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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 1

I’m a massive fan of horror. Books, movies, TV shows — you name it. One series that has made an indelible mark on me is Hellraiser. Clive Barker is an artistic genius whose talent has transcended a myriad of mediums, including literature and film. His horror novella The Hellbound Heart was adapted for cinema in 1987. This film, Hellraiser, is a classic that is comprised of numerous spellbinding performances. However, the one that people remember most of all is that of Doug Bradley as the lead cenobite whom society named Pinhead. Bradley’s background in stage acting and his deep knowledge of literature — not to mention the man’s unmistakably wonderful voice — makes his Spinechillers series from Renegade Arts Entertainment a joyful listening experience.

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Audible Review: The Deep Blue Good-By

For 20 years ⁠— from 1964 through 1984 ⁠— the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald were a mainstay in the mystery genre. With each of the 21 titles including a color in their name, this was one of the first examples of books in a series having a theme. Living on a houseboat called The Busted Flush, which he won in a card game, the protagonist, McGee ⁠— who is neither a cop nor an investigator ⁠— is a “salvage consultant” for hire, regularly finding himself in a variety of mysterious predicaments. The first novel in the series, which had a major influence on Lee Child — the author of the best-selling Jack Reacher series — explains how McGee only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

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The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987

Gamers like myself love to debate what should be included on lists of the greatest video games of all time. Various media publications capitalize on this by creating lists, mainly to get people to click through and engage. But sometimes a slideshow on a website or a YouTube video isn’t sufficient. Sometimes you want to take a deep dive into a top-100 video game list, immersing yourself in the experience in a more satisfying way. Moreover, many of these lists completely ignore anything from before 1985, which is when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) rocked the world with its accessibility and plethora of great games. For these reasons and more Brett Weiss’ The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 is a book you should read.

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Audible Review: Dusty by Dusty Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes is one of the most influential and successful professional wrestlers of all time. He was a force to be reckoned with in the NWA, WWF, and WCW, among the other wrestling promotions he’s been affiliated with. This book, Dusty, came out in 2005. Today, 15 years later, Dusty is no longer with us. In the book he talks about how his son Cody is out in Hollywood trying to be an actor. These parts made me laugh because Cody now runs and wrestles in one of the top professional wrestling promotions in the world. Considering Dusty died just 10 years after this book came out, I’m glad he took the time to write it as it would have been a shame if he hadn’t done so.

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The Infernal City & Lord of Souls

For more than 25 years, the Elder Scrolls has been one of the most popular and influential video game series in existence. Its success has resulted in its lore permeating numerous mediums, including books. In 2012, one year after the release of the incredibly popular video game Skyrim, two novels were published: The Infernal City and Lord of Souls, both by Greg Keyes. These books are a singular narrative split across two books, making for an intricate and compelling tale steeped in Elder Scrolls lore.

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24: Behind The Scenes

Over the past couple years, I took the time to start watching the wildly popular TV show 24. I also had the opportunity to interview the star of the show, Kiefer Sutherland, which was a honor. I also had the pleasure of seeing him perform his music live, and I got to hang out with him afterward at a nearby bar. You could say it was a memorable 24 hours. If you’re into all things 24 and looking to learn more, 24: Behind The Scenes is 168 pages covering the first fives seasons of the show. Replete with insights from those involved, a foreword by Kiefer Sutherland, and more than 200 photos, this book is another winner from Insight Editions. Check out the full description below, and make sure to pick up a copy of this photo book celebrating all things 24!

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Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever

The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite wrestler as a child. His colorful, high-energy, over-the-top persona grabbed my attention and captivated my imagination. There were mat tacticians, high-flyers, brawlers, and then there was the Ultimate Warrior. He was an amalgamation of styles, which made him unique. He had a more impressive physique than Hulk Hogan, colorful attire that rivaled Macho Man Randy Savage’s iconic outfits, and he could fly around the ring like in a way unlike anyone his size was doing. Unfortunately, Warrior’s life was cut short at the age of 54. He died on April 8, 2014. I saw him the day before. Thankfully, there are several ways to reflect on the man and his career, including Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever, a beautiful hardback book from Insight Editions.

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Audible Review: More Than Just Hardcore by Terry Funk

Terry Funk is one of the most influential wrestlers of all time. With a career spanning decades, you’d think that his autobiography, More Than Just Hardcore, would be fascinating. While this Audible Original was an easy and entertaining listen, it didn’t blow my mind. There weren’t any shocking revelations, dirt on other wrestlers, or anything of that nature. What you get here is the story of a man who is content with the life he’s lived. To me, that makes for an inspiring audiobook replete with life lessons.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 306

Last week Bruce Kulick shared the sad news that his brother Bob passed away. An accomplished musician who performed with numerous iconic artists over the years, including Janis Ian and Meat Loaf, Bob played a significant and influential role in KISStory. Making contributions in both a live and studio setting, his work was unmistakable and unrestrained. On the latest episode of the KISSFAQ podcast, we paid tribute to Bob by sharing our memories meeting him and enjoying his timeless work. Bob may be gone but his music will live forever. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Tales Of Tamriel, Book II: The Lore

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read and watch my reviews of The Skyrim Library: Volume IVolume II, and Volume III. Titan Books, the same publisher that brought us The Skyrim Library, has two additional books celebrating the lore of The Elder Scrolls. You can read my review of the first one here. These books build on the excellence of the original trilogy by collecting lore books from The Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a phenomenal way to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this celebrated video game franchise. Watch my video review below for all of the details and to get a glimpse of what’s inside the second book in this series: Tales of Tamriel, Book II: The Lore.

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