Archive for the "Fantasy" Category

Best British Horror 2015 Editor Johnny Mains

After previous success fans of horror shorts will be delighted to hear of a new work streaming in the Mains Laboratory. Stories by among others jane jakeman, rosalie parker, conrad williams my pet favourite john llewellyn probert, sara pascoe and gary mcmahon. It’s a real bumper edition specially selected by the devious Johnny Mains who […]

E.R.Burroughs, R.E. Howard, Leigh Brackett, Lin Carter or George R.R. Martin and a bit of pseudo sexism?

The winners are in each category: Story teller E.R.Burrroughs R.E. Howard Leigh Brackett Lin Carter George R.R. Martin (modern) Ability to inspire, to thrill and excite R.E. Howard E.R.Burrroughs Leigh Brackett Lin Carter George R.R. Martin (modern) Consistency in plot, writing Leigh Brackett George R.R. Martin R.E. Howard Lin Carter E.R.Burrroughs (modern) I don’t want […]

Jack Vance

I have just read that Jack Vance has passed away – one of the greatest Science Fiction and fantasy writers of this and perhaps any century.  A terribly sad loss

Lin Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs, George R.R. Martin and the Fantasy Dilemma

It’s difficult to express why I like ‘Jandar of Callisto’ It’s obviously not a very good book: an unashamed pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs ‘Princess of Mars’, with poor or variable writing at times, unconvincing characters and some awkward dialogue. Perhaps the best way to express this is by comparison with Burroughs himself and a […]

Soap 7 review – over a decade late

The wonders of the internet. While trying to trace a pirate download of my SF story “Soap 7” I discovered that  it had a very favourable review in 1991. You can read it in the The Mouth of Sauron (III) June 1991 one  the now virtually defunct zines of the time.

Heaven Maker – the strategic game

Anyone purchasing ‘The Heaven Maker and other Gruesome Stories’ might be interested to know about this website   “Heaven Maker is a stunning, high-octane, sci-fi strategy game, developed and published by Smite Entertainment” My computer slows  down and dies when I try to go anywhere near it but I’ve no doubt the least electrical […]

Devil’s Tor: David Lindsay

Reading ‘A Voyage to Arcturus’ as a youth I find myself indebted to Lin Carter the American author of science fiction and fantasy: although I always liked his work mostly I am indebted to his erudition and his editorialship. If the Ballantine edition of ‘A Voyage to Arcturus’ had not been made readily available by […]

Scottish Wedding: A True tale from Edinburgh in the 1980’s

When I was about twenty my brother fixed us up with a date with a pair of lovely Southern Belles from Georgia – finishing school the lot. They could demonstrate how to get out of a car without showing a leg, drink tea with finesse, walk elegantly; everything you’ve seen in ‘Gone with the Wind’. […]

The Eternal Lover: Edgar Rice Burroughs

‘NU, THE son of Nu, his mighty muscles rolling beneath his smooth bronzed skin, moved silently through the jungle primeval. His handsome head with its shock of black hair, roughly cropped between sharpened stones, was high held, the delicate nostrils questioning each vagrant breeze for word of Oo, hunter of men.’ So begins ‘The Eternal […]

Dunsany: Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of the Shadow Valley

Inspired by Nosferatu, a member of the Vault of Evil, whose unstinting gratitude offered free books to the read-hungry here’s a review of an author I much admired as a young man. David A Riley has remarked somewhere that he doesn’t read much fantasy nowadays and I’m the same. Having considered this I wondered whether […]