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Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Everybody wants to rule the galaxy…but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Now Emperor, Paul Atreides must balance his leadership with numero us plots to undermine him. After…

Dune by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s 1965 landmark novel DUNE is one of the most celebrated works of the science fiction genre, but does today’s reader have to be a Mentat in order to…

Go Rogue! Order Your Star Wars Rogue One Toys Online Now!

Why go out late on a work/school night, stand in the cold, and brave the crowds only to be met by disappointment when the guy in front of you takes…

The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

In 1990 Robert Ludlum returned to Jason Bourne one last time for The Bourne Ultimatum. This story finds Bourne once again in the crosshairs of Carlos the Jackal. It was…

Don’t Pick Up the Phone — Stephen King’s CELL coming to video Sep 27

Stephen King had never tackled zombie tales before Cell, his 2006 novel.  Now that story comes to the screen — and to your home on DVD and Blu-ray. Cell stars John Cusack…

Dark Horse publishes collection of Kristen Gudsnuk’s “Henchgirl”

HENCHGIRL, THE VILLAIN WITH A HEART OF GOLD Dark Horse publishes collection of Kristen Gudsnuk’s “Henchgirl”   MILWAUKIE, Ore., July 12, 2016 — Dark Horse is excited to announce the…

The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

Bourne is back! Robert Ludlum had never written a sequel to any of his novels before. That streak ended in 1986 when Jason Bourne (or really David Webb) has to…

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

This summer is a great time to be re-Bourne! Matt Damon is returning to play Jason Bourne for the fourth time. For many Bourne fans, however, it may be surprising…

Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

20 years have passed between the 1996 sci-fi hit Independence Day and this summer’s new Independence Day: Resurgence. That time passed in our real world–but it also went by for…

Monogram International’s Harry Potter Exclusives Cast a Spell on SDCC

San Diego Comic-Con International is about 2 months away, and Monogram International is starting the party now! The collectible company has revealed two sets of Harry Potter themed exclusives they will…

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone was Stephen King’s follow-up to The Stand. This new novel, about a man who gained psychic powers after a head injury, became the author’s first number 1…

Eisner Award Nominee Tom Beland Producing Original Art for Now Playing Movie Review Book Underrated Movies We Recommend

Eisner Award Nominee Tom Beland Producing Original Art for Now Playing Movie Review Book <i>Underrated Movies We Recommend</i>

Venganza Media is adding another star contributor to its Kickstarter-funded publishing project, teaming with artist and author Tom Beland to produce original, exclusive artwork for Underrated Movies We Recommend. In…

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Watchmen. It was the only comic listed on Time Magazine’s List of the 100 Best Novels list. It also was in The Comic’s Journal’s list of the Top 100 Comics…

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Last week the fourth, and final, Hunger Games film Mockingjay Part 2, dominated theaters. Now that you’ve had a chance to see how the movie concludes the story of Katniss…

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

In 2009 Catching Fire fanned the flames of Hunger Games fans worldwide. Continuing the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, Collins’ novel puts her back in the arena for another adventure. In…

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games novels topped the New York Times best seller lists and went on to become Amazons all-time top selling book series (outselling even Harry Potter). It has since…

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

In 1999 Japanese author Koushun Takami gained global notice for his novel Battle Royale. In this ultraviolent, 600-plus page dystopian novel the Japanese government holds an annual competition where Junior…

Maximize your Force Friday With This Star Wars Collectible Checklist

On Friday, Sept 4 at 12:01 a.m. in your time zone Force Friday Begins! This event is the worldwide launch of new Star Wars toys and collectibles for the upcoming film: Star Wars…

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton never intended to write a sequel to his bestselling novel Jurassic Park. But when Stephen Spielberg’s film was a smash success and the director, and fans, requested a…

Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll — Round 2 Starts Now

  Star Wars Action News’ participation in Hasbro’s 2015 Fans’ Choice action figure poll nears completion! As announced Monday, Hasbro has started a new poll where Star Wars fans and collectors…

Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll is Back — And Bigger Than Ever!

  Once more, fans get to pick an upcoming character in the Star Wars line of figures. Hasbro announced today that they are starting a new poll where Star Wars…

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Today the words Jurassic Park bring to mind a T-Rex roaring at a car, Sam Neil running through a pack of CGI dinosaurs, and John Williams score–all from Steven Spielberg’s…

Dark Horse Reprinting Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH ‘HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE MINICOMIC COLLECTION’ THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE® MINICOMICS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Following the critically acclaimed…

The Long Walk by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

King’s first novel wasn’t Carrie, it was The Long Walk written while the author was a college freshman. It tells of a dystopian, alternate America in which the national pastime…

New Podcast – Books & Nachos reviews The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, and Matthew Vaughn

Mark Millar’s comic Kick-Ass was adapted to film by director Matthew Vaughn. Now the two have teamed up again with Kingsman: The Secret Service, an idea the two men spawned…

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 6

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans…

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 5

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans…

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 4

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans…

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 3

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans…

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 2

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans…

New Podcast: The Stand by Stephen King – Part 1

With his fifth published novel Stephen King went big–a tale about God and demons with the backdrop of a dystopian future. Involving fears both realistic and fantastic, many King fans…

Stephen King’s The Stand Revisited in Books & Nachos Multi-Part Podcast Series

  For more than a year the above-pictured copy of The Stand has been my constant companion. The way Mel Gibson’s character in Conspiracy Theory never when anywhere without his copy of Catcher…

MARVEL & STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS IN DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1

MARVEL & STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS IN DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – HOUSE OF CARDS #1 Eddie Dean Comes Face to Face with the Gunslinger!…

Books & Nachos THE STAND Review — Update

  Stephen King’s writing of The Stand was fraught with delays.  He suffered writer’s block, lost his way with the story, and ultimately had to release Night Shift as a stop-gap so…

New Podcast: The Dark Man by Stephen King

Of all the monsters in Stephen King’s fiction none have captured reader imaginations quite like The Stand’s Randall Flagg–The Walkin’ Dude, The Dark Man. But nine years before The Stand…

New Podcast: The Prestige by Christopher Priest

One stage magician learns how to split himself into two so that he can challenge a pair of rival illusionists who pretend to be one in The Prestige, Christopher Priests…

New Podcast: The Man Who Loved Flowers (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

In Stephen King’s short story “The Man Who Loved Flowers” a man stops to buy roses on the way to see the woman he loves. His warm energy infects all…

New Podcast: The Last Rung on the Ladder (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

The short stories collected in Stephen King’s Night Shift were written over more than a decade–some originally published in 1968, others printed for the first time in this book. As…

New Podcast: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

Author JRR Tolkien spent three books, and over a thousand pages, creating a dense Middle Earth mythology. Now he brings that age of folklore to a thunderous close with Return…

New Podcast: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

It took almost twenty years for the author of The Hobbit to pen a sequel – time enough for the children who grew up on the story to mature into…

New Podcast: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

It’s hard to believe there was a time when the world didn’t know of Hobbits, those hairy-toed homebodies who prefer a good pipe and cozy hole in the ground to…

New Podcast: Children of the Corn (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Of all the stories in Stephen King’s Night Shift none have the name recognition, or the notoriety, of “Children of the Corn.” Originally published in a 1977 issue of Penthouse,…

New Podcast: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm by Greg Keyes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco where an uneasy truce is being negotiated between distrustful apes and paranoid human survivors. How did…

New Podcast: Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes by Andrew E. C. Gaska

Planet of the Apes might have begun in literature, but it reached mass popularity and commercial success with the 1968 Charlton Heston movie. That cinema classic, and its four sequels,…

New Podcast: Planet of the Apes: The Fall and Planet of the Apes: Colony by William T. Quick

In Tim Burton’s 2001 film Planet of the Apes Leo Davidson (played by Mark Wahlberg) is sent to the alien world Ashlar in the far future where humans and smart…

New Podcast: 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

The story of the monolith and man’s exploration of space concludes in Arthur C. Clarke’s ultimate Odyssey novel 3001: The Final Odyssey. Set a thousand years after Dave, Frank and…

New Podcast: 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke

The movies ended in 2010 but the story of humanity’s Space Odyssey continued in novels by original 2001 co-creator Arthur C. Clarke. In this third installment of the series Heywood…

New Podcast: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

Fourteen years after Arthur C. Clarke co-created the multimedia experience 2001, the author returns to Jupiter alone in the follow-up novel 2010: Odyssey Two. Now with the freedom to tell…

New Podcast: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Many times movies are made based on popular novels. Other times marketing companies see easy money in releasing cheap novelizations of upcoming films. 200: A Space Odyssey is one case…

New Podcast: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Everyone knows Planet of the Apes, the movie. With Charlton Heston’s oft-quoted lines and the famously spoiled twist ending, the film has entered the American lexicon. Less known, however, is…

New Podcast: I Know What You Need (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Ed is the perfect boyfriend. He takes Elizabeth to the movies she wants to see, cheers her up when she’s feeling down, and always seems to know what she wants…

New Podcast: Lawnmower Man (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A man has let his lawn grow too long and needs expert help to cut it down. Unknowing he calls a lawn service run by the Pan, the Greek god…

New Podcast: Strawberry Spring (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Under the cover of an unseasonable night fog a killer has started preying on the female students at the usually quiet New Sharon Community College. Police, curfews, and student awareness…

Why Now is the Time To Order Your Kotobukiya Mara Jade Statue

News was revealed last Friday on StarWars.com that the Star Wars Expanded Universe is no longer canonical.  As discussed on the Star Wars Action News podcast covering C2E2 2014, the…

New Podcast: Trucks (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Five strangers are stranded at a truck stop–the last place they want to be now that all the sixteen wheelers outside have come to life and started driving themselves! How…

New Podcast: Battleground (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

It’s not fun and games when army men come to life to avenge the murder of their maker! This war of toy versus man is the plot of “Battleground”, Stephen…

New Podcast: Sometimes They Come Back (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

In the 1950s some teenagers killed Jim Norman’s older brother. Now, sixteen years later, Jim is an adult teaching English at a new school. When some of Jim’s good students…

New Podcast: Gray Matter (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

There are some who think no beer is a bad beer, but they haven’t read Stephen King’s short story “Gray Matter.” From the Night Shift collection this tale tells of…

New Podcast: I Am the Doorway (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

An astronaut returned from Venus believes he has been inhabited by homicidal aliens. These aliens have sprouted eyes on the man’s hands, and forced him to kill a local boy.…

New Podcast: Night Surf (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A superflu nicknamed “Captain Tripps” kills most of the people on Earth. This story tells the tale of a small group of survivors. No, this is not Stephen King’s The…

New Podcast: The Mangler (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Have you ever worked on your computer, your lawnmower, or your car and felt that the damned machine is out to get you? That perhaps a demonic spirit has taken…

New Podcast: Graveyard Shift (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Hall is a drifter who has taken a night job at the Gates Falls mill for the summer. It seems like an easy gig, but with the numerous rats and…

New Podcast: Quitters Inc. (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Dick Morrison has to quit smoking. He may not want to quit smoking, but after signing up for the cessation program run by a group of mobsters under the name…

New Podcast: The Ledge (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

Would you rather go to jail and never again see the woman you love, or walk along a 42nd story ledge that is only five inches wide? That is the…

New Podcast: The Boogeyman (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A man goes to a psychiatrist claiming he killed all three of his children, but not through direct action but rather inaction–failure to stop The Boogeyman. Is the man insane,…

New Podcast: The Woman in the Room (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

A woman lays in her hospital bed, dying of cancer. Her son, John, sits next to her, a bottle of painkillers in his pocket, thinking of ending her suffering forever.…

New Podcast: Rage by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

Author Stephen King, feeling stifled by Doubleday’s mandate that he not publish more than one novel per year, made an agreement where he could publish novels under a pseudonym–Richard Bachman.…

New Podcast: Frank Miller’s Robocop

Spoiler Alert! This podcast discusses many key elements of Frank Miller’s Robocop comic series. Despite being a credited writer on Robocop 2 Frank Miller was unhappy with the final product,…

New Podcast: The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Jordan Belfort made headlines in the 1990s, first for his unusual start-up stock trading firm, then for his illegal stock manipulation practices. But that media attention is nothing compared to…

Press Release: Marvel to Publish Star Wars Comics & Graphic Novels

UPDATE 12:16PM CST:  Dark Horse has released their own Press Release.  It is printed below the Marvel Press Release. Graphics added by Venganza Media; not part of original press releases.…

New Podcast: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Dan Torrance was just five years old when he survived the ghostly attacks of his drunken father at The Overlook Hotel. But for 36 years fans have wondered what happened…

New Podcast: The Shining by Stephen King

Do you know Stephen King’s The Shining? You may think you do–iconography from King’s third book litters American pop culture. The Overlook Hotel. Redrum. Jack Torrance, who’s always been the…

New Podcast: Jersulam’s Lot (from the Night Shift Collection) by Stephen King

Stephen King’s “Jerusalem’s Lot” tells the story of Charles Boone and his servant Calvin. In 1850 the two men move to Preacher’s Corners, Maine where they stay at a large…

New Podcast: One For the Road (from the Night Shift Collection) by Stephen King

Some questions lingered when Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot ended. Were all the vampires killed? Due to the success of the novel, and to help publicize the paperback edition of the…

New Podcast: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

“What would happen if Dracula came to America today?” With that conversational inquiry Stephen King was inspired to write the novel ‘Salem’s Lot. King’s second published book, ‘Salem’s Lot was…

New Podcast: Murder and Other Distractions by Michael Estrin

Ethan’s life is a bit of a mess. He spends his time in a toxic, casual relationship, smoking weed and coasting through his job, all the while pining for The…

New Podcast: Dracula by Bram Stoker

For over 100 years we have lived among the vampires. Werewolves, ghosts, and serial killers have all popped up, but the vampire has been the monster to beat. From hit…

New Podcast: Psycho House by Robert Bloch

The same year that Psycho IV premiered on Showtime, original Psycho author Robert Bloch also returned to the Bates Motel with his third and final book in that series —…

New Podcast: Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie is the tale of a telekinetic teenage outcast, was phenomenal success for any book, let alone the first-published work of a new author. It’s film rights were pursued by…

New Podcast: Psycho II by Robert Bloch

Hitchcock’s Psycho became such a phenomenal success that it all but obscured the novel on which it was based. But in 1982 original Psycho author Robert Bloch returned to Norman…

New Podcast: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Psycho. The word evokes common images, all black and white from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. The film is such an acclaimed success that for many it obscures the fact…

New Podcast: World War Z by Max Brooks

This week the movie World War Z arrives in theaters starring Brad Pitt as an investigator traveling the world during a massive zombie outbreak. The film shares the title with…

New Podcast: Return of the Living Dead by John Russo

Return of the Living Dead is best known for being a 1985 horror-comedy film that is both a sequel to and a spoof of George Romero’s classic Night of the…

New Podcast: New Avengers: Breakout Prose Novel by Alisa Kwitney

Continuing the look at the new series of Marvel Comics prose novels that adapt popular comic arcs into novel form Arnie is back this week to review New Avengers: Breakout…

New Podcast: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted Prose Novel by Peter David

Next Tuesday the fourth book in Marvel Comics new prose novel series is being released–Iron Man: Extremis by Marie Javins. This wraps up the four novel series announced by Marvel…

New Podcast: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell

Even if you don’t know the name Bruce Campbell the odds are you’ve seen him in television shows and movies. Currently a star of Burn Notice, Campbell has been featured…

New Podcast: Marvel’s Civil War Prose Novel by Stuart Moore

Last year Marvel Comics started a new prose novel line adapting popular comic book story arcs to long fiction form. Now Arnie is reviewing all four of these novelized comic…

New Podcast: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis

After reviewing the Keanu Reeves film Constantine, based on DC’s Hellblazer comics, hosts Arnie and Jakob turn to the source material on which the movie was based. In their second…

New Podcast: Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano

Jakob and Arnie have returned to Books & Nachos to review more DC comics graphic novels. On Tuesday they reviewed the Keanu Reeves film Constantine, based on DC’s Hellblazer comics.…

New Podcast: 58 Minutes by Walter Wager

The original Die Hard movie was based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. But as Thorp’s novel had no sequel, 20th Century Fox had no road map…

New Podcast: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The novel was a sequel to The Detective, and starred an old police detective named Joe Leland.…

New Podcast: The Detective by Roderick Thorp

Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. But Nothing Lasts Forever was itself a sequel to The Detective, a story of a police detective…

New Podcast: Octopussy by Ian Fleming

Brock is back to review the final Ian Fleming James Bond short story from the Octopussy and The Living Daylights collection. As part of James Bond’s 50th Anniversary, the podcast…

New Podcast: The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

James Bond was presumed dead after the Blofeld trilogy ends, and before Fleming could revive the spy that brought him fame the author himself died. Published posthumously, The Man With…

New Podcast: You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

Brock is back to complete Books & Nachos’ reviews of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond prose stories, this time looking at the final book in the so-called Blofeld trilogy of…

New Podcast: Property of a Lady and 007 in New York by Ian Fleming

Brock goes back to the last Ian Fleming James Bond book ever released to review two more short stories from the Octopussy and The Living Daylights collection. As part of…

New Podcast: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

James Bond is back, as is our book reviewer Brock, continuing his reviews of Ian Fleming’s works. As part of James Bond’s 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing…

New Podcast: The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming

James Bond in a hard boiled detective story with a femme fatale and an enemy with metal teeth–it’s all in The Spy Who Loved Me, an original novel by Ian…

New Podcast: The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

The book title is Octopussy (or sometimes Octopussy and The Living Daylights) but in this Ian Fleming book is actually a collection of short stories. As part of James Bond’s…

New Podcast: Thunderball by Ian Fleming

It’s a Bond story that started as a screenplay, then became a book, then became a film! But in Ian Fleming’s eighth Bond novel such Bond film staples are born…

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