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Quick Thoughts on It: Chapter One

Red Molly and I finally got around to seeing It last night, and I have some thoughts.  Beware, unmarked spoilers and unexplained references to both the 1990 miniseries and the original book to follow:  Continue reading


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Preaching the Anti-Gospel

Anti-Christ Handbook 2

So I’ve been reading book 2 of The Anti-Christ Handbook, Fred Clark’s collection of the blog posts that he wrote, starting in 2003, criticizing the Left Behind books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins.

I’ve reached the posts, titled Boutros Boutros Carpathia (a reference to Boutrous Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations at the time the Left Behind books were written) where Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist, makes his debut before the United Nations.

In the world of Left Behind, the United Nations is not a collection of powerless diplomats, dependent on its member nations for every dime and employee, permanently half-paralyzed by competing interests among its most powerful members. In Left Behind, the United Nations is the de facto government of the world, with a relationship to member nations similar to the U.S. federal government’s relationship to the individual states.

(Mind you, this isn’t a deliberate alternate reality; Lahaye and Jenkins believe that this is, or will be, how the United Nations works in our world.)

This, of course, means that to conquer the world, Carpathia must conquer the UN. This results in the infamous scene where he wows the crowd at the UN by reciting the member nations’ names in order, saying each name in the language spoken by the people of that nation. We later find out that Carpathia has supernatural mind control powers, but he’s apparently not supposed to be using them in this scene; L&J genuinely believe that reciting a list would bring the UN General Assembly to their feet in a standing ovation and start whoever could perform such a feat on the path of world domination.

It’s a shame, really. That would be a demonstration of supernatural power indeed, to have a character almost literally reading from the phone book, and have the crowds go wild while the unaffected few are left looking around themselves and wondering what the hell is going on.

But Fred points out that there is an even larger missed opportunity here: Nicolae is the Antichrist. This is a perfect opportunity to draw a contrast between him and the Christ, thus demonstrating the character of both. Now, while a gathering of “all nations under Heaven” hearing Carpathia speak in their native tongue is a passable anti-Pentecost, Pentecost wasn’t one of Jesus’s miracles. That one goes to Peter, the Apostles, and the Holy Spirit well after Jesus had returned to Heaven. Instead, there should be some sort of anti-Baptism performed by an anti-John (the character Jonathan Stonagal was almost certainly supposed to be this – why couldn’t they wrangle some way to have him make Carpathia’s introductions at the UN? They have Rayford Steele, a civilian, get hired to pilot Air Force One.). And rather than reciting a list of member nations, this would be a good opportunity for Carpathia to preach his anti-Gospel, complete with anti-Beatitudes.

That got me thinking. What would anti-Beatitudes look like?
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The Risks of Writing What You Know

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“Write what you know” is, on the whole, very good advice. You pick up innumerable details by sheer osmosis from lived experience, and those details get into your writing without you even knowing it. Your readers will be able to sense the authenticity when you write what you know. And as Get Jiro illustrates, “write what you know” doesn’t have to limit you to writing semi-autobiographical literary novels.
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Horizon Review: Streets of Fire

It’s pretty warm down here in The City, enough to let us know that summer is on its way. And for me, there are certain movies I need to see to start the season off right. Streets of Fire is one of them. It gets me in that proper dreaming frame of mind.

Streets of Fire is the very first movie I reviewed on this site, chosen as such because it’s the movie I love the most and that has inspired me every time I’ve seen it.

And it’s not even really that good as a movie.

Take a look at this bit of old time Horizon to see how that works.

Dreams of the Shining Horizon


On my About page, and again in my first post, I mention that one of the things I intend to write about on this site is movies.  It would be strange if I didn’t: I’ve been a movie buff ever since I was a little kid hanging out in the local video store, wishing I could take the entire stock home.  And while there are certainly movies I’m going to pick apart or hold up as examples of what not to do, most of them are going to be movies I love, or that inspire me in some way.

That’s why the very first movie review on Dreams of the Shining Horizon is going to be about Streets of Fire.  It fits into both categories, and I wanted to get the whole endeavor off to a positive start.

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Quick Thoughts on Sugar Hill


I first saw it on a DVD full of trailers from the heyday of grindhouse cinema:

And now that I’ve seen Sugar Hill in its entirety, “Voodoo is blue” still makes no damn sense.  Nor is there ever any explanation as to why the zombies have those silver spheres over their eyes.

Other than that, it’s pretty good.  Fairly standard supernatural revenge flick, done mid-Seventies blaxploitation style.

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For Hometown:


on March 27, 2015

I received this e-book for my review purposes, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own and unbiased.

This book is well written and is sure to keep you on the edge. It is very suspenseful and engaging.

It starts out before the school season starts for the kids. It’s the Fall of 1994 in the small Milltown of Belford, New York.Fall season is upon us and many things are going on in the fall, school starting, weather changes. Everything is normal until the disappearances begin. People are disappearing into the mist. Some people are found torn apart, some people are found dead for no reason, and some people aren’t found at all. Other people see strange things in the mist: ghosts and campfire stories. There’s something out there in that mist. Something old. Something that has slept for a long time, but has now woken up hungry. Maybe the people of Belford could resist it, but as the terrible Fall wears on, more and more of them start…changing. Acting bizarre and violent. In the end, only a small group of teenage defenders are left to make their stand.

This book was very exciting there were lots of suspense. If you enjoy on the edge moments you will truly enjoy this book.

This book has violence and sex but is very suspenseful. I would highly recommend it.

on March 23, 2015
Nicely written and an excellent story. I’d have been happy to give it five stars had it not been a bit overwritten. Sometimes less is more.
on March 22, 2015
I wasn’t sure about this book but I loved it to the end. I will see what other hidden gems this author has written.
on March 22, 2015
A really good book that keeps you interested through the whole book. This book has many main characters so at some points it was confusing but other than that it was a good read.
on March 19, 2015

People are disappearing into the mist, some are found torn apart, some are found dead for no apparent reason, and some people cannot be found at all. Slowly, the people of Belford start changing, acting bizarre and violent, however, in the end only a few teenagers are left to make their stand. 🙂

Hometown by Matthew Keville took me by surprise…I love horror books, but this means that I am also very picky about any horror book I decide to read… Hometown was a really good read…The story is creepy and intriguing, the plot has all the right twists, and the characters are interesting and easy to like…

I cannot tell how much I liked this book. I did not want to see it end. Each character was great and liked how it followed their lives and how they turned out. Matt write more like this again
on March 8, 2015
I grab this book in the weekend as it was free. It was a great read.
If you are a sci-fi fan, this is a MUST.
The author is new to me, but I will definitely will keep track of him.

Loved it!!

on March 1, 2015
A great read. I love sci-fi/ horror books and this one is a really good one. Kept you entertained from beginning to end. Can’t wait for more from Matthew Keville!!
on October 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
I mean, look at this cover.
The Truth of Rock and Roll is an astoundingly good novel. It has a unique, yet still familiar premise. It begins with a young man who doesn’t want to go to business school arguing on the phone with his father. After the conversation, a middle-aged man approaches him and begins to talk. The young man stays and listens (against his better instincts) and is treated to a story about youth, love, rebellion, small town prejudice, courage and the magic of rock and roll, which in this story is not just a figure of speech. Rock and roll is literally magical.

The Truth of Rock and Roll is not a long book, nor is it an intensely intellectual read. It can be easily devoured in an hour. Devoured is the right word for how one should read this book though. Keville recently began releasing it in serialized form on his blog in an attempt to simply reach more readers. After just the first section I wanted to buy the book. After the fourth I needed to buy it. The characters had quickly become my friends, people I cared about and wanted to win. I couldn’t escape the story, or the world. It’s the world I want for myself, where life is magic and love conquers all, though not without some serious annoyance along the way. Keville shows his skill in telling a wonderfully cheesy tale while making it new enough and good enough that you don’t care if it’s cheesy or a little old hash.

It’s possible this book appealed to me so much because I grew up in a small town and know all too well the kinds of trials and prejudice Johnny and Jenny (what else would our rock and roll lovebirds be named?) come up against. He’s a rich boy, she’s just white trash from the wrong side of the tracks. It’s the same in Footloose and Grease and The Notebook and thousands of other stories.

By E. Amir on April 28, 2012

A short rock and roll novella. It’s not cyberpunk, but the rock and roll theme slightly feels like it. Recommended; I look forward to the author’s future work.

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