Review: The Abolisher of Roses

By Rebecca Stefoff

Fry, Gary. The Abolisher of Roses. Spectral Press (May 2011). 21 pp. Limited-edition chapbook, press run of 100.

Common sense answers the question – “What is art good for?”  - by exalting the cabbage and abolishing the rose. Or so says James Russell Lowell in the epigraph to Gary Fry’s The Abolisher of Roses, a story published as a slim chapbook by Spectral Press. The questioner in Fry’s story, a middle-aged and eminently commonsensical businessman …

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Review: Some of Us Really Do Watch for the Plot: A Collection of “Supernatural” Essays

By Paula R. Stiles

Wilkinson, Jules and Masino, Andie, eds. Some of Us Really Do Watch for the Plot: A Collection of Supernatural Essays. August 2007. 333pp. Paperback. US $16.99.

Years before’s In the Hunt and the sociological issue Saving People, Hunting Things, fans on Livejournal put out this collection of 41 essays and an editors’ introduction. Some of Us Really Do Watch for the Plot is a fan effort and, like In the Hunt, “unauthorized”, …

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Review: Mensch With No Name

By J. Keith Haney

Edelac, Edward. Mensch With No Name. Damnation Books, LLC (September 1, 2010). USD $14.06. ISBN-13: 978-1615721900.

This second volume of the Merkabah Rider saga has a title that works as a pun on the recurring Clint Eastwood character in the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns, just as the subtitle of the first volume was a play on the name of the first western that Eastwood ever directed. Indeed, now that I have read this collection, I …

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Review: Captives

By Martha Hubbard

Galler-Smith, Barbara and Langston, Josh. Captives. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2011. ISBN 079 -1-894063-53-1.

On the floor of a forgotten cave, the first light of midsummer awakens Amrec, an ageless man, in what had been his undisturbed place of safety for hundreds of years. To his horror, an unknown woman lies stretched out beside him. She is also beginning to wake. Panicked, he runs away; all she sees of him is a white spot …

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Review: Displacement

By Paula R. Stiles

Harvey, Colin. Displacement. Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2009. 142pp. Paperback: USD $9.34; Ebook: USD $2.99. ISBN: 978-1-934041-09-3.

Displacement is a science fiction anthology by Cornish author and editor Colin Harvey. Unlike the previous Harvey-edited anthology from Swimming Kangaroo Press that we reviewed, Future Bristol, this is a single-author collection with no overarching focus like Future Bristol‘s municipal theme. It is also shorter, with fewer stories, though these range more broadly over space. …

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Review: Supernatural: One Year Gone

By Paula R. Stiles

Dessertine, Rebecca. Supernatural: One Year Gone. Titan Books (May 24, 2011). 335 pp. USD $7.99; CAN $8.99; £6.99. ISBN: 978-0857680990.

If you’ve been waiting for Supernatural to go straight-up and unapologetically Mythos (as opposed to, say, doing an unacknowledged homage to Re-Animator in “Time Is on My Side”), this is your month. First, we had a Mythos two-hander in the last two episodes of the season, “inspired” by Lovecraft’s last story, “The Haunter of

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Unwashed Heroes

By Lyndsey Holder

Mignola, Mike (writer), Nowlan, Kevin (artist). Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish. Dark Horse (April 2011).

Jones, Bruce (writer), Ekedal, Rahsan (artist). Solomon Kane: Red Shadows #1. Dark Horse (April 2011).

Mignola, Mike; Allie, Scott (writers), Moline, Karl (penciller). BPRD: The Dead Remembered # 1. Dark Horse (April 2011).

In comics, there are only two types of heroes: the ones who wear flashy, spandex costumes and the ones who don’t. This distinction carries through …

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Review: Merkabah Rider: Tales of A High Planes Drifter

By J. Keith Haney

Erdelac, Edward M. Merkabah Rider: Tales of A High Planes Drifter. Damnation Books LLC (December 1, 2009). 294 pp. USD $16.24. ISBN-13: 978-1615720606.

The Western is a genre that refuses to die. Every time critics declare it dead, some new movie comes along to let everyone know it still has a few more years of life in it. How else does one explain the success of the film remake of True Grit during this new …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Clonk

By Dale Carothers

Abadia, Ximo. Clonk. KettleDrummer Books (October 2010). USD $19.95. ISBN: 978-84-15153-09-2.

Clonk, by Spanish cartoonist Ximo Abadia, is a collection of moments, moving from scene to scene with ease. The main character is an anthropomorphized, black rabbit with a human face, and the story begins with his suicide by hanging. He ascends toward Heaven in a beam of light, his human face now a skull, and this moment sets the tone for the …

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Review: Rotters

By Nathaniel Katz

Kraus, Daniel. Rotters. Delacorte Press (April 5, 2011). 464pp. USD $16.99; CAD $18.99. ISBN: 9780385738576.

Rotters, Daniel Kraus’ second YA Horror novel, opens with the death of Joey’s mother. In the next few chapters, everything else Joey thought he could rely on falls away and he finds himself in the small town of Bloughton, with nothing but his clothes and trumpet, waiting to meet the father he’s never known. Adjusting to small town life is difficult. …

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Review: Night of the Wolf: A Werewolf Anthology

By Mike Griffiths

Giangregorio, Anthony, ed. Night of the Wolf: A Werewolf Anthology. Living Dead Press (April 23, 2010). 250pp. US $15.99. ISBN-10: 1935458574; ISBN-13: 978-1935458579.

As you may know, Living Dead Press tends to focus most of its efforts on zombie novels and anthologies. However, as long as it involves horror, LDP is not one to shy away from any subject that could scare the flesh off your bones. This book is one such expansion on their part. …

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Review: The Sky: The World

By Mike Griffiths

McHugh, Jessica. The Sky: The World. Published by Reliquary Press.

The Sky: The World is a short, intense and entertaining book, the kind you might like to read in one sitting if you had the chance. With summer heading toward us, this would be the perfect book for a trip to the beach or a vacation. Jessica McHugh takes us to a fantastic world, similar to the alternative realities created by Michael Moorcock, particularly in his …

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