10 Life Lessons: “Transformers: The Movie” Edition

Transformers: The Movie was one of the best things to come out of my childhood. I bring it up today because I had a conversation with a friend last week about this movie. We both agreed that watching Optimus Prime die was scarring, yet needed.

Why? Because our heroes eventually die.

Prime stayed mostly dead. He came back, briefly, for the Dark Awakening episode, and then two-part Return of Optimus Prime that featured the Hate Plague. He was back after that, but only because the galaxy needed him, and there we learned that our heroes are ideals and they never really die.

And they say the cartoons of the 80s weren’t any good. I guess that meant ahead of their time.


10) “I have nothing but contempt for this court.”

09) “Turbo roddin’ young punk! I’ll straighten you out yet.”

08) “We can’t hold out forever, Kup, but we can give them one humongous repair bill.”

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07) “Old Timer? That’s something you’ll never be, if you don’t get back to the city.”

06) “Why settle for a peek, Daniel, when you can see everything from Lookout Mountain?”

05) “Wheelie say, find friends today!”

04) “Watch, I’ll have them eating out of my hands. Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong!”

03) “You, who are without mercy, now plead for it? I thought you were made of sterner stuff!”

02) “I’ve got better things to do tonight than die.”

01) “One shall stand, one shall fall.”

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New review for “They Are Among Us”

I found a new review of “They Are Among Us” online the other day while I was out of town. I had been expecting a review (I submitted the book, after all), but didn’t know it went live.

This review comes from Jim Morazzini over at Beneath the Underground. Check out their site, their reviews, and all the good they’re doing for horror over there. My thanks to them for taking the time to read and review the book.

And now, the truth is surprises can be good or bad, so I’ll let you decide, Brownies. You can read the full review here, or just enjoy the snippets below.


“… the revelation is still effective even though you know it going into the story.”


“Indeed at times it feels like it was composed of Tarantino’s From Dusk Til Dawn leftovers.”


“Still the good outweighs the bad by a large margin here and the ending leaves room for a sequel that I wouldn’t mind reading.”