These days, it’s not unusual for movies, books and TV to reimagine the vampire myth into scientific or sci-fi terms. Marvel did it with Morbius, the “living vampire,” who was not an undead and cursed creature but a scientist whose experiments mutated him into a vampire-like creature. Dark Shadows occasionally delved into the idea that vampirism is a supernatural condition but can be countered with scientific resources and methods. The TV show Forever Knight had a medical examiner explain vampirism as a virus that was fed by continued blood ingestion, whereas sunbathing treatments, prohibition of blood drinking, and eating a diet more in line with what a human being would eat, would all weaken the symptoms and allow the person to become more human over time. Some stories have likened it to an STD or a Rabies-like disease. But the idea of looking at vampires through a medical lens truly started with the 1954 book I am Legend by Richard Matheson. More →
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This article doesn’t spoilers for the novel or TV show American Gods, other than the fact that these are characters you will meet. You already know that if you watch two of the commercials or have seen the many, many posters that have been posted for months and names each of the characters. This article won’t give away what these characters actually do in the story of either the novel by Neil Gaiman or the TV show, and we won’t be talking about the “new gods” such as Media and Technical Boy, etc. If you know the story, here’s some fun background on where these old god and mythical characters originally came from. If you don’t, here’s a primer on some mythology! Neat, right? More →
During the 1970s, Charles Saunders wrote a series of stories featuring a warrior in a fictional land called Nyumbani that is not unlike Africa, a place where magic is very real. The hero, Imaro, was described by some as “a black Tarzan,” though noticeably lacking of the “great white hope” or “white savior” tropes that can be found in the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and possessing a somewhat more relatable upbringing. Imaro’s stories were collected in 1981 in the book Imaro, which was recently republished in 2006 and now has an audio book narrated by Mirron Willis that be found on Audible.com as well! More →
Sometimes you don’t want a vampire who longs for love and romance. Sometimes you don’t want a vampire who tries to find a normal life. Sometimes you want a story where a vampire knows exactly who they are and is ready to kill… as long as it’s the right target. And maybe that same vampire is also as secret weapon answerable to the White House.
In 2010, author Christopher Farnsworth published Blood Oath, the first of what became the Nathaniel Cade book series, also known as the President’s Vampire book series. The book wastes no time setting you up for the premise or building to a slow reveal that – shocker! – this is a world where the supernatural exists. You knew that when you bought the book and Farnsworth understands that. We immediately jump into a black ops battle where an American operative is shocked to realize that he’s facing actual werewolves and that the man at his side is a real life vampire. More →
Lords of the Sith, written by Paul S. Kemp, is part of the new wave of official, canon Star Wars media. This story begins a few years after the end of the Clone Wars and focuses on the relationship between Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. More →
With Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll gave us a strange, contradictory, and child-like world that continues to parallel our own bizarre, contradictory and often childish world of real life. The stories have been adapted and reinterpreted many times, but few do it in such a personal way as Kiri Callaghan. In her book Alys (appropriate for ages 13 and older), readers learn about Terra Mirum (Latin for “Wonder Land”), a place that mortals only visit in dreams. Unless you are a special Dreamer, one who keeps a connection there even after waking up from sleep. More →
You know George Takei (and by the way, it’s pronounced “tah-kay” not “tah-kai”) from Heroes, Star Trek, Mulan, The Simpsons, many other shows, and his role as an Asian-American and LGBT activist. He’s an interesting person with a life full of adventure and tragedy, and now we’re going to experience it in graphic novel form published by IDW!
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Takei said: “When the opportunity to tell my story in the form of a graphic novel presented itself, I recognized the value in making it easily accessible for our youth to discover and digest the material, bringing attention to an important and relevant issue, while preserving it for generations to come… We live in uncertain times, and if stories such as mine can inspire us to do better and encourage positive change, I want to share it with as many people as possible, no matter who they are, or where they come from.”
The as-yet-untitled graphic novel will involve creators Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott. Publishing is scheduled for 2018.
Comic books are a medium, not a genre. They aren’t obligated to feature superheroes or vigilantes, and some of the best comics and graphic novels have no supernatural or science fiction elements at all. Lucy Knisley’s Age of License is a lovely example of this, a graphic travelogue by an award-winning cartoonist. More →
For nearly twenty years now, Big Finish has produced hundreds of great audio plays. Many are part of the Doctor Who universe, featuring classic Doctors in new stories and related characters striking off into their own series of adventures. Some have tied into other properties such as Dark Shadows, Blake’s 7, The Prisoner and Sapphire & Steel. But sometimes Big Finish does an original series of their own, such as one that recently came to an end after several successful years: The Confessions of Dorian Gray. More →
Forget the lackluster 2008 movie adaptation full of ninjas and plot twists that were only there for the sake of twists. The original novel Jumper by Steven Gould is a much more straightforward and grounded story, one that remains topical in some ways despite being published in 1992. More →