Must-See Genre TV

Thank goodness the summer is over! We finally have an excuse to stay indoors, away from the burning orb in the sky, and huddle for entertainment in front of the television. As far as genre shows are concerned, the Fall 2013 season begins tonight*, and I’m super excited about some of the new series. In fact, I’ve been so eager for some of the new shows that I made myself a list of the premiere dates and times back in July. Lucky for you, I’m a benevolent minor deity blogger so I decided to expand the list to include all of the scifi, fantasy, and geek-friendly shows and share the whole caboodle with you.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to…

[Photo by Kevin Dean]

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Steve Berman has sent us the table of contents for his upcoming themed anthology Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula, coming in October from Lethe Press.

Who is one of the most filmed, most admired characters in English Literature? Yes, Sherlock Holmes. And Lethe Press did release an anthology of queer-themed Holmesian fiction, A Study in Lavender. Well, we’re taking on the next such character in a forthcoming anthology Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula. Featuring many talented authors–such as Stoker and Lambda Literary Award winner Lee Thomas, multiple Shirley Jackson Award winner Laird Barron, acclaimed writer Livia Llewellyn, Pauline Reage Novel Award winner Jeff Mann–this book offers a unique retelling and aftermath tales to Stoker’s infamous novel. Edited by Steve Berman, owner of the foremost publisher of queer speculative fiction, Lethe Press.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Cover & Synopsis: “Johnny Alucard” by Kim Newman

Titan Books has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman.
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Revisiting Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It’s October, and taking off from the end of September, we’ve shifted gears from Science Fiction to Horror Fiction on the Kirkus Reviews blog, where I continue with Bram Stoker and his famous novel, Dracula.

So, to bring in a dreary and dark autumn, go read Bram Stoker’s Dracula over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog!

A Brief History of the Vampire Novel

With Fall approaching and the days getting shorter, it’s time to get into the mood of the season…

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the history of Vampire novels, from 1816 to 2005.

Read A Brief History of the Vampire Novel on the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

The Vampire Is Always within Us: A Conversation with Ian Holt

INTRODUCTION

I love literary synchronicities, that tendency for oddly meaningful coincidences to occur in conjunction with books and authors. Everybody is familiar, for example, with the famous phenomenon of “just the right book,” in which a new book, author, article, or essay will spontaneously pop up in a person’s life and prove to be just the thing that he or she was looking for or needing to read at that exact moment.

So maybe it’s a fortuitous sign that a minor event of this kind accompanied my recent decision to finalize and publish, at long last, the following interview with Dracula expert Ian Holt, who, working with Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker, co-authored Dracula: The Un-Dead, the official, Stoker-family-sanctioned sequel to Dracula published in 2009. It’s been many months since John DeNardo here at SF Signal gave me the welcome assignment/opportunity to interview Ian. It’s also been many months since I actually conducted the interview via an hour-long phone call. Soon after Ian and I spoke, I went on cyber-sabbatical, withdrawing from all of my online activities and going into hibernation for five months. So the recording just sat there untranscribed, with a truly fascinating conversation lying dormant (“sleeping the sleep of the undead,” as Charlie Brewster might say) in a digital coffin.

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