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Feature & Interview : Author Cristopher DeRose

Cristopher's writing spans over 30 years and I especially enjoyed his collection of short stories in Zombie Shuffle. Read on to discover where you can obtain his plethora of pencil scribbles. Cristopher is also a musician who's compositions are definitely worth a listen, as well as giving a read to a very interesting interview. Make sure to check out all of Cristopher's offerings darklings, it will be worth it. ( Author photo by Cristopher DeRose/Post Effects by Bruce S. Larson ) Bio Father, writer, photographer, and musician, Cristopher has had over 100 works published in the likes of Filmax, Cemetery Dance and was a Staff Writer for the (then-spelled) Sci-Fi Channel for several years. He worked as Editor for Dark Matter Magazine: A Chronicle of the Speculative Mind for its three-year run. His books range from the non-fiction as the Scribes of Speculative Fiction Series The Starsky and Hutch Trivia Quiz Book and the MASH Trivia Quizbook as well as fiction including Black M

Movie Review: The Rite

Demons, Exorcisms, Incest, The Holy Roman Catholic Church, and a young man who enters the seminary for all the wrong reasons.  Welcome to The Rite darklings. The Rite is a 2011 film is based on true events,  supposedly . It is directed by  Mikael Håfström with screenplay by Michael Petroni  and is based on a suggestion from the book by Matt Baglio  . It has quite a good cast which can be seen in the powerful performances. Colin O'Donoghue  plays our main character Michael Kovak who's father - Istvan played by Rutger Hauer expects him to take over the family mortuary business or become a priest. Michael figures he can have his cake and eat it too by going to seminary for a free education. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way, and instead Michael, along with his lack of faith, gets sent to Rome to take classes to become an exorcist.  Ciarán Hinds plays Father Xavier who not only is teaching said classes, but is also good friends with Michaels seminary advisor Father Matt

Review: Splinter

 Have you ever watched a movie minions that you really just didn't know what to say about it? That is what Splinter was to me, a shrug and a move on kinda thing. So, why did I watch it? I blame a friend - You know who you are. Splinter was recommended to me as a possibility for another article series I am working on. So I gave it a watch and decided it wasn't a good fit, but I'd review it instead, at least I could get something out of the time I'd spent watching it. There was nothing wrong so to speak about the movie, but I also found myself checking IG & FB throughout because it was a bit slow, and it was just a step above a syfy channel movie. NOT that, that is a bad thing, it's just a thing. (I'm using that word a lot in this review). I guess what I am trying to say is that it was alright. I didn't dislike it, but I won't go out of my way to ever watch it again. The concept of the story IMO was the best part. It had a lot of potential, and I would

Review: Dead and Buried

 Dead and Buried from 1981 may not be on your watch list for must see horror movies. In fact you might not even have heard of it. I had known about it for decades, but the clips (not the trailer. If I had seen the actual trailer I would have watched it in a heartbeat.)  I saw never really interested me enough to watch. My crypt mate had been bugging me for years to watch it with him, and I had always sighed in protest. That was until a couple of weekends ago, I am not sure why I relented this time but I'm glad I did. Well, actually that isn't completely true. I was eventually glad I did.  You see, the first ten to fifteen minutes or so were uninteresting and slow. I wanted to turn it off. Again, I gave in but with the caveat "It's only getting another ten minutes and then I'm done". What happened after that was a "WTF messed up kind of, WTF is going on!?" kinda moment. If you've never had one of those you will with Dead and Buried.  Per my usua