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Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Outcast Experience At Philadelphia's Spookiest Hot Spot

Outcast is based on the Skybound/Image comic produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS).

The show follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.



Admittedly, I sat too close.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Horror Favorites, with Horror Comedy Auteur Mika Madness

NYC/Yonkers own Mika "Madness" Kenyah (@MikaKenyah) is an award-winning actress, writer, poet, and yes, game changer. Her years of experience in the entertainment industry has led her to developing Sugar & Spikes Casting, an agency that provides a variety of support for the aesthetically alt artist and casting directors in need of the talent. Along with her own unique sense of style and inspired love for the horror genre, Mika is breaking through on critically acclaimed shows ("Orange Is The New Black") as well as with her impressive, innovative, and funny as hell (literally) Vine videos.

What feels like the millennial Beverly Bonner (of Frank Henenlotter Basket Case fame), Mika Madness is the bright spot of red and rampage in the intersection of horror and comedy. Do yourself a favor and check out Shuga Brown the Demon Hunter to gain some laughs and appreciation for this talented artist that I have no doubt will continue to prosper with her autonomous vision.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sci-Fi Sunday: Teaser Trailer For Feature Film, Brute Sanity

I'm deeply intrigued by a new, independent science fiction film on the horizon. Brute Sanity is host to a blend of sci-fi, psychological horror, and "the battle of science over tradition." I hope emphatically to see this film in its entirety as it leans towards desiring that the audience ask questions more than receive answers, a tactic I find endearing about cinema as a whole whether intentional or not.


This cerebral approach is only heightened by its star Adjovi Koene (above) who plays Keradin, "an FBI-trained neuropsychologist [who] teams up with a thief to find a reality-altering device while her insane ex-boss unleashes bizarre traps to stop her." I'm certain much discussion will be had here in regards to how Keradin's identity and the dynamics of it interweave with the obstacles she faces.

Boston based co-star, writer, and director of Brute Sanity Sam Vanivray is currently working hard to get more eyes on the teaser through Thunderclap, an online platform that helps amplify social media engagement with your project. Sam's goal is to receive 100 supporters within the next four days. With simply one, scheduled tweet, you can show your support here. His intimate ties with his creation currently give him the insight into what Brute Sanity will offer:

The hero, Keradin, struggles with her lack of commitment--when is it the right choice to quit, and when should she see a major life choice to completion? Simultaneously, Keradin deals with her unhinged ex-boss Maskin, a swarm of FBI agents, a team of thieves, and a reality-altering alien device. Keradin fights fer her sanity, her life, and for science.

Yes, science: The alien device can alter reality because it intersects our world with a much larger world--Superreality. Our reality is a subset of Superreality. Researching the device, and potential future interactions with Superreality creatures, would greatly advance humankind's knowledge. But the villain, Agent Maskin, would have the Superreality device (composed of two "artifacts") for himself in order to control anybody he wants. Scientific research of the artifacts would grind to a halt, and the influence of Maskin would spread, crumbling civilization.

The alien device is a fictional way to demonstrate a real life scientific theory that perception is an interface. We all know that what we see in everday life isn't real--looking in a microscope shows a smaller scale of building blocks. But it may go further than that--it's possible that we evolved with completely fake perceptual abilities: we have "interfaces" to reality in the same way that icons on your phone are interfaces to make the computer chip inside the phone do what you want without knowing how that computer chip actually works. 


Check out the teaser below!



Twitter: @BruteSanity
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Women of Color & Horror/Sci-Fi Cosplay, Part 2

Every year the cosplay event at conventions all over the world, continues to expand. Nerds everywhere attend conventions in costume, or go all out and enter the popular cosplay contest. It's a chance to play dress up, show off your costume and special effects skills, and play your favorite characters for a day.

For some women of color though, it's hard to find characters to portray that look like us. As time passes, the days of being "the black version" of a particular character are fading. More and more superheroes, sci-fi, and fantasy characters of colors are being created and exposed. We have options now! If you want to be a part of this amazing world of cosplay, and are still stuck on getting ideas, here are a few to consider!

Gamora - Guardians of the Galaxy 
Zoe Saldana goes full on with the head to toe make up for this marvel character. Gamora is a skilled assassin and very good at combat. She is a fierce member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.




Rosita- The Walking Dead
Comic book and TV show character, Rosita remains a no nonsense zombie slayer. She is a strong member of Rick's crew, fighting off any person dead or alive who gets in their way.





Fallon- Blade
We didn't forget about Fallon Grey did we? Her character is still being developed in the comics and well as being rumored to appear in a new Blade series or movie. Don't count this fearless vampire slayer out just yet, big things are on the rise for her.





The Witches- The Wiz Live
The premier of The Wiz Live brought in a ton of viewers. The costumes for all the characters were stunning, but the witches stole the show! Their wardrobe was eye catching, grand, and fit to be remade and seen on a cosplay stage. 



I hope the amount of women of color continues to increase in cosplay competition. We have so much talent and so many new options, there is nothing to hold us back anymore. Let your nerd and imagination run free!



About The Author
K. Bly is an expert on book reviews that spotlight girls and women, of color, characters in the horror, sci-fi, and suspense genres of literature, in novels and comic books. You can find her on both Twitter (@emma_fRhost2) and Instagram (@game_of_rhos)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Black Women In Horror: Paralysis (2016) Movie Review

A photographer suffering from a sleep disorder experiences strange occurrences in her apartment which begin to blur the line between reality and the supernatural.

Written and directed by R. Shanea Williams (@rshanea722)

That isn't the best summary. But after you get a chance to see Paralysis for yourself, you'll thank me. Assessing a film usually benefits a reader by offering very little information. Magnify this sentiment when considering a short. Many of my musings about films at any length rely heavily on a "post-mortem" chat where the revelation of plot beats prompt wider insight on any given topic it inspires. What can be challenging is discussing clues as to what you may experience that reveal just enough to feign interest in the overall narrative and how it might make you feel. Paralysis is one of those films.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Award Winning Horror Short, Small Talk Breaks Out On VOD With Friday the 13th Event

The horror community has been by far the most welcoming of the film. I submitted it to a ton of “women’s” film festivals and not a single one has wanted to touch it. One festival that rejected me offered to send a summary of jury comments for free and the comments were basically like “It was well shot and acted and all but it was about a phone sex operator and it was so disturbing and suddenly people were exploding and I don’t understand why and our audience will be so disturbed and upset.” That was the consensus of why my film was a bad choice for their festival.
-Nicole Witte Solomon on reactions to her film, Small Talk for Tits and Sass
February 19, 2015


Small Talk, a short film under the "sci-fi/horror/comedy" amalgamation manages to hit each genre tenet succinctly. The sci-fi tastes like Cronenberg and toned down Dead Alive Peter Jackson while the comedic strength is easily found with character chemistry and the horror reigns as a powerful discourse on misogyny, economics, and various other relatable themes, all from the subjective of a phone sex operator whose severe headaches are beginning to have strange connections to her most unsavory callers. In short, Small Talk is immersive, challenging, and strengthened by the emotive performance of its lead, Al (Manini Gupta). Many of us have been in service of someone in some capacity during our lives and it's never completely enjoyable.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Colors in Darkness: Diversity in Horror, Paranormal & Dark Fantasy

Some time ago in a writers group far, far away, writers, Dahlia DeWinters, Kenya Moss-Dyme, Eden Royce and Mya Lairis joined together and reveled in a mutual love of scares, thrills and ominous lit. Stories were shared and beta read, and much discussion was to be had. One reoccurring tale was of how difficult it was to find diverse works in dark lit at conventions, at the book stores and even online. Considered to be fringe at best and given worrisome looks at the worst, the decision to band together was an easy one.

The first Colors in Darkness event was planned for October 2015. The call went out seeking writers of diverse horror, paranormal and dark fantasy for the Facebook bash which covered Halloween’s Eve through to the Day of the Dead. Some of the authors chiming in to participate I knew, but many others I did not. Folk came out of the woodwork and so too did a few sponsors. It was a magical time with prizes, games, free reads and trivia. I was both surprised and pleased by the participation of the attendees and the graciousness of the contributing participants. My TBR (To Be Read) pile grew even larger during that party.

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