Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse Delivers on Tense Psychological Horror

Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is not an easy movie to write about. Compared to The Witch, which was a much more straight-ahead horror film, The Lighthouse is even more atmospheric, and moves at an even slower pace. It’s not exactly spoil-able, as very little happens in the film, and yet I don’t want to say too much as this is more of an experience than a movie, and the more you know the more the experience might be tainted.

I will say that Eggers has once again given us a film that looks at how humanity tries to impose order on Nature, and how Nature tends to buck that imposition right the hell off. In this case he’s pitting two men against The Sea, rather than one family against The Wilderness, but he has created a gripping, utterly singular cinematic experience. Just with fewer goats this time.

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Announcing The Blacktongue Thief, Christopher Buehlman’s Fantasy Debut

Tor Books is thrilled to announce The Blacktongue Thief, the first in a three-book fantasy series with author Christopher Buehlman. Buehlman is the author of the horror novels The Lesser Dead and The Necromancer’s House.

The Blacktongue Thief is the story of an indebted thief, a veteran knight, a witch-in-training, and a blind rescue cat who must journey together through a world still scarred from a brutal, decades-long war with goblins.

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Reading The Wheel of Time: Egwene Questions the Fish and the Bird in Robert Jordan’s The Shadow Rising (Part 7)

Welcome back to our read of The Shadow Rising! This week, (Week 7!) we’re covering Chapters 7 and 8, in which Egwene tries to learn more about saidin, Elayne and Rand talk romantic feelings, and Mat is presented with an new option besides staying or running. And also the High Lords are annoying but that’s to be expected.

[In which the birds try to teach the fish. Or is it the other way around?]

Series: Reading The Wheel of Time

See Your Friends “One Last Time” in the Final Trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This is it—the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film of the Skywalker Saga, has premiered. The new trilogy knits the Original and Prequel Trilogies together in fascinating and moving ways, and now we’ll finally get to see how it all ends.

Watch it!

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Twists and Turns in Andre Norton’s Android at Arms

This book did not go where I expected it to go at all. The title, to start with: I expected something like Forever War meets I, Robot. Protagonist finds himself kidnapped and hauled off into space to fight. I just read a Norton novel that did exactly that, Secret of the Lost Race.

For a fair few chapters I kept expecting this to happen. Planetary prince Andas expects to be chosen as the Emperor’s heir, but wakes up on an alien world with an assortment of other, more or less equally royal, noble, or politically powerful people. Or are they people? There’s been an interplanetary conspiracy to replace influential personages with android doubles.

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New Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Teaser (Seemingly) Promises Massive Resistance Fleet

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will debut on Monday, October 21st some time between 9:30 and 10:00 PM ET, during the halftime break of ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

But until this evening, the internet/Disney/etc. is teasing the trailer, as it is wont to do. It’s a bit of an endless game chasing teasers, but: This one–if accurate!–seems to promise a crazy confrontation.

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We Are Very Into the Idea of Michael Keaton Returning as Batman for a Batman Beyond Movie

Robert Pattinson may be our incumbent Batman, but Warner Bros. reportedly has another Bruce Wayne in mind for yet another variation on the franchise? According to We Got This Covered, unnamed sources told the outlet that the studio wants to bring back Michael Keaton as Older Bruce Wayne for a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond. 

And honestly? We’re super into this idea.

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Myke Cole’s Sacred Throne Trilogy Sweepstakes!

Robin Hobb calls Myke Cole’s Sacred Throne trilogy “ruthless and heart-wrenching” – and we want to send you the entire series, including a galley of the final book The Killing Light!

 

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.

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Listen to Cassandra Khaw’s “These Deathless Bones”, a Free Audiobook Horror Story

Prepare your ears for a world of ghosts, zombies, serial killers, and many more dark characters! Nightfire’s new anthology Come Join Us By the Fire, available exclusively on Google Play Books, has harnessed the talents of your favorite masters of horror including China Miéville, Paul Tremblay, Carmen Maria Machado, and more to bring you 35 terrifying tales you’re sure to enjoy. You can download the entire anthology of 35 stories, or pick and choose your favorites to download individually.

Today, we recommend Cassandra Khaw’s “These Deathless Bones”, a horror tale about the Witch Bride and the discord between her and her young stepson.

Court Intrigue Beyond Europe: S.C. Emmett’s The Throne of the Five Winds

For all of the tendency in fantasy lately to look at perspectives outside of the aristocratic, the powerful, and the noble, there is a satisfaction in that mode of epic fantasy. Sometimes you want the people at the center of power, the classic rock of epic fantasy where the movers and shakers, and those adjacent to them scheme, jockey and manipulate each other. Multiple viewpoints and perspectives, but generally from that social class help make it seem like a pressure cooker of intrigue and drama. So it is with S.C. Emmett’s The Throne of the Five Winds.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Falls Just Short of the Epic Treatment it Deserves

The first Maleficent film had its snagging points, but delivered on emotion and fairy tale reimaginings far better than many of Disney’s subsequent live-action remakes. But a sequel? Did we really need a sequel, complete with Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent gnashing her teeth at a domineering Michelle Pfeiffer?

Truth is, if Disney had a little more guts, they would have made this a trilogy, and given it the care that other major fantasy epics receive. Because Maleficent: Mistress of Evil only needed a bit more investment to make it one of the better fantasy films of the decade.

[Some spoilers for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil]

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