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Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Sybil Pandemic
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
The Movie Skewer
Hosted by: Team Agony Booth
From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack
Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
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Fear by L. Ron Hubbard
Fear by L. Ron Hubbard

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You know, L. Ron Hubbard’s gotten a bad rap. Not necessarily his work for the Church of Scientology (which people are going to have their own opinion about, anyway), but his life before Dianetics. You see it time and again in every internet bio of him that he was just some “obscure science-fiction author” who just happened to stumble onto the biggest money making concern since sliced bread. Putting everything else aside, that’s simply not true. Not only was he one of the founding fathers of modern sci-fi, but that wasn’t even what he was famous for.

During the thirties and forties Hubbard was a well-known adventure fiction writer, with stories in just about every pulp magazine of note. He was so in demand he eventually created up to 15 separate pen names just so readers wouldn’t think they were being gypped with an all-Hubbard issue, which happened at least once. He easily moved across genres, from westerns to spy stories to, yes, groundbreaking science fiction. And, in 1940, he turned to horror, and produced what would be, until Battlefield Earth, his most famous novel.

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Fear is a book that you might say is “made of tropes”. Many of the now standard horror gimmicks were introduced here, or at least popularized. Love the way Stephen King’s protagonists try to explain away supernatural phenomena with pop psychology? Fear was there first, with side effects of malaria. Ever watch Pan’s Labyrinth and find yourself intrigued, not just by the hellish Wonderland that Ofelia enters, but how she snaps back to reality at the worst possible times? She and Professor Lowry will have much to discuss. Feel for Coraline when she learned everything was just an illusion for her benefit? Fear. A nightmarish place where everyone’s the same person? Check. Infernal forces just randomly deciding to fuck with you for the hell of it? Check. A slow-burning shift from a mundane setting to a fantastic nightmare? External forces tormenting you with cryptic messages and tasks? Being haunted by random heavy-handed symbolism? Everyone you know and love turned into Stepford-ized versions of themselves? The revelation that a significant chunk of the story has been the fever dream of an axe wielding psychopath? Check, check, check, check and double check.

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Sure, these ideas may have been used before, but not in a horror story, and certainly not all at once.

Fear tells the story of James Lowry, an ethnologist who loves his job a lot, except for the part about primitive peoples not conforming with modern, Christian views of the world. So, when he writes an article for the local paper about how ancient pagans were crazy (Slowest. News cycle. Ever.), the otherworldly beasties say, “Well, we’ll show him.”

Or do they?

The little devils render him unconscious for a few hours, and to add insult to injury, steal his hat. He eventually comes around and receives a message, saying that if he finds his hat, he’ll learn what happened while he was out, but if he learns that, they’ll kill him. Then they presumably said, “Sleep tight, asshole,” and high-fived.

Then things get a little wonky. Among other things, Lowry gets trapped on a never-ending stairway to Hell, sent on an attempted burglary by the ghost of some corpse he dug up once, made to witness the funeral scene from The Hearse, and learns that his best friend, and possibly his wife, are basically the aliens from V. Also, just about everyone keeps pestering him to just buy a new hat, already.

Oh, and there’s also a chance that the demons are just making Lowry imagine all this and something much worse is going on in the background.

Stylistically, this is vintage Hubbard at his finest. Before he left genre fiction in the ‘50s, his writing was remarkable for being able to get across complex ideas and massive amounts of technical information in plain English, using as few words as possible. Sure, it suffers from the one quirk Hubbard couldn’t get rid of: the beginning spends far too long setting the scene, but once the story kicks in, it grabs you by the neck and never lets go. This is definitely a one-sit read.

And some parts of it are kinda hokey, but the early ‘40s were a corny time to be alive. Just be glad it wasn’t written in the ‘20s, then we’d have to listen to guys in foxtail coats trying to fight off evil with 23 skidoo or something. Shudder.

Fear is currently available in a double-feature edition with Hubbard’s other masterpiece from this era, Typewriter In The Sky.


Be sure to check out Michael’s new novel, Kingdom Rattus, now available from many fine internet retailers.

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