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SF & Fantasy

Monster Dogs of Myth and Legend


It’s National Dog Day, Suvudu readers!
Founded in 2004 by Animal Behaviorist and author Colleen Paige National Dog Day recognizes the important roles that dogs play in human lives as companions, rescuers, protectors, and guides, and raises awareness about the many shelter dogs that need to be adopted.
All of my dogs (and cats) have been [...]

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The Fantastic Folklore And Satire of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld


The Fantastic Folklore And Satire of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Blame it on a lifetime of poring through Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manuals and Crestwood House Universal Studios monster books, or maybe growing up in an area of the country where just about every third house or tavern is supposed to be haunted (King’s Tavern, for example) and old folks still talk in all seriousness about “spreadin’ [...]

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Pulp Fantasy Prophets and Sci-Fi Sages: When Fictional Characters Become Your Guides


Pulp Fantasy Prophets and Sci-Fi Sages: When Fictional Characters Become Your Guides

In the final episode of  South Park’s season eleven trilogy “Imaginationland”, fourth-grader Kyle Broflovksi (the show’s moral center, usually) shares these eye-opening words.
“It’s all real. Think about it. Haven’t Luke Skywalker and Santa Claus affected your lives more than most real people in this room? I mean, whether Jesus is real or not, he – [...]

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‘Sea Serpent’ Washes Up On SoCal Beach


Giant FishIt’s a truism that many of the fantastic monsters of folklore and mythology are based on real-life creatures. Case in point: The serpent-like oarfish that recently washed up on a southern California beach. Eighteen feet of glistening, slimy, slithering, snaky fish, the creature was hauled away for study by marine science instructor Jasmine Santana and fifteen helpers.

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Hail, Atlantis: The Story of a Legend That Will Not Die


Atlantis_map_1882_cropA cursory examination of world mythology offers many tales of lost lands: Lemuria, Mu, Avalon, Shangri-La. None, however, hold as much sway over the popular imagination as the legendary island nation of Atlantis, a golden land of plenty lost in a single day to a mysterious cataclysm.

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Grant Morrison Honored by Queen Elizabeth II


Grant Morrison Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

For decades Scottish writer Grant Morrison has been leaving his wildly creative mark on the sequential storytelling medium with titles like The Filth, The Invisibles and  Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. When he’s not writing ground-breaking (and mind-blowing!) comics, Morrison is a playwright and screenwriter.
His last book, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous [...]

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SF & Fantasy

Luck of the Irish! Kevin Hearne’s “Hounded” Coming Soon


Luck of the Irish! Kevin Hearne’s “Hounded” Coming Soon

‘Tis St. Patrick’s Day, and in between great quaffs of green beer and all the Irish dancing your poor feet can stand, you might be interested in hearing about a soon to be released novel: Kevin Hearne’s Hounded, a tale of the Iron Druid.
And who might be this Iron Druid, you ask? A fair [...]

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Star Wars

Blackstar Warrior: Can You Dig It?


Check out the trailer for Blackstar Warrior, a spoof/homage to Star Wars, the Blaxploitation films of the seventies, and what might have happened if these two cinematic strains had ever had the opportunity to cross-pollinate.
In all likelihood, this is as much as we’ll ever see from the universe of Blackstar Warrior, but I’d love [...]

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