Category Archives: Reviews

Future imperfect: reviewing the original Buck Rogers stories

Of recent years, there have been complaints that science fiction is moving away from its roots, that it is less about heroic space opera and more about squishy liberal notions. This controversy has even upset the Hugo Awards. So I … Continue reading

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Going back into time for historical fantasy novel reviews

While I’ve not been writing, I’ve been reading to recharge my batteries. I tackled two recent historical fantasy novels, Stephanie Burgis’s Congress of Secrets (2016) and Walter H. Hunt’s Elements of Mind (2014). Odds are you might like one or the other, but … Continue reading

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A retrospective on the TV series The Green Hornet

2016 saw the deaths of two people who influenced my beginnings as a storyteller: Lois Duncan, author of Ransom and many other young adult novels, and Van Williams, who played the Green Hornet in the 1960s TV series of that … Continue reading

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My 2016 horror moldy oldie: Edward Page Mitchell, The Crystal Man

It’s time for the annual “moldy oldie” reading, when I dig up some generally forgotten writer’s horror stories to read for Halloween. This year, Paula Cappa,  an award-winning writer and blogger, introduced me to the stories of Edward Page Mitchell, … Continue reading

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Review: Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

It was the cover, and the tag line “the girl of nowhere,” that snagged me when I was looking for something light to read, because as we all know, Young Adult horror novels are light reading. Well, Dawn Kurtagich’s debut … Continue reading

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Women as werewolves: reviewing Ginger Snaps and When Animals Dream

Horror creatures began as men. Varney the Vampyre and Dracula, Universal’s werewolf, even the original mummy monster, they were all guys. “Ah,” but I hear you say, “what about J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla?” Thank you for making my point. … Continue reading

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Review: The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley

So I’m at my local bookstore and I see a new paperback with the line at the top, “ON HER MAJESTY’S SUPERNATURAL SECRET SERVICE.” Given some of the stories at the heart of the Sillyverse, which feature a magical organization … Continue reading

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