Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Scary Neary: Punk Shaman and Death’s Photographer


By Randy Stafford


Hand, Elizabeth. Generation Loss. Small Beer Press, 2007. Kindle USD $5.95. ASIN: B00140IU98.

Hand, Elizabeth. Available Dark. Minotaur Books, 2012. Kindle USD $9.99. ASIN: B00603TY5S.


There is plenty of crime in the Cass Neary novels of Elizabeth Hand. That’s why they’re labeled crime fiction. And a fair amount of that crime is committed by Cass herself. Hand has described her as “a prototypical amoral speedfreak crankhead kleptomaniac murderous rage-filled alcoholic bisexual heavily-tattooed American female photographer.”…

Randy StaffordColumn: On the Marches of Dreamland: Scary Neary: Punk Shaman and Death’s Photographer

Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.05: Dog Dean Afternoon


By Paula R. Stiles

In keeping with the 12 Days of Christmas (which began on Thursday), I’ll be doing at least 12 Supernatural episode reviews to catch up a bit between now and January 20. Today is number one.


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: When the brothers investigate the death of a taxidermist, Dean takes a shaman’s potion to speak with the only witness – the man’s dog.


Recap: Recap of the season so far, with a weird emphasis …

Paula R. StilesColumn: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.05: Dog Dean Afternoon

Recap and Review: Lost Girl 2.04: Mirror, Mirror

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: Bo and Kenzi have gone out drinking at the Dal Riata. Bo is moping because Dyson is openly flirting with a waitress, to the point that even Hale tells him to knock it off (Go Hale!). Taking the pity party back home, Bo and Kenzi then get really drunk and start talking about Baba Yaga, an old Russian/Eastern European witch who lives in the forest, in a house that is made of the …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Lost Girl 2.04: Mirror, Mirror

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.01: In My Time of Dying

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: In the new year, we hearken back to the season-two premiere, where Dean hovers between life and death as a spirit, and Sam and John fight over how to save him.

Recap: Recap of season one, beginning with Bobby’s speech about how “there’s a war coming and you boys are right in the middle of it,” and ending with the huge smash-up of the Impala (with Sam driving, a wounded John in the …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.01: In My Time of Dying

Review: The Sorcerer’s Dream

By Paula R. Stiles

Braceau, Alysa (Dreamshield). The Sorcerer’s Dream: Dreaming and Spiritual Adventure in a New Millennium. Booklocker.com, Inc. (April 12, 2010). 294 pp. ISBN-13: 978-1609101565.

If you’ve read much of my fiction, you’ll know that I have a strong interest in shamanism, both from the anthropological and the practical points of view. So, when a chance came our way to review, and host the author of, a new book on shamanism during her book tour, I jumped …

IFPReview: The Sorcerer’s Dream

Interview: Alysa Braceau (Dreamshield)

Today, we focus on Alysa Braceau (aka Dreamshield), the Dutch author of an autobiographical book about shamanism, The Sorcerer’s Dream (which we also review). You can learn more about her book in her guest blog post:

IFP: Tell us about your book. What’s it about?

AB: The Sorcerer’s Dream is about my initiation into the sorcerer’s world and mastering conscious dreaming. It is a spiritual adventure which takes the reader into the magic realms of the unknown and one …

IFPInterview: Alysa Braceau (Dreamshield)

Guest Post: The Spirit Boat

By Alysa Braceau (aka Dreamshield)

Today, we present a guest blog post from Alysa Braceau (aka Dreamshield), the Dutch author of an autobiographical book about shamanism, The Sorcerer’s Dream (which we also review). You can learn more about her in her interview:

In my book, The Sorcerer’s Dream, about my initiation into the sorcerer’s world and mastering conscious dreaming, I describe shamanic rituals and ceremonies.

My dreaming teacher, Vidar, calls the ‘spirit boat’ a tradition with many …

IFPGuest Post: The Spirit Boat