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Evil Geek Book Report: Special Edition – Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads : The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

As autumn rolls its way through the Upstate region (even though it’s actually 95 degrees out as I write this — curse you global warming!) and the end of September draws nigh, the spooky season is now upon us! There’s nothing I love more than curling up with some chilling tales and a cup of tea during this time of year, so I decided to write up some of my favorites in what I like to call Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O Reads!   So grab some cider donuts, light a candle, and gather ’round.

The first edition of Hall-O-Reads comes straight to you from the Archie Comics’ universe. Just this week, news broke that there was a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series in development from the team that is currently bringing us the sexy goodness that is Riverdale. (For my review of Riverdale, click here — I highly suggest catching up on Netflix before the new season airs in early October.)

The series is said to be based on the ongoing comic title, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch , which I’ve heard great things about, and also a great many complaints, due to the fact that the people at Archie Comics have been publishing these books at a near glacial pace. But don’t get too mad at them, folks! They’re busy bringing us more Riverdale, so naturally, all is forgiven there. Well, at least from me.

Naturally, with all this Sabrina news, I decided to give the comic a try. I was a huge fan of the TGIF series growing up, and I’ve always loved the Archie Comics universe. I will, however, state first that this is not your TGIF Sabrina by a long shot. Much darker and with a slightly Satanic edge, this comic really pushes the edge on what you know to be the Archie Comics universe. You see familiar faces, such as Hilda, Zelda and Salem, but they’re definitely not the goofy characters you remember. I won’t spoil anything for you, but let’s just say Salem REALLY liked the ladies and Harvey isn’t the guy you remember.

The barebones plot of the comics is that Sabrina tries to navigate being a powerful half witch with her teenage lifestyle. On her sixteenth birthday, she must either accept her responsibility to become a witch, or be a mortal forever. Her father, Edward’s ex flame — aka Madam Satan, returns and is determined to wreak havoc and chaos on the Spellman family, by targeting the object of Sabrina’s affections — her beloved Harvey.

I’ve yet to read Afterlife with Archie, but I noticed that it definitely ties into that story as well, so I may give that a chance too, but I will say that the Riverdale gang plays a significant role in Sabrina’s story as well. Basically, if you ever wanted to see Betty and Veronica summon a demon, this is definitely the comic for you!

Additionally, the art is absolutely gorgeous, and some of the variant covers are super cool. My personal favorite cover is one that mirrors the movie poster for Carrie. I love the classic look of the characters and the simplistic style used throughout the comics, that pays homage to the 1950’s-1960’s era that the comic takes place in.

                  Courtesy of Archie Comics

Issues 1-8 are currently available, with the series itself beginning in 2014. I was able to pick up all of the issues at once (shout out to the amazing crew at Earthworld Comics in Albany — who I swore by even before they decided to pay me regularly, for the record…) and will anxiously be waiting for the next installment, which is set to hit comic shops in December of this year!

I will say that this story is super accessible to someone who hasn’t read Archie in a number of years, aside from the Riverdale tie in comics — and is a great spooky read to get you in the mood for this season.

That’s all for this edition of Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads, stay tuned for some more spooky reading suggestions from your favorite spooky, scary, Evil Geek!

Be sure to tweet me @undiesofwondy , or leave a comment here for your Hall-O-Reads suggestions and to let me know what you all think of mine.

Huuuurryyyy baaaaaackkkkk…

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Ep 194 – It Talking!


Beep beep, Evil Geeks! Sometimes writing these little intros is hard. Days like today though, very, very easy. We’re talking the latest ITeration of the Stephen King kids vs clown classic, It! Join C-Mart, Undies of Wondy, and the Fassassin as we head to the sewers to talk this frightening film.

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Win a Prize Pack From Comet TV!

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Hey there, Evil Geeks! It has been FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRR too long since we’ve had the opportunity to sling some prizes at you, but our friends from CometTV.com are here to solve that problem. If you love cult classics, sci-fi flicks, or horror movies then you’ll want to check them out because they’re showing all of those types of movies for FREE! Read on for details on how you can win a sweet prize pack full of Comet-y goodness!

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Ep 169 – Talking Stan Against Evil with Dana Gould!


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What an AMAZING show we have for you today, Evil Geeks! Amanda, Chris, and Tom talk the new IFC show Stan Against Evil with the shows creator, legendary comedian Dana Gould! We also talk about the blessing/curse of working at the movies, a national political scandal, playing Dr. Zaius, and some of James Bond’s more troubling personal beliefs! Remember to check out Stan Against Evil this Halloween at 10pm on IFC, then on Wednesdays at 10pm after that.

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Evil Movie Review: Maggie

From blockbuster disaster to horribly depressing, I am not on a roll when it comes to movies these days. After watching all the Terminator movies I had developed a healthy respect for Arnold, so when I heard he just came out with a ZOMBIE movie I was all about it. Maggie is the story of Arnold and his teenage daughter dealing with a bite from a zombie and the gradual transition to zombiehood.

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Ep 142 – Monster Mania with Basil Gogos and Linda Touby

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Greetings Evil Geeks! Today we’ve got a show right out of the Evil Lair’s audio vaults. C-Mart takes a spin in a limo with world renowned artists Basil Gogos and Linda Touby. Basil has painted over 80 covers for Famous Monsters magazine and is a master when it comes to depicting all the baddies that kept us terrified as kids. Apologies for the sound, podcasts and moving vehicles are volatile combination!

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