The Ballad of Black Tom (2016) – Victor LaValle

H.P. Lovecraft gets a fantastic spin in this novella by Victor LaValle. Lovecraft is hard to admit you like, because his stories of cosmic horror and old ones are so good, and have become such a cornerstone of horror fiction, but he was just so racist and that permeated all of his writing. The Ballad…

Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline (2009 – 2016)

Space… There was a lot of it between the end of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005 and the next Human Adventure. For the first time since 1987, there were no Star Trek series or films in production. It was strange for a number of fans, though a large percentage of them realised that it was…

Lovecraft Country (2016) -Matt Ruff

This week I dove into Matt Ruff’s brilliantly entertaining Lovecraft Country, which takes all the things you love about a good Lovecraft story; otherworldly horror, science fiction mixed with horror, and some other familiar horror tropes, the creepy doll, the haunted house, and deliver it without Lovecraft’s far too prominent racism. As much as I…

Shadows of the Dark Crystal (2016) – J.M. Lee

I remember being delighted the first time I saw The Dark Crystal in 1982, I even had a movie calendar from Burger King (for 1983) that had one of its months dedicated to the Jim Henson creation. The world (I didn’t know at the time that it was called Thra) appealed to me, and despite…

The Family Plot (2016) – Cherie Priest

Haunted house stories take a fine hand to craft and make them entertaining, believable, and scary. Cherie Priest accomplishes all of that with her superior horror novel, The Family Plot. Music City Salvage is barely staying afloat, and Charles Dutton the owner, risks everything to keep it afloat when he buys the Withrow house for…

TAD 2018: Prey (2016) – Dick Maas

Tonight at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto After Dark unleashes some claws and fangs with this film from the Netherlands, Prey. And Amsterdam had better watch out because a computer generated (and occasionally animatronic) lion is stalking the streets in this riff on man versus nature. When a massive lion wanders into town the bodies begin piling…

My Best Friend’s Exorcism (2016) – Grady Hendrix

Where do I even start with this book? I enjoyed this one so much. We were in the local Chapters, and I was immediately caught by the cover. It’s designed to look like a 1980s horror movie on VHS. And the story embraces everything you loved about the 80s – the shows, the music, the…

Reelies 2016 – Winners!

  Here it is, folks! The long-awaited announcement of the 2016 Reelie award winners! As you may have noticed during the voting rounds, we did things a little bit differently this year. For one thing, we focused only on Canadian television, rather than television and film. As well, there was only one round of voting…

REELIES 2016 – Favourite Actress in a Series

This is it!  The final category!  Some might even say that we’ve saved the best for last, so get your voting fingers ready and support your favourite actress(es) in a series today!  You can vote once per hour, all week long, and for as many nominees as you wish! Comment, share and most importantly,  VOTE! …

REELIES 2016 – Favourite Actor in a Series

Canadian TV is really coming into its own, especially in recent years, and as such, we have a powerhouse line-up of actors available to duke it out and be pronounced as your favourite!  There were so many possibilities, actually, that we had to narrow the list down a bit just to make it more manageable!…

Reelies 2016 – Favourite TV Series – Sci-Fi

Time to vote for your fave Canadian sci-fi TV series! You can vote for as many series as you like, and make sure to get your votes in once per hour, all week long!  Share the link to help your favourites get to the top! The nominees for Favourite TV Series – Sci-Fi are: