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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 9

Just how profitable are horror movies? Will e-books ever replace print? And what's the best way to approach controversy in fiction? It's Airy Monday, our weekly take on magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

When comics feature gods and mythical monsters, it's usually in the context of superhero stories like Marvel's Thor or DC's Wonder Woman. But that's not always the case. Comics Alliance talks with Anne Szalba about her comic Bird Boy, about a young boy in a fantastical world modeled after a mix of Mayan, Pacific Northwest, and Norse mythology.

It's November and although the peak of Hollywood's annual fascination with horror movies may be past, we've still got plenty to come before the end of the year. But why does Hollywood love horror films so much? It's probably because they're easily the most profitable genre in film.

Since the debut of e-readers like the Kindle and the Nook years ago, e-books have risen in popularity to become an important part of the book market. But e-book sales recently seem to have hit a plateau and have failed, as some predicted, to overtake print. Why is that? Online magazine Aeon offers their take.

Film may still be the place where horror dominates best, but horror games have also grown popular in recent years. But which games are the best use of your money? Kotaku lists what they consider to be the 10 best (and scariest) horror games on the market.

How should you react if someone labels a movie or book you like sexist? What about if they say it's racist or homophobic? We're often quite defensive about the stories we love but as The Mary Sue describes talking it out is almost always better than reacting reflexively.

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Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


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