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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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Scrap by Nicholas Mennuti, Howard Chaykin, Don Cameron and Yen Nitro (graphic novel review).

October 12, 2021 | By | Reply More
Scrap by Nicholas Mennuti, Howard Chaykin, Don Cameron and Yen Nitro (graphic novel review).

The rather unheroic hero of this Science Fiction novella is Travis Schrader, a security guard with a degree in electronics which means he gets $15 an hour instead of $12 for his night shifts at the Gulch Group Data Centre, Jefferson County, Kansas in the year 2023. We join him on his journey to work […]

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Monster Blood Tattoo Book One: Foundling by D.M. Cornish (book review).

October 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
Monster Blood Tattoo Book One: Foundling by D.M. Cornish (book review).

In a world where humans and monsters co-exist, who are the good, the bad and the ugly? That’s the problem facing our young hero Rossamünd as he finally leaves the orphanage which raised him and sets out to become an apprentice in his new trade in this first book of the ‘Monster Blood Tattoo’ trilogy. […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest #12 (e-mag review).

September 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest #12 (e-mag review).

‘Future Science Fiction Digest’ is a quality magazine serving up international short Science Fiction for anglophone readers to broaden their tastes. This issue features the following stuff. ‘Old People’s Folly’ by Nora Schinneri concerns a meeting of old and young, cynicism and idealism, post-apocalyptic and civilised. In Samsonville, 313 A.F. (after the flood), Setti finds […]

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Best Of British Science Fiction 2020 edited by Donna Scott (book review).

September 22, 2021 | By | Reply More
Best Of British Science Fiction 2020 edited by Donna Scott (book review).

These ‘Best Of British-’ collections from Newcon Press always feature a lot of good stuff so I was pleased to get another for review. This one opened strongly with ‘War Crimes’ by M.R. Carey. Lieutenant Husnara Begum of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is woken by an alert because someone has moved in London. […]

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Requiem For An Astronaut by Daniel Bennett (book review).

August 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
Requiem For An Astronaut by Daniel Bennett (book review).

‘Requiem For An Astronaut’ by Daniel Bennett is another novella from Newcon Press. At a hundred pages, they provide the succinctness of a short story but with more space to show characters and develop a decent plot. Robert Silverberg said a novella was the perfect length for a Science Fiction story. I like them in […]

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Rose Knot: An Arthurian Tale by Kari Sperring (book review).

August 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Rose Knot: An Arthurian Tale by Kari Sperring (book review).

Not many people connect the Orkneys to Arthurian legend but King Lot of Orkney was married to Arthur’s sister, Morgause, it seems and the sons of Lot were in King Arthur’s court. They are Agravaine, Medraut, Gaheris and Gareth, who is married to Llinos, the narrator of this tale. The opening is rather off-putting with […]

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Swords & Steam Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (book review).

August 14, 2021 | By | Reply More
Swords & Steam Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (book review).

‘Swords & Steam: Short Stories’ is another big collection from Flame Tree Publishing that mixes old and new stories, this time in the sword and sorcery and Science Fiction genres, an odd mix but it works. The stories are arranged in author alphabetical order, as good a way as any, but I’ll sort them into […]

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Secrets In The Shadows: The Art & Life Of Gene Colan by Tom Field and Gene Colan (book review).

August 8, 2021 | By | Reply More
Secrets In The Shadows: The Art & Life Of Gene Colan by Tom Field and Gene Colan (book review).

Gene Colan cut corners on his artwork. Every explosion was a full page. He’d use the side of his pencil to draw some fluffy clouds around the edges and, ten minutes later, that’s a page! As one page pays the same as the next. Then there’s a lot of pages with big panels throughout and […]

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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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