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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

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‘Moonwar’ too much of a battle for me

   I really, really wanted to like "Moonwar." Near- future science fiction by a guy who knows his science, writing a tale of a Moonbase embroiled in political battles and a takeover threat by Earthers who fear the nanotechnology used at the lunar site? Espionage? Battles? I figured it would have to be good. It … Continue reading ‘Moonwar’ too much of a battle for me

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

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

Review: “Tunnel in the Sky” — by Robert A. Heinlein

Most of what I've read in the past year or so has been non-fiction (or occasionally fiction masquerading as non-fiction ...), as fodder for my current events news column. Having put aside the column recently, I found myself looking for something to read and determined to read something just for fun. My wife popped out … Continue reading Review: “Tunnel in the Sky” — by Robert A. Heinlein