Category Archives: Weird fiction

Larry Blamire’s Tales of the Callamo Mountains

One of the things I love about using Twitter is the opportunity to connect with people whose work I admire, from writers to scientists to artists to actors to musicians.  Those connections can then lead you to new “discoveries” that … Continue reading

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Basil Copper’s The Black Death

Ever since reading author Basil Copper’s The Great White Space (1974) and Necropolis (1980), both of which were recently reprinted by Valancourt Books, I’ve been binge-reading the works of Basil Copper.  I’ve read two of his short story collections so … Continue reading

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Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama

I must admit that I’ve never been a particularly avid reader of science fiction.  I’ve read very few of the works of the classic authors such as Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury*, and I have many boxes unchecked in my … Continue reading

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John Wyndham’s “Web”

John Wyndham (1903-1969) is one of those authors who falls into the category of “famous writer that you’ve never heard of.”  A number of his novels are undeniable classics that were made, and remade, into movies and television series multiple … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells’ zombies

These days, zombies are everywhere: from television series, to movies, to books, even to television commercials.  If you were to ask people how this craze got started, most would point back to the classic 1968 film Night of the Living … Continue reading

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Basil Copper’s “Necropolis” and “Into the Silence”

Thanks to a busy workload over the past few months, I’m way behind in my blogging on a variety of topics!  I thought I’d start catching up first on my backlog of weird fiction, as I’ve been reading an immense … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Yesterday, I learned via Boing Boing that Richard Matheson, amazing author of speculative fiction, horror, and much more, died at the age of 87. One of my earliest blog posts was a “horror masters” post on Richard Matheson, who I’ve … Continue reading

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Ted Kosmatka’s Prophet of Bones

Sometimes a book comes out with an idea so compelling and intriguing and yet so simple that I wonder to myself why someone didn’t think of it ages ago!  Such is the case when I first learned about Ted Kosmatka’s … Continue reading

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Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers

This post continues a long-neglected series of posts about classic novels of science fiction and horror that were adapted into movies of the 1950s and 1960s.  Years past, I talked about John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of … Continue reading

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J.B. Priestley’s Benighted

Valancourt Books, traditionally specializing in fiction of Edwardian era and older, has recently started printing new editions of excellent but forgotten 20th century novels.  I, of course, have written introductions for a number of the books of John Blackburn (Bury … Continue reading

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