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A few intriguing Valancourt Books releases!

Been very busy with work lately, trying to meet some deadlines before the start of the Fall semester.  In the meantime, I thought I’d say a few words about a few recent Valancourt Books releases that I read on my … 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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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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George Soane’s “The Stranger Knight” (1812-14)

Note: In the interest of disclosure, I wanted to mention that Valancourt Books has graciously asked me to write an introduction to an upcoming release, John Blackburn’s Broken Boy (1959)!  Very excited, but I don’t think it affects my blog posts … Continue reading

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Row, row row your boat, James Clerk Maxwell (1841)

Another short post inspired by my work on my upcoming book on the history of invisibility physics! James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) is rightly regarded as one of the most important physicists of the 19th century, and indeed of all time, … 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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House of Representatives flushes the 4th Amendment down the toilet

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly … Continue reading

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