ANOKS: The Ruins

One of the classic plot devices in horror movies is isolation.  The protagonists (or victims, whatever you want to call them) are in a terrifying situation because they’re alone, with little or no chance of calling for or finding help.  Think “The Thing”.  Think “The Shining”.  Heck, even movies we’ve already talked about like “Vacancy”…

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ANOKS: The Ring & The Blair Witch Project

Note:  You can also see these installments and other science-fiction/horror/fantasy postings over on Sci-Fi Media, which Budd started a while ago and has invited a few other nerds (err — I mean enthusiasts) to contribute posts.  There’s a lot of good stuff building up there, so go check it out. This installment of A Nightmare…

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Book Review: “Kraken” by China Mieville

When I finished the audiobook of China Mieville’s new novel “Kraken”, the first thing that went through my mind was was that it’s not too often that you come to the end of a book and think “I’ve never quite read anything like that before” – and it’s wonderful to realize that authors can still…

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ANOKS: Vacancy

As my limited interest in the Wilson brothers goes, I am definitely a Luke over Owen fan.  Why?  Because even though Owen was pretty good in “Zoolander”, Luke was a central character in my favorite “X-Files” episode: Bad Blood. Anyway, that brings us to the next ANOKS feature: Vacancy (2007). Now, Vacancy sets up remarkably…

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Book Review: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin

The first “grown-up” book that I can remember reading was Stephen King’s “The Stand” – and maybe for that reason, I’ve always liked post-apocalyptic fiction.  And so I was pretty excited when The Beloved gave me a copy of the “The Passage” by Justin Cronin for my birthday. The premise is pretty close to “The…

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Book Review: “Drood” by Dan Simmons

When I picked up “Drood”, Dan Simmons’ novel at Costco a couple of months ago, I (literally) weighed the decision to whether to read the book or not. At 775 pp, this book is no small commitment.  The story is set up as a historical fiction intersection with horror and covers the last five years…

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