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 four authors whose work was probably the most popular among readers: H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and Seabury Quinn. Of these, […]

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 fiction writers can be brought back into print for new generations of readers. Wonder eBooks has a list of titles whose authors range from masters of the […]

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 bothering me for quite some time. The total lack of courtesy and respect that seems (to me at least) to be increasing when controversial topics are discussed. My remarks in this […]

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 beginning to seek relief from the heat by heading to the water. After reading the stories in this short collection, I’m not sure that’s such a good […]

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 an electronic edition. I’m glad he retained his electronic rights and is using them as he sees fit. One of his comments which generated some controversy was “let people stir their […]

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 publication, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. That publication has been gone for quite some time now, but last year Warren Lapine edited a (mostly) original […]

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 small press and indie published works, it’s simply been a matter of time before I got around to that genre. After all, commercial horror fiction has […]

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 Kickstarter. Fiction River is a new anthology series billed as an “anthology magazine” by the publisher, WMG Publishing. The current publishing schedule is every other month, […]

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, class, today we’re going to have a little quiz. What do the following writers have in common: Alex, Bledsoe, Jennifer Brozek, Orson Scott Card, Glen Cook, […]

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 many people. This topic, like the rest of publishing these days, is very dynamic, so it’s one I’m going to return to on a regular basis. Two of the people leading […]

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 to review a game, or rather I’m going discuss my experience with playing a game. There are some aspects of the game I haven’t played yet, so I’m […]

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 short stories (many collected in the book In Savage Lands). I’d read several of them, so when the opportunity to review his first novel came along, I […]

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 healthy is something of a mystery to me, but I’m not complaining.  With all the caretaking I did, a review this week isn’t going to happen.  Try as I might, I […]

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 I intended to review. The first of those is The Flames of Shaddam Khoreh. This is the conclusion to Bradley Beaulieu’s The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. I’d like to […]

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 won’t have it finished in time to meet my deadline for the review. So I’m going to discuss some things related to the book, and I’ll tell you the title when 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 you aren’t familiar with the format, they were popularized back in the 50s and 60s by Ace Books. Essentially two short novels, neither long enough for stand-alone […]

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 new stories from Leigh Brackett. Fortunately, the type of adventure oriented science fiction that Brackett wrote isn’t dead. There are still a few practitioners of that […]

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 author himself.  This is something I plan on doing from time to time, following up a review with an interview.  It’s not something I’ll do with every review, but once every […]

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 universe. One of the reasons I decided to focus my blogging efforts for Amazing Stories ™ on indie and small press published works is to help you find new authors of […]

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 to read in a reasonable period of time? Of course you have. That’s part of the con experience. A major part if you’re like me. Which […]

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 to finish a novel. So when a collection comes my way that contains numerous short stories, I’m a happy guy. (Come to think of it, I’ve not reviewed […]

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 myriad sub-subgenres) and cosmic entities with malevolent intentions, popularized by H. P. Lovecraft.  Now Cold Fusion Media has brought them both together in the anthology Space […]

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 good old fashioned military science fiction for my first review here at Amazing Stories.  Five by Five is an anthology of five short […]

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, or left comments on someone else’s blog.  We may be using the same words, but what we mean by those words isn’t always the same.  This is especially true when discussing […]

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 fiction and fantasy for about 35 years, coming to the genre through comics, Star Trek, and Star Wars. You’re probably wondering what I’m going to blog about. After all, there are […]