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At The Movies: Monster Mash

By Richard Paolinelli / May 19, 2018

We’ve talked about some of the specific monster movies and their origins here. The vampire and the lycan. We’ll look at the mummy, zombies and a few others soon. But I wanted to take a look at the movies that mixed up the creatures of urban fantasy lore and see which ones combined our favorite […]


Urban Fantasy Legends: Who Played The Wolfman Best?

By Richard Paolinelli / May 18, 2018

Recently we’ve examined the lycans in literature and cinema. There really is just one last, but most important, question to ask: Who portrayed the Wolfman the best? Lon Chaney Jr. started things off in 1941 original, Oliver Reed’s first role as the lead actor followed two decades later and Benicio Del Toro’s turn in 2010 was […]


Harry Potter Gets Hairy

By Stanley Gray / May 17, 2018

One debate I’ve encountered with increasing frequency lately strikes at the very definition of urban fantasy. I find it healthy to engage in such discussions. As with most things, literature evolves over time. Genres and sub-genres also shed vestigial organs as they adapt to the dynamic world around them. If the nature of reality is […]


Book Review: Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

By Jemma Jablowski / May 16, 2018

I recently re-read The Warrior Heir by Cinda Willimas Chima, for the third time I believe. One of my favorite things about this book and this series is the re-readability. The first time I re-read it, the only thing I remembered about the book was that I had enjoyed it. And it’s not that the […]


Movie Review: Hellboy

By Stanley Gray / May 15, 2018

In Hellboy, Nazis try to open a gateway to a paranormal reality in an effort to beat the allies. However, they fail. In the end, they only succeed in creating an infant demon who is subsequently rescued by the allies. This demon is named Hellboy. He becomes the protagonist of this fun movie. A 2004 […]


Movie Review: The Curse Of The Werewolf

By Richard Paolinelli / May 14, 2018

Hammer Films cranked out a host of ghoulishly wonderful features sure to satisfy in full Technicolor horror. In 1961, Hammer released Curse of the Werewolf starring Oliver Reed and it was surprisingly good. In the film, Reed plays a tormented young man, his birth the result of his mother being raped. This, and his birth falling […]


Book Review: Monster Hunter Memoirs – Sinners & Saints

By Daniel Humphreys / May 13, 2018

  Russ reviewed the first book in this side-trilogy to Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International series here. (I purposely avoid the word ‘prequel’ because these are not only actually good, they expand the existing universe in a worthy fashion. Come at me, Star Wars fans.) It’s fitting to view these as one big novel rather […]


Movie Review: Wolf (1994)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 12, 2018

In 1994 the film Wolf hit the theaters to mixed reviews. For those expecting to see a standard blood and gore fest, they were disappointed. What Wolf was instead was less a man battling against an inner monster. Instead, it was a man watching everything in his life slipping away – his career, his wife […]


Movie Review: The Wolfman (The 2010 remake)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 11, 2018

Seventy years after originally launching the werewolf franchise, Universal Studios released a remake of the 1941 classic, The Wolfman. The major characters were still there. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro – who is definitely not Antonio Banderas), Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) and Gwen Conliffe (Emily Brunt). But there are some new characters introduced that make […]


Movie Review: The Wolfman (1941)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 10, 2018

As mentioned here earlier, Hollywood has embraced the legend of the Wolfman for over eight decades. Starting with Universal’s 1935 film, Werewolf of London, rarely has a decade passed without a lycan showing up in a film. While the 1935 debut of the lycans of urban fantasy was less than stellar, six years later Universal got it […]