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No Sharks In The Med And Other Stories by Brian Lumley (book review).

August 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
No Sharks In The Med And Other Stories by Brian Lumley (book review).

According to Brian Lumley’s introduction, ‘No Sharks In The Med’ is the third in a trio of Subterranean Press collections of his work, the previous volumes being ‘Haggopian And Other Stories’ and ‘The Taint And Other Novellas’. Those two collections were made up primarily of Lumley’s more Lovecraft-influenced tales. Indeed, some of them were straightforward […]

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Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith (book review).

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith (book review).

Comic novels that re-tell history from alternative points of view can be a lot of fun if done well, perhaps most notably is the case of the ‘Flashman’ novels by George MacDonald Fraser. In recent years, biblical narratives have provided useful material for several authors; ‘Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff’ by Christopher Moore is […]

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Elephantmen Vol. 3: Dangerous Liaisons by Richard Starkings and Monitat (graphic novel review).

May 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Elephantmen Vol. 3: Dangerous Liaisons by Richard Starkings and Monitat (graphic novel review).

The ‘Elephantmen’ series of comics is set about 250 years in the future, where genetically engineered human-animal hybrids, the ‘elephantmen’ of the title, live among ordinary humans. This collection of Elephantmen issues # 16-23 makes a lot more of the elephantmen origins clearer now, in its grim detail. They were genetically implanted in abducted women, […]

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Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido (book review).

April 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido (book review).

‘A Burning House’ sets out to tell a ‘Star Trek’ universe story from the perspective of one of its most iconic alien races, the Klingons. Author Keith DeCandido attempts to do this by breaking up the crew of a Klingon starship and sending them to different places on the Klingon homeworld. Each has something different […]

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Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases Vol. 2 (graphic novel review).

January 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases Vol. 2 (graphic novel review).

‘Elephantmen’ is a comic series that hadn’t crossed my radar before, which is a real shame if this collection is anything to go by. Although this is the second collection of ‘Elephantmen’ stories, comprising issue numbers 8-15, there’s a brief story-so-far section at the beginning as well as plenty of flashback sequences that make the […]

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Good Math by Mark C Chu-Carroll (book review).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Good Math by Mark C Chu-Carroll (book review).

The quirky and entertaining aspects of mathematics will be relatively familiar to most SFCrowsnest readers. For example, you would have heard about the way the golden ratio crops up in many aspects of art and architecture or seen prettily coloured diagrams of fractals such as the Mandelbrot set. But the way these topics are handled […]

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Salvatore: Vol. 1: Transports Of Love by Nicolas De Crécy (graphic novel).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Salvatore: Vol. 1: Transports Of Love by Nicolas De Crécy (graphic novel).

Having thoroughly enjoyed Nicolas De Crécy’s earlier graphic novel ‘Glacial Period’, I was glad to get the chance to review ‘Salvatore: Vol. 1: Transports Of Love’. But to be completely honest, after working through the first few pages, I got rather bored by it and it was months before I made a second attempt at […]

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The Country Of The Worm by Gary Myers (book review).

November 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Country Of The Worm by Gary Myers (book review).

‘The Country Of The Worm’, sub-titled ‘Excursions Beyond the Wall of Sleep’, is collection of Gary Myers’ short stories is nominally set in the Dreamlands of HP Lovecraft. Here and there, Myers name-checks people and places but, in spirit, his writing is much more like that of Lord Dunsany, which is probably no coincidence. Lovecraft […]

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Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

November 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s best known stories, featuring many of his most enduring themes, including a decaying New England town, its decadent population and, of course, strange and horrible monsters. Of course, below the surface. the story is even darker than it seems, dealing with themes of genetic purity and […]

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Prince Of Stories: The Many Worlds Of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden and Stephen R. Bissette (book review).

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Prince Of Stories: The Many Worlds Of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden and Stephen R. Bissette (book review).

Neil Gaiman is one of the most popular writers of weird fiction today, with a prolific range that includes comics, novels, TV show episodes and even Hollywood movies. He’s one of the few writers who became famous off the back of genre fiction (specifically, the ‘Sandman’ series of comics) but worked his way into the […]

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