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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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Fresh Blood: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard by Lawrence R. Dagstine (book review).

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Fresh Blood: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard by Lawrence R. Dagstine (book review).

There are thirteen stories in ‘Fresh Blood: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard’ by Lawrence R. Dagstine and seven of them were previously published in small magazines. The ones not so credited are not necessarily any less good though. ‘Calvin’s Homecoming’, for example, the opening story, doesn’t seem to have appeared elsewhere before but it is […]

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Essential Iron Man Volume 4 by Herb Trimpe, George Tuska, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin, Gerry Conway, Robert Kanigher, Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Bill Everett and Steve Gerber (graphic novel review).

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Essential Iron Man Volume 4 by Herb Trimpe, George Tuska, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin, Gerry Conway, Robert Kanigher, Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Bill Everett and Steve Gerber (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Iron Man Volume # 4’ presents us with Iron Man # 39-61, featuring the golden avenger and a lot of villains, including some oddities like the White Dragon, Slasher, Demetrius and Soulfather. Importantly, it also features the very first appearance of Thanos of Titan, who went on to big things. The first five issues […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1 #92 (magzine review).

September 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1  #92 (magzine review).

‘On Spec’ has editorials, interviews and best of all, fiction. The two opening stories, ‘Bells Of Aberdovey’ by Kate Reidel and ‘Fur Is Dead’ by Lynn Stansbury are both the type that read like an ordinary tale of everyday life until you get to the end when there’s a fantastic conclusion which was hinted at […]

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Silver Star by Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

September 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Silver Star by Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

Jack Kirby’s ‘Silver Star’ was, I believe, his last work in the field of comics. The six twenty page issues are collected in this hardback volume along with covers and some other paraphernalia. There’s an introduction by David Scroggy, who was editorial director at Pacific Comics, the company which put out the original material. It […]

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Ascendant Stars (Book Three of Humanity’s Fire) by Michael Cobley (book review).

September 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Ascendant Stars (Book Three of Humanity’s Fire) by Michael Cobley (book review).

‘Ascendant Stars’ is part three of a big trilogy, ‘Humanity’s Fire’, which can be a problem. The book opens with a pretty efficient summary of what has gone before from author Michael Cobley. Unfortunately, so much has gone before it was hard to get my head around. Deciding the best thing to do was carry […]

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Essential Warlock – Vol. 1 by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane and Jim Starlin (graphic novel review).

September 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Essential Warlock – Vol. 1 by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane and Jim Starlin (graphic novel review).

Adam Warlock is one of those secondary Marvel characters that talented people sometimes get a chance to play with, often with great results. Originally named Him and created in Fantastic Four # 66-67 by some mad scientists, Him vanished for a while after killing his creators and then reappeared to fight a certain Asgardian in […]

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Lonely Souls by Gordon Van Gelder, Jan Lars Jensen Eric Carl Wolf, Rand B. Lee and Chris DeVito (ebook review).

August 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Lonely Souls by Gordon Van Gelder, Jan Lars Jensen Eric Carl Wolf, Rand B. Lee and Chris DeVito (ebook review).

Having in his pile of manuscripts more good long stories than can sensibly be put into his excellent ‘Magazine Of Fantasy Ad Science Fiction’, editor Gordon Van Gelder decided to publish some of them in a special one-off book edition. As you might expect from the title, this collection of four novellas leans towards the […]

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Essential Daredevil Volume 5 by Syd Shores, Don Heck, Bob Brown, Sal Buscema, Gene Colan, Steve Gerber, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman (graphic novel review).

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Essential Daredevil Volume 5 by Syd Shores, Don Heck, Bob Brown, Sal Buscema, Gene Colan, Steve Gerber, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Daredevil Volume 5’ could more honestly be titled ‘Essential Daredevil And The Black Widow’ because the lovely Natasha Romanov features heavily. Her loveliness varies slightly according to which artist is drawing her but she always looks pretty damn good in her skin-tight black leather. Of course, Matt Murdock/Daredevil is a right-on seventies man here […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept/Oct 2013 Volume 125 # 709 (magazine review).

August 28, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept/Oct 2013 Volume 125 # 709 (magazine review).

Readers of ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’ will be familiar with the idea that an analytical knife can cut in different ways. Almost any issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science-Fiction’ could be divided into those eponymous categories. It could also be divided, as on the contents page, into novelettes and short […]

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Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: Endgame by John Wagner, Leigh Gallagher, Henry Flint, Ben Willsher, Colin Macneil and Edmund Bagwell (book review)

August 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: Endgame by John Wagner, Leigh Gallagher, Henry Flint, Ben Willsher, Colin Macneil and Edmund Bagwell		(book review)

How much worse can it get for Mega-City One? That’s what you keep asking yourself every few pages as you read ‘Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: Endgame’ but things keep getting worse and worse…and worse! Writer John Wagner knows how to rack up the tension. He uses that old standby the ticking clock – or, […]

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