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Conan Meets The Academy

Author: Jonas Prida
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786461527
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"This collection offers the first scholarly investigation of Conan, from Howard's early stories, through mid-century novels and Schwarzenegger's iconic films, to the 2011 remake. Drawing on disciplines such as stylometry, archeology, cultural studies, folklore studies, and literary history, the essays examine statistical analyses of Conan texts, the literary genesis of Conan, parodies, Conan video games, and more"--Provided by publisher.

Marvel Comics Into Film

Author: Matthew J. McEniry,
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786443049
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Marvel Studios' approach to its Cinematic Universe--beginning with the release of Iron Man (2008)--has become the template for successful management of blockbuster film properties. Yet films featuring Marvel characters can be traced back to the 1940s, when the Captain America serial first appeared on the screen. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the historical, textual and cultural context of the larger cinematic Marvel universe, including serials, animated films, television movies, non-U.S. versions of Marvel characters, films that feature characters licensed by Marvel, and the contemporary Cinematic Universe as conceived by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. Films analyzed include Transformers (1986), Howard the Duck (1986), Blade (1998), Planet Hulk (2010), Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013), Elektra (2005), the Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982-1990), Ultimate Avengers (2006) and Ghost Rider (2007).

Undead In The West Ii

Author: Cynthia J. Miller
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810892650
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This companion to Undead in the West (Scarecrow 2012) explores the blending of the Western genre with zombies, vampires, mummies, ghosts, and spirits in comics, graphic novels, literature, games, new media, fandom and material culture.

The Darkness That Comes Before The Prince Of Nothing Book One The Prince Of Nothing

Author: R. Scott Bakker
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1590203852
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The first book in the Prince of Nothing Trilogy. Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth-its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals-the kind of all-embracing universe Tolkien and Herbert created unforgettably in the epic fantasies The Lord of the Rings and Dune. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus—part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence—from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.


Author: Alexis Deacon
Publisher: Nobrow
ISBN: 9781910620038
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The first graphic novel in a gripping action, supernatural and fantasy trilogy where souls battle to control a magical island.

Sign Of The Labrys

Author: Margaret St. Clair
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486816656
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Like others who withstood the pandemic, Sam Sewell lives in a subterranean shelter. The vast catacombs were built before the military's biological weapon leaked out, killing nine out of ten people and leaving the survivors so traumatized that they can barely tolerate each other's company. So it's quite peculiar that some government agents seem to think that Sam lives with a woman, Despoina, who's suspected of conducting germ warfare. Pressured by the agents to locate Despoina, Sam must literally go underground to discover the truth about a hidden world of witchcraft and secret rituals. This Wiccan-themed science fiction novel was cited by Gary Gygax as an inspiration for Dungeons & Dragons. Enthusiasts of the role-playing game will recognize the forerunner of Castle Greyhawk and its labyrinthine setting of multiple levels connected by secret passages. Other readers will savor the fantasy on its own terms, as the poetic recounting of an otherworldly mystery.

The Decline And Fall Of The United States Information Agency

Author: Nicholas J. Cull
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137105364
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Using newly declassified archives and interviews with practitioners, Nicholas J. Cull has pieced together the story of the final decade in the life of the United States Information Agency, revealing the decisions and actions that brought the United States' apparatus for public diplomacy into disarray.

Satanism And Family Murder In Late Apartheid South Africa

Author: Nicky Falkof
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113750305X
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This book discusses two moral panics that appeared in the media in late apartheid South Africa: the Satanism scare and the so-called epidemic of white family murder. The analysis of these symptoms of social and political change reveals important truths about whiteness, gender, violence, history, nationalism and injustice in South Africa and beyond.

Constance Fenimore Woolson S Nineteenth Century

Author: Victoria Brehm
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814329337
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Although she is one of the lesser-known figures in American literature, Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) authored some of the most carefully crafted and realistic short stories of the post-Civil War era. This collection of critical essays offers new insight into Woolson and her work.

The Big Nowhere

Author: James Ellroy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455528757
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"ELLROY IS THE AUTHOR OF SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL CRIME NOVELS EVER WRITTEN"- NEW YORK TIMES Danny Upshaw is a Sheriff's deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they're his chance to make his name as a cop...and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is D.A.'s Bureau brass. He's climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son, a child he saved from the horror of postwar Europe. Buzz Meeks -- bagman, ex-Narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes -- is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.