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Chadwick H. Saxelid
Concord, California.
Life long fan of the bizarre, macabre, and otherworldly.
Interests: Horror, science fiction, and (dark) fantasy in whatever form they take (i.e. books, movies, music, comics, and old time radio.)
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After an unexplained biological disaster, two desperate families form an uneasy alliance. Things do not work out and their alliance fractures. If you have not seen It Comes At Night, but intend on doing so, do not read this review.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Just Another Blog
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There has been a flurry of distracting activity of late. Conventions, a move, a trip to Guatemala, and a trip to NYC. I also fell down the twin distraction rabbit holes of Pinterest and Goodreads. Rather than write a book... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Just Another Blog
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Here's a recap of the reading, watching, and consuming I did in 2016. Reading: I read 52 books. First book of 2016: Aftermath (Sirantha Jax #5) - by Ann Aguirre Last book of 2016: Miracles Ain't What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Just Another Blog
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October 8, 2009: Hell House, a new Haunted Attraction in upstate New York, opens its doors and fifteen people die. A documentary film crew, using a mix of interviews, archival footage, and new material supplied by the only surviving staff... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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"They're dead!" It has been seventeen years since James's sister, Heather, went missing in the woods outside Burkittsville, MD. Convinced that some newly discovered footage reveals clues as to what happened to his sister, James convinces several friends to venture... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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It has taken some time for me to be able to do so, but I finally made it to my first ever WorldCon convention! This five day ode to all things Science Fiction, Fantasy, and (at certain times, on certain... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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BEST NOVEL: First choice: The Fifth Season - by N.K. Jemisin. Second choice: Uprooted - by Naomi Novick. Third choice: Ancillary Mercy - by Ann Leckie. No other choices. BEST SHORT STORY: First choice: Cat Pictures Please - by Naomi... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Just Another Blog
Rule #1: READ Read everything and anything you can get your hands on, especially when you're young, scrappy, and hungry. Why? Ray Bradbury may have put it best, in his excellent Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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The first time I saw John Carpenter's Halloween was in 1979, long before its innumerable imitators, and unnecessary sequels, carbon copied the effect out of it. It was a memorable experience. After Dr. Loomis gunned down Michael Myers, confirmed to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Just Another Blog
And they are: Best Novel: Ancillary Mercy - by Ann Leckie The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass - by Jim Butcher The Fifth Season - by N.K. Jemisin Seveneves - by Neal Stephenson Uprooted - by Naomi Novick Best Novella:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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Although FOGcon has been on my radar ever since I first picked up a flier (while attending BayCon) announcing its formation, an annual personal obligation to volunteer at the family winery (#firstworldproblems) prevented my attending the convention until this year.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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You can read it in the April 2016 issue of Under the Bed magazine. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Just Another Blog
Now that the nomination window for this year's Hugo Awards has closed, I feel comfortable listing the (admittedly few) works that I voted be nominated this year: Best Novel: Uprooted - by Naomi Novik Chimera - by Mira Grant Ancillary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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And that something would be me, of course. This past week has been both productive and stressful. I wrote 2,291 words and revised a short story (that will be going out on the submission trails by month's end.) Work came... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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It is well past time for me to post an update of some sort. I need to do more on this blog than post terse memorials of the recent passing of figures important to my genres of interest (horror, science... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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The legendary star of Phantasm has passed. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Just Another Blog
Awhile back, Google stopped showing the various searches that would bring many a curious eye to my blog. Other search engines do show me and, once every blue moon, Google lets me know, too. Not being made aware of what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Just Another Blog
Reading: I read 54 books. First book of 2015: Ring of Knives (Dead Man # 2) - by James Daniels. Last book of 2015: Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) - by Ann Leckie. Book crossing into 2016: Aftermath (Sirantha Jax... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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This review appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Diablo Gazette. It was also my last review for the paper, for reasons. If you listen to Welcome to Night Vale, you know people are not allowed in the Dog... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Just Another Blog
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This appeared in the November 2015 issue of the Diablo Gazette. Edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters, Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding is a collection of autobiographical essays revealing the myth of the disengaged... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Just Another Blog