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Another excellent conversation, this time with Jay Barnson. You can find Jay’s stories The Priests of Shalaz, in Cirsova #4 and The Queen of Shadows in #5, plus his other published work on his Amazon page.  Jay created RPG called Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon( FrayedKnights.com) and Void War. Other games can be found […]

At first glance, it seems strange that Arthur Henry Ward, writing under the pseudonym Sax Rohmer, doesn’t garner more attention on this blog.  After all, he wrote the enormously entertaining, successful, and influential The Insidious Dr.Fu-Manchu. But upon further reflection, it makes sense.  The book in question is not fantasy or science fiction.  And as we […]

The RPG Tequendria by Scott Malthouse and published through The Trollish Delver Games was released recently on DriveThruRPG as a pay-what-you-want pdf and let me tell you, I immediately wanted to snap it up. Why? Well, the price was right but, that’s not the main reason. The main reason is that it is the only […]

Science fiction writer Robert Sheckley was born in New York City in 1928 and died there in 2005.  He lived most of the intervening years in the United States.  And yet, he was never more than a moderate success in his native land.   His short stories attained some popularity, with a few being adapted into […]

Not too long ago, HP of Throwback Thursday fame and I decided to both read the same book and write up our reactions. This wouldn’t be the first time for us, though this time we agreed on a book mutually and well ahead of time. Because he is a gentleman, he also offered to let […]

I’m enjoying the great stories I read for this series of interviews and always come away from the Cirsova author conversations with appreciation for their work and backgrounds. I’m always learning something new and this week’s post with Donald Jacob Uitvlugt is no exception. As always, we go far and wide.  Uitvlugt’s knowledge of many things […]

“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” – C.S. […]

An outstanding  conversation with Shawn Mansouri continues the Cirsova author series.  Shawn’s stories appear in Cirsovas #2 (The Water Walks Tonight), #4 (The Phantom Sands of Calavass) and his latest is now out in #5 (Beyond the Great Divide).  I’d categorize Shawn as a versatile writer who easily moves between horror, fantasy and SciFi. When I asked him about […]

In Jeffro’s last Sensor Sweep he made note of the Alexandru Costantin’s recent blog post, which puts forth a rather bold claim – that Robert E. Howard did Lovecraftian horror better than H.P. himself. For those who may be unaware, Howard was one of the major contributors to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. In other words, he wrote stories […]

Schuyler Hernstrom is someone you’ll want to keep your eyes on.  New to the scene, he’s already contributed outstanding stories to Cirsova and published Thune’s Vision, a collection of fantasy tales recommended by CH Blog regulars and recently, along with previous conversation subject Misha Burnett, been listed in house as one of the best short SF/F […]

The first number produced by the extrapolated algorithm was off by one-ten billionth. There were nine zeros behind the decimal point. It was a tiny error, all but impossible to detect unless one was looking specifically for it. The second number was off by twice that. Two in ten billion. Or, rather, one in five […]

When you hear “the Dying Earth,” of whom do you think? There’s a good chance that Jack Vance springs to mind. Though Vance’s contribution to the titular subgenre is indeed major, he was by no means the first to write of old and ravaged worlds sinking into decay and death. While some “dying earth” writers’ works lack […]