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Answering my critics on diversity

I was told today that I should take responsibility for promoting diversity in Victoria’s science fiction and fantasy community. Update Straight white male objected to my post commenting that only two women and one non-white male were nominated out of nine categories of Chronos Awards this year. Straight white male told me that I should do more to promote diversity in the awards. After this post listing things I did in 2013 to promote…

KYOFU

a review by Elizabeth Vinton Big thanks to Madman Entertainment for submitting Kyofu for review! Kyofu is the last film in the ‘J-Horror Theatre’ series which includes six productions to showcase some of the best J-Horror directors/producers. The other five films are: Infection, Premonition, Reincarnation, Retribution and Kaidan. I have watched all of the films in the series and find that Kyofu is a fitting end, but not one of the more…

Season of the Macabre by Damien Kelly

a review by Elizabeth Vinton This book of short stories is a real gem and a must buy for those who like to read dark festive holiday tales in the lead up to Thanksgiving/Christmas, and even over the silly season itself. I found Season of the Macabre to be like a chocolate box of tales, some are the most delicious things I’ve ever tried, some flavours are almost too dark for consumption (a very guilty pleasure) and some are not to my taste, but…

Blood of the Zombies by Ian Livingstone

a review by Elizabeth Vinton As a fan of the 1980’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books I was very excited to get a chance to read/play Blood of the Zombies – I have heard of the Fighting Fantasy books but had never gotten around to giving one a try. Most people I talk to recall one or more versions of such books that they once owned, and that they enjoyed the experience of them as a child or young adult. I recall those I read back in primary…

Kaiki: Uncanny Tales from Japan

a review by Elizabeth Vinton I am an avid collector of weird tales, especially those of the supernatural and own quite a few good collections. Recently however I have noticed that they are pretty much all hailing from Europe, America and Australia. I have not found this odd until reading the introduction to the first volume of Kaiki: Uncanny Tales from Japan where they discuss that the fact that not a lot of books exist that celebrate the…

Hell

A review by Elizabeth Vinton Hell is the first movie that I have watched that has Roland Emmerich attached to it, since his ‘remake’ of Godzilla (for ‘Hell’, he is executive producer). Those who are Emmerich fans, at least of his Hollywood films, I think may be pleasantly (or perhaps unpleasantly) surprised by the lack of epic scale to this film – it may be a deliberate move on his part to move away from larger scope films, but remain…

Awakening: the movie

a review by Elizabeth Vinton As a fervent lover of old school British Ghost stories, I was very excited to be watching The Awakening – and I wasn’t disappointed. Set in England in the early 1920’s, the age of ‘Spiritualism’, published author Florence Cathcart is dedicated to exposing frauds who pray upon those who have lost a loved one and seek reunion with their spirit. Not all she seeks to help are happy with the results, and it is clear…

Livid

a review by Elizabeth Vinton I would like to say a big thank you to Madman Entertainment for accepting my request to review the French horror film, ‘Livid’. Livid tells the story of Lucie, a beautiful young woman who has begun work as a personal carer and spends her first day under the wing of a rather tired and bitter Mrs Wilson who handles her patients with a degree of resentment and apathy. The final patient for the day is a Madame Jessel,…

Possessing Freedom

a review by Elizabeth Vinton Possessing Freedom is a clever thriller/supernatural story written in three parts with four authors collaborating to bring to life the perspectives of many different characters involved in the unfolding events. As I strongly believe the story should reveal itself as it is being read, I will keep the description of the plot brief. A young woman by the name of Alice is surviving as best she can inside the psychiatric…

Kolchak the Nightstalker

a review by Elizabeth Vinton Big thanks to Madman Entertainment for submitting Kolchak: Night Stalker for review! I swear it was fate that brought Kolchak and myself together. I was at my favourite bookshop one day and caught sight of a particular book in the graphic novel section: funnily enough it was an adaptation of Kolchak! I asked my knowledgeable husband, “ what in the world is a Kolchak?” and his answer is too long to fit in this…

Sauna: movie

a review by Elizabeth Vinton Big thanks to Madman Entertainment for submitting Sauna for review! Recently I set out to review horror/thriller movies that promised to deliver a new experience in a new way, and hopefully introduce readers of Dark Matter to something unique from a genre that has become quite stale of late. I am very pleased to announce that Sauna, a Finnish Horror film, revealed itself to be a great start to my mission! It is…

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne by Nalini Haynes ‘Auld Lang Syne’ literally means ‘old long since‘; for many people it’s associated with celebrating the arrival of the New Year but also ‘lest old acquaintance be forgot and ne-VAR BROUGHT TO MI-IIIINNDDD…’ nostalgia. While Christmas is controversial – the very mention of which can cause emotions to rise and flame wars to begin – celebrating the New Year…

Nightfall by Will Elliott

A review by Elizabeth Vinton It must be said that I have read Nightfall with some anticipation after having heard of it’s interesting premise and the high praise for Will Elliott’s first novel The Pilo Family Circus (which I have not yet read, but certainly plan to). Nightfall is a strange novel. Good strange. Comparable, I believe, to Clive Barker’s style of fantastical horror (think Books of Blood) – not as intimidatingly dark, but…

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

a review by Elizabeth Vinton A chance decision to go and see a Martin Scorsese film led me to discover an amazing author. The film of course was Shutter Island, and intrigued by the story I read the book and loved it even more. Then I bought and consumed Mystic River, another moving piece of literature that I couldn’t put down. Dennis has a knack for creating unforgettable characters that are ordinary men and women going through some extremely…

Fears of the dark

a review by Elizabeth Vinton Big thanks to Madman Entertainment for submitting Fears of the Dark for review! Fear[s] of the dark is an anthology of short horror/suspense tales by some leading cartoonists and graphic artists done entirely in black and white. It is very arthouse in style, and all dialogue is in French. The first segment by an artist called Blutch involves a rather shady looking man walking a set of four very aggressive hounds…