Giving classic fairy tales a new twist isn’t a novel concept. However, the way that Drew Hayes brings them all together in a string of unexpected connections and creative new perspectives is original, unique, funny, and totally worth your time as a reader. In Second Hand Curses, we follow Jack, Frank, and Marie (a.k.a. The Bastard Champions) on their journey across magical kingdoms. The trio have specific skill sets. For a price, they are willing to take on odd, dangerous, and nigh-impossible jobs that may or may not include hunting, maiming, or killing someone who has taken advantage of someone else who didn’t deserve it. Did your fairy godmother forget to mention that in return for the prince’s love you must spend the rest of your life in her servitude? Did a mysterious piper whisk away all the children in your village and refuse to return them without a very handsome ransom? Were you tricked by a frog into trading places with him before he ran away and left you to fend for yourself as a lowly amphibian? Then The Bastard Champions are here for you… for a price, of course. Continue reading →
TRIGGER WARNING: This story includes a description of violence against a woman within the context of sexual activity.
by T. Mack
Miranda Hemlock woke up with her throat burning, her neck aching, her head throbbing, and her body rocking. Her adrenaline was spiked and her brain was panicked. She felt herself in full fight or flight mode. For a single moment, she couldn’t remember why. Then it all came back to her. Continue reading →
Spooktacular original stories return this Friday with “The Witch” by T. Mack. The story features a character you may remember from T. Mack’s creepy 2017 tale, “The Demon.” New stories are coming this month from all the Sister Geeks. Stay tuned for fun scares all month long.
If you know me, you probably know I love, love, and love me some Charmed, the WB/CW show from the late 90’s about 3 sister-witches who fought the forces of evil. I own the entire series (a complete 8-season set) on DVD and watch it at least twice a year. I have featured the Halliwell sisters here on the site in a stand-alone article and as part of a piece about fictional witches. In the latter, the lesson that I advise you to take away from the group is that you should not be defined by your powers (skills, knowledge, or talents). Instead decide who you will be and use your powers to show the world who you are. The show was (and still is) so good that you can pull wonderful nuggets like that out of it even while you enjoy the outlandish costumes, cheesy dialogue, dramatic sibling rivalry, outdated special effects, and wonderful late-90’s/early-00’s tropes.
After years of rumors, deliberation, and false starts, the CW network has decided to move forward with a reboot of the series. And I am NOT here for it. Here’s my case against the Charmed reboot:
If you blinked in 2004, you might have missed this gem of a TV show. Check out T. Mack and Taylor’s review this Friday to find out about this (mostly) forgotten series and where you can go to enjoy all 13 wonder[fall] episodes.
Has the new year got you down? Have you already given up on all your resolutions? Well, let the Sister Geeks remedy what ails you with a list of things we’re looking forward to in 2018. Who knows? Maybe you’ll make some fresh resolutions to check out a new show or read a few books. Best of all, there’s no gym membership required.