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Love is the Law, by Nick Mamatas

In my experience, Nick Mamatas’ novels are not pleasant to read — and I mean that in a good way.  He is willing to dive wholeheartedly into ugly situations in his writing and challenge the reader with unhappy observations about the … 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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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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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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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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The Club Dumas, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

For reasons that I never quite understand, some books that I purchase end up sitting on my shelf, unread, for months or even years.  Typically, when I come back to read them, I end up mentally kicking myself for avoiding … Continue reading

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A. Merritt’s Seven Footprints to Satan

Abraham Grace Merritt (1884-1943) was an author with an vivid and bizarre imagination!  Among his surreal fiction stories one can find a hive-like race of metal, electrically powered geometric shapes (The Metal Monster, 1920), a colossal stone face dripping tears … Continue reading

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