“THE HOWLER” by Vincent Varvara and Bill Young “The Howler” is a graphic novel by writer Vincent Varvara and artist Bill Young. Set in Toronto, the story follows young Chris Stevens accused of murdering his family. How could a nice boy like Chris do such a thing? It turns out he’s a werewolf—the Howler! But is he really to blame? Especially when we also have powerful warlocks, rampaging basilisks, vile Wendigos, and a scheming uncle in the wings? All these mysteries Chr
"WIND OVER TROUBLED WATERS” by Francene Stanley & Edith Parzefall, 2012 The world we know has changed in a great flood. Well, that’s different from nuclear war or zombies, so I’ll go with it. Within a few generations, the world of today has been swept away and the descendants of the survivors have been thrown back into the Dark Ages. This is Corn World, the last known place on Earth. And Britland lies in its westernmost peninsula. Here we follow Cerridwen, the heroine, as
“CARMILLA—PRELUDE TO DRACULA” by Timothy Baril, 2014 This book IS Le Fanu’s 1872 story, “Carmilla”, line-by-line—except those lines which Baril has changed and a few scenes of action and horror towards the end. I think it would more correct to credit Le Fanu as the author and “edited by, and with additional material by Timothy Baril”. Baril has taken “Carmilla” and modernized the language, making it more accessible for today’s reader. The problem with modernizing a story, h
You can't say “Dead Islands” doesn't have action. From the opening scene in the streets of Shanghai, to a zombie attack in an airplane over the Pacific, to utter chaos in the Hawaiian Islands, “Dead Islands” keeps moving throughout.
Curiously, no one in the early part of the novel seems to be aware of the spate of zombie movies flooding the theaters these days. Everyone's like, “I never heard of such a thing.” That doesn't make the book bad, it just seems odd to me.
“The Unsaintly” is a work of historical fiction, but with the first portion showing a brace of disputes between God and Lucifer. The first dispute is a friendly argument; the second, a war in Heaven reminiscent of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”. And having been cast from Heaven, Lucifer vows to harm God however he can.
In Jewish folklore, Satan may be the enemy of mankind, but he does so as the servant of God. It is the Christian view that Satan is the enemy of God.
“He had a pretty good idea of where they had gone; the same place seven billion other people had gone in the last two years.”
New islands appear overnight all over the world’s oceans and no one knows how they got there. Stranger still, no one can land on them… at least not at first. Then a few people begin disappearing… then more… and more.
“The Island Builders” by Steve Peek certainly has a unique concept. It might seem more like fantasy then science-fiction—at first—but
Reading Steven Jenkins’s book, “Fourteen Days”, I realized something curious.
The concept of this book is that a workaholic man is forced to stay at home for two weeks and the ensuing boredom drives him crazy. To get this across to the reader, the author is required to show the boredom, the meaningless tasks the hero employs to fill time, and the repetition. In other words, to make the reader feel the boredom, the story must show the boredom.
Yet Jenkins manages to show h
"The Flowers of the Field" is a historical novel, written by Elizabeth Byrd in 1962, and set primarily in Edinburgh, Scotland in the year 1513. The book has two protagonists, first Dame Bess Dart, a common prostitute; and second, the historical Queen Margaret Stuart, the English-born queen of Scotland.
Bess is shown first as a prostitute, and then her background reveals her as an innocent country girl who, when she falls in love with the nephew of a local squire, follows hi