Column: Retronomicon: Review: Burnt Tongues

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Palahniuk, Chuck; Thomas, Richard; Widmyer, Dennis, eds. Burnt Tongues. Medallion Press. USD $12.29; ISBN 978-1-60542-734-8.

By J. Keith Haney


At the start of Harlan Ellison’s collection Deathbird Stories, there is a Latin motto: Caveat Lector or “Reader Beware.” It was a sincere warning of the upsetting nature of the stories that were contained within the covers of that volume. Such a motto should be affixed to the front of Burnt Tongues but for vastly different reasons. The short …

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“Demonstra” Wins an Elgin Award

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Huge congratulations to Bryan Thao Worra, who just won an Elgin Award for Demonstra, the poetry collection published by yours truly, Innsmouth Free Press, last year!

The Elgin Awards, named for Science Fiction Poetry Association founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, chapbook and book. Worra won in the book category. Innsmouth friend Helen Marshall won the chapbook category for The Sex Lives of Monsters

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Column: Writing the Mythos: Surface Mythos: Digging Deeper

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Writing the Mythos 2014

By G.W. Thomas


I recently came across what I consider to be the first Mythos comic. This is the first installment of the “Dr. Styx” series in Treasure Comics. The second issue from August-September 1945 features the strip by the forgotten Bernie Krigstein. Dr. Styx is an occult detective who is actually a ghost. In this first tale, he warns the main character not to …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Whom the Gods Would Destroy

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

By Randy Stafford


Hodge, Brian. Whom the Gods Would Destroy. DarkFuse: 2013. Kindle USD $2.99. ASIN: B00H7KAV00.


Damien Phipps has some family problems. He has some questionable memories, too.
Did his mother really handcuff him to a steering wheel when he was four? Did he really escape to see her and his older half-brother beat a man, lashed to a tree, under a …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: King Kong With Tentacles

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Comics Over Innsmouth 2014

By Lyndsey Holder


Afterlife with Archie #6. Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illustrated by: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli, Robert Hack, and Rachel Deering. Archie Comics, 2014.


Generally, I’m sort of a hit-it-and-quit-it kind of lady with my reviews. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t lack the ability to settle down with a series, but as much as I’d love to sit around all day in …

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Review: The Last Weekend

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By Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Mamatas, Nick. The Last Weekend. Jacketed Hardcover (February 2014). 224 pages. ISBN: 978-1-848637-21-4. Price: £20.00


This is a book about an alcoholic writer, but at least it has zombies. That’s how Nick Mamatas described his latest novel on social media. And that’s pretty much the pitch, though going in, you should know the book has more in common with Corey Redekop’s Husk than Night of the Living Dead. Not that there are no gross moments, …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Ghosts of Punktown

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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2014

By Randy Stafford


Thomas, Jeffrey Ghosts of Punktown. Dark Regions Press, 2014. Paperback: USD $12.74; Kindle: $2.99. ISBN: 978-1-62641-012-1.


On my first big trip to Punktown, I learned three things.

Punktown is not a place for families.

Punktown is not the place to find love.

Punktown is not the place to find your life’s purpose.

Thomas says these are mostly “flat-out horror stories,” …

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Review: Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six

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By Alison J. McKenzie


Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6. Night Shade Books (June 3, 2014). Paperback: 448 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1597805032.


I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies. Going in, I can typically expect the following: a couple of outstanding stories, some pretty good ones, some “blah” ones, and one or two that make me want to chuck my Kindle at a wall. The gamble is really in the balance of quality versus dreck. …

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Review: Lovecraft’s Monsters

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By Allen Griffin


Datlow, Ellen. Lovecraft’s Monsters. Tachyon Publications (April 15, 2014) Paperback: 432 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1616961213.


There is little doubt that H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos has penetrated the Western world’s popular culture, from Cthulhu’s cameo on South Park to plushy toys adorned with tentacle visages, H.P.’s monsters are ubiquitous.

However, many who see these images are unaware that they are even derived from a corpus of literature at all. Meanwhile, within the literary sub-genre of Lovecraftian horror, the monsters …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Sea Cucumber Parties: The Fuse 01, Undertow 01

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Comics Over Innsmouth 2014

By Lyndsey Holder


Johnston, Antony, writer and Greenwood, Justin, artist. The Fuse 01. Image (2014).

Orlando, Steve, writer and Trakhanov, Artyom, artist. Undertow 01. Image (2014).


Can I just say how great this is? How awesome to read comics where the female protagonist is a tough-as-nails old lady? I mean, I would have settled for just an average woman, someone who wore reasonable shoes …

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Review: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed

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By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Nicolay, Scott. Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed. Fedogan and Bremer (2014).

“Horseshoe arches crammed both floors, most opening on nothing. Dense mocarabe toothed them all, suggesting stalactites and giving even those that tramed only wall a more cavern-like appearance. Mosaics sprawled across every intact inch of the ground floor facade. The white had lost its purity, red was faded with shades of crusted blood or rust, and …

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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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