Liner Notes: Coldheart

It’s entirely possible you’ve never read a book’s dedication. They just sort of sit there in the front, one of those pages you flip through quickly to get to the sweetest words in the English language: “Chapter One.” So it’s not only forgivable but expected that you ignored...

Now Fear This: Series 7...

They used the same tagline in Survivor France. As it turns out, I’m part of the problem. Well, not at first. There was a long time there where I turned my nose up at the very notion of reality TV. I was above it, see. I only watched scripted stuff; reality was a cultural millstone...

Girls, Guns, and G-Stri...

Subtlety, thy name is Sidaris. Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) Cast: Soap opera star and consonant enthusiast Ronn Moss gets top billing as Rowdy Abilene, the cousin of Malibu Express’s Cody Abilene (and has apparently inherited the titular yacht now that Cody is a movie star). This...

Rules of Writing: The B...

Not long ago, I watched The Cabin in the Woods for the first time. It came highly recommended, with both friends and critics (and critical friends) praising its innovative deconstruction of survival horror tropes. And, for the most part, that’s exactly what it was. I was enjoying it...