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 Horror Reviews on Flames Rising Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 02:02:22  
Reviews, Flames Rising

From role-playing games to television series, Flames Rising horror webzine offers hundreds of reviews on products from every world of horror imaginable. We feature nationally-distributed and licensed products like Hellboy, to small press ventures like the game InSpectres from Memento Mori. Our philosophy on reviews is simple: we encourage our horror reviewers to channel their inner Poe to write reviews that are easy-to-read and provide you, the horror fan, with the best information possible. Whether you enjoy paranormal romance or post-apocalyptic horror, this list has a little something for the monster in all of us. If you would like to be a horror reviewer for Flames Rising, we encourage you to visit our submission guidelines. We go out of our way to reward our regular horror reviewers, and encourage you to add your voice to our choir. Our reviews are listed in alphabetical order by type of review category (click on the "Read more..." link just below this paragraph). For an alternative means of navigation, feel free to take advantage of the search box on our site to find what you're hunting for.


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 Into the Mist: Humans Are Tasty! Posted: Thu, 26 Jan 18:51:26  
Fiction, Reviews, modern-horror
In Lee Murray's most recent novel, Into The Mist, we follow the exploits of Sergeant Taine McKenna's squad of professional soldiers, responsible for the safety of the group of geologists and biologists sent out to follow up on tantalizing news of the discovery of a large gold nugget. The squad is assigned to baby-sit this group of civilian scientists as they wander into the bush in search of the site where the gold was discovered. To make matters more complicated, shadowy corporate entities are interfering with the expedition, hoping to get the jump on their competitors and claim the mineral rights for their own firm. Tuhoe separatist rebels make an appearance as well, and they show up at a most inopportune time as the scientists and soldiers are struggling for their very lives against not only the elements and the rough terrain of Te Urewera National Park, but also against something more sinister -- and hungry: a creature that seems hell-bent on picking them off one by one, and that shows a level of unnatural patience and cunning in hunting them down.
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 The Poe Twisted Anthology Satisfies Posted: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:26:32  
Comics, Reviews, comic books
Many of the works of Edgar Allen Poe, while considered classics of literature today, don't often match up with modern literary sensibilities. It was somewhat surprising for me then, to come across Red Stylo Media's The Twisted Poe Anthology, an excellent collection of seven original tales inspired by the works of Poe. Published in 2011, this collection does not consist of adaptations -- retellings of Poe stories -- but rather, a brand new batch of original tales in the same spirit as Poe's work. All of the individual stories are available as digital downloads for 99 cents each; I have added links to the descriptions of those stories for convenience's sake. The first story, "Absolution", is written by Jason Ciaramella and illustrated by Enrique "Zeke" Savory, Jr. Absolution is a tragic tale of loss and guilt inspired by Poe's poem "The Raven."
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 Philip Athans’ Writing Monsters Review Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:53:54  
Nonfiction, Reviews, drivethrufiction
I’ve always enjoyed reading “how to” guides on a variety of topics. Even if I’ve read a similar subject before I’ll read them to see the different thoughts, beliefs and takes that particular writer has to say about the subject. Such was the case with Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. I’ve read a few guides on writing monsters, but it’s been awhile so this was a good refresher while learning Mr. Athans take on monsters and writing about them. Being a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s works myself, this book was off to a good start as the forward was written by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. “While Mr. Athans draws from an extremely impressive array of monstrous sources, we are, of course, particularly delighted to see the works of H.P. Lovecraft cited so frequently and so appropriately in this discussion. Lovecraft was indeed, as Athans states, a master of the monster.”
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 Looking For A Particular Demon? Look No Further! Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:52:47  
Nonfiction, Reviews, demons
Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures by Theresa Bane There have been an awful lot of demons mentioned in the bible, the Koran, the Torah, in classical literature, and elsewhere. You practically need a scorecard to keep track of all of them. McFarland & Company Publishers has produced a massive volume cataloging the numerous evil entities from the void, The Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures. Collected by Theresa Bane, this work includes a vast array of not only demons, but includes references to and entries for angelic entities, as well as a few with less clearly defined loyalties. These entities were written about in the religious texts of such diverse faiths as Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Ashurism, and from such ancient cultures as Sumeria, China, Scythians, Mayans, and many African cultures.
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 The Hungry Dead, a Series of Tasty Morsels Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:05:27  
Fiction, Reviews, ebooks
The Hungry Dead Selected & Edited by Lester Smith 146 pages Popcorn Press In a tribute to the speed at which the publishing industry is changing these days, The Hungry Dead is the first collection - that I'm aware of, at least - that purports to have been solicited, edited, collected and at the printer within one month. The fact that the solicitation process took place at least partly online may account for some of that speed. The Hungry Dead is a collection of poetry and short stories that mostly hovers around the title's stated theme. The excellent and evocative cover image shows a slightly decayed - yet no less well turned-out - young woman, a plate of brains in front of her, gold-plated knife and fork in hand.
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 Whispers from the Abyss, H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:41:52  
Reviews, cthulhu, drivethrufiction
On the subway, during lunch, or even under the fluorescent glow of your cubical there is no escape! Now your slow descent into madness can follow you through the day, as well as the night. The WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS ANTHOLOGY is the first ever H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection created specifically for readers on the go.
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 Trail of Cthulhu Eternal Lies Review Posted: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:45:31  
Reviews, RPGs, cthulhu
Every so often I get something to review that I have no idea what I’m getting myself into. Getting a copy of Eternal Lies campaign book for the Trail of Cthuhlu RPG (from Pelgrane Press) to review was one of those times. I’ve played Trail of Cthulhu once or twice at gaming cons, I’m familiar with several Cthulhu based games, and I love adventure/campaign sourcebooks in general so I thought this would be a quick and easy review. However, I was simply shocked when I opened up the PDF file for the first time to discover that Eternal Lies has a four hundred page count! How could this be? As I understood it, Eternal Lies is a sourcebook for only one complete campaign. I’ve seen campaign books half this size with several adventures in it, but nothing this large before. How can this book be 400 pages? And all 400 pages for one campaign? The audacity! The immensity! The madness! The size, and there for the incredible scope that this adventure must be was suddenly daunting.
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 Gygax Magazine #1 Review Posted: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:45:31  
Reviews, RPGs, dungeons and dragons
From the moment I opened up the PDF on my laptop I knew Gygax, a quarterly adventure roleplaying aid, was going to tap into everything that has made gaming great since the beginning. The cover was “classic” in every way and it reminded me of the many old Dragon magazines I have flipped through over the years. I immediately felt comfortable like I was meeting up with an old friend, one I had not seen in quite some time and someone I was very fond of. The cover art titled “Still Unlucky” by Daniel Horne depicts two poor adventurers being snuck up on by a nasty looking ettin and it made me laugh.
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 Dept. of Monsterology: Issue 3 of 4 Review Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:26:33  
Comics, Reviews, drivethrucomics
Hey there fans of Flames Rising! I gotta tell you, I was pretty excited about diving into issue #3 of the Dept. of Monsterology. So far the issue has been well written, possesses some good, witty dialogue, and the artwork has been spot on in setting the feel and tone of this pulp-supernatural series. Issues 1 & 2 were interesting rides while building up to some serious trouble for both Team Challenger and Team Carnacki. Things were already going downhill for Carnacki by the end of issue #2, and trouble loomed on the horizon for Team Challenger. So how does issue #3 fare?
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 Monsterhearts RPG Review Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2014 15:20:19  
Reviews, RPGs, indie rpgs
Monsterhearts should come with two warning stickers. The first is “Warning: This is a game for mature gamers and deals with adult themes.” It doesn’t have this because that sort of warning fits the Book of Erotic Fantasy rather than a genuinely mature take on the subject matter. It has lead to some of the most intense and immersive experiences I’ve ever had roleplaying, but I refuse to play it with my main tabletop roleplaying group. The second is “Warning: This game can go into uncomfortable territory. Discuss expectations and respect boundaries.” It doesn’t have this, and Monsterhearts is the only game I’ve played that’s imploded when it has become clear that one player doesn’t know the meaning of the word “consent”. Better there than in real life. So what is Monsterhearts? Monsterhearts is based on the Apocalypse World rules and claims to be about “The messy lives of teenage monsters”.
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 Dept. of Monsterology: Issue 2 of 4 Review Posted: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:18:13  
Comics, Reviews, comics
Review by Steven Dawes As a reviewer, I make it a point to not give out any spoilers if I don’t have to. However, after reading issue Department of Monsterology Issue #2 (and #3 once I finish this review), a few spoilers tidbits will have to start coming out. If you don’t want to risk […]
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