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Demons of the Night: Early Stories by Seabury Quinn

Demons of the Night Seabury Quinn Gene Christie, ed. Black Dog Books Tpb $19.95 182 p. Ebook During the heyday of Weird Tales in the 1920s and 1930s, there were...

A Review of Blood on my Jets

Blood on my Jets Algis Budrys Wonder eBooks $3.99 Kindle Nook One of the advantages of the ebook revolution is that the work of previous generations of science...

A Case for Courtesy

The controversy over the SFWA Bulletin that erupted from the SFWA forums onto the wider internet this week brought to mind something that's been...

Four Reasons to Stay Out of the Water

Tales of Terror: Dark Waters Christopher Fulbright ND3 Press 0.99 Memorial Day is over, June has begun, and summer is upon us. Temperatures are climbing, and people are...

In Defense of Digital Book Buying

Stephen King recently stirred up a bit of controversy with his announcement that his next book, Joyland, from Hard Case Crime, will not have...

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination Returns

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination Warren Lapine, ed. Wilder Publications $29.99 hardcover $14.99 trade paper $6.59 Kindle $7.99 Nook In one of its prior incarnations, Amazing Stories® had a sister...

A Review of Blue November Storms

Blue November Storms Brian James Freeman Cemetery Dance Publications Trade Paper $9.99 Electronic $2.99 I haven’t reviewed any horror fiction in my posts here. Considering that I’m focusing on...

Fiction River Debuts

Fiction River WMG Publishing Six times a year Electronic $6.99 Trade Paper $15.99 I interviewed Kristine Kathryn Rusch two weeks ago about the experience of launching Fiction River via...

A Review of Writing Fantasy Heroes

Writing Fantasy Heroes Jason M. Waltz, ed. Rogue Blades Entertainment trade paper, $14.99, ebook $ 7.99 Kindle (There is no other electronic version available that I'm aware of.) Okay,...

Crowdfunding Fiction River: An Interview with Kristine Kathryn Rusch

My post on crowdfunding a few weeks back generated some really great discussion and seemed to tap into something of interest to a great...

Racing to Adventure

Race to Adventure! Evil Hat Productions Modular Board Game, $30 This week’s post is going to be a little different. Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going...

Zombies, Nazis, and the Spear of Destiny

The Spear of Destiny Jason E. Thummel paperback $12.95 ebook $2.99 Kindle Nook Smashwords Jason E. Thummel is the author of a number of well received heroic fantasy...

Stray Thoughts About the Hugo Nominations

It's not been the best of weeks.  Plague and pestilence have swept through the household, hitting everyone except me.  How I managed to stay...

A Sneak Peek at The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh Bradley P. Beaulieu In last week’s post, I discussed crowdfunding as a publishing strategy, ending with a list of crowdfunded books...

Crowdfunding as a Publishing Strategy

I’m reading a really cool book right now, but in spite of my best efforts, life has gotten in the way and I...

A Good Old Fashoined Alien Invasion

The Battle for Eden Mark E. Burgess Wildside Press tpb $15.99 ebook $2.99 Kindle  Nook Last week we looked at one half of a double novel. If case...

In Brackett’s Footsteps Under the Ember Star

Under the Ember Star Charles Allen Gramlich Wildside Press tpb $15.99 electronic $2.99 Kindle epub Unless Stephen Haffner has an unpublished manuscript tucked away somewhere, there will be no...

An Interview with Indie Author Joshua P. Simon

Last week I reviewed some tales by newcomer and indie author Joshua P. Simon.  This week I'm following those reviews up by interviewing the...

Three Military Fantasy Shorts

For this week, I’m going to do things differently. Rather than review a single work, I’ll look at three stories set in the same...

Swashbuckling with Morticai

Morticai’s Luck Darlene Bolesny Dark Star Books Trade ppb, 245 p., $15.95 Ebook, $5.95 Ever gone to a con and come home with more books than it’s humanly possible...

Frogs in Aspic, Like a Box of Chocolates

Frogs in Aspic Keith P. Graham Kindle only $1.99 I’m partial to short fiction, especially lately when I have so many interruptions it seems to take forever...

Dead Cosmonauts and Other Eldritch Horrors

Space Eldritch Nathan Shumate, ed. Cold Fusion Media Tpb $13.99, ebook $5.99 Kindle Nook Smashwords Two of the most popular subgenres of the fantastic are space travel (with its...

Five Military SF Novellas by Five Authors

Five by Five Aaron Allston Kevin J. Anderson Loren L. Coleman B. V. Larson Michael A. Stackpole WordFire Press electronic only $4.99 Kindle B&N Kobo Smashwords I thought I'd look at some...

What I Mean When I Say…

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed something when I’ve conversed with people (in person or through email), posted things on my blog,...

Opening Salvo

Hi. I’m glad you’re here. Come in, make yourself comfortable, and let me introduce myself. My name is Keith West. I’ve been reading science...