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Book Review – We Never Talk About My Brother

Though not prolific, it is hard to deny that the writing of Peter S. Beagle is, as Neil Gaiman puts it, “the gold standard of fantasy.” The Hugo and Nebula award winning author Gaiman praises so highly has collected some of that gold standard into a new collection, We Never Talk About My Brother.

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Con Report: BaltiCon (May 22-25, 2009)

A few precious moments linger in one’s life, the still frames that define us, or perhaps, define a portion of us previously out of focus. These moments, sometimes, are experiences one might expect: birth of a child, diploma day, loss of virginity, a first fiction sale. Sometimes the experiences come later in life, unexpectedly sweet. Yes, my friends, I have experienced my first con.

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Cyborg Nation: Beyond Terminator Salvation

The Terminator began with a simple idea: metal endoskeletons cloaked in human skin, an idea prompted by the 1960 Outer Limit episodes, “Soldier” and “Demon with a Glass Hand,” both written by Harlan Ellison, but this idea was not new, not even to Ellison.

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Book Review: The Warded Man

In a world where evil takes tangible form every night when ravenous demons rise from the earth, the only protection lies in the wards, half-remembered magic from the past. For hundreds of years the corelings have owned the night, terrorizing the dwindling remnants of humanity as they cower behind their fragile protection. Three young people struggle to find their destiny in this dangerous world in spite of great personal tragedies.

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Book Review: Empties by George Zebrowski

Initially seeming to be not much more than story about a third rate (not even second rate) detective investigating a weird might-be-a-crime, by page 47 Empties becomes a spiraling descent into madness and horror. There is no question that bodies are slowly piling up and that the bodies are missing brains. This is strange, yes.

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Reading Beyond Angels and Demons

In Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, the hero Robert Langdon uncovers a vast and secret conspiracy involving the Catholic Church and the Illuminati. It’s hardly a new theme – so here’s some additional titles for speculative fiction readers who want a dash more conspiracy in their reading.

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Poe: 19 New Tales of Suspense, Dark Fantasy, and Horror

In the introduction of Poe: 19 New Tales of Suspense, Dark Fantasy, and Horror, editor Ellen Datlow states, “In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s Bicentennial in 2009, I commissioned our intrepid contributors to write stories inspired by Poe. I only specified that I did not want pastiches.” While such broad guidelines lead to a diversity […]

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Book Review: City Without End

To say there is a lot going on here would be a severe understatement.

Even though City Without End is chock full of story and detail, Kay Kenyon never overwhelms the reader. She blends plot and conspiracy with action that crosses two worlds in a blended science fiction / fantasy setting that could almost be real. It feels real.

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Can You Fantasize in Ten Sentences or Less?

May Madness Micro-Short and Graphic Contest Guidelines

Submission Window: Monday, May 4- Friday, May 22nd, midnight.

Choose a graphic image as a prompt then start writing! Story content should relate directly to the graphic of choice and should also follow the content guidelines as posted on our Fantasy Magazine guidelines page.

Each submission should accompany . . .

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Con Report: PenguiCon (Romulus, MI) Friday (Alethea)

We sent our brave reporter, the fabulous Alethea Kontis, forth to explore PenguiCon 7.0, being held this weekend in Romulus, Michigan. Read and find out what she discovered and who she saw while doing so.