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Anne Rice returns to vampire lore with the bloody good ‘Prince Lestat’


There was a time when vampires did not sparkle. They were beautiful, yes, but also extremely dangerous, brooding creatures who shunned the sun because exposure would immolate them.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Stephen King’s real horror ‘Revival’


It takes a master of horror like Stephen King to take an ordinary, innocuous sentence like “something happened” and turn it into an intricate, effective device of enduring fear. After reading “Revival: A Novel” (Scribner, New York, 2014, 403 pages), you’ll never think the same way about that sentence.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Femme Fiction

NO LOST TIME: Nikki Alfar writes as she pleases. INQUIRER /Alanah Torralba

EVERYTHING about Nikki Alfar is big. She’s physically tall, brassy and loud. She smokes a lot. Her voice booms. Her spoken sentences are rigged with exclamations, profanities and laughter.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Last stand on Middle-earth

COMPANY Time: Hobbit
Bilbo Baggins
Freeman) and
the company of
dwarves prepare
for the big battle

It is exceedingly bittersweet to see the wilds of Middle-earth one last time. Ever since director Peter Jackson first brought us to the Shire in 2001’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” Middle-earth seemed to be endless. After 13 years, five movies, a dragon’s weight in box office gold and 17 Academy Awards later, the end has arrived, with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” capping the prequel trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s first book, the 1937 genre-defining fantasy classic, “The Hobbit.”

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Super | Read More »

The evolution of Manix Abrera


There is nobody else doing what Manix Abrera is doing—figuratively and literally.

Posted: December 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »