Monthly Archives: May 2010

Backmatter Part 15: Operation Mandeville

High Concept: Band of Brothers meets Godzilla , with more H-bombs. Lots more H-bombs Genre: Picaresque wainscoting atompunk sci-fi Overview: There’s a reason that the Yalta conference was codenamed “Argonaut.” The Big Three, and a few key players, knew that … Continue reading

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Backmatter Part 14: L’Abisso

High Concept: Prospero’s Books meets 28 Days Later Genre: High, Dark, Lurid Renaissance-tinged post-apocalyptic fantasy Overview: Before the end of the world, the island of Finzione was a forgotten ducal holding slowly sinking into a weed-choked swamp, home to a … Continue reading

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Backmatter Part 13: Slow Boat to Fast City

High Concept: James Ellroy’s The Martian Chronicles Genre: Hard-bop Raygun Gothic sci-fi Overview: The Space Wars began on May 9, 1945, when the Red Army stormed the walls of Berlin and saw Nazi space arks streaming through the sky from … Continue reading

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Backmatter Part 12: The Goon Squad

High Concept: “The Shadow over Mulholland,” or “The Dunwich Horror” meets L.A. Confidential Genre: Pulp Mythos Wainscoting Noir Overview: “I saw more than my share of weird in Italy, during the war. Sicilian strega keeping the Blackshirts at bay with … Continue reading

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Backmatter Part 11: All The Young Dudes

“Know that the faerie rades began again in 1969. Know that the Grey Neighbors came calling from field and hedge, from shadow and sinkhole, from frost and flame, from Canaveral and Altamont and Woodstock and Spahn Farm to bring slaves, … Continue reading

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Backmatter Part 11: Welcome to the Occupation

When Papa Sinister marked my face, he said he was binding me to the Zobop. When he flayed the flesh off of my fingertips, he said he was marking me as a bone-pointer, as a killer of men. When the … Continue reading

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Backmatter Part 10: The Never-Never Covenant

High Concept: “Chronicles of Narnia” meets “New Mutants” if Aslan and the White Queen’s roles were reversed Genre: Kid-lit fantasy/horror Overview: You used to dream about drowning, about ropy tentacles drawing you into black water over and over. Nothing helped… … Continue reading

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