A budding writer’s dream – growing up with a library in the house
The Magic Wagon reads like a classic dime novel, but the story maintains just enough of Joe R. Lansdale’s unique eye for the odd to appeal to those fans who crave the weird.
If Quentin Tarantino wrote a western space opera, you would end up with something like John M. Whalen’s raucous “This Ray Gun for Hire . . . and Other Tales.”
The Outlaws of Olympus by C. E. Martin is a fresh new series that will appeal to fans of both pulp westerns and Greek Mythology.
Darren Slade has come late to the Avatar party, and has mixed feelings about what he found there.
Life in a western under the sea
SF Westerns were the genre’s first break out hit (kinda)
A novel about deep sea living isn’t the deepest, but then it’s a Western too….
The Big Shutdown by John M. Whalen is a fun read that will remind readers just why pulp fiction, westerns, and ray guns belong together.
The Weird Wild West from eSpec Books brings new insight on what pioneer life could have been like as it takes readers across the fantastic frontiers of imagination.
Here’s what happens when Flash Gordon, Randolph Scott and Sam Peckinpah meet out on Route 66.
This week, Steve visits Mars (really! Sort of…) and reviews a new book and an overlooked movie from 2014. Check it out!
Earthbound by Adam Lewinson is a multifaceted story well suited for fandom. Filled with science fiction, mystery, romance, western and even a hint of space adventure, the possibilities are endless.
Loyal fans of Steampunk will embrace the thought-provoking elements of Timothy Black’s Gearteeth while rediscovering new twists on some old features often found in classic horror stories.
Hunting Monsters Is My Business – The Mordecai Slate Stories is an action packed collection reminiscent to the pulp classic dime store novels with a morbid twist of supernatural mystery and intrigue.
Mordecai Slate is back in a collection by John M. Whalen
David West’s work – a bit like the early work of Henry Kuttner
Steve considers two of John Shirley’s different genres: Fantasy Detective and Western!
a review of comics writer Mike Baron’s Skorpio
There’s been something going on in the publishing business the last several years, and it’s nothing less than what I’ve been calling a Neo-Pulp Electronic Revolution.
Some personal fannish history, a couple of takes on Amazing Stories from 1938, a recap of Modesty Blaise, a pic of John Travolta and a review of John M. Whalen’s Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto. What’s not to like?
Just about everyone loves a good western. But when you add in the Steampunk element, the story immediately evolves from the classic exploration of the frontier to a grand tale of adventure and wonder. Given the concurrent timeline of the two genres, their literary compatibility and success is no surprise.
“Hunting monsters is my business.” It’s more than a catch phrase that Monster Hunter Mordecai Slate uses. It’s a way of life—a way that is sorely tested when a wealthy New Mexican ranchero hires him to track down the vampire who ravished his daughter.
The weird western is alive and well. Or should that be undead and well? No matter, this subgenre seems to be enjoying a surge in popularity. After reading “Bad Sanctuary”, it’s easy to see why.
This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by my wanting to do something different for once in the blog. […]
The Lone Ranger, Gore Verbinsky’s revisionist telling of the legend of the masked man of the plains, will no doubt go down in history as the box office disaster of the summer of 2013. At a cost […]
It may seem perverse to fault a work for feeling too perfectly crafted, but the polish of Oni Press’ comics series The Sixth Gun, the sense of every element being in its ideal place, hindered […]
The double novels produced by Ace Books were works of art, inside and out. You just can’t beat holding a double Ace in your hand.
A common thread of discussion for collectors who buy art from me, and which runs through many sites dealing with collectibles, concerns the factors that make certain types of “X” (coins, stamps, comics, art, etc) […]
Sorry, folks. I know some of you were looking forward to the final installment in the Crossroads: Western series, but I’m afraid I have been laid low by a really nasty virus plague. As a […]
Chris Gerwel is a science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer. Raised in New Jersey, he spent ten years in Central & Eastern Europe in the market research industry, and today when he isn’t reading or writing speculative fiction, he works in the software industry. He lives in northern NJ, with a beautiful wife and a rambunctious puppy, and also writes the weekly blog The King of Elfland’s 2nd Cousin.