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AHS: Apocalypse and all things horror coming to Amazon Prime in September 2019

Halloween season is right around the corner. Get in the mood with Amazon’s September horror picks including AHS: Apocalypse and Ma!

September means it’s the back-to-school season, which is a total bummer. But it also means we’re almost into fall and Halloween! There is no better time to indulge in horror and Amazon is supplying fans with several new selections from recent favorites to old classics.

If you didn’t get the chance to catch Octavia Spencer’s sinister turn in Ma, you’ll be able to rent it this month through Amazon Video! And while you’re watching American Horror Story: 1984, be sure to catch up on last season’s apocalyptic showdown.

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Who should play the title characters in the adaptation of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon?

WASHINGTON, DC — 10/25/16 — Trevante Rhodes (left) and Andre Holland star in the coming of age movie, Moonlight…by André Chung #_AC19247

Many thought Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was lost to the black hole where unfinished scripts go, but an adaptation is finally on its way!

Originally, the legendary George A. Romero was going to direct an adaptation of one of Stephen King’s lesser-known books, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Sadly, when Romero passed away, the script was buried in the Hollywood abyss.

But now, per The Hollywood Reporter, Romero’s wife, Chris Romero, will be teaming up with the producers behind King’s latest big-screen hit, It, to bring Tom Gordon to life.

If you haven’t read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, I recommend it. It’s not the typical King-brand of horror. The book is far more psychological than we’re used to and has been branded as such.

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After the Wedding cinematographer Julio Macat talks to us about the beauty of the film

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After the Wedding is a new drama film starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and Billy Crudup. We spoke with the film’s cinematographer, Julio Macat.

f the name After the Wedding sounds somewhat familiar, you may have seen the 2006 film of the same name that starred Mads Mikkelson. The 2019 film is a remake of the movie, but the roles have been swapped to make the two leads female instead of male.

Isabel (Michelle Williams) is the co-founder of an orphanage in Kolkata. She travels to New York to meet with a potential benefactor named Theresa (Julianne Moore). The day of their meeting happens to fall right before Theresa’s daughter is set to be married. Isabel winds up in attendance at the wedding and suddenly finds her past coming back to haunt her.

With such an esteemable cast and dramatic story, it’s hard to resist the allure of a film like After the WeddingAccomplished cinematographer, Julio Macat, whose work you’ve previously seen in movies like Home AloneThe Wedding PlannerPitch Perfect, and A Walk to Remember, chatted with us about the process of crafting an intimate and meaningful film and what it was like working with incredible actors like Moore and Williams.

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3 ways the new Blair Witch game looks awesome

A new trailer for the upcoming Blair Witch game reveals more of the story. Here are three reasons the game should make fans excited.

Fans have been anticipating the new Blair Witch game since the eerily gorgeous trailer debuted at E3. The collaboration between Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games has everyone anticipating a quality narrative and storyline.

We finally have the official story trailer for the game, which will be released in a little over a week, and it looks amazing. It’s currently available to pre-order through Steamor the Xbox One store. Unfortunately, the game is not going to be released on Playstation 4, at least, for the time being.

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Book Review: The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Missing Wife by Sam CarringtonThe Missing Wife by Sam Carrington
Published on June 27, 2019
Genres: Thriller, Fiction
Links: Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

Source: NetGalley

Imagine turning up to your own party, and recognising no one. Your best friend has just created your worst nightmare.

Louisa is an exhausted, sleep-deprived new mother and, approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing she wants to do is celebrate.

But when her best friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Lou’s Facebook friends, she’s faced with a new source of anxiety altogether: a room full of old college classmates who she hasn’t spoken to in twenty years. And one person in particular she never expected to see again is there – her ex-boyfriend from college, the handsome and charismatic Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers what happened that night differently. It could be the alcohol, but it seems more than one person has something to hide.

Louisa is determined to find the truth about what happened to Melissa. But just how far does she need to look…?

The Missing Wife is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I have to say I’m pretty disappointed in it. I think my main issue is that I felt like I had read this book multiple times already. There seems to be a strange, growing trend in the psychological thriller genre that involves new mothers struggling to keep their sanity in the midst of having a newborn child. I understand that postpartum depression is a real thing, but it is overused and overdone in books and sometimes even a little insensitive to the real-life mothers experiencing it.

Louise is having serious issues with her newborn baby. She continually forgets to feed him! She has a type of amnesia that makes her forget large parts of her past. All this and yet none of her friends, or even her husband, seriously consider getting her help? Then her husband and supposed best friend think it’s a good idea to throw her a birthday party. The party is where the story’s central conflict kicks off. One of Louisa’s exes shows up. His name is Oliver, and he’s a creep.

Oliver’s wife, Melissa, goes missing during Louisa’s birthday party and Lou can’t seem to remember anything about it. It’s an exciting plot, but again, I’ve read this story before. I admit I checked out about halfway through the story and skimmed the rest to figure out what the ending would be.

I was hoping the ending would make up for the rest of the novel, but it doesn’t, sadly. It’s very over-the-top and nonsensical. For a book that was extremely slow-paced for the bulk of the story, the ending suddenly throws the novel into hyperspeed.

Overall, The Missing Wife was not my cup of tea.

Should you read The Missing Wife?

It’s not a book I would recommend. Two other 2019 releases, Little Darlings, and The Mother’s Mistake, both have similar storylines and have tighter-pacing and more inventive plotting. I’d recommend checking those out instead if you’re intrigued by the main plot of this one.

Thank you to NetGalley and AvonBooks UK for allowing me the chance to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Quick Thoughts: The Doctor by Lisa Stone

  • Preorder The Doctor today on Amazon.
  • Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis: When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Anita, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Anita is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

A gripping, sinister thriller with a twist you won’t see coming from the international bestseller Lisa Stone.


Full review and rating will be posted on June 19th.

Oh my god this book…was wild. This my expression when I actually started to get into the plot and realized it wasn’t gonna be your typical domestic thriller:

Me during the third act though because I got so annoyed and frustrated:

ALSO THE FINAL TWIST? I’m not sure how I felt about it but I think I dig it. Definitely leaves the door open for more but I wish there was a tad more explanation behind it.

This reminded me of an old-school R.L. Stine book, which I loved. I do feel it’s a little more horror than a straight thriller, also a compliment.

The Doctor will be published on June 24th!

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Thoughts on Black Mirror S5 E2; Smithereens

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Spoilers ahead!

The fact the writers chose not to show us the ending of this episode because in real life if the same incident happened we would all clear the notification and go on with our days because there’s nothing we can do as a society we’ve all become extraordinarily desensitized to violence, particularly gun violence, that it’s pretty sickening and people get into car crashes on the regular because they’re selfish assholes who can’t go 20 minutes without looking at their phones?

OH AND, I loved the touch of social media conglomerates and tech industries having instant access to people at the expense of everyone’s privacy – more so than the police.

It’s wild out here. But catch me still telling Alexa to play white noise to lull me to sleep.

Also you know what else, food for thought, something I keep thinking about is that the real-life counterparts of Billy Bauer would never take such a humanistic approach to a hostage situation like this. And I’m not saying they should because it’s fucked up and what Chris did is beyond any level of an acceptable manner of grief (also let’s talk about the entitled straight white guy thing too right?)

But it reminds me of why I avoid Facebook. At the end of the day, Mark Zuckerberg sees us all as numbers on a page and in his bank account. What does he care about how his tech influences the masses so long as he makes his bottom dollar? I mean he’s proven it by the amount of privatized data he’s sold.

I don’t want to sound all “old man yells at clouds,” because technology is amazing and I use it every day. Yet that doesn’t mean the corporations behind it are altruistic. It doesn’t mean we can, or should, be complacent to letting it eat away our minds and I think that tends to be the general moral code of Black Mirror, beneath all the cynicism.

Also I don’t agree with the take I’ve seen on here that this episode is just “social media is bad!” I didn’t get that vibe at all? I think that’s a fairly superficial reading of the episode. To me, it struck a balance. By showing how fast the Smithereen tech team were able to get Andrew’s information the episode was saying, “hey not everything is bad out here look at how useful these tools can be when in the right hands.” It’s terrifying to know how fast and extensive people can dig into your history, faster even, than the people supposedly trying to protect us, but it’s also like the writers are saying, “see, we can do good stuff too.”

No, it’s not a wholly original idea and yes, Black Mirror has tackled this concept before (but if all you get out of any episode of Black Mirror is that the show is preaching to you tech is bad I don’t know why you’re watching?). But I appreciated the grounded feeling to this scenario. I appreciated them tackling this from a different, quieter approach.

Yeah, this ep was a punch in the gut. And also, Andrew Scott is a phenomenal actor, I’ve never seen him in anything else but I am obsessed with low-key scenes and episodes where an actor can carry extended lengths of the film on their own bearing it’s impressive.

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ARC Alert

Just got these babies in the mail from Meryl Moss Media and I’m so excited to read them! I’ve never really recieved physical ARCs before, apart from one other time. I’ll be doing the blog tour for Once a Liar and One Little Secret this July as well.

They’ll be published through Bookouture, I can’t wait to jump in!

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The Resident: 5 questions we have for Season 3

The Season 2 finale of The Resident has aired and now we’re left to wonder where the characters will go from here after that shocking ending.

The Season 2 finale of The Resident has aired and now we’re left to wonder where the characters will go from here after that shocking ending.

After an extended Season 2, The Resident has finally reached its final hour for the season. Luckily for fans of the show, you can rest easy knowing the medical drama will return sometime this fall on FOX. In “Unbefriended” Kyle finally decided to be a father and show up for Jessie, Nic and Conrad’s relationship got back on track, and Bell made a critical decision concerning Chastain’s future.

As with any good finale, the stakes are high and not every answer is filled in by the end of the hour. Moving forward, The Resident has raised plenty of questions for us to ponder over the summer hiatus.

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