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RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS

I cast my votes for the Rondo Awards for 2012.  In the write-in area for best reviewer of 2012, I wrote in myself (evil grin). Another write-in area asked for writer of the year and Artistic design, I wrote in Julie Ferguson and Sharon Day (Zombie Housewives).
1. BEST MOVIE OF 2012

THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

 

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION
WALKING DEAD, ‘Pretty Much Dead Already’

3. BEST CLASSIC DVD
GOJIRA/GODZILLA

4. BEST CLASSIC DVD COLLECTION

DARK SHADOWS: The Complete Original Series.

 

5. BEST RESTORATION

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (3-D version)

 

6. BEST COMMENTARY

David Kalat, Criterion’s GOJIRA/GODZILLA

 

7. BEST DVD EXTRA
‘The Original House of Horror’

8. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
AMERICAN MARY

9. BEST SHORT FILM

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

 

10. BEST DOCUMENTARY
AMICUS: HOUSE OF HORRORS

 

11. BOOK OF THE YEAR

CLAWS AND SAUCERS

 

12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2012

Rue Morgue

13. BEST ARTICLE
‘Thrills, Chills and Double Bills’
‘The Kind of Fiend Who Wins — The Making of The Abominable Dr. Phibes’

14. BEST INTERVIEW
Susan Svehla: Interviews with Hammer’s Veronica Carlson and Virginia Wetherel

 

15. BEST MAGAZINE COLUMN
Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon 

16. BEST THEMED ISSUE OF 2012
RUE MORGUE #127 

17. BEST MAGAZINE COVER
RUE MORGUE #127 

18. BEST WEBSITE
Witch’s Dungeon 

19. BEST BLOG OF 2012
Classic Movie Monsters 

20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2012

none

21. BEST FAN EVENT OF 2012

none

22. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2012

Elvira

23. BEST HORROR COMIC
THE WALKING DEAD
24. BEST HORROR MULTIMEDIA
RUE MORGUE PODCAST

25. BEST SOUNDTRACK OR HORROR CD

none

26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE
Bride of Frankenstein

27. CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF RESTORATION

none

28. WRITER OF THE YEAR (for 2012)

Sharon Day, Julie Ferguson “Zombie Housewives of the 1960′s”

29. REVIEWER OF THE YEAR (2012)

Barry Huddleston Gnostalgia (https://gnostalgia.wordpress.com)

30. ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Pro)

none

31. LINDA MILLER FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan)

none

32. HENRY ALVAREZ AWARD FOR ARTISTIC DESIGN
Sharon Day, Julie Ferguson “Zombie Housewives of the 1960′s”

33. INTERNATIONAL MONSTER FAN

none

34. ‘MONSTER KID’ OF THE YEAR

none

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Barry’s mailbox

Barry’s mailbox

I received a pair of new books this week courtesy of the author Elizabeth Watasin.

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The Dark Victorian: Bones

In a Victorian mechanical and eldritch London, a black arts surgeon is ripping out the bones and organs of healthy poor folk to transplant into the afflicted bodies of the wealthy. Anti-vivisectionists battle with medical doctors, medical doctors condemn supernatural practitioners, and amidst it all the Bone Stealer hunts for his most elusive prize yet: the skeleton of a woman over six feet tall. Secret Commission agents Art, the artificial ghost, and Jim Dastard, the animated skull, rush to stop him before another woman dies. And Art, only six days living after being resurrected to serve the Secret Commission, might be that woman.

The Dark Victorian: Risen

“Way will open.” She is Artifice. A resurrected criminal and agent of HRH Prince Albert’s Secret Commission. An artificial ghost. A Quaker. He is Jim Dastard. The oldest surviving agent of the Secret Commission. An animated skull. A mentor to newly resurrected agents. It is 1880 in a mechanical and supernatural London. Agents of Prince Albert’s Secret Commission, their criminal pasts wiped from their memories, are resurrected to fight the eldritch evils that threaten England. Amidst this turmoil, Jim Dastard and his new partner Artifice must stop a re-animationist raising murderous dead children. As Art and Jim pursue their quarry, Art discovers clues about her past self, and through meeting various intriguing women–a journalist, a medium, a prostitute, and a mysterious woman in black–where her heart lies. Yet the question remains: What sort of criminal was she? A new beginning, a new identity, and new dangers await Art as she fights for the Secret Commission and for her second life.

The books sound like a perfect match for me.

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Actors: Benjamin Walker,
Dominic Cooper,
Anthony Mackie,
Mary Elizabeth Winstead,
Rufus Sewell
Directors: Timur Bekmambetov

(Barry’s score 3  stars out of 5)
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

First, I must admit a certain bias for bad movies. Some people enjoy a stinky bit of cheese and I enjoy an occasional stinky movie. Sadly, although this movie is bad, it isn’t bad enough to be really good. It’s as if the film-makers were uncertain of what to do with the story.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I reviewed the book a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. While the movie was entertaining, as is so often the case, the movie falls short of the book. I think that the film-makers would have done better to stick closer to the book and use less CGI.

I enjoyed some of the Lincoln martial art sequences and the tricked-out axe appealed to my steampunk side. What can I say, the gun in the handle was so Wild Wild West! Rufus Sewell was an excellent vampire with a (Robert Quarry) Count Yorga-like performance.

The movie failed in part by relying to heavily on CGI. Why cover the face on an actor like Rufus Sewell with CGI? This is a perfect case of less being more and the film-makers should have let Sewell do his thing.

The bones of an entertaining story are there.  Sewell made an excellent villain. I enjoyed the period horror. I give the film 3 stars out of 5.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Movie Review: Tai Chi Zero

Movie Review: Tai Chi Zero

Tai Chi Zero
Actors: Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Qi Shu, Daniel Wu
Directors: Stephen Fung
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: English

(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
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Tai Chi Zero

Product description:

tai-chi-zero-gnostalgiaAs an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchanhas a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead.However, being teased as the town fool, Yang s mother spurs him to practice martial arts. Following her wishes, Yang travels across the land, finally arriving at Chen Village in hopes of learning Tai Chi. In this legendary community and center of power, everyone practices Tai Chi – using it in every aspect of their lives.However, it is forbidden for the villagers to share these secrets with an outsider. Yang learns this the hard way. Once he arrives, everyone challenges him to fights. From the strongest men to the women and children, he is engaged – and cruelly defeated by their masterful moves. After a particularly tough battle against Master Chen s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is more determined than ever to master the art of Tai Chi…but he needs the Master’s permission first. Little does Yang know, the poor strange man he befriended when he arrived at Chen Village is Master Chen – who recognizes Yang s genius but hides behind a disguise to secretly guide Yang to his own realization of Tai Chi. Soon after, a frightening steam-powered machine arrives at Chen Village, powered by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. Fang has bribed and conspired with government officials to permit him to build a railway – one that runs right through the center of the village. Yang decides to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang and destroy the monstrous machine – a brave and dangerous act that might just win the hearts of the villagers…and the girl…

My thoughts:

Part martial art movie, part comedy, part steampunk, and all fun. I have to admit my bias, as a child I grew up loving martial art movies. In addition to wonderfully choreographed martial arts and amazing wire-work, the steampunk elements of the movie were very well-done. Tai Chi Zero didn’t rub my nose in the sins of western colonialism, but gave me an entertaining tale of the clash of progress versus tradition.

tai-chi-zero-gnostalgia1While my favorite steampunk vehicle remains the Nautilus, the steam powered rail-layer of  Tai Chi Zero has leaped over the tarantula in Wild Wild West to become my second favorite steampunk vehicle.  Love the eyes on that machine…

I think gamers will get a chuckle out of the life-meter graphic. There are lots of laughs scattered throughout the movie, and over-the-top kung fu. On the downside, it ends with a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see the next installment, Tai Chi Hero.

The movie isn’t for everyone, but I give it 4 stars out of 5!

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Steampunk movies

 

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Winner of the “Growing Up With Ghosts” ebook!

guwgThe winner of the “Growing Up With Ghosts” is Jennifer Surdam! Congratulations! I know that you will enjoy the ebook.

I will have another giveaway next month that will be a little more steampunk.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

In Barry’s mailbox this week

In Barry’s mailbox this week

It was a dark and stormy — morning. Saturday is usually a “sleep-late” morning. Sadly, this morning started with a severe thunderstorm that knocked out the power. It seems that my mailbox was as empty as my hopes for a sleep-in day.

I didn’t receive any new books in my mailbox, but I did get three ebooks in my inbox. I won all three Crown Phoenix books by Alison DeLuca (http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com/) in a contest. The titles were: Crown Phoenix: Night Watchman Express, Crown Phoenix: The Devil’s Kitchen, and Crown Phoenix: Lamplighter’s Special.

guwgSpeaking of giveaways, I have just a couple more days for my giveaway of Sharon Day’s ebook “Growing Up With Ghosts.” I’ll end the contest Sunday night and pick a winner. It looks like a coin toss, I only have two entries so far. If you would like to enter just leave a comment on the giveaway post (link). I plan to have another giveaway next month of something a little more steampunk.

Coolest email comment:
“[…] and thanks for doing what you do because it helps us authors get our work out there.

Coolest blog comment:
“It’s a really fun and cool thing for your followers and a great way to give back!”

That’s the whole reason behind linking the books to Amazon. The money I make from Amazon, and it’s very little, goes to giveaways on the blog. In addition to that, I also host giveaways from all sorts of Authors, PR groups, and Publishers.

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Intrepid Paradigm

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/intrepid-paradigm–2

(T)his crowd funding campaign to expand the efforts and overall reach of INTREPID MAGAZINE […] to produce a multi-media magazine in this way, focusing on subjects that are typically shunned by mainstream news sources.

 

Consider donating to the Intrepid Paradigm or I’ll speak to one of the local Voodoo priestesses and have her cast a spell to make your hair like Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. You don’t think his hair got that way by accident do you?

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Book Cover Art: His Clockwork Canary

His Clockwork Canary: The Glorious Victorious Darcys

How is this for a beautiful cover? Expect to see this little gem land in your favorite bookstore around June 4, 2013 or click the link below and order it from Amazon!

clockwork canary

His Clockwork Canary: The Glorious Victorious Darcys

For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation.

Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it.

His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London’s sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future…as long as he can put their history behind him.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Book cover art: The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes

casebook newburyhobbes

Expect to see this book hit the shelves about September 24, 2013!

I wonder if the encounter with Sherlock Holmes is a re-print of the story in Encounters of Sherlock Holmes ? Hmmmm …

A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in dark and dangerous Victorian London. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury & Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Book cover art: The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

Take a look at the beautiful UK cover art for Mark Hodder’s book The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi.

Yezdi

The version that we in the states will see is rather bluish.

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Expect to see this cool title from Pyr land in your favorite bookstores around July 9, 2013!

Product description:

Burton & Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men-including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel-has received guidance from the Afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted-including Brunel! The government, in search of answers, turns to the Afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly-knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton, fresh from his discovery of the source of the Nile. Appointed the king’s agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of Abdu El Yezdi’s silence. But the Beast has been summoned. How can the famous explorer fulfill his mission when his friends and loved ones are being picked off, one by one, by what appears to be a supernatural entity-by, perhaps, Abdu El Yezdi himself?

Which cover do you like?

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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