California Literary Review


Book Review: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy


April 29th, 2013

Like its monsters, Red Moon is an impressive hybrid—a speculative novel about fairy tale horrors, a love story about star-crossed teenagers from different worlds, and a gritty political thriller.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Prey” and “This Sorrowful Life” (Season 3, Episodes 14 and 15)


March 25th, 2013

The last few episodes have unsteadily balanced a number of storylines whose interest is waning. Andrea finally chose a side, even as the Governor remained a static, iconic villain (he’s like one of those creepy clown punching bags – you hit him, he doesn’t stay down). Glenn and Maggie made up and provided a little, suspicious ray of sunshine in the midst of death and destruction. Rick waffled and moaned and still isn’t the hardass he tries to be. Michonne is still a frighteningly observant hard case.

The Walking Dead Recap: “When the Dead Come Knocking” (Season 3, Episode 7)


November 26th, 2012

It seems that while The Walking Dead suffered in the wake of Frank Darabont’s unceremonious departure (hence the slog of last season), writers, composers, and actors have seriously stepped up their game for season three. Last night’s episode was one of the best acted, most nerve-wracking, suspenseful episodes of the series thus far. It’s remarkable […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Hounded” (Season 3, Episode 6)


November 20th, 2012

I haven’t been out of bed much in the last few days and can’t guarantee the most incisive look at this week’s The Walking Dead. I can report that this episode was another goodie in a rather long string of them. In the opening of the episode, Merle, some young kid, and two others are […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Say the Word” (Season 3, Episode 5)


November 13th, 2012

I went out of town at precisely the wrong moment (though being in Washington, DC on election night was a thrill) and missed recapping arguably the most important episode of the series so far. Rest in peace, Lori, T-Dog, and Carole (?), and mazel tov on the new addition! It’s all well and good to […]

Halloween Home Video #10: Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact


October 31st, 2012

For the grand finale of Halloween Home Video 2012, have a look at Nicholas McCarthy’s dread-heavy ghost thriller The Pact, starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Walk with Me” (Season 3, Episode 3)


October 29th, 2012

After the rough, brutal reintroduction to The Walking Dead‘s post-apocalyptic dystopia this season, this week’s episode ushers us back into a bizarre normalcy. “Walk with Me” begins with a helicopter crash – but who’s flying, and how did they get here? Michonne and Andrea follow the smoke – as the old adage says, where there’s […]

Halloween Home Video #9: Howie Askins’ Evidence


October 26th, 2012

The most glib and reductive way to describe Evidence is as a hybrid of Chronicle, em>Chernobyl Diaries and The Cabin In The Woods. However, an eager minority are bound to consider that a stellar pedigree.

Halloween Home Video #8: Kimble Rendall’s Bait


October 24th, 2012

Welcome back to Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) your October arsenal for all things entertaining and scary. Sink your teeth into the latest horror and thriller pics make the small screen circuit. © 2012 Screen Australia/Anchor Bay For The Pool Party It is high time for a creature feature on this list, and Australia was […]

Halloween Home Video #7: Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens


October 22nd, 2012

Today’s Halloween Home Video – Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens – a contemporary fable casting the ideal family getaway into hell.

Halloween Home Video #6: Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones


October 19th, 2012

Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) is your one-stop shop for Halloween rental recommendations. Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones comes closer to the spirit of the original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre than any movie in the last thirty-five years.

Halloween Home Video #5: John Poliqiun’s Grave Encounters 2


October 17th, 2012

Read on as Halloween Home Video brings you the horror highlights of 2012. Revisit a haunted asylum with the satirical meta-madness of Grave Encounters 2.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Seed” (Season 3, Episode 1)


October 15th, 2012

Not quite singing Kumbaya. Photo credit Gene Page/AMC. The third season of The Walking Dead opens on an extreme closeup and slowly zooms away from the veined, glazed eye of one of the titular dead. After a full season of gazing inward, of trying to figure out the reason behind it all, of contemplating why […]

Halloween Home Video #4: Alexandre Courtès’ Asylum Blackout


October 15th, 2012

Welcome to Halloween Home Video (2012 edition), a special series of home video reviews for this year’s scary season. Week 2 begins with the simple, hard-hitting thriller Asylum Blackout by Alex Courtès.

Halloween Home Video #3: V/H/S


October 12th, 2012

Check out the best in horror on video of 2012. This weekend, press play on the gruesome and chaotic horror anthology V/H/S.

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