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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who has written a few short stories too.

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Showcase Presents: Batman Volume 6 by Dennis O’Neil, Neal Adams and, Frank Robbins (graphic novel review).

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents: Batman Volume 6 by Dennis O’Neil, Neal Adams and, Frank Robbins (graphic novel review).

I read an interview with Denny O’Neil a while back in which he was asked how his famous pairing with Neal Adams that resulted in so many classic stories came about. He said it was just random chance. When he handed in a script he had no idea which artist would be drawing it. Just […]

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Strangeways Number 5 by James Patrick Kelly (ebook review).

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Strangeways Number 5 by James Patrick Kelly (ebook review).

James Patrick Kelly is one of those writers who makes a living mostly by writing short fiction if you count novelettes as short. Such rare beasts intrigue me in the age of the ten doorstep volume fantasy and as a short story writer – bush league – I always read interviews and so forth of […]

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Jack Kirby Collection Sixty-Seven (magazine review).

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collection Sixty-Seven (magazine review).

‘The Jack Kirby Collector’ keeps rolling along with its usual mix of tribute panels, articles, essays, old interviews with Jack, new interviews with experts and so on. It’s a glossy, nicely produced magazine with lots of colour though the text, I’m glad to say, is black on white. Some modern magazines put pink on yellow […]

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Campaign 2100: Game Of Scorpions by Larry Hodges (book review).

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Campaign 2100: Game Of Scorpions by Larry Hodges (book review).

‘Campaign 2100: Game Of Scorpions’ actually opens with the end of Campaign 2096 on Friday January 20th when Corbin Dubois is about to take over as President of Earth. He has been elected, thanks to the cunning work of Toby and Lara Platt, a father-daughter team of cut-throat political operatives who stop at nothing. Toby […]

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Uncanny Magazine #10 May/June 2016 (emag review).

May 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine #10 May/June 2016 (emag review).

‘Ye Highlands And Ye Lowlands’ by Seanan McGuire is an honest Science Fiction story about hubris. American scientists were proud when they built a gateway to another world. They were keen to make first contact with an alien species but things went wrong when they did. In truth, this is a reasonably good idea – […]

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Trigger Warning: Short Stories & Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (book review).

April 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Trigger Warning: Short Stories & Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (book review).

As the back cover of this volume, ‘Trigger Warning: Short Stories & Disturbances’, shows, Neil Gaiman is a writer who gets rave reviews even in the quality press, a part of the fourth estate where fantasy and Science Fiction used to get short shrift. His novels top bestseller lists and win awards but short story […]

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The Ape’s Wife And Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan (book review).

April 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Ape’s Wife And Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan (book review).

Having enjoyed the stories of Caitlin R. Kiernan in certain horror anthologies, usually Lovecraftian, I opted to review this edition. My copy is an advance uncorrected proof of the hardcover. There is an introduction in which the author chats about anthologies and hopes we will enjoy the fourteen stories here. Then there are thirteen stories. […]

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Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups Vol. 1 (graphic novel review)

March 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups Vol. 1   (graphic novel review)

This book collects, in glorious black and white, DC Presents Superman Team-Up # 1 through to DC Presents Superman Team-Up # 26. It came out a while ago but is still available for $700 dollars if you’re mad enough to pay that. Shop around. The cover price is £13.99. It’s worth snapping these things up […]

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Uncanny Magazine Issue number 9 March/April 2016 (emag review).

March 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine Issue number 9 March/April 2016 (emag review).

The modern view of fiction is that a short story is best told from a single point of view. ‘Love Is Never Still’ by Rachel Swirsky not only has multiple viewpoints but they include a man, a statue, other inanimate objects and Greek gods. Galatea is the name a sculptor gives to the beautiful lady […]

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Showcase Presents Dial H For Hero by Dave Wood (graphic novel review).

February 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents Dial H For Hero by Dave Wood (graphic novel review).

Sockamagee! I have a vague memory of fondness for ‘Dial H For Hero’ when I was very young, so I bought this ‘Showcase’ volume to see what it’s like. The fun started in House Of Mystery # 156 (Jan 1966) when boy genius Robby Reed accidentally falls into a cavern and finds a strange dial. […]

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