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The Last Dangerous Visions: JMS Prepares Lost Harlan Ellison Book

The Last Dangerous Visions: JMS Prepares "Lost" Harlan Ellison Book

Screenwriter, novelist, and comics creator Joe Michael Straczynski announced on his Patreon that he is preparing the late Harlan Ellison's anthology The Last Dangerous Visions for publication in Spring 2021. JMS is the executor of Harlan and Susan Ellison's literary estate, and part of that job is to prepare Ellison's work for republication and keep […]

Giveaway: Multiple Dungeons &#038 Dragons Books From Ten Speed Press

Giveaway: Multiple Dungeons & Dragons Books From Ten Speed Press

Would you like to win a pack of Dungeons & Dragons books from Ten Speed Press? All you need is a Twitter account to do so. We've teamed up with the publisher to give out a small collection of books that have recently been released, which includes the Young Adventurer's Collection box set, the latest […]

Interview: Funhaus Elyse Willems Talks About Her First Novel

Interview: Funhaus' Elyse Willems Talks About Her First Novel

Elyse Willems has been having a pretty awesome online career, being a member of Funhaus, and contributing to multiple Rooster Teeth projects. But recently she took up a new endeavor as a writer, penning a brand new novel called A Night In Halloween House. The book harkens back to an era when you'd buy an […]

Star Wars: George Lucas Planned Similar Fate for Luke in Episode VIII

Star Wars: George Lucas Planned Similar Fate for Luke in Episode VIII

For those for a happier ending for the original protagonist of the Star Wars franchise in Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) had creator George Lucas had his way, you'd be sadly mistaken. In Episode VIII, which in the current Disney/Lucasfilm canon is The Last Jedi (2017), the Jedi master astral projected himself at the end of […]

Gallery Books Announces Halo: Shadows Of Reach Novel

Gallery Books Announces Halo: Shadows Of Reach Novel

Gallery Books announced this week they have a new Halo novel on the way in time for the new game as they're releasing Halo: Shadows Of Reach. This is an all-new story from author Troy Denning, featuring Master Chief in a standalone adventure. The story itself is set 33 years after the events of Halo: […]

Humble Book Bundle Offers Up World Of Warcrafts Legends Library

Humble Book Bundle Offers Up World Of Warcraft's Legends Library

Right now you have a really awesome chance to score the World Of Warcraft's Legends Library through Humble Book Bundle for charity. Blizzard has partnered up with the organization to offer up what is essentially a treasure trove of lore across multiple decades of the franchise for pennies in comparison to what they're actually worth. […]

Canterbury Classics To Publish World Of Warcraft Illustrated Novels

Canterbury Classics To Publish World Of Warcraft Illustrated Novels

Canterbury Classics will be releasing a new set of illustrated novels from the canon of World Of Warcraft this month. The game by itself has a ton of lore that can be explored and has a deep-seated fanbase when it comes to novels. But this one is a unique experience as you're getting a full […]

D&#038D Partners With Humble Bundle To Benefit Extra Life

D&D Partners With Humble Bundle To Benefit Extra Life

Wizards of the Coast has partnered up with Humble Bundle for a special D&D R. A. Salvatore bundle to help benefit Extra Life. Running until October 14th, the two parties are selling multiple books related to Dungeons & Dragons by the New York Times–bestselling author and add-ons for the Neverwinter PC game. You can choose […]

Writers Actors Musicians Speak Out Against #RIPJKRowling Hashtag

Writers, Actors, Musicians, Speak Out Against #RIPJKRowling Hashtag

What does the #RIPJKRowling hashtag signify? Well, JK Rowling has been continuing to hitting the headlines of late for more of the things JK Rowling has been hitting headlines for of late. Initially having earlier transphobic retweets dubbed as middle-aged moments, in May she accidentally cut and pasted a news report over a legal case […]

JH Moncrieff Cruise Ship Killers &#038 the Need for Empathy in True Crime

JH Moncrieff, Cruise Ship Killers & the Need for Empathy in True Crime

This episode Jason is joined by Castle of Horror castmate Julia Guzman to chat with JH Moncrieff, whose book City of Ghosts won the 2018 Kindle Book Review Award for Best Horror/Suspense. She won Harlequin's international search for "the next Gillian Flynn"  and her horror book  Monsters in Our Wake was a TOP Amazon horror […]

Set My Heart to Five: Funny Tragic and Edgar Wrights Next Joint

Set My Heart to Five: Funny, Tragic and Edgar Wright's Next Joint

This episode Jason chats with Simon Stephenson, whose book Set My Heart to Five debuts from HarperCollins this September. Set My Heart to Five is on tap for adaptation by Edgar Wright, the director behind Baby Driver and the upcoming Last Night in Soho (set for an April 2021 release). Set My Heart to Five is set in the year 2054, and follows […]

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomass Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomas's Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Jason chats with Elisabeth Thomas, whose debut novel Catherine House from HarperCollins was called "spellbinding" by Publishers Weekly… it's a sort of contemporary gothic about a young woman, Ines, who is invited to attend a very selective school, the titular Catherine House. The school cuts Ines her off from the outside world but promises access […]

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

This episode we're talking to Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon, authors of the new science fiction book Devastation Class from HarperCollins/Blink. Zipper is known for creating the wildly popular Netflix series Dogs and producing such films as the Academy Award ® winning Undefeated and the critically acclaimed Showbiz Kids directed by Alex Winter (Bill & […]

Why On Earth Was The Worlds Strongest Man Held In Chengdu China

Why On Earth Was The World's Strongest Man Held In Chengdu, China?

Chris Fenton was president of the China-based DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group, General Manager of DMG North America (owners of Valiant Comics), and Senior Advisor to IDW Media Holdings. He has now written a book, Feeding The Dragon, looking at his career, getting American movies into Chinese markets, notably Looper and Iron Man 3. I recently read it, and it made for quite the […]

Reminiscence &#8211 How Derren Brown Does Pretty Much Everything

Reminiscence – How Derren Brown Does Pretty Much Everything

Derren Brown is a stage magician who dresses some of his work up in terms of mind-reading or neuro-linguistic programming. He sets himself up as a modern Sherlock Holmes, able to perform extraordinary deductions, feats of mental gymnastics and control over his environment. But at some point in the show he will always state that […]

We Review Dungeons &#038 Dragons: The Book Of Holding

We Review Dungeons & Dragons: The Book Of Holding

Back in June, Dungeons & Dragons announced a number of new additions coming in 2020, which included a few new contemporary books. One of those was simply called The Book Of Holding, set to be published through the Clarkson Potter side of Penguin Random House. The book is designed to be a professional journal for […]

Ready Player Two: Wil Wheaton to Read Ernest Cline Sequel Audiobook

Ready Player Two: Wil Wheaton to Read Ernest Cline Sequel Audiobook

Wil Wheaton is keeping himself busy these days during the pandemic running his post-Star Trek web series The Ready Room for CBS All Access, and he's got another major audiobook lined up returning to read "Ready Player Two." The Star Trek: The Next Generation star narrated Ernest Cline's original "Ready Player One" in March 2018, […]

In Defense of Licensed Novels: Why Media Tie-In Books Matter Too

In Defense of Licensed Novels: Why Media Tie-In Books Matter, Too

In this current era of streaming, even the most avid television lovers may find themselves with content-fatigue. If you're a fan of genre television, especially, the days of only a handful of sci-fi series running are long gone. Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max have blown open the field by making many of the classic shows […]

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

In this Castle Talk Episode, Jason talks to author/filmmaker Jim Towns about his new book from Anubis Press, American Cryptic – True Stories of the Strange and Uncanny. This book is available now in paperback and on Kindle. Horror fans may know Towns from his deep, knowledgeable dives into cult horror, the YouTube series 66 […]

Comparing The Hunger Games Prequel Book and Shakespeares Coriolanus

Comparing The Hunger Games Prequel Book and Shakespeare's Coriolanus

I know, the title reads like a term paper written for extra credit by a sycophantic Literature major, but bear with me. I love the universe of The Hunger Games, and the subsequent prequel book, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes almost as much as I love the classic Shakespeare tragedy Coriolanus. Warning: there will […]