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Wounds of His Own: ‘The Alienist,’ Season 1 Episode 4


This week’s episode of The Alienist, “These Bloody Thoughts,” opens with a tense scene between Dr. Kreizler and a former patient (Mrs. Williams), a woman who reveals herself as a BDSM practitioner, although she doesn’t use those terms. She obviously relishes the control she has over Kreizler, who becomes increasingly fidgety as their conversation continues. What’s intriguing is how Kreizler then exerts control over both John and Sara in their subsequent interactions.
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‘The Alienist’ Delves Deeper Into Darkness With “Silver Smile”


This week’s episode of The Alienist (“Silver Smile”) explores more of the class distinctions and police corruption that are integral to Caleb Carr’s novel. It also presents versions of the characters that are markedly different from the ones in the novel, albeit in a rather intriguing way. Read the rest of this entry

Down the Dark Road of ‘The Alienist’


While the crime procedural has existed on television since the 1951 premiere of Dragnet, the series that arguably set the tone was Law & Order, which began in 1990 and remained on the air for 20 years, spawning five spin-offs and countless impersonators. Just a few years after that series started, writer Caleb Carr would find enormous success with his historical crime procedural, The Alienist.

What makes The Alienist unique is the way it plays with the timeline, reaching about 200 years beyond its 1994 publication date. Blending fact (Teddy Roosevelt’s history as the Police Commissioner of New York City) and fiction (a series of horrific murders of child prostitutes), The Alienist provokes an odd sense of déjà vu for fans of Netflix’s Mindhunter and those who’ve followed Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novels (as well as the movies and TV shows spawned from that universe).
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Andy Burns’ winter reading list: Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar’s Widow’s Point, and Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades

Over the holidays, I had a chance to sit back with a few solid novels, which also happened to be written by colleagues who I have a lot of respect for. Thankfully, I liked both books! It makes it a lot easier to not have to skirt around titles, or outright ignore them, when the books in question deliver the goods.

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New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Is Here


The first full-length trailer for Netflix’s Altered Carbon is here. The series, based on the cyberpunk novel from Richard K. Morgan, will be available on February 2.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 3

One shopping day left until the Christmas holiday – and I bet you’ll be heading out near a comic book or bookstore today!

Then, of course, it’s Boxing Day, where so many of the sales on books, comics and pop culture items kick it!

But don’t be fooled – there’s plenty of stores that have kicked off their end-of-year sales week already. And since you’re about to head on out amongst the masses to check off the final items in your holiday shopping list, here’s our third and final installment (4th when we include E.A. Henson’s comic book collections great to give as gifts piece) of all the great comics out there right now!

Here’s where you can find our Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 1, which is full of great, but expensive collections. Here’s where you can find our Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 2, which is fill of fantastic mid-range priced items.

Here then is our final installment, full of outstanding comic book collections at the lower end of the price spectrum – perfect for friends and family that love our favourite pop culture medium!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Music Fans

So many music books, so little time. Depending on what the sounds that person in your life loves, there’s a ton of great books out there to choose from this Holiday Season. Here are a few of our favourite selections:

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Writer Joe Hagan had unprecedented access to the founder and publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, and the end result didn’t please Jann Wenner at all. Lots of sex, drugs and rock and roll, and comments from the rock stars that Wenner himself loved to hang around with. It’s all happening in this book.

Bon

Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black – With the passing of AC/DC founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young just a few weeks ago, reading about the band’s original lead singer Bon Scott has become even more fitting. Jesse Fink delves deep into the lore of the Thunder from Down Under, Bon’s influence on the band, and his tragic passing at the age of 33. Read the rest of this entry

Faves of 2017: WHIMM


For the past three years, Toronto’s WHIMM have brought the searing intensity of their live performances to stages across North America, honed through touring. Singer/guitarist Mounir Chami, bassist Andrew Matthews, and drummer Jonathan Pappo create ominous, emotionally charged avant-rock fusing spellbinding melodies with an urgency akin to 1980s anarcho-punk. WHIMM’s debut, A Stare Ajar, was released by Pleasence Records on October 27.
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Faves of 2017: Writer and Director Izzy Lee


Izzy Lee has directed several award-winning short horror films, including Innsmouth (available to watch on Shudder); For a Good Time, Call; and Rites of Vengeance. She has also written several short stories for various anthologies. For more about her work, check out her website, Nihil Noctem Films.
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Faves of 2017: James Lindsay and Paul Lawton, Pleasence Records


Pleasence Records is a Toronto-based record label owned and operated by James Lindsay and Paul Lawton. This year the label has released albums by Moon Eyed, Fake Palms, WHIMM, and more. For a look at their full list of releases, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.
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