All posts by James Aquilone

James Aquilone is an editor and writer, mostly of the speculative ilk, from Staten Island, New York. His fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Nature’s Futures, Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, and Weird Tales Magazine, among many other publications. His nonfiction has appeared in SF Signal, Den of Geek, Shock Totem, and Hellnotes. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Visit him at jamesaquilone.com.

MIND MELD: Best SF/F Movies of 2014

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This week, we asked our esteemed panelists the following question:

Q: What was the best SF/F movie of 2014?

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 12/9/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 11/26/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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Table of Contents: Flash Fiction Online, November 2014

Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “Monoceros Ptolemy Cluster” by Steven W. Johnson
  • “Black Friday” by Brynn MacNab
  • “The Rules of the Game” by Alexandra Grunberg

This issue, which went live November 1st, was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features a cover image by Dario Bijelac and cover design by Anna Yeatts.

Single ebooks and subscriptions are available via Weightless Books.

Support Flash Fiction Online via Patreon.

SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 11/12/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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MIND MELD: What We’re Thankful for in the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Genres

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With Thanksgiving a few weeks away, we thought it was the perfect time to ask our esteemed panel the following question…

Q: What are you thankful for in the speculative genres this year?

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/27/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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Table of Contents: Jamais Vu – Issue Three

Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Jamais Vu:

Fiction

  • “The Floating Girls: A Documentary” – Damien Angelica Walters
  • “That Hideous Beauty” – Tom Piccirilli
  • “Stick Men” – Steve Rasnic Tem
  • An Excerpt from TOXICITY – Max Booth III
  • “A Ring of His Own” – Kenneth W. Cain
  • “To Sleep Long, to Sleep Deep” – Kristi DeMeester

Poetry

  • “In the Beginning” – Chris Shearer
  • “So What Caused This?” – John Grey
  • “The Nightmare Room” – Lauren Michaud
  • “In which I feel nostalgic after my mother’s death” – Abigail Rizzo
  • “Mermaids Can’t Fall in Love” – Stephanie Wytovich

Reviews

  • Let’s Talk About Strange… – Eric Beebe
  • A Review of The Loved One – William D. Carl
  • A Review of The Fly (1986) – James Newman
  • A Review of The Sacrament – Jessica Dwyer
  • A Review of Craig Spector’s Turnaround – Paul Anderson
  • A Review of Dan Wells’ I am Not a Serial Killer – Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • A Review of Henry S. Whitehead’s Voodoo Tales – Alex Friedman

Ephemera

  • I Had a Thought Today – Harlan Ellison®
  • First-Hand Fear: The Found Footage Genre – Jessica Dwyer
  • The Slender Man: Meme Gone Psychotic – KT Jayne
  • Reinventing Craig Spector – Paul Anderson
  • Isla de las Munecas – Mexico’s Island of Dolls
  • Wish Fulfillment in Shaun of the Dead – Anton Cancre
  • RE: Animated – Kenneth W. Cain

This issue was edited by Paul Anderson.

Q&A with Editor R.J. Cavender on His Writers Retreat at The Stanley Hotel, Birthplace of THE SHINING by Stephen King

Forty years ago this month a promising horror writer checked into Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. The place crept him out so much it inspired his third published novel. You might have heard of it. It’s called The Shining. Story goes that Stephen King picked the hotel after opening a U.S. atlas and randomly pointing at a location, which turned out to be Boulder, Colorado. He wanted to get away from Maine so his next novel would have a “different sort of background.” It certainly worked.

Now on the anniversary of that trip, editor R.J. Cavender has organized a writers retreat at the haunted hotel in the Rockies for a group of authors looking for similar inspiration. It may be a brilliant idea or — if things turn out as well as they did for Jack Torrance — the worst idea of all time.

Before leaving on his trip this week, the intrepid Cavender answered a few questions for SF Signal. So, without further ado, heeeeeere’s R.J.!


JAMES AQUILONE: Why have a writers retreat at the Stanley Hotel? After all, Jack Torrance didn’t get much writing done during his stay in the Rockies.

R.J. CAVENDER: On the contrary! Jack was prolific, just very repetitive. To answer the question, though…why not? I’ve always dreamed of staying in the hotel from The Shining, so why not stay at the version that actually inspired the book? And with 40 of my author friends! It’s such a gorgeous, stately old place. Almost time to find out if Room 217 is haunted or not…
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/15/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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MIND MELD: Horrified by Horror – The Books, Films and Shows That Messed Us Up

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Why do we check under the bed for monsters or dread swimming in the ocean or sleep with the lights on? Most likely it’s because of a horror movie or novel. Maybe you watched or read it as a kid or even as an adult; maybe it was temporary or continues to this day. Nonetheless, the horror genre is responsible for many of our fears. And with that in mind we asked our esteemed panel the following question…

Q: What horror tale or tales (novel, short story, movie, TV show, comic book) have messed you up?

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Table of Contents: Flash Fiction Online, October 2014

Flash Fiction Online, October 2014Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “The Liar” by David Austin
  • “Columbidae” by Nathaniel Lee
  • “If You Want” by Luc Reid

This issue, which goes live October 1st, was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features a cover image by Tony Grist and cover design by Anna Yeatts.

Single ebooks and subscriptions are available via Weightless Books.

Support Flash Fiction Online via Patreon.

SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/30/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/17/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/4/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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Table of Contents: Flash Fiction Online, September 2014

Flash Fiction Online, September 2014Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “The Cell I’m In” by Eli Hastings
  • “Honeybee” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • “The Vitruvian Farmer” by Marcelina Vizcarra

This issue was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features cover art by Rick W Ware.

Single ebooks and subscriptions are available via Weightless Books.

Support Flash Fiction Online via Patreon.

MIND MELD: Underappreciated Genre Authors

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Even great writers can get lost among the ever-growing stacks and stacks of genre literature or fade from memory in the course of time. Sometimes a writer’s talent far outweighs his or hers status among the reading public. With that in mind we asked our esteemed panel the following question…

Q: Which genre author, living or dead, do you think deserves more recognition? Why?

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 8/19/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 8/5/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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MIND MELD: Our Favorite Magical Items from Fantasy

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Sure, we’d all like to own a Quidditch broom or a crystal ball, but what magical item would you want the most? That was our esteemed panel’s challenge this week. Next week we ask a new set of panelists about their favorite SF devices.

Q: What magical item, artifact, weapon, etc., from the world of fantasy fiction would you most like to own? Why? What would you do with it?

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