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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018, Volume 134 #735.

April 6, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018, Volume 134 #735.

The trouble with reviewing genre magazines is that they come out as regularly as clockwork, whether or not you’ve finished reading the previous issue. The March/April 2018 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ is already staring at me from the top of my ‘To Be Read’ pile, so I should really get […]

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The Dead Next Door (1990) (2 Disk Collector’s Edition) (horror film review).

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Dead Next Door (1990) (2 Disk Collector’s Edition) (horror film review).

‘The Dead Next Door’ is a low budget American zombie horror movie from 1990. It represents the debut of writer/producer/director J.R. Bookwalter, then aged 19. Twenty-five years later, Bookwalter raised enough money through a crowdfunding exercise to restore the film in 2K and this ‘Collector’s Edition’ is the result, offering new versions of the movie […]

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Psychomania (1973) (DVD/Blu-ray film review).

February 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Psychomania (1973) (DVD/Blu-ray film review).

‘Psychomania’ is a low budget cult British horror film directed by Don Sharp and first released in 1973. It has been remastered and re-released by the British Film Institute on a Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray packed with extras. Is it worth watching again some forty-five years on, like the best ‘Morecambe and Wise Christmas […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2017, Volume 133 # 734 (magazine review).

January 19, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2017, Volume 133 # 734 (magazine review).

The last issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2017 includes one novella, five novelettes, three short stories, a poem, five articles, a competition and an index of everything published in the magazine during 2017. I’ll review them in order of length below. The longest piece in this issue is Marc Laidlaw’s […]

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The Days Of Tao by Wesley Chu (book review).

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Days Of Tao by Wesley Chu (book review).

‘The Days Of Tao’ is the fourth episode of Wesley Chu’s series of Science Fiction stories based around the alien creature called Tao. The previous three books were all full-length novels, whereas this is a novella, available in a limited-edition run of one thousand signed and numbered hardback copies from specialist publisher Subterranean Press. If […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2017, Volume 133 #733 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2017, Volume 133 #733 (magazine review).

The September/October 2017 issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ marks the 68th anniversary of the periodical’s first publication. To mark the occasion they have published ‘The Hermit Of Houston’, the first piece of SF to be produced by genre legend Samuel R. Delany in a decade, as well as being his first […]

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Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones (book review).

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘Zombie Apocalypse!’ is the first in a trilogy of so-called ‘mosaic’ novels which bring together mixed media contributions from multiple authors to produce the story of a zombie outbreak and its aftermath, based on a concept created by British horror editor Stephen Jones. The books came out between 2010 and 2014 and were sufficiently successful […]

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Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary, Vol 2 by M.R. James, adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion, with art by George Kambadais, Abigail Larson, Al Davison and Meghan Hetrick (graphic novel review).

October 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary, Vol 2 by M.R. James, adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion, with art by George Kambadais, Abigail Larson, Al Davison and Meghan Hetrick (graphic novel review).

M.R. James (1862-1936) is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost exponents of the English ghost story. Across a long life spent almost exclusively in the ivory towers of academia, first at King’s College Cambridge and, later, as the Provost of Eton College, he wrote some 33 ghost stories, most of which appeared chronologically in […]

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The Fall Of Tartarus by Eric Brown (e-book review).

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Fall Of Tartarus by Eric Brown (e-book review).

‘The Fall Of Tartarus’ is a collection of eight linked short stories by British SF writer Eric Brown, each of which was originally published in magazines, mainly ‘Interzone’, between 1995 and 2000 and one of which, ‘Hunting The Slarque’, went on to win the British Science Fiction Association’s best short story award in 2000. The […]

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Beren And Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee (book review).

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beren And Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee (book review).

Like many other genre fans, I first read Tolkien as a teen-ager. Although I loved ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, when I tried to read ‘The Silmarillion’, I found its dry style of reportage too dull for my teen-age tastes and moved on to other authors. Years later, Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations […]

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