Nobody Can Cool is an awesome neo-noir thriler by first-time feature directors Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman (jointly known as Dpyx). Tense, intense and relentless, it’s dark, twisted and great fun. I’d already seen it at the Jennifer’s Bodies ladyfest horror festival in 2014, but I quickly took the opportunity to see it again and write a full length review of it.
Young couple Susan and David head out to a friend’s cabin for a weekend to resolve their issues, but upon arriving find it already occupied by Len and Gigi, who turn out to be criminal lovers on the run after a job went wrong. The undesirable situation quickly escalates into a series of shifting power plays and unyielding tension. Read the rest here.
The second in the Magisterium series of YA fantasy novels, The Copper Gauntlet continues the secret war of its teenage mages against a megalomaniacal necromancer.
The Copper Gauntlet returns us to the world of the Magisterium mage school and the continuing adventures of Call Hunt and his friends. When we last left Call he had just discovered that he is the reincarnation of chaos mage the Enemy of Death, and after Call’s father steals a magical artefact that can destroy anything infused with chaos magic, Call is unsure whether or nor not his intention is to save him or kill him. Read the rest here.
When We Were Animals is a coming of age drama about a teenage girl trying to fit in with her friends in the supernaturally tainted town where they’re growing up. It was a bit pretentious and really not all that good. And despite the implication of the opening paragraph below, it’s nothing to do with werewolves.
The small town of Pale Miranda has a secret. Every full moon the teenagers go all call of the wild and riot naked through the town and the surrounding woods. Known as breaching, it’s seen as a rite of passage for all local young people. The awkward and isolated Lumen is sure she will never breach, nor experience the animalistic side of her peers. Read the rest here.
The Affinity Bridge is the frst of a series of steampunk mystery novels taking us into the heart of retro-futuristic Victorian London. The premise was fun enough, but the story was severely lacking in characterisation.
Comparable to Abaddon’s Pax Britannia setting – specifically Jonathan Green’s Ulysses Quicksilver novels – The Affinity Bridge sees Crown agent Sir Maurice Newbury and his new assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes investigate hauntings, undead risings, a mysterious airship crash and a series of grisly murders. Read the rest here.
Blood Punch asks the question of what do you get when veterans of children’s TV set out to make a horror/comedy/drama/crime/sci-fi movie starring a trio of twentysomething New Zealanders from a previous iteration of Power Rangers? The answer is something pretty damn awesome.
Meth cook Milo is broken out of a rehab clinic by alluring bad girl Skyler and her psychotic cop boyfriend Russell in order to manufacture a huge amount of drugs in a single day. The secluded cabin where they hole up soon becomes the setting for a tale of madness, chaos and death. Read the rest here.
In a future America ravaged by a plague of mutants, Bust tell the story of a casino card dealer forced to become a gladiatorial pit fighter who becomes a symbol of resistance for the people against the sadistic oppression they live under.
Post-apocalyptic despair never gets old.
In the America of the near future, a mysterious virus has ravaged humanity, turning people into mindless slavering mutants and leading to the downfall of civilisation. The last bastion of humanity, Austin, Texas, is a decaying purgatory, merely a populated reflection of the post-apocalyptic wasteland outside its walls. The only difference is that the chaos is orderly, structured, refined. Read the rest here.
The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane is a lavish and lurid space opera of short but intense stories mixing pulp sci-fi with garish fantasy, all told in Baroque artwork. It’s pure ’70s and utterly glorious.
6 Voyages begins with space traveller Sloane being chosen by a sentient throne and taken to the mad priests of a dormant deity, where an experiment gone wrong imbues him with phenomenal cosmic power and accompanying madness, so beginning a ceaseless journey across the universe and encounters with the bizarre entities populating it. Read the rest here.
Demon Road is a new young adult novel from Skulduggery Pleasant author Derek Landy. Mixing horror and fantay with a touch of teenage angst, it’s a never-ending road trip of legends, monsters and yes, demons. I enjoyed it.
Amber is not having a good day. First: she’s just found out that her parents are demons, and so is she. Second: they and their friends are going to kill and devour her to absorb her demonic energy as they have been doing with all their previous children over the last century. To escape she goes on the run aided by mysterious driver Milo, who may or may not be the manifestation of an urban legend, and Glen, a talkative and slightly annoying young Irish man doomed by a death curse. Together they travel the Demon Road, a metaphysical highway linking the supernatural underworld that hides in plain sight throughout the dark heart of America. Read the rest here.
Zero World is equal parts sci-fi, action thriller and espionage mystery. It first gradually draws you in to the seemingly impossible enigma of its setup, then throws you somewhere entirely unexpected.
Promised the greatest mission he’s ever faced, assassin Peter Caswell finds himself sent through a wormhole and transported to a planet that appears to be a less technologically advanced copy of Earth. There he must hunt down a missing scientist using her futuristic knowledge to play god with the world before any damage her actions cause becomes irreparable. Read the rest here.
Out of Time is a surreal but amusing one-shot comic about the employees of a corporate time travel company battling with office tedium and people wreaking havoc with the space-time continuum.
As new girl Lizzie is shown the ropes by cynical time traveller Redmond, we are introduced to a bizarre set of people and a surreal world is haltingly revealed, her presence facilitating a series of vignettes that takes us through the incongruous everyday of futuristic life. Imagine the crew of Red Dwarf starring in a 2000AD Future Shock and you’ll be some of the way there. Read the rest here.