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The latest issue of Cirsova, Winter 2021 (Vol 2, No. 9) arrived recently and made up part of this week’s reading. Contents consist of three novelettes and seven stories. “For We are Many”: Zak travels across alternate universes eluding and destroying avatars of himself who are generally evil. He comes face to face with a […]

Karl Edward Wagner (1945-1994) is a figure that still casts a shadow. I discovered him in 1983 when Warner Books reprinted the five Kane paperbacks and also the horror collection In a Lonely Place. I have fond memories of reading Wagner, Michael Moorcock, and Fritz Leiber in the summer of 1983 while listening to the […]

The theme for the second issue of Men’s Adventures Quarterly is espionage. As I wrote looking at the first issue, Men’s Adventure Quarterly is top-tier in presentation. The 8.5 x 11 inch format allows for lavish reproductions of men’s adventure magazines including pictorial layouts. The men’s adventure magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s overlapped […]

DMR Books has had an ambitious publishing schedule. This summer has seen the release of Planetary Adventures, Prehistoric Adventures, and Viking Adventures. I picked up Prehistoric Adventures last weekend at the DMR Books table at Pulpfest. I have a fondness for prehistoric/caveman fiction. Who among you read Jim Kjelgaard’s The Fire Hunter as a lad? […]

DMR Books has a series of reprint anthologies of classic fantastic fiction. The first is Planetary Adventures. “Heroic tales of sword-swinging adventure can sometimes be found in unlikely places—such as the pages of Golden Age science fiction magazines! Rather than being set in the dim past or a fantastic dream-world, the stories in this collection […]

Almost six years ago, I wrote about Tanith Lee when she died, as a sword & sorcery writer. She was not at the blood and thunder end of the spectrum but at the other more fantastic end. Her stories were dark fairy tales. They were fables presented as modern fantasy. Tanith Lee could be more […]

One of life’s pleasures is a well put together anthology of genre fiction. The genre that gives me the most joy to read is sword & sorcery. Sword & sorcery has it all: adventure, supernatural, glamor within a larger than life backdrop. Great reading whether on a cold winter night or sunny Saturday afternoon on […]

There is a new magazine– Men’s Adventure Quarterly. This is a reprint publication celebrating the men’s adventure magazines that flourished from the 1950s to the 1970s. I have written before on some book reprints from New Texture. Bob Deis of New Texture has teamed up with Bill Cunningham to produce Men’s Adventure Quarterly. This is […]

Thomas P. Kelley’s “A Million Years in the Future” is the greatest of his three novels to appear in Weird Tales. It originally appeared as a four-part serial from the January to July 1940 issues. Kelley was a Canadian author who came along after the deaths of Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft to […]

The newest offering from DMR Books is Swordsmen from the Stars. This book collects three novellas by Poul Anderson that originally appeared in the magazine Planet Stories, all in 1951. Anderson was one of the stalwarts if not the main writer for Planet Stories in the early 1950s. He wrote adventurous space opera for the most […]

There is a rush discovering unknown or obscure fiction in your favorite genre.  Sometimes you find a great story in an anthology or collection. You find that digest or pulp magazine that contains a story you never heard of that pushes all the right buttons. Swords & Sorcery, The Fantastic Swordsmen, The Young Magicians, Swords […]

To save a world… …he must rely on God. After years of fighting for justice with his deadly nanotech, Templar Drin abandons his post, crash landing on a desert world controlled by a tyrannical alien empire. Its inhabitants are forced into slavery, broken where a once-proud race cultivated its lands. For the first time in […]