Searchers After Horror: New Tales of the Weird and the…

Searchers After Horror: New Tales of the Weird and the Fantastic, edited by S.T. Joshi, Fedogan and Bremer Books, 2014. Illustrated by Rodger Gerberding, cover art by Richard Corben. Info:

Searchers After Horror: New Tales of the Weird and the Fantastic, edited by S.T. Joshi, Fedogan and Bremer Books, 2014. Illustrated by Rodger Gerberding, cover art by Richard Corben. Info:

“Arguably the worlds greatest scholar of the Weird Fiction genre, editor S.T. Joshi has selected 21 eerie tales around the theme of ‘the Weird Place.’ We believe that the Authors list speaks for itself. All but one presented here for the first time.”

Introduction by S.T. Joshi
Iced In by Melanie Tem
At Home with Azathoth by John Shirley
The Girl Between the Slats by Michael Aronovitz
The Patter of Tiny Feet by Richard Gavin
At Lorn Hall by Ramsey Campbell
Blind Fish by Caitlín R. Kiernan
An Element of Nightmare by W.H. Pugmire
The Reeds by Gary Fry
Crawldaddies by Steve Rasnic Tem
Three Dreams of Ys by Jonathan Thomas
Willie the Protector by Lois H. Gresh
Miranda’s Tree by Hannes Bok
The Beautiful Fog Ascending by Simon Strantzas
Exit Through the Gift Shop by Nick Mamatas
Going to Ground by Darrell Schweitzer
Dark Equinox by Ann K. Schwader
Et in Arcadia Ego by Brian Stableford
The Shadow of Heaven by Jason V Brock
Flesh and Bones by Nancy Kilpatrick
The Sculptures in the House by John D. Haefele
Ice Fishing by Donald Tyson

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Dead Reckonings No. 14, edited by June M. Pulliam and Tony…

Dead Reckonings No. 14, edited by June M. Pulliam and Tony Fonseca, Hippocampus Press, 2014. Info:

Dead Reckonings No. 14, edited by June M. Pulliam and Tony Fonseca, Hippocampus Press, 2014. Info:

“A Review of Horror Literature.”

Wagner and Vincent on Simmons – Hank Wagner and Bev Vincent (Dan Simmons, The Abominable)
Ramsey Campbell, Probably: The Grin Beneath the Flesh
From Horror to Homage – Richard Bleiler (J. E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett, eds., Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe; Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., ed. The Grimscribe’s Puppets)
Joel Lane: In Memoriam – Robert Butterfield
Other Realities—Alternate Readings: Two Views on Jason V Brock (Jason V Brock, Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities)
Outlier – Jonathan Johnson
Brock as Intriguing New Voice – Darrell Schweitzer
Malignant Mothers – Richard Bleiler (John Boyne, This House Is Haunted, Sophie Hannah, The Orphan Choir)
What Happens After – Sarah Simms (Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds., After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia)
571 Forrester Lane Eats Babies – Matthew McEver (Sonja Condit, Starter House)
Triskaidekaphilia – Jonathan Johnson (Jonathan Thomas, Thirteen Conjurations)
Submitted: My Stamp of Approval – Tony Fonseca (Reba Wissner, A Dimension of Sound: The Music of The Twilight Zone)
Religious Fanaticism Run Amok – Antoinette Winstead (L. Andrew Cooper, Burning the Middle Ground)
Fifty Years of Ramsey Campbell – S. T. Joshi (Ramsey Campbell, Holes for Faces; The Kind Folk; and The Last Revelation of Gla’aki)
Two Veteran Storytellers Demonstrate How It Is Done – Robert Butterfield (Darrell Schweitzer, The Emperor of the Ancient Word; Tony Richards, The Universal and Other Terrors)
Zombie Scholarship Earns Respect – June Pulliam (Jennifer Rutherford, Zombies; Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland, eds. Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror)
Sequel Deserves to be a Forgotten Chapter – Braden Dauzat (James Wan, dir. Insidious: Chapter 2)
Haunted from Within and Without – Richard Bleiler (Ellen Datlow, ed. Hauntings)
A Darker Piece of Darkness – John Edgar Browning (Ellen Datlow, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5 and Blood and Other Cravings; Laird Barron, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories)
The Lovecraftian Magickal Mystery Tour – Leigh Blackmore (Peter Levenda, The Dark Lord: H. P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic)
A Smorgasbord of Weird – S. T. Joshi (Lois H. Gresh, ed. Dark Fusions: Where Monsters Lurk!)
Portrait of the Mythos-Maker as a Young Man – Tony Fonseca (S. T. Joshi, The Assaults of Chaos: A Novel about H. P. Lovecraft)
Second Time’s the Charm – Leigh Blackmore (H. P. Lovecraft, The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works)
Covens, Witchcraft, and Murder, Oh My! – Antoinette Winstead (Debbie Viguie, The Thirteenth Sacrifice: A Witch Hunt Novel)
Zombies Are People Too – June Pulliam (Jonny Campbell, dir., In the Flesh)
The Weird Scholar – S. T. Joshi
Notes on Contributors

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Febbraio 15 2014

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Collings Notes: NOLAN ON BRADBURY–Insights and Explorations

Nolan on

F. Nolan; edited by S.T. Joshi

Press, 2013

paperback, 270 pp., $20.00


on Bradbury

is a fascinating exploration into two stellar figures in speculative fiction,
their relationship over sixty years, and the intellectual cross-fertilization
that can occur when such minds meet and share.

More than a personal account and less
than an academic study (in all of the right ways), the book allows readers a kind
of continuous insight into a friendship and a working exchange. Following
introductory materials by Jason V. Brock, S. T. Joshi, and Ray Bradbury himself
(writing about Nolan), the book opens onto a series of chronologically arranged
articles and essays—including introductions and afterwords to a number of books—in
which Nolan speaks about Bradbury, beginning with their first encounters and
Nolan’s responses to them (1952) and concluding with Nolan’s “My Personal
Evaluation of Ray’s Finest Stories” (2013). Joshi comments in his introduction
that there is a certain level of necessary redundancy in the accounts, and he
is correct; key episodes in their friendship recur frequently, often using the
same sentences and vocabulary. But that is as it should be. The repetitions
remind readers that they are following a six-decade long series of conclusions
on Nolan’s part; the details of Bradbury’s career and influence may—and must—shift
as the essays progress, but at core, the essence of Bradbury remains the same.
Each repetition is placed into a different context and thereby gains depth and
resonance, linking the disparate essays into a unified whole.

The second major section, “Stories,”
presents Nolan’s fictions that he defines as either about Bradbury or
influenced by Bradbury’s style and approach. They range from serious stories,
such as “And Miles to Go Before I Sleep” and “To Serve the Ship,” to
exquisitely modulated parodies and satires, such as the perfectly titled “The
Dandelion Chronicles”—a loving tribute to Bradbury that encompasses most of his
recurring themes as well as his signature style. Each is distinctly Nolan; none could have been written without his
having first met Ray Bradbury.

“Tributes to Ray Bradbury” and “Afterword:
The Return of Ray B.” round off the volume by giving space to Nolan, Brock,
John C. Tibbetts, Joshi, and Greg Bear to speak personally and, as it were,
conclusively about Bradbury and his influence. Each offers more insight into a
complex, multi-faceted, tremendously influential genius. Each is much

The final part is a short but useful
bibliography of major works, collections, stories, and other writings by both
Nolan and Bradbury. It is an appropriate capstone to this involving study of
writing, writers, friends, and friendships.

Anyone interested in either Nolan or
Bradbury will find much of value in the collection. Thanks to everyone involved
in assembling it.
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