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The Ghost Who Walks returns in Hermes Press’s reprinting of the Phantom’s classic novels. In the second, The Slave Markets of Mucar, the Phantom leaves his jungle stronghold for the deserts of Arabia. Prisoners have been escaping from a legendary impenetrable fortress. So when one of the Phantom’s Jungle Patrol agents investigating the prison goes missing, […]

So this is something that’s been a long time in coming. The folks who would become Arkhaven Comics started working on this back about a year ago. We didn’t do the Freestartr campaign until October, but they were preparing for it before then. And so it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to announce that not only […]

All war is murder for profit. Some people are just more open about it. WARDOGS INCORPORATED is one of the largest and most professional mercenary corporations operating in the Kantillon subsector. If you need a bodyguard, an assassination team, or an armored cavalry regiment complete with air support, WARDOGS Inc. can provide it for you… […]

I have a few articles on the backburner (the ones getting the most attention from me now are articles on how “My Hero Academia” creates a consistent set of rules for its fantasy world and one on why I believe there were valid reasons for “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” to streamline its opening episodes beyond simply […]

On this Memorial Day, when we stop to pay our respects to the fallen, I think it’s apt to remember the veterans of a wholly different war, a war in which the fallen got back up and began wandering around, looking for people to eat. I present to you: THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! Z Nation is […]

Books (Shadowridge Press): Available again for the first time in 45 years, Shadowridge Press is proud to present Manly Wade Wellman’s WORSE THINGS WAITING, one of the cornerstone short story collections in the fantasy and horror genres. Originally published by the legendary imprint Carcosa, Worse Things Waiting gathers 28 stories and two poems, selected from […]

A. Merritt (1884-1943) occupied the position that J. R. R. Tolkien now has. From around 1925 through 1955-60, if you asked who was the most popular fantasy writer, A. Merritt would probably be the response. Dwellers in the Mirage was originally serialized in six parts in the pages of Argosy magazine January 23, 1932 to […]

This week’s roundup of the newest releases in science fiction features alien invasions, civil wars, space rogues, and, perhaps the most dangerous of all, an experience mercenary seeking to alleviate his boredom. Alliance Armada (The Alliance Trilogy #2) – Michael Wallace After fending off the Adjudicator attack, the Alliance learns that the enemy is preparing a […]

Chance Remarks, by J.J. Coupling, and The Great Floods, by L. Sprague de Camp, were the featured essays in the October 1949 issue of Astounding. They can be read here at Archive.org. I probably won’t normally cover the essays in Astounding, but there are a few things I wanted to spotlight. The first essay in […]

There is a secret passed down from one sitting President to his successor. Whenever the fight against crime or foreign meddling endangers the very Constitution itself, each new President is instructed to dial a secret number and ask for the services of a special man. Then hang up the phone and know that the threat […]

You have no idea how many ways to kill you are lurking in the little laboratory of mass destruction known as your neighbor’s garden. Gardening is just a hobby for most – but for some, it’s a matter of life and death.  Who keeps killing soil scientists and agriculture industry executives around the world? If […]

Have you heard the one about how readers don’t cross genres, and so authors should pick one and stick to it if they want a large readership?  Apparently, neither has Robert Kroese, because his Dream of the Iron Dragon breaks every rule in the modern playbook, and always to good effect. The time-travel subgenre of […]