It's been six months since fast-food-addicted Reginald Baskin was turned into a vampire too fat to live peacefully amongst the glamorous undead - six months in which Reginald and his 2,000-year-old maker Maurice have learned that power doesn't equal popularity. Sure, Maurice is now calling the shots, but the Council is up to new and dirty tricks, threatening to once again upset the balance...
"SO DEEP AND UNMYTHOS"
When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn't make fun of him, it's just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a two thousand-year-old vampire. And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it's just Reginald's own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he's become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to "heal" to his corpulent self for all of eternity.
"Grows On You and becames Warm and Fuzzy"
It was supposed to be a fresh start. A place for Steve and Melody Samson to begin their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home and an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest - has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the locals. There is evil in Hope House, and the cursed forest that surrounds it. Evil that has awakened after lying dormant for decades, and has terrifying plans for the young couple. Once you hear the whispers, it may already be too late.
"Great story, poor narration"
While its peers are struggling, the retail giant is doubling down on what it does best — and going beyond its American roots.
Last year's "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" packed in a wide cast of superheroes to set up the forthcoming "Justice League" team-up movie, leaving "Dawn of Justice" sprawling and unfocused. "Lego Batman" does a much better job keeping the focus on the cowl-wearing hero even among a dizzyingly vast cast. Audiences apparently flocked to this approach, with the film reportedly raking in $55.6 million and taking the No. 1 spot at the US box office during its opening weekend.
Up until about a year ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves. The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it - 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home's three white residents by a factor of nine.
An ageless, impossible corpse at the bottom of the sea. A lethal plague. A ruthless murderer. A monster hurricane. Archaeologist Carson Grant came to Brigands Key to escape the limelight and repair his shattered reputation and finds himself instead staring down the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
"Squall warnings ahead!"
Following the infamous "Ring of Fire" incident, the world's vampires are in a state of panic. Having been commanded by their creators to restore a better balance between humans and vampires, panicked bloodsuckers everywhere have begun "restoring" in the best ways they know -- by killing huge numbers of humans and turning the rest.
Tiny houses are as variable as the people who love them. They can be gingerbread cottages or ice fishing shacks, sit on wheels or float on water. Some settle like dust motes in the wilderness, while others sprout in inner-city lots. What tiny houses have in common is their Lilliputian size (generally agreed to be no more than 400 square feet) and adoring followers.
Since the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police in America have been under heightened scrutiny. The Black Lives Matter protests in particular have shined a light on what many see as a systemic emphasis on excessive use of force by police, particularly on racial and ethnic minorities. So here's what you need to know about use of force by police in America.
For years, Cheryn Salazar never went anywhere without her makeup. Even in labor, she waddled over to the mirror to make sure her eyebrows were still drawn on. "It was like, ‘Don’t dab my brow, it might take my makeup off,’" she told Racked. Salazar has trichotillomania, or "trich," which means she compulsively pulls out her hairs one at a time. The disorder is a cousin of nail biting and skin picking, and was added to the psychiatric bible, the DSM, in 1987.
Some of the media coverage of late might lead you to believe that tiny bursts of exercise for as little as one minute are a quick route to better fitness. But there are some important nuances about high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, that have gotten lost in all the excitement. The proven benefits of these workouts relate to very particular health measures.
Sonic the Hedgehog has stood as an institution for Sega for more than two decades, a cultural icon with mass marketing abilities. He has appeared in dozens of games, numerous action figures and hundreds of comics. He’s had five television series and even his own tubes of toothpaste and cans of spaghetti. To date, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has collectively sold over 140 million copies, with some games regarded as some of the best of all time and others some of the worst.
Christmas caters to small children. The endless mythology around Santa and the endless fights over popular toys all revolve around bringing Christmas cheer to another generation of tiny humans who have yet to realize that everything is a lie. One of the most popular lies to tell children in recent years has been the myth of the Elf on the Shelf. Here's everything you need to know.
In a follow-up to her Huffington Post essay, "For The Record"—a powerful indictment of tabloid media culture and the larger culture of sexism that conflates women’s worth with their marital and maternal status—Aniston is opening up in the pages of Marie Claire.
How wealthy tourists have gentrified Jackson Hole, Wyoming, into a housing crisis.
"Unequal City" is from vox.com, published on July 6, 2016.
The story of the rise, and rise, and rise of America's queen of cookbooks.
Ina Garten Does It Herself is from vox.com, published on September 30, 2016.
For 17 months, I’ve traveled this country and met countless Americans from every walk of life. Your hopes have become my hopes and your dreams have become my dreams.
When I first became a public defender, I believed the worst punishment that my clients would face would be time in jail. Since then, I've learned that incarceration is not the only - and perhaps not the worst - punishment the criminal justice system can impose. The registration requirements imposed on those convicted of sex offenses are unfairly harsh and punitive, though few recognize them as such.
The first book of the Saga, Deception Peak, is a young adult adventure fantasy about a teenager, Ian Wilson, who follows his father through a portal that magically appears on their computer screen. They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life. But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshippers and is forced to find his courage.
"Not that great"