The Nightmare Factory’s Pinheads & Hellbound Hearts


There is a rumor whispered in the forgotten catacombs of BookPeople – a rumor that hints at the existence of an arcane order of depraved explorers. These phantom pilgrims are alleged to spelunk the haunted caverns of the world’s most exquisitely terrifying fiction searching – always searching – for a more heightened state of horror. Can the craven appetites of the Nightmare Factory Book Club ever be satisfied? Will your own unspeakable desires ever be slaked? Have you read Clive Barker‘s transgressive, transcendent novella The Hellbound Heart? Join our discussion at 8:00 p.m. in the cafe at BookPeople to add your fuel to our fire so that we may together see even farther into the abyss.

The Hellbound Heart is an honest-to-badness modern classic, serving as the inspiration for the Hellraiser film franchise and birthing the ubiquitous demon Pinhead into the world and onto the shelves of costume…

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Book Review: Big Mojo by Jack Getze—and a Giveaway!

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Big MojoBig Mojo
An Austin Carr Mystery #3
Jack Getze
Down & Out Books, September 2014
ISBN 978-1-937495-76-3
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

Wall Street’s miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady-or her brother’s inside information?

Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a dubious past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered “Mr. Vic” Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants.

To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discover the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo and slam the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider…

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Book Reviews: The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten and The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman

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The Fire DanceThe Fire Dance
An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation #6
Helene Tursten
Translated by Laura A. Wideburg
Soho Crime, January 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61695-010-1

Fifteen years is a long time between police investigations involving the same person, but that is what Inspector Irene Huss finds as she investigates the death of a young woman, Sophie, who as an eight-year-old girl was suspected of arson in the death of her stepfather when their house burned down. What is so striking in the present is that Sophie was burned to death.

The novel proceeds basically in fits and starts, as Irene and the rest of the Gotberg Murder Squad encounter other cases taking up time, and as she seeks either a clue to the past, as well as the present, or inspiration. Sophie had grown up to be a choreographer and dancer who created a dance called, naturally, The Fire Dance, which debuts posthumously to…

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Book Review – FURIOUS COOL: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him


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Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by David Henry & Joe Henry
Reviewed by Steve(n)

Richard Pryor was a spearhead of righteous anger, a mad poet, and an inflammatory missile of social justice. He was a drug-addled demon, a rampaging tyrant, and a catastrophic force of destructive violence. He was a misunderstood prophet, a foulmouthed fount of extemporaneous brilliance, and a unique comic voice. He spoke the truth, and, most importantly, that dude was funny.

As Pauline Kael wrote, “Pryor shouldn’t be cast at all – he should be realized. He has desperate, mad characters coming out of his pores, and we want to see how far he can go with them.”

Pryor’s many polarizing selves – all brazenly honest, all true to life – earned him exultant praise and defamatory criticism in equal measure, both of which he came by honestly. To quote the man himself…

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I #SupportWNDB – The Series: Being A Better Writer Means Being Diverse



How Diversity Makes You A Better Writer

Christa Wojo

How Diversity Makes You a Better Writer

Living in Panama for nearly a decade, I’ve learned what it feels like to be isolated from the rest of society. Now I’m more or less at home and speak Spanish well, but when I first moved here and didn’t know the language. People stared at me, a tall blue-eyed blond girl, like I was a Sasquatch. I was a minority in a world of Salsa and juega vivo. I was gringa.

I hid in the house and watched CSI reruns because that was the only show on in English. I remember one time I was listening to the radio while waiting for my husband in the car, and in the midst of reggaeton and obnoxious screaming DJ, a song by The Strokes came on. I think I almost cried. I felt like I…

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