September Drabble | Infinauts

drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.


Infinauts

The real magic comes from the knowledge that everything that is possible, or impossible, exists simultaneously.  One only needs to conceptualize it and in some unused corner of the corrosive ether, that thing pops into existence.  Then you see it’s only a logistical problem of getting to it.  

My contribution to this endeavor is overcoming the frailty of the human body.  To be able to go absolutely anywhere and see beyond all limits. 

The machine was truly fantastic and afforded breathtaking views out of its faceted windows.  For we traveled in dreams, and indeed here we could never be hurt. 

New Goodreads Group: Classic Pulp Review

New Goodreads Group: Classic Pulp Review

 

So I’ve got the itch to go diving through some old pulp fiction magazines once again and I thought rather than write up a review of it and post it somewhere with the off chance that someone who reads the same obscure things goes looking for someone else who has read it, it would start a group to talk about the story.

I’ll be posting the first story at the beginning of next month, so stay tuned.  But it will be in the public domain on the Pulp Magazine Archive, so anyone with an internet connection will have free access to it.

This will be my first Goodreads group, and so I don’t know how much traction I’m going to get, but I figure what the hell. So if you are interested in talking about a fun, quick, and probably over the top little read, this is going to be the group for you!

Here is the link to the group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1099571-classic-pulp-review

It’s an open group, so feel free to join now, even if you plan on participating later. All are welcome!

Newly Published

Newly Published

The good folks at the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers have put together two anthologies with stories written by yours truly in them!

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Both stories were a lot of fun to conceptualize and I feel honored to have my work included alongside other talented local authors.  If you’re looking for a fun collection of fantastic dark fiction look no further than these two anthologies.

Adventures in Reading: Fishhead by Irvin S. Cobb

Adventures in Reading: Fishhead by Irvin S. Cobb

FishheadFishhead by Irvin S. Cobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What blew me away about this story, and other stories by Cobb is his ability to paint an amazing picture of an exotic landscape. If you spend just a moment and read the first couple of paragraphs of this story you will understand how powerful his words are, and how immersive such writing can be.

This particular story I think serves better as an interesting piece in the greater cannon of material revolving around fish people that can be found in weird fiction and supernatural pulps, than perhaps a stand alone story.

Nevertheless I think because it is so short and it contains such masterful description and relatable situations I would recommend it to almost anyone interested in speculative fiction. You will fly through this story in one sitting and be glad that you did.

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Adventures in Reading: The Horror On the Links by Seabury Quinn

Adventures in Reading: The Horror On the Links by Seabury Quinn

The Horror on the Links (The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, #1)The Horror on the Links by Seabury Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what it is about Jules de Grandin stories that I like so much. They are not usually all that inventive, edgy, or linguistically impactful. The characters don’t really develop in any meaningful ways, and the plots usually are pretty formulaic. But with all that said these stories are so endearing and fun to read.

It’s kind of like eating icing, supernaturally laced early 20th-century icing. You don’t want to make a whole meal out of it, but rather indulge in it every now and again between other pieces of fiction. Like a long-running TV series, you’ll come to enjoy the familiar set of characters and their quirks, and begin to look out for the nuances in their personalities and relish the predicaments they find themselves in each episode.

Like a B-movie mashup of Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, these stories are great fun. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a great introduction to classic Weird Tales magazine material, or anyone who enjoys splashing around in the shallow waters of occult investigation stories.

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