Sometimes Slimer can be useful. The Slimer pizza cutter from Diamond Select Toys is available now. Also in this round-up: an exclusive excerpt from Carter Sloan's Gestapo Mars and details on Funko's Sci-fi Mystery Minis Series 2.

Slimer Pizza Cutter: From Diamond Select Toys: “Pizza need cutting? Who you gonna call? How about the Ghostbusters’ resident foodie, Slimer?

As a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, Slimer tends to eat his food by the handful, with no cutting required, but the overall shape of this Class 5 full roaming vapor is perfect for housing a pizza wheel! A three-dimensional sculpt of Slimer stuffing his face with a whole pizza acts as the handle for a palm-sized blade, perfect for carving out a New York slice. The blade is easily removable for cleaning. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Estimated availability: Summer 2015.”


Gestapo Mars: "Carter Sloan is a trained assassin—the best there is, pulled out of cryogenic sleep whenever an assignment demands his skills. So when he’s kept in the deep freeze for 258 years, he’s seriously pissed off.

Yet his government needs him, to hunt down the enemy known as the Daughter of the Brass Dragon. The future of the galaxy-spanning Reich depends on it, so Sloan is off—screwing, swearing and shooting his way across interstellar space. lt’s action, adventure, and disgusting gelatinous aliens as only Victor Gischler can create them."

Titan Books will release Gestapo Mars on September 22nd. For more information, visit:


The first thing I did when they opened the chamber was puke on the guy’s shoes.

“Son of a bitch,” the guy said, stepping back.

Then I focused on him, all pencil-neck rage and a clipboard and a lab coat. Cryo-lab nerd. A dime a dozen, so I hadn’t made an enemy worth sweating. I put my hands on either side of the chamber, tried to pry myself out. No dice. I was weak as a kitten. A hung-over kitten after a triathlon.

“You knew it could happen,” another voice said, connected to somebody I couldn’t see. “Most of them vomit.”

“He moved faster than the others,” lab coat said. “I wasn’t ready.”

“Wheel him to the recovery room,” the other voice said. “I’ll brief him when he’s lucid.”

I tried to tell him a steak sandwich and a couple of pilsners would get me lucid in a hurry but the only words to spill out of my mouth were, “sdh glunmg snooj.”

“They’re always floppy and retarded when they first wake up,” lab coat said. “Hard to believe the millions of credit that went into them.”

“Just wheel him into the recovery room,” the other voice said. “On second thought, get him to wash down first, in case he shits himself and make sure he’s hydrated.”

I did shit myself—pissed, too, and fell right into it, the room spinning, air going out of my lungs, legs like noodles. That hadn’t happened the other times, and I got worried, even as many soft hands picked me up, hosed me off, and in feminine tones told me it would be okay.

Nurses. I liked nurses way more than I liked lab coats.

Then I was in a set of clean scrubs. Sitting in a chair. My eyes focused a bit at a time.

The recovery room looked just like the interrogation room and the debriefing room. Sometimes it was hard to know if you were coming out or going back in. The guy across from me wore a black suit instead of a lab coat. Ties were back in fashion, thin with a line of red glitter down the middle. He pulled his tie loose, leaned in, and squinted at me.

“You okay?” It was the other voice from before. “Can you keep it together, or you need a little more time?” He reached into his jacket, and my body tried to flinch out of reflex, but it wasn’t happening. Too many of my muscles were still asleep. Anyway, he only came out with a pack of cigarettes, filterless Cosmics, and shook one loose and popped it into his mouth, the tip flaring orange as it self-lit.

“Maybe a hypo,” he suggested. “Want us to juice you?”

I shook my head. “How long?” I croaked. My voice felt rough. My mouth tasted like some creature had laid eggs in there and then the eggs had hatched and all the baby creatures had taken their first craps on my tongue. The first intelligible words out of my face probably should have been to ask for a glass of water.

The tie and the cigarettes threw me. My muscles were only so much sleepy meat, but the mind was starting to process. Fashions come and go. A while back they created a tobacco additive to neutralize the carcinogenic effects, but then two decades later found the additive caused huge, bleeding hemorrhoids. The fact smoking was okay again meant they’d licked the hemorrhoids, and a chunk of time had passed.

How long?

“You’ll need to adjust, naturally,” Glitter Tie said. “We’ll help you through the process.”

I cleared my throat and said very clearly and distinctly, “How? Long?”

“Two hundred and fifty-eight years.”

“Sons of… bitches.”

“Hey, now.” Glitter Tie held up his hands, palms out, placating.

“You fucker.” I spat the word at him again, strength flowing back into my body, into my voice. “Fucker!”
“I can understand why you might be upset.”

“Fuck you straight in your fuck hole,” I shouted. It felt good to shout. I was waking up all over. “Every two or three years, and then once for ten years, and then twelve years last time, and then two hundred and fifty-eight?”

Training and maintaining a bio-engineered operative was expensive as hell, and the agency didn’t want us falling down manholes or choking on chicken bones in between missions. They kept us in stasis, and we were contracted for a certain number of missions. Once we did our tour, they cut us loose.

I reminded Glitter Tie of this.

“But it’s sort of tough to hit your quota when you’re in stasis for two and a half fucking centuries, motherfucker.”

“I know, I know.” He flicked the cigarette butt into the corner, then immediately popped another, puffed it to life. “You need to calm down, and I’ll explain.”

“The fact you’re still wearing your head shows that I’m calmer than you deserve.” This was bullshit. My legs still felt like rubber bands that had been doing shots of tequila all night, but it felt good to make the threat. Seizing opportunities was a key element in my personality profile.

Glitter Tie ignored the bravado.

“Operatives have changed a lot over the years,” he explained. “The game was changing rapidly even as you got shoved back into the deep freeze after your last mission. Intense training and prenatal bio-engineering are only the tip of the iceberg now. Most operatives have extra hardware. Hell, I even have a micro-processor installed in my brain for office functions.”

“What’s 467 times 231?”

“107,877,” he said immediately.

“I’ll take your word for it.”

“And I’m just a mid-level, government bureaucrat,” he said. “The operatives have systems like you wouldn’t believe. Built in weapons. Crazy shit. You know how it is with new tech. Once they get the ball rolling, it’s like an avalanche. The agency blinked, and a whole bunch of you old timers were obsolete before you could say Harvey Bangswipe.”

“I don’t get the reference.”

“The point is, you kept getting moved farther and farther down the rotation until it was obvious you just weren’t going to be needed again. If it makes you feel any better, it’s not personal. A lot of operatives got stuck just like you.”

“It doesn’t make me feel one iota better,” I said, “and as soon as I can make a fist I’m going to beat your face into pudding.”

“Don’t you want to know why, now, all of a sudden, we’ve activated you when, as I’ve just indicated, the agency has a plethora of far superior operatives to choose from?”

“It’s the single most pressing question of my existence.”

“There’s a colony planet out past the rim,” Glitter Tie said. “Home of some naturalist-type cultists. They’d spot one of our modern operatives a parsec away, what with all the gadgets and implants. We need a man of raw meat to get in there and infiltrate the place. The exact nature of your mission will be revealed later when your field handler briefs you.”

“What makes you think I’m going to do a damn thing for you cocksuckers when you left me to rot in the deep freeze?”

Glitter Tie sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose between thumb and forefinger. They teach middle managers that move specifically to deal with dumb shits who can’t see the big picture. But for me the big picture was that I’d been screwed, and I was pissed. Anything beyond that was superfluous in my admittedly narrow view of the universe.

“Listen,” he said. “We predicted your likely dissatisfaction with the current situation, and we’re prepared not only to compensate you in a monetary fashion but to wave any and all further obligations you have to the agency. You’ll be a free man. All set up with the galaxy at your fingertips. No strings.”

It was a damn fine offer, especially considering that if the chemical protocols were still in effect, they could basically turn me off with the flick of a switch—and yet I was still pissed. Still baffled and appalled that the universe had rotated around me while I lay there like some kind of half-assed popsicle. I opened my mouth to tell him to grab his ankles and fellate himself.

The explosions in the next room rocked us out of our chairs, sent us sprawling across the floor. The lights flickered, and then went out. The emergency reds came on, bathing us in a dim hellish glow. I blinked and looked over at Glitter Tie, who seemed as betrayed as he was stunned.

“Damn,” he said. “I thought we’d have more time.”

He took a pistol out of his jacket and shot himself in the head.

I’ll admit it. That caught me a little off-guard.


Sci-Fi Mystery Minis Series 2: From Funko: "Our second series of Sci-Fi Mystery Minis has something for everyone!

Are you a fan of crazy robots? Voltron, Gigantor, and The Iron Giant are all here!

Enemies from deep space? Alien, Cylons, and Borgs have you covered!

Bender from FuturamaThe Fifth Element’s Leeloo, Neo and Morpheus from The Matrix, and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk are just a few of the sci-fi pop culture figures that are featured in the series! Which Mystery Mini will you get?!

Coming in November!"

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    About the Author - Tamika Jones

    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).