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- March 26th, 2015Interviewed by: Todd Martin
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- Reviewed by: Dave Gammon
As the dust settles from the ill-fated high school prom Ani Romero and seven additional survivors have been held in a quarantine type environment to resume their studies. Far from the conventional curriculum the students have to cope with trigger itchy soldiers wielding flame throwers, outside radical protestors and continuous poking and prodding from Dr. Banerjeeâ€™s relentless experiments. Will the children rise … Continue reading
Although the horror anthology is not a new thing, the concept horror anthology (at least partially) is, at least for me. Michael Bray has come up with a fairly interesting collection of twelve assorted tales that, although none of the stories require you to read the others to understand them as none of them are connected directly nor linearly, the characters come and go seemingly randomly in and out of the other characters stories. … Continue reading
Jack is your typical, ordinary man. A loving husband and father, an admired school teacher with a seemingly perfect life, one day a harrowing vision creeps into his life. From a first person point of view he experiences the very real terror of a Marine Sergeant Casey Stillman in midst of battle in Iraq. As one vision begins to eclipse into … Continue reading
Remember that cop who wrote you a ticket for having a turn-signal out and went on to condescend you and imply that he could get you for a whole lot more but wouldnâ€™t because he â€śdecided to be nice?â€ť Remember seeing the video of the off-duty Chicago police officer who got drunk and beat up a bartender, sending her to the hospital?
In case you missed the memo, or maybe the e-mail ended up in your spam folder alongside messages from Nigerian princes and the girls next door, bizarro fiction is officially a force to be reckoned with. It has invaded your horror, your science fiction, your writerâ€™s workshops, and it is an unrelenting force with wider reach than the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. Case in point: Chris Kelsoâ€™s Moosejaw Frontier. The novella was released through Bizarro … Continue reading
A dark prophet has been exhumed from the bowels of hellfire and brimstone to walk among mankind. Spreading his unholy gospel unto a legion of followers the prince of demons seems unstoppable. Will a rebel rising be enough to thwart his evil tendencies or will society ultimately crumble unto the power of Baal?
Readers familiar with McCammonâ€™s works will find no … Continue reading
â€śHeâ€™d been waiting for the chance to cut somebody, to chop somebody up, to move up from steak and veal and pork ribs. Killer for morality, murderer for God, vicious for middle class America. Everybody just wanted the self-righteous excuse to maul somebody else, to threaten, to scare somebody the way theyâ€™d been scared their entire lives.â€ť
I remember a couple years ago at Mo*Con, hearing Gary Braunbeck relate a bit … Continue reading
Desmond Carmichael is an ordinary everyday single father struggling to make ends meet and bring up his young son in a happy, healthy, safe environment. Tortured by the pain of his wife Sandyâ€™s untimely demise, it seems as though her memory exudes through everything. Now a very real, and undeniable threat has presented itself in the form of a mysterious stalker with … Continue reading
When part time swim instructor Luke Rhodes witnesses the inconceivable, a drowning within his pool, his life slowly becomes unravelled. Haunted by the chords and melodies of a vague recollection in song, he becomes possessed in unravelling its meaning. Cognitive snippets of recollection burst within his memory as the body count begins to rise. Together with his wives Dara and Maribel … Continue reading
Iâ€™m not a good cook. It took me far too long to learn that, no matter how awesome chorizo, oregano, cabbage and mangos are, they shouldnâ€™t go in my French toast. The tastes will fight each other for attention, not allowing me to … Continue reading
After Death is a collection of thirty short stories each conveying the author’s theory on what happens to us after our Earthly journey is complete. The anthology was assembled and edited by Eric J. Guignard.
I will say that if you are looking for a collection of pure horror, this is not it. There are many of the stories I would place well outside this genre; some are even uplifting. That caveat aside, the … Continue reading
This book includes the entire screenplay for the film version of World War Z as well as a look at how the zombies were designed and brought to life (or I guess that should be brought to unlife) for the big screen. Â
I have to be honest and say that I donâ€™t care anything about World War Z. I donâ€™t want to read the novel and I really donâ€™t want to see … Continue reading
By and large, fantasy bores me. The biggest issue I have is that there so rarely appears to be any actual fantasizing involved anymore. For every shinning jewel of Abarat, there is some trite tales of elves, dwarves, dragons and wizards. Plus, I could not give the slightest fart in the wind about the maneuverings and machinations of the great. Kings, Lords, Lordlings and all can rot in my not remotely humble opinion. Luckily … Continue reading
Published in 2012 as part of the New Bizarro Author Series by Eraserhead Press, Gutmouth is author Gabino Iglesiasâ€™ first book. The New Bizarro Author Series has become known for birthing a number of sick and twisted new voices into the world, including Steve Lowe (Muscle Memory), Kirsten Alene (Love in the Time of Dinosaurs), Kevin Shamel (Rotten Little Animals), and Patrick … Continue reading
Nick Antosca has been all over the place lately. He was the writer of the 2012 horror film The Cottage, starring David Arquette and Kristen Dalton. His name can be found among the writing credits of ABCâ€™s Last Resort as well as MTVâ€™s Teen Wolf. His first novel, Fires, came out in 2006, followed … Continue reading
My Mother had never turned her back on anyone in the family for a minute. I swallowed down a surge of hatred for her parents. I wanted to meet these people. Along with that came a vague anger toward my father for falling in love with her and stealing her away.My Mother had never turned her back on anyone in the family for a minute. I swallowed down a surge of hatred for her … Continue reading
Normally, I’d start off with some kind of hook, a generalized statement that ties into my feelings about the book being reviewed. Summary. A well reasoned list of pro’s and con’s. Professional and clean, if a bit self-conscious at times.
That’s not what you’re getting today, because this isn’t that kind of book.
A common complaint in the genre is that Weird Fiction is no longer weird. That Speculative Fiction no longer speculates. Instead of the bright, dimensional boundary shattering work that started the genres, weâ€™re getting stale, staid and bland rehashes that stick to the established formulas. Nearly every fantasy is a copy of either Tolkein or Howard. Far too much Sci-fi is trying to be Herbert, Asimov or Heinlein. And if I get one more … Continue reading
The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together (beginning in June 1940)–their ten-issue run of Blue Bolt adventures. Then the Cold War years will be represented by Race For the Moon, featuring pencils by Kirby and inked artwork by comic book legends Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, and Al Williamson.
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are among … Continue reading
I first encountered the writing of D. Harlan Wilson in the pages of The Bizarro Starter Kit â€“Orange (Bizarro Books, 2006), which opens up with a handful of his short stories. In those pages, I visited the worlds of home-invading bodybuilders, mysterious characters battling for the rights to a piece of used chewing gum, and an entrepreneur who starts his own business selling facial hair as pets. The writing was fantastic and the images … Continue reading
Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this brand new collection of library editions feature all new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations to come. Starting with revered writer-artist Alex Raymond, this volume continues the adventures of pulp hero Flash Gordon on the planet Mongo and his ongoing battles with the deadly and heartless Ming the Merciless.
Flash Gordon: The Fall of Ming … Continue reading