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Joe Lansdale’s Pigeons from Hell

Pigeons from Hell is an adaptation by Joe R. Lansdale of a story by Robert E. Howard, with art by Nathan Fox and color by Dave Stewart. Lansdale is at pains to point out, in his “Notes from the Writer,” … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of September: Louisiana’s Lost Bayou Ramblers, live music by Kathryn Tickell, Ottawa based urban fantasies by Charles de Lint, Norwegian saxophonist Karl Seglem, Gus on the Estate Kitchen garden and other Autumnal matters

Every good fiddler has a distinctive sound. No matter how many play the same tune, each can’t help but play it differently. Some might use an up stroke where another would a down. One might bow a series of quick … Continue reading

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Crystal King’s Feast of Sorrow

I have to confess something to you before we get started.  I finished this book months ago.  By “finished”, I mean I read it from front to back.  So why didn’t I crank out a review earlier?  Well one reason; … Continue reading

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Garth Dahl’s Masks from Around the World: A Personal Collection

Masks occur in every human culture I’ve ever run across, and their purpose is always the same: disguise. In the theater of ancient Greece, the disguise served to submerge the actor in the persona of the god or hero he … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 3rd of September

Not of father, nor of mother
 Was my blood, was my body.
 I was spellbound by Gwydion,
 Prime enchanter of the Britons, 
 When he formed me from nine blossoms. From the Robert Graves translation of ‘Hanes Blodeuwedd’ Who am … Continue reading

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Helen Ward’s The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

You’ve undoubtedly heard this story, or at the very least heard of it, probably under some variation of “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse,” or the reverse. It’s a well-loved children’s story that has received innumerable treatments throughout the … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 27th of August: Kage Baker on Peter Beagle, dark fantasy, Brahms-a-rama, other somewhat Autumnal matters

I did not want to think about people. I wanted the trees, the scents and colors, the shifting shadows of the wood, which spoke language I understood. I wished I could simply disappear in it, live like a bird or … Continue reading

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Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood; Heir to the Shadows; Queen of the Darkness

“Night is not something to endure until dawn. It is an element, like wind or fire. Darkness is its own kingdom; it moves to its own laws, and many living things dwell in it.” — Patricia A. McKillip, from Harpist … Continue reading

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James Morror’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

I was not prepared for this book. I knew from the title that the story was at least related to the classic silent horror movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with which I am only passingly familiar. That was not … Continue reading

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James Morton’s The Asylum of Dr. caligari

I was not prepared for this book. I knew from the title that the story was at least related to the classic silent horror movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with which I am only passingly familiar. That was not … Continue reading

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