Wednesday, June 29, 2022

News of the Genres

The following articles and stories related to science fiction, fantasy, and horror recently appeared in various news sources online. An asterisk indicates that the article is of particular interest.

3 New Horror Movies Releasing This Week and “Stranger Things” Finishes Fourth Season! (Bloody Disgusting, June 28, 2022)

5 Great Horror Movies That Grossed Under $10 Million At The Box Office (GameRant, June 27, 2022)
Some horror movies are incredibly well-done, but they just didn't do that well at the box office.

5 Horror Movies to Stream This Week That Are Over 2 Hours Long! (Bloody Disgusting, June 27, 2022)

7 Horror Movies Coming Only to Movie Theaters This Summer! (Bloody Disgusting, June 28, 2022)

10 Best Horror Movies That Are Actually Comfort Movies (Collider, June 28, 2022)
Not every horror movie is meant to scare!

25 years ago, Nic Cage made his most explosive sci-fi movie ever—it was almost even better (Inverse, June 29, 2022)
Can you improve on perfection?

* 26 Science Fiction And Fantasy Novels By Trans And Nonbinary Authors (BuzzFeed News, June 7, 2022)
Celebrate Pride Month by reading these fantasy and science fiction novels by trans and nonbinary authors.

2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Winners (Locus, June 29, 2022)

* As Unpredictable as Humans: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (, June 29, 2022)

* Author Chen Qiufan Thinks Science Fiction Is the Best Genre to Discuss Climate (Bloomberg News, June 13, 2022)
The Chinese writer believes in the power of compassion and empathy in solving the climate change crisis.

'Barbarian': Georgina Campbell-Bill Skarsgård Horror Thriller Is An Airbnb Guest's Worst Nightmare (Yahoo! News, June 28, 2022)

Best Blumhouse Horror Movies, Ranked (Variety, June 24, 2022)

Best Killer Food in Horror Movies, Ranked (Movieweb, June 29, 2022)
Sometimes in horror movies, the focal point of all the terror comes from the kitchen.

Best summer books of 2022: Science fiction (Financial Times, June 23, 2022)
James Lovegrove selects his best mid-year reads

Blade Breaker: Victoria Aveyard’s Epic Fantasy Sequel Ups the Stakes For All (Paste, June 28, 2022)

The Creeping Catharsis of the 2022 Portland Horror Film Festival is Available in the Theater and Online (Portland Mercury, June 28, 2022)

Curtis Clow on crafting fantasy with a heart in ‘Beastlands: Keepers of the Kingdom’ (AIPT, June 28, 2022)
The fantasy epic lands on shelves June 29.

* Dan Chaon on When Science Fiction Is No Longer Science Fiction (Literary Hub, June 9, 2022)
In Conversation with Maris Kreizman on The Maris Review Podcast

* Fantasy & Fair Use: How Intellectual Property Plays a Critical Role for D&D (JD Supra, June 29, 2022)

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Is a (Literal) Deconstruction of Science Fiction (The Escapist, June 8, 2022)

* Has John Carpenter Become the True Horror Master? (Movieweb, June 29, 2022)
We look back at John Carpenter's career to see if he has a legitimate claim to the title of "True Horror Master."

Horror movie Barbarian looks like the ultimate Airbnb nightmare (Polygon, June 23, 2022)
Also Justin Long is there, for some reason

* How Abbott and Costello Helped Create the Horror Comedy (Movieweb, June 28, 2022)
Comedic duo Abbott and Costello had a huge hand in creating the horror-comedy, a movie genre that still thrives to this day.

How Brian and Charles Accidentally Ticks All The Science Fiction Boxes (IGN, June 29, 2022)
Genre is often the first descriptor you go to when talking about a movie. But what kind of movie is Brian and Charles? We sat down with the filmmakers (Jim Archer, David Earl, Chris Hayward, and Rupert Majendie) to discuss how they seamlessly blended elements from beloved sci-fi and adventure classics into a humble buddy comedy set in the English countryside.

* How Costumes and Conventions Brought Sci-Fi Fans Together in the Early 20th Century (Literary Hub, June 29, 2022)
Andrew Liptak on the Origins of Cosplay

How I realized I was trans by making terrible horror movies (CBC, June 29, 2022)
Tiffany Wice's early attempts at filmmaking helped her self-discovery — even though the films were 'so bad'

* How Mat Johnson’s sci-fi space satire captured our COVID-19 crackup — four years ago (Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2022)

​​Hugh Grant and Billie Piper to star in Netflix fantasy drama KAOS (RadioTimes, June 29, 2022)
The series will present the Greek gods as "a massive dysfunctional family", creator Charlie Covell previously told

In acclaimed sci-fi novels, Ada Palmer uses history to build a ‘deep and detailed world’ (UChicago News, June 27, 2022)
Nominated for a Hugo Award, UChicago historian’s ‘Terra Ignota’ series explores societal evolution and the importance of ‘partial victories’

‘The Invitation’ Trailer – Sony Horror Movie Puts a Fresh New Spin on ‘The Brides of Dracula’! (Bloody Disgusting, June 27, 2022)

Is Dungeons & Dragons Better as High Fantasy or Sword & Sorcery? (CBR, June 29, 2022)
D&D can be played as both an epic high fantasy story or a sword & sorcery adventure, but does it do one sub-genre better than the other?

Is science fiction our new reality thanks to humanoids? (New York Post, June 28, 2022)

The Lazarus Project: Neon's dense, but devilishly addictive sci-fi thriller (Stuff, June 29, 2022)

Learn How Science Fiction Films Help us Study the Future (SciFiEd)

‘Lisa Frankenstein’ – Diablo Cody Will Reassemble a Corpse in 1989-Set Horror-Comedy! (Bloody Disgusting, June 29, 2022)

* Mars science fiction writing is a 'Red Mirror' to today's world (Arizona State University News, June 23, 2022)
ASU English course subject of published paper in Science & Education

* My 2019 Sci-Fi Novel Was About a U.S. Where Abortion Is Illegal in 2022. But I Didn’t Predict the Future. (Slate, June 27, 2022)

Netflix Horror Movie ‘Demon House’: Everything We Know So Far (What’s on Netflix, June 28, 2022)
Filming has began on Netflix's upcoming horror movie 'Demon House'.

New ongoing fantasy ‘The Least We Can Do’ launching September 14th (AIPT, June 28, 2022)
Mysterious magical power arises from a world nearly destroyed by war.

* Octavia E. Butler, Sci-Fi Pioneer, and Her New Vision for Humanity (FlaglerLive, June 27, 2022)

One of the Must-Read Science Fiction Novels in 2022: Ground Zero by Sarah Spookychild (Yahoo! Finance, June 27, 2022)

* On nightmare noir, science fiction, and the lure of the gothic (CrimeReads, June 28, 2022)
Gothic tropes informed much of the earliest science fiction, and now the gothic provides a fruitful path between genres.

Princess on the Outside, Rebel on the Inside in This Sweeping Fantasy Adventure (BookTrib, June 29, 2022)

Read to Death: 5 Tales of Library Horror from TV Anthologies (Bloody Disgusting, June 28, 2022)

‘The Retaliators’ – Horror Movie Starring Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Releasing in September (Bloody Disgusting, June 28, 2022)

Samantha Allen Delivers Page-Turning Horror, Satire, and More in Her Debut Novel, ‘Patricia Wants to Cuddle’ (Shondaland, June 29, 2022)
In this creative new novel, the cast and crew of a fictional reality TV show have strange, even terrifying, encounters in their final days of filming.

The Sandman Trailer Teases the Right Amount of Horror and Fantasy (CBR, June 27, 2022)
With a release date and a new trailer, excitement is building for Netflix's The Sandman. But will it please fans who expect a faithful adaptation?

Science fiction opera coming to Coralville explores a future beholden to ‘The Machine’(Iowa City Press-Citizen, June 28, 2022)

* Sci-Fi Author Philip K. Dick Getting Biopic Treatment With ‘Only Apparently Real’ (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter, June 29, 2022)
Jon Shestack is producing a feature that will focus on a break-in that may or may not have occurred at the house of Dick, whose work inspired ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Total Recall.’

Sci-Fi Author Philip K. Dick to Get Biopic from Jon Shestack and Michael Richter (Collider, June 29, 2022)
Between alternate realties, mysterious break-ins and government surveillance Philip K. Dick's biopic is going to be wild.

Science Fiction: Sara A. Mueller’s ‘The Bone Orchard’ (The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022)
A murder leaves an imperial mistress searching for answers in a magical world saturated with scandal and betrayal.

The Stepfather (1987) Revisited – Horror Movie Review (JoBlo, June 29, 2022)

'They/Them': Trailer, Release Date, and Everything We Know So Far About Blumhouse's Conversion Camp Horror Film (Collider, June 29, 2022)
More like 'They Slash Them'.

* The Thing Turns 40: A Look Back At The Ice Cold Horror (GameRant, June 29, 2022)
The Thing has left a gory legacy, but it wasn't always considered the sci-fi horror masterpiece that it is now.

Tomorrowland has inspired an “epic fantasy trilogy” of novels and films (EDM)
The Tomorrowland plot thickens.

* UFO house in Brush Prairie delights science fiction enthusiasts as Airbnb (The Reflector, June 28, 2022)

* Why gender dissent and queer sci-fi can challenge surveillance: An interview with artist Shu Lea Cheang (GlobalVoices, June 29, 2022)
In primeval times, gender fluidity was common

You need to watch the most underrated sci-fi remake on HBO Max before it leaves this week (Inverse, June 28, 2022)
Considered too artsy for most and inferior to the original by genre nerds, this slow and cerebral redo is worth another look.

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