The Mist TV series casts American Horror Story star


With so many Stephen King adaptations rolling out, we’d almost forgotten that Spike was working on a TV series based on The Mist. Well, it’s found its leading lady.

Frances Conroy in American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances Conroy in American Horror Story: Freak Show

THR reports that the brilliant Frances Conroy, star of Six Feet Under and American Horror Story, has been cast as “Nathalie, a modern-day ecological martyr. While she is seemingly more connected to nature than most people, her instincts about her fellow humans are dead on.”

Conroy is the first to join The Mist, which is the first scripted drama for Spike (they’ve had a few get close, recently, including the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Harvest and Red Mars). Christian Torpe is writer and executive producer, and he’s best known for creating the Danish TV series Rita.

The site describes The Mist as a “harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc.” In King’s novella, that mist contains legions of terrifying creatures which attack the small town’s residents, who have taken refuge in a supermarket. Is it the end of days, or does the secretive army base and Project Arrowhead have something to do with it?

The story and film’s lead character was David Drayton, played by Thomas Jane, and the antagonist was evangelical Christian and general horror Mrs Carmody, beautifully played by Marcia Gay Harden.

Frank Darabont’s film was a superb and weirdly underrated combination of old school creature feature and incredibly tense thriller, as factions formed in close quarters and words like “sacrifice” start getting thrown around. Darabont jumped from The Mist to The Walking Dead, and King’s story does seem like it could lend itself to that kind of formula, where the people are the real threat and the monsters occasionally pop up to gruesomely dispatch the expendables.

At any rate, we love Conroy (Ruth Fisher is still one of the greatest characters to ever grace television), so this is definitely good news.

The Mist will air in 2017. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.



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Bryan Fuller on Hannibal Season 4 talks: “I have the story”


If, like us, your heart is still bleeding a little (or a lot) due to Hannibal‘s untimely cancellation, Bryan Fuller is here to offer you a little ray of hope.

In an interview with Collider, Fuller told us that conversations about picking up the beloved series can resume next year.

“Two years after the last airing of the show, we can investigate our options […] August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it,” he said. “That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who’s interested and how we get it done. I have the story, and the cast is excited for the story, so we’re ready to go if somebody wants to go.”

Indeed, the cast has consistently expressed their desire to return to these characters, and there’s no doubting the passion of the Fannibals when it comes to a demand for more episodes. However, they are extremely busy.

“The cast is game, I’m game, it’s just a matter of finding the right time where everybody’s schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen,” Fuller continued. “They’re such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I’ve ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story.”

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Fuller also has a lot on his plate at the moment. He’s co-showrunning Starz’ American Gods TV series with Michael Green (and working with a lot of his Hannibal collaborators, which is brilliant), and he’s also creating CBS’ new Star Trek TV series, which is obviously a huge deal.

Still, if everyone can make it work, we are dying to see the story resume, and Fuller and co has spoken about finally getting into the Silence Of The Lambs storyline…And hey, if they can’t make another TV season work, we’ll definitely settle for a movie!

Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.



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Closer To Reality: Those Little Grey Extraterrestrials

The concept of the ‘Greys’ as a ‘flesh-and-blood’ complement to the metallic UFO is associated with the Roswell UFO event (July 1947) but that aspect only surfaced over thirty years later. The Roswell event, with or without ‘Greys’ had been buried and forgotten until resurrected in the early 1980’s. Meantime the ‘Greys’ came to the fore independently with the UFO abduction phenomena that post-dated Roswell but pre-dated the renewal of the Roswell event as a major UFO case. Though IMHO Roswell is significant even without the ‘Greys’, the ‘Greys’ nevertheless remain a major facet of the modern UFO debate. Speaking of debates, what follows are extracts I had in debating a UFO ETH (ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis) skeptic about the ‘Greys’.

Regarding the Origin of the ‘Greys’

The story of the Roswell incident only resurfaced after just two days in the public eye (minus alien bodies) in July 1947 with the publication of “The Roswell Incident” by Charles Berlitz* & William Moore in 1980, meaning that the powers-that-be nearly got away with the Roswell cover-up and deception. But they didn’t count on eye-witnesses coming out of the closet when they already had one foot in the grave and therefore had little to fear from Uncle Sam and violations of their security oaths.

Now the really interesting thing is that the first alien abduction case in the USA to get publicity – the Betty and Barney Hill case – came to light in 1966 (“The Interrupted Journey” by John G. Fuller). Betty and Barney Hill did not know about Roswell, and certainly not about any possible Roswell alien bodies. Yet, their description of the aliens who allegedly abducted them for over two hours match perfectly with the post 1980 revelations and descriptions of the Roswell aliens. Mr. Skeptic may not have observed this as “serious evidence” but the Roswell witnesses and Betty & Barney Hill certainly did. Please explain this curious coincidence! Skeptics will counter that the “Greys” are engrained in our pop-culture, therefore no coincidence need be entered into.

Calling all skeptics, please name me one movie, one TV show, one comic book, one sci-fi novel, one anything which featured the classic ‘Grey’ alien prior to the Betty and Barney Hill encounter and subsequent publicity in 1966. Sure, pop-culture featured many an extraterrestrial, but not the ‘Greys’, at least not prior to 1966. Betty and Barney Hill’s ‘Greys’ were not influenced by pop-culture. Perhaps if there had been such an influence the Hill’s would have reported Gort or Robbie-the-Robot or The Blob or the Martians from the first film version of “The War of the Worlds”.

*I should point out for the sake of accuracy that Stanton Friedman was an un-credited co-author of the 1980 tome “The Roswell Incident”. The Berlitz name was basically tacked on for its public recognition and PR value. Berlitz contributed virtually nothing to the contents that required leg-work and chin-wagging.

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In terms of the public perception, yes, the Betty and Barney Hill 1966 abduction event saw the first real association of aliens or extraterrestrials or ET as being something akin to what we now call the ‘Greys’. That does NOT negate the testimony of Roswell witnesses that what they observed were ‘Grey’ aliens. But that association didn’t surface in the public’s eye until 1980. So, all I’m saying is that Roswell could NOT have had any influence on the Betty and Barney Hill case. The Betty and Barney Hill event was not contaminated by any previous perception of aliens in the form of the ‘Greys’.

Let’s examine this further. I’ve looked through all my sci-fi in film and on TV books and I can’t find one illustration of a cinema ‘Grey’ prior to 1966, just extraterrestrials who are nearly always human in appearance or actors in ‘alien’ rubber suits. 1966 was of course when the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case became public knowledge, albeit the abduction was in 1961. In fact even the 1975 telemovie of that event, “The UFO Incident” obviously featured actors in costume and didn’t look very much like the ‘Greys’ at all. There were no ‘Greys’ in either Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. I can’t recall a single ‘Grey’ on “The Outer Limits” or on “The Twilight Zone” or on “Science Fiction Theatre”.

Perhaps had Betty and Barney Hill been British, then no doubt their encounter with alien abductors would have been Triffids or Daleks or Cybermen or the Ice Warriors or Sontarans, the Zarbi or one (or more) of those Quartermass alien beasties. Or maybe not.

Actually the Hill’s weren’t conversant with sci-fi at all. If you have to pick a stereotype least likely to come up with an alien ‘Grey’ abduction scenario it would akin to that represented by Betty and Barney Hill.

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My skeptical ‘friend’, Mr. Skeptic, suggested that the concept of the ‘Greys’ extended back to the earliest days of science fiction and thus humankind were already saturated with that image. Wow. Alas, that’s pure bovine fertilizer. Does Mr. Skeptic really think some cited minor references he came up with from 1893 and 1901 (albeit one by H.G. Wells) so saturated the sci-fi world that the “Greys” became the be-all-and-end-all of what it was to be an extraterrestrial?

I quite agree that H.G. Wells, along with however Jules Verne, were the fathers of modern science fiction. Perhaps Mary Shelley of “Frankenstein” fame was the mother, or great grandmother since she pre-dated Wells and Verne by many decades. Anyway, I’m sure the cited 1893 article and the 1901 novel “The First Men In The Moon” by Wells were required reading in all English literature classes for all American students and thus American culture was saturated with all things ‘Grey’. Or perhaps not. A British essay, even from H.G. Wells from 1893 is hardly going to expand its influence and permeate American culture in 1947 – really now; let’s get real.

By the way, the film version of “The First Men in the Moon” features aliens which bore no similarity to the ‘Greys’ in any shape, manner or form.

Sure, H.G. Wells is famous, but not overly for the two works Mr. Skeptic cited. “The War of the Worlds” and “The Time Machine” and “The Invisible Man” rank heads and shoulders above in the overall perception of the reading and cinema going public, none of which features the classic ‘Greys’.

The bottom line however is that 1947 America was not consumed with the ‘Greys’ or even with issues of bug-eyed-monsters ravishing terrestrial women as oft seen on the covers of the pulps, or of the future evolution of the human species, or of anything overly extraterrestrial, this being many years before the start of the “space race”. There is no logical reason for military personnel (Roswell) nor an average middle-aged couple (the Hills) to have all of those alleged defining characteristics Mr. Skeptic noted as part and parcel of aliens on the brain; even in their subconscious.

Even if you read all of the works of the mainstream sci-fi authors from ‘The Golden Age’ of science fiction (1920’s – 1950’s) – Asimov, Clarke, Burroughs, Simak, Heinlein, etc. you won’t find descriptions of aliens that resemble the ‘Greys’.

The bottom line is that American society was not consumed with encounters with the ‘Greys’ or aliens of any kind prior to 1947. The 1938 radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” that scared the pants off of some listeners had long since been forgotten and consigned to history and war nerves. Roswell could not have influenced the Hill’s event and obviously the Hill’s event could not have had any bearing on the Roswell incident, yet both have ‘Greys’ as their EBEs (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities). Coincidence? I think not. Rather it’s another bit of evidence for the UFO ETH (ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis).

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Regarding pop-culture, I checked with three of my books about aliens in sci-fi, which were:

“Alien Creatures” [in cinema and literature] by Richard Siegel & J-C Suares (1978);

“Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials: Great Aliens from Science Fiction Literature” by Wayne Barlowe & Ian Summers (1980); and

“Science Fiction Aliens” [a Starlog Photo Guidebook] by Ed Naha (1977).

Alas, the closest I came to a ‘Grey’ other than the films “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) and “The UFO Incident” (the 1975 telemovie of the Hill’s abduction), was with the 1978 film “Laserblast”. Clearly that could not have been an inspiration either for the Roswell ‘Greys’ nor the Hill’s ‘Greys’.

When is the first time the ‘Greys’ achieved an awareness within the conscious mind of Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Mary Public? It was no doubt after 1966 assuming they heard/read about the Betty and Barney Hill incident; after 1980 if they heard/read about the resurrection of the Roswell event. However, I’d argue that there were two other later and far more important defining moments in terms of public awareness about the ‘Greys’.

The first was the conclusion to the film CE3K, or “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) – which contained no reference to Roswell at all for obvious reasons though it probably would have had it been made after 1980 – which was seen by multi-millions.

The second was the cover dust jacket image on Whitley Strieber’s book “Communion: A True Story” (1987). Apparently no other book cover image has ever had the effect, the resonance with the public that that image (of a ‘Grey’ alien) had. It had a resonance far beyond anything that a Jung archetype image (if there really is such a thing) could have had. The great unwashed identified with it in spades, which speaks volumes about the reality of the ‘Greys’ and their association, even subconsciously, with the general public. I’d be very surprised if some Ph.D. student(s) in cultural anthropology, psychology or sociology didn’t focus on that as his or her thesis.

Of course neither the CE3K film nor the Strieber book could have had any bearing on the Roswell ‘Greys’.

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The image of the ‘Greys’ is certainly ingrained in our (western civilization) culture now, and I’ve given examples of why, although that was not the case just prior to Roswell (1947) and the Betty and Barney Hill encounter (1961) which occurred five years prior to the subsequent publicity (1966). Now the question is, are the ‘Greys’ an archetype ingrained within our mental facilities like many phobias, or, are they really real?

Mr. Skeptic’s interpretation of the ‘Greys’ is that they are ingrained in our subconscious, perhaps a relatively recent development, perhaps something way more ancient. They are an archetype. My interpretation is that they are not all-in-the-mind but that they are something real of structure and substance. Mr. Skeptic unfortunately fails; I succeed. Why? Because Mr. Skeptic cannot appeal to anything sociological or cultural or anthropological or psychological to explain away the Roswell ‘Greys’ since they had a physical slab-in-the-lab reality that required the Roswell base personnel to arrange for child-sized coffins be sent to the base by the local Roswell funeral home prior to transport to “higher authority”. Mr. Skeptic could no more do that by way of explanation than you could appeal to a feline archetype and mythology to explain away that cat sitting and purring its little heart out on your lap.

The most popular image of the extraterrestrial or the alien in 1947, assuming that the great unwashed kept such an image in their consciousness or even their subconscious, would have been the BEM – Bug-Eyed-Monster – bent on conquest and ravishing young women. The image of the nasty ‘alien’ would have been re-enforced by the very recent perceptions of how ‘alien’ Imperial Japan was and the ‘alien’ culture/philosophy of Nazi Germany and the now ‘alien’ communistic society of the Soviet Union, which was now the Cold War ‘enemy’ and you had to beware not Martians invading but reds-under-the-bed. In 1947 America anything that was not White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant (WASP) and speaking English was ‘alien’ and probably nasty. ‘Greys’ never entered their mind. They had enough else to worry about and keep them awake at night and provide nightmares when they did fall asleep. Yet it was the ‘Greys’ that surfaced and in a military setting no less (Roswell). Therefore, the ‘Greys’ are not a product of the mind. Even the USAF was forced to try and explain away the ‘Greys’ of Roswell as something prosaic (i.e. – crash test dummies), yet again something else with physical reality.

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The ‘Greys’ cannot be an archetype product generated by the mind since 1) in the case of Roswell the RAAF had to order in child-sized coffins to ship the ‘Greys’ out in and 2) in the case of the Hill’s encounter, well that happened in open countryside while they were wide awake. Skeptics have not adequately explained any sort of pop-culture connection and its all-in-the-mind explanation for the ‘Greys’, so IMHO that’s yet another case of skeptics, including Mr. Skeptic, who just talk-the-talk.

Regarding Films of ‘Alien Autopsies’: Those Roswell ‘Greys’

Anyone and everyone remotely familiar with the Roswell ‘Greys’ knows about those famous or infamous ‘alien autopsy’ film featuring the Roswell ‘Greys’ – or actually ‘Grey’. Fact or fiction?

Much as it pains me to say this, you can’t always believe everything you see on TV. For that matter, you can’t always believe everything you read either. One basic reason is this. Television (like publishing) tends to be a for-profit enterprise. The name of the game is MONEY and PROFIT. The name of the game is to pull in the viewers. If viewers aren’t watching there’s no advertising revenue forthcoming and so the show gets the boot. It’s a cut-throat business. One way of course to pull in the viewers is to sensationalize the subject matter way beyond what the actual evidence justifies. If the program doesn’t offer up some alternative or skeptical points of view then the presentation is biased and one-sided. Whenever you see sensational stuff like this, do some independent research and fact-finding and fact-checking. Many a sensational claim dissolves into nothingness when put under the independent investigative microscope.

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The current state-of-the-art when it comes to computer-generated imagery (CGI) is that it is impossible for the average viewer to be able to distinguish reality from CGI. In the last five or so years I’ve watched many a movie, even a TV series, where it was impossible for me to tell what was obviously special effects from reality. I’m really in awe of the special effects industry. They can simulate just about anything, if not everything. I’m just not convinced by that ‘alien autopsy’ footage. But as I’ve already said, Roswell is an extremely significant UFO event even without any ‘Grey’ connection.

Is Fan Fiction a Good Writing Practice?

I’ve been following an interesting thread of conversation on a writing message board: a debate as to whether or not the practice of writing fan fiction is healthy for an aspiring writer.

By definition: “fan fiction” are stories involving characters from a television series or movie, written by fans and usually printed in underground magazines or on the Internet for other fans to enjoy. This concept is especially popular among fans of science fiction programs, and writers of all skill levels participate. For the serious fan fiction writer, there are even science-fiction conventions which present annual awards for the best-written prose. Stories may range from histories explaining gaps in a particular TV show’s canon (e.g. what has the cast of House been up to between seasons one and two?) to rather silly missives—I once found on the Internet a Star Trek story where all of the characters had been replaced by the cast of Desperate Housewives!

Is fan fiction a healthy exercise? For one, it technically is not a legal exercise, as all television and movie characters are protected by copyright. Since fan fiction is essentially a non-profit enterprise, however, most production companies tend to turn a blind eye to the activity. Rene Balcer, an executive producer of the show Law and Order, once told a fan e-zine that he did not mind the fan fiction based upon his show, and this appears to be the general consensus so long as a writer does not try to sell his/her work.

Having written fan fiction in the past, I can say that the practice as a writing exercise has its pros and cons:

PRO – During my heaviest bouts with writer’s block, writing a story about a familiar character helped loosen the spigot. Once I pondered what would happen if Dr. Sam Beckett of Quantum Leap traveled back in time to M*A*S*H’s 4077th unit, and the result was a 20,000-word story.

CON – Fan fiction can be addictive, and if you devote too much time to the exercise you may find creating original work difficult. If you post stories to the Internet and attract a fan base, you may find yourself writing more to please this small faction of people, and that will take you away from your true calling.

PRO – While writing fan fiction I found my knack for writing smooth dialogue improving.

CON – I also found I tended to use my best “bits” for such a story, leaving the well dry when it came time to write something more serious.

PRO – By posting my fan fiction to the Internet, I was able to attract readers who in turn were led to my website and information about my book. One fan even wrote to say he had bought my book after reading my fan fiction.

CON – I’ll try not to stereotype fan fiction readers, but if you have ever visited an online repository of fan fiction you may notice a majority of stories not only portray scenes people would like to see on their favorite shows, but scenes even HBO won’t show after eleven at night. Some may argue writing fan fiction is not good for the writer’s ego, but reading some of what is posted is certainly not good if you’re at work and the boss sees you! I do write romance that is spicy, but there are lines even I won’t cross.

Should you write fan fiction as a writing exercise? A few years I may have defended its importance, but now I would suggest alternative writing exercises, ones designed to improve your writing skills and help you to become less dependent on ready-made situations. Should the pull to write a story about Agents Mulder and Scully be too strong, however, why not take the opportunity to introduce your own characters? Let Mulder, Scully, Dr. House, and all your favorite characters inspire what you want to write, but make sure the end product is all your own.

0 Romance Novels You Should Read Now

1) The Bride by Julie Gardwood

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I love it when both main characters have perfectly good reasons to be reluctant for marriage. And believe me, there are no better reasons out there than for Jamie and Alec Kincaid. After all, rumor is that Alec killed his first wife. And Alec thinks that his first wife killed herself because she married him. But sometimes politics rule, and Alec must take an English bride when he’s ordered to by the Scottish king to help create an alliance between Scotland and England. He marries Jamie, the headstrong daughter of Baron Jamison. Jamie is more than surprised and less than thrilled when Alec picks her over her sisters. And she’s also angry, and planning to give him hell for it.

2) Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

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High society in England is not treating Taylor Stapleton well, not after her fiancee ran off with her cousin, at least. Now as an unmarried woman, she’s in danger of becoming the ward of her uncle, a man who is less than trustworthy, especially when it comes to young girls. To escape this life for good, Taylor marries American rancher Lucas Ross, who agrees to accompany her to Boston where they would part ways with a quick anullment. But it isn’t long before things heat up between them and when it becomes apparent that Taylor could still be in danger, there is no way Lucas is leaving her side.

3) Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

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Former captain Chasidah Bergren is now trapped on a barren planet where criminals are exiled. The planet is hardly friendly and the death rate is high. And it looks like her only way off is with the help of Gabriel Sullivan, a mercenary that had been one of the biggest pains in her neck during her days as captain. She, like the rest of the universe, thought that he was dead. But now he’s back and he needs her help to stop the breeding of jukors– vicious killing machines that are uncontrollable and outlawed for good reason. The mission is dangerous, but their mutual attraction might be just as risky, especially with the secrets Gabriel is holding back.

4) Archangel by Sharon Shinn

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Samaria was a thriving prosperous land governed by angels and ruled by Jove. It is full of art, music and science as well. But now it is becoming more corrupt and on the verge of destruction. This can only be changed by appointing a new Archangel, Gabriel. But even though he can restore Samaria to its former glory, he is required to marry a mortal named Rachel, who doesn’t want anything to do with him.

5) Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber

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Shy librarian Mary Warner did something very reckless. She answered a personals ad from a rancher in Montana looking for a mail order bride and she agreed to marry him! She is nervous about it and unsure. Something like that was crazy, of course. But she was quickly on the road to spinsterhood and she knew this might be her last chance at happiness.

Travis Thompson isn’t looking for a wife, at least not for himself. After the death of his brother and sister-in-law, he has found himself in charge of three orphans and as much as he tries, he’s failing at it. Not even a housekeeper could make up for his shortages in the parenting department, especially for three grieving children while he was grieving himself. He needed a wife so he put out a request in the personals ad to find someone who could help him out. While he planned on being faithful and devoted to his wife, he wasn’t planning on falling for her. However, when sweet Mary Warner moved in with him and started caring for his household, he found himself loving her anyway.

6) The Devil Wore Tartan by Karen Ranney

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Davina McLean is completely out of options after being caught in flagrante and out of wedlock. She knows no one will ever want her for a wife– except apparently Marshall Ross, a rich recluse who is known as the devil of Ambrose. She accepts his marriage proposal reluctantly and with quite a bit of fear. But even after becoming his wife, he refuses to tell her the dark secret that he has been holding since his days of being a prisoner of war.

Marshall is nervous. The last thing he wants to do is hurt his wife, but he knows insanity is quickly descending upon him. He needs an heir quickly before he completely loses himself.

7) His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls

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Max is an earl who still isn’t comfortable with high society. However, he’s willing to attend a party to check on Verity Scott, the daughter of his former commanding officer. But when he’s there, he finds himself wanting to protect and save a young servant named Selena. He decides to do so by making her his mistress. But unbeknownst to him, that servant is actually Verity, hidden by her family because of the shame of her father’s suicide.

8) Beauty and the Beast by Kerrianne Coombes

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After running away, Princess Callindra of Tempath finds herself in a place she did know existed: a place even worse than her mother’s castle. When she gets kidnapped by a vampire demon to become a slave, she knows there really is something worse than living with an abusive mother. But at least now she’ll get to see her own demon horns, which had been filed off since birth.

Brigg, a rain demon, doesn’t know why his inner demon is telling him to protect this human girl, but he can’t help himself as much as he hates humans. He always had since his father was fooled by a witch who had cursed him and his brother to be hairy beasts. But now all of his demon instincts were telling him that this human was his mate. Which is how he ends up running from vampire demons with her in his protection, hoping to get her back to her home in safety. As much as he tells himself that she would never want someone like him, he can’t help but hope that she would. And part of him was sure she didn’t want to go back.

9) Persephone by Stephanie Beman

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Weary of battle and politics, Hades decides never to let another god rule his life, not even Zeus, the new king and ruler of the skies. Hades retreats to his new kingdom, the Underworld, but he cannot stop thinking about a young maiden named Persephone, who was the only one not to look at him like he was a monster. He knew nothing about her except that she was the daughter of Demeter and very sheltered, but he felt drawn to her, even though he knew it would be incredibly foolish for him to get involved with her. Especially since he could kill her.

10) Temptation and Twilight by Charlotte Featherstone

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Iain Sinclair is a rogue of the highest degree. There’s little he finds sacred, and he especially doesn’t find any women sacred. That is, any but Elizabeth York, the sister of one of his fellow guardians of Brethren. Everyone thinks she is a proper young lady with her blindness being her only flaw, but Iain knows better. After all, he had seduced her all those years ago and then treated her like dirt. And he has regretted it every since. Now he’ll take every chance he can get to win Elizabeth back.

11) A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn

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When Jack’s smart mouth lands him taking a bus into the middle of nowhere with his best friend, he knows he’s already in trouble. But hey, it was better than being on a lame tour of European mueseums, right? Things were definitely not lame, especially when the two friends stumbled on a forgotten kingdom where everyone was asleep. It didn’t take long for them to make their way up to the castle where they found a beautiful girl sleeping, completely undisturbed. Jack had the urge to kiss her. And when he did, he woke her up with the entire kingdom and found the girl insufferable. But hey, this really gave his parents a reason to freak out.

12) The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott

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Simon Hudson had never needed or wanted a committed relationship until he met Kara, or at least saw her waiting tables at his mother’s restaurant. Being a college student working a full-time job on top of classes, Kara was wearing herself thin just trying to survive, which made Simon want to protect her. And he needed to do just that when she fainted on her way home from work from illness and exhaustion. Now with her in his care, he was more attracted to her than ever. But unfortunately he didn’t do relationships. Not since a terrible night years ago that had triggered his need for complete control.

13) Everything I Ever Wanted by Jo Goodman

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India Parr is the toast of Drury Lane. She’s won the hearts of many with her performances onstage, but she’s never given her heart to anyone and feels incredibly lonely despite the accolades she gets. However she’s intrigued by the Earl of Southerton, who has taken her away from the city by force in an effort to protect her. But she knows she can’t tell him her darkest secrets, like the man who has been abusing her for years. Not yet, at least.

14) Irish Born Trilogy by Nora Roberts

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Two sisters, Maggie and Brianna, are trying to make their ways in life doing what they love. However, they are both struggling with the death of their father and taking care of their bitter and verbally abusive mother. Maggie’s art catches the eye of a rich and handsome gallery owner. However, the last thing she wants is someone trying to dictate what she can and cannot make, as well as her artistic process. She definitely doesn’t want to pander to stuck-up art lovers who know next to nothing about art. But this gallery owner can be just as stubborn as her and has a way of getting what he wants.

Brianna’s world gets turned around when a handsome American writer comes to stay at her bed and breakfast while researching a thriller set in Ireland. Despite herself, she falls in love with him, even though she knows that eventually he will pick up and leave again becuase he never stays in one place too long.

However, both Maggie and Brianna have another surprise coming to them: they have a half sister who is living in the States. To get in touch with her now only living relatives, she comes to pay them a visit– and catches the eye of their next-door neighbor, Murray.

15) A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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Everyone knows Gabe and Lea should get together, even the squirrel that hangs around their college campus. They get the same Chinese food orders, know the same pop culture references, and they are both in the creative writing class. Unfortunately both of them are so shy that probably neither of them will actually act on their own feelings. Luckily everyone they know is more than willing to help.

16) Lone Wolf’s Woman by Carol Finch

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Vince Lone Wolf is everyone’s last resort for justice and protection. No matter how good he is at what he does– and he’s the best– no one wants to deal with a half breed. He’s prepared to live a solitary life. That is, until he meets Julia Preston, a young woman who would do anything to save her brother and her family ranch. Even marry Lone Wolf.

17) Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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Brittany Ellis wants to keep her entire life perfectly molded and tightly controlled. She needs everyone to know that her life is perfect, from her big house to her jock boyfriend. But things are on the verge of unraveling senior year. It’s bad enough she spent an entire summer away from her boyfriend, but now she’s chemistry partners with Alex Fuentes, a very hot but very dangerous gang member who is on the wrong side of town.

Alex has plenty of his own secrets to hide, like how he really hates being in the gang, but needs to keep his family safe. More than anything he wants to keep his little brother out of it so he can make a better life for himself. He hates Brittany like he hates all the other rich kids in his school. That is, until he realizes there’s more to her than what meets the eye.

18) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Elizabeth Bennet couldn’t care less about Fitzwilliam Darcy’s money. She found him arrogant, rude, and completely insufferable. And yet she has to put up with him so her sister Jane has a chance with Mr. Darcy’s friend, Mr. Bingley. But while she’s dodging marriage proposals from the pompous Mr. Collins, looking after her sisters, and trying to gain the attention of the foot soldier Mr. Wickam, Mr. Darcy has found himself growing more in love with Elizabeth Bennet every time they meet. Unfortunately he had never been very good at expressing his emotions. But even if he were, there was the little matter of his elitist aunt who wants her nephew to have nothing to do with Elizabeth and has betrothed Darcy to her own daughter.

19) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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War nurse Clair Randall is finally enjoying her honeymoon with her husband Frank in the lands of Scotland, one of the few places not completely torn apart from the two world wars. But when she walks through an ancient standing stone, she is thrust into another war… in 1743. Only fast talking and her knowledge of history keeps her alive in Scotland. After all, she is a Brit in a time where the Scots and Brits are mortal enemies. More than anything she wants to get back to husband Frank in her own time, but she is increasingly drawn to a gallant young warrior named Jamie Frasier, who will do everything within his power to protect her. Her own time is so far away. Could she really put fidelity and honor above her own heart?

20) Beastly by Alex Finn

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Kyle Kingsbury is as shallow and vain as they come, and when a fellow classmate decides to call him out on it, he decides to play a prank on her– only to find out she can act out her own revenge by ten-fold when she turns him into a hairy beast, and tells him he’ll be that way unless he can find someone that will fall in love with him without his good looks. And he has two years to do it. Kyle holes himself up a town house in New York, away from workaholic father and only with a maid and a blind tutor. He’s sure all is lost until a junkie breaks into his house, wanting money. Kyle catches him on tape and confronts him, only to find out that the junkie is willing to give his only daughter to Kyle in exchange for a fix. Hoping to break the curse and protect the girl from being bartered off to someone even worse than him, Kyle agrees.

8 Authors Who Wrote Under A Pseudonym

As a writer, you naturally want to make a name for yourself. But what if that name isn’t the one you were born with? It is well-known that history’s greatest literary masters created their masterpieces under other names. While writing under a pseudonym many of the greatest names were invented. Writing under pseudonyms is a fine and honored tradition.

Most people know that Richard Bachman was the alias of Stephen King. Joanne Rowling wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith. And many of today’s bestselling authors use pseudonyms as well.

For the past few years, Joanne Rowling, the Harry Potter author has been writing a series of crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. She said that there was a phenomenal amount of pressure that went with being the writer of Harry Potter, and that aspect of publishing those books she does not particularly miss. So she decided to create something very different.

One of the most famous authors Stephen King wrote some of his masterpieces under the nom de plume “Richard Bachman”. He explained: “I did that because back in the early days of my career there was a feeling in the publishing business that one book a year was all the public would accept.”

The Bronte sisters published their volume of poetry under pen names to avoid contemporary prejudice against female writers. They adopted masculine first names, but all three retained the first letter of their first names: Charlotte became Currer Bell, Anne became Acton Bell, and Emily became Ellis Bell.

Isaac Asimov, legendary author of science fiction, is less well known for using the nom de plume Paul French. Asimov had a great proposition to write a series of science-fiction novels that could be adopted for television. The problem is that he found this program to be uniformly awful. That’s why to use the pseudonym was a great solution of this problem.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American writer and illustrator, wrote under the pseudonym “Theo Lesieg”. He started using the pen name after he was caught throwing a party and drinking gin with his friends in his room, and because this was back during Prohibition, he had to pay the price. He managed to keep writing for the magazine Jack-O-Lantern but under the pseudonym. Moreover, Dr. Seuss is another pen name used by Mr. Geisel. He started using “Dr. Seuss” after he graduated college, as a consolation to his father for never pursuing medicine. He combined “Dr.” and “Seuss”, his middle name, which was also his mother’s maiden name.

The infographic below explores 8 famours authors’ pseudonyms and the reasons of writing something secretly under a pseudonym. Take a look:

Europe Historical Romance Novels Online: How to Find Them Easily

There is something powerful and romantic about Europe historical romance novels that captures your hearts. The slow yet passionate story of how two people bloom into a deep loving connection in the older days takes you to travel back in time.

In the historic European culture, men are strong, brave, protective, and sweep you like a princess off your feet. You can enjoy traveling back in time and imagining yourself as a lady heroine in the romance story – as you learn to trust and open up to your man.

Why Time Travel Romance Stories Are Passionate and Exciting?

Nowadays when we live in a modern world and gender roles have been switched in the society, some traditional flavor or romance can go a long way.

So it is surprisingly pleasant for women to go down the fantasy lane and imagine themselves as a sensitive feminine lady, held in the strong arms of her knight. So she doesn’t have to worry about taking care of everything – finances, jobs, mortgage, and so on.

Her knight will protect her and take care of her in every way. This feels like a “vacation” for us women, as a fun exciting way to escape from modern realities into the arms of Europe historic novels.

So whether you enjoy romantic novels about vampires, pirates, knights, princes, war, western cowboys, and so on, you can enjoy your unique favorite fantasy through reading a fun great novel online for free.

Top 3 Types of Historic Romantic Novels to Enjoy

So here are the 3 most popular styles of romance books that are related to old history and historical stories…

1. Vampire Romance Novels

These mysterious powerful creatures have sure been the object of many women’s fantasies for decades. The mystery of whether or not you can trust a monster and fall in love with him, and literally leave your life in his hands, adds fire to a romance story.

2. Western Cowboy Love Stories

Some of us feel there is something sexy and powerful about a man who knows how to use a gun. Having perfect skills with something as passionate and delicate as a gun, can also mean he is a skilled lover when it comes to women.

So you can find some great cowboy romantic novels in your favorite bookstore, online book shop (like Amazon), or simply find free online novels to download.

3. Europe Historic Stories

Whether it is about pirates or European vikings, you can enjoy going deep into these beautiful and captivating stories to travel back in time and enjoy your wildest fantasies.

What has made the sci fi book Kyirux a phenomenon? Kyirux review

This science fiction book came out of nowhere and became an internet sensation through social media network and you tube. The author used a clever trick in advertising which was first used by the producers of Blair Witch Project. He made the ad look real, or leaked news, which became a viral video on youtube catching over a million views. I, in Australia didn’t learn about this novel till early last year when a friend and I were trying to watch a video on Nibiru and the alien moon base by NASA. In the side links was the trailer for Kyirux: The Message of Pascal. At first we got hyped and wanted to know more about this news, but when we clicked on the web link we figured out it was a sci-fi book written by Indian’s first sci-fi author Kapiel Raaj. We thought the info and the website was a scam, but once we began to browse it, we found that the author knew a lot more than what we thought, and lot more than what an average Joe knows in the Matrix world.

It was quite impressive to see the author put in quite the work into his website with all the original articles and news; it was no surprise that I bought the novel from lulu. When the novel arrived I was very excited to read the first pages, because the plot line was something which I haven’t read in any sci-fi book before. The book is about a device name Kyirux which gets discovered from deep beneath the surface of earth in early years of 21st century, and the man who discovers it finds out that Kyirux is older than life itself, perhaps hundreds of million years old. The device was advance enough to be kept safe with its alien shell inside the hard, hot surface of our planet earth. The device Kyirux began to unveil the secrets of the universe and how life came to be on planet earth and perhaps other places.

I enjoyed reading the book, as it was laid out like a Hollywood movie; an easy read with trills and chills of an alien film. It was exciting to see the world of Pascal, the early solar system, and yes, the phenomenon of Planet Nibiru and The Anunnaki. The author cleverly wrote a limited part about these two subjects as rest of it is in the second part of KYIRUX, The Hidden History. The journey which author takes the reader on, manifests itself into a world which was never known; a world, which was never thought off by man. The character development was done with care and precision, because it’s hard to relate to any character in a sci-fi book or movie.

But in the novel Kyirux, the reality of character and their lives is what set this book apart from many others. Don’t get me wrong, it is no Oprah book club novel since it’s a sci-fi, but, it has a mystical feeling to it, and the book draws you in while it’s sitting on your coffee table. This is one book every sci-fi and discovery channel lover must have, to not only take themselves into a land before time, but, to discovery some of the secrets that only a few David Icke’s of this world know. ‘The Hidden History’, part II of Kyirux, too, blew my mind with the author’s Shyamlan’s type ending. I will soon do a review on Kyirux II: The Hidden History’, when I have more time.

City of Ember Movie – A Sci-Fi Fantasy Film

City of Ember is a 2008 Sci-fi movie based on Jeanne DuPrau’s 2003 novel. The film was directed by Gil Kenan and stars Saoirse Ronan as Lina Mayfleet, Harry Treadaway as Doon Harrow, Bill Murray as Mayor Cole, Tim Robbins as Loris ‘Barrow’ Harrow and Toby Jones as Barton Snode.

Ember is a man-made city built underground to shelter a human community for 200 years. A box has been provided which has a plastic card and instructions for returning to the surface. But it opens automatically after 200 years only. Mayors of the Ember city keep this box as a secret thing and only reveal its existence only to their successors in office. After some decades, this city faces some shortage of food and power and unfortunately the box gets after the death of a Mayor. Now the people in the city are helpless in getting to the surface.

In the meanwhile, Lina (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon (Harry Treadaway) are two kids who are searching for jobs and they love to serve the city of Ember. Soon Lina becomes a messenger and is quite happy to serve her city and Doon gets his job as a pipe worker — the kind of profession that he always loves and has vast knowledge about the city. Soon they come to know about the worse situation of the city. They alsolearn that their Mayor Cole (Bill Murray) doesn’t possess the box.

Unexpectedly, Lina finds the box and with the help of Doon and his elderly mentor Sul (Martin Landau), they try to find the way out of the city. During their mission, Mayor Cole misunderstands the kids, assuming that they stole the box for their own benefit. Can these kids save their people? Will they find out the way to the surface?