Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: The Dark Rites of Cthulhu

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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

By Randy Stafford


Sammons, Brian M., ed. The Dark Rites of Cthulhu. April Moon Books, 2014. Paperback: USD $15.74; Kindle: USD $2.99. ISBN: 978-0-9937180-0-7.


April Moon Books’ first title doesn’t go off the editorial rails at any point. Each story fulfills the promise of the title. None is bad; a few are outstanding. Whatever your definition of “Lovecraftian” fiction is – cosmic horror …

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Review: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8

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By Josh Storey


Strahan, Jonathan, ed. The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8. Solaris (April 10, 2014). USD $19.99, paperback. ISBN 978-1-78108-216-4.


Gathered from across publishing media – from traditional print to online magazines and single-serving digital downloads – The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8. paints a picture of the current state of science fiction and fantasy. So, if a year’s best anthology is a snapshot of the last 365 days …

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Review: The Book of the Dead

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Shurin, Jared, ed. The Book of the Dead. Jurassic London (2013). Softcover: 362 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0957646254.


I’m a sucker for a good mummy story. Unfortunately, mummy stories – whether good, bad, or indifferent – are pretty thin on the ground. While the mummy has captured the public imagination in Europe and America since the turn of the century, it has mostly found its manifestation in film rather than print and, like the werewolf, never really had any agreed-upon ur

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

Sammons, Brian M. and Barrass, Glynn Owen, eds. Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future. Chaosium, 2013. $17.95. ISBN: 978-1568823898.


Past, present, or future, you’re always screwed in a Lovecraftian universe. Even victories are only temporary and sanity precarious. Computers, capitalism and corporations only add to the problem.

The literary genes of the Man from Providence have proven quite good at splicing …

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Review: When the Stars are Right

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By Allen Griffin


Jones, Scott R. When the Stars are Right. Martian Migraine Press (March 21st, 2014). Paperback: 128 pages. $15.99 CAD. ISBN-978-0-9879928-8-8.


To say we are going to discuss another book that posits The Mythos as spirituality reality is likely to elicit a chorus of groans and more than a few dismissals. Please wait, though – there is something here for everybody.

I have no intention on passing judgment on the veracity of the Mythos in the real …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Stop Trying to be Sexy; Start Picking Your Nose

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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Comics Over Innsmouth 2014

Willard, James B., writer; Beavers, Patrick K., artist. Penny Palabras, Episode 2: The Devil’s Weight. Hollow Scene (January 15, 2014). Kindle edition file size: 9876 KB. AISBN: B00HVT0NV4.

Straczynski, J. Michael, writer; Kotian, Sid, artist; Farmer, Bill, colors. The Adventures of Apocalypse Al #1. Image Comics (2014). AISBN: B00I48Z3HK.


Do you know what I love to read about more than anything else in the …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: William and the Lost Spirit (2013)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Global Ghoul 2014

William and the Lost Spirit (2013). Story By: Gwen de Bonneval. Art By: Matthieu Bonhomme.


Art and story come together in perfect symmetry in William and the Lost Spirit. This is why I read comics. Bonneval’s script moves with assured grace and Bonhomme’s art is perfect. Bonhomme stands somewhere between late-career Mazzucchelli and Herge.

The colors in the book are credited to a person known only …

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Review: Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History

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By Ada Hoffmann


Older, Daniel José & Fox, Rose, eds. Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History. Crossed Genres Publications (May 2014).


In the publication of an anthology like Long Hidden, questions inevitably arise. Obviously, we need more diversity in fiction – but when we ask for it directly, are the resulting stories any good?

With Long Hidden, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

While the anthology guidelines (historical fantasy, set in the real …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Fiend Without a Face (1958)

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This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2014

Fiend Without a Face (1958). Directed by: Arthur Crabtree. Starring: Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. This month’s episode is another classic brought to us thanks to the untiring efforts of the good folks over at Criterion: Fiend Without a Face. There’s a …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: Eden (1994)

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Global Ghoul 2014

Eden. (1994). Story and Art By: Vince.

Eden by French creator Vince is the quintessential Heavy Metal story. It’s a Technicolor BladeRunner-inspired romp painted by the artistic lovechild of Richard Corben and Brendan McCarthy.

Eden is peopled by wonky, old-school robots; deformed mutants; and modified humans with odd – sometimes even brutal or jarring – fashion sense. Chunky techno-towers rise into the sky, and garish …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth

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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

Jones, Stephen, ed. Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth. Fedogan & Bremer: 2013. $35. ISBN: 978-1-878252-07-4.

In the Lovecraft universe, Innsmouth is the most blighted piece of real estate on Earth. Arkham may have its pockets of oddities. You may want to stay out of subterranean Boston and the Vermont woods, but the whole town of Innsmouth has never been the same since Captain Marsh…
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