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The Weaver and The Factory Maid (first chapter)

Unite and unite and let us all unite For summer is a-coming today. (from “Padstow Mayday”) On a bright Saturday afternoon in Cornwall, the Padstow Mayday Celebration was in full swing. The musical part of the annual festivities had begun … Continue reading

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John Langan’s House of Windows

It’s the ultimate catch-22 of horror fiction that if it draws its tropes and references from the world outside of the horror genre, many horror critics feel it loses horror credibility, while if it contains all the marks of exceptional … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest’s Wings to the Kingdom 

Deep river, my home is over Jordan, Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground. Deep river, my home is over Jordan Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground Trad. spiritual, Civil War era Cherie … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest’s Not Flesh Nor Feathers

Not Flesh Nor Feathers is Cherie Priest’s third novel concerning Eden Moore. It is set once again in the lush southern strangeness of the Tennessee River Valley that cradles Chattanooga. This one is a real tour de force, too — it’s … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds 

Cherie Priest is a first time novelist. However, she writes with ease and a deceptive power, like the flow of the Tennessee River through her home city of Chattanooga. Four and Twenty Blackbirds is a Southern Gothic with a hint of hard … Continue reading

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Ray Fawkes’ Gotham By Midnight

As you might have noticed in my review of the DC Showcase’s The Spectre animated short film, I find this DC character fascinating. So I was fascinating when I heard that DC had announced that this Gotham City based supernatural … Continue reading

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Peter S. Beagle’s A Fine and Private Place

A Fine and Private Place is a layered temporal paradox, a bit of separate space/time that twists off the main stream into a sparkling little soap-bubble universe of its own. First paradox: It’s about life after death, and life during death, … Continue reading

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Charles de Lint’s The Blue Girl

I have read nearly everything that de Lint has done, fiction-wise. Really. Truly. Almost all of it fiction has been good enough to warrant repeated readings, and very little of it disappointed me. So do take note when I say The … Continue reading

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Charles de Lint’s The Mystery of Grace

Charles de Lint is without doubt one of the best loved writers among the reviewers here. It was a typical winter afternoon as I sat down to read The Mystery of Grace — cold, wet, and a driving sleet falling … Continue reading

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Peter S. Beagle’s Tamsin 

Peter S. Beagle’s Tamsin first saw the light of day as a story idea for a Disney animated feature. Disney never followed through. Beagle did, finally, for which I think we can all be grateful. Thirteen year-old New Yorker Jenny Gluckstein lives … Continue reading

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Dusty Rainbolt’s Death Under The Crescent Moon

There’s a moment toward the end of Dusty Rainbolt’s Death Under the Crescent Moon that is worth the price of admission all by its lonesome. In that instant, Rainbolt takes the clichés of the haunted hotel mystery and neatly dumps … Continue reading

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