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Summer TV Recap

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Goodbye summer. It's been a long, dry, hot road here in California. What did I do during my summer vacation? Why binge watch TV in front of the AC! There were some surprises, some big disappointments and some vaguely entertaining shows. Here's my recap. American Gothic CBS double dipped in the genre this summer, and this one was exceedingly terrible. The premise however is good – a wealthy but dysfunctional family discovers their father was a serial killer just after his death – the show is curmudgeonly banal with the standard characters: the cold, calculating mother figure, the drugged out artist son, the straight-laced girl married to a black cop ( heavens! ), the loaner who saw things and lives in the woods, and the politician daughter who dabbles on both sides. Everyone is a suspect and everyone is unlikeable. It's remarkable how this show is so off-putting and dark, both figuratively with the young child who is clearly a sociopath, and literally, since the show se

Yankee Candle Halloween 2016

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Another Yankee Candle Halloween Preview Sale come and gone. Oddly, some of their most interesting items were available online only. By the time I checked at 9am the one thing I wanted (the purple skull) was sold out. Rats! Here are some of the standout items:

Spirit Halloween Now Open ~ Get 20% off!

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Eek! Spirit Halloween stores are opening all over the country! Go to their Store Locator page to find your closest location and grab a 20% off coupon!

Dog Days of Summer Reads

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August is the last, long, hot crawl through summer and into our favorite season: Autumn! How to pass the time? Reading of course! Here's a few recommendations for getting through the rest of the summer and into the golden pumpkin spice days ahead. Grady Hendrix's novel My Best Friend's Exorcism is a funny, nostalgic trip through the 80s with real heart. The premise follows two young girls from 10th grade through the perils of high school when one of them is seemingly possessed by a demon. It doesn't add much to the supernatural genre but as an American satire of friendship and puberty it was certainly entertaining. It's totally awesome. Loved the Ghostbusters reboot? For those lucky few in the front row, the book Ghosts from our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively  featured prominently in the movies was actually printed and a fantastic souvenir/tie-in book. It has great illustrations, hilarious lists of ghosts phenomenon, and what may be some real researc

AHS Teaser Fatigue

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We're up to 19 (!) teasers for AHS Season 6 and Fox is calling some intentional misdirects or fake-outs. Is anyone else experiencing teaser fatigue? It's like when the prom queen keeps reminding you she's the Prom. F-ing. Queen. “American Horror Story” just dropped FOUR new teasers — but only one is real!!!

Stranger Things ~ Review

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I grew up in the 80s, and I must admit that nostalgia sways my opinion about films and TV shows set in my formative era. That said, Netflix's new series Stranger Things is easily the best show of the summer crowded with very strong genre contenders (Preacher, Outcast, BrainDead) . It is an ambitious love letter to kinds of films that I love. Divided into eight "chapters" the story (that due to it's brevity is best discovered than discussed here) echoes early Stephen King and his infamous "The Shop" where gifted people were studied and exploited. There's also early John Carpenter references to his weirder sci-fi mind-bending elements (long live the new flesh!), and topped with Steven Spielberg's unique family-oriented perspective where kids in peril undertake some great adventure. It's a very wild, serious, entertaining and emotionally resonant concoction that seems so perfectly out of time. Written and directed by newcomers, The Duffer Broth

Yankee Candle 50% Off Sale

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"Just in case" you want your home smelling like Autumn, here's a 50% off coupon for all candles and home fragrance at YankeeCandle.com (promo code: EMPLOYEE). Offer expires August 14. Also, don't forget their Halloween Preview Sale happening Saturday, August 27 at 10am.

Paranormal Witness, Season 5

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Surprise?! Paranormal Witness is back with Season 5, which premiered last Wednesday, August 3. SyF's erratic schedule (sometimes you wait years between seasons and sometimes it's just a few months) and poor promotion (we dare to find out when our shows air!) is astonishing. Thankfully one of the best supernatural shows is back! Yay! Watch Wednesdays at 10/9C.