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Signs of the Apocalypse
TV Guide? Or do we have the other one yet?
Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror
The modern master of horror brings you an encyclopedia featuring scary movies, legendary monsters, movie stars, famous authors and plenty of blood and guts. Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror compiled by Stephen Jones (A for American Psycho, F for Flesh, O for Open Vain, T for Torso...) is the official companion and guide to the critically acclaimed BBC Television Series.
The book (HarperPrism) outlines the stories of psychos such as serial killer Ed Gein who collected the body parts of 15 middle-aged women, including two he murdered himself, and used them for furniture, soup bowls and wall trophies. Gein was the inspiration for a novel by Robert Bloch which led to the making of the film Psycho. Other topics explored include aliens, evil children in the movies, the nightmares of Wes Craven and more horror trivia.
According to Barker, bestselling author and filmmaker: "We fear death and dismemberment, we fear pain, insanity and loss, we even fear sexuality, and it's only by addressing these fears that we avoid living in a state of constant trepidation. Horror can speak of such things in a way that a more realistic or naturalistic genre can't."
Squidmail, the official Joel Jackson and Eric Skilling fanclub newsletter, is a Calgary-based zine including articles on music, fashion and various other topics, such as the activities of Joel and Eric. In its latest issue, #7, Squidmail defends its reputation after receiving a scathing review in Chart Magazine. The issue also features articles on job hunting and jury duty, the rules of Deathpool, an advice column, snappy put-downs and funny insults, an interview with Chris Murphy of Sloan and more.
To subscribe, send $8 for five issues (address cheques to Joel Jackson) to Squidmail c/o Eric Skilling, 23 Bernard Way N.W., Calgary, Ab., T3K 2E7.
Bring out the Irish whiskey and Guinness, put on something (anything) green and watch out for the wee people - St. Patrick's Day arrives Monday, March 17.
For songs, food and tales of the Irish, check out Harrigan's St. Patrick's Day Page on the Web. The site has the words to popular Irish songs, such as "Finnegan's Wake," "Danny Boy," "Wild Rover" and "Paddy McGinty's Goat." You can also find recipes to help make your celebration more authentic, such as soda bread, angels or devils on horse back, black pudding and vegetable casserole, corned beef, potato pancakes, Irish stew, Cathleen's bangers in rum sauce and other culinary delights. Once the spirits and stout start flowing, it's story time - the site includes Irish tales and jokes as well as a profile of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the history of the Irish people.
Also, check out links to other related sites - Ireland online, Irish music, Irish newspaper articles in Gaelic and the Internet beer recipe index telling the secrets for making all kinds of beer from Prickly Pear Cactus mead to Honey Ale to Traditional, etc.
Fast Forward has 10 double passes for Albino Alligator showing at The Uptown from March 14 to 20. The tense neo-noir hostage drama is the directorial debut of actor Kevin Spacey and treads the line between comedy and dark drama. To win passes, drop by the FFWD office with a donation for the food bank and name the film in which Kevin Spacey appeared with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt.
Fast Forward has tickets to the premier of the Christopher Hampton play The Philanthropist. See the ad in this issue for details on how to win.
Lunchbox Theatre has provided a limited number of tickets to the play Middle Aged White Guys running March 17 to April 4. The play is previewed in this issue of Fast Forward. To win tickets, drop by the FFWD office with a donation for the food bank. Warning: the play contains nudity.
For the next two weeks, you can win a pair of tickets to see one of the world's premiere acoustic guitarists, Martin Simpson. See the ad in this issue for details.
Fast Forward is holding a Ground Zero Contest - you could win a trip for two to Lake Louise, a White Elephant snowboard or one of the great Ground Zero prize packs. See the ad in this issue to find out about the contest and how to enter.
Also, Fast Forward is holding a Contact 3 Contest offering a chance to win two season tickets to the Calgary Hitmen, Easton hockey equipment and Contact 1, 2 and 3 CDs. See the ad in this issue for contest details.
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