“One True Sentence,” by Craig McDonald: Murder and sex in the City of Lights

Looking for a riveting stew of murder, sex, history and literature? "One True Sentence," by Craig McDonald, offers that and a lot more. The novel, part of a series featuring writer Hector Lassiter, is set in Paris during the 1920s. Lassiter, who writes stories for crime magazine Black Mask while pondering more literary ambitions, is …

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‘Gram’s Gift,’ a Faceless Sons story, reprint coming to Residential Aliens …

Keep your eyes peeled for Residential Aliens, print issue 2. That issue will include a sword-and-sorcery story from me called Gram's Gift. The piece is part of my Faceless Sons cycle, in which I recount the exploits of three masked brothers who hunt down the demons unleashed by their power-mad father. Another Faceless Sons tale, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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