, mechanics and anything that takes his fancy, which is quite a lot. He claims it’s not comprehensive, just flicking the pages made me feel like […]

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Editorial – May 2014: Token resistance.

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Editorial – May 2014: Token resistance.

Token resistance.  Hello everyone I’m going to talk about tolkienism this month. No, that’s not quite right. Nothing to do with Hobbits, although that might come up later. No, I mean tokenism. It’s spelt differently. No ‘L’! Wrong season of the year anyway if you’re understanding the phonetic joke and that doesn’t mean by using […]

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The A-Z Of Big Finish by Sue Davies (article).

May 3, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The A-Z Of Big Finish by Sue Davies (article).

If you haven’t heard of Big Finish then you must have your head in a bucket and speaking of buckets, I’m sure they can be used in many creative ways to make sound effects. A is for …Adric yes he’s coming back to ‘Doctor Who’ very soon. Actor Matthew Waterhouse was last heard in an […]

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The Story Solution by Eric Edson (book review).

May 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Story Solution by Eric Edson (book review).

The contention of author Eric Edson from the start is that the difference between success and failure in films is in adhering to certain similarities between plot details. Throughout this book, ‘The Story Solution’, he compares examples of some films showing these various points. You don’t have to have seen them all because he gives […]

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Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes edited by George Mann (book review).

April 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes edited by George Mann (book review).

‘Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes’ edited by George Mann is a mark of our on-going appetite for the gentleman investigator that still infiltrates literature and television. There are twelve stories by different writers showing an aspect of the sleuth we surely will enjoy. Seen from the perspective of the 21st century, the writers can play […]

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Plastic by Christopher Fowler (book review)

April 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Plastic by Christopher Fowler (book review)

Genre mainstay Christopher Fowler channels JG Ballard in ‘Plastic’, a suburban fantasy gone wrong. June Cryer is a shopaholic housewife whose world crumbles when her husband has an affair with their neighbour and decides to sell their home. Forced to pay the credit card bill and facing life on the streets, June offers to house-sit […]

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