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Kevin Bacon Returns for Tremors TV Sequel on Syfy

Almost fifteen years after Syfy’s Tremors television series got cancelled, the network is taking another stab at transferring the monster movie franchise to the small screen. But instead of a spinoff, like the 2003 series, this new project is going the route of Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead and having Kevin Bacon reprise his role from the 1990 cult classic.

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Pinpointing the Exact Moment the Harry Potter Magic Happened

Back in 1997, a little-known writer named Joanne Rowling gave a reading of her new fantasy novel—something about boy wizards and philosophers’ stones—at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Of course, twenty years later, we know that those children were among the lucky few to first hear the story of Harry Potter… and their parents got a phenomenal deal on tickets.

Thanks to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for sharing this cute bit of history for the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers are Pitching Book Agents with #SFFPit on Twitter

Do you have a science fiction or fantasy book burning a hole in your laptop? Today might be the day you find it a home! Twitter is hosting #SFFPit today, so if you have a finished manuscript, you can craft a 140-character pitch, tag your tweet with a descriptor like #FA (Fantasy), #PA (Post-apocalyptic SF), or #WW (Weird West) and send it out into the world! The rules are simple: if a literary agent likes your pitch, you can follow their instructions to follow up with a formal query. If you want to support a pitch, you can retweet it, but don’t like it—only agents are supposed to like, and you don’t want to clutter another writer’s notifications. And remember, only pitch if you have a completed manuscript!

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Beehive Books Puts Out Gorgeous Illustrated Editions From Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, and Bill Sienkiewicz

Beehive Books has a funded Kickstarter (that’s ending today!) for three gorgeous editions of classics that you don’t often see; The Willows, The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. We are very sad that these will not be appearing in bookstores everywhere, but we figured you might like to stare at them with us!

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Subway Library to Brighten Your Commute with Free Books and Short Stories

We are all for bringing reading material on the morning and evening commute, but if you happen to forget a book, Subway Library has you covered. The six-week program from the New York City MTA and New York Public Library, celebrating the new wifi in underground subway stations, is offering hundreds of ebook excerpts and short stories timed to half-hour, hourlong, and two-hour-plus commutes (which might come in handy if your train runs into some unforeseen delays).

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Black Mirror to Plague You With Existential Dread in Book Form

Charlie Brooker’s frighteningly prescient television series Black Mirror is all about how humans use social media, video games, and other forms of technology to turn on each other in disturbing ways. But his latest project in that universe is exploring an entirely new format: the book. Del Rey, Penguin Random House’s science fiction and fantasy imprint, will release a series of three anthologies collecting the kinds of stories that made for nightmare-inducing TV episodes. Brooker will edit the collections, which will include “original, mid-length stories penned by soon to be announced popular writers.”

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The Secret Maps Buried Beneath the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Books

“Choose Your Own Adventure” was a groundbreaking book series that prepared many of our child minds for the internet…or for keeping track of all the endnotes in Infinite Jest if you’re into that sort of thing. But did you know that each twisty, unforgiving story in the CYOA series has a map? The good folks over at Atlas Obscura have dug into the books and the maps they’ve generated.

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Mapping Fantasies Into a Single Multiverse Through Seanan McGuire’s “Wayward Children” Series

Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series returns on June 13 this year with Down Among the Sticks and Bones (then again in early 2018 with Book 3, Beneath the Sugar Sky!) expanding on the origin of “portal fantasy” children Jacqueline and Jillian. (Also known as Jack and Jill.)

The Wayward Children series explores how to deal with real life once the portal to your own personal magical world has closed, but it also gives readers a rough guideline for how all of these different portal worlds—like Narnia, Oz, Wonderland, and so on—relate to each other.

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Here’s What’s on Our Wonder Woman Sequel Wish List

With a $100+ million opening weekend, the Wonder Woman movie is now all but assured a sequel. Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are both already signed on for a second Wonder Woman film, and an April 2017 Entertainment Weekly interview with Jenkins reveals that were one to take place:

She can’t give away many story details, but does say it would be set in America. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”

With that framework, we began buzzing about just what we’d like to see Diana do in America and what we’d like the second film to remedy. No spoilers for the movie in the article. (Spoilers in the comments, though!)

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Succumb to the Fresh Baked Horror of DEATH LOAF

A number of years ago, Patton Oswalt shared a heartwarming story during his seminal album, Werewolves and Lollipops. The story was of an obscure film he was obsessed with, titled DEATH BEAD: The Bed that Eats. He used the film’s completion as a motivating tool. After all, if the genius behind DEATH BED: The Bed That Eats, writer/director George Barry, could finish his script, so could Oswalt. We’re happy to report that Twitterer Aspartame Valerian has now unleashed a new horror upon us: “DEATH LOAF: The Bread That Eats People.” Now, they didn’t just stop at a fun pun, oh no—they built DEATH LOAF, and allowed it to menace them for online amusement.

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