I’ve had a couple of posts at Black Gate recently that might be of interest to some of you.
First, I’ve reviewed the weird western What Rough Beast, but James A. Moore and Charles R. Rutledge. This chapbook has both a solid story as well as some superb production values. And some monsters with a surprisingly understandable motivation.
The other post is the latest in my series covering the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. The topic in this one is James Branch Cabell’s Figures of Earth.
Check them out if they’re something you might be interested in.
Not all of the things I’ve been reading for Halloween are getting reviewed here. There have been two other posts that might be of interest to some of you.
The first post that went live was at Amazing Stories yesterday. I had intended to have it ready to go a week earlier but an out of town wedding derailed my plans.
Anyway, if you’re a fan of pulp fantasy and horror, this is one you need to put on your radar. There are a number of nice treats (and no tricks) in this novel. It’s about a pair of former police partners. One is now the sheriff and the other is a private investigator. The book opens with the discovery of the body a former classmate of theirs. He’s been ritually murdered. Blind Shadows is a great combination of pulp, horror, and hard boiled adventure.
I’ve been doing a series of posts at Black Gate for about a year now on the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. My goal was to have one completed about once a month, but that isn’t quite what has happened. Things have been a little more irregular than that.
This afternoon, my latest went live. It’s over H. P. Lovecraft’s The Doom that Came to Sarnath. This is a collection of stories written as Lovecraft was transitioning from fantasy in the vein of Lord Dunsany to his better known work in the Mythos. Many of these stories are quite short, but overall they’re an interesting read as they show a writer moving from imitation to his own unique voice.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to at other venues for Halloween.
I’m not familiar with James Newman. He’s a member of the horror community who was injured not too long ago. Widowmakers is a fund-raising anthology to help defray medical expenses. It’s an impressive line-up of contributors. I’ve read and reviewed some of them, so I would probably buy this book even if it weren’t for a good cause.
And thanks to Charles R. Rutledge, who posted an announcement about the book. I wasn’t in the loop on this one and would have missed it otherwise.
Here’s the book description from Amazon
1. A thing with the potential to kill men.
2. A dead branch caught precariously high in a tree which may fall on a person below.
3. A dark fiction anthology of prodigious size; large enough to use as a doorstop… or crush a man’s skull.
A few months ago one of our own, James Newman, was severely injured in a freak accident. He’s known universally in the horror fiction community as a truly great guy, and, when the news broke of the incident there was no shortage of people who wanted to help. Inside the pages of this collection, you will find tales that are lighthearted mixed in with stories that will fuel your nightmares, each one with the potential to be a WIDOWMAKER.
The following 47 fellow authors and poets have contributed their words to this benefit anthology and 100% of the proceeds will go to help the Newman family. Enjoy this massive collection and thank you for your aid. Continue reading →