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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit. https://eamonnmurphywriter.wordpress.com/welcome-2/

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Bleeding Shadows by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

August 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Bleeding Shadows by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

‘Bleeding Shadows’ is a large collection of short stories and novellas from 2013 by Joe R. Lansdale, a master of these forms. It contains a brief introduction by the man himself, a bunch of tales and then story notes at the end in which he says something about them. I’m always interested in story notes […]

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Best Of British Science Fiction 2018 edited by Donna Scott (book review).

August 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Best Of British Science Fiction 2018 edited by Donna Scott (book review).

In her introduction, editor Donna Scott vents her ire about a big name literary author who announced he was going to dip his toe in genre waters and write a Science Fiction novel about ‘human dilemmas’, the implication being that the present crew of hacks in the field should be sobbing with gratitude. As she […]

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A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

August 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

‘A Fantasy Medley 3’ contains four short stories by four authors, three of them as a lead-in, preview or reader magnet into novel series featuring the same characters. Each can be read as standalone so unfamiliarity with the background is not an issue. First up is ‘Goddess At The Crossroads’ by Kevin Hearne, which features […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 30 no. 1 #111 (magazine review).

August 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 30 no. 1 #111 (magazine review).

This is the eleventy-first issue of ‘On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic’ and contains the same mix of short stories, poetry and non-fiction articles as the other eleventy. The first fiction is ‘Crimes Of The Genome’ by M.F. Westphal. Jean Green is what passes for a cop in the shade, a sort of […]

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Dark Currents edited by Ian Whates (anthology book review).

August 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dark Currents edited by Ian Whates (anthology book review).

‘Dark Currents’ is an anthology of short stories from interesting little publisher NewCon Press for which the authors were given one simple prompt: Dark currents/dark tides. They could make of that what they would and author brains being each unique, they delivered sixteen different stories and one poem. I read the hardcover version but it’s […]

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Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (book review).

July 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (book review).

‘Salvation Day’ is an SF adventure/horror story set hundreds of years in the future. The complex background is revealed in skilful exposition in the first two chapters, even as the story gets started, no mean feat. In truth, the early part is borderline info dump but get past that, it’s not long and you are […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 3 (e-magazine review).

June 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 3 (e-magazine review).

‘Future Science Fiction Digest’ is still going (hooray!) and the third issue is out now. The non-fiction feature is an interesting interview with Dorothy Fontana of ‘Star Trek’ fame but I’ll focus on the fiction. There are two themes herein: the Moon and AI. There are also dogs. The Moon, AI and dog themes are […]

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Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

June 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

‘Jewels In The Dust’ is a collection of short stories by Peter Crowther. Publishers’ lore states that single-author collections are death at the box office so you need a high rating to get one put out. Does Peter Crowther deserve the honour? I’ll pick out a few highlights from the collection to show that he […]

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Suppose We (The Flying Crooked series book 1) by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

June 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Suppose We (The Flying Crooked series book 1) by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

Robert Silverberg said that the novella is the ideal form for a Science Fiction story because it gives a writer enough room to fill in the background. He also said that a Science Fiction writer should have ‘some vestige of some knowledge of some science’. ‘Suppose We ‘is a Science Fiction novella from Geoff Nelder, […]

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Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Six (magazine review).

June 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Six (magazine review).

The 76th issue of the ‘Jack Kirby Collector’ opens with editor John Morrow correcting wrong impressions some have gleaned from the 75th issue, ‘Stuf’ Said’ in which he chronicled the creation of Marvel Comics. The Internet is now awash with anti-Stan Lee comments based on his work. Morrow is not anti-Lee just pro-Kirby. It’s a […]

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