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Heroic Dreams
Heroic Dreams
by Nigel Suckling
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Braves, 29 May 2014
This review is from: Heroic Dreams (Hardcover)
This large format, inch thick, HB/dj provides a history of the fantasy hero, from Conan to the space age via Arthurian legend, built around a collection of fantasy art from the 70s/80s. As such, it is similar in style to the Terran Trade Authority Handbooks (see my other review). It also features many of the artists from that sci-fi series (Jim Burns, Angus McKie, Tony Roberts etc.) and it is interesting to compare their work in both genres. Additionally, there are some paintings by the late, great Richard Clifton-Dey, one of the leading cover artists of NEL paperbacks and the book is worth buying for that alone, as I believe it is the only selection which includes examples of his work.


Long Hair of Death (I lunghi capelli della morte) [DVD]
Long Hair of Death (I lunghi capelli della morte) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Antonio Margheriti

3.0 out of 5 stars Which is the Switch for I's Witch?, 5 Feb 2014
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To cut a long story short (!), a baronial father/son burn a witch and drown/poison her daughters who then return from the grave to exact revenge in a like manner. This mid-60s Italian horror film doesn't have much in the way of scary imagery (apart from the odd decayed corpse) and is more like a thriller with a medieval setting and a witchcraft theme. What it lacks in plot/shocks, however, it makes up for in production design/cinematography. Most of the action takes place in a fabulous old castle with sumptuous set decoration and the actors are dressed in impressive period costumes. It is shot in stark b&w which gives it a film noir quality, especially in the crypt scenes where the massive shadows seem to symbolise the dark deeds afoot (further film restoration required as there are some visible marks here and there). This Region 2 DVD contains: optional dubbing in English; 2 interviews in Italian; an informative booklet in both and a scene selection menu. The main reason to watch it, though, is the on-screen presence of Babs Steele whose stunning beauty transforms her every scene. She really does have eyes/cheekbones to, er... die for!


Dracula Annual
Dracula Annual
by Esteban Maroto
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fang-garlic-in' Good, 23 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Dracula Annual (Hardcover)
For those of us old enough to remember (I had the second issue when it came out), Dracula was a remarkable comic published by New English Library in the early 70s. It was unlike anything else at the time as it was printed in full colour, on quality paper and featured the fabulous fantasy/horror strips of Spanish illustrators: Jose Bea, Esteban Maroto, Enric Sio and Alberto Solsona as well as the macabre cover paintings of Enric Torres. The Count himself only appeared on the title's masthead but inside there was: Wolff (a kind of Conan the Barbarian figure); Sir Leo (a Victorian supernatural investigator) and Agar Agar (a beautiful maiden in a psychedelic world) plus, of course, many buxom babes in the briefest of bikinis! This large (and I do mean LARGE!) HB annual was issued, I think, shortly after the 12 comic run and reprinted the entire series sans covers. Cape stuff!
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Remasters
Remasters
Price: 8.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Circle, 24 Oct 2013
This review is from: Remasters (Audio CD)
The track selections on Led Zep compilations, as with those of most other bands, are much of a muchness. What sets this one apart from the others, however, is the digital remastering by guitarist Jimmy Page which breathes new life into the old classics. The musical versatility of the band is evident from the blues of Since I've Been Loving You to the folk of Battle Of Evermore to the ska of D'Yer Mak'er to the rock of Communication Breakdown. The notable omission (hence four stars) is When The Levee Breaks which was their best song, IMO. I'll never forget meeting Jimmy and getting his autograph at Paddington station; a great guy and a great group. For rock trivia fans: the crop circle on the cover was situated near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire.


Voodoo Session
Voodoo Session
Price: 6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Tubby the Tenor, 31 July 2013
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This review is from: Voodoo Session (MP3 Download)
Cool-as-a-fridge, modern jazz EP in MP3 format from the equally cool 60s horror film Dr Terror's House of Horrors, starring Peter Cushing. Of the five short stories which make up the movie, this is found in the middle section where Roy Castle, playing with the Tubby Hayes Quintet, steals music from a Voodoo ritual with dire consequences. The three numbers present are Voodoo (in Afro-Cuban 6/8 time); Give Me Love (with guest vocal from Kenny Lynch) and Bailey's Blues (Roy's trumpet solo). I've docked it a star as there is also a groovy calypso number in the story, Everybody's Got Love, featuring Kenny again with the Russ Henderson Steel Band, which should, perhaps, have been included herein. Still great, though, and the film is a must see. R.I.P. Peter, Roy & Tubby.


Faeries
Faeries
by Brian Froud
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Fellas' Master Work, 28 July 2013
This review is from: Faeries (Hardcover)
Magical, large format, HB/dj book on the world of fairies with excellent pencil/pen & ink/watercolour illustrations by Messrs. Froud & Lee. The first section is set out rather like a naturalist's notebook with jottings and sketches on different fairy types, from Brownie to Will o' the Wisp, as if they had been seen and catalogued in the field. The second section is a botanist's version of same, detailing the plants which are connected to fairies in lore. This informal layout, while engaging, leaves it feeling rather unfinished, hence four stars. A book which will delight children of most ages (although the very young might be scared by some of the more grotesque entries - they're not all elfin babes!) and inspire Fantasy artists alike. This review is from the original 1978 edition which I bought for a fairy song on a well known auction site.


Commando 50 Years: A Home for Heroes
Commando 50 Years: A Home for Heroes
by George Low
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Commanding View, 18 July 2013
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Large (and I do mean LARGE), HB book chronicling the history of Commando (pocket-size war comic from the 60s onwards). For those of us who read it as boys, it's a trip down memory lane; for those who didn't, it's a chance to appreciate a truly great British strip. The title is viewed from different aspects with chapters on the artists and writers; six of the best stories are reprinted in full, with original covers (where I was pleased to find that my favourite artist in the genre, Jose Jorge, is represented) and there is a numbered checklist for collectors. I saw some of the original art at the N.A.M. exhibition in summer 2012 and it's good to have it in a permanent format.


The Rocketeer
The Rocketeer
by Dave Stevens
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Retro Rockets!, 29 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Rocketeer (Paperback)
Large format, PB, compendium volume of the late Dave Stevens' meisterwerk, originally published as a series. This is effectively a 1930s pulp fiction story in graphic novel format about a top secret rocket pack which, by chance, falls into the hands of our hero and causes him many misadventures. The artwork is stylish and sexy (especially on the Betty Page-alike photo shoots) and sometimes caused a delay in production due to Dave's meticulousness. It was subsequently made into a period fantasy film with a star turn from Tim Dalton as the baddie, as well as some remarkable flying sequences. Boop-Oop-Be-Doop (sorry, wrong Betty)!


Getting To This
Getting To This
Price: 11.34

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4.0 out of 5 stars Makin' Bacon, 23 April 2013
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This review is from: Getting To This (Audio CD)
Second and most commercially successful album by this Jethro Tull spin-off band, formed by their erstwhile guitarist, Mick Abrahams. A truly eclectic mix of musical styles can be found herein from the driving swing of Drive Me to the art song of San Francisco Sketches, all underpinned by the twin front line of guitar and sax, the latter finely played by former jazzer Jack Lancaster. The two page booklet is a facsimile of the original LP sleeve c/w board game and puzzles but you'll need a magnifying glass to do 'em! For more in a similar (although less frenetic!) vein, check out the first offering by Aviator. Aviator [VINYL]


Danger is My Business: An Illustrated History of the Fabulous Pulp Magazines
Danger is My Business: An Illustrated History of the Fabulous Pulp Magazines
by Lee Server
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Pulps Well Served, 29 Mar 2013
Excellent history of American pulp magazines covering the first half of the C20. The book is divided into themed chapters such as detective, horror & fantasy, sci-fi etc. with riveting sketches of the industry's characters, such as the tragic writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan and the Weird Tales illustrator Margaret Brundage, who worked in pastel. Best of all, though, are the numerous, full size, colour reproductions of the mags themselves with their fabulous and often sexy cover art. "The Shadow knows".


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