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Beekman Boys Present: Polka Spot #4Writer: Brent Ridge and Michael TroyArtist: Felipe Montezinos & Alejandra Zúñiga MirandaAfter an exhausting whirlwind adventure, World Famous socialite llama, Polka Spot…
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The Horror Writers Association has announced the list of nominees for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards. The winners will be announced on May 10th at the 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet held during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon.Superior Achievement in a Novel “NOS4A2” by Joe Hill (William Morrow)“Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King (Scribner)“Malediction” by Lisa Morton (Evil Jester Press)“A Necessary End” by Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson (Thunderstorm/Maelstrom Press)“The Heavens Rise” by Christopher Rice (Gallery Books)Superior Achievement in a First Novel “Candy House” by Kate Jonez (Evil Jester Press)“The Year of the Storm” by John Mantooth (Berkley Trade)“The Evolutionist” by Rena Mason (Nightscape …
You are here: Home » coming&going » BlueWater Titles for 2/19 BlueWater Titles for 2/19 Posted by: J. Wolffe on February 17, 2014.New titles out on 2/19/2014Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi #1Writer: Scott DavisArtist: Hoyt SilvaWhile travelling on a somber mission to bury his recently deceased son, legendary hero Allan Quatermain is forced to confront both inner demons…and bestial undead ones too. When the body of his son disappears, he jumps headlong on a quest to reclaim the body and unburies several secrets some believe best left hidden. Woven into historical landscape of the brutal Belgian rule of the Congo, this …
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I’m rerunning this review to celebrate the all-new 4-part radio drama NOW PLAYING (for a very limited time) on BBC Radio online. The show is based on the first comic strip continuity, “You’re the Top,” which appears in both books shown below. How much of that original story was really Hammett’s work, and how much should be attributed to unnamed editors at the King Features Syndicate, remains in doubt, but it’s still a crackling good tale. Episode 1 will be available for on-demand listening only until Tuesday (UK time), Episode 2 until Wednesday, and so on, so don’t delay! The link to the show is right here:
Maybe this book’s not really forgotten, but since the latest edition was published 20 years ago, it’s at least neglected. You’ve no doubt heard of the strip. Hammett plotted and wrote the dialogue for most of 1934, while Raymond continued the artwork for another year. I don’t know who actually named the character, but the concept seems to have come directly from William Randolph Hearst, who wanted “the toughness of a detective like (Dick) Tracy with the the mystery of a secret operative like (Dan) Dunn.”
With a team like Hammett and Raymond, you know this is great stuff. The only question is . . . do you buy the green edition (Nostalgia Press 1976), the red edition (International Polygonics Ltd, 1983) or the 1990 book (which I have not seen) published by Kitchen Sink?
Here’s the lowdown on the two I have. Both books have the first continuity, a long story sometimes known as “You’re the Top”. Both also contain the much shorter second and third stories, “The Mystery of the Silent Guns” and “The Martyn Case”. But that’s where things get tricky. According to William F. Nolan, Hammett left the strip during the run of “The Martyn Case”, having already submitted a plot for the next story, “The Torch Car Case”.
The green book skips “The Torch Car Case” and jumps ahead to “The Iron Claw Gang” and “The Egyptian Jewel Case”, two stories in which Hammett apparently had no hand.
The red book gives us “The Torch Car Case”, then skips “The Iron Claw Gang” and “The Egyptian Jewel Case” to present “The Fixer”, a story scripted by Saint creator Leslie Charteris.
And there’s more to consider. The introduction to the green book, while not lengthy, is excerpted from a critique by Bill Blackbeard, who certainly knows his comic strip stuff. The red book has a longer and more fact-packed intro by Nolan, who surely knows his Hammett.
Which are you leaning toward, the green or the red? Well, here’s one more consideration. The green book does a better job of reproducing the strips, which are uniformly sharp. Taken on its own, the red book looks OK, but side-by-side with the green the artwork looks a bit muddy.
The Kitchen Sink edition is in letterbox format (like the green book), and 206 pages (30 pages more). According to Tom Roberts, it contains all of Alex Raymond’s work on the strip, which the other books do not.
These books won’t lay flat enough to scan full strips, but I managed to snag a few sample panels from the green book. You may, of course, click to enlarge.
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It’s always a pleasant surprise to be recognized for something special in your writing. This month my novella Astoria is included on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. The awards are administered by the Horror Writers Association. To be on the preliminary ballot does not make the book a nominee. In the next few weeks members of HWA will vote to trim the list down to four (or five) nominees in each category.
There were many excellent books published in 2013, and in all likelihood Astoria will be eliminated in the next round. But it’s nice to be recognized and lovely to be (as my husband calls it) a Preliminee. Many thanks to my fellow writers and members of HWA for including my novella. And congratulations to everyone on the ballot.
Superior Achievement in a Novel
Michaelbrent Collings – Darkbound (Amazon Digital Services)
Michaelbrent Collings – The Colony: Genesis (Amazon Digital Services)
John Harwood – The Asylum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Joe Hill – NOS4A2 (William Morrow)
Stephen King – Doctor Sleep (Scribner)
Lisa Morton – Malediction (Evil Jester Press)
Fuminori Nakamura – Evil and the Mask (Soho Crime)
Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson – A Necessary End (Thunderstorm/Maelstrom Press)
Christopher Rice – The Heavens Rise (Gallery Books)
Gord Rollo – Only the Thunder Knows (JournalStone)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
L.C. Barlow – Pivot (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
Michael Bray – Whisper (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
J. Lincoln Fenn – Poe (47North)
Geoffrey Girard – Cain’s Blood (Touchstone)
Kate Jonez – Candy House (Evil Jester Press)
Christian A. Larsen – Losing Touch (Post Mortem Press)
John Mantooth – The Year of the Storm (Berkley Trade)
Rena Mason – The Evolutionist (Nightscape Press)
Jonathan Moore – Redheads (Samhain Publishing)
Royce Prouty – Stoker’s Manuscript (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Charles Day – The Adventures of Kyle McGerrt: Hunt for the Ghoulish Bartender (Blood Bound Books)
Patrick Freivald – Special Dead (JournalStone)
Kami Garcia – Unbreakable (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Geoffrey Girard – Project Cain (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Hannah Jayne – Truly, Madly, Deadly (Sourcebooks Fire)
Tom Leveen – Sick (Harry N. Abrams)
Joe McKinney – Dog Days (JournalStone)
Cat Winters – In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Harry N. Abrams)
Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
Ed Brubaker – Fatale Book Three: West of Hell (Image Comics)
Caitlin R. Kiernan – Alabaster: Wolves (Dark Horse Comics)
Brandon Seifert – Witch Doctor, Vol. 2: Mal Practice (Image Comics)
Cameron Stewart – Sin Titulo (Dark Horse Comics)
Paul Tobin – Colder (Dark Horse Comics)
NOTE: As there are only five selections, the Graphic Novel category will not appear on the Preliminary Ballot but will move directly to the Final Ballot. Word of warning: these are not considered “nominees” until the Final Ballot is announced.
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Dale Bailey – “The Bluehole” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2013)
Gary Braunbeck – “The Great Pity” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
James Chambers – Three Chords of Chaos (Dark Quest Books)
Benjamin K. Ethridge – “The Slaughter Man” (Limbus, Inc., JournalStone)
Gregory Frost – “No Others Are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2013)
Greg F. Gifune – House of Rain (DarkFuse)
Eric J. Guignard – Baggage of Eternal Night (JournalStone)
Dustin LaValley – The Deceived (Thunderstorm Books)
Rena Mason – East End Girls (JournalStone)
S.P. Miskowski – Astoria (Omnium Gatherum)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Colleen Anderson – “The Book With No End” (Bibliotheca Fantastica, Dagan Books)
Michael Bailey – “Primal Tongue” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
Max Booth III – “Flowers Blooming in the Season of Atrophy” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
Patrick Freivald – “Snapshot” (Blood & Roses, Scarlett River Press)
David Gerrold – “Night Train to Paris” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan./Feb. 2013)
Lisa Mannetti – “The Hunger Artist” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
Samuel Marolla – “Black Tea” (Black Tea and Other Tales, Mezzotints)
Helen Marshall – “The Slipway Grey” (Chilling Tales, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)
John Palisano – “The Geminis” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
Michael Reaves – “Code 666” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013)
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert – The Returned: “The Horde” (Ramaco Media I, Castelao Pictures)
Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
Bryan Fuller – Hannibal: “Apéritif” (Dino De Laurentiis Company, Living Dead Guy Productions, AXN: Original X Production, Gaumont International Television)
Daniel Knauf – Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur” (Flame Ventures, Playground, Universal Television, Carnival Films)
Glen Mazzara – The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs” (AMC TV)
NOTE: As there are only five selections, the Screenplay category will not appear on the Preliminary Ballot but will move directly to the Final Ballot. Word of warning: these are not considered “nominees” until the Final Ballot is announced.
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (ed.) – Horror Library: Volume 5 (Cutting Block Press)
Marc Ciccarone (ed) – Blood Rites: An Invitation to Horror (Blood Bound Books)
Eric J. Guignard (ed.) – After Death… (Dark Moon Books)
Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel (ed.) – Barbers & Beauties (Hummingbird House Press)
Ross E. Lockhart (ed.) – Tales of Jack the Ripper (Word Horde)
Lori Michelle (ed.) – Bleed (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (ed.) – The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
Jeani Rector (ed.) – Shadow Masters: An Anthology from the Horror Zine (Imajin Books)
Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson (ed.) – Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One (Grey Matter Press)
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters: Stories (Small Beer Press)
Laird Barron – The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories (Night Shade Books)
Max Booth III – They Might Be Demons (Dark Moon Books)
Kenneth W. Cain – Fresh Cut Tales: A Collection of Dark Fiction (Distressed Press)
James Dorr – The Tears of Isis (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
K. Trap Jones – The Crossroads: A Collection of Narrative Horror (Hazardous Press)
Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean)
Chantal Noordeloos – Deeply Twisted (TMH Publishing)
Gene O’Neill – Dance of the Blue Lady (Bad Moon Books)
Reggie Oliver – Flowers of the Sea (Tartarus Press)
S. P. Somtow – Bible Stories for Secular Humanists (Diplodocus Press)
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan (ed.) – Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Gary William Crawford (ed.) – Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror (Scarecrow Press)
William F. Nolan – Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (Hippocampus Press)
Jarkko Toikkanen – The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures (Palgrave Macmillan)
Robert H. Waugh (ed.) – Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors (Scarecrow Press)
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (ed.) – The Works of Tim Burton: Margins to Mainstream (Palgrave Macmillan)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
Vincenzo Bilof – The Horror Show (Bizarro Pulp Press)
Bruce Boston – Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Books)
G.O. Clark – Scenes Along the Zombie Highway (Dark Regions Press)
David C. Kopaska-Merkel – Luminous Worlds (Dark Regions Press)
Helen Marshall – The Sex Lives of Monsters (Kelp Queen Press)
Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca – Dangerous Dreams (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison – Four Elements (Bad Moon Books/Evil Jester Press)
Bryan Thao Worra – Demonstra: A Poetry Collection (Innsmouth Free Press)
Stephanie M. Wytovich – Hysteria: A Collection of Madness (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
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Diverse in setting, style, and quality
This e-book file is one of many “Megapacks” offered by Wildside Press, a publisher that reprints content from classic pulp fiction magazines. Editor John Gregory Betancourt, who runs Wildside, has compiled 26 tales of time travel that were originally published from 1928 to 2013. These stories range in size from several novella-length works to three installments of the Ferdinand Feghoot series of one-page jokes that culminate in groan-inducing puns.
The subject of time travel is open to infinite possibilities, and the stories in this collection cover an appropriately broad sweep of settings, from the Pliocene Epoch in Clifford D. Simak’s “Project Mastodon” to the demise, from old age, of the known universe in the trippy “Nebogipfel at the End of Time” by Richard A. Lupoff. Despite such epic parameters, however, a lot of the stories here fail to impress with their utilization of the time travel element. In many cases, time travel is merely used as a tangential plot device in an otherwise run-of-the-mill adventure story, or as a means of setting up the punchline of a joke. Such stories rise to the level of clever, but strive for little more. One time traveler longs to escape his shrewish sister; another visits Oktoberfest; yet another becomes a con artist. The oldest story in the collection, “Armageddon 2419 A.D.,” is the debut adventure of Buck Rogers in the 25th century. Unfortunately, it’s one of the weaker entries in the book, an uninspired military adventure that capitalizes on the “yellow peril” paranoia of its day by depicting a world ruled by an evil Chinese empire.
A few of the better selections do make the extra effort to really explore the scientific possibilities of time travel and the conundrums it may cause. The best story in the book doesn’t contain any time travel at all, but it nonetheless pushes the envelope of the genre. In H. Beam Piper’s expertly crafted “The Edge of the Knife,” a history professor’s unexplained visions of future world history end up jeopardizing his career. Two other Piper stories are also among the collection’s best: “Time and Time Again,” in which a grown man’s consciousness is transported thirty years backward into his own childhood body, and “The Flight from Tomorrow,” in which a deposed dictator from a hundred centuries in the future escapes his enemies by traveling to the past. In another excellent selection, “The Eternal Wall” by Raymond Z. Gallun, a present-day man dies in a car accident, only to have his mummified corpse revived a million years in the future. The collection’s most recent story—Edward M. Lerner’s 2013 novella “Time Out”—is a crafty and thought-provoking exploration of the mystifying problems that arise when you mess with the continuity of time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a film adaptation in its future.
Like any other genre or period of literature, probably 90 percent of what was published during the pulp fiction era was garbage. Wildside Press performs a valuable service by not only resurrecting stories from these long-lost magazines but also curatorially separating the wheat from the chaff. Nevertheless, Wildside publishes such a large quantity of work that some mediocre content is bound to sneak in. Perhaps the true value of these Megapacks lies simply in the pleasure of making unexpected discoveries like—in my case—the works of Piper. Yet even the mediocre stories offer a pleasant glimpse into the glory days of the pulps. Reading this collection is a bit like sifting for gems in a bucket of corn. It’s the gems that make the book worth its purchase price, but the corn delivers its own brand of satisfying nourishment.
The Kindle file has a lot of typographical errors; not enough to hinder understanding, but enough to annoy. One of the shortest stories was pasted twice, so it appears duplicated in its entirety. The copy I downloaded even had the wrong cover image. Wildside publishes good stuff, but they should pay more attention to quality control.
Stories in this collection
Time Out by Edward M. Lerner
These Stones Will Remember by Reginald Bretnor
Project Mastodon by Clifford D. Simak
12:01 p.m. by Richard A. Lupoff
Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order by Damien Broderick
Time and Time Again by H. Beam Piper
Try, Try Again by John Gregory Betancourt
The Eternal Wall by Raymond Z. Gallun
The Man from Time by Frank Belknap Long
Of Time and Texas by William F. Nolan
The Edge of the Knife by H. Beam Piper
Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot (10) by Grendel Briarton
Time Bum by C.M. Kornbluth
Nebogipfel at the End of Time by Richard A. Lupoff
Unborn Tomorrow by Mack Reynolds
Lost in the Future by John Victor Peterson
The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz
Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan
The Man Who Saw the Future by Edmond Hamilton
A Traveler in Time by August Derleth
Flight from Tomorrow by H. Beam Piper
In the Cracks of Time by David Grace
Sweep Me to My Revenge! by Darrell Schweitzer
The Solid Men by C.J. Henderson
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Evil Jester Presents #1, Evil Jester Comics, 2013. Writers: Jonathan, Maberry, Jack Ketchum, Joe McKinney, William F. Nolan, Taylor Grant, Aric Sundquist. Artists: Richard P. Clark, Felix Ruiz, Beni Lobel, Nacho Arranz, Salvador Navarro, Esteve Polls. Cover art by Richard P. Clark, info and previews: eviljestercomics.com.
Evil Jester Presents is a gorgeously illustrated anthology featuring terrifying tales from some of the biggest names and most exciting talent working in horror today. Full Color. 28 pages with no ads. The premiere issue features the Bram Stoker Award Winning story “The Box” by Bestselling author Jack Ketchum, who Stephen King calls “The Scariest Man in America.” With an all-star line up including: – New York Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (“Flesh and Bone”) – International Bestselling author William F. Nolan (“Logan’s Run”) – Bram Stoker Award Winning author Joe McKinney (“Flesh Eaters”). Beautifully illustrated by world-class artists: – Richard P. Clark (“Creepy,” “Batman”) – Beni Lobel (Smallville,” “True Blood”) – Felix Ruiz (“Marvel Zombies,” “Astonishing X-Men,” “Wolverine Max”), – Salvador Navarro (“GI Joe 2: Retaliation,” “Grimm Fairy Tales,”), – Esteve Polls (“Zorro,” “The Long Ranger”) – Nacho Arranz (“Dungeons and Dragons,” “Grimm Fairy Tales”).
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The horror world has been slowly fading since the rise and fall of the 1950 horror comics. In hopes to revive this nearly lost genre, four masters of horror team up to contribute: Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, William F. Nolan, and Joe McKinney. As if that isn’t promising enough, they feature the Bram Stoker award-winning story “The Box”.
“Evil Jester Presents…” is perhaps one of the best horror comics printed to date, rivaling “Tales from the Crypt”. Not only did they have a promising line-up of authors and artists, along with an undeniably compelling objective, but they executed it masterfully!
When you first open the comic, you find a fantastic introduction written by New York Time’s best selling author, Jonathan Maberry. His compelling writing style is perfectly expressed through this comeback introduction to Evil Jester Comics, proudly announcing that “Horror comics are back. And they’re getting the respect they deserve.” The readers couldn’t agree more.
Sure, the writers are good, and the stories they give fit the genre well. But how do they pull it together? Cue Taylor Grant and Aric Sundquist! This brilliant team worked separately and together to adapt the stories into comic book form. They piece together the perfect forum for artist and colorist, Beni Lobel, Esteve Polls, Esther Sanz, Salva Navarro, Ester Salguero, and Nacho Arranz to literally bring the comic to life!
Readers and fans of comics and horror alike will devour this book as a vampire devours blood: in a single gulp. This will inevitably spark a craving so hard to satisfy, that they’ll practically be begging for the next issue!
Like lighting on a cloudy night, the comic opens with “The Box”, sparking terror in the reader’s mind and illuminating your deepest fears. But this goes far beyond a story: the illustrations spring to life in your mind, and the box is suddenly before you… calling to you! The world around you vanishes and all that exists is darkness, you, and the comic you hold in your shaky hands.
After the adrenaline rush fades, but before your heart can resume a normal tempo, you begin “Swallowed”. A story and illustration combination that will leave you yearning to slither out of your skin! This powerful story will leave you covered in gooseflesh, your heart unable to slow, and your eyes wider than ever. The illustrations make the perfect accompaniment in order to sink deep into that “unforgettable” section of your conscious.
You can’t stop now: you’re only half way through! “Small World” opens with a heart-pounding, action packed beginning that will keep you awake for the rest of the night. Not only does this outstanding prose and illustration collaboration promise thrills and chills, but it will also make you think: as most good stories tend to do. This isn’t just a story: it’s a journey of a thousand thoughts deep in your subconscious that are clawing their way through your deepest inner emotions. Written in a way that you aren’t just reading it, you are living it! The characters come to life in a way unmatched by any other, and you’re along for the ride.
As if this thrill trip isn’t already an instant hit alongside a classic, the brilliant creators suck you in for one last story. This has to be the best and most ingenious way to end this comeback comic. Not only will “Like Part of the Family” quench your now bloodthirsty nature, but leave you thriving on high-octane energy, unable to say enough good things about what you just experienced, and yet trembling for more!
Jonathan Maberry is a literary genius; and it is as if this story was born to be adapted into comic-book form. The characters will live in your mind forever. They are the kind of characters that can never escape and are unforgettable. Maberry delicately balances jealously, human nature, greed, the most classic form of horror creatures, and gives an ending that couldn’t be better. His masterful ability to showcase this once near-dead genre is just what this comic needed to end with to leave you wondering what will they come up with next.
There is no denying that this comic will make a comeback like no other before. This is what the horror genre needs and this will go down in the horror legacy we leave to our children. Overall this comic is fully satisfying, flawless, and leaves you ready to sink your fangs into the next issue.
This is an instant classic and an undeniable hit! I know this is one I’ll save and pass down to my children and grandchildren. I’ll say, “This is the one that sparked it all. This is what brought back what you’re reading now.” And that statement will be 110% true.
From the bottom of my darkened heart, thank you everybody who made this comic possible! You’ve sucked me into your twisted web and I can’t wait for more!
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