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Weird Tales (Tellers of Weird Tales): So it looks like Weird Tales is back to its old habits of not providing good service to its readers and customers. This has been going on for years. A couple of people have left comments on this blog telling about their own lack of experience in receiving what […]

H. Russell Wakefield (1888-1964) is considered one of the top tier of English ghost story writers. The Clock Strikes Twelve was his sixth story collection. The Arkham House edition from 1946 is an expanded edition of the 1940 U.K. version. Contents: Why I Write Ghost Stories Into Outer Darkness The Alley Jay Walkers Ingredient X […]

Every week, the Castalia House Blog spotlights some of the many new releases in independent, pulp, and web novel-influenced science fiction and fantasy. The Anvil’s Mark (The Queen’s Blade #3) – D. K. Holmberg A deadly power upends everything a Blade knows. The Queen’s Blade saga continues. Zaren, steadily forging alliances in the bustling Busal […]

Fiction (Goodman Games): Born as Alice Mary Norton in 1912, Norton started writing while she was still in high school in Cleveland, Ohio. In fact, she completed her first novel while still attending high school, though it was not published until later in 1938. Wishing to pursue writing as a career, in 1934 she had […]

I had mentioned last year how Russell Kirk’s story in Dark Forces was one of my favorites from that volume. I have had a copy of the 1984 Arkham House collection Watchers at the Straight Gate lying around unread. I have been rotating around eleven single author story collections since the holidays reading anywhere from […]

Every week, the Castalia House Blog spotlights some of the many new releases in independent, pulp, and web novel-influenced science fiction and fantasy. Game of Immortals (Saga of the Swordbreaker #5) – Kit Sun Cheah  Immortal Glory is the most prestigious tournament in the rivers and lakes. Martial immortals from around the world gather in […]

Sword & Sorcery (Echoes of Crom Records): Join me and Mark Dexter ( Marco Concoreggi ), the vocalist for heavy metal band, Dexter Ward as we talk about H.P. Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Dracula, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars, Dracula, Conan vs. Kull, sword […]

I wrote about the adventures of Pierre Faidit of the Sword a couple weeks back. Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur had a sometimes companion of Faidit, Cercamon the troubadour. Cercamon had some solo adventures chronicled by Brodeur. Story Title Issue of Adventure Before Midnight Dec. 10, 1921 The Sword of the Prophet Jan. 10, 1922 With Song […]

Every week, the Castalia House Blog spotlights some of the many new releases in independent, pulp, and web novel-influenced science fiction and fantasy. The Casebook of Patrick Midnight – Arbogast The 1920s. The Jazz Age. The United States is beaming after its victory in World War I and its new standing as the chief economic […]

Hugos (Esquire): Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to resemble a star nebula, this is the 59,000-square-foot Chengdu Science Fiction Museum, constructed at lightspeed over the course of a single year to host the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, also known as WorldCon. For writers and readers of science fiction and fantasy, it’s like the National […]

The word went out this week that author Brian Lumley died on January 2, 2024. He had retired from writing. ISFDB has his fiction ending in 2012 with the exception of “A Dreamer’s Tale” in Trevor Kennedy’s Phantasmagoria Special Edition Series, May 2022. He made it to 86, which is a respectable age to reach. […]

Every week, the Castalia House Blog spotlights some of the many new releases in independent, pulp, and web novel-influenced science fiction and fantasy. Foiled Ambitions (Four Horsemen: The Phoenix Initiative #11) – John M. Olsen What do you do with technology that could ignite a second guild war? After being saddled with a money-pit spaceship […]

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