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January – 2020 –

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The hunter has become the hunted. As the mysterious vigilante continues to stalk her prey, the crack international superhero team is on her trail and is determined to bring her down before she can accomplish her deadly mission. But is there another way to find her? What is the connection between the vigilante and the […]

The Overhaul arc of the “My Hero Academia” anime has caused a truly massive split in the MHA fanbase. The manga readers couldn’t help but be disappointed – because there was SO MUCH potential, and to be harsh, potential that was wasted. Not that it was bad! Far from it. I’d call it an arc […]

Horror (Cemetery Dance): Up until the publication of The Monk in March of 1796, the Gothics mostly followed Walpole’s formula. The books usually featured a mystery or threat to the main character, an evil villain threatening the virtue of a virginal female, supernatural elements such as a ghost or an ancestral curse, and secret passages […]

Theodore Roscoe (1906-1992) was a pulp fictioneer from the late 1920s through the early 1940s. He made the jump from the pulp magazines to writing non-fiction books about the U.S. Navy. He was not as high production as E. Hoffmann Price or Hugh B. Cave. By the standards of 1930s pulp magazines, he could be […]

Rookie asteroid cops, alien slavers, space mages, and a court of space princesses fill this week’s newest science fiction releases. Attack Plan Alpha (Blood on the Stars #16) – Jay Allan A battle is coming, the greatest the Rim has seen in ten thousand years, a fight for freedom, for the future, for the very […]

We have selected an illustrator for the six-issue A THRONE OF BONES comic special. It will be released in electronic and omnibus editions – no single print issues – and will cover the battle between Legio XVII of House Valerius and the Vakhuyu and Chalonu goblin tribes. The Legend Chuck Dixon is adapting the script […]

Tolkien (Notion Club Papers): Christopher Tolkien died a couple of days ago, which marks the end of an era – the last person who participated in the core Inklings meetings; the writing and discussion group that met in the evenings to read works in progress and have discussions stimulated. CT was probably the person I […]

Hugh B. Cave (1910-2004) was another of the high production pulp fictioneers. He had something like 800 stories in the pulp and slick magazines. Much of his pulp output was for crime/detective, horror, weird menace, adventure, and spicy.  He had a few western stories and two stories in the Clayton era Astounding Stories of Super […]

Counterfeit sorcerers, lost in time explorers, clockwork dancers, and straight from the headlines conspiracies fill this week’s collection of fantasy and adventure new releases. Alt★Hero:Q #2: Not Dead Enough – Chuck Dixon, Vox Day, and Helix Haze After federal agent Roland Dane survives the successful assassination of the U.S. Secretary of State in Peru, he […]

One of the common complaints levelled at the modern world of traditional publishing revolves around the narrowly constrained style that predominates.  A limited-omniscient third person point of view, and one that shifts focus from chapter to chapter, or even from paragraph to paragraph, has come to define modern story-telling, with deviations from that expectation conveniently […]

I want to explain why my posts have become almost exclusively anime focused lately. The answer is quite simple, really: Anime is my pulp revolution. The whole idea behind the pulp revolution and the “Regress harder” mantra is that modern entertainment has lost a lot of what makes media…well, enjoyable. Pulp appealed to everyone, because […]

Gaming (Goodman Games): To the casual RPG fan, D&D is steeped in Tolkien lore. The original game (1974) contained direct references to ents, balrogs, orcs, and of course hobbits. Due to the popularity of the game, this eventually resulted in a cease-and-desist letter to TSR. Later editions featured hobbits renamed as halflings (a more generic […]