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Dead Reckonings No. 18, edited by June M. Pulliam and Tony Fonseca, Hippocampus Press, 2016. Info: hippocampuspress.com.

“A Review of Horror Literature.”

Contents:
Of Revenants and Seedy Taverns, by S.T. Joshi - Reggie Oliver. The Sea of Blood
The Blue Light: An Aickman Favourite, by Ramsey Campbell - Leni Riefenstahl, The Blue Light
Flawed but Worthwhile, by Richard Bleiler - Scott Connors and Ron Hilger, ed. Clark Ashton Smith, The End of the Story: The Collected Fantasies; David Riley and Linden Riley, ed. Kitchen Sink Gothic You Just Fucked with the Wrong Virgin: Third Wave Feminist Slasher Films, by June Pulliam - Tom DeNucci, dir. Almost Mercy; Todd Strauss-Schulson, dir. The Final Girls.
Ravenous Unravelings, by Simone Caroti - Alicia Cole. Darkly Told: An Audio Chapbook, China Miéville, Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
Another Year, Another Banner Volume, by Greg Gbur - Ellen Datlow, ed. The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 7
Book of the Month!, by Chris Dallis - Danel Olson, Justin Bozung, Catriona Mcavoy, and Lee Unkrich, ed. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Time to Think, by Tony Fonseca - S.J. Bagley, with Simon Strantzas, ed. Thinking Horror: A Journal of Horror Philosophy
A World Out of Darkness, by Jason V Brock - Belinda Sallin, dir. Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World
Hail Daoloth and Y'golonac!, by S.T. Joshi - Ramsey Campbell, Visions from Brichester; Steve Rasnic Tem, In the Lovecraft Museum.
Anger, Appropriately Focused, by June Pulliam - Shane Stadler, Exoskeleton II: Tympanum
Your Mournful Psyche, by Jim Rockhill - Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie, ed. Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes, and Traditions, 1760-1890; Dara Downey, American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age
The Weird Scholar, by S.T. Joshi - On Thomas Burke (1886-1945)
The Stream of Collective Consciousness, by Alexander Lugo - Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., A House of Hollow Wounds
Trembling with Tremblay, by Hank Wagner - Paul Tremblay, A Head Full of Ghosts
Familiar, But Fantastic, by June Pulliam - Ellen Datlow, ed. The Monstrous
A Quaint and Curious (but Excellent) Volume, by Greg Gbur - Nancy Kilpatrick and Carol Soles, ed. nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre: Neo-Gothic Fiction Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.
Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts, by June Pulliam - Joel Edgerton, dir. The Gift
Working Together, by S.T. Joshi - David Barker and W. H. Pugmire, In the Gulfs of Dream and Other Lovecraftian Tales
Ramsey Campbell: My Nightmare Man, by Greg Gbur
Playing with the Reel/Real, in Real Time, by June Pulliam - Ivan Kavanagh, dir., The Canal; Levan Gabriadze, dir., Unfriended
Editor Unhinged, by Richard Bleiler - Joshua Viola, ed., Nightmares Unhinged: Twenty Tales of Terror
The End of an Era, by Greg Gbur - Clive Barker, The Scarlet Gospels A Zombie Walks into a Bar., by .Tony Fonseca - Scott Kenemore, The Zen of Zombie and The Ultimate Book of Zombie Warfare and Survival: A Combat Guide to the Walking Dead
Horror Television: The Good, the Bad, the Downright Ugly, by June Pulliam - American Horror Story: Season Five and The Walking Dead: Season Six
Notes on Contributors



Monica Lewinsky: Still being shamed after all these years

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The hodgepodge collection - also including a dated blue velour DKNY hoodie and a yellow Anne Taylor linen blazer, along with notes, letters, Presidential-seal chocolates, official White House matches and autopen-signed photos of President Clinton - comes from the former wife of Andy Bleiler.

Bleiler, for those who can no longer recall the scandal details, was the high school drama teacher Lewinsky had an affair with before meeting Clinton. He originally submitted the items now being auctioned to special prosecutor Kenneth Starr during his investigation into the affair in 1998.

Bleiler reportedly got the collection back after the investigation closed, and, rather bizarrely, his ex-wife wound up with the stash. Now she wants to get something out of them, presumably, as the items have found their way into the hands of Los Angeles memorabilia collector Nate Sanders, who is selling them online.

As of Wednesday morning (NZT), with just two days to go, there were only five bids on the collection. The price had slowly moved up from the $US2,500 minimum to $US6,490.

Lewinsky has obviously managed to move on since becoming entangled in one of the most well-known sex scandals of all time. She’s had stints designing handbags and shilling for Jenny Craig, became a New York City party girl, hosted a reality show, spoke out about her Clinton experience and eventually moved to London to escape being recognised on every corner.

She’s presumably over it now, though. Can’t the world be over it, too? It seems we almost are. Though it seems that no one can resist pawing through the former belongings of a woman scorned. (Where are Bill’s stained briefs, by the way?)

The Twitterverse was divided between those who tittered over the auction news (“Hillary Clinton a potential buyer?”) and those who sighed heavily (“This made me sad for so many reasons.”)

You can count us squarely in the camp that sighs.

What do you think?

Burton 'High Fives' confirms Olympic hopefuls

Sixty of the world’s top snowboarders are preparing to make their way to Wanaka, New Zealand for the second annual 2013 Burton High Fives presented by MINI snowboard competition, including Olympic hopefuls Kelly Clark (USA), Ayumu Hirano (JPN), Danny Davis (USA), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Mikkel Bang (NOR). A key stop for snowboarders on the road to Sochi, the event will take place in and around Cardrona Alpine Resort from September 8th - 13th, and will boast world-class halfpipe and slopestyle contests, along with Kiwi-inspired, adventure-filled off-snow team challenges.

Top riders confirmed for the Burton High Fives halfpipe competition include 2014 Olympic hopefuls Kelly Clark (USA), Ayumu Hirano (JPN), Kohei Kudo (JPN), Danny Davis (USA), Scotty Lago (USA), Arielle Gold (USA), Elena Hight (USA), Ellery Hollingsworth (USA), Gretchen Bleiler (USA) and Cilka Sadar (SLO). The sloplestyle list is also stacked with riders who will show off their new skills as they prepare for Sochi now that slopestyle is an official Olympic discipline. Confirmed riders include 2012 High Fives Slopestyle Champion Mikkel Bang (NOR), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Silje Norendal (NOR), Tyler Nicholson (CAN) and Charles Reid (CAN), as well as local favorites Cameron Stavely (AUS), Rebecca Torr (NZL), Christy Prior (NZL), Shelly Gotlieb (NZL) and Stefi Luxton (NZL).

“Not only is the Burton High Fives event a world-class snowboarding contest, but it also has all these other fun off-snow team events going on,” said Kelly Clark. “I find it cool to be part of a team working towards something bigger than just my performance on snow. It’s a nice change of pace.”

The good times in New Zealand begin on September 8th with 2013 Burton High Fives competitors participating in the MINI Track Challenge, a speed, style and skill-focused challenge to drive MINI Countryman ALL4 and MINI Paceman Cooper S vehicles at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, Central Otago. Then on Monday, September 9th, 12 teams of riders will compete in top-secret, off-snow challenges in the adventure capital of the world.

Following the off-snow challenges, the High Fives snowboarding competitions will get underway at Cardrona Alpine Resort with slopestyle finals on Thursday, September 12th, followed by halfpipe finals on Friday, September 13th. The top three men and women from each discipline, along with the best overall team of riders from the on and off-snow events, will take home World Snowboard Tour points and a piece of the $80,000 USD prize purse.

In addition to watching incredible snowboard competitions from September 10th-13th, visitors to Cardrona can also enjoy an interactive sponsor village with giveaways, plus a free demo from Burton where you can try out all the latest boards, boots, and bindings. And the fun doesn’t stop there. In the evenings, Burton is thrilled to host a series of free events at the official High Fives lounge at Urban Grind in Wanaka from September 10th-13th. Après specials begin daily at 4pm with music starting at 8pm, so make sure to come out and mix it up with High Fives riders. On Friday, September 13th, don’t miss the official Burton High Fives After Party with two of New Zealand’s premier musical acts, Ahoribuzz and Bulletproof. The party kicks off at the Lake Wanaka Events Centre at 8pm and continues late night back at Urban Grind. Tickets for the after party can be purchased here. For more good times, be sure to stop by the High Fives experience in Queenstown at the Village Green from September 4th - 7th and check out the latest vehicles from presenting partner, MINI and more. High Fives Live Webcast and Broadcast:

If you can’t make it to New Zealand, there are plenty of ways to experience all the action each day. In addition to daily coverage of the competitions, you can also check out event videos, find live scoring, real-time standings, run replays, tour rankings, rider interviews and bios, as well as a live webcast schedule and full webcasts for on-demand viewing at www.burton.com/HighFives. And be sure to check your local TV listings for the 2013 Burton High Fives highlight show, scheduled to air in the U.S. and around the globe later this fall.

Clark and Hirano thrill crowd at snowboard halfpipe

Cardrona’s Olympic halfpipe was packed with hundreds of spectators this morning as Kelly Clark from the USA and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano opened their FIS World Cup seasons with huge wins at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013. This was Clark’s 61st career win but Hirano’s first appearance at an FIS World Cup event, at the age of just 14.

Kelly Clark, the most successful snowboarder of all time - male or female - and 2002 Winter Olympic gold medallist, ended the women’s series of first runs eleventh out of twelve after failing to land one huge trick. But like a true champion she took the title dropping in last with her second run. Her score of 89.50 edged out China’s Cai Xuetong who took silver with 85.50 after winning her earlier semi-final, while American Gretchen Bleiler hung in there for bronze with the highest first run score of 85.25.

New Zealand’s Bex Sinclair performed well in the earlier semi-finals, finishing sixth from ten and earning valuable qualification points for next February’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, even though she just missed out on a place in the final.

Clark’s run featured a frontside air, backside 540 mute, frontside 1080 lien, cab 720 mute, frontside stalefish. She said she was unfazed after a disappointing first run.

“You think of it as an opportunity. It’s easy to have things not go right and all of a sudden change your plans. For me it’s more important to be internally motivated, to stick to the plan regardless of what goes on around me. Today I thought, well hey, this is exactly what can happen at the Olympics - it is what happened to me at the Olympics last time! I just thought I could be conservative today and go for a podium finish, or I could rally and think of it as an opportunity and that’s exactly what I was able to do,” she said.

Ayumu Hirano used his awesome speed to land some of the biggest jumps ever seen in Cardrona’s halfpipe. His first run score of 92.25 was only threatened by teammate Taku Hiraoka’s second run which included the first 1260 in this year’s comp but was still only good enough for silver, scoring 91.75. Swiss rider Christian Haller was delighted to spoil a Japanese whitewash, edging out Ayumu Nedefuji for bronze with his second run of 82.50.

Hirano’s winning run started with a backside tail into frontside 1080 double cork tail, cab 1080 mute, frontside 1080 double cork and cab 720 indy.

Looking slightly stunned by his maiden World Cup victory he said: “I was aiming to be on the podium in this competition so I’m really happy about being in first place. This is my first World Cup and I still need to compete well this season to qualify for the Japanese team.”

Head judge, Ola Sundekvist signed off the snowboard events at this year’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ: “I’m so happy that we got through the finals and we have a result. We got some really good riding in the finals and I’m so happy with the results. The pipe is excellent, it was a little windy and we could see that some people had issues with the wind but overall it was a really good competition.”

US women now have the chance to make a clean sweep of Winter Games NZ 2013’s freestyle events at tomorrow’s snowboard slopestyle final. Clark’s compatriots Devin Logan and Jamie Anderson have already taken out the freeski halfpipe and snowboard slopestyle comps respectively.

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 sports programme concludes tomorrow (Sunday) with the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Slopestyle at Cardrona. The Downtown Sessions festival concludes in Queenstown with the Adventure Film Festival presented by Auckland Airport’s ‘Best of the Fest’ special showing at the Lotto Village Queenstown and the final race of the Winter Games NZ cyclocross series at Wynyard Freestyle Mountain Bike Park, Fernhill. Over in Wanaka, the official closing ceremony begins at 2pm at the Lotto Village on Ardmore Street and is followed by the JUCY Meltdown Concert at the Lake Wanaka Centre when NZ band, Tahuna Breaks bring the Games to a stomping close. Tickets available from the Lotto Villages in both towns.

A complete list of results is available from http://wintergamesnz.com/results.