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Indie Buzz: Apocalypse Kiss (2014)

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Image sourced from Apocalypse Kiss' offical Facebook page

Image sourced from Apocalypse Kiss’ official Facebook page

As future dystopias go Apocalypse Kiss ticks several of the expected boxes. Select band of rich folks living in one part of town, check; underclass of workers, criminals and prostitutes in the other, check; world run by huge industrial giant corporation, (in this case Horn Industries), check; giant airships broadcasting 24-hour news, check. So, so far a bit of a mash up of Terminator, Blade Runner and the rebooted Cyberman episodes from Dr Who.

Into this mix are thrown Gladys (Tammy Jean) and Katya (Carmela Hayslett AKA Philadelphia’s Horror Host Roxsy Tyler), bisexual lovers and penniless drifters who murder casual pick up Plex (Leo Wylder) and take up residence in his flat. Trouble is when the messed up bodies of Plex and his mother are found, local serial murderer the Red Harvest Killer (AKA Adrian played by DC Douglas), gets…

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Games Creatures Play Review

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Image sourced from risingshadow.net

Games Creatures Play is the latest in a series of anthologies from the Hothouse’s friends at Jo Fletcher Books. Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, two of the biggest names in young adult Paranormal Fiction, each edition in the series takes a theme and builds a collection of spooky tales around it. In the case of Games Creatures Play the theme is sports and games and thankfully it’s a pretty loose one otherwise little old coach potato me would be completely at sea.

Like in any anthology there are some really great stories and then some that I personally found a little less engaging, however there are no real clunkers. Top of the pile would have to be Dead on the Bones by Joe R Lansdale, a Depression era slice of Southern Gothic where the local hardman scraps with the spirits of…

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Little Venice

We took a trip to Bristol last week and London Underground got us to Paddington with time not only for breakfast, but a brief walk along the Regents Canal before our train left.

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The smog full of dust from North Africa imposed a hazy kind of light, but I was delighted to find a couple of red headed pochard dabbling in the murky depths.

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They are pretty little ducks and not that common. Even their eyes are red.

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It had been a long time since I was here last and the area has had a bit of a makeover with some nice looking bars and restaurants, not to mention the odd sculpture.

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This one is called Standing Man by Sean Henry.

However we couldn’t hang about, a really tasty breakfast at the Sloe Bar in Paddington Station beckoned, £8.75 for full English with black pudding and a cafe late included, knocks spots of airport rip off joints.

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The Web of Fear (1968)

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Image sourced from nerdist.com

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I tore off the cellophane wrapper, opened the box and slid the disc in the player. The long lost Yeti down the Underground episodes of Dr Who, long thought to have been wiped in the BBC’s mad drive to save money by reusing expensive video tape in the 1960s, that I had watched on an old black and white telly after tea at my grandparents house. Sod the Daleks, the Yetis were the stuff of this kid’s nightmares.

Now, thanks to the remarkable discovery of nearly all the lost episodes at a TV studio in Nigeria, the BBC have lovingly restored most of the episodes (episode three is still missing and has been reconstructed for the DVD release from stills and the audio track).  So after 46 years is it still the business? Well it still works…

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Horror Brought To Life: The Invoking (2013) at The CUT!

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Image sourced from joblo.com

It’s that time of the month again when I descend into the stygian dark depths of London’s Horse Hospital for The CUT’s monthly movie mayhem.

March’s creep out was The Invoking, another one of those movies that make you realise that when someone leaves you a big house miles from anywhere in the American backwoods it won’t end well. Especially if you decide to take a bunch of your college pals along with you when you decide to explore your new home.

Naturally Sam (Trin Miller) is the product of a troubled childhood and can’t remember anything before the age of five, Mark her former boyfriend (Brandon Miller) is the obnoxious jock, Caitlin (Andi Norris) is the spiky-haired kooky one with a thing for Mark and Roman (Josh Truax) is the nerdy guy who tape records ambient noise and secretly fancies the pants of Caitlin…

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White Egret

Down by the water’s edge there was a flurry of whiteImage

It was a white egret and he had caught something.

 

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We were not the only people with a fish supper in Playa Blanca that night.

 

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‘The Chiperones are a bit bigger than usual’

So said the manageress of the Bodegon Las Tapas (Avenida Maritima, 29, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote) and she wasn’t kidding.

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These ‘baby squids’ were about the size of a ten-year old’s shoe and must have been more like teenage squid. They were still delicious though with a squeeze of lemon.

We had been expecting them to be tiny wee things and had also ordered some sardines in raincoats (battered sardines),

 

Sardines in Raincoats

Sardines in Raincoats

pimentos de padron, catalan toast and a bean stew, however the portions in Bodegon Las Tapas were a bit on the huge size for tapas. Despite a valiant effort it was all too much and I’m afraid one of those squid gave their life to provide a meal for someone else.

P1100121  With beers, water and coffee it clocked in at about €65 for two, good value for such wonderful food with a view over the sparkling blue Atlantic.

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