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“Audre’s Revenge Film Collective”

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In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.“

Henry Hasse Has Had It With Science Fiction

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Pornokitsch reprints a letter Henry Hasse wrote to Ray Bradbury’s Futuria Fantasia under the pseudonym, “Foo E Onya”  in 1939 (and notes the Hasse rebutted his own letter in the next issue). “The editor of this magazine [Ray Bradbury], under the impression that I am still one of that queer tribe known as science-fiction fans, […]

Interview with Ytasha L. Womack

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Kentake Page has an interciw with Ytasha L. Womack, editor of Afrofuturism: The World Of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy (among many other things). “In this interview with Kentake Page, Ytasha discusses the origins, rise and meaning of Afrofuturism as well as her own personal journey in this burgeoning movement.”

5 Questions with V. H. Galloway

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Graveyard Shift Sisters interviews science fiction and horror writer, V. H. Galloway. about her new book, The Un-United States of Z, her experiences with travel and her advice for a young Black geeky girl who wants to be a writer.

10 Comics I Liked in 2015

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I’m a little chilly after a strangely, even eerily warm Yuletide writing my annual list of comics I liked in 2015 suddenly snowed in in Montreal and then subjected to what I can only call, “Frost Giant Snot” on the long road home. As always, I try to choose comics I haven’t written about much […]

“The Time-Traveling Mystery Teens in…”

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Read the incredible adventures of “The Time-Traveling Mystery Teens in… Murder On Dinosaur Island!”

“The Indisputable, Irrefutable, Wholly Objective Best of 2015 List(s)”

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It’s time for Pornokitsch’s The Indisputable, Irrefutable, Wholly Objective Best of 2015 List(s)!

“‘The Black Dude Dies First’: Origins & More Musings”

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Some thoughts on Black characters dying first at Graveyard Shift Sisters. “I’m a bit sour to the notion that Black characters (always) die first as the issue skitters the line of accuracy. I’ve always watched horror movies a bit removed from this concept, consistently watching films that are more tainted by the formula. If Black […]

Pages from a Dune Activity Book

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Kitchen Overlord has 30 pages from the 1984 Dune Coloring Book and Dune Activity Book. (Thanks, Tim!)

An Interview with Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng

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SF Signal talks with authors Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng about Southeast Asian steampunk and their anthology, The Sea Is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia.

Cello Version of the Steven Universe Theme Song

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Aubrey Webber of the Doubleclicks performs the Steven Universe theme song. (via Geek Girl Con)

Three Islands

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A homophobic Tumblr post becomes Queer dystopian adventure fiction in two responses. Behold! (Thanks, Adele!)

“Navajos on Mars: Native Sci-Fi Film Futures”

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‘The recent rise of Native-produced sci-fi films is more than an academic fascination. These diverse set of films have the power to not only help us to reimagine our assumptions about the futures of Indigenous peoples, but also to serve as a cultural mirror enabling us to reassess the Western sci-fi futures we have internalized. […]

“The Greatest Actor Alive”

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The Atlantic profiles Max Von Sydow. “For a significant portion of his six decades onscreen, he has been the greatest actor alive. Now, in his 87th year on Earth, he may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture icon. In December, he’ll be seen in Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, in a role […]

“The Empire Strikes Thomas Kinkade”

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The Daily Banter has a galley of artist Jeff Bennett’s “Wars of Kinkade,” which integrate Star Wars into the paintings of Thomas Kinkade. “But one modern artist has finally figured out what Kinkade’s scenes are lacking. What they’ve always really needed to be complete. And that’s a full-scale invasion by Star Wars‘s Evil Galactic Empire.”

Women Destroy Science Fiction

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Read stories, essays and excerpts from Lightspeed magazine’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue, which just happened to win a 2015 British Fantasy Award!

“Strong Female Characters and the Double Standard”

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At Tor.com, Liz Bourke writes about the double standard in how strong female characters are evaluated: “But show me a female character whose major characteristics are competence with violence, willingness to defy authority, and the occasional ability to make entertaining banter, and I’ll show you a character who—I am willing to guarantee you—has been dismissed […]

“Fear You Can Hear”

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Nitrate Diva has a list of “31 of the Scariest Old Time Radio Episodes for Halloween.” Listen up!

“Even dogs assail’d their masters, all save one”

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At The Brattle Film Notes, Kerry Fristoe writes about The Road Warrior and Lord Byron’s poem, “Darkness,” in “The Road Warrior or Mad Max and Lord Byron Walk into a Bar…”

2016, Parts 1 and 2

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At Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill!, Todd reviews the two part Ghanian director Ninja’s film, 2016. “2016 is a movie that I am obligated to review by virtue of my having long ago joined the internet chorus of people trumpeting on about its insane trailer—and this despite the fact that all of you with any […]

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    “During the 1970’s Black filmmakers found their voices by making films that spoke to urban audiences in a way that had never been done before. Films like Sugar Hill, Abby, The Zebra Killers and so many more packed theaters with audiences hungry for Horror Movies where the Black Guy didn’t die first. 40 years later, Black horror films have made a lasting impact within the Black community. These films are national treasures and should be a part of any film collection. The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to the Blaxpolitation Horror films of 1974.” Click through for more. (via @GrveyardShiftSisters)

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    Mubi has a collection of film posters designed by Eva Švankmajerová, Surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker. Learn more about Eva Švankmajerová with an posthumous interview with Gwendolyn Albert, the translator of her novel, Baradla Cave.

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    At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering the lives of his workers. As Liberal mayor of Birmingham, he was an early, passionate proponent of what became known as “gas and water socialism”: he wanted to put those services within reach of every resident by putting them under the management of local government. So far, it’s hard to imagine the Earl of Grantham having much in common with this energetic, egalitarian entrepreneur.”

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    In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.

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    Please enjoy an hour of rare Bollywood synth funk (and an interview with DJ Fitz who put the mix together). (via @BethLovesBolly)

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    Nick Den Boer and Davy Force’s The Chickening is finally available to haunt your dreams forever. (The Gutter’s own Carol posted about The Chickening on the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Midnight Madness program blog here and here).

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