“A Head Full of Ghosts,” by Paul Tremblay

At once an old-fashioned demonic possession story and a highly modern disruption of the genre, this book started off as a slow build and ramped up to a real page-turner. The characters seem very, very real, and the plot kept me wondering what was really, really happening all the while. I love the way the … Continue reading “A Head Full of Ghosts,” by Paul Tremblay

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Frank Belknap Long: Great imagination, stilted prose

 If you read enough H.P. Lovecraft, you will bump up against the name of Frank Belknap Long.  Long was a prolific American writer who produced horror fiction, fantasy, science fiction and more. He was among the first to play around with Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos ideas, adding the short story "The Hounds of Tindalos" and others … Continue reading Frank Belknap Long: Great imagination, stilted prose

Jean Morin, Still Life with a Skull and a Vase of Roses, French, c. 1600 - 1650, 1645/1650, etching with engraving on laid paper, Gift of David and Elizabeth Tunick

“Dracula Unbound” reviewed, or how a book is not always equal to the sum of its parts

I chose this Brian W. Aldiss story as my Halloween read this year. Yes, I started it before Halloween and just finished it. That's more a reflection of the wee amount of reading time I have these days than it is of the book. Even so, the book did not wow me.    It should … Continue reading “Dracula Unbound” reviewed, or how a book is not always equal to the sum of its parts

Review: “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” by Peter Ackroyd

I really wanted to like this book. My fiction reading has slowed to a snail's pace, and I thought this book might get me back into it in a big way. I am a fan of Mary Shelley's excellent "Frankenstein," a fabulous blend of Gothic horror, science fiction and weighty themes. I thought a new … Continue reading Review: “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” by Peter Ackroyd

The pen is mightier, but the sword is a lot of fun …

For the past year, I've been writing a newspaper/online column focused on hot-button issues. Most of the topics I wrote about hovered in that area where politics, religion and science meet. The column took a lot of energy, required a lot of reading and keeping up-to-date on things — and usually resulted in some online … Continue reading The pen is mightier, but the sword is a lot of fun …

Of tentacles and sword-and-sorcery and dark things inside you …

Suddenly, I have new fiction cropping up in delightfully strange places. First off, "The Book of Tentacles" will be available from Sam's Dot Publishing in November. Tucked among the thirty or so tales you'll find behind that really cool cover will be one from me, called "The Temple of Squoad." This is a darkly humorous … Continue reading Of tentacles and sword-and-sorcery and dark things inside you …