Category Archives: books

True Crime Corner: The Hillside Strangler


This week on True Crime Corner, the Hillside Strangler is a bit of a misnomer for the killers responsible for terrorizing California in 1977 and 1978. In fact, the rampage was a family affair, perpetrated by two cousins. Who were these men?

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Camp Comes Alive in TwoMorrows’ ‘Hero-A-Go-Go’!


With the debut of the 1966 Batman television series, a craze of camp swept through pop culture, especially comic books, and would   infect the world for more than a few years. Whether you lived through this era, or it’s brand new to you, this is the book that has it all: Hero-A-Go-Go! from TwoMorrows, a swinging journey through nostalgia for pop culture and comics fans alike!

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True Crime Corner: Donald Harvey


In this edition of True Crime Corner we have a serial killer, who made headlines in the 80s, back in the news within the last few weeks. Describing himself as an angel of death, Donald Harvey met his end in prison, when it’s believed he was assaulted by another inmate who entered his cell. What did Harvey do to find himself behind bars?

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The Ten Percent: ‘American Gods’

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon


Greetings and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent! Every two weeks (well, roughly), Ensley F. Guffey and I use this space to take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Viewed as a whole, Sturgeon was, sadly, right – the vast majority of movies, television, writing, art, and so on really is crud – but there has always been that slim slice of sublime. The Ten Percent isn’t limited by genre – I think our previous columns have proven that point – and that’s because these rare gems are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.

I have, on occasion, discussed an entry that makes the cut on The Ten Percent in more than one category, such as a book and the movie made from the book. It’s hard enough to create ONE fantastic thing; to create a Ten-Percent-worthy work in more than a single medium is truly catching lightning in a bottle.

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True Crime Corner: Andrea Yates

(FILE PHOTO) Andrea Yates

The last edition of True Crime Corner featured a mother who killed her eight young children over a span of several years. On this installment, the year is 2001, and another crime involving five children devastated the Houston, Texas area.

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Creations of Chaos: Turning Point 1997-2008

In this edition of Creations of Chaos, we’re talking photography bans, saving trees, and killing curiosity, as I delve into the Hayao Miyazaki focused book, Turning Point 1997-2008.

Turning Point

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Gilbert Reviews Edwin Herbert’s Historical Mystery: ‘Mythos Christos’


I was offered a chance to read and review a novel written by Edwin Herbert. The write-up that his publicist sent was quite intriguing and something that was definitely up my alley: Vatican conspiracies, history, mystery, and adventure. Edwin Herbert is president of his local free thought society and has been a regular op-ed newspaper columnist on topics concerning science, skepticism, and the mythical roots of various religions. Mythos Christos is his debut novel. Meet me after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

True Crime Corner: Marie Noe


On this edition of True Crime Corner, I thought we could take a look into murdering mom Marie Noe. Her nefarious history includes giving birth to ten children, one of whom was delivered stillborn, and another lived just a few hours. What happened to the other eight little ones she took home from the hospital?

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True Crime Corner: Gary Ridgway


He left his victims’ remains in and around the Green River in Washington State, earning him the nickname the Green River Killer. He wasn’t caught until decades after he began his rampage, and even had another well-known serial killer aid the authorities in his capture. On this edition of True Crime Corner, let’s take a look at Gary Ridgway.

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True Crime Corner: David Parker Ray


It’s a new year, and I thought I would start 2017 on True Crime Corner with one of the scariest people I’ve ever heard about. Who was David Parker Ray, known as The Toy Box Killer?

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