Judge Dee must himself stand trial before his fellow vampires for the loss of a valuable manuscript, even as those vampires are murdered, one by one, by an unknown hand.
Stephen Graham Jones is busy. In an earlier draft of this interview I included my comment that his work is challenging—by that I meant both emotionally, like all good horror is, but also that he’s so prolific he makes the rest of us who are trying to write things look like human sloths. But that’s just it—he doesn’t try to write, he treats writing as a thing he has to do, a job he’s dedicated to, and that’s resulted in 22 books over 30 years.
His latest? A deeply disturbing short story called “The Clown Brigade”, available exclusively on Scribd both as an ebook and as an audiobook. It was a true delight to talk with Jones about the story, the horrors of clowns, some of the real-life motivation behind Jade Daniels in My Heart Is a Chainsaw, slashers in general and Scream in particular, and Jones’ admirable writing process.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a film Vanity Fair described as existing “solely to restart a moribund franchise, so that a dormant conveyor belt of product may groan back into motion,” is getting a sequel. I mean, of course it is. As the review said, the first film existed in order to restart a franchise, and here we are, back on the nostalgia train, with one small change. According to Deadline, Afterlife director Jason Reitman (son of Ivan) is giving up the director chair to Gil Kenan.
Hello friends! There are three more chapters in Egwene’s section before we head back to Ebou Dar to catch up with Aviendha, Nynaeve and Elayne, so I’ll be splitting Chapter 11 into two parts. Today we’re covering Chapter 10 and Chapter 11 up through Faolain and Theodrin’s unexpected revelation. Then next week we’ll tackle the rest of Chapter 11 and all of Chapter 12.
I haven’t read Chapter 13 yet, but I have peeped the title, and I have a feeling that they’re going to find that bowl-shaped ter’angreal pretty soon! But first, things are happening for Egwene, some bad, but a lot of good. I’m really enjoying watching her learn how to Amyrlin—like Rand, she is learning to be a leader more or less on the fly, and with only a few people she trusts enough to advise her.
Though by the end of these chapters, she will have a few more allies than she did before.
Series: Reading The Wheel of Time
One of the reasons I love science fiction, and why I think it’s such an enduringly popular genre, especially today, is that it can offer thoughtful explorations of real-life issues in an alien, but familiar, way.
Star Trek is perhaps the best-known example of this, regularly confronting issues involving various forms of prejudice and touching us on a personal level when we recognize ourselves in the strange and fantastical mirror that’s being held up. Episodes like “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” or “The Outcast” examine race and gender, and audiences are still talking about them, still discussing and debating decades later.
But for me, as a half-Chinese, half-White person, one of the best and most underrated depictions of mixed-race experience I have ever seen was in Star Trek: Voyager’s B’Elanna Torres. For those who may not be familiar with one of the less-lauded Trek series, Torres is half-Klingon, half-Human.
Now, this may shock some readers, but I am not a Klingon. No one is. But this character did go on journeys that I recognized all the same.
It might be hard to follow Parasite. Bong Joon Ho’s last film won four Oscars, one of which was the first Best Picture Oscar won by a non-English language film. It broke international box office records and was the must-see film of 2019.
But Bong’s next film, which was announced early this year, looks more than promising. Mickey 17, based on a novel by Edward Ashton, stars professional weirdo Robert Pattinson (The Batman) and is about a clone, which is already enough to fully have my attention. And now we’ve got a date to mark on our calendars—and a very tiny teaser of what’s to come.
Time to hop on that last shuttle back to Earth from Moonhaven‘s weird moon colony. In July, the sci-fi series was renewed for a second season—but AMC has since reversed course.
After a near-death experience, Darby discovers she can see the dead. But Darby isn’t freaked out by all the ghosts, no, she decides to help them resolve their unfinished business so they can finally cross over. She devotes so much of her energy to who she calls the “deados” that she earns a reputation as a bit of a weirdo at school. At the beginning of junior year, two events throw her carefully curated life completely off the rails. First is the arrival of Alex, an odd boy new to her public school who Darby finds herself falling for in spite of her reservations. Second is the unexpected death of Capri, the most popular girl in school and Darby’s former bestie turned arch nemesis.
Capri’s spirit lingers, refusing to accept her fate. She strongarms Darby into becoming popular enough to put on Capri’s sweet 17 birthday bash anyway, a plot that backfires on both of them. The more popular Darby gets, the less time she has for the deados that need her or the boy who has a crush on her…and the more Capri resents Darby supplanting her in the social hierarchy. Soon enough, it’s medium versus ghost in this lighthearted YA supernatural romp.
We’ve known that Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onforio would be returning as Daredevil and Kingpin respectively in a new Disney+ series for about six months. Marvel Studios has been relatively quiet, however, about whether two core characters from the Netflix Daredevil series—Karen and Foggy, played by Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson respectively—would make the jump to Disney+ as well.
Head below for the full list of fantasy titles heading your way in December!
Last month, Margot Robbie told Vanity Fair that the female-centric Pirates of the Caribbean movie that she’d been developing with Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) had walked the plank. But that ship may not have sailed just yet, according to Jerry Bruckheimer (who’s produced all the Pirates films, including At World’s End, pictured above).
Written by John Shiban & Chris Black
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 2, Episode 24
Production episode 050
Original air date: May 14, 2003
Captain’s star log. Enterprise finds what may or may not be a dark-matter nebula. Archer and T’Pol’s good-natured argument on the subject is interrupted by Sato, who says that Forrest is calling. He has bad news: Captain A.G. Robinson has died in an accident while mountain climbing.
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch
Every year we’re blown away by the consistently amazing book releases in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and beyond—and 2022 raised the bar even further. Our reviewers each picked their top contenders for the best books of the year, ranging from glittering alternate history to meditative hopepunk, and elegiac science fiction to apocalyptic horror. We’ve got blood magicians, multiverse prophets, elven detectives, and much more.
Below, Tor.com’s regular book reviewers talk about notable titles they read in 2022—leave your own additions in the comments!