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Stephen King Funko and the Cutie-fication of Horror

I’m just finishing up reading my copy of Stephen King’s early short story collection, Night Shift , which has some really good stories in it with plenty of scares. I’m not a huge fan of King’s work although I will read it and so do like some of it. So, I am a fan of a sort. But some interesting news about him has been going on for the past few months. The latest of this is that Funko, the manufacturer of bobble head-style vinyl figures called Pops, will be coming out with a figure of the author. Although Funko has made Pop figures of numerous classic horror monsters as well as modern ones, Stephen King will be only the second horror author they have made a vinyl figure of. Funko will offer two different versions of the Stephen King figure: 1) his everyday look version, which is his look of today only with the dark colour returned to his slicked-back hair; and 2) the Barnes and Noble exclusive red-headed version. What? Since when was Stephen King a red head? Since they

Book-To-Movie: ‘John Carter’; Bonus Movie Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’

It’s the third weekend of the month and so it’s time for another Book-To-Movie review! [link] In a Book-To-Movie we review a work of prose fiction and its movie adaptation. This month’s Book-To-Movie is a review of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars and the Disney movie adaptation. And as I said I would in the previous blog post , I also have a mini movie review for you of Doctor Sleep , the new movie based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name! Book-To-Movie: ‘A Princess of Mars’/’John Carter’ Credit: Wikimedia Commons Warning: Potential spoilers. Even though it didn’t become the pop cultural icon that his Tarzan character did, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter series of books has influenced several of the best-known science fiction writers of all time, including Ray Bradbury . The first of this 11-book series, A Princess of Mars , was published in 1912 as a serial under the title of “The Moon of Mars” in All-Story Magazine . It was one of the ear

Game for My Novella; Horror Comic Review; Lightning News Flashes

Credit: Halloween’s come and gone again, but the horror and fun haven’t ended. Now we’re in the month of NaNoWriMo in which I’ve been working on my novella for. Also, there’s upcoming horror films and comics. That said, in this post I have a comic book review for you and Lightning News Flashes   covering a sci fi horror movie and the state of science fiction short stories. Working on My Novella for NaNoWriMo  For NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I’ve been revising my sci fi horror novella that I wrote during the NaNoWriMo of a few years back. I kind of put it on hiatus back in October to concentrate on promoting the print edition of “The Boo Brothers”, now available at Amazon , and the Halloween book sale  which I hope you had a chance to check out before it ended. So now it’s back to revising the novella, which so far I’ve titled Invasion of the Avatars . I just finished writing out the details of the game for Avatars . No, there’s not going

Generic Verb Vs. Brand Verb

It’s time for another Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) post! Every first Wednesday of the month we writers bring our writing challenges and problems out into the open to share with each other and try to come up with solutions. The IWSG question of the month is "What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?" Before I answer that question, I'm going to make a change in the wording of it but the meaning will be essentially the same. So, to rephrase the question: What's the strangest thing you've ever discovered in researching a story on the Internet? The reason I rephrased the question was because I try not use brand names for verbs like I try not to use them as nouns to refer to a general product. For example, Google is a brand of a search engine, it is not all search engines or just any search engine. This proper noun of a brand name has been casually used as a verb that means to do an internet search. It's simil

Free Sci Fi Horror Tale for Day of the Dead!

Credit: I hope you all had a groovy Halloween! I did. But now I'd like to wish you all a Happy Day of the Dead! So did you think all the spirits and dead things end with with October? Well, think again! Day of the Dead, a holiday originating in Mexico and with both indigenous and European roots is celebrated for our deceased loved ones on this day and throughout the month of November. Like the Irish brought their Halloween with them here to the U.S., Day of the Dead came with the Mexican culture in this country. To find out more about this hallowday and its similarities to as well as differences from Halloween, see last week's special Halloween post ! I have a segment on there from an even earlier blog post that talks about these two festivals. As a Dead Day gift to all of you, I'd like to present a free copy here at the Fantastic Site of my short sci fi horror story that commemorates the hallowday. I apologise for any formatting that may be off course. F