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House with a Library at the Heart

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A budding writer's dream - growing up with a library in the house

Review: The Magic Wagon by Joe R Lansdale

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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.

Review: This Ray Gun for Hire . . . and Other...

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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."

Review: Outlaws of Olympus by C. E. Martin

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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.

I finally saw Avatar and I’ve rarely been so conflicted.

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Darren Slade has come late to the Avatar party, and has mixed feelings about what he found there.

Book Review: Rip Tide by Kat Falls

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Life in a western under the sea

Radioisotopes and Dude Ranches

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SF Westerns were the genre's first break out hit (kinda)

Book Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls

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A novel about deep sea living isn't the deepest, but then it's a Western too....

Review: The Big Shutdown by John M. Whalen

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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.

Review: The Weird Wild West

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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.

Flash, Randy, and Sam on Route 66

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Here's what happens when Flash Gordon, Randolph Scott and Sam Peckinpah meet out on Route 66.

MARS! And Some Reviews…      

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This week, Steve visits Mars (really! Sort of...) and reviews a new book and an overlooked movie from 2014. Check it out!

Review: Earthbound by Adam Lewinson

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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.

The Joys of Self-Publishing

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Monster Hunting is Mordecai's business. Getting sales is John's.

Review: Gearteeth by Timothy Black

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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.

Review: Hunting Monsters Is My Business – The Mordecai Slate Stories...

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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.

AMAZING PEOPLE: John Whalen’s Mordecai Slate Returns in New Adventures!

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Mordecai Slate is back in a collection by John M. Whalen

Book Review: Weird Tales of Horror

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David West's work - a bit like the early work of Henry Kuttner

REVIEWS: John Shirley—Between Genres (Always)

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Steve considers two of John Shirley's different genres: Fantasy Detective and Western!

Review: SKORPIO, by Mike Baron

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a review of comics writer Mike Baron's Skorpio

The Neo-Pulp Electronic Revolution

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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.

A Fan’s Anniversary of Sorts

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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?

Review: The Good the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams

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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.

Excerpt: Vampire Seige At Rio Muerto

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"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.

Book Review: “Bad Sanctuary”

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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.

A conversation with the Hall of Fame illustrator Murray Tinkelman

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This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by...

The Loneliest Ranger

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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...
the sixth gun vol. 1

The Sixth Gun and the Problems of Polish

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It may seem perverse to fault a work for feeling too perfectly crafted, but the polish of Oni Press' comics series The Sixth Gun,...

You Can’t Beat a Double Ace

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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.

The Artful Collector: Why isn’t There a More Active Market in...

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A common thread of discussion for collectors who buy art from me, and which runs through many sites dealing with collectibles, concerns the factors...