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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit too. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bigfootmurf

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The Moorcock Library: Elric: Stormbringer by P. Craig Russell (graphic novel review).

July 20, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Moorcock Library: Elric: Stormbringer by P. Craig Russell (graphic novel review).

‘Elric: Stormbringer’ has two heroes: Stormbringer is a magic sword of great power. Elric is a miserable, pasty-faced whiner with a medical condition, dependent on drugs merely to stay alive. The adventures of Michael Moorcock’s famous albino have been issued, re-issued and adapted endlessly since his first appearance in 1961. These Eisner award-winning stories by […]

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Occult Detective Magazine issue # 0 (emagazine review)

July 8, 2021 | By | Reply More
Occult Detective Magazine issue # 0  (emagazine review)

‘Occult Detective Magazine’ is a small British publication that builds on a tradition founded by William Hope Hodgson’s ace supernatural detective Carnacki that is continued by many others. Generously, they are giving away a bumper free issue to lure new readers. Here’s what you get. In ‘We’ll Always Have Paris’ by Mike Carey, the City […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest #11 (emag review).

June 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest #11 (emag review).

Here’s another issue of ‘Future Science Fiction Digest’, the magazine of international SF. This one features stories from China, Russia, Belgium, the USA and Germany. Until a UFO lands and aliens write some stories, this is as wide a range as you can get. ‘Knights Of The Phantom Realm’ by Wenxiang Fengnian, translated by Nathan […]

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Kzine Issue 29 Kindle Edition (emag review).

June 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Kzine Issue 29 Kindle Edition (emag review).

‘Kzine’ is a little British magazine that publishes quality short fiction in several genres. The latest issue is up to its usual high standards. Out of the eight stories featured, all pretty good, here are some I particularly enjoyed. ‘Daughter Of Deep Silence’ by Wes Blalock is a conventional adventure story rather than SF or […]

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Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith (graphic novel review).

May 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith (graphic novel review).

When you read that a book has been thirty-five years in the making, it gives you high expectations. Such is the case with ‘Monsters’ by Barry Windsor-Smith, which began life as a story for Marvel’s Incredible Hulk character but evolved. There are several monsters in the story but the principal victim, not a monster, bears […]

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Orwell by Pierre Christin and Sebastian Verdier (graphic novel review).

May 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Orwell by Pierre Christin and Sebastian Verdier (graphic novel review).

Who would bother to make a graphic novel about English political writer George Orwell? The French, obviously. They are much more political. While the British have muddled through with a constitutional monarchy since 1688, they are on their Fifth Republic. They take both politics and comic strips much more seriously than their neighbours on the […]

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Titan by Francois Vigneault (graphic novel review).

May 18, 2021 | By | Reply More
Titan by Francois Vigneault (graphic novel review).

‘Titan’ is a graphic novel that’s written and crudely drawn by Francois Vigneault. Crudely but with gusto, good storytelling and a sort of raw power reminiscent of the last works of Jack Kirby when his eyesight was failing. The script is better. The year is 2192 and Manager or MNGER João Da Silva arrives at […]

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The 27 Run: Crush by Justin Zimmerman and Russell Brown (graphic novel review).

May 9, 2021 | By | Reply More
The 27 Run: Crush by Justin Zimmerman and Russell Brown (graphic novel review).

‘The 27 Run: Crush’ is the sequel to ‘The 27 Run’ and has the same writer, Justin Zimmerman. Russell Brown drew the first one rather well but shared the art chores on this one with Ethan Claunch. The basic premise is the same: Mecha versus Kaiju in a dystopian future Earth. It’s giant robots against […]

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The Mighty One: Life Inside The Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus (book review).

May 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Mighty One: Life Inside The Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus (book review).

In 1973, young Steve MacManus applied to IPC for a job at a football magazine. It was already filled but someone told him there was a vacancy for a sub-editor in the comics department. They took him and he first worked on ‘Valiant’, a British comic where most strips were about World War II or […]

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The 27 Run: 1 by Justin Zimmerman and Russell Brown (graphic novel review).

May 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
The 27 Run: 1 by Justin Zimmerman and Russell Brown (graphic novel review).

In the opening scene of ‘The 27 Run’, a young man wakes up to find himself dangling from cables in the pilot seat of a huge robot. Chatting to him is SID, a designated sidekick robot/AI companion who overwhelms him with information and makes jokes. SID is fun, reminding me of Robin Williams’ voiceover of […]

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