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Cthulhu Detective: A C.J. Henderson Tribute Anthology (ebook review).

April 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cthulhu Detective: A C.J. Henderson Tribute Anthology (ebook review).

Lovecraft stories employing the Cthulhu Mythos have grown in number over the years and most readers will be familiar with this genre but there is a certain niche hiding within it which is perhaps a little less familiar. That niche is the Cthulhu Detective, basically described by the name itself and one proponent of this […]

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Motivational Growth (2013) (DVD film review).

April 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Motivational Growth (2013) (DVD film review).

I have reviewed some weird films in my 15 years with SFCrowsnest but ‘Motivational Growth’, directed by Don Thacker and starring Jeffrey Combs, has just got to be one of the weirdest of them all. It’s all about a guy who has conversations with an old television and mould growing on the bathroom wall. Strange […]

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Mark Of The Devil (1970) (Blu-ray review).

April 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mark Of The Devil (1970) (Blu-ray review).

Probably one of the most horrific films ever made, ‘Mark Of The Devil’ now appears uncut on Blu-ray for the first time. Set in Austria in the early 18th century, it is based on the activities of the witchfinders and it is essentially 90 minutes of sadistic, brutal torture. There are no niceties in this […]

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Memory Lane (DVD review).

March 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Memory Lane (DVD review).

‘Memory Lane’ is a low-budget movie reputedly made for $300 and it shows. There are moments when sound and picture quality is just plain bad and the acting, while good in parts, is not of Oscar quality. At 70 minutes duration, it’s rather brief and, even though it’s padded out with a few extras, the […]

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Uncanny Magazine # 3 March/April 2015 (emag review).

March 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine # 3 March/April 2015 (emag review).

Maybe a slight hint of panic in the editorial of ‘Uncanny Magazine’ regarding future funding but otherwise this new magazine seems to be going along quite well. With the third issue, ‘Uncanny’ has probably established its own identity and there are no problems in attracting submissions, so much so that they have been closed until […]

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Pictures Of Inspiration: Stellar Radiance by David A Hardy: by Rod MacDonald (article).

March 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Pictures Of Inspiration: Stellar Radiance by David A Hardy: by Rod MacDonald (article).

Uncle Geoff’s favourite Science Fiction photograph is of Thunderbird 2 landing at London airport. http://sfcrowsnest.info/my-favourite-photograph-thunderbird-2-landing-at-london-airport-hopefully-one-of-a-series-by-gf-willmetts-article/  I could nominate several photographs but what comes to mind for me is a painting called ‘Stellar Radiance’ by the artist, David A Hardy, which I saw in an art shop situated in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh some 45 years […]

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Back To 1942 (2012) (Blu-ray film review).

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Back To 1942 (2012) (Blu-ray film review).

Here we have ‘Back To 1942’, a war movie, so why is it being discussed on a Science Fiction website? Well, it contains scenes comprehensible in nature to anyone from the West where millions of people suffering starvation, drought, warfare and maladministration struggled for survival. Yet it happened in 1942 in China and the enforced […]

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In The House Of Flies (2012) (DVD film review).

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
In The House Of Flies (2012) (DVD film review).

If you’ve seen ‘Saw’ and its derivatives, you may be going to familiar territory when watching ‘In The House Of Flies’ and, frankly, the action does seesaw a little in its up-and-down moments of tension. It begins with a young couple, romantically entwined and carefree in the pinnacle of their youth in 1988. Yes, it’s […]

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The Thief Of Bagdad (1940) (Blu-ray film review).

January 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Thief Of Bagdad (1940) (Blu-ray film review).

Made in 1940, ‘The Thief Of Bagdad’ production had to switch from England to California because of the war and at that time computers were really non-existent. Valves ruled the day and even Bletchley Park’s Colossus, the Enigma breaking device, was partly mechanical so how was this magnificent film produced by the legendary Alexander Korda […]

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Uncanny Magazine # 2 January/February 2015 (emag review).

January 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine # 2 January/February 2015 (emag review).

The second issue of the new speculative fiction magazine, ‘Uncanny Magazine’, is with us and, by all accounts, it’s a rather good read. It has got off the mark running and let’s hope it keeps up the good pace. You can read some of the content online but is also available if you purchase the […]

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