It’s another sad story. A 68 year old man finding his dead wife by a lake in Sweden. The police arrested him under the suspicion of murder. They Jailed the man while they underwent an investigation of the scene. The police latter released him after finding evidence that the moose did it.
The moose did it.
I love going for walks but we should always remember to be safe. For me I just remember Friday The Thirteenth, and Predator whenever wandering in nature. Not that I expect to run into an alien or a paranormal killer but I find it helps me keep my guard up.
Nature is what it is and it is not a respecter of persons. We can’t blame creatures for behaving as they normally do we should just be as prepared and mindful as possible.
The Gift of Lit
It is with great pleasure I bring forth and introduce you to The Gift of Lit, a collective effort by many of the fine authors from Podiobooks. Together, we would like to share with you our diverse works and invite you to take a look at the nice selection of books we have spent hours, days, months, or years writing.
The Gift of Lit: Holiday 2009 is now here. If you are looking for a great gift this holiday season, rather it be for a family member, friend…or for yourself, take a look at the list below and give one, some, or all of these books your consideration. There are books to suit your needs this holiday season. Here, you will find fantasy, sci-fi, crime drama, speculative fiction, techno thriller, and much more. Help support these authors and spread the joys of literature. Give spark to imagination.
Below, take a look at all of the different titles offered and follow the links to purchase your own copy for yourself or to give that special someone this holiday. Yet, no matter the time of year, The Gift of Lit will be sure to please all readers.
NIGHT’S KNIGHTS by Emerian Rich
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Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality. Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death. Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover. Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate. Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?
BRAVE MEN RUN by Matthew Wayne Selznick
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April 18, 1985-Into a world already wound tight with the desperate tensions of the Cold War comes Dr. William Donner with a startling declaration: superhumans exist, they demand autonomy, and he has the reality-bending power to enforce their status. The traditional balance of power is thrown askew by the addition of not one super-powered human, but six thousand. Before the Donner Declaration, high school sophomore Nate Charters was just an outsider and self-proclaimed freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive metabolism should have made him something special, but his differences and low self-esteem have long since marked him as a target for the jocks and popular kids. Now, just as his unique nature brings him the attention of a self-assured older girl, Nate must find his place in the world. Why is he the way he is? What really happened to his long dead father? Why is his biggest rival suddenly interested in a private meeting? Is he part of a remarkable, powerful new minority… or just a misfit among misfits? Nate must discover the answers to these questions quickly, because those in power know more about him than he could ever imagine. And they’re closing in…
LOST GODS by Drew Beatty
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Kweku Anansi is just another member of the African diaspora, trying to make a place for himself in his adopted home of Toronto, Canada. He dreams of better days, of a time when he could stop running small time cons just to make the rent. He dreams of the life he used to live, centuries ago when he was revered as a god.
A chance encounter with a fellow con man with a dark and secretive past of his own, plunges them both into the dark world of the lost gods, gods who would do anything to be worshipped again. Including destroying the world, if necessary.
How far will Anansi go to reclaim his godhood? What will he give up to have true power again?
THE FOX by Arlene Radasky
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The Fox by Arlene Radasky is a historical romance and fantasy novel that looks at true courage and truly selfless acts. In this epic fiction that crosses centuries, Druid healers at the beginning of recorded time will be rescued from obscurity by an archeologist of the twenty-first century. Jahna’s clan lay in the path of destruction exacted by the Romans. Her fate is sealed unless a bargain is made with the Gods, which without a doubt means a human sacrifice. Two thousand years later, Aine MacRae is on their trail. A struggling archaeologist, she is on the verge of uncovering the village where they once lived. Encouraged by a ghostly visit, she will do whatever it takes to unearth time’s mystery. Greed almost triumphs leaving the truth and ancient stories buried forever, but an undying love is rekindled.
CHASING THE BARD by Philippa Ballantine
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Born into the human world with a gift; a gift that brings him to the attention of powers both dark and light from the World of the Fey, it is his burden to defend all the world. Sive, the goddess of battle, hopes that he may be able to change the fate of her people.The Fey are dying, killed by something beyond the boundaries of worlds, and Sive will do anything to save them. So she enlists the help of her trickster cousin Puck to guard the child, and watch him grow into his gift. But a dark power imprisoned by human and Fey, plots to destroy both worlds, and unmake all that they have created. Can one boy stop the destruction, even if he is William Shakespeare?
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The Dawning of Power is the debut trilogy in Brian Rathbone’s fantasy series: The World of Godsland. Echoes of the ancients power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.
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The era of peace among the elves, men, and dwarves comes to an end when one of Londor’s twin moons disappears from the heavens. Without the moon’s balancing effect, evil forces grow bold, and warfare, sickness, and chaos threaten life itself.
Hearing the prayers of desperation that ride on the violent winds, the ancient wizard Randor Miithra, servant to the elf-gods, takes it upon himself to mend the world he has sworn to protect. The task will not be an easy one, though, for the wizard, too, has begun to feel the effects of the world’s imbalance. As Randor struggles to maintain some semblance of his powers, he meets a secretive band of colorful characters from all walks of life, drawn together by a common goal: to find the stolen moon, whatever the cost. It does not take Randor and his motley company long to see that someone or something does not want the moon returned to the heavens.
The road is perilous…the stakes have never been greater…will they find victory…or will they only find their deaths?
THE VATICAN ASSASSIN TRILOGY by Mike Luoma
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This three in one omnibus edition collects all three novels in the “Vatican Assassin” Trilogy under one cover. “Vatican Assassin”, “Vatican Ambassador” and “Vatican Abdicator” are joined in this volume by an extensive appendix of previously unreleased background material. There are some early concept sketches by Mike Luoma, as well as “The History of The Future”: a timeline developed to extrapolate from today into the future setting for the story; “The Original Story Outline”; “The Story of The Project”; “The Alien Timeline” and more.
THE PIRATES OF SUFIRO by David Lee Summers
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The Pirates of Sufiro is the story of a planet and its people — of Ellison Firebrandt the pirate captain living in exile; of Espedie Raton, the con-man looking to make a fresh start for himself and his wife on a new world; of Peter Stone, the ruthless bank executive who discovers a fortune and will do anything to keep it; and of the lawman, Edmund Ray Swan who travels to Sufiro seeking the quiet life but finds a dark secret. It is the story of privateers, farmers, miners, entrepreneurs, and soldiers — all caught up in dramatic events and violent conflicts that will shape the destiny of our galaxy.
JACK WAKES UP by Seth Harwood
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In JACK WAKES UP, we are introduced to Jack Palms, a movie star turned drug addict, turned has-been who has been living off of the residual checks from Shake ‘Em Down, his one–and-only action movie. The money is drying up though, and this new clean, uneventful life is starting to become too much for Jack to bear. So when an old friend comes calling and asks Jack to use his former celebrity to show some out-of-town high rollers around San Francisco’s club scene, he’s happy to oblige. What Jack doesn’t know, however, is these “guests” are a pack of former KGB agents turned coke dealers out to make a big deal with Jack as their tour guide. Soon people are turning up dead, and Jack’s got too many gunmen after him to count—including a South American drug cartel, a mountain-sized Samoan enforcer, and a mobbed-up strip club owner with an army of thugs. That’s not to mention a gorgeous new girlfriend who may be planning on shooting him in the back and the homicide cop who’s just given Jack twenty-four hours to bring down the Bay Area’s biggest drug dealer.
But the thing that scares Jack the most? He’s starting to have fun.
CITY OF MASKS by Mike Reeves-McMillan
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In the city-state of Bonvidaeo, by custom and law everyone must wear a mask and act in character with it, or face civil, social and religious penalties. Gregorius Bass is sent to Bonvidaeo as the Envoy of Calaria (primarily to get him out from underfoot). Masked as the Innocent Man, and in the company of his radical young Bonvidaoan servant, Bass stumbles into mystery, intrigue, heresy and murder.
7TH SON: DESCENT by J.C. Hutchins
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As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were not born, but grown — unwitting human clones — as part of a project called 7th Son.
The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president’s murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear John Alpha may know the seven better than they know themselves…
DREAMING OF DELIVERANCE by R.E. Chambliss
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Five years ago when Lindsay Paulson, a naive college student and talented distance runner, was 18, she was convicted of drug smuggling. Now, halfway through a 10-year prison sentence, she begins having what seem to be dreams, in which she leaves her cell in the night and visits another reality called Trae. Dreaming of Deliverance tells of Lindsay’s experiences both in Trae, where she finds herself among people enslaved by terrifying creatures, and in prison where she tries to make sense of what’s happening in her sleep: Is she actually escaping from prison somehow or is she losing her mind?
FANTASY FICTION HISTORICAL
THE MARK OF A DRUID by Rhonda R. Carpenter
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Have you ever had a dream so real that when you awoke, it didn’t leave the recesses of your mind for days? Eve McCormick just did, and this experience will change her life and the lives of those around her permanently. A twenty-six year old hypnotherapist who oversees a research project based on discovering the answer to an age-old question, “Is reincarnation fact or fiction?” must learn to trust a Welsh stranger. An ancient Celtic prophecy and long sought-after revenge entangles the past with the present in the struggle for existence that threatens to destroy her project. A druidess and a shape-shifter must join as one to save the Druid way of life, while a Queen conspires to kill Erin’s only High King. Will the oaths and agendas of the past reach across the centuries to strengthen or destroy?
Thanks, author A. P. Stephens who started this little project.
Clearing up the F.U.D. about Dollhouse
Right off of the high of learning Felicia Day would be on Dollhouse (here), the F.U.D. (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) about Dollhouse's future began: We learned that episode 13, "Epitaph One" will not air on Fox (here). Now, we have a little more information.
"Epitaph One" has Felicia Day in it
Man, day getting worse and worse. Found out my Dollhouse ep, #13 isn't gonna air. Only on DVD. Such a great part too. Thx Fox. :( (see tweet)
So now we know that "Epitaph One" is the episode that Felicia Day is on, and that this is the episode that is not getting aired.
The furor over this announcement surrounds what Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment president, said on January 13, 2009:
we’re going to let the show play out for 13 episodes and hopefully it will catch on ... if we can do some business there, that would be a great thing for the future (The Hollywood Reporter).
What is Episode 13 anyway?
Sites like Wikipedia and EpGuides list "Omega" as Episode 12, which is technically accurate as it will, in fact, be the show's 12th episode to air. Said sites also, however, list an Episode 13, titled "Epitaph One (Hitfix)."
So, let's step back for a moment. On Speculative Fiction Today this afternoon, I mentioned that this might be a fight between two Foxes (here). It is looking more and more like this is the case.
The "Omega" episode is the 13th episode of that original order. It is the second part of a heavily-arced two-part closure to the season and it was written, produced and directed as the season finale. It brings the slow-developing Alpha storyline to a climax and answers a number of questions about the Dollhouse and its inhabitants. It also raises possible questions setting up a possible Season Two, but it isn't a shocking cliffhanger.
"Epitaph One" was ordered by 20th Century Fox TV, the show's production company, but not by the network and the network had no commitment to air that episode (Hitfix).
This is Fox Television's official story, and it is a strange story.
Why would 20th Century Fox TV order an episode they had not sold?
That is really the question. If, in fact, 20th Century Fox TV produced 14 episodes of a series that was only picked up for a 13 episode run, that would be exceedingly odd. Media companies guarantee income from the series they make by selling them to the companies that air them, but it isn't the only way they make money. Media producers also have DVD, digital sales, and digital streaming to fiance their product.
So why would 20th Century Fox TV produce more episodes than they sold?
- Image via Wikipedia
Don't laugh, this is the most likely answer.
- Fox TV says they ordered 13 episodes starting at the pilot.
- 20th Century Fox TV produced 13 episodes staring at The Pilot through "Epitaph One"
- Fox TV made them re-shoot The Pilot
- Fox TV counts the pilot as 2 episodes: "The Unaired Pilot" and "Ghost"
- 20th Century Fox TV counts the pilot as 1 episode
What seems to be at work here are two different methods of accounting the number of episodes produced.
I think there is a good change that Joss Wheadon wrote and produced "Epitaph One" to ensure that if the show only got one season, there would be a sense of closure. He made this series like he did Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it is a contained story in and of itself.
Remember, the plot arc was set prior to the re-shoots for the pilot.
My Tin Foil Hat Theory
I doubt this is true, but I love to get a little conspiratorial from time to time.
- What if Joss talked 20th Century Fox TV into producing an episode that could not be aired on television for contractual reasons.
- The episode would only be available via digital download and streaming.
- To hype interest in the episode, they cast Felicia Day in that episode.
- What if this is a test to see if Dollhouse requires a television network to make the production company money?
I know this is not very likely, and if it is true, he should have told Felicia (or she is playing us all), but it would be a perfect way to test a large production like this.
We know that Joss is tired of dealing with the networks. We know he really enjoyed making Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog. This could be a bridge from old media to new media.
(sigh) I know it is not very likely. It would be cool to see Joss free from the network.
Dollhouse is not Canceled
To clear up any confusion: Dollhouse has not been cancelled. It's just that Fox will not air the last episode of season one. (see tweet)
Will "Dollhouse" eventually be cancelled? I can't tell you that today. I can tell you to look at the show's ratings. If you just look at overnight and Fast National figures, that will probably tell you that hopes are bleak for a second "Dollhouse" season. If you look at DVR and iTunes and other ancillary numbers, it might offer hope (Hitfix).
We really don't know what the future of the series will be.
This is a series that has shown rabid fan support on a network that doesn't understand how to treat it's audience right.
The nature of media is changing. Dollhouse has an audience in new media, and should be produced for us. It is designed to be watched over and over again without commercial interruption. I think it would be great if Dollhouse became the first Hulu exclusive show.
Is the news about "Epitaph One" Good?
Not at the moment. If fans have to wait to see the episode until the DVD box set comes out, that is obnoxious, but if Fox TV doesn't want to give the series a sense of finality, that does raise hopes for a second season.
If they post the episode to Hulu, make it available at iTunes and Amazon, and use it to show how the series doesn't need the network, I would pleased.
UPDATE: Preorders open on the DVD
The DVD and Blu-ray release of Dollhouse drops on July 28, TVShowsonDVD.com reported. The discs will contain all 13 episodes—"Ghost," "The Target," "Stage Fright," "Gray Hour," "True Believer," "Man on the Street," "Echoes," "Needs," "A Spy in the House," "Haunted," "Briar Rose," "Omega" and "Epitaph One"—as well as the original unaired pilot episode, "Echo," the site reported. (Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for the DVD.) (Scifi Wire)
Review of The Crow
Review of: The Crow Overall Rating: 10
The Crows fast-paced action and visual styles were stunning and only out done by the soundtrack which aided the mood brilliantly without detracting from the movie. It is an amazing film and example of the gothic aesthetic, I recommend it as an owner. It has even gained the stature of tradition in my own house, every Halloween we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown every October 30th devils night we watch The Crow!
The Crow is a tale about a couple who is murdered on October 30th devils night. One year latter The Crow brings Eric Draven back from the grave to seek vengeance on the gang that murdered them. Based on the comics series By J. O’Barr. It addresses issues like coping with the death of a loved one which J. O’Barr was personally wrestling with when he wrote the original comic series after he lost his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. The crow was also the last movie for Brandon Lee who with eight days left in filming was shot, during recording, with a long range blank which was loaded accidently for a short range scene. The studio did the honorable thing by burning the reel of film. They then used cutting edge CG technology to edit the movie putting Brandon Lee into the remaining scenes he had yet to film allowing Brandon to end his career at it’s highest note.
The soundtrack for the Crow features songs from great bands like The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes, and The Hennery Rollins Band. The Cure, & Joy Devision were actually inspirational bands that James O’Barr listened to while writing the original comic series. He was deeply touched that they were able to put “Dead Souls” into the movie.
The Crow is also well known for some of it’s most brilliant and poignant lines. My top favorite lines are
My top favorite lines are
- Victims; aren’t we all… –Eric Draven
- Is that gasoline I smell? –Eric Draven
- "Suddenly, I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." –Eric What the fuck are you talking about? –Gideon You heard me rapping, right? –Eric
- Take your shot, Fun Boy, you got me, dead bang. –Eric Draven
- If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn. People die. But real love is forever. –Sarah
- Jesus Christ! Stop me if you've heard this one. Jesus Christ walks into a hotel… –Eric [Funboy shoots him] Ow. He hands the innkeeper three nails and he asks… –Eric [Funboy shoots him again] Don’t you ever fucking die? –Funboy “Can you put me up for the night?” –Eric
- I thought the police always said "Freeze." –Eric Well I am the police and I say "don't move" Snow White; you move, you're dead. -Albrecht And I say I'm dead; and I move... –Eric
- Abashed the Devil stood; and felt how awful Goodness is. –T-Bird
- Oh great! Great! Guy shows up looking like a mime from hell and you lose him, right out in the open. Well, at least he didn't do that 'walking against the wind' shit. I hate that. –Albrecht
- What the Crap! -Cop
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Exploring: The Happening
Review of: The Happening Overall Rating: 1 F---
Unfortunately betrayal and hurt was the only thing that happened from The Happening. This movie was a terrible waste of time and money. Please spare your self, this film is not even worth renting or wasting time on when it eventually gets put on TV. It lacked an internal consistency, characters that we cared about, and a surprise twist. The only good thing this film provides is as an example of how a great premise can be made terrible through poor choices, poor writing and poor editing.
The Happening is about when a Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and other people begin encountering breakdowns in human behavior in major American cities that lead to chilling deaths that seem to be willing suicides committed by the victims. Appearing to be a disease of some sort, the victims undergo a series of steps: loss of speech, followed by disorientation, and the third step is “fatal.” Moore flees from the crisis into Pennsylvania farmlands with his estranged wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), math teacher friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) (via Wikipedai).
- Zooey Deschanel did a good job acting in the film.
- The Idea / Premise behind the film was fascinating.
- M. Night Shyamalan did have some moments of supernatural horror in the film. I will give him credit for the brilliant terrifying scene where we just get to see the feet hear the sounds and then see the feet again.
- Although most of the surprises in the film were overly predictable and taken from the book of bad movie devices they at lease refrained from one *****Spoiler Alert***** they didn't kill the child *****End Spoiler Alert *****
Dislikes / Concerns
- Movie was overly predictable. We got to the point where we made the predictability of the movie into a game where we would call a countdown to a camera pan or a change from one person to another.
- The movie felt like it was written by committee. Far too many ideas seemed neutered. There were so many devices and people put in for no purpose at all and they even contradicted events that happened merely minutes earlier.
- There was far too much time spent on characters I just didn't care about.
- I didn't think nor have the expectation that the happening was a monster film so why was the wind treated as if it was a monster. Even the filming techniques were handled as if I we were watching a monster film turning the happening into a monster film that lacked a monster.
- The movie was far too long and slow moving. If we were to cut out all of the inconsistent, unnecessary and repetitive parts there would be about 30 minutes of true terror left. It would have made a nice short film... maybe.
- The not so dramatic cheating subplot: it was terrible, unsatisfactory, over dramatized and much better done on the Simpsons where at least Marge not only had brunch with another man but she also went bowling.
- That entire part would have made the movie better if it had been cut and we were just left with knowing they had a fight in the past without the reason why.
- This part of the movie made me not like the two main characters even more after learning why they were fighting this is very bad because the tension is lost when the viewer could care less if the lead characters die.
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A Look At "The Spirit"
While at the theater watching the trailers waiting for Iron Man to start I got excited. This trailer started and I thought it was for Watchmen but quickly realized that it did not have the correct feel to it then they revealed the name of the move: The Spirit. Here is the trailer. The trailer did it's job, I got curious and was quickly on the case. The Spirit is due for a Christmas release 25 December 2008. It was written and directed by Frank Miller. They label it as an action, adventure, & romance. The official Synopsis (via The Spirit Movie):
...the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of central city. His arch -enemy, the octopus (Samuel l. Jackson) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The spirit tracks his cold-hearted killer from central city's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront ... all the while facing the bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), she whip-smart girl-next door; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there's Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?
I love that Samuel Jackson has a major part on the project. Not that his presence means that it will be a good movie because he has been in several bad ones but his parts are always enjoyable and sometimes the only good parts of a movie. So for me that is a nice plus.
The names of some of the characters are a little distracting but I can move past that. Sand Saref, honestly I chuckle and shake my head but if the actors / actresses do their job they will be able to make it sound natural. Besides it was written in the 40's - 50's and names have been that way for over 50 years so I give them credit for not changing them.
The Spirit is based on the 16 page newsprint comic book which was sold as part of the Sunday paper. Created by Will Eisner, The Spirit ran with 20 issues from June 2nd 1940 to October 5th 1952. from wikipedia:
The Spirit chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner, an old friend. Despite the Spirit's origin as a detective named Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again and for all intents and purposes he was simply "The Spirit". The stories ranged through a wide variety of styles, from straightforward crime drama and film noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and expectations.