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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 4

October 1 is a little more than a week away and you might be in need of some horror entertainment to get you in the mood for Halloween. What do I recommend? Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 4, of course. It’s the fourth entry in the audiobook series dedicated to celebrating classic horror literature, read by one of horror cinema’s most iconic stars: Doug Bradley — best known for portraying the role of Pinhead in the fabled Hellraiser franchise.

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You Cannot Kill David Arquette

You Cannot Kill David Arquette is a new must-see documentary that I highly recommend. “Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Dangerously determined to redeem his reputation and reclaim his self-respect, Arquette will stop at nothing to earn his place in professional wrestling.” This is the premise of You Cannot Kill David Arquette, and it’s exquisitely executed.

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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 3

As I write this, Halloween is 55 days aways. To celebrate one of the most fun holidays of the year, people have already started watching at least one horror movie a day. Why not listen to an audiobook of classic horror tales as well? If you’re wanting to do just this, then look no further than Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 3. As with the first two installments in this formidable franchise, you’ll find a top-tier collection of classic horror literature to enjoy.

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Nail in the Coffin: The Fall & Rise of Vampiro

I grew up watching pro wrestling in the 1990s, which means I lived through the “Monday Night War” between Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW). There were plenty of colorful characters in both promotions, and, for a couple of years, Vampiro was one of them. Similar to the face-painted warriors who preceded him, Vampiro had a mystique about him that seemed to resonate with fans. He never became a top guy, perhaps because he was in WCW during its waning years and was never invited to join the WWF (now WWE). However, he was a lucha libre legend in Mexico. Now that he’s semi-retired, Vampiro — real name Ian Hodgkinson — is releasing a documentary through digital VOD services on September 8. Entitled Nail in the Coffin: The Fall & Rise of Vampiro, it’s a wonderful, yet tragic, film that documents the internal struggles and external injuries of a wrestler trying to break away from the business that broke him.

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Audible Review: A Deadly Shade of Gold

A Deadly Shade of Gold is the fifth book in the Travis McGee series. In this entry, McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can’t help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who’s still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country — and one from which he hopes to return alive. John D. MacDonald has really gotten the hang of writing for this character, and it shows. The dialogue is entertaining, and there are action-packed events throughout this Audible Original.

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The Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure

I’m a huge fan of thriller and mystery books, and I grew up watching Murder, She Wrote on TV. For whatever reason, I’ve always enjoyed twisty tales that make me wonder, “Who commited the crime?” I didn’t get into reading until I started consuming professional wrestling autobiographies in high school, followed by James Patterson thrillers. Once I dove into these books, I realized that reading could be fun! They made me want to explore more books, and now I read about 50 books a year. At this point in my life, I’ve decided to revisit books that I owned and either only read a little bit or didn’t read at all. First up, The Hardy Boys!

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Audible Review: Hardcore History

Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW is an excellent Audible Original. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and conducted dozens of interviews with fans, company officials, business partners, and the wrestlers themselves to bring listeners the most thorough account possible of this bizarre company. As someone who has watched numerous documentaries about ECW, I learned a lot while listening to this audiobook. It provides an excellent, and sometimes detailed, overview of major events related to ECW and its various incarnations.

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Walter Day’s Superstars of Gaming: Volume One

Walter Day is the founder of Twin Galaxies, the oldest video game scorekeeping and adjudication service in history. He is known as the creator of e-sports and has often been called “The Patron Saint of Video Games.” His remarkable efforts to find, verify, and catalog video game world records has led to a decades-long partnership with Guinness World Records. Walter Day’s Superstars of Gaming: Volume One is an excellent book celebrating Day’s life and legacy as a living legend in the video game industry.

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Review – The Elder Scrolls: Call To Arms

The Elder Scrolls is one of my favorite video game series of all time. I enjoy all entries in this franchise, including the spinoffs and The Elder Scrolls Online. While many of The Elder Scrolls games have been successful, Skyrim is the one that practically everyone knows. The fifth entry in the series, it has sold over 30 million copies across various systems since its release in 2011. This summer I completed the main quest in this game, along with numerous side quests, on the Nintendo Switch. I also sunk more than 150 hours into The Elder Scrolls Online on my PC – which is an excellent game that I highly recommend. When I read that Skyrim’s open world was coming to a tabletop game created by Modiphius, entitled The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, I was intrigued.

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Audible Review: Nightmare in Pink

Released in 1964, Nightmare in Pink is the second book in John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. In this entry, Nina — a career girl living alone in Manhattan — offers the protagonist companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. She leads McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.

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