Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another… » 9/27/13 3:16pm 9/27/13 3:16pm

Who was the Skull Cowboy, the mysterious character cut from The Crow?

When you watch Alex Proyas' original movie of The Crow nowadays, it's an amazingly tight movie. The supernatural revenge plot is pretty straightforward, and the film skips most of the angst, to go straight to the campy fun. But originally, there was a forboding presence in the film: the Skull Cowboy. See for yourself. » 9/20/13 1:00pm 9/20/13 1:00pm

April Books: Stephen King's Dark Tower, Neal Stephenson's Weird…

The book world has some treats in store for you this month — including a brand new novel in Stephen King's Dark Tower universe, and the first book of Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear's Mongoliad. John Shirley revises and updates his groundbreaking cyberpunk trilogy. There are more jazz-age vampires and Regency magicians,… » 4/06/12 1:07pm 4/06/12 1:07pm

The Next 50 Years: Why I'm Optimistic Because Everything Will Be…

With everything rolling towards the abyss, our only hope for a bright future seems to be the Singularity, a technological transformation of what it means to be human. But in a talk for TEDx Brussels, science fiction and horror writer John Shirley argues that there are really two Singularities — and yes, everything… » 11/28/11 2:31pm 11/28/11 2:31pm

Splatterpunk Utopia: In Defense of Violent Entertainment

Renowned horror author John Shirley, pioneer of the splatterpunk genre, offers a few ideas about where human violence comes from — and it's not violent entertainment. » 8/05/11 2:00pm 8/05/11 2:00pm

Why do so many former cyberpunk authors now write dark fantasy?

Cyberpunk has fallen from its peak in the 1980s and early 1990s, but the great cyberpunk authors are still writing. And many of them have turned to fantasy. Why is this? » 4/25/11 5:23pm 4/25/11 5:23pm

Greatest Zero-Gravity Sex Scenes of All Time [NSFW]

You haven't crossed the final frontier until you've had sex in space. It's the ultimate dream: weightless lovemaking. Here are 11 awesome zero-gravity sex scenes...plus one real-life zero G sexytime moment caught on video. » 11/10/10 7:22pm 11/10/10 7:22pm

The Lovely Bones: Hitchcock Meets Dali In Purgatory

The man who managed to film Lord Of The Rings has chosen to adapt introspective afterlife novel The Lovely Bones, and once again he's taken some liberties. But the result is a surprisingly seamless fusion of Hitchcock and Salvador Dali. » 12/08/09 11:20am 12/08/09 11:20am

The Master Of Weird Stories Crafts A Dark, Terrible Odyssey

Set in the poignant urban blight of a near-future New York, Bleak History follows the soulful and brooding Gabriel Bleak on a classic hero's journey. Which is to say, against his will, to the hidden source of his mounting affliction. » 10/27/09 2:31pm 10/27/09 2:31pm

The New Noir Fantasy Shows Magical Cities In Decay

A noir light is shining over fantasy — many of the best fantasy books on the shelves right now feature bloody-minded, morally gray protagonists battling their way through rotten cities and bleak landscapes. Here's why noir is truest urban fantasy. » 9/18/09 1:25pm 9/18/09 1:25pm

Brace Yourself For Cancer-Horror And The Lost Cyberpunk Novel

Cyberpunk guru John Shirley could be spawning three movies soon: the Weinstein Company is doing a movie of his novel Demons, in which corporations deliberately cause cancer as part of a program of human sacrifice, with Jim Sonzero (Pulse) attached to direct. "Wish I wrote the script, but some "A" scripter got the… » 5/07/08 1:09pm 5/07/08 1:09pm

New Issue of Rudy Rucker's FLURB Hits the Interwebs

Science fiction writer Rudy "Postsingular" Rucker has just posted issue #5 of his speculative fiction webzine FLURB, which is always full of bizarro delights. In this issue, Terry Bisson writes about a superhero called Captain Ordinary who teleports around the world via hidden portals in Starbucks outlets, triggered… » 3/31/08 11:20am 3/31/08 11:20am