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But that’s more than okay. You see, the editor of the book (as well as president of Black Coat Press and Riviere Blanche) is Jean-Marc Lofficier, someone I’ve known for years, in his roles as an editor and as a world-famous authority on Doctor Who, and the short story reprinted in this volume first appeared in Black Coat’s 2008 anthology, Tales of the Shadowmen 4: Lords of Terror. And besides, that’s a rather spiffy-looking, Vampirella-inspired cover painting by Mike Hoffman (The Saga of the Swamp Thing, Tigress Tales), isn’t it?

My story, “Night's Children,” involves Irma Vep (the femme fatale of the 1915–16 French movie serial Les Vampires) crossing paths with Count Orlock (the Dracula surrogate of F. W. Murnau’s 1922 horror movie, Nosferatu). It’s no romantic tale, however—Orlock is a rat-faced, bloodsucking monster, and Irma, an art thief, is his next intended victim. Who comes out the winner? You’ll only find out by reading the story!

So, if you love vampires and can read French, then visit the L’Almanach des Vampires product page at Riviere Blanche for all the ordering information. Or, if you’d prefer reading “Night's Children” in its original English, then visit the product page for Tales of the Shadowmen 4: Lords of Terror—it’s available in both print and e-book editions.

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Heartstopper_Cover And if you’re a fan of monster-hunting femmes fatale like Vampirella, then you should download Heartstopper: The Legend of La Bella Tenebrosa, StarWarp Concepts’ free three-issue series about Sebastienne “Annie” Mazarin, a 400-year-old, shape-changing huntress who crosses paths with a rock-star incubus hungry for her soul. Originally published in 1995 during the height of comics’ notorious “bad girl era,” these free comics are written by Steven A. Roman (that’s me), and illustrated by Uriel Caton (JSA Annual), Holly Golightly (School Bites), and David C. Matthews (Satin Steele). (Annie, by the way, currently costars in the young adult novel series The Saga of Pandora Zwieback, acting as mentor to the teen monster hunter.) Visit the Heartstopper product page and start downloading today!

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blood_feud_med The Saga of Pandora Zwieback chronicles the adventures of sixteen-year-old Pandora Zwieback, a Gothy horror fangirl who possesses amazing powers that she just learned about, including the ability to see past the human disguises worn by monsters to blend in with society. Those powers come in handy when Pan, her parents, and her friends are catapulted into the midst of a war among rival vampire clans in search of what they believe is an ultimate weapon. Pan’s story begins in the novel Blood Feud: The Saga of Pandora Zwieback, Book 1, written by Steven A. Roman (that’s me), the bestselling author of the novels X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy and Final Destination: Dead Man’s Hand.

Heartstopper_Cover Heartstopper: The Legend of La Bella Tenebrosa is a three-issue comic-book miniseries from 1995, starring Sebastienne “Annie” Mazarin, who currently acts as mentor to Pandora Zwieback in Pan’s novel series. Annie is a 400-year-old, shape-shifting monster hunter, and in this mini, published during the height of what became known as comic book’s notorious “bad-girl era” It’s written by Steven A. Roman (yep, me again) and illustrated by Uriel Caton (JSA Annual #1), Holly Golightly (School Bites), and David C. Matthews (Satin Steele). And best of all, all three issues are available for free download!

Loelei: Sects and the City Lorelei: Sects and the City is a mature readers’ graphic novel about Lorelei Munro, a flame-haired succubus who uses her soul-stealing powers to target bad guys—like the Elder God worshipers she crosses paths with. The cult wants to revive the former masters of Earth, and if Lori isn’t careful she might find herself becoming the latest blood sacrifice instead of humanity’s savior. It’s written by Steven A. Roman (are you surprised?), and illustrated by Eliseu Gouveia (The Phantom), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), and Neil Vokes (The Black Forest).

troubleshooters_lrg_coverTroubleshooters, Incorporated: Night Stalkings is a general readers’ graphic novel about a group of supernatural-superheroes-for-hire taking on their first case. The team consists of a wizard, a female ninja, a sorceress, a werewolf, and a rock ’n’ roll lighting designer wearing high-tech armor. Sure, they might not be on a power level with the Avengers or Justice League of America—they’re more like superpowered Ghostbusters—but they get the job done. The graphic novel is written by the husband-and-white team of Richard C. White (The Ultimate Hulk) and Joni M. White, and illustrated by Reggie Golden and Randy Zimmerman.

Visit each of the titles’ pages for more information, including sales links, sample art, and sample chapters.

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Larkin-Doc02 The large fan turnout made it the most successful Doc Con so far, so of course the showrunners wasted no time in inviting Bob back for next year’s gathering! That now makes three conventions in 2015 for which Bob will be a guest of honor: Eternal Con (June 13–14); New York Comic Con (October 8–11); and Doc Con XVIII (October). More information to come as the show dates get closer.

The Bob Larkin SketchbookAnd in case you weren’t aware, Larkin fans, StarWarp Concepts is the publisher of The Bob Larkin Sketchbook. It’s 24 pages of spectacular pencil drawings of Doc Savage, Pat Savage, the Shadow, and a host of other subjects by the talented Mr. Larkin, and is available exclusively from the StarWarp Concepts webstore. Order one today, and prepare to be superamalgamated!

Visit the Bob Larkin Sketchbook product page for all the ordering information, as well as sample pages.

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CarmillaIf you’re a fan of the series interested in reading the source material for the series, or are a fan of vampire fiction who’s heard of the novella but never read it, then have we got a book for you! Carmillais StarWarp Concepts’ most popular title in our Illustrated Classics line, and our edition features exclusive illustrations by Eliseu Gouveia, artist of The Saga of Pandora Zwieback Annual #1Lorelei: Sects and the City, and Vengeance of the Mummy. Here’s the synopsis:

Before Edward and Bella, before Lestat and Louis, even before Dracula and Mina, there was the tale of Carmilla and Laura.

Living with her widowed father in a dreary old castle in the woods of Styria, Laura has longed to have a friend with whom she can confide; a friend to bring some excitement to her pastoral lifestyle. And then Carmilla enters her life.

Left by her mother in the care of Laura’s father, Carmilla is young, beautiful, playful—everything Laura had hoped to find in a companion. In fact, the lonely girl is so thrilled to have a new friend that she is willing to overlook the dark-haired beauty’s strange actions…which include a disturbing, growing obsession for her lovely hostess.

Carmilla, it seems, desires more than just friendship from Laura….

“The way Le Fanu blends together desire and predation is spellbinding. A true Gothic story, Carmilla is great fun.”Gothic Beauty Magazine

Carmilla is a must-read for any true fan of vampire fiction.”LoveVampires.com

“Like many vampire romances, Carmilla and Laura’s love is doomed and unhealthy, but glorious.”io9

Carmilla is on sale in print for $10.95 US; the e-book is $2.99. Visit the Carmilla product page for the sales links.

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But that’s more than okay. You see, the editor of the book (as well as president of Black Coat Press and Riviere Blanche) is Jean-Marc Lofficier, someone I’ve known for years, in his roles as an editor and as a world-famous authority on Doctor Who, and the short story reprinted in this volume first appeared in Black Coat’s 2008 anthology, Tales of the Shadowmen 4: Lords of Terror. And besides, that’s a rather spiffy-looking, Vampirella-inspired cover painting by Mike Hoffman (The Saga of the Swamp Thing, Tigress Tales), isn’t it?

My story, “Night's Children,” involves Irma Vep (the femme fatale of the 1915–16 French movie serial Les Vampires) crossing paths with Count Orlock (the Dracula surrogate of F. W. Murnau’s 1922 horror movie, Nosferatu). It’s no romantic tale, however—Orlock is a rat-faced, bloodsucking monster, and Irma, an art thief, is his next intended victim. Who comes out the winner? You’ll only find out by reading the story!

So, if you love vampires and can read French, then visit the L’Almanach des Vampires product page at Riviere Blanche for all the ordering information. Or, if you’d prefer reading “Night's Children” in its original English, then visit the product page for Tales of the Shadowmen 4: Lords of Terror—it’s available in both print and e-book editions.

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3 DAYS TO KILL (Relativity): Kevin Costner is a CIA "cleaner" who has to balance a fatal illness with one last mission while he tries bonding w/his estranged daughter. A good actioner from director McG & producer Luc Besson.
Wed Oct 29, 2014, 6:21 AM
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JOHN WICK (Lionsgate): Keanu Reeves kicks much ass and shoots lots of people in the head in this fast-paced action film. And the moral of the story? Never shoot John Wick's dog—it makes John tense.
Wed Oct 29, 2014, 6:15 AM
SteveRoman:iconsteveroman:
DOCTOR WHO: THE 12TH DOCTOR #1 (Titan): Some good Doctor/Clara interplay and Moebius/Heavy Metal–inspired artwork make for a great kickoff to this new series of adventures. Recommended.
Sun Oct 19, 2014, 6:16 AM
SteveRoman:iconsteveroman:
RAGNAROK #1 (IDW): Walt Simonson has never lost a step in artistic quality, and this debut issue of his creator-owned series is absolute proof of it! Recommended.
Mon Aug 25, 2014, 5:53 AM
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LETTER 44, Vol. 1: ESCAPE VELOCITY (Oni Press): An interesting premise of a new POTUS learning of a secret space mission launched by his predecessor. Will it lead to first contact...or the first volley fired in a space war?
Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:33 AM
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DOCTOR WHO: THE 11th DOCTOR #1 (Titan Comics): Another woman of color aboard the TARDIS, to complement 10's companion in his new series? When did DW comics become more progressive than the TV show? Recommended.
Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:31 AM
SteveRoman:iconsteveroman:
DOCTOR WHO: THE 10th DOCTOR #1 (Titan Comics): Good story + good art + a Mexican-American female companion from Brooklyn, NY = a good start to this all-new series. Recommended.
Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:29 AM
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel Studios): Go and see this movie! 'Nuff said, as Stan "The Man" Lee would say.
Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:26 AM
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"What if the main character were—get this—a WRITER?"—The Worst Muse
Sun Aug 3, 2014, 6:09 AM
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"The only thing more important than the color of your protagonist's eyes is their signature catchphrase." The Worst Muse is a Twitter feed for all (bad) writers. Check it out! twitter.com/worstmuse
Sun Jul 20, 2014, 6:14 AM
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