Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Best wishes to everyone for the Merriest of Christmases and a Prosperous and exceptional New Year!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Influence by Bently Little


The Influence
Bentley Little
Cemetery Dance, $25.00
ISBN: 9781587674198


Engineer Ross Lowery lost his position at Air Research during the Great Recession and has not found work since. He always sent money to his family when they needed it even when he didn’t have much. However, now that he needs assistance, all (including his siblings) except his cousin Lita ignore him. Though not wealthy, Lita and her husband Dave invite Ross to stay with them in remote Magdalena, Arizona for a few months while he applies for jobs over the Net.

At the town’s New Year’s Eve bash, everyone shoots into sky at midnight; only something falls to the ground. Soon afterward the townsfolk begin to face changes in their fortunes. A rancher’s cattle die with eerie creatures leaving the corpses before vanishing and Lita’s eggs hatch lizards and spiders; Ross receives job offers and falls in love, and a beautician wins the mega lottery. When children vanish, realizing something is not right in Magdalena ever since the creature fell from the sky and altered 180 degrees the fortunes and misfortunes of everyone, Ross believes he and others must rescue the young and prevent whatever is occurring from spreading.

The Influence is a strong horror thriller in which darkness threatens life as the townsfolk knew it. The reactions by the affluent suddenly hammered by bad luck and the threat of poverty, and the impoverished suddenly charmed with a run of good fortune make for a super storyline. With deep underlying social messages from scriptures: “But by the grace of God I am what I am …” and "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (karma aside). Bentley Little provides a taut thought-provoking tale.

Harriet Klausner

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Message from Quang Nguyen, An American


I wore my Vietnam Veteran hat with my POW/MIA pin today and stopped by to pick up some dinner to take home.I met a fellow Vietnam Veteran at a local eating establishment and it turned out we both were in Cu Chi Vietnam in the 25th Infantry Division. He was there in 1967-1968 and I was there in 1969-1970. He was in the 1/7 Wolfhounds and their company area was right next to ours.

He asked about my job and I told him I worked for the Veterans Service and he gave me a printout of this and asked me to share it with other Vietnam Vets I came in contact with. I am going to post a copy on the bulletin board at work, I'm posting it here and I will post it on the Broken Soldiers group on Facebook.

The next time someone asks me if we accomplished something in Vietnam, I'm going to show this to them.

On Saturday, July 24th, 2010, the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means.

A Vietnamese refugee, Mr. Nguyen immigrated to this country in 1975, where he eventually founded an advertising and marketing company, Caddis Advertising, with offices in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, and Prescott Valley, AZ. He is also a talented oil and watercolor painter (see his website here).

This is Mr. Nguyen’s speech, which he dedicated to all Vietnam veterans. Notice that he refers to himself as an American, not a hyphenated Vietnamese-American. How good it’d be if all immigrants—no, EVERYONE— felt like Quang Nguyen.

Proud to be an American

35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth.

I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d rather speak to you as an American.

If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people.

I am a proud U.S. citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it and I am very proud of it.

I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can’t even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.

35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the U.S.A. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California . It was a miracle from God.

If you haven’t heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am.

This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn’t know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience.

In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can’t remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.

Fast forwarding: somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21-year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here.

One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don’t know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man’s eyes began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.

You see, America is not a place on the map, it isn’t a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must buy into this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here.

Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages – last I looked on the Internet, there wasn’t a Vietnamese translation of the U.S. Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It’s not easy, but if it’s too easy, it’s not worth doing.

Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.

A t this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.

Quang Nguyen

Creative Director/Founder

Caddis Advertising, LLC

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Storm Demon - A Jake Helman Novel

Storm Demon
Gregory Lamberson
Medallion Press, Oct 31 2013, $14.95
ISBN: 9781605427461


Following the completion of his mission to rescue his best friend Edgar Hopkins, the “raven”, from a witch doctor in New Orleans, Miami, and Pavot Island (see Tortured Spirits), ex-police officer turned private detective Jake Helman feels good being back in the Manhattan jungle. Besides saving his BFF, Jake looks forward to a relationship with Edgar’s NYPD homicide detective partner Maria Vasquez who teamed up with him on the paranormal “rumble in the jungle” (not the Ali-Foreman fight).

While he was traipsing the tropics, psychic healer Laurel Doniger vanished. Jake investigates Laurel’s disappearance by looking into the missing psychic’s past. Although the sleuth works the supernatural beat, which means meeting and frequently confronting strange creatures, even Jake is taken aback when his inquiry leads to Lilith the first succubus now known as Storm Demon planning to destroy New York City.

The fifth case in the Jake Helman Files (see Cosmic Forces, Desperate Souls and Personal Demons) is an exhilarating urban fantasy noir. Jake is terrific as he holds the fun story line focused while following clues that lead to an angry avenging malevolent who is the oldest female on the planet having been there when Adam and Eve fell from grace. Gregory Lamberson deftly blends humor and horror elements inside of a strong save the concrete jungle investigative thriller; summed up by the hero’s wry observation about needing flood insurance.

Harriet Klausner

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Two from Crossroad Press

THE ORIGINAL VAN GOGH’S EAR ANTHOLOGY 8, Tina Hall, Crossroadpress.com, $4.99 download, 684 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

This is a collection of the best to appear on TheOriginalVanGogh’sEar.com over the past year or so. It is collected in an annual volume for those who want to have the material close at hand and not have to keep the pages bookmarked on your computer.

The volume is filled with poetry, stories, art and interviews. Herein you will find some names that you are familiar with and others that, hopefully, will make an impression on you and make you want to remember them.

The art is reproduced and represents an eclectic group of interesting works. The stories are different from what you normal expect. The interviews are not what you usually expect and feature writers, singers, artists and other interpreters of the arts. There are some familiar names here and a couple who are no longer with us.

Van Gogh’s Ear is a place for the experimental, avant garde, interesting and unusual. There is literally something here for everyone and plenty of material to give you new ideas, make you think, and create discussions.

Thanks to Tina Hall and Crossroad Press for an interesting volume that goes above and beyond the ordinary fare we usually come across. Also available from Tina and Crossroad Press is THE DAMNED BOOK OF INTERVIEWS ($3.99). Check out their web site for other interesting titles. Both are also available at The Kindle Store on Amazon.com.


ETCHED DEEP & OTHER DARK IMPRESSIONS, David Niall Wilson, Macabre Ink, Crossroadpress.com, $2.99 download, reviewed by Barry Hunter.


David Niall Wilson has always impressed me with his way of letting the horror in his stories waiting in the background until it jumps out and grabs you by the throat. His non-horror stories also will catch you with the unexpected.

This volume contains short stories and poetry that range over his career. Topics include a Ouija board with a homemade planchette, a girl who dreams of flying, a tale of survival that could have been a great episode of The Walking Dead, the end of the world, clowns, and one that could be read in The National Enquirer or Star.

The poetry ranges from “Loch Ness”, “The Fishmonger”, “Longhaired Puppies” and “The Acropolis”.

My favorite is “Redemption” in which Reverend Bookheim of The Church of New Light finds out that true repentance comes at a price that he was not ready to pay.

Pick up this one for some truly original stories and a couple of them that will make your stomach churn even as you savor the finished product.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mr. Mercedes, June 2014



MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King

Due June 2014

Can't wait for this one!

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Last God Standing is Coming

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman


Creator. Ruler. Stand-up Comic…


When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose.


Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned.


Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God.


How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…?

Friday, December 13, 2013

NY Times Obituary for Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson, English Author of ‘The Outsider’ and Other Books, Dies at 82
By MARGALIT FOX
Published: December 12, 2013
Copyright 2013 by The New York Times

Colin Wilson, a self-educated English writer who in 1956 shot to international acclaim with his first book, “The Outsider,” an erudite meditation on existentialism, alienation and creativity, but who incurred critical disdain for a string of later books about murder, sexual deviance and the occult, died on Dec. 5 in Cornwall, England. He was 82.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, his son Damon said.

The author of well over 100 volumes of fiction and nonfiction, Mr. Wilson became a sensation at 24, when “The Outsider” was published and instantly touched a deep nerve in postwar Britain.

Ranging over the voracious reading in literature, science, philosophy, religion, biography and the arts that he had done since he was a boy, “The Outsider” had an aim no less ambitious than its scope: to delineate the meaning of human existence.

The book’s central thesis was that men of vision — among them Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Nietzsche, H. G. Wells, T. E. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, Hemingway, van Gogh, William Blake, Nijinsky and the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna — stood apart from society, repudiating it as banal and disaffecting.

“The Outsider is not a freak, but is only more sensitive than the average type of man,” Mr. Wilson wrote. He added: “The Outsider is primarily a critic, and if a critic feels deeply enough about what he is criticizing, he becomes a prophet.”

In years to come, actual critics would argue over whether Mr. Wilson was a brilliant synthesist or merely an accomplished aphorist whose work lacked methodological rigor. But on the book’s publication, most reviewers, including the distinguished English men of letters Philip Toynbee and Cyril Connolly, were lavish in their praise.

Though “The Outsider” was often described as a philosophical work, Mr. Wilson saw it as fundamentally religious. Unlike existentialists whose worldview, he felt, inclined toward a dour nihilism, he purveyed what he called optimistic existentialism.

“Sartre’s feeling was that life is meaningless, that everything is pure chance, that life is a useless passion,” Mr. Wilson told The Toronto Star in 1998. “My basic feeling has always been the opposite, that mankind is on the verge of an evolutionary leap to a higher stage.”

Mr. Wilson argued that it was possible for mankind to achieve this exalted state through the kind of transcendent experience that comes, for instance, in the presence of great works of art. Such transcendence, he maintained, had been rendered largely inaccessible by the grind of daily life.

Despite his hopeful outlook, Mr. Wilson was labeled one of the original Angry Young Men. That appellation, popularized by the British press, described a cohort of emerging writers, including John Osborne and Kingsley Amis.

He deplored the designation, and in fact had little in common with those writers. As the author of a work of nonfiction, Mr. Wilson was neither a dramatist like Mr. Osborne nor a novelist like Mr. Amis. He did not like them personally or artistically, nor they him. (Mr. Amis once tried to push Mr. Wilson off a roof.)

The label derived largely from an accident of timing. “The Outsider” appeared in May 1956, the same month that “Look Back in Anger,” Mr. Osborne’s acclaimed drama of working-class disaffection, opened in London. Like Mr. Osborne, Mr. Wilson came from a modest background in which intellectual pursuits were anathema.

But if Mr. Wilson was no Angry Young Man, with his lush Romantic hair and roll-neck sweaters he more than looked the part. The papers delighted in the fact that to save on rent while writing “The Outsider,” he had spent his nights on Hampstead Heath, the vast London park. They took to photographing him there, posed with his sleeping bag.

Mr. Wilson’s disdain for the contemporary human condition, coupled with his almost preternatural confidence in his own abilities, also played well with the British news media — at least until the almost inevitable literary backlash set in.

Colin Henry Wilson was born in Leicester, England, on June 26, 1931; his father, Arthur, worked in a shoe factory. As a boy, Mr. Wilson later said, he was aware that he differed greatly from the “vegetable mediocrity” surrounding him.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Child Thief for $1.99

Harper Voyager US IS RUNNING a Kindle Daily Deal, downpricing the horrifically wonderful, warped fantasy classic THE CHILD THIEF by Brom down to an incredible $1.99. I believe this price is good from the 9th to the 30th, so it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves a dysfunctional, scary-scary-scary holiday read! And … as an ebook … so easy to give! No wrapping paper, no poster. Just click and send for immediate shock (of happiness) factor!

http://www.amazon.com/Krampus-Yule-Lord-Brom-ebook/dp/B007JLK8TQ/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1386699310&sr=8-1&keywords=krampus

If the link doesn't work, got to Amazon.com and check it out.

Also available from Harper and Brom is Krampus the Yule Lord. About the book: Set in Appalachia, Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Once again featuring Brom’s chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Apply to be a Harper Voyager Right Away

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Couple from DAW Books

Protector
C.J. Cherryh
DAW, $24.95
ISBN: 9780756407988


The heir to the Atevi leader of the Western Association Tabiniaiji, eight years old Cajerji celebrates his birthday with his people and select human friends he made. Meanwhile the Assassins' Guild, responsible for security, is divided with many opposed to Tabini's rule, preferring traditionalists like Ilisidi and others.

Not knowing who to trust, Tabini asks his friend human diplomat Bren Cameron to work with his aiji-dowager grandmother Ilisidi to protect his child and other guests. Tabini and Bren believe the enemies of the Atevi leader will use the gala to make a deadly statement with both of them, the heir and specific guests as the targets.

The latest Foreigner Universe thriller (see Intruder, Betrayer and Deceiver) is an entertaining tale with somewhat limited action, as once again C.J. Cherryh deeply develops political and ethnic themes with young Cajerji as the focus of opposing forces with diverse motives. Few besides his father and Ben care about his well-being as most see the lad as a pawn to further personal agendas. Fans will enjoy Cajerji’s happy birthday bash with unwanted fireworks part of the gala.

Harriet Klausner

The Forever Knight
John Marco
DAW, $25.95
ISBN: 9780756407513


Lukien once was the beloved Bronze Knight until he betrayed his king. Despondent he lost his love Cassandra and several friends, he sought death as the way out of his lonely existence after bringing peace; no one needs a hero after the victory. However, he learns that is not quite true as he became the immortal champion of the magical using Inhuman desert dwellers who live in impoverished isolation deep in the desert at Grimhold.

Lukien remains the defender of Grimhold, but no longer possesses both Eyes of Gods amulet. Instead he now yields the Sword of Angels that possesses the Akari spirit of an earlier age hero Malator. Needing a purpose, Lukien leaves Grimhold with encouragement from Malator. On the road from apathy he meets youthful Cricket a seeker of her lost memories.

The profound premise in this first follow-up to the Bronze Knight fantasy trilogy (see Sword of Angels) focuses on what happens to a hero after the mission is accomplished and accolades received, As MacArthur said: "old soldiers never die; they just fade away"; but fails to mention what to do with the rest of their (immortal in this case) life. There is plenty of action as expected in a John Marco thriller, but it is the psychologically scarred Lukien and his counterpoint Malator who make the story fascinating. Cricket adds depth but her young and innocent immaturity seems out of place in a realm where teens mature fast or die. The Forever Knight is a deep opening gamut as the larger than life hero needs a purpose.

Harriet Klausner

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Very Klingon Christmas

A VERY KLINGON KHRISTMAS, Paul Ruditis, illustrated by Patrick Faricy, Gallery Books, $16.99, ISBN: 9781476746807, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

If you are a Star Trek fan, add this Klingon telling of the birth of Kahless and how the very special Khristmas holiday is observed on Qo’noS and all over the Klingon held planets.

Grab a tankard of hot mulled blood wine and learn of Santa Qlas, who really has retractable claws and leaves tribbles in the stockings of the honorless. A good child may find a disruptor or a mek’leth as he travels by transporter beam to the next house on his star chart.

Ruditis and Faricy have a great job in putting this together and it will be a terrific surprise to find this under the tree. I think it would be a whole lot better than a tribble – don’t you.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Ed Kramer pleads guilty on three counts

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, www.ajc.com

Dragon Con co-founder pleads guilty

Ordered to serve remainder of 5-year sentence on house arrest; pay victims $300,000

By Marcus K. Garner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dragon Con co-founder Edward Kramer pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of child molestation for allegations dating back to 1996, according to reports.

Three separate teens — two of them brothers — accused the 52-year-old Kramer of sexually abusing them. After more than a dozen years and numerous delays, the trial that was to begin Monday ended before it started with Kramer’s plea, AM 750 and 95.5 FM WSB News/Talk Radio is reporting.

In exchange for Kramer’s guilty pleas to three counts of child molestation, prosecutors are nullifying three counts of aggravated child molestation.

As a first-time offender, he was sentenced to five years for each count to run concurrently. Kramer will serve the remaining 34 months of his 5-year sentence on house arrest, WSB Radio reports. He has already served 26 months.

He must also pay each of the three victims $100,000 in restitution and register as a sex offender, according to WSB Radio.

The abrupt end to Kramer’s saga with the legal system seems to be par for the course, based on the history of the case.

In October 2000, Kramer was accused of sodomizing the younger of two brothers at the science fiction enthusiast’s Duluth home. Weeks later, the older of the brothers came forward with his own set of allegations.

And just before he was due to go to trial in 2003, a third accuser claimed Kramer molested him in 1996.

Monday, November 25, 2013

On the Run with Bonnie & Clyde by John Gilmore

ON THE RUN WITH BONNIE & CLYDE, John Gilmore, AMOK Books, 19.95, 366 pages, ISBN: 978187923226, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

The main thing about this book is no matter what you have heard about Bonnie & Clyde in movies and other writing, certain parts of it are not true. John Gilmore has spent years in research for the creation of this exciting book.

Gilmore has interviewed friends, family members, victims and others who had firsthand knowledge of the infamous duo. He has written an account that reads as if he was there with them as they were growing into the characters that the world remembers today.

Authentic and factual, this work shows their flaws and their luck as they were able to have a two year run as the most wanted couple in America. There were even rumors that they were in Georgia at one point, but I haven’t been able to back that up.

You might be well off to grab a copy of this and read it before watching the mini-series coming up in December.

There is a brief description of Gilmore’s other books in the back and I’m sure you will find something of interest if you are a reader of Noir or true crime. From Manson and the Black Dahlia to John Holmes and Spade Cooley, Gilmore has written about them all.


This one comes highly recommended and is not to be missed.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Once Upon a Time in Hell is coming



Book Two of the Heaven’s Gate Trilogy
Once Upon A Time in Hell
By Guy Adams

Saddle up for a wild ride on 31st Dec (US & Can) and 2nd Jan (UK)

$7.99/$9.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-156-3
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-155-6

Available in paperback and ebook

Saddle up! It’s Steampunk SF in the Wild West!


“A Tour de Force... I could not put The Good, The Bad and The Infernal down. 10 out of 10.”
– Daily-Steampunk.com

“Supernatural cowboys and steampunk Indians... saddle up for an enjoyable ride.”
– Starburst Magazine


Guy Adams returns to his incredible Steampunk Wild West world with the sequel to The Good The Bad And The Infernal!

One day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time. The town’s name is Wormwood and it is a gateway to heaven itself. Wormwood has appeared, and with it a doorway to the afterlife. But what use is a door if you can’t step through it?

Hundreds have battled unimaginable odds to reach this place, including the blind shooter Henry Jones; the drunk and liar Roderick Quartershaft; that most holy, yet enigmatic of orders, the Brotherhood of Ruth; the inventor Lord Forset and his daughter Elisabeth; the fragile messiah Soldier Joe and his nurse Hope Lane. Of them all, Elwyn Wallace, a young man who only wanted to travel west for a job, would have happily forgone the experience. But he finds himself abroad in Hell, a nameless, aged gunslinger by his side. He had thought nothing could match the terror of his journey thus far, but time will prove him wrong.

On the road to Hell, good intentions don’t mean a damn…

About the Author

Guy Adams is a no-good, pen-toting son of a bitch. Responsible for over twenty penny-dreadfuls and scientific romances such as The World House and the Deadbeat series. He has also worked with the Hammer Books Gang creating novelisations of their foul kinematographs and has been known to operate under the alias of John Watson M.D. writing novels featuring that pansy-ass detective Sherlock Holmes. He is wanted in several states and a reward is offered for anyone quick enough to slip a noose around his crooked neck. Further evidence of his crimes can be found on his Wild Western Waystation: www.guyadamsauthor.com

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Damsel and the Daggerman is coming

THE DAMSEL AND THE DAGGERMAN: A BLUD Novella (Pocket Star EBooks; January 6, 2014; $1.99) by Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson’s “carniepunk” e-novella THE DAMSEL AND THE DAGGERMAN: A BLUD Novella introduces Demi, heroine of the 3rd BLUD novel, Wicked After Midnight.

Bad boy knife thrower Marco Taresque is the most dangerous man in the caravan—and the hottest, especially with Criminy Stain married and out of the running. Demi Ward suffers an enormous crush on the mysterious, older man, but she’s warned off by Tish, Cherie, Criminy—and everyone else she knows. Marco keeps to himself—until a pesky lady journalist arrives, anxious to interview him for her story on his speckled past. Turns out his last assistant—and target—disappeared under mysterious and bloody circumstances. He was run out of his old job by carnivalleros with pitchforks, and the papers down south call him The Deadly Daggerman.

The unsinkable Ginger Harville doesn’t take no for an answer, and the only things harder than the lady adventurer and journalist’s leather pith helmet are her skull and her heart. After losing her husband and partner on an expedition to Egypt, she’s accustomed to throwing herself into danger for her story. She knows there’s more to Marco’s past than he’ll tell, and she’s determined to wear him down no matter how dangerous he might appear—or how weak he makes her knees. He agrees to an interview—if she’ll let him strap her to a spinning table and throw knives at her body. How can she say no? And how can she resist him when he leans close for a kiss? After all, her arms and legs are pinned. It’s the first time she’s let a man get the better of her, and she’s determined it will be the last, even if she responds gladly.

Ginger receives a note from Marco, saying he’s finally ready to tell her the truth about what happened the night his lovely assistant disappeared. But he requires absolute secrecy and a promise that it will never make the papers…She finds the daggerman she’s growing to love. Only this time, he’s the one strapped to the table and surrounded by blades, held captive by a beautiful stranger. Marco is forced to reveal the truth: that a fortune teller once told him he’d spend the rest of his life with the first girl he slept with. Turns out Ginger was his first, and his ex-assistant Petra has kidnapped them both as retribution for that night, long ago, when he refused to bed and marry her. Ginger realizes her hard heart has melted, but will it be too late to save Marco—and herself—from the daggerman’s dangerous past?

WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT
(Pocket Books; January 28, 2014; $7.99) by Delilah S. Dawson

This is the third romance in the sexy, steampunk-tinged “Blud” series, featuring a contortionist and a rakish brigand who must navigate the cabarets of Paris to rescue a girl taken by slavers.

Life as a contortionist in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan should be the height of exotic adventure, but for Demi Ward, it’s total Dullsville—especially when it comes to guys. Ever since a night of hard college partying six years ago ended with her naked and bludded in Sang, Criminy has been like a father to her, and now she’s ready to explore the world on her own terms. But when her best friend Cherie is stolen by slavers outside of Paris, their Sangish road trip turns to tragedy—one Demi’s determined to make right.

Vale Hildebrand, a sarcastic and rakish brigand, finds Demi hiding near her burning carriage. On the run from his own past, he pledges to help her navigate the glittering cabarets of Paris to find Cherie, and Demi quickly becomes a star. Much to Vale’s frustration, Demi soon attracts a host of wealthy admirers, including debonair painter August Lenoir, who lures her into his studio for a portrait—and a sip of addicting, blood-tinged absinthe. It would be all too easy to accept Cherie’s disappearance, and those of a string of daimon cabaret dancers, as inevitable, but with Vale’s ferocious will and Demi’s drive to find her friend, they soon have a lead on a depraved society of Parisian notables with a taste for the obscene. Can Demi unwind herself from Vale and wind her way through the seedy underbelly of Paris in time to save her best friend before she, too, is lost?

Delilah Dawson is an artist, wife, mom and cupcake enthusiast. She’s also an Associate Editor on CoolMomPicks.com. Before writing, she was a kids’ art instructor and arts administrator, including gallery direction and public relations. She lives in Atlanta with her family.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stevie Nicks to appear on American Horror Story: Coven


Stevie Nicks is joining "American Horror Story: Coven." The Fleetwood Mac singer who wrote the hit "Rhiannon" about a famous historic witch has always been open about being a Wiccan, or witch.

Stevie Nicks already haunts "American Horror Story: Coven." The witch Misty Day, played by Lily Rabe, idolizes the sexy singer from Fleetwood Mac singer. Now, Stevie Nicks will make an appearance.

Ryan Murphy, who created "American Horror Story," took to Twitter to announce that Stevie Nicks will appear as a guest star on the witchy series later this season.

It hasn't been announced who Stevie Nicks would play, but Murphy recently explained why Misty is obsessed with Stevie Nicks. He told E! News, "The season really is an allegory and a metaphor for any minority group in the country where you feel alone so she's a girl that has never known any other witches and all she's ever known is Stevie Nicks. So I reached out to Stevie Nicks and asked her if we could use her music and she thought about it for a while and then she said, 'Oh okay, since it's you, I'll do it.'"

Stevie Nicks had been on tour with Fleetwood Mac for most of 2013, but the band recently cancelled the New Zealand and Australia leg of their world tour so bassist John McVie can begin cancer treatment.

The "Coven" season is the third installment in the "American Horror Story" series. It was announced last week that the show will be return next your for its fourth season.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

Every year Rome has it's annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Known Soldier, Charles Graves. Graves died in World War I and I have been fortunate to have been picked to lay the wreath for the World War I Remembrance. It is a double honor that our Celebration is at this site.

I am reprinting the Wikipedia entry about The Tomb of the Known Soldier So you will know how special our ceremony is.

The Tomb of the Known Soldier is a grave site in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Georgia (United States); dedicated to a soldier killed in World War I: Private Charles Graves

Charles Graves enlisted in the Army on August 16, 1917; he was eighteen years old at the time. He was eventually shipped to Neuroy, France, a place he knew nothing about. On October 5, 1918 (fourteen months after arriving), Graves was killed by German artillery shrapnel on the Hindenberg Line. Soon after, he received full military honors and a military burial in France.

Charles’ mother received the telegram from the War Department that her son was killed in the war. After waiting four long years, she finally claimed her son’s body when he arrived on a troopship called the Cambria on March 29, 1922. The U.S. Government had the idea of creating the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and "Known Soldier" in Arlington Cemetery to honor World War I soldiers. Graves was chosen for "America's Known Soldier" by a blindfolded sailor who picked Graves' name from American soldier remains list, but his mother objected to his burial at Arlington. The War Department wanted to give his body flag draped coffin a parade on Fifth Avenue, in New York with generals, admirals, and politicians before his mother buried Graves in the cemetery near Antioch Church on April 6, 1922.

Graves, a fallen soldier, failed to remain in the cemetery for a long period of time; many local citizens decided that he should be buried in a place of honor. As a result, on September 22, 1923, his body was exhumed from Antioch Cemetery and relocated to Myrtle Hill Cemetery; as "America's Known Soldier" after his mother's death and his brother's agreement. Graves was buried a third and final time. On November 11, 1923, Armistice Day, Charles and the other 33 young men from Floyd County who died in World War I were honored with three Maxim guns and 34 magnolia trees.

Today, Graves final resting place is known as the Tomb of the Known Soldier. To many, the memorial site is a place of remembrance; a place that is meant to pay respect to all of the known fallen soldiers of any war.

In addition to this. President Woodrow Wilson's first wife, Ellen Axson Wilson and Dr. Bobert Battey, who discovered the cure for tuberculosis.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Online Courses from Odyssey Writing Workshops Announced

Publicity Release

November 2013


ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOPS CHARITABLE TRUST ANNOUNCES WINTER 2014 ONLINE CLASSES



Odyssey, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of helping writers improve their work, is offering three exciting, new online courses this winter.

All Odyssey Online courses involve live online class meetings, so students can ask questions and participate in the class. Each course is designed to provide intensive focus on a particular aspect of fiction writing and challenging homework assignments to help students improve their skills. Feedback from the instructor and from classmates allows students to make strong improvements. Each student also has an individual meeting with the instructor. Courses provide a supportive yet challenging, energizing atmosphere, with class size limited to fourteen students. While courses are designed for adult writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, interested writers of all genres are welcome to apply.

Last winter, a total of 42 hard-working writers from the US, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, participated in Odyssey's three online courses. One student, a lawyer and published writer from Indiana, commented, "Although I have taken online classes and workshops before, I have not worked so hard on class assignments since I was in college." Odyssey instructors pack as much useful content into each course as possible, and with our live class sessions, instructors can reach across the miles to students, fostering energetic discussions and making strong connections.


Odyssey's winter 2014 courses focus on key issues for writers:



Powerful Dialogue in Fantastic Fiction

Course Meets: January 2 - 30, 2014

Instructor: Jeanne Cavelos

Application Deadline: December 7, 2013

Graduates of Jeanne Cavelos's previous Odyssey Online courses have been clamoring for her to offer a new subject, and they've also been requesting a course on dialogue, so Odyssey is excited to offer Powerful Dialogue in Fantastic Fiction. Dialogue is one of the major components of most works of fiction, yet few writers give it much thought beyond trying to make it sound realistic and trying to make each character have a distinct manner of speaking. But a writer needs to do much more than that to create powerful dialogue.

Powerful dialogue can leave readers hanging on every word. It can delight and surprise readers. It can resonate long after the book is closed. It can drive the story forward, reveal character, show the nuances in relationships, develop internal or external conflict, provide a powerful contrast with action, convey subtext, alter pace, build atmosphere, carry cultural or educational differences, increase tension, and reveal setting and other information. This course will help students to write layered, powerful dialogue that accomplishes multiple goals and resonates with readers long after they finish the story.


The Heart of the Matter: Bringing Emotional Resonance to Your Storytelling

Course Meets: January 6 - February 3, 2014

Instructor: Barbara Ashford

Application Deadline: December 10, 2013

Barbara Ashford's online class last year was one of the most popular we've ever had; every student who filled out an evaluation rated it "excellent"! So we asked Barbara to teach again this year. Her new course deals with one of the issues writers struggle with most: evoking strong emotions in the reader. This course will offer breakthrough insights to students.

Award-winning novelist Barbara Ashford believes in storytelling that takes readers on a journey that satisfies their hearts as well as their minds. Readers love stories that force characters to confront their darkest fears, expose their shameful secrets, survive their most wrenching confrontations. But just having your character cry or laugh or scream will never get readers to share the emotions behind those actions. It requires careful crafting--from conception to execution--to achieve that. This course will take you from "setting the stage"--exploring and understanding the emotions inherent in a story idea--to "getting it on the page" by showing complex emotions through your writing.


The Secrets of a Satisfying Short Story

Course Meets: January 23 - February 20, 2014

Instructor: Nancy Holder

Application Deadline: December 27, 2013

At last summer's Odyssey Writing Workshop, Nancy Holder spent a week with students as writer-in-residence. Students were so thrilled with that week--with the one-on-one work Nancy did with them, the critiques she provided, and the insights they received--that we asked Nancy to teach an online class. She's adapting and radically expanding one of her Odyssey lectures to create The Secrets of a Satisfying Short Story.

The short story is a very demanding form, and it provides no margin for error. Many writers don't understand the bedrock principles that make for a successful short story. They write without a clear sense of what they want to achieve, and without sufficiently developing the key ingredients that will help them achieve it. This course will start by discussing Edgar Allan Poe's criteria for a short story, which offer powerful, clarifying principles. We'll then explore the key concepts of idea, premise, and plot, and how to make sure you aren't writing from an idea but have made the journey from idea to premise to plot. We'll study how the beginning of the story leads to the surprising but inevitable end. We'll discuss why weak endings are the most common problem among writers and how to make your ending strong. We'll work on connecting internal and external conflicts; developing your conflicts through cause and effect; distinguishing between presenting and representing; identifying and remaining focused on your story; and revising your work.

More information about Odyssey's online classes can be found here: http://www.sff.net/odyssey/online.html or by emailing jcavelos@sff.net.

If you've visited the Odyssey site recently, you may need to click REFRESH on your browser to see the new content.

PLEASE NOTE:
Those application deadlines are coming up soon! If you would like to apply for more than one course, you must apply separately for each one.

Odyssey's Online Classes provide the tools you need to improve your writing, along with feedback on your work that reveals whether you are successfully using those tools. If you're ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them, you'd be welcome to apply to our online classes.

In addition, the Odyssey site, http://www.odysseyworkshop.org, offers many resources for writers, including free podcasts, writing and publishing tips, a writing blog, a critique service, and information about the six-week in-person workshop.

Spend the winter taking your writing to the next level!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

NEW HORROR ANTHOLOGY EXPLORES THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

NEW HORROR ANTHOLOGY EXPLORES THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

A new horror anthology, X7 is out now, with seven stories from seven horror authors exploring the seven deadly sins. The collection has just been released from Birmingham's Knightwatch Press, with Derby-based author and literature freelancer Alex Davis having edited the anthology.

The collection includes new and exclusive stories from seven fantastic talents in both horror and dark fantasy, with Alex Bell, Simon Bestwick, Simon Clark, Tom Fletcher, Amelia Mangan, Nicholas Royle and Gaie Sebold. Each author selected their own sin to work on, and in turn produced a story expressing their own take on that concept.

Editor Alex Davis said: 'I was over the moon to be able to hand-pick the authors for this collection, and there are some of the UK's leading writers included. What also impressed me greatly is the subtlety and originality of the tales – each one genuinely surprised and delighted me in its delivery and its take on the old concept of the seven deadly sins.'

The full table of contents for X7 is as follows:
Nicholas Royle, Dead End (Lust)
Amelia Mangan, If I Were You (Envy)
Simon Clark, Gravy Soup (Gluttony)
Alex Bell, The Devil in Red (Wrath)
Simon Bestwick, Stormcats (Greed)
Gaie Sebold, Walls (Pride)
Tom Fletcher, Seagull Island (Sloth)

X7 is available to buy on Amazon as a paperback for £6.99 – simply visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/X7-anthology-Seven-Deadly-Sins/dp/1909573116/

Alex Davis is a freelance author, events organiser, tutor, proof-reader and copy editor specialising in science-fiction, fantasy and horror fiction. He has taught writing courses all over the Midlands. He makes his debut as an anthology editor with X7 and No Monsters Allowed this October.

Knightwatch Press is...

Theresa Derwin is an experienced horror and SFF writer, Editor for Fringeworks Ltd & KnightWatch Press and managing Director for KnightWatch Press, the horror imprint of Fringeworks Ltd.

Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has fifteen anthology acceptances behind her since mid 2011. She also writes a number of book reviews and at her site www.terror-tree.co.uk

She has loved horror, fantasy and SF all her life, thanks to my father who raised her on 50s Sci-Fi Universal Monsters, tango and popcorn. Her love of the bizarre, (including her Dad) remains constant, to this day. She also owes a great debt to Rog Peyton from the BSFG who introduced her to alternative fiction at the tender the age of 14.

You can follow Theresa on Twitter @BarbarellaFem or find out more about her work at www.theresa-derwin.co.uk.

Friday, November 8, 2013

INTERNET SAFTY TIPS

Tips for Internet Safety at Work and Home



1. Defend your computer

Keep all software current (including your Web browser) with automatic

updates. Use firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, and antispyware software.

Password-protect your wireless connection at home.



2. Protect sensitive personal information

Look for signs that a Web page is safe, before you enter sensitive data–a Web address with https

(“s” for secure) and a closed padlock beside it.

Never give sensitive info in response to an e-mail or instant message

(IM) request.



3. Think before you click

Pause before you open attachments or click links in e-mail or IM even if you know the sender; they

could be phony. Confirm with the sender that the message is real or visit the official Web site by

typing the address yourself.

Be wary of clicking links or buttons in pop-up windows.



4. Create strong passwords and keep them secret

Make them at least eight characters (longer is better) and include upper and lower case letters,

numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password everywhere.



5. Protect yourself from e-mail scams

Look out for alarmist messages, misspellings and grammatical errors, deals that sound too good to

be true, and requests for sensitive info like account numbers. Turn on a filter like the

Smart Screen® Filter in Window.



6. Use social networks more safely

Look for Settings or Options in services like Facebook and Twitter to manage who can see your

profile, control how people can search for you and make comments, and learn how to block unwanted

access. Don’t post anything you’d say only to a close friend.

Be selective about accepting friends. Periodically reassess who has access. Review what friends write

About you.

LEGEND OF THE ELLS, a new fantasy saga by J. T. Wheeling


PRESS RELEASE … FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … PRESS RELEASE … PRESS


Legend of the Ells - Book One: TOMORROW’S CHILDREN

ISBN: 978-1-907407-02-4, 195pp, CATEGORY: Children’s fiction/ fantasy. Age range 10-14 PUBLISHER: Black Leaf

Excitement from the first sentence, a gripping new fantasy saga by J.T. Wheeling

“Open your mind to the possibility of a brilliant and better tomorrow.”


Alarmed by the state of affairs on Earth early in the 21st Century, the Ells - a wise humanoid race - arrive to solve mankind’s problems. Four centuries further on, their task largely completed, they must return to their own world. To counter any threat from power-hungry dissidents, a few of whom have acquired Ell technology, a small group of young half-Ells will remain on Earth. One of these is Yani, a young boy, saved by gypsies then held by smugglers while totally unaware of his true heritage.

On his fourteenth birthday Yani escapes from captivity and sets off on an incredible journey with a few loyal friends he meets along the way. As he grows and develops, powerful influences begin to emerge and a slow awakening takes place within him as his inherited and unusual Ell abilities start to show themselves. Thrills and surprises galore abound on this incredible adventure as dangers escalate to a thrilling climax.

Excerpt:

Lucy looked hard at Dr Macgregor. “You want us to work out the meaning behind this story? Well, I think you are trying to show us how divided people were by narrow mindedness.” Yani said, “Surely it’s more than that. Is it not a picture of how Earth was? We can see that the Creator was given different names by different religions and this led to wars and terrible cruelty, but why should the Creator care what name people give him? Turias nodded adding, “Or which path they take to climb the mountain.” “Also,” Yani added, “it shows you can only climb one path at a time.” “And respect the path others choose,” said Lucy.

The Saga continues

Book Two: The Young Guardians

Having freed his old adversary, Krask, from prison and converting him, Yani commandeers his aid in catching the fiendish Xyle and putting a stop to his plans and his intent to discredit the new young Guardians with the World Council. When Yani discovers, however, that his son by the fair and good Estelle - sister of the evil Goddess Zenia and daughter of Krask - has been kidnapped by Zenia, he sets off complete with powerful staff to find them. And so begins another incredible journey. (Ages 14-15)

Book Three: The Rainbow Jewel

As Xyle's diabolic plans to seize control of Earth's affairs near success, only Yani and his fellow young Guardians offer any hope of defeating him. The conflict now extends across space and time to where Xyle's castle hides his darkest secrets. There Zenia has grown into a beautiful creature, dedicated to serving Xyle with ruthless cruelty… (YA)

Coming Soon - Book Four: The Menace of the Jenn

Lynn Viehl's Popular DISENCHANTED & CO ebooks to be released in paperback


Gallery books will be releasing DISENCHANTED & CO. (Pocket Books; January 28, 2014; $7.99) and THE CLOCKWORK WOLF (Pocket Books; February 25, 2014; $7.99) by Lynn Viehl.

“Original and enjoyable…Kit was a great main character—she reminded me a bit of a grown up Nancy Drew, if Nancy Drew had lived in a supernatural version of America.”

—All Things Urban Fantasy on Disenchanted & Co., Part I: Her Ladyship’s Curse

The first book, DISENCHANTED & CO. is a bindup of the first two parts Disenchanted & Co., Part I: Her Ladyship’s Curse and Disenchanted & Co., Part II: His Lordship Possessed, which were released as Pocket Star EBook originals in 2012.

Part One (HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE): Charmian “Kit” Kittredge is hardly the most prim of ladies in the West Coast town of Rumsen (akin to Seattle), in a Victorian reality in which the British defeated the American Revolution. As a private detective / magic debunker living in the slightly rougher part of town, she normally stays away from the proper, wealthy society of the Hill. When Lady Diana comes to her with a perplexing mystery—someone is carving messages into her body while she sleeps, vile words like GREEDY and SLUT—Kit cannot pass up the chance to help a woman in distress. Sifting through the various motivations of Diana’s household, and examining the magic said to be underlying the ‘curse’ causing these markings, Kit realizes something: She’s in over her head. As the nature of magic, and Kit’s place in that world, slowly becomes evident, the mysterious deathmage Lucien Dredmore is vacillating between destroying her and protecting her from the people of the Hill. It seems even he can’t make up his mind about the fiercely independent, unique being that is Kit.

Part Two (HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED): Charmian “Kit” Kittredge isn’t sure who to trust. At the end of HIS LADYSHIP’S CURSE, the mysterious deathmage Lucien Dredmore had kidnapped her and locked her in his remote castle/dungeon. (Really, the difference between a castle and a dungeon is all in the attitude, right?) But now it seems he might have been…trying to keep her safe? Something is rotten in the West Coast town of Rumsen (akin to Seattle), an outpost in a Victorian reality in which America never managed to throw off its colonial status. As a private detective / magic debunker living in the rougher part of town, Kit avoided the wealthy society of the Hill and definitely did not believe in magic. However, strange events have led her down an investigative trail that will question everything she’s known. A secretive group of elite society men have been dabbling in some dark arts, and it seems that close encounters of the demonic kind might be the next social event of the season. Kit has never been a belle of the ball, but she sure knows how to crash a party…

In the second installment of the Disenchanted & Co. series, THE CLOCKWORK WOLF will have readers riveted in a world of steampunk and magic. As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. As a favor to deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

Lynn Viehl has published fifty novels in nine genres, including her New York Times bestselling Darkyn series.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Take a Journey to the End of the Road


End of the Road
Edited by Jonathan Oliver

The end is coming on 26th November (US & Canada) and 5th December (UK)

$7.99/$9.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-154-9
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-153-2
Available in paperback and ebook

Take a trip with the new anthology from Solaris

Bringing together a diverse group of contemporary international writers, the critically acclaimed editor of Magic, The End of The Line and House of Fear, Jonathan Oliver, delivers an anthology of travel tales like no other.

Each step leads you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can you expect to meet along the way? Here are stories of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare travel tales and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be found on the road. Strap on your seatbelt, or shoulder your backpack, and wait for that next ride... into darkness.

This is an incredible anthology of original short stories from an exciting list of writers from across the globe, including the best-selling Philip Reeve, the World Fantasy Award-winning Lavie Tidhar and the incredible talents of S.L. Grey, Ian Whates, Jay Caselberg, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Zen Cho, Sophia McDougall, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Anil Menon, Rio Youers, Vandana Singh, Paul Meloy, Adam Nevill and Helen Marshall.

About the Author

Jonathan Oliver is the much-lauded editor of four anthologies for Solaris as well as being the editor-in-chief of Solaris, Abaddon and Ravenstone. He is also the author of two novels set in the Twilight of Kerberos series, The Call of Kerberos and The Wrath of Kerberos, and a whole host of short stories that have appeared in venues such as A Town Called Pandemonium, Terror Tales of London and The British Fantasy Society Journal.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

RAUS! UNTOTEN! edited by Matthew Sylvester

RAUS! UNTOTEN!

FRINGEWORKS LTD
www.fringeworks.co.uk
ISBN: 978-1-909573-10-9

The Editor Matthew Sylvester has this to say:

Raus! Untoten! is, in my opinion, a truly unique collection of stories. The Nazi Zombie trope, genre even, has become firmly entrenched in the public's mind. Films and books have saturated the market to the extent that Nazis are synonymous with Zombies.

Vampires have also come to the fore in recent years and have, to the stunned horror of horror fans, become sexy in a faintly necrophyliac manner.

But Zombies and Vampires are just two of a myriad of undead horrors waiting to come lunging out of the shadows to slash out throats, suck our eyes from their sockets and scoop our warm brains into their gaping, fang-lined maws.

Raus! Untoten! addresses this imbalance. Naturally we have zombies, but we also have vampires, French grey puppets, Jewish golems and even vengeful spirits.

So, make yourself comfortable, pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple and let yourself be taken away to worlds of horror.

Matthew Sylvester
Editor

This book is £1.94 ebook or £6.99 paperback and features New York Times best selling author Graham McNeill.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CHIMERA by Kelly Meding


Forthcoming from popular urban fantasy author Kelly Meding’s is CHIMERA (Pocket Star EBooks; November 11, 2013; $5.99), where the mysterious and dangerous conspiracy threatening the superpowered Meta Rangers deepens in the fourth novel in the edgy, action-packed Metawars superhero series.

Chimera

Growing up with blue skin never made Renee “Flex” Duvall feel like an outcast. She learned quickly to find the joy in life and to put people at ease with her quick wit and exuberant personality. Nine months after regaining her Flex powers, she’s survived more emotional and physical pain than she thought possible—but despite her burned and ruined skin, she refuses to let her sunny exterior crack in front of her friends. Not while they’re facing a troop of well-trained teenage criminals that may be Recombinants, a new breed of Metas that were genetically manipulated and brainwashed by a shadowy research facility.

After a ruthless battle with a trio of thieves leaves one of their friends seriously wounded, Renee and Onyx follow a clue to Manhattan Island—and to a former Bane named Chimera. But Chimera refuses to help them, even though he admits that he may hold the key to stopping these Recombinants and discovering who controls them. Chimera’s emotional scars are as devastating as Renee’s physical scars, and in this shared pain they find common ground. Against her better judgment, Renee builds a friendship with the man who represents everything she’s been raised to distrust and despise—a man who has something very dear to lose by cooperating.

Monday, November 4, 2013

We Will Destroy Your Planet coming from Osprey Books


We Will Destroy Your Planet

For over a hundred years, Aliens have been trying to take over the Earth, but every time they have failed, often in the most unlikely ways. Well, no more!

We Will Destroy Your Planet offers our future alien overlords all of the information necessary to bring humanity to its knees. Planning for an interstellar, or even intergalactic, conquest is a complex affair that even races which have mastered faster than light travel might find difficult. This book offers practical, ‘how-to’ advice on a variety of topics including logistics, environmental factors, and of course human weaknesses. It also goes into the big question of ‘why’ you want to destroy or enslave the Earth, as this is crucial in determining which strategy and tactics to employ.

Once that has been determined, the book follows as step-by-step approach to annihilating human resistance, suggesting the best and worst weapons, and giving guidelines on just how much destruction is optimal.

With this book in hand, there is little doubt that humans are now in their last generation as masters of the Earth.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Reviews from Harriet



Lucas
D.B. Reynolds
ImaJinn, $15.00
ISBN: 9781610261005


Though it may cost her the job she loves with the Feds due to insubordination, FBI Special Agent Kathryn Hunter defies her superior’s orders not to search for her missing brother Daniel the photographer. Instead Kathryn follows clues that lead to South Dakota’s home of Lucas Donlon.

Though the Lord Vampire wants to bite Kathryn all over her body, he has no time for the tasty morsel as he has a war brewing with rival vampire lord Klemens who craves adding Lucas’ Plains territory to his Chicago based empire. Lucas tells her to go back to working FBI cases, but a defiant Kathryn insists on finding her sibling, which places her in the crossfires of hostilities between two vampire clans and besides she wouldn’t mind dining on her delicious albeit reluctant host.

The latest Vampires in America romantic fantasy (see Sophia, Duncan, Rajmund, Jabril and Raphael) is a great thriller starring two kick butt protagonists as the female, used to competing in a men’s club, proves the equal to the vampire lord, unused to anyone competing at his level. Fast-paced, fans will enjoy this strong entry with a stunning fabulous late twist as D.B. Reynolds provides another winner. Harriet Klausner

The Shadow Rising
Robert Jordan
Tor, $15.99
ISBN: 9780765334671


The weary battered band of travelers split up after their recent escapades to possess Callandor and confront evil (see The Dragon Unborn). Rand, Mat, Egwene, Moiraine and Lan journey together as Rand turns to the Aiel wasteland. Nynaeve, Elayne, Julian and Thom head to Tanchico to uncover the plans of the hideous Black Ajah in order to thwart and ultimately defeat this evil. Perrin, Loial and Faile travel home to Emond's Field by Two Rivers to join the fight to repel the more powerful Trollocs and Whitecloaks invaders. Min seemingly vanishes in Tar Valon.

In the Forsaken, Rand finds a mentor as he apparently continues his path of destiny while Mat faces a near death experience that leaves him with memories of a dead warrior. Perring and Faile marry while never losing sight of the peril facing the Two Rivers.

Book Four of the Wheel of Time takes a different approach to the storyline as the adventurers split into separate escapades and subplots). Each of the prime subplots move forward the overarching premise as well as providing background into the respective cultures and geographies where the action occurs. Although this writing approach can feel disjointed and difficult to follow who’s who, where and why with a seemingly quadrillion heroes and as many malevolent beings, series fans will enjoy the action as the heroes establish divergent BHAGs. Harriet Klausner

Blood Fire
Sharon Page
Kensington Aphrodisia, $14.00
ISBN: 9780758278296


In 1821, knowing she is dying; Lady Octavia Grenville wants the Earl of Sutcliffe to take her virginity. Thus she plans to seduce the sexy Matthew at a special gathering. Turned into a vampire, Matthew struggles with guilt having committed fratricide when his sibling was turned into an undead. Matthew is dying and he has a fortnight to find his true love or be dead

At the gala, Matthew is attracted to the bewitching Octavia, but wonders why a seemingly innocent like her would attend a debauched event like the one they both are at. Still they have sex and a confused Octavia finds her health improving with every tryst she has with Matthew. As she assumes she is a witch, though he does not believe in love for good reason, Matthew proposes. She accepts once she learns she is pregnant. However, others try to kill the pair and their unborn.

The latest Blood Deep heated historical romantic urban fantasy (see Blood Secret, Blood Deep, Blood Red and Blood Rose) is a fabulous paranormal thriller as the female protagonist uses a Devil and Miss Jones opening gambit to begin a heated tryst with both needing love to live. Fast-paced, fans will enjoy the romance between one of the Six and a fledgling vampire while paranormal villains assault them. Harriet Klausner

Friday, November 1, 2013

Enders Game

Saw ENDER'S GAME at the early show and was very pleasantly pleased. The crowd was mostly older folks who were familiar with the 1985 novel that it was based on. All the cast members performed their roles well and hope it does well enough to support a sequel, even though it will be 2016 or 2015 if we are lucky. The film is in 2D (thank you) but aspects of it have a distinct 3D feel. The major hope I have is that the film doesn't go the way of John Carter (Of Mars). By that I mean that a terrific film gets snubbed and will go down as a classic/cult hit.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dead Folks by Tim Byrd


DEAD FOLKS, Tim Byrd, Kindle, $1.99, www.amazon.com, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

Here is a different look at the people who return from the dead and cause problems for the living. Leave it to Tim Byrd to come up with a unique idea in this story, originally written for Pulphouse in 1985, but never published.

Johnny and his sister find Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the lake, Abraham Lincoln is found in the trunk of car, and other folks are found around town. Somehow they have been removed from their graves and are appearing all over town.

Johnny and the Preacher end up seeking the aid of the late Widow Bradley, who was considered a witch.

Tim Byrd has written an unusual tale that would fit being read at a Halloween campfire or to the children on Halloween around the Jack-O-Lantern at him.

I can feel Tim’s disappointment in the folding of Pulphouse, I was one of the staff reviewers for them at that time.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Secret Zombie History of the World is coming



The Secret Zombie History of the World
by Paul Finch, Matthew Sprange & Toby Venables

Coming to life on 10th Dec in paperback (US & Can)
and ebook (worldwide)

$12.99/$14.99 ISBN 978-1-78108-160-0

Northern Europe, 976 AD: a Viking crew find themselves in a bleak land of pestilence, where the dead return as draugr to feed on the flesh of their kin and a dark castle in a hidden fjord hides a terrible secret.

Britain, 1295 AD: A young English knight joins a force sent to capture a castle from Welsh rebels, but druids summon an army of the undead, bent on revenge. Will the stronghold – once thought impregnable – hold out?

The Cape of Good Hope, the 1820s: Captain Havelock discovers his ship and the French frigate he has been ordered to hunt down are not alone as an enemy thought long since vanquished rises from the deeps...

This is The Secret Zombie History of the World – an omnibus of historical zombie stories, released in this new format for the North American market, that reveals the outbreaks that have plagued mankind for hundreds of years. From Viking ‘draugr’ to the medieval undead and Napoleonic corpses, this trio of tales from the popular Tomes of the Dead series will keep you awake at night wondering just how close humanity has come to joining the hordes of the infected!

Toby Venables, Matthew Sprange, and Paul Finch each weave historical fact into thrilling tales of rotting revenants and cutthroat cadavers!

About the Series

Rotten bone and raddled flesh, shuffling perils and moaning menaces – Tomes of the Dead re-imagines the zombie genre not as an endless retread of the same tired themes, but as a prism crack’d, exploring the gut-churning, flesh-biting world of the shambling dead from new, different and unexpected directions!


About the Authors


Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full time writer. He first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, THE BILL, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in horrors and thrillers. He has won two British Fantasy Awards and the International Horror Guild Award, and has written Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish as well as scripts for several movie adaptations of his own stories and novellas. Paul lives in Wigan, Lancashire, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.

Matthew Sprange has a solid history in roleplaying design as well as writing over two dozen gaming books, including the Babylon 5, Judge Dredd and Starship Troopers games, and has won two Origins Awards for his work in miniature wargames. Death Hulk is his second novel, with his first being a trip into the Babylon 5 universe, entitled Visions of Peace.

Toby Venables is a novelist, screenwriter and lecturer in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He has since worked as a journalist and magazine editor – launching magazines in Cambridge, Peterborough, Oxford and Bristol – and once orchestrated an elaborate Halloween hoax for which he built and photographed a werewolf. He still works as a freelance copywriter, has been the recipient of a radio advertising award, and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Clearing available today from Exhibit A/Angry Robot

The Clearing by Dan Newman

In 1976, four boys walked into a jungle. Only three came back alive.

Haunted by terrifying childhood memories he doesn’t fully understand, journalist Nate Mason returns to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where he grew up.

Back then, as the son of a diplomat, he was part of an elite social circle. But during a weekend of whispered secrets and dares in a decaying jungle mansion staffed by the descendants of slaves, Nate’s innocence was torn apart.

The survivors of that gathering blamed what happened on a myth, an unseen terror from the bush. No one believed them. But now. almost forty years later, is the truth finally about to come out?

Within hours of arriving back on the island, Nate becomes convinced he’s being followed. He soon discovers that his search for answers could cost him his sanity as well as his life, as he realises that some childhood nightmares never go away.

Can childhood nightmares haunt you for the rest of your life? How much do you need to believe in a monster for it to become real? The Clearing is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, full of intrigue, terror and superstition, which examines our deepest fears of the unknown. A potent mix of the friendship and bravery of Stand By Me and the betrayals and fear of Angel Heart.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Cancels Tour

FLEETWOOD MAC CANCELS AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR

Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.

"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best.”

This is not the kind of news I wanted to hear!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Titles from William Morrow, HarperCollins and Avon

Halloween is almost upon us, and I’d love to share some spooky reads from William Morrow, Harper Voyager, and Avon with you, From a tale of terror in the Mexican desert from #1 New York Times bestseller Adam Mansbach, to a tour-de-force of heart-stopping horror from Joe Hill to a combination of literary history and the story of the real life occultists and mad scientist that inspired Mary Shelley, and many more.

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Joe Hill’s (Heart-Shaped Box and Horns) latest novel, NOS4A2 (William Morrow; Trade Paperback On Sale October 15, 2013) is his magnum opus, a tour-de-force of heart-stopping horror and nightmarish terror that is also powerful, wrenching, and redemptive. Definitely his best, most terrifying, and most sophisticated novel to date. Victoria McQueen is a very special girl with a “gift” for traveling anywhere to retrieve lost objects of importance to people. Charlie Manx is a very evil man who kidnaps children is his Rolls-Royce with the vanity license plate NOS4A2 and takes them to a place he calls “Christmasland,” where every day is Christmas morning, and you never grow up and you never die. But you are turned into something absolutely terrifying. Young Victoria is the only child to ever escape Charlie’s unmitigated evil. Now Vic McQueen is all grown up and trying to put the past behind her. But Manx is back on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s young son Wayne.


HELP FOR THE HAUNTED
by John Searles (On Sale: September 17, 2013; William Morrow)

"Everyone has a ghost story, or at least that’s how it has always seemed to me,” says author John Searles, who recently wrote about visiting an unlikely tourist attraction -- the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, for The New York Times. (http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/travel/getting-into-the-spirit.html?_r=0). Searles’ latest novel, HELP FOR THE HAUNTED, is the perfect Halloween treat. One of the best reviewed novels of the season (“Dazzling” says Gillian Flynn, of Gone Girl fame), it’s a ghost story in the classic sense, but also a compelling coming-of-age tale that has captured the hearts of readers and critics alike. In it, narrator Sylvie Mason tries to uncover the secrets behind her ghost-chasing parents’ deaths one cold winter night, and finds truths and mysteries that run much deeper than she ever imagined. (John Searles on NBC’s Weekend Today: http://www.today.com/video/today/53320846#53320846).


THE DEAD RUN by Adam Mansbach (On sale: September 24, 2013; Harper Voyager)

A supernatural thriller set in the US/Mexican borderland by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of GO THE F*** TO SLEEP. On both sides of the border, girls are going missing. Then, later, other bodies surface, and a small-town police chief faces an investigation worse than any he’s ever seen before. Kidnapped teen Sherry Nicholls manages to escape from a maniacal cult, but freeing herself was the easiest part.. Meanwhile, in a Mexican jail, unjustly-imprisoned estranged father Galvan accepts a devil’s bargain--transport a sinister package for the prison’s infamous Old Man across the border in 24 hours. If he can do so, he’ll be free and able to regain custody of his daughter. But there are more than coyotes in the desert, and as ancient evils resurface, everyone must face their deepest terrors.


DEAD SET by Richard Kadrey (On sale: October 29, 2013; Harper Voyager)

After her father’s funeral Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight and a new school always brings trials. Zoe’s only escape, as has been the case all her days, is in her dreams. A world apart from her troubled real life and the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion: her lost brother Valentine.

But something or someone has entered their dream world uninvited. And a chance encounter at a used record store where the vinyl holds not music, but lost souls, has opened up a world of the lives of the restless dead. It’s here that the strange proprietor offers her chances to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair, a tooth, then ....


THE LADY AND HER MONSTERS: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece
(On Sale: October 22, 2013; William Morrow Paperback)

Montillo holds her MFA from Emerson College where she teaches courses on literature and in THE LADY AND HER MONSTERS, she traces Mary Shelley's life story and the writing of Frankenstein and uses the novel to explore the dark world of early nineteenth-century science. The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, renowned feminist and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and William Godwin, a political philosopher, Shelley spent much of her youth eavesdropping on private lectures hosted by her father in their family home, given by vibrant and rotating cast of scientists, poets, and philosophers. She grew up surrounded by a lively discourse and debate regarding the advancements of the scientific revolution and witnessed its effect over other cultural mediums of the times—like the arts. By the nineteenth century, the topic of reanimation was considered quite fashionable and many artistic disciplines overlapped. Shelley, as well as many of her colleagues, including her husband Percy Shelley, found themselves captivated by these scientific efforts and often infused their writing with this new found knowledge thus enabling the early concept of Frankenstein to take form. From maniacal body snatchers, to gruesome public dissections, and the details of Shelley and Percy Shelley’s relationship, Montillo carefully chronicles the unbelievable events during this period—all leading to the masterful creation of Frankenstein.

THE LADY AND HER MONSTERS
is a shocking ride through the grotesque Industrial Age and into the Romantic Movement. Entertaining, provocative and rich with detail, this is a look at a literary classic that is not to be missed.


EVER AFTER
by Kim Harrison (On sale: October 29. 2013; Harper Voyager, mass market)
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic in our own. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix this, before life utterly changes for the worse.

Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. And that the most powerful demon in the ever after--one who eats souls--has vowed to destroy Rachel, and kidnapped her friend and goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn’t give herself up, they will die.

Rachel must team up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack--a prospect both thrilling and dismaying--to return to the ever after and rescue the hostages, then keep both worlds from being destroyed.


New York Times bestselling author Ian Douglas returns with ABYSS DEEP (Harper Voyager, on-sale 10/29), book two of the Star Corpsman series, a new military SF series about the elite units of recon Marines and S/R Corpsmen who infiltrate alien worlds ahead of major military strikes and planetary invasion to gather intelligence on both the local environment and on the psychology and biology of the enemy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Book From John Gilmore, “On the Run With Bonnie and Clyde

New Book From John Gilmore, “On the Run With Bonnie and Clyde,” Separates Historical Fact From Pop Culture Myth

Release coincides with big-budget event TV miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” airing simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime and History Channel

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2013 – Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s crime spree and grisly deaths have become the stuff of legend. And like all legends, much of the reality of the events has been glossed over with the passage of time. Author John Gilmore’s mission, to tell the real story of Bonnie and Clyde, has unseated the popular misconceptions that have held the public’s imagination. Gilmore places the reader squarely inside a succession of stolen cars on a dusty, two-year, devil-take-the-high-road spree of robberies, shoot-outs and murder—all the way to its infamous end in a torrent of bullets and blood. Gilmore delivers a captivating and factual tale of betrayal, demonization and bloodthirsty revenge. He exposes the demise of Bonnie and Clyde as an outright assassination—no due process, just a secretly mandated murder of Barrow and anyone unlucky enough to be with him.

Gilmore dispels the notion that Bonnie was an equal partner in crime. Instead, she was there to support the man she loved, and paid the ultimate price for that devotion. As verified by FBI and the State of Texas, Bonnie’s only crime was being an accessory to transporting a stolen car across state lines.

John Gilmore’s lifelong fascination with the Bonnie & Clyde case was spurred as a teenager when he had the unusual opportunity to see a coroner’s naked photo of Bonnie Parker. Gilmore’s father, an LAPD officer, was partnered with then-policeman Gene Roddenberry (later to become the renowned creator of “Star Trek”), who showed the younger Gilmore the seldom-seen and gruesome portrait. This disturbing recollection has now culminated in the publication of “On the Run with Bonnie and Clyde.”

“This book is a masterpiece of care, lyricism, joy and sadness in the midst of grief. Gilmore made me want to meet these people, to experience their personas, the auras that people put out. I was swept away . . . I couldn’t put it down,” enthuses Lois Banner, author and professor of History and Gender studies at the University of Southern California, about “On the Run with Bonnie and Clyde.”

In December, the small screen will be host to the newest interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde’s Depression-era saga. In an unprecedented three-network simulcast, A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel will air the event miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” on December 8 and 9. Pop culture enthusiasts and historians alike will be interested in contrasting Gilmore’s narrative with that of the miniseries.


Last Flame — Last Love; Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow on the run



Black Bayou, Louisiana, south of Shreveport.

About the Author

With more than a dozen titles to his credit, John Gilmore (http://www.johngilmore.com) is the most successful author currently working with Amok Books (http://www.amokbooks.com). Previous titles include “Inside Marilyn Monroe,” “Laid Bare,” “Hollywood Boulevard” and “Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia.” Firmly rooted in the noir tradition, Gilmore’s themes include the dark current that flows beneath the modern fascination with celebrity. Author, playwright and journalist Gary Indiana says, “John Gilmore is one of America’s natural-born gifts to literature. His books aren’t just inspiring and wicked by-products of genius: they’re miracles.”

Reprinted from THEORIGINALVANGOGH'SEARANTHOLOGHY.COM with permission. Copyright 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Damned Book of Interviews by Tina Hall

The Damned Book of Interviews, By Tina Hall, First Digital Edition published by Crossroad Press, $3.99, 676 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

In this jam packed book, Tina has gathered all of her interviews from various sites on the internet so that they will be available for anyone who has missed them. Tina maintains TheOriginalVanGogh’sEarAnthology.com and many have appeared there along with many, many other interesting articles, poetry and fiction. I am honored to have appeared there with the other outstanding folks who have appeared there.

Among the writers who have been interviewed are: John Gilmore, Ian Ayres, Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, Terry Brooks, Graham Joyce, Graham Masterton, William Hjortsberg, James P.Blaylock, Tim Powers, Lewis Shiner, Jane Yolen, Rick Hautala, Chet Willamson, Tim Lebbon, Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Kathe Koja, Kealan Patrick Burke, and many others. Each interview is interesting and in some cases are the last interviews done before their passing.

Some of the artists interviewed include: Jim Davis, Joe Kubert, Adam Kubert, Dan Brereton, Bob Eggleton, Glenn Chadbourne, Langdon Foss, Vincent Chong, Shannon Wheeler and others who may not be familiar to you, but make for interesting reading.

Actors & Producers interviewed help tell the stories from behind the camera that you will not find in other places. They are Courtney Gains, Helene Udy, Reggie Bannister, Andy Milder, Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Kanan, Damian Maffei, and Rick Traum.

This is an extremely interesting volume and I’m sure there are names that are known to you as well as some you will see for the first time. I am sure that you will enjoy meeting all of those interviewed in this volume.

Thanks, Tina for all of your hard work in obtaining the interviews and the insight you have given us, the readers, into this varied assortment of people. Tina is currently working on Volume 8 of The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Shadowplay Coming in 2014 from Strange Chemistry

Shadowplay by Laura Lam



For all fans of Robin Hobb and Tamora Pierce, this extraordinary crossover fantasy features a truly unique central character.

The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes. He and the White Clown, Drystan, have taken refuge in the decaying Kymri Theatre, home to the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. Though no longer a circus performer, Micah must still conduct a balancing act between his past and his future, while both avoiding the renewed and embittered rivalry of the magicians of Ellada, and the Policiers who are convinced Micah played a part in the death of his old Ringmaster.

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Almost Girl Coming in 2014 from Strange Chemistry



The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard



For readers of Beth Revis and Patrick Ness this is an SF novel that can’t be missed.

17 year-old Riven comes from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, a parallel world to Earth. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory. Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier and in a race against time to bring Caden home, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Emilie and the Sky World Coming in 2014 from Strange Chemistry



Emilie and the Sky World by Martha Wells



A Girl’s Own Adventure in the spirit of Jules Verne

When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.