|Shadowland by Peter Straub
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8pm
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works of "modern"
masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and related genres. It also
occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the classics.
*For the complete list of titles for 2017 scroll below event recap. You will find all 12
You have been there…if you have ever been afraid. Come back. To a
dark house deep in the Vermont woods, where two friends are
spending a season of horror, apprenticed to a Master Magician.
Learning secrets best left unlearned. Entering a world of incalculable
evil more ancient than death itself. More terrifying.
And more real. Only one of them will make it through.
|Modern Masters Selections for 2017
|Recaps & comments
|Lock-In by John Scalzi
Lock In by John Scalzi was our pick this month. We had read Scalzi's Red Shirts last year, which was funnier than this
science fiction, procedural murder mystery. Lock-In centers on Hayden's Syndrome. What is Hayden’s Syndrome? A
disease that “would claim millions of lives and sentence millions more to “Lock In,” a paralysis of the body that leaves the
mind fully functional.” Named after the First Lady of the United States who contracted it and was its first victim in the
novel. The characters, especially Chris Shane and his partner Leslie Vann, were particularly well drawn. Scalzi has a way
of making science fiction believable much like Michael Crichton made medicine understandable. Generally well-received, a
|The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Our tie-in between the movie and the graphic novel for Batman: The Killing Joke was completed tonight. The main point of
both was to give the Joker a backstory on how he became "the Joker". It was suggested that it all could have been in his
mind, making none of it real. Fans of the Batman-Joker dynamic were not disappointed. The backstory was well written
and gave a great beginning to an iconic villain. The big difference between the graphic novel and film is that the film had
the first half hour that had nothing to do with the graphic novel; otherwise it was a good adaptation. Fun and "animated"