Sorry the blog’s been quiet! Not because nothing’s been going on… just that it’s been going on in other forums. One day I’ll get around to updating the bibliography and other pages, but in the meantime they’re like a peek back. Hard to believe the first posts are nearly 10 years old, moved here when I switched to WordPress all the way back in 2008!
- A (Black) Gat in the Hand – Rory Gallagher Sings of the Continental Op (And It’s Great!)“You’re the second guy I’ve met within hours who seems to think a gat in the hand means a world by the tail.” — Phillip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep Somebody asked me if I actually write for this column, or just put up the posts for it. I started explaining the work […]
- Birthday Reviews: Alex Shvartsman’s “Staff Meeting, as Seen by the Spam Filter”Alex Shvartsman was born in Odessa in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on November 19, 1975. Shvartsman runs UFO Press and edits and publishing the anthology series Unidentified Funny Objects. His short story “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma,” which appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show received the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award presented for short fict […]
- Old School: The IliadA while back it was time to hit the dreaded “To Be Read” pile, and I found myself in the mood for a good, old fashioned yarn full of blood and sweat and battles with edged weapons and feats of valor and derring-do, a tale of larger than life heroes and their mighty deeds — […]
- New Treasures: There Before the Chaos by K.B. WagersI first noticed K.B. Wagers in 2016, with Behind the Throne, the first novel in The Indranan War trilogy, which Publishers Weekly called “An excellent addition to any SF collection.” Last month Orbit released There Before the Chaos, the opening volume of a new space opera trilogy featuring gunrunner empress Hail Bristol, who this time […]
- Birthday Reviews: Lyda Morehouse’s “God Box”Lyda Morehouse was born on November 18, 1967. Her novel Apocalypse Array received a special citation from the Philip K. Dick Award in 2005 and she served on the jury the following year. She has published several novels using the pseudonym Tate Hallaway and has collaborated with Rachel Calish and Naomi Kritzer. “God Box” was […]
- Wordsmiths: An Interview with Kevin Hearne, Recorded Live at Can*Con 2018!You know what I haven’t done here in a while? Interviewed some fellow creatives. Luckily, on top of writing for Black Gate I’m also one of the programming directors for Can*Con, Ottawa’s annual conference for sci-fi, fantasy and horror writing (okay, you probably knew that already). Last month at Can*Con 2018 I had the pleasure of […]
- The Complete Carpenter: The Ward (2010)Carpenter's last movie as director to date is The Ward, an unfortunately generic horror film that captures none of what made him great in the first place.
- Birthday Reviews: Raymond F. Jones’s “Death Eternal”Raymond F. Jones was born on November 17, 1915 and died on January 24, 1994. Jones was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1967 for “Rat Race” and in 1996, his short story “Correspondence Course” was nominated for a Retro-Hugo. Jones published some poetry under the name David Anderson. Jones is […]
- Unbound Worlds is Shutting DownPenguin Random House’s genre site Unbound Worlds, now in its tenth year, has been one of the most consistently entertaining and informative resources for fans of SF, fantasy and horror. Today the publisher announced that the site will be essentially shutting down at the end of the month. Today we’re announcing that the conversation with […]
- Future Treasures: The Salvager Series by Alex WhiteAlex White’s Salvager series began with A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, a book which has one of the most promising titles of the year at the very least. I snapped it up shortly after reading Corrina Lawson’s enthusiastic review over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog: To call […]
- A (Black) Gat in the Hand – Rory Gallagher Sings of the Continental Op (And It’s Great!)