Malediction: Chapter 11, Part 1

I arrived in Copper Creek in early spring of 1940, hitching a ride with a farmer carrying produce to supply the miners. It was a dying place even then. Only about half the buildings that mounted in tiers up the sides of the canyon were in serviceable repair, and those that weren’t were sun-bleached and […]

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter – A Review

Ok, I had a lot of possibilities here with the reboot of our craft brew reviews, with almost a year’s worth of sampled brews to choose from. However, I figured I’d start us off on a high note with a rundown of Duck-Rabbit’s Baltic Porter. I’ll also be introducing the new rating system with this post. The rating system is pretty similar to others out there, with one difference. I’ll do a pairing for music and/or movies instead of food.

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

Body: Full bodied and smooth mouthfeel.

Hops/Malt: Lots of malt, but not completely without hops.

Color: Black/tan head.

Taste/Flavor: Lots of subtle nuances, but no burnt taste as with several other porters I’ve tried. Chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts. As with most beers worth your while, this one is better between 50-55 degrees, not straight from the fridge.

Finish: Roasted and very slightly sweet.

ABV: 9%

Overall: It’s a damn fine beer. In all honesty, probably one of the very best I’ve tried from any brewery. It’s super hard to find, too. I’ve found it exactly once, and purchased it immediately. I haven’t run across it since, either, but you can bet I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it.

Movie and/or Music Pairing: Dark and smooth, Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter would pair well with Dark City, or pretty much any album from Morphine.

Rating: 5 of 5 bottle caps – If you like darker beers, and even if you don’t, this one is definitely worth your time.

Malediction: Chapter 10, The Present

M trailed off, gaze straying to the massive windows opening over the view of Atlanta. Bramble patted his knee, sniffing a wad of snot back up his snout. “Lazda, good,” he muttered, before wandering back to his corner and wrapping spindly arms around equally spindly knees. “Fatman and the Blade,” Silas chuckled. “I know those […]

Malediction: Chapter 9, Part 7

“Fuck yourself, demon spawn,” Lazda’s voice was tight, brittle, a branch weighed down by too much snow and about to snap. “Fuck yourself and fuck your prince.” Fatman’s eyes blazed. “You’ll learn to show some respect to your betters!” He slammed the rod into the flat of his palm and a crackling red energy exploded […]

Malediction: Chapter 9, Part 6

Fatman reached into his coat pocket and pulled something out. I couldn’t tell what it was exactly, dwarfed as it was in the man’s meaty fist. Lazda seemed to recognize it. My teacher recoiled, backing into the counter. “Know what this is then? Good. I won’t have to convince you that telling us what you […]

New Potential Malediction Cover Art

Brad’s hard at work both writing and creating art for Malediction. Here’s his latest piece, a potential contender to grace the cover once the book is out. What do you think?

An alternate cover for the horror story Malediction.
An alternate cover for the horror story Malediction.

Malediction: Chapter 9, Part 5

Fatman ignored his strange companion and stepped toward Lazda. The old man stood his ground, though every fiber of my being screamed for him to run, to flee and never look back. I saw the runes in his eye blaze into dim life. Fatman did not seem to notice. He thrust one gorilla arm out, […]

Malediction: Chapter 9, Part 4

I dropped to my knees beside the distraught imp, unsure what was going on. He stood and lurched into my arms. I comforted him as best I could, patting his horny back and whispering softly. “What’s gone? Bramble, what happened?” The imp wiped a trail of snot from his nostril with one thick finger and […]

The Chopping Block: The final chapter

Welcome to the final CB posting of 2014. I made a promise all most one year ago to the day (Dec 30th 2013) that in 2014, I would watch 100 horror movies and post a CB review once a week for the entire year. And damn if I didn’t pull off both of those promises. […]

Gingerclown and Leprechaun: Origins

Hard to believe but this is the second to the last CB review for 2014. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when I stated I would be posting a CB review every week for the entire year back in January. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. Enough with the yadda-yadda, […]