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The Dr. Phibes Companion by Justin Humphreys (book review).

November 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Dr. Phibes Companion by Justin Humphreys (book review).

Every time I looked through publisher BearManor Media’s catalogue, I spotted the title ‘The Dr. Phibes Companion’ by Justin Humphreys and asked about its availability and got told not yet. That is, until last month and a jump of glee. The two ‘Dr. Phibes’ films starring Vincent Price are black humour horror of a seriously […]

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Edgar Allan Poe: Ghastly Tales From The Master Of The Macabre (book review).

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Edgar Allan Poe: Ghastly Tales From The Master Of The Macabre (book review).

It’s probably impossible to overstate the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on popular fiction. To pick two celebrated examples, the weird tales of H.P. Lovecraft and the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ stories of Arthur Conan Doyle have obvious precursors among the works of Poe and, if you follow these lines of descent through to the present day, […]

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How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review).

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review).

The basis of Ryan North’s book, ‘How To Invent Everything’ is transporting yourself into the past by a time machine but alas breaks down and you’re stuck there. No matter which century, this book is not so much a survival guide but the means to make where you are a better place and removing the […]

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The Star Wars Cookbook: Han Sandwiches And Other Galactic Snacks by Lara Starr with photographs by Angie Cao (book review).

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Star Wars Cookbook: Han Sandwiches And Other Galactic Snacks by Lara Starr with photographs by Angie Cao (book review).

For the little ‘Star Wars’ fan in your life who are desperate to learn to cook before they go to university and live on cold pizza, this book could help them on their way. Illustrated with the action figures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, this small book goes where several have gone before (whoops wrong […]

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Women Of The Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe, foreword by Kathleen Kennedy (book review).

November 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Women Of The Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe, foreword by Kathleen Kennedy (book review).

‘Women Of The Galaxy’ by Amy Ratcliffe is a timely and welcome book celebrating the female characters who have entertained and enthralled us throughout the ‘Star Wars’ saga. It provides an in-depth look, both in story terms and behind-the-scenes, of the women who have stood up to the Dark Side or in some cases, fully […]

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Doctor Who: The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson (book review).

November 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson (book review).

A singularly appropriate story about mistaken identity heralds the dawn of ‘The Good Doctor’, who now just happens to be a woman. After a great ending where the Doctor and her friends negotiate a tricky ceasefire between the human settlers and the indigenous species of Lobos, they are jubilant. But Ryan has forgotten his phone […]

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If Pigs Could Fly (West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency Book 1) by Jonny Nexus (book review).

November 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
If Pigs Could Fly (West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency Book 1) by Jonny Nexus (book review).

Any book, whatever the genre needs humour. In life, there is rarely unremitting bleakness, there is often something to lighten a mood, however small and fleeting. So in fiction, for a character to be rounded, humour is necessary, if only to give the reader a chance to appreciate the dire peril the author has put […]

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Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without An Eraser by Dewey Cassell with Jeff Messer (book review).

November 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without An Eraser by Dewey Cassell with Jeff Messer (book review).

Back in 1975, when I was getting back into American comicbooks and a UK fanzine called ‘The Panelologist’ broke the spell that I should ignore the so-called ‘feud’ that you had to choose between DC Comics and Marvel Comics, that I picked up on the ‘Superboy’ comics to see what the Legion Of Super-Heroes were […]

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H.P. Lovecraft: Uncanny Tales of Cosmic Horror and Unspeakable Terror (book review).

November 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
H.P. Lovecraft: Uncanny Tales of Cosmic Horror and Unspeakable Terror (book review).

There have been any number of Lovecraft anthologies over the years, evidence if it were needed of his enduring popularity and influence on weird fiction. But when it comes to describing Lovecraft’s writing, the fact is that he ranged across several different genres, from straightforward fantasy through the supernatural and finally into what ultimately became […]

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The Spacetime Pit Plus Two by Stephen Baxter and Eric Brown (book review).

November 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Spacetime Pit Plus Two by Stephen Baxter and Eric Brown (book review).

I’ve been a fan of Eric Brown’s character-based Science Fiction and Stephen Baxter’s hard SF stories for many years but had no idea that these two luminaries of British SF had ever collaborated. So when I heard that the small press Infinity Plus Books was bringing out ‘The Spacetime Pit Plus Two’, a book collection […]

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