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I have written in the past for my fondness for the fiction of Joseph Payne Brennan. He has been out of print for a very long time. Now, Dover Books has put out two trade paperback reprints of his two paperback horror collections. Nine Horrors and a Dream was originally an Arkham House hardback and […]

“In this life, victory does not always go to the righteous. It rains on the wicked and on the good. In fact, evil is strong, for many hands work against Elohim. The rebellion begun in the Celestial Realm is now carried out on Earth.”— Giants, by Vaughn Heppner A pre-Flood slave escapes his brutish Nephilim […]

Pre-Flood Giants, superhero brawlers, and Monster Hunters fight it out in this week’s fantasy and adventure new releases. Cain (Lost Civilizations #8) – Vaughn Heppner Fallen angels came to earth seeking the most beautiful women, having children by them, the Nephilim. The fallen angels left, but their demonic offspring remained, thirsting to conquer the Pre-Cataclysmic World […]

[Part 1] Flowers were invented towards the end of the dinosaur’s reign, then grass, that uncanny, flowering plant.   The Autumn of Life   Around the time the dinosaurs left us, or maybe sometime after, the Earth began to get colder. There was a brief Indian Summer of an Eocene High, followed by the Azolla […]

Milo Yiannopoulos is not straight, but that’s never stopped him from handing out excellent advice. And let’s face it, heterosexuals need it. Milo has spent his entire life advocating for the most brutally repressed minority on the planet—straight people. In this book, the Grand Marshal of the Boston Straight Pride Parade explains what straight people […]

Conventions (PulpFest): PulpFest has become a top venue for writers and publishers to roll out their newest titles. Following are some of the books that will be premiering at our 2019 convention . . . Age of Aces Books is a publisher of pulp fiction treasures with a keen eye for design. At this year’s PulpFest, Chris and […]

The period from the early 1960s to around 1980 was the golden age for mass market paperback illustration. I covered the fantasy side of things last year with the “Sword and Sorcery Artist” entries. An entertaining historical series are the “Flashman Papers” by George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008).  Fraser served in the British Army from 1943-1947 […]

Deep space scavengers, beleaguered couriers, and Die Hard in Space tower in this week’s science fiction new releases.  Beyond the Edge (The Backworlds #4) – M. Pax Some truths are better left unfound. For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship might be a message and may […]

[Part 1]   In this longest global battle… an accumulating cost, a debit on account, to be paid for dearly come the future.   The Summer of Life   The Cambrian Explosion took place in two epic stages. After a chilly pre-Cambrian prelude, all kinds of new animals came into being to spread over the floor […]

For those unfamiliar with the terms and conventions of xianxia chi cultivation fantasy, this copy of the Immortal Mountain’s guide to the terminology might help. Fresh on the heels of his acceptance into the inner circle of the Verdant Green Waters chi cultivation sect, Long Wu Ying returns in Tao Wong’s A Thousand Li: The First Stop. Wu Ying quickly […]

Culture Wars (Brain Leakage): Unsurprisingly, the debate concerning gender roles in Sword and Sorcery rages on…Morgan Holmes’ latest article on the subject offers a compelling look at the raw numbers, in addition to some more anecdotes and observations about the shifts that occurred in the publishing industry. If you’ve been following the argument with any interest, […]

Two weeks from now is PulpFest. PulpFest is a convention geared around pulp magazines. Pulp magazines were a form of magazine printed on cheap paper made from wood pulp, which is how the magazines got their name. The magazines lasted from the 1890s to the 1950s though one title (Ranch Romances) lasted into the early […]