Book Review: ‘Ugly As Sin’


By Stacey Longo

Ugly as Sin

Ugly As Sin by James Newman is the latest offering by Shock Totem Publications, billed right on the cover as “white-trash noir,” a tongue-in-cheek summary of the contents inside. It’s funny, fast-paced, and engaging.

Nick Bullman once had an impressive career as The Widowmaker, a wrestling heel whose feuds in the Global Wrestling Association were legendary. It’s rotten luck for Nick when two wrasslin’ fans who think it’s all real attack Nick, beating him and mutilating his face in the process.

When GWA CEO Lance K. McDougal III (a clear caricature of Vince McMahon, and that’s okay) wants to market Nick’s ruined face as a gimmick, Nick attacks him. The subsequent criminal and civil lawsuits ruin Nick, and he finds himself in a bad way . . . until his daughter, Melissa, asks him for help.

It seems Nick’s granddaughter, Sophie, has been kidnapped. Nick, who honestly has nothing better to do, agrees to investigate. Along the way, he picks up a sidekick, Leon, a meth head who is happy to team up with his favorite former wrestler. What follows is a heartwarming story of two men bonding over past mistakes, current circumstances, and future dreams. Just kidding. What actually follows is mayhem, murder, and the sinking realization that Nick’s actions in the past has had real consequences on his daughter’s and granddaughter’s lives.

Ugly As Sin comes full circle, when Nick realizes that in some ways, the villain in the story is a better father than he himself has been. No matter, though: the bad guy is still a monster, and Nick’s able to (spoiler alert) save the day and turn over a new leaf where his family is concerned. Chock full of colorful characters, action, and unsettling horror, Ugly As Sin is worth the read.

Pictures from Northeast Comic Con


By Jason Harris


The Northeast Comic Con is happening this weekend at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. It ends on Sunday, June 21.

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Artist Jim

Artist Jim Steranko

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Actress Gigi Edgley (Farscape).

Actress Gigi Edgley (Farscape).

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If you missed this weekend’s convention, the next one takes place on December 5 and 6.

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Northeast Comic Con Happens this Weekend at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Massachusetts


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Kapow! Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is back at the Shriner’s Auditorium for a pop culture expo for fans of comics, movies, TV and nerd culture. Featuring Adam West, the original Batman celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first TV episode, this Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). General show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; VIP experiences are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, June 19th and 20th and early bird admission is available online.

This year’s event features a 40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who love them. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and Cosplay Death Match and Cosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops forK!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping, guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel at between sessions and booths.

On Saturday, June 20, fans of the legendary Adam West, the original Batman (and now on Family Guy), can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the star’s first episode with a VIP event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th at the Shriner’s Auditorium Fez room. The $100 VIP ticket provides fans with a chance to get their photo with West and then screen the first episode of the 1966 Batman TV program, introduced by West himself. This VIP experience includes free gaming play on the exclusive Starship Horizon bridge simulator as well as live entertainment, free soft drinks and snacks and a cash bar.

Visit the Northeast Comic Con Cosplay Stage, featuring puppetry, mask presentations, a Cosplay Dating Game, Create-A-Hero and Villain contests, a Cosplay Death Match, and “pose-off” contests for kids and those costumed as specifically as characters from Marvel Universe, DC Comics, Anime, Disney, Doctor Who, and even Video Game Characters.

NECC KIDZ can participate in a variety of activities hosted by comic book artist Emily Drouin, featuring imaginative facepainting with Sheri Sharkey of Chamillion Colors, get cartoonized with our caricature artist, participate in coloring contests and mask making, make your own monster, and listen a story, and even learn how to make your own comic book.

On the Fez Room stage, adults and kids will enjoy a host of performances and interactive games. Test your TV knowledge with TV Trivia with Morgan White Jr., with topics ranging from Star Wars and Movies to comics and cartoons, including Disney. Listen to musical performances by Emmarie and The World is Square, and laugh along with 20 stand up comics throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other stars expected: Jim Steranko, Gigi Edgley, Julie McCullough, Vivek Tiwary, Jeff Kline, Philo Barnhart, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Noel MacNeal, and dozens of talented artists and illustrators; see website for full details on all convention special guests.

With free parking, regular Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online; tickets are available at the door as well at a slightly higher price. Children are free when accompanied by an adult.

For schedules, VIP packages and advance tickets, visit For show inquiries, email or call 508-788-5474. The Shriner’s Auditorium is wheelchair accessible.

A Night with William Shatner

By Jason Harris

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Actor William Shatner was a guest at the Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum 2015 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Shatner was interviewed by Patrick Cook, executive director of public affairs. 2015-06-11 19.47.47
Shatner is an award-winning actor, producer, writer, recording artist, and philanthropist. During the almost 75 minute interview, he spoke about Star Trek, Boston Legal, his friendship with Leonard Nimoy who passed away in February, and death. You could tell that he misses Nimoy who he had been friends with for over 50 year ever since filming Star Trek. He talks about Nimoy’s death as memories that have faded away. He also mentioned his charities and his new reality series, Better Late Than Never with Henry Winkler, George Foreman, and Terry Bradshaw.

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Pictures from AnthoCon 2015


By Jason Harris


Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Great Old Ones Publishing.

Great Old Ones Publishing.

Author Kevin Lucia.

Author Kevin Lucia.

Author Rob Smales.

Author Rob Smales.

The State of the Union for Speculative Fiction and Art Panel.

The State of the Union for Speculative Fiction and Art Panel.

Author Kevin Lucia making the introductions for the readings of four authors.

Author Kevin Lucia introducing four authors who were going to read from their work.

Author M.J. Preston.

Author M.J. Preston.

Author Gene O'Neill Autobiography in Fiction panel.

Author Gene O’Neill’s Autobiography in Fiction panel.

Author and AnthoCon organizer Tim Deal giving the convention's closing remarks.

Author and AnthoCon organizer Tim Deal giving the convention’s closing remarks.

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares.

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares.

The Business Savvy: Understanding Contracts/Preventing Exploitation panel.

The Business Savvy: Understanding Contracts/Preventing Exploitation panel.

AnthoCon's Dealer Room.

AnthoCon’s Dealer Room.

The Macabre Maine, a publishing project, table.

The Macabre Maine, a publishing project, table.

From left to right: Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and authors Stacey Longo, Peter N. Dudar, L.L. Soares, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books & Boos table.

From left to right: Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and authors Stacey Longo, Peter N. Dudar, L.L. Soares, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books & Boos table.

Carl G. and Philip Perron of Great Old Ones Publishing.

Carl G. and Philip Perron of Great Old Ones Publishing.

The Shock Totem table.

The Shock Totem table.

Author T.T. Zuma.

Author T.T. Zuma.

Author Holly Newstein

Author Holly Newstein.


Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and author Stacey Longo.

Author James A. Moore.

Author James A. Moore.

New England Horror Writers.

New England Horror Writers.

‘Where Spiders Fear To Spin’ is Now Available from Books & Boos Press


Books & Boos Press is proud to announce the release of Where Spiders Fear to Spin, the terrifying new novella from Bram Stoker Award® Finalist Peter N. Dudar. Acclaimed artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell illustrated the book.

Where Spiders Fear to Spin tells the tale of former soap opera star Sadie Mills, a woman literally haunted by her past whose final days are filled with horror. Her daughter resents taking care of her, her former lovers are dying off one by one, and her dead husband’s vengeful ghost has returned from the dead to drag her to hell.

We’ll be celebrating the release of the book at Anthocon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (, June 5–7, 2015. Both Dudar and Goodell will be available on Saturday, June 6, at the Books & Boos’ tables to sign copies of the novella.

The book is available in paperback or e-book wherever books are sold. Visit one of these links to buy your copy today!



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Review copies are available upon request. Contact Stacey Harris at