Review: Gateways

By Pamela K. Kinney

Hull, Elizabeth Anne, ed. Gateways. Tor (July 2011). 416 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-2663-8.

“Enter Gateways…to worlds of fabulous adventure.” And this anthology in tribute to science fiction author and editor Frederik Pohl does just that, taking the reader on tours through many interesting stories. Not just stories, either, but also tributes to Pohl, who inspired a number of writers.

Though I enjoyed all the tales in this collection, there were some of those that became …

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Review: One Weird Idea

By B.A. Campbell

Mathieu, Roscoe, ed. One Weird Idea, May 2011. Glorious Dawn Press (2011). 69 pp. ISBN: 0983453209.

One Weird Idea is “the first e-format periodical”. No, wait. It’s “the world’s first anthozine” – a hybrid organism marrying the best traits of a magazine with those of an anthology.

I’ll tell you what it is: It’s damn good SF at a damn reasonable value. Its credo – “Take an idea, and write a story around it” – may …

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Review: Central Park Knight

By Joshua Reynolds

Henderson, C.J. Central Park Knight. TOR Books, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN: 9-780765-320841.

There’s something about C.J. Henderson’s writing that’s just plain invigorating, in my opinion. For all its rough patches (and there are a few), the sheer exuberance with which this man writes makes his work ever-so compelling. Central Park Knight is no exception.

A sequel to 2009’s Brooklyn Knight, which first introduced us to Professor Piers Knight of the Brooklyn Museum, Central Park Knight

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Retronomicon: The Black Lamb

By J. Keith Haney

Truman, Tim. The Black Lamb. DC/Helix Comics (November 1996—April 1997).

In any creative medium you care to name, the 1990s and early 2000s were the boom times for the vampire genre. No longer content to stay in the Transylvanian crypts of yesteryear (though you could catch the latest version of this with Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the latest installments of Nintendo’s Castlevania series), vampires spread out amongst the masses in new and …

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Review: Sensation

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mamatas, Nick Sensation PM Press (May 1, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-1604863543

A mutant wasp stings a woman. If this were a Roger Corman movie, she would turn into a half-naked wasp-woman and perform soft-core scenes across Manhattan. It’s Mamatas, so instead, she suffers a deep personality change, dumps her inane husband and births an anarchist movement, which threatens the existence of the spiders that have secretly controlled our world for thousands of years.

Sensation is a slim book …

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Column: Retronomicon: Skin Graft: The Adventures of A Tattooed Man

By J. Keith Haney

Prosser, Jerry;  Pleece, Warren. Skin Graft: The Adventures of A Tattooed Man. DC/Vertigo Comics (July-October  1993).

Back in the 1990s, when I first got into comic books, DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint was where I went when I wanted something other than superheroes. It was a cornucopia of weirdness, showcasing Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series; the most famous streetwise mystic in comics, John Constantine, in Hellblazer; and Matt Wagner’s period-specific mysteries of the late 1930s …

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Review: The Panama Laugh

By Rebecca Stefoff

Roche, Thomas. The Panama Laugh. Night Shade Books (September 2011). 300 pp. $14.99.

Like the bastard offspring of a drug-spiked three-way between Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Clancy and Raymond Chandler, The Panama Laugh packs a gonzo attitude, a load of military-tech terminology, and a world-weary, wisecracking narrator into a hallucinatory, ultraviolent tour of the apocalypse, a journey that begins with a fistfight on a Panama beach and ends with a desperate assault on a San Francisco …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: The Raven

By Lyndsey Holder

Reed, Lou (writer) and Mattotti, Lorenzo (artist). The Raven. Fantagraphics (July 2011).

Years ago, while spending a high school English class tearing apart E.E. Cummings’ “in Just-“, I started to wonder about the logic in dissecting art. It seems absurd to try to scientifically break down a work of art and say that yes, with this brush stroke or sequence of words or large metal piece, the artist was definitely intending to make this exact …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Cthulhu #1

By Dale Carothers

Cthulhu #1. KettleDrummerBooks, in association with Diabolo Ediciones (June 2010). $9.95. ISBN: 978-0-9778066-4-5.

[spoilers ahead]

Cthulhu #1 is an anthology from KettleDrummer Books of Spanish writers and artists. There are several stories and I’ll give a quick review of each one. The book reminds me of those old EC Horror comics, or a series of two-minute Twilight Zone episodes with a Lovecraftian flavor.

The first two stories are by writer/artist Pepe Aviles. His work …

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Review: Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears

By Amanda J. Spedding

Young, Marty and Challis, Angela, eds. Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears. Paperback. Brimstone Press (2010). ISBN: 9780980567748.

When I began reading Macabre, I didn’t set out to review it. As a current committee member of the Australian Horror Writers Association – and with one of the editors, Marty Young, being the outgoing president of the association – I figured there’d be a conflict of interest or cries of bias, but midway through …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Saucy Vampires

By Lyndsey Holder

Powell, Eric (creator) and Stewart, Dave (colourist). The Goon #34. Dark Horse (June 29 2011).

Busiak, Kurt; Gregory, Daryl (writers); and Godlewski, Scott (artist). Dracula: The Company of Monsters #11. Boom! Studios (June 22 2011).

Do you remember when you’d hear that a story had vampires in it and you’d think, “Wow, vampires! All vampire stories are totally awesome and not terrible at all!”

I don’t.

Maybe it’s just that I’m old and jaded, …

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Column: Retronomicon: Creepy: The Limited Series

By J. Keith Haney

David, Peter; et al. Creepy: The Limited Series. Harris Comics/Dark Horse Comics, 1992.

When asked for a job description, Peter David calls himself a “Writer of Stuff”. That is a more-than-mild understatement. If you’re a regular reader of Star Trek novels (including David’s special novel series, “New Frontier”), comics (Star Trek comics, yes, but also longstanding runs on Marvel Comics’ Incredible Hulk, DC Comics’ Aquaman and Supergirl, and creator-owned series Sachss and

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