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I wrote that William R. Forstchen’s One Second After was the scariest book I ever read. Dies Irae: Day of Wrath, a novella from 2014 by Forstchen is right up there. In the introduction, Forstchen writes: “I did not want to write this [book], but, as I expressed to friends, I feared that if I […]

Love at first sight turns into a love that transcends the cosmos in Julian Hawthorne’s lost pulp romance, The Cosmic Courtship. 1917’s Argosy saw the introduction of Jack Paladin, nephew of a famous explorer, and his attempt to win the hand of the brilliant Miriam Mayne. But when Miriam goes missing, Jack sets out to […]

Space opera dominates this week, with the return of Galaxy’s Edge and The Ember War, and more Four Horsemen. Asylum – Lindsay Buroker A young woman with cybernetic upgrades, Mari Moonrazor has decided to flee the restrictive machine-worshipping cult she was raised in. She longs to know what it’s like to live among normal humans […]

Firearms (Field & Stream): So revered was the 1911 that it remained the issue sidearm of America’s armed forces for 74 years. In fact, even today, elite American combat operatives rely on 1911s. Designed by firearms genius John Browning, the Colt 1911 was chambered for the .45 ACP—a cartridge that’s now as esteemed as the […]

Cosmic horror is one of the forms of horror fiction. It is also often cliched and hackneyed. The Brain Leakage blog alerted me back in January to Matthew Pungitore’s The Report of Mr. Charles Aalmers and Other Stories. I am usually up for good cosmic horror and ordered this book when available upon publication. The […]

https://media.arkhaven.com/videos/good-stories-belong-to-the-world.mp4     On April 28th, Arktoons, the newest venture from Castalia House and Arkhaven Comics, opened to the public.  A webcomics site in the style of the popular Webtoons, Arktoons currently hosts 32 original comics from Arkhaven Comics, Dark Legion Comics, Rislandia, and Superprumo. Much like Webtoons, Arktoons will also allow independent creators to […]

Alien energy mines, discarded museum ships, and vengeful sellswords lie in waiting in this week’s new releases. Band of Broken Gods (Saga of the Broken Gods #1) – Ryan Kirk His sword for his friends. His life for his family. After a lifetime of battle and exploration, Hakon’s sword now lies hidden beneath the floor […]