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Comic Books (DMR Books): Timothy Truman grew up in small-town West Virginia. spending his childhood reading comics and Conan paperbacks. One of his favorite comics writers was–and remains–Gardner F. Fox. Little did he know at the time, but someday Tim would illustrate the last sword-and-sorcery tale that Gar Fox ever wrote and relaunch Hawkman—a character […]

Abraham Merritt (1884-1943) occupied a position 75 years ago that J. R. R. Tolkien had 25 years ago. He was the science fantasy writer of the pulp magazine era. His novels all had hardback editions after the original magazine appearance. There was a magazine A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine that lasted for five issues 1949-50.  Avon […]

Steampunk knights, living dungeons, wizardry apprentices, and the Lord of the Jungle joins up with the Warlord of Mars in this week’s fantasy new releases. Black Frost (Dragon Wars #2) – Craig Halloran They must stay or go… But danger will soon follow. Surrounded by intense dragon wars brewing in the skies the newly full-fledged members of […]

For the King or for Richelieu?–that question had to be answered at one time or another by every young 17th Century Frenchman. But ill-advised political poetry might force that question, as Comte Guy d’Entreville soon discovers. For Cardinal Richelieu himself signed the papers sending Guy’s love, Catherine, to a convent for smuggling subversive papers. Allegedly. […]

Cinema ( The new DC Universe film ‘Birds of Prey’ is populated by despicable men, and feminist women who want to be just like them. The outcome: financial losses and moral bankruptcy. ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ opened on Friday and stars two-time Academy Award nominated actress Margot Robbie […]

H. Bedford-Jones (1887-1949) is one of the contenders for highest producer of fiction for the pulp magazines. Jones wrote 231 novels. He wrote 1141 shorter works broken down into 21 novellas, 372 novelettes, and 748 shorter stories. A guestimate is he produced a minimum of 25 million words. Bedford-Jones wrote westerns, adventure, historicals, detective/mystery. A […]

Robert Bloch is best known for “Psycho”, of which a movie and a thousand imitations and memes were made. But he was also a staple of science fiction, weird fiction, and crime pulps. I’ve read one of his crime pulps before, a smug little “you didn’t really think it was vampires” whodunnit for a more […]

Planetary avatars, post-apocalyptic vault dwellers, interstellar privateers, and alien hijackers feature in this week’s collection of science fiction’s newest releases. After the Sky (Spirits of the Earth #1) – Milo James Fowler The meek have not inherited the earth. The world isn’t how they left it. When the bunker airlocks release them after twenty years […]

Like “Death Note” before it I didn’t really intend to do a series of posts on “My Hero Academia”, which is indeed a series I talk about quite a lot. But, like then, I have more to say about the subject, and hopefully you will find it interesting as well. I am going to be […]

Publishing (Forbes): Today, the number of science fiction and fantasy magazine titles is higher than at any other point in history. That’s more than 25 pro-level magazines, according to a count from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, amid a larger pool of “70 magazines, 14 audio sites, and nine critical magazines,” according […]

Weird Tales magazine was not just H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith during the Golden Age of the 1930s. It had a very solid second string of writers – Henry S. Whitehead, Donald Wandrei, E. Hoffmann Price, H. Warner Munn, and Carl Jacobi (1908-1997). I like Carl Jacobi, a lot. Enough […]

Superheroes, airship captains, dungeon cores, and misfit dragons abound in this week’s collection of fantasy’s newest releases. Chuck Dixon’s Avalon #5: Forced Entry – Chuck Dixon and Renato Rei 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 […]

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