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Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, August 2018

Fairytales—this is a subject truly near and dear to my heart. Growing up, I devoured them. And not just those wonderfully dark Brothers Grimm classics which were sadly turned into great sickening sugar lumps during the Victorian era, only to be cannibalized and capitalized by Disney a century later. I sought out stories from around the globe, filling my bookshelves with them. When I entered college, it was in part the fairytale that made me pursue Anthropology and Archaeology as my major.

Travel Article - National Park Getaways

It was my maiden expedition from Michigan to New Mexico, visiting my parents, who were “snow-birding” in Alamogordo. I had never seen the southwestern United States and had always been a fan of eco-tourism. With all of its natural attractions, New Mexico seemed like a wonderful place to spend my seven days of spring vacation. Standing at the cluster of mailboxes at the end of my parents’ street, I could see a thin strip of white nestled at the foot of the San Andres Mountains.

Nightmare #70, July 2018

This issue of Nightmare Magazine includes two original short horror stories. I’ve had the pleasure of reading works in previous of this publication, and the editor certainly did not disappoint this time around. Both stories have a wonderful literary feel to them, each consisting of a psychological horror that creeps up on you over the course of the tale. An elderly gentleman left to die in a nursing home is terrorized by a cat said to predict the death of patients.

Black Static #63, May/June 2018

NOTE - This was part of a double review. Mine appears on the second half of the page, after the review by Gyanavani. This 63rd issue of Black Static is the first I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The stories within are so elegantly written, so beautifully styled that they’d give even the staunchest literary snob reason to pause. None of the tales in Black Static are what one might consider overtly horrific. Readers will not find copious amounts gore, violence, or bone-chewing monsters. The horror here creeps up on you slowly, a chill shadow flowing gracefully between each line.

Nightmare #69, June 2018

This issue of Nightmare Magazine includes two original short horror stories, the reviews of which are below. The stories the editors have chosen in this issue are incredibly written and ones that I’m certain horror lovers everywhere will enjoy, especially since the two stories are in a nice juxtaposition to one another. “Leviathan Sings to Me in the Deep,” for example, is slow and smooth as it sails ever deeper into the darker waters of the mind.

Book Review: Wild Stars 3 - Time Warmageddon

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the June 2018 issue of Cirsova Magazine. Being my first time reading Cirsova, I found myself absolutely in love with the stories they’d selected. Imagine my surprise (and glee!) then when they asked me to review an advance review copy of their upcoming science-fiction novella Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon, written by Michael Tierney. If you’ve never heard of Wild Stars, don’t worry because until that moment, I hadn’t either.

News: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Trailer Unveiled at E3 2018

Nothing, and I mean nothing, brings back memories for me like Tomb Raider. From the moment I first played Lara Croft in the game’s 1996 debut, I was hooked. It was even the reason I got my first degree in archaeology (in addition to a genuine love for ancient history and human culture, of course). This series is so near-and-dear to my heart that I legitimately screamed in absolute glee when I watched the unveiling of Square Enix’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer.

Movie Review: Darkness Reigns

So, let me ask you this.  If you had to pick a location, where would you want to film your horror movie?  In a crazy haunted location obviously, am I right?  Seriously, what could go wrong?  Well, watch Darkness Reigns, due to be released on July 10, 2018, and find out! On the surface, the film’s premise appears relatively straightforward: a film crew is on the set of their newest indie horror movie (a haunted hotel) and a malevolent force makes itself known.

News: HBO Announces Details for Game of Thrones Prequel

As fans of Game of Thrones may already know, the final season of the insanely popular series isn’t set to return to our television sets until 2019.  According The Verge, this intentional delay was meant to give HBO time to come up with a plan for what comes next. Trust me, they did not disappoint. The network recently announced that it has green-lit a pilot episode for one of the five spin-offs under consideration.  Said to be a prequel, the show will be written by Jane Goodman (Kingsman: The

News: Battle Royale Mode Coming to Battlefield V

There’s much ado about something over Swedish game developer DICE’s recent E3 2018 presentation!  Battlefield V is getting a battle royale mode!  It won’t be included at launch, which is set for October 19, but it is coming. According to Gamespot, the game’s creative director Lars Gustavsson stated that there’s a lot of support internally to add this particular feature.  He elaborates, explaining that many of DICE’s employees play battle royale games themselves so the introduction of this parti

Comic Review - Under: Scourge of the Sewer #1

Well, folks, it’s time to head down under and I don’t mean Australia. Today’s review is going to focus on Titan Comic’s new graphic novel Under: Scourge of the Sewer #1. Authored by Italian comic writer Stefano Raffaele and French comic designer Christophe Bec, Under #1 was released on December 13, 2017. So I have to admit, I expected something totally different. I don’t know why but for some reason, I pictured kobolds or something like that running amok under the streets of New York City. Inst

News: Is Diablo 4 in the Works at Blizzard?

Did you know that it’s been six years since Blizzard released Diablo III? Well, it has! In fact, it was released worldwide in May 2012, receiving mostly positive reviews from players and critics. Given its age, though, it might be hard to believe that it still has solid fan base but it does—myself being one of them. If you are, too, I have some exciting news: Diablo 4 appears to be on its way! Of course, I wouldn’t break into a happy dance just yet, though. There’s a reason I said it only “appe

Press Release - Epic RPG STAR OCEAN: Anamnesis Goes Mobile in July

Guess what, STAR OCEAN® fans? SQUARE ENIX® just announced the release of a mobile episode of the popular sci-fi fantasy series! The new episode is titled Anamnesis™ and will be available for download on both the App Store® and Google Play™ this July. Players can pre-register on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Play™ for special rewards that can be redeemed at launch. Those playing on Apple devices can also now register for the official Apple Testflight Closed Beta.

Press Release: Latest Expansion for Path of Exile Released

Traverse time to change Wraeclast’s history and reap its rewards Auckland, New Zealand – June 1st, 2018 – Grinding Gear Games announced today that the latest expansion to their hit ARPG, Path of Exile: Incursion, is available today on PC (with the Xbox One version out next week). In Path of Exile: Incursion players will journey over a thousand years into the past to the long-dead Vaal Empire to help explorer Alva Valai locate the lost temple of Atzoatl and the amazing treasures it holds. “Incu

Game Review: Juicy Realm

Juicy Realm.  What a cute name for an adorable game, right?  And this is definitely an adorable game.  I mean, I love dungeon crawls but I really didn’t know what I was in for when I started playing.  Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! Released earlier this month on May 3, 2018, Juicy Realm was developed by SpaceCan Games and published by X.D. Network Inc.  Personally, I think it’s well worth the $9.99 price tag on Steam but keep in mind that this is not a serious or deep game.  It’s tagged “casu
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