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Oh My Goth: Crimson Peak Trailer Delivers The Goods

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There’s fantastic news for fans of Hammer horror and good, old-fashioned gothic haunted house films: Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak creeps into theaters in October.

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.

I can scarcely imagine a better cast! Tom Hiddleston was exquisite as emo vampire Adam in 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and Mia Wasikowska brought brooding heroine beauty to her portrayal of Jane Eyre in 2011. Jessica Chastain has her own haunted history, having starred in 2013’s Mama, while Charlie Hunnam certainly proved his worth in del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

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The stories come to life in the first trailer for Goosebumps

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If you grew up in the ’90s, there’s a good chance you read a Goosebumps book or two. For me, Goosebumps was my favorite series of books as a kid. I liked it so much, I actually owned all 62 books in the original series. As such, when I heard that a Goosebumps movie was being made, my curiosity was piqued. But how do you adapt something like Goosebumps?

We’ve known for a while that the film would star Jack Black as R.L. Stine, and that it would deal with the monsters in his books coming to life somehow. For my money, this is a good idea and a smart way to approach the material. They could have just adapted one of the countless Goosebumps books, but the approach they’re using lets them draw from all of the stories, not just one.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a New Play, Not a Prequel

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J.K. Rowling has once again announced plans to further expand the ever-expanding Harry Potter universe, but this time she’s leaving the books behind. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play that will grace the London stage sometime in 2016, and the one thing she wants you to know is that the play is not a prequel.

Seriously. She really, really, REALLY wants to make that last point clear.

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Why the four houses in Harry Potter are actually a really clever way to get into the heart of Harry, Hermione, and Ron

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In the early Harry Potter books, the reader may be forgiven in thinking the four school houses are a little incoherent. They seemingly divide into good (Gryffindor), evil (Slytherin), academic (Ravenclaw) and picked-last-to-play-kickball (Hufflepuff).

But as we delve deeper into the books, it becomes apparent that the descriptions of each of the houses are more nuanced than that, and, in turn, that allows author J.K. Rowling to examine the difference between characters superficial traits and the essential traits underneath.

Beyond good and evil, the essential trait of those in the Gryffindor house is bravery, which is shown throughout the books. However, the essential trait of those in the Slytherin house is ambition, not evil.

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Follow Charlize Theron Into Dark Places

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After the critical success of last year’s Gone Girl, it’s no surprise that another cinematic adaptation of a Gillian Flynn book would eventually soon arrive in theaters. Here’s the synopsis of Dark Places:

25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize Theron) is approached by a secret society that specializes in complex, unsolved cases.

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5 Great Book-To-TV Adaptations

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If you’re like me, you can’t resist a good book-to-screen adaptation. One of my favorite things to do is compare what happens in the books to what plays out on the screen; I love the debate it can inspire. The best fodder for this is found with television adaptations, of which there are quite a few that I could go into. But I’ve narrowed it down to just five. Read on and see if you agree with me.

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The difference between Game of Thrones’ White Walkers and wights

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Who is the real villain in Game of Thrones? Could it be Cersei, who wants her brother dead, and would do anything to remain in power in King’s Landing? Or is it Peter Baelish, whose schemes and machinations are known only to himself. Or perhaps it’s Melisandre, who has no problem convincing her “King” to burn his own daughter alive. Or just maybe, it’s that stable boy we only see for about three seconds in season two, episode five (I’m on to you!)? If I was a betting man, I would say it’s the terrifying White Walkers, and their army of wights.

Why the distinction? Aren’t they all just the White Walkers?

Nope.

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Five Faves From Sci Fi / Fantasy Author Tanith Lee (1947 – 2015)

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The world of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers lost a legend on May 24 when Tanith Lee passed away at age 67. The first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for best novel for 1980’s Death’s Master, she also wrote more than 90 novels and 300 short stories. The first book of hers I read was the science fiction vampire novel Sabella, or The Blood Stone. I was immediately hooked. The more books I read, the more I fell in love with her writing. Lee’s skill at world building and character development is impeccable.

When someone is this prolific, it can feel like an overwhelming task deciding how to catch up and where to begin. Here are five of my favorite Tanith Lee books.

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