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Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who lives in the south west of England. He's written a few stories too.

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Lip Hook by David Hine and Mark Stafford (graphic novel review).

November 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Lip Hook by David Hine and Mark Stafford (graphic novel review).

‘Lip Hook’ is another interesting graphic novel from the people at SelfMadeHero. It starts with fugitives Vince and Sophia on the run, driving fast along an English country road. They turn off at the left fork for Lip Hook, a dead end as the road goes nowhere else. Beyond Lip Hook, there is only marshland. […]

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The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards (book review).

November 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards (book review).

‘The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors’ is a large collection of modern weird tales. There are so many I’ll just have to pick out a few highlights. If a story isn’t mentioned, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, just that the review should be shorter than the book. Like an army besieging a late […]

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H.P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable (DVD film review).

October 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable (DVD film review).

Jean-Paul Quellette produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for ‘The Unnamable’ so I guess he’s what French cinema experts call the auteur. The original went straight to VHS and this is a reissue on DVD. The film is based on an early (1923) short story by H.P. Lovecraft and features that familiar trope, a bunch […]

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Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

October 30, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

The difficulty with this sort of book for the fan/reviewer is how to describe it without summarising it. While reading I jotted down interesting facts and ended up with seventeen pages of notes which, if I put them down here, would spoil the book for you. The names in the title are familiar to any […]

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The Silent Invasion: Red Shadows Vol. 1 by Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock (graphic novel review).

October 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Silent Invasion: Red Shadows Vol. 1 by Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock (graphic novel review).

‘The Silent Invasion: Red Shadows Vol. 1’ is described by the authors as ‘a science-fiction mystery’ and that’s as good a term as any. It was originally published in the 1980s and this is a re-issue. The hero and first-person narrator is ace reporter Matt Sinkage. The story begins in April 1952 with a private […]

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I Feel Machine: Stories by Shaun Tan, Tillie Walden, Box Brown, Krent Able, Erik Svetoft and Julian Hanshaw (graphic novel review).

October 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
I Feel Machine: Stories by Shaun Tan, Tillie Walden, Box Brown, Krent Able, Erik Svetoft and Julian Hanshaw (graphic novel review).

Volunteering to read ‘I Feel Machine’ was an attempt to broaden my pedestrian mind. I like publisher SelfMadeHero and support the efforts of small presses to put out some alternative fare to that of the giant franchises currently dominating the media. Hurrah for the little guy! Mind you, the aforesaid media moguls put out entertaining […]

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Incremental: 25 Tales Of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, And Bizarre Fiction Kindle Edition by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

October 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Incremental: 25 Tales Of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, And Bizarre Fiction Kindle Edition by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

I’ve reviewed a few of Geoff Nelder’s SF stories in ‘Perihelion SF’ and liked them so he felt emboldened to send me an advance copy of his new collection, ‘Incremental’. I’m glad he did. The blurb says: ‘These twenty-five tales from Geoff Nelder have increment as a theme.’ The meaning of: Increment: Noun – an […]

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Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee, Peter David and Colleen Doran (graphic novel review).

September 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee, Peter David and Colleen Doran (graphic novel review).

‘Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible (A Marvelous Memoir)’ is the life story of comicbook legend Stan Lee told in comicbook form, which was a good idea. As Stan can’t actually write anything by himself, he was assisted by Peter David and the beautiful full colour artwork is by Colleen Doran. Most of the population know Stan Lee, […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 29 no. 1 #108 (magazine review).

September 25, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 29 no. 1  #108 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘On Spec’ is out now with the usual variety of stories. The fiction opens with ‘Medicus’ by Robin S. Carson, a time travel story set in the Roman Empire. In the little mountain town of Augustula lives a medicus, better than most as his treatments actually work. When a stranger comes […]

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After The Orange: Ruin And Recovery edited by Manny Frishberg (ebook review).

August 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
After The Orange: Ruin And Recovery edited by Manny Frishberg (ebook review).

‘After The Orange’ features twenty-four stories by a variety of writers contemplating the future of America and the world after 2032 or further ahead. The basic premise is that the current leader of the free world will make changes that have long-lasting effects. In the foreword, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough quotes an anthropologist discussing places and […]

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