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31 Days Of Horror: Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 1

The fall season.

It is a time when the leaves turn shades of red and yellow and brown, then die and pile forlornly on the ground below. It is a time when the wind blows sharply stronger while the sky turns a gray overcast. It is a time when the days become shorter and the nights become longer and malevolent shadows seem to lurk around every corner.

Every day of October, and especially the last day of the month, deserves a dose of classic horror! Whether you’re a fan of film, television, art, music, books, or comic books, there’s something for everyone’s thirst for the darker elements of pop culture mythology this time of year.

During the early part of the 1970’s, comic book publishers pushed and pulled and railed against the yoke of the Comics Code Authority – and horror-themed comics were on the front lines of that war, growing increasingly popular by readers.

With Tomb of Dracula, originally published in 1972, Marvel Comics brought horror to the masses! Drawing upon Bram Stoker’s classic character, here was a comic book version of Dracula like no other: creatively cinematic in scope, dreamily horrific in the telling, Dracula was an antagonistic and charismatic title character that a reader could both fear and root for!

And now, Marvel Comics publishes those classic tales again in a new paperback volume called, appropriately enough, Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 1!

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“The Blessed Dark” Will Come To Us All: Goodbye Penny Dreadful

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On the last episode of Penny Dreadful, the battle of all battles has begun. As one of Dracula’s imps tells his master how two great wolves have slaughtered the creatures of the night, a mother sings to her wee babe somewhere in London, and little Jack has taken his last breath. Is there no peace for our gentle creature, John Clare? Join me now for the second part of the season finale. Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert Reviews Penny Dreadful S03 E07: “Ebb Tide”

 

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On last week’s episode of Penny Dreadful Ethan escaped the clutches of Rusk, Hecate and his father thanks to Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay. Vanessa has a new ally in her battle with Dracula and, Lily is building a wicked army. Does Catriona know the truth about vampires? Will John Clare be accepted by his family? Will Vanessa outsmart the Dragon? Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert Reviews Penny Dreadful S03 E06: No Beast So Fierce

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On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” Victor used electricity to control Jekyll’s experiment on Balfour and now prepares to do the same to Lily. Ethan’s father reveals how Ethan’s family was massacred. This week, Vanessa seeks the help of Ferdinand Lyle in her battle against Dracula. There’s a creature hunting our little scorpion, but can Vanessa’s new ally help her? Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S03 E04: A Blade of Grass

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On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” Kaetenay and Sir Malcolm race against time to reach Ethan before he gives into his darkness and, Victor has a way to help Dr. Jekyll with his mind altering serum. While Lily plans to take over the world, Caliban finds his family. Can Dr. Seward help Vanessa by using hypnotism? What will our little scorpion remember? Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S03 E03: Good And Evil Braided Be

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On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” Dorian and Lily rescue a young girl and, Dr. Seward listens to Vanessa’s darkest secrets. Ethan is on the run again, but now he has the help of a witch. While Dr. Jekyll gives a demonstration on one of his patients, we learn the secret identity of Dracula. This week, Vanessa is given a clue to her past. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S03 E02: Predators Far and Near

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On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” the good Dr. Seward told Vanessa to do something different, which led to Vanessa meeting the delightful Dr. Sweet, but dark forces follow Vanessa’s every move while Inspector Rusk hunts for God’s wolf. Has Ethan found help from an old foe? We must enter dark portals to find the answers, my little pennies. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S03 E01: The Day Tennyson Died

 

penny-premiere-picIt seemed an eternity for one of the best shows on television to return. But, return it did! The season two finale of “Penny Dreadful” ended with Miss Ives and her colleagues separated by a series of unfortunate incidences: Sir Malcolm takes Sembene’s corpse back to Africa; Inspector Rush extradites Ethan to America; Caliban sails to a frozen world and, Lily and Dorian dance their bloody waltz. Miss Ives is alone, but it’s time to find her dark side. Do you dare follow? Read the rest of this entry

Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song

The Doctor Who Christmas Special has become tradition on Christmas Day evenings and this year, showrunner Steven Moffat has given us a very special present – the return of a favorite recurring character. Professor River Song, the daughter of companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, and The Doctor’s wife, is back! Meet me after the time and space jump for my thoughts on “The Husbands of River Song.”

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The Flash S02 E08: Legends of Today

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For almost a year now we have been teased with this third official TV series in the Arrowverse, and now finally “Legends of Tomorrow” joins “Arrow” and “The Flash” on the CW. The DC TV Universe just keeps expanding. Meet me after the super speed jump for my thoughts on “Legends of Today.”

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