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An Interview With Ray Cluley

13 September 2014 2:22 AM, PDT

After giving Ray Cluley's latest novella Water For Drowning the full five stars in our recent review, Shadowlocked caught up with the author to dive a little deeper into the story behind it.

Water For Drowning is the latest in the This Is Horror chapbook series that has been championing great horror talent. How did you get involved?

I first got involved with This Is Horror not via the chapbook series but through a reading event they set up one Christmas, which was a great experience. I went to a few more after that and was asked to write a column for the website. Around this time I started writing Water For Drowning with the intention of submitting it for the chapbook series but in casual conversation with Michael (Wilson, This Is Horror's Managing Editor and Owner) I learnt it was shortly coming to an end. I carried on writing the story anyway, »

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Complete Angel reviews: The Bachelor Party

9 September 2014 5:05 AM, PDT

Angel has its fair share of brooding, tragic figures populating the DVD cases. That's appropriate, given that its main man can't ever have a proper relationship and worse still, has had to give up the one girl who might just have had a shot at being Mrs Angel. Oh, the long list of ballads you could write about this one. But then we also have Wesley and his troubled childhood, Fred and her slightly-longer-than-intended camp dimension vacation – and of course, creeping back to the première season, there's Doyle.

So far, Doyle's been something of a closed book. Episodes such as Rm w/a Vu have implied haunted pasts, but they've never got to the root of the problem. Along comes The Bachelor Party, which starts to fill in the gaps. After the mixed Sense And Sensitivity, this episode gets the series back on form with a tale that mixes fun »

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Complete Buffy reviews: Beer bad

8 September 2014 2:59 AM, PDT

Sorry beer, you've had your day. At the time of writing this, mere months south of 40, I'm finding that beer only leads to woozy inertia and a flabby gut worthy of Homer Simpson. No good can come from excess beer – I've even been told so by Buffy The Vampire Slayer in the latest episode which is appropriately called Beer Bad.

In Sunnydale, it's now even impossible to drink a pint of beer without something weird happening. Some of the more obnoxious patrons of the Sunnydale University pub have gone all caveman after sinking copious pints of ale. If you're new to this metaphor lark, then this essentially means that Too Much Beer = Rowdy Caveman. Even with a thumping hangover, it's still easy to deduce the moral of Beer Bad's flimsy excuse for a story. If only there was a bit more to it than this.

"The fault lies with the »

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