I saw something that bothered me the other day. A professional writer whom I admire said something to the effect that Clark Ashton Smith was a bad writer, but he had a great imagination. If writing is defined by the post-Hemingway mainstream, then yes, Clark Ashton Smith was wordy, obtuse and fruit-cake rich. But if you get past the over-poetic language (in some but not all
Tardi, Jacques. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec: Pterror Over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon (Vol. 1). Fantagraphics Books, 2010. $24.95. ISBN: 978-1-60699-382-8.
Jacques Tardi is the king of whimsical elegance. Everything is beautiful but cartoonish and goofy. And the story matches the art. Absurd scientists create awkward monsters and incompetent police officers blunder about trying to solve deliciously arcane mysteries.
Everything revolves around …
Baltazar, Art and Franco, writers; Baltazar, Art, artist. Itty Bitty Hellboy. Dark Horse, 2013.
Fraction, Matt, writer; Chaykin, Howard, artist. Satellite Sam. Image, 2013.
Today, I’m reading Itty Bitty Hellboy. Actually, I’m reading it to my two-year-old daughter because she has decided that it is hers.
Writing established characters as children is always a tricky sort of thing. It’s hard to stay faithful to …
By Mason Ian Bundschuh
Sammons, Brian M. and Conyers, David, eds. Undead & Unbound: Unexpected Tales From Beyond the Grave. Chaosium, Inc., 1st edition (August 12, 2013).
Undead & Unbound opens up with Cody Goodfellow’s deliciously grimy LA noir pulp story “Blind Item,” a smack across the …
Miyabe, Miyuke. Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo. Haikasoru, 2013. $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4215-6742-6.
Ghosts are monsters of human connection, links to the dead and their past, their grudges and obsessions, crimes and appetites, and sometimes their affection. Belief in …ghosts and interest in stories of ghosts is so universal and strong that, of course, they are often thought to be creatures of fact and not