Horrors Weird and Mundane: Lovecraft Country (Novel) Review

“Arkham,” Atticus said. “The letter says Mom’s ancestors come from Arkham, Massachusetts.” Arkham: home of the corpse reanimator Herbert West, and of Miskatonic University, which had sponsored the fossil-hunting expedition to the mountains of madness. “It is made up, right? I mean—” “Oh, yeah,” George said. “Lovecraft based it on Salem, I think, but it’s…

Tradecraft Training — Electronic Spying by Mentor Publications

Electronic Spying Published by Mentor Publications Year: 1976 Pages: 56 Available on Amazon I love estate sales. My wife and I go to them whenever we can. You never know what you’ll find. You can usually get a good feel for what kind of stuff you’ll find as people tend to surround themselves with items…

In Their Own Words — Forgotten Sidekicks

Forgotten Sidekicks Edited: Peter Sutton & Steven Poore Publisher: Kristell Ink Published in: 2020 Page Count: 182 Available Formats: PDF and print PDF (Amazon) – $5.99 Paperback – $14.99 The idiom “always the bridesmaid never the bride” is akin to the perception of sidekicks,; never reaching their full potential like their counterparts. Sidekicks are seen…

Lost to time — Vault of the Ages

Vault of the Ages Author: Poul Anderson Publisher: Berkley Reprinted: 1978 Page Count: 160 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies In the ruins of a metropolis lies an underground bunker filled with the history and knowledge of an advanced civilization. The secrets entombed could tip the scales of power or bring about a new Armageddon. Generations…

News Desk: Author John Houhilan Contributor to Forgotten Sidekicks

Fantasy writer and novelist, John Houhilan, has just published a new story as part of a new short story compilation entitled Forgotten Sidekicks. You may John’s name from some of his other fiction including works set in the tabletop role-playing & miniatures world of Achtung! Cthulhu.  The book has just been released in both the…

Orphans of the Sky – Adopting Ideas

Orphans of the Sky Author: Robert A. Heinlein Publisher: Signet Books Published: 1965 Page Count: 128 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies   Cruising through the blackness of space to Centaurus, a mutiny among the crew erupts on the colonization spaceship Vanguard. The conflict leaves no one left alive with the knowledge to continue the mission….

Planet of the Apes – Variation on a Theme

The book was better than the film. How many times have you heard that? A lot I bet. When a book translates into another medium like films it becomes restrained by budget, run times, practical effects, and other factors. The story is usually altered to fit the medium. In the case of Planet of the…

Starship – A Non-stop Trip to Inspiration

Starship (Original Title: Non-stop) Author: Brian Aldiss Publisher: Avon Books Reprinted: 1969 Page Count: 224 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies Starship or by its first published title Non-stop (1958) is about a group of humans living on a generation ship after dozens upon dozens of generations have gone by. In the story, the inhabitants no longer…

Dune as an Example of World-building

One of my first “grown-up” science fiction novels I read was Frank Herbert’s Dune, in my sophomore year of college. Over the next several months I found myself inhaling the rest of the classic Dune novels (this was long before the later prequels – which to be honest I did not particularly care for). The science fiction…