Horror and the surreal: exploring manga artist Junji Ito’s work

Let’s take a moment today to wonder (and tremble) at the work of Junji Ito, manga master of horror and weird fiction.  With influences like H.P. Lovecraft, renowned manga artists and Japanese science fiction giants, Junji Ito’s art and stories should serve to provide you with nightmare fuel aplenty, as they have dutifully done since 1987. Continue reading


Podcastacular! 5 great podcasts to subscribe to (and which episodes to start with)

There are more podcasts out there than you can shake a stick at. There’s probably even a podcast celebrating the fact that there are more podcasts out there than you can shake a stick at. At any rate, here are five which excel at pumping rich, creamy goodness into your brain. And since the first episode of a podcast isn’t necessarily the best place to start (especially when you’re trying to convince someone else how great it can be), there are some suggestions included for each below as well. Let’s start at the top, shall we?

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The Shadow: a look back at the radio show, comic book and pulp serial

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Frank Readick Jr.

Do you like Batman? Do you like film noir? How about detective stories in general? Are you a living human being? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should probably familiarize yourself with The Shadow. I first became aware of The Shadow when I found cassette tape recordings of the golden age radio show at a thrift store. Lucky find. From there I moved onto the comics, dove in, and never looked back…except for those times I suspected someone was lurking behind me.

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