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A Simple Guide to Spotting the Femme Fatale

Ah, one of the most compelling and, well, dangerous of literary characters – the femme fatale. Love her or hate her (probably both), she’s a staple in many stories. Here’s your guide to the lady (usually) in black.

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Deal With a Nightmare Roommate

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It’s very likely that for most of your young adult life, you are going to have to deal with the character-building experience of living with roommates.

In today’s tough economic times, it’s just not financially practical for most people to live on their own in their twenties. Living with another person can be tough—people never let on about how gross, irresponsible, loud, or lazy they are, so choosing your roommate can be a shot in the dark. So, how do you deal with a bad roommate? The easiest way is probably to be passive aggressive with the roommate instead of direct and to-the-point. I would guess that such an approach would yield better, faster results.

At any rate, it would be FUN!

To get you started, here are some handy tips from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College to get you started.

Swissted's Launch Party @ powerHouse Arena

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This past Thursday, Mike Joyce celebrated the release of Swissted at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY

This venue was PERFECT. A number of posters featured in Swissted were hung up around the venue, and looked so great in the space. Mike gave a talk before signing books (see the fistpump photo below!), and it was just a wonderful event. We can't wait to work with powerHouse again for The Resurrectionist in June! Thanks to the crew at powerHouse, Svedka, and everyone who came out. 

In Brooklyn? Stop by powerHouse. The posters will remain up until April, so you've got time to check them out. And Mike is going to stop by powerHouse this week to sign all the remaining copies in the store. 

Check out a few more snaps below.

And if you were there and took some pictures, send them on over (! We'd love to see them. 

5 Horror Comedies That Need to Go from Book to Movie

Some think that horror comedies are almost impossible to pull off because they elicit two different reactions but when you think about it, they really are one in the same. Fear and amusement may elicit different reactions (screaming and laughter) but someone who's truly scared may find themselves laughing later or laughing so hard that they scream and even in cases of an extremely funny or scary moment, both can lead to the inevitable wetting of one's pants.

The David Wong novel John Dies at the End is a perfect example. Both the book and the movie, directed by Don Coscarelli who also helmed another great horror comedy "Bubba Ho-Tep," have moments of sheer terror followed by mind-bending hilarity. This got me thinking: What other horror comedy novels should become horror comedy movies?

Et Tu, Kanye? Test Your Ides of March Knowledge with “Rapper or Roman”


It almost goes without saying that Julius Caesar has a lot in common with Kanye West. Both are (or were) rulers of sprawling empires, both have royally healthy egos, and both of them sport the same straight-across-the-brow haircut.

But what does go without saying is the sayings they have in common—until now, that is. This Ides of March, see if you can figure out who said it: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, or one of Kanye’s monster hits.


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