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Dark ages: assamite Review and Opinion

2019/07/01

Dark Ages: Assamite
Stefan Petrucha
White Wolf paperback $6.99

review by Sue Reider

Stefan Petrucha has created a panoramic world of vampiric possession during the Crusades. The crusaders have overrun Constantinople and are poised to continue their forays. Sir Hugh of Clairvaux, a Templar knight who is also a vampire, is leading the Christian

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Light ages Review and Opinion

2018/10/02

The Light Ages
Ian R. MacLeod
Pocket paperback £6.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Robbie Burrows grows up in a small Yorkshire pit-town, a pit-town with a difference. It isn't coal that they dig out of the ground it is Aether. A fluid, weightless, mystical substance, Aether (and the spells that control it) makes steel stronger, edges sharper, machines better

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Chroicles of riddick: dark fury Review and Opinion

2017/07/10

Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Director: Peter Chung

review by Debbie Moon

After the events of science fictional horror Pitch Black, escaped convict Riddick is on the run with a slightly bewildered holy man and a girl called Jack. When a massive ship picks them up, Riddick suspects

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Speed of dark Review and Opinion

2018/03/26

Speed Of Dark
Elizabeth Moon
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Speed Of Dark is the story of Lou Arrendale, an autistic born early in the 21st century. It could have become a heavy, difficult meditation on the difficulties of being disabled but it is a joy to read and an excellent example of character-led science fiction.
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Dark heavens Review and Opinion

2019/02/27

Dark Heavens
Roger Levy
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

This sequel to Reckless Sleep gets off to a cracking start with a disturbing scene of clinical, yet nonetheless horrific, loss of life. It's shocking because the apparent slaughter of so many innocents is not a crime, the British government condones it. London detective Cy Auger

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Perfect dark: initial vector by greg rucka Review and Opinion

2015/08/23

Perfect Dark: Initial Vector
Greg Rucka
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Renowned for his bleak crime novels and the superb comic series Queen And Country, Greg Rucka appeared to be an unusual choice to write this series of tie in novels for the Perfect Dark series of computer games. Whilst the games cover the sort of action

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Dark water Review and Opinion

2019/03/30

Dark Water (2002)
Director: Hideo Nakata

review by Tom Matic

The latest supernatural thriller from Hideo Nakata director of the Ring trilogy, Dark Water (aka: Honogurai mizu no soko kara) had a particular resonance for me. I watched it not long after I moved into a new flat, and got

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Dark duets: musical mayhem Review and Opinion

2016/02/21

Dark Duets: Musical Mayhem
Michael McCarty and others
Wildside paperback $15

review by Debbie Moon

This volume is a collection of 15 collaborations between Michael McCarty and various other American horror writers, almost every story a new pairing of creative minds. Despite kicking off in fine style (alongside Mark McLaughlin) with Sex, Drugs &

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Dark tales of time and space by sean wright Review and Opinion

2016/02/19

Dark Tales Of Time And Space
Sean Wright
Crowswing paperback £5.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Joey Steffano has it all. A multi-millionaire, teen rap star and darling of the media, Joey is Eminem in a smaller package. Joey is also dead, which is where his journey really starts. Killed on stage, he wakes up in a train rattling through the countryside

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Dark angel season two Review and Opinion

2019/04/04

Dark Angel: Season Two (2001-03)
Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee

review by Steven Hampton

This SF TV show is about mutants. Not the (supra)naturally occurring next step in human evolution as mutants are depicted in movies like X-Men and its sequel

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Dark light by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2019/04/02

Dark Light
Ken MacLeod
Tor hardcover $25.95 / Orbit £16.99

review by Jeremy Smith

British science fiction has always stood apart from the American brand. Writing as the sun set on their empire, the earliest masters of the scientific romance and the dreadful warning - men like H.G. Wells, Olaf Stapleton, and Aldous Huxley - published novels of philosophical

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Dark, 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/07/11

The Dark (2005)
Director: John Fawcett

review by Paul Higson

Box office takings are not attendance figures. The numbers of bums on seats are never announced only the amount of spondula sterling spent putting them there. Today the actual figures are more widely off the mark than that. Cinemas like the AMC and the Filmworks (now The Odeon) in Manchester

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Dark knight Review and Opinion

2017/07/09

The Dark Knight (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan

review by Roger Keen

Of all the villains pitted against any superhero, the Joker has always been the most charismatic, embodying in the yin and the yang of his hybrid personality that most singular of nightmare bogeyman archetypes - the scary clown. Now in his third celluloid incarnation, this much-heralded

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Dark angel season one Review and Opinion

2019/04/05

Dark Angel (2000-1)
Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee

review by Debbie Moon

The near future: a secret military base is at full alert, as maverick officer Lydecker attempts to prevent the escape of his latest genetic experiments. Enhanced humans called X5s, both bred and trained to be the ultimate soldier. And they're all tiny children.

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Dark sun rises by brian aldiss Review and Opinion

2019/03/31

The Dark Sun Rises
Brian Aldiss
Avernus Media chapbook £5.99

review by Steve Sneyd

As with his myriad novels, Brian Aldiss' poetry spans genre and non-genre modes, versatility well reflected in this latest of his poetry collections. So, before a closer look at some of the genre work here, some

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Relic hunter Review and Opinion

2018/05/31

Relic Hunter (1999)

review by Michael Lohr

Relic Hunter is now going into its third season of production. It is an entertaining show that will no doubt see quick syndication on the Sci-Fi channel, once its ceases regular production. Tia Carrere and cast do an excellent job in a genre that is unfortunately used to poor acting quality. The show's special

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Dracula II Review and Opinion

2017/06/04

Dracula II: Ascension (2003)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

Dracula II: Ascension reminded me a lot of my cousin Mike. Although he has some good genes, something along the way went bad and now you secretly hope you don't see him at family dinners. Dracula II: Ascension has good parenting (Wes Craven) and good ideas

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Space odyssey, voyage to the planets Review and Opinion

2016/08/17

Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets (2004)
Writer and director: Joe Ahearne

review by Patrick Hudson

When I was a kid, spaceships and space travel fascinated me. I was a little too young to pay attention to the moon landing, but I remember the Soyuz-Apollo link up in 1975, the Viking Mars landing in 1976 and the first space shuttle launch in 1981 very

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Bridge to terabithia Review and Opinion

2016/07/14

Bridge To Terabithia (2006)
Director: Gabor Csupo

review by Barbara Davies

Life is hard for country boy Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson). At school he's the target of bullies, and his home life isn't a walk in the park. Jess' parents are stressed out just trying to put food on the table, and with four sisters he often feels left out. Drawing is his one

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Underworld Review and Opinion

2018/01/15

Underworld (2003)
Director: Len Wiseman

review by Michael Lohr

Vampires and werewolves are sworn enemies and a war has been raging for centuries. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a death dealer, assigned to hunt down and eradicate the last of the Lycan. Things change. Selene, who's famous for her unyielding strength, relentless drive and werewolf-hunting

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Little endless storybook Review and Opinion

2016/01/21

The Little Endless Storybook
Jill Thompson
Vertigo / DC hardcover $9.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jill Thompson, acclaimed illustrator and creator of the beloved Scary Godmother series of books and comics, also contributed her artistic talents, along with the best in the business, to the seminal and classic Sandman comics series conceived

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Beneath the ground Review and Opinion

2019/06/14

Beneath The Ground
edited by Joel Lane
Alchemy paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

Man has always feared the dark places under the earth, in myth, they are the gates to other worlds, worlds of monsters and gods and the dead. In the modern world, they are curiosities, heritage sites, challenges, and the secret places of children or dangerous loners

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Supernatural tales 11 Review and Opinion

2015/06/06

Supernatural Tales #11
editor: David Longhorn
291 Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, NE8 4NN
£7.50 / $15

review by Mario Guslandi

Turned into an annual anthology for the last two years, Supernatural Tales reverts back to its original fortmat, that of a magazine featuring both fiction and non-fiction dealing with the horrific and the supernatural

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Day the earth stood still, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/05/31

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Director: Scott Derrickson

review by Mike Philbin

Based on the classic 1951 film about mysterious humanoid alien Klaatu who comes to visit earth to deliver some very bad news, his enormous robot buddy Gort by his side...

It's probably easy to say this remake is as worthy as the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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Dog soldiers Review and Opinion

2019/03/11

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Director: Neil Marshall

review by Michael Lohr

This is a very entertaining, realistic horror movie about werewolves, the best one since John Landis' An American Werewolf in London. This movie marks a much-needed return to the traditional horror movie genre. Written and directed by Neil Marshall and co-produced by Christopher

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Cowl by Neal Asher Review and Opinion

2019/04/18

Cowl
Neal Asher
Tor hardcover £17.99

review by Christopher Geary

Polly is a young junkie and whore caught up in assassination and industrial espionage. Tack is a U-Gov hitman programmed to murder without hesitation or remorse. They are among thousands of innocent, and initially helpless, victims

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Shelter by l h maynard, m p n sims Review and Opinion

2015/07/10

Shelter
L.H. Maynard and M.P.N. Sims
Leisure paperback £5.99 / $6.95

review by Mario Guslandi

Ranked among the finest writers (and rightly so) of dark short fiction in the indie press world Len Maynard and Mick Sims make their debut in the mass market with their first published novel. The fact itself is a remarkable event: very few authors manage to

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Millennium actress Review and Opinion

2016/12/14

Millennium Actress (2001)
Director: Satoshi Kon

review by Amy Harlib

A must-see for anime fans and anyone interested in sophisticated animation that's lots more than kiddie-stuff, is the sophomore effort (after the well-received Perfect Blue, 1997) - Millennium Actress (aka: Sennen Joyu) by director and co-writer Satoshi Kon, and

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Ghost ship Review and Opinion

2018/12/17

Ghost Ship (2002)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Gary Couzens

In the early 1960s, the passengers on board the glamorous cruise liner Antonio Graza die a gruesome death by means of a steel cable. In the present day, a salvage crew led by Captain Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and owner/crewmember Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies) are approached by a young man

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Wind in the stone by andre norton Review and Opinion

2015/05/03

Wind In The Stone
Andre Norton
Eos / HarperCollins paperback $6.50

review by Amy Harlib

The grand dame of fantastic fiction, prolific for over 60 years, losing none of her 'chops' right up until her just recent, much-lamented passing, produced not long ago, another excellent fantasy novel I particularly liked - an imaginative variation on one of her

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Frank book by jim woodring Review and Opinion

2019/01/03

The Frank Book
Jim Woodring
Fantagraphic hardcover $39.95

review by Amy Harlib

I am very excited to share information about and my opinions of The Frank Book a showcase for the astonishing work of Jim Woodring, an award-winning American cartoonist (with animation experience). Here he gets all the adventures of one of his well-known and most

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Dan dare, singing scourge Review and Opinion

2016/02/22

Dan Dare - Pilot Of The Future volume 6: The Singing Scourge
David Motton and Keith Watson
D.S. Publications (phone: +44 01793-521219) £35.75

review by Andrew Darlington

"The armoured centipedes stamped across the Volkian plain, the terrifying Scourge whined from the city walls... the air screamed as radiation bombarded its tortured molecules, dust

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