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I’m a huge fan of the Jessie Shimmer series by Lucy A. Snyder, and frankly, I think it’s a series that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. So far, there are three books in the series: SPELLBENT (nominated for a 2010 Bram Stoker Award), SHOTGUN SORCERESS, and SWITCHBLADE GODDESS, and frankly, I want more! Well, because of Kickstarter (and Alliteration Ink), we may get more! DEVILS’ FIELD is the new book, and it’s only got about 30% more to go before meeting its goal, but it sure would be nice to exceed that goal. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to help continue a great series, and support an awesome author in the process!
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Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield in 1960. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He’s the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella “The Push” was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story “The Incredible Exploding Man” featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in the 29th Year’s Best Science Fiction collection. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.

How I Wrote EUROPE IN AUTUMN

by Dave Hutchinson

How does a book get written?

The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. The End.

Only kidding, but I believe there is no one way to write a novel. Everyone does it differently, everyone has different working practices and habits and little routines and fetishes and superstitions. For a very long time, for example, I thought it was ‘unlucky’ to put the title of a story on a manuscript until it was finished. Which is obviously absurd when you think about it, but there you go.

Anyway. I can’t tell you how to write a novel. But I will tell you how Europe In Autumn came about.

It starts with a name. Les Coureurs de Bois.
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Books Received: February 10, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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Andre Norton fans take note! This month sees the release of the first volume of the new Andre Norton collection, Tales From High Hallack, Volume 1: The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton. Volume 2 is coming in May and Volume 3 is due in the Fall of 2014.

Here’s the description and tables of contents for the first 2 volumes…
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Over at Kirkus Reviews Blog, I name my top 20 picks for January 2014 Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book releases.

See if you agree!

SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-12-16

Interviews & Profiles

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The Unauthorized Lord of the Rings

I bought my first copy of The Hobbit at a library sale in Quechee, VT when I was a kid. At the time, I remember noticing that the cover was graced with an ‘The Authorized Edition’, and it’s been something that I’ve noticed over the years. A couple of months ago, I wrote a column on Ace Books and their double novels, and came across the reason for the words: Ace had published an unauthorized version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, citing a publishing loophole and sparking a publishing row that had some pretty profound implications on the fantasy publishing field.

There’s the common narrative that the book was stolen outright, but digging a little deeper finds that there’s quite a bit more to the story than Ace’s edition.

Go read The Unauthorized Lord of the Rings over on the Kirkus Reviews blog.

WINNERS: APPARITION by Trish J. MacGregor

The winners of our giveaway for Trish J. MacGregor’s Apparition have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Adrianne M. from Colorado, USA
  • Anthony C. from Virginia, USA

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Want $150 worth of books for only $20?

Now through Sunday October 20th, DriveThruFiction.com has partnered with over 30 publishers to offer a $20 charity bundle of eBooks to support the nationally-recognized Feeding America organization

Press release follows…
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-10-10

Interviews & Profiles

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-09-21

Interviews & Profiles

  • Chris Sims talks to longtime Batman writer Mike W. Barr, who has returned to the character for the digital-first series Legends of the Dark Knight. (Part Two)
  • Former DC and Marvel artist Al Nickerson talks about his digital comic Act of Faith, in which superheroes deal with angels and demons without realizing it; Nickerson shows what is happening in the physical world and “behind the scenes” in the spiritual world as well.
  • Dan Polletta shares a conversation with Michael Chabon the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
  • Joss Whedon video interview about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • My Friends are Fiction interviews Paula Weston, author of Shadows
  • The Qwillery interviews a href=”http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2013/09/interview-with-david-barnett-author-of.html”>David Barnett of Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl
  • The Qwillery interviews K. B. Laugheed, author of The Spirit Keeper
  • Writer Donny Cates talks about the controversial protagonist of his new Dark Horse miniseries Buzzkill, a superhero who gets his powers from drinking and doing drugs.

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Johnny Worthen is a lifetime student of the occult and supernatural. Raised in a secluded suburb of Salt Lake City, he gravitated to the more obscure paths of spiritual knowledge. He is a Freemason, twice Past Master of his Lodge, youngest ever at the time. Johnny received a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Latin minor before earning a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Utah. He lived a year in Denmark and a decade in Oregon until the rain drove him back to the dry high deserts of Utah. He married his junior-prom date and together they have two sons. After many varied and interesting careers, Johnny writes full time now. His debut novel, BEATRYSEL, is available now on Amazon, published by Omnium Gatherum. You can find and follow him on his website, on Twitter as @JohnnyWorthen, on Facebook and on GoodReads.

Why Supernatural Horror is Supreme

by Johnny Worthen

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — Hamlet Act 1, Scene 5

You do not need to leave this world to find horror. One glance at evening news and any writer will have plenty of inspiration to chill an audience. Terrorism, war, environmental collapse, train derailments, pandemics, the quiet man down the lane — these things are real and chilling and have within them the nucleus for horror and the seeds for a dramatic exploration of terror.

But they’re not my favorite.

I prefer my things that go bump in the night to have more foreign addresses. Perhaps it’s a comment on my actual cowardice that I prefer to have supernatural agents in my thrillers than knife-wielding psychopaths. When it’s all over and I’m crawling back under the sheets, I can more easily console myself that it’s not real.

Then again, maybe I can’t.

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The winners of our giveaway for Clockwork Phoenix 4 edited by Mike Allen have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Jake M.
  • Colleen A.

You will be receiving your prize soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

The Revelations of Estrangement: SF and the Displacement of Ostranenie


“Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life…” Viktor Shklovsky

“For the apparent realism, or representationality, of SF has concealed another, far more complex temporal structure: not to give us ‘images’ of the future-whatever such images might mean for a reader who will necessarily predecease their ‘materialization’-but rather to defamiliarize and restructure our experience of our own present, and to do so in specific ways distinct from all other forms of defamiliarization” – Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions, p. 286.

I begin this week with one simple quotation, taken spectacularly out of context, and a very complex one that hits the mark like grapeshot at point-blank range (and with about the same subtlety). I discovered the work of Viktor Shklovsky, one of the premiere Russian Formalist thinkers, only a couple of years ago, but his ideas have cracked open and lit up some corners of the literary experience for me in profound ways. What unites his quotation and the long one from Jameson is that they both deal with the practice of ostranenie, of alienation/defamiliarization/estrangement (depending on your translation and intentions). Estrangement, the effect generated by a literary narrative that creates conceptual distance from the literal and commonly-accepted and thus permits imaginative transport, is the device we use to turn everyday words and stories into art. Ostranenie is the term that Shklovsky (thought he) coined for this process. As he puts it:
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How “Man of Steel” Should Have Ended

The folks at How It Should Have Ended tackle Man of Steel

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REVIEW SUMMARY: This week’s short fiction selection encompasses the fiction and nonfiction in the June 2013 issue of Apex Magazine.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The universe-altering power of love’s first kiss; the inescapable seduction of story; the tempting sweetness of the loss of control; the implacable nature of youth exposed to war…this issue of Apex Magazine eschews the darker end of the dark fantasy spectrum to present four richly diverse short stories and an insightful nonfiction article on religion and geekdom.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-06-25

Interviews & Profiles

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-06-19

Interviews & Profiles

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Books Received: June 17, 2013

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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