Author Archives: Brian Bixby

About Brian Bixby

I enjoy history because it helps me understand people. I'm writing fiction for much the same reason.

Daphne is beastly in chapter 16 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane literally had something happen to her for which there were no words. But even what could not be described still has devastating consequences. Daphne faces not just the ruin of her mission, but possibly the permanent loss of … Continue reading

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Dwarf hospitality in chapter 15 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane’s just escaped from being attacked by a panther, only to fall into the hands of the dwarves of legend and myth. She may be half-dwarf herself, but she knows next to nothing about these people. And it turns … Continue reading

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Exiled and confused in chapter 14 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane has three and a half days to find her father in the very strange land the dwarves of legend now inhabit. Pity she only had one hour to be briefed on conditions and prepare¬†any gear. But given a … Continue reading

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In memoriam: Robin St. John Conover (1944 – 2008)

It’s her birthday today, so I thought I would say a few words about my first Internet friend, Robin St. John Conover. We met in an online Bront√ę forum. I was the amateur, just reading my way through all the … Continue reading

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Review: uncertain narrators in horror: novels by Hogg and Tryon

We tend to think of the unreliable narrator as a 20th century development. The unreliable narrator rejects the apparent objectivity of the omniscient narrator so beloved by the Victorians, warning us that all knowledge is subjective, all stories told from … Continue reading

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Up against Mother in chapter 13 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

It’s time for a showdown!. In this corner, Cynthia Vane, goddess, casual lover of a great many men, never defeated. In the other corner, Daphne Vane, Cynthia’s daughter, not even officially recognized as a demigoddess, one of her many defeats. … Continue reading

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Daphne attacks! in chapter 12 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane is tired of getting pushed around. The Council, her mother, Enforcement, and now her doppelganger have been making of her life a misery. And all because she’s not the nice little goddess she should have been. Well, they’re … Continue reading

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