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I have been slowly making my way through the issues of Tales of the Magician’s Skull. Most recently, issue number four. 8.5 x 11 inches in dimensions, 72 pages, $14.99, published in 2020. Cover by Doug Kovacs for this issue. John C. Hocking’s Benhus returns in “Guardian of the Broken Gem.” Benhus is on a […]

“The thing that rose to its feet was no longer Xerdes, Menuvian outlaw. “It was no longer a man at all. “What emerged was an instrument of inviolate vengeance.” – Razorfist, The Long Moonlight During a second-floor job in Menuvia’s richer districts, professional thief Xerdes overhears the name of a man he once watched die. […]

Raygun Romans, mecha mercenaries, and prolific pulpsters loom large in this week’s newest releases. Ascension – Sam Ferguson Gorliad is the first crowned prince to hatch in centuries. But can he rule? Destined to one day conquer a kingdom of his own, he begins his rigorous training and progresses wonderfully. That is, until a rival […]

Fiction (DMR Books): For today’s birthday tribute to Merritt, I thought that I’d focus on that classic novel, which was originally serialized in Argosy All-Story Weekly between November 8, 1924 and December 13, 1924, prior to being published in hardcover by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1926. Following that, it was reprinted many times, including […]

I enjoy non-fiction about fiction. A good essay about an author will get me to check them out. One that made me want to read the author was Jack Vance. It is a collection of essays from Taplinger’s Writers of the 21st Century. There were seven books in the series from 1977 to 1983: Arthur […]

Help Cirsova Magazine celebrate five years of thrilling adventure and daring suspense. The Anniversary issue will also feature a serialized Wild Stars novel, more Mongoose and Meerkat, more Rogues of Merth, a reprint of 1980s indie comic Badaxe, interior illustrations, and even an appearance from Touhou Project’s memetic magical cat Chen. Check out the Kickstarter […]

This week’s new releases are full of dragons, knights, hit men, and…walking mushrooms? The Caged Dragon (Cycle of Dragons #1) – Dan Michaelson and D. K. Holmberg A young man wanting to protect his family begins an epic journey. Life on the farm at the edge of the kingdom is anything but routine for Ashan. […]

Star Wars (Arkhaven Comics): The High Republic is one of Kathleen Kennedy’s pet projects.  Initially it was supposed to have Disney Plus shows and perhaps movies attached but now it has YA books and comic books.  It was rather interesting to watch it’s development because of all of the boasting they did about their creative […]

Because the Night is the second in James Ellroy’s Detective Lloyd Hopkins trilogy. The Mysterious Press hardback from December 1984, the Avon paperback from October 1986. Ellroy had read Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (1981) and “realized it was a far superior book.” Ellroy “wanted another shot at making Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins as great a character […]

This article was originally posted on 1 March, 2020. At over 3000 novellas and nearly 1500 novels and spin-offs, the Perry Rhodan series is the longest running science fiction serial. For fifty-nine years, these adventures have followed the eponymous American astronaut to the moon and beyond. With amazing adaptability, quick wit, and dry humor, Perry […]

War gods, dragons, giant robots, and far-future gunslingers fill this week’s new releases. Dragon Mage (Rivenworld #1) – M. L. Spencer Aram Raythe has the power to challenge the gods. He just doesn’t know it yet. Aram thinks he’s nothing but a misfit from a small fishing village in a dark corner of the world. […]

We are extremely pleased to announce the publishing alliance between Arkhaven Comics and Brazil’s SuperPrumo Comics. SuperPrumo is the publisher of great action comics such as The Awakener, The Grey Claw, and Hecatomb, among others, all of which are being translated into English and will be published by Arkhaven in 2021. Arkhaven’s comics, including Alt-Hero, Chuck Dixon’s […]