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It’s extraordinarily difficult to write an effective work of horror or suspense, especially one that will be appreciated for generations to come.  Most of the audience has seen dozens of slasher films featuring killings and dismemberment in gruesome detail.  One can hardly shock them with that.  Moreover, write a work with fantastical elements and a […]

In the 1940s, Edmond Hamilton earned the title of “World Wrecker” for his galaxy-smashing space operas. Now, seventy years later, John C. Wright sets out to inherit Hamilton’s coveted mantle with the masterpiece of pulp madness, SUPERLUMINARY: The Lords of Creation. And to whet the appetite for this ambitious spectacle of science, fantasy, and adventure, Castalia House offers […]

One assassination may be an accident. Two assassinations is enemy action. Aeneas Tell of the House of Tell is one of the youngest Lords of Creation. His family rules the Nine Worlds through its control of the ultra-advanced technology that has permitted the colonization of the entire solar System. More gods than men, the Lords […]

When an unknown man is shot, then stabbed to death on the road between Morijuku and the village of Iwagi, it is natural to assume that he fell victim to bandits preying on travelers passing through the Kiso Mountains. But when Daikawa Tadashi, a samurai from a poor, but ancient noble house, encounters the body, […]

The U.S. mission to the Moon was top secret, and yet somehow, the enemy not only found out about it, but managed to assassinate the mission’s commander. Now Adam Crag has the responsibility for commanding the first manned mission to the Moon… but when Aztec gets there, will they be alone? FIRST ON THE MOON by […]

The terror is daimonic. The sorcery is real. But enough bullets will kill even the most dangerous supernatural operator. HAMMER OF THE WITCHES is the second volume of The Covenant Chronicles, the supernatural Mil-SF series by Kai Wai Cheah, Hugo-nominated author of Flashpoint: Titan. Hesperians loved to see themselves as the good guys fighting for the […]

I first came across the Ruritanian romance, a genre featuring adventure in a small, fictional, usually European kingdom, in Nabokov’s Pale Fire.  While that version was decidedly un-heroic, as Nabokov’s tragicomic works tend to be, it still impressed me as a promising setting for a story.  Later, in Philip Jose Farmer’s Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of […]

“For some purpose or other, this man of science is making a study of you. I know that look of his! It is the same that coldly illuminates his face, as he bends over a bird, a mouse, or a butterfly, which, in pursuance of some experiment, he has killed by the perfume of a […]

The terror is daimonic. The sorcery is real. But enough bullets will kill even the most dangerous supernatural operator. The Hexenhammer underground has aided the operators of the Nemesis Program in their war against the global supernatural terror campaign, but now Hexenhammer is accused of being the terrorist group responsible for carrying out a spectacular […]

Typing “Urban Fantasy” into Google results in 7.7 million results, dozens of Wiki articles, and a slew of book recommendations, many with covers that call to mind late 90’s schlock like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. (I can hear the furious typing already…)  Now, I don’t pretend to have read every popular work classified as “urban fantasy”, especially […]

‘There are girls here now, in this building, so much lovelier than I that I am humbled to think of them. No mortal man has ever seen them, except the Alendar, and he— is not wholly mortal. No mortal man will ever see them. They are not for sale. Eventually they will disappear.  ‘But the […]

2017. It was the year where the wild west of indie science fiction, building on the momentum of previous years, surpassed the traditional publishers. It was the year when Marvel Comics collapsed, shuttering comics shops in its fall. It was the year when Disney divided Star Wars enthusiasts. When passion project games scored big and […]