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Dec 2 2013 6:00pm

End of the Road Jonathan Oliver editor Anthology

For his fourth anthology for Solaris, a sister of sorts to 2010’s very fine The End of the Line, editor Jonathan Oliver has turned to the road story: a genre, as he explains in his insightful introduction, widely mined in film and literature alike—in epic fantasy, for instance, insofar as the road represents the length of the hero’s quest—though the fifteen short fictions which follow show that the form has much more to offer.

Thanks in part to Lavie Tidhar, whose guidance Oliver acknowledges, End of the Road is composed of stories from an expansive assortment of authors; some familiar, some fresh. The former camp includes Adam Nevill, S. L. Grey, Rio Youers, Philip Reeve, Ian Whates and, indubitably, Tidhar too; in the latter, a goodly number of newcomers hailing from here, there and everywhere. To wit, tales from Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, South Africa, Thailand and the like lend End of the Road a welcome and indeed defining sense of diversity.

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Nov 11 2013 3:00pm

The Waking That Kills Stephen Gregory

We may not know why, or when, or for what, but we will all, in our lives, lose someone we love.

Loss is not the whole of the story, of course. All too often, death itself is shocking, awful, to say nothing of the terrible tales that culminate there, but it’s only when we let go—of the memory, the expectation, the guilt or need or even relief—it’s only then than we begin to come to terms with the end.

Before The Waking That Kills is over, teacher Christopher Beale will have learned to let go of his father. Though his father is still alive at the start of this short novel—Stephen Gregory’s first for five years—he is a sad shadow of the man he once was. A monumental mason by trade, which is to say someone who carves names and dates on graves, Christopher’s father has had a stroke, and lives now in a nursing home in Grimsby, England; bewildered, bitter and impotent.

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Nov 8 2013 6:00pm

Still Life Tim Lebbon

Jenni and Marc have it all, almost. A relaxed relationship, equal parts attraction, affection and respect. They enjoy their youth to the full, and look forward to growing old together, too—but not before they’ve made a small army of babies to take care of them later.

And what better place to start a family than the idyllic little village they live in? It is “a beautiful, safe place, but sometimes beautiful and safe isn’t enough for Marc.” Sometimes, sadly, Jenni espies a look in his eyes that speaks of his “need for fear. [His] delight in danger.” So when one dark day the enemy emerge—whether from the heavens or the earth, even now no-one knows—he’s one of the first people to volunteer.

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Nov 8 2013 9:30am

Bram Stoker Art by David A. Johnson

Bram Stoker’s interest in the macabre seems to have been with him from his youth. While at Trinity College, Dublin, he became a member of the University’s Philosophical Society, and the first paper he presented was “Sensationalism in Fiction and Society.” After graduation, he married his classmate Oscar Wilde’s ex-fiancé (it took a few years for them to mend the friendship, but Stoker ended up being one of the friends who visited Wilde in France after his incarceration) and worked as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. The paper was owned by Sheridan Le Fanu, who ended up being a far larger influence on Stoker’s creative life a few years later.

[From many influences, Stoker created a unique classic]

Oct 30 2013 1:30pm

The Woman in Black Angel of Death Martyn Waites

What a wonderful ghost story The Woman in Black was! Who, who has read the original 1983 novella, could possibly have forgotten the fate of Susan Hill’s determined central character, the solicitor Arthur Kipps—not to mention his unfortunate family? Who, I ask you, slept soundly after having heard tell of the tragedy of Jennet Humfrye, the half-mad mother who saw her only son sucked into the murderous muck of the causeway connecting her home to the eerie village of Crythin Gifford? Who, in the end, could hold her haunting of Eel Marsh House against her?

Over the course of The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, I came to, I’m afraid. In this “fully authorised” sort-of-sequel, though it be blessedly brief, her “bleached-bone” features appear so frequently that she seemed less chilling, not to mention sympathetic, than the wilting wallpaper which adorns the walls of the ancient estate where at the outset our hapless protagonist is dispatched.

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Oct 30 2013 8:00am

Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie, and we will duel you at dawn with a weapon of your choosing for saying otherwise. However, artist Carri Renaud’s rendition of the greatest love story of our time, beautifully crafted in the medium of pumpkin-flesh, is too perfect not to post on the eve of All Hallows’ Eve.

Now, onto the Roundup! We have many spooooky links for you, including the scariest moments in TV, the films of some classic horror directors, and not one, but two sequels to Prometheus! Terrifying.

[And most frightening of all, David Tennant’s ponytail.]

Oct 29 2013 8:00am


Halloween is only a couple more days away, and that means Morning Roundup has gone Bloodsucker crazy! Illustrator Matthew Griffin celebrated Bram Stoker by imagining Dracula’s fanciful bloodline, which runs all the way through Blackula and Count von Count to that sparkly guy from Twilight—check out the whole lineage over at io9!

Today’s Morning Roundup wants to take you back to a time when Halloween costumes were pure nightmare fodder! Plus, we have news about the Wachowski’s latest project, and some fascinating still from The Shining!

[And the last word in horror from Wes Anderson!]

Oct 25 2013 2:00pm

The Book of the Dead Jared Shurin

Once upon a time, genre fiction made much of the mummy, but in recent years, as its undead brethren have taken centre stage in the popular consciousness—all blood and brains of late—this staple of scary stories through the ages, from Bram Stoker through to R. L. Stine and the like, has as good as gone to ground.

It’s hardly difficult to imagine why. What the mummy represents is more abstract, after all, and thus markedly harder to capture than the vampire’s transgressive sexuality or the insatiable hunger of the modern zombie, so in literature and in cinema, the mummy has frequently been depicted as rather ridiculous, such that the whole concept seems—not to put too fine a point on it—kinda sorta silly.

But then, so did the prospect of Transylvanian vampires and hobbling zombie mobs until certain stories gave them a new lease of life. In The Book of the Dead, the latest anthology project out of Jurassic London—the not-for-profit small press who produced The Lowest Heaven, which impressed me immensely—nineteen authors new and old do their damndest to make the mummy relevant again, and most, indeed, succeed.

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Oct 24 2013 11:59am

Simon & Schuster is launching a new imprint for science fiction, fantasy, and horror! Jon Anderson, Executive Vice President and Publisher of S&S Children’s Publishing will oversee the new project, which will publish books aimed at all ages. The imprint, which hasn’t been named yet, will be headed up by Justin Chandra and Joe Monti, with Navah Wolfe as editor.

Simon & Schuster has published SFF authors in the past, including Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin, but Anderson decided it was time for the publisher to have a dedicated imprint.

They plan to publish between 12 and 15 titles each year, possibly beginning in Fall 2014. The imprint will also publish in digital formats, and some current SFF works may be moved under the new imprint’s umbrella.  

Oct 24 2013 9:00am

I was rereading The Lord of the Rings under my desk for what was probably the fourth time that month when our teacher walked around with a jar filled with folded bits of paper. Each student put their hand into the jar and pulled out one of those bits of paper. Each bit of paper was blank until the jar got around to me. My note had a black spot in the center.

Our teacher told us to get up, to go outside. She pulled me aside, had the rest of the students stand in a line and wad up their notes into crumpled balls. I stood in front of my classmates, and they stoned me to death.

Back inside the classroom, my teacher handed us Xeroxed copies of Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery.” I put The Lord of the Rings aside. I never did pick it up again.

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Oct 24 2013 8:00am


Artist Paul Hostetler has created a thing of beauty in this Krazy Kat/Batman mashup. The comic is part of ComicBook ResourcesThe Line It Is Drawn” series, which asked people to send in recommendation for comics heroes and cartoon strips that needed to meet. Some of the other entries include Thor in the style of Hagar the Horrible, The X-Men transformed into Family Circus characters, and obvious favorite Batman as both Garfield and Snoopy.

Morning Roundup has updates about Panthers, news about Turtles, portraits of monkeys, and the scientific theory behind catching them all!

[Also, it& rsquo;s a solemn day for Wolverine.]

Oct 18 2013 8:00am


We already loved Julie Dillon’s Hugo-nominated art, and now her Sleepy Hollow fan art has won...our hearts! Or something. The Mary Sue posted this image from Dillon’s Tumblr, and we have to say it captures the show perfectly. And we love that in her version, Ichabod has apparently gotten over his wariness of Starbucks!

Morning Roundup has good news about Gravity and James Bond, some October reading suggestions, and a slightly less bloody way to watch The Shining, if you’re into that sort of thing...

[Plus a real dragon! Maybe.]

Oct 17 2013 5:00pm

Carlos Ruiz Zafon Marina

Upon its original publication, The Shadow of the Wind was something of a sensation in Spain, and again times ten—thanks in no small part to Lucia Graves’ great translation—when it was let loose in the West damn near a decade ago.

Sadly, the going’s been ever so slow as regards new novels by Carlos Ruiz Zafón since. There was The Angel’s Game in 2009—a bit of a disappointment, if I’m honest—and in 2012, The Prisoner of Heaven: a worthy sequel to The Shadow of the Wind, if not necessarily an equal. Be that as it may, I can hardly wait to read the concluding volume of the Cemetery cycle... but I’m going to have to, aren’t I?

In the meantime, there’s been plenty to keep Zafón’s army of fans happy, because between these releases, Lucia Graves has been working her way through the novels the master of post-modern melodrama made his name with in the nineties: a series of four young adult fantasies beginning with The Prince of Mist—a pleasant if forgettable blip of a book—and concluding, this year, with Marina.

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Oct 15 2013 10:00am
Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow art by Greg Manchess



A pleasing land of drowsy head it was,
Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;
And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,
For ever flushing round a summer sky.

Castle of Indolence


IN THE BOSOM OF one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail, and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town. This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days. Be that as it may, I do not vouch for the fact, but merely advert to it, for the sake of being precise and authentic. Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley, or rather lap of land, among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook glides through it, with just murmur enough to lull one to repose; and the occasional whistle of a quail or tapping of a woodpecker is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquillity.

[Continue reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]

Oct 10 2013 2:30pm

Adam Nevill House of Small Shadows

Abandoned by her biological parents at an early age before being adopted into a family that questioned her sanity, Catherine has had it hard from the first, and her life doesn’t appear to have gotten a great deal easier in recent years.

At school, it was plain that she didn’t play well with others, nevertheless Catherine became close to Alice, another social outcast. Together, they found sanctuary of sorts in and around the grounds of a derelict special education centre, but in the summer of 1981, it all went horribly wrong: Alice vanished. Another victim of the Pied Piper of Ellyll, according to the local newspapers.

Her body was never recovered; indeed, no trace of Alice is ever discovered. But months later something like her spirit makes contact with Catherine, who in her innocence tells everyone about her otherworldly encounter... leading to a long period of appointments with child psychologists.

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Oct 9 2013 1:20pm

Horror and science fiction make great bedfellows. Both present us with monsters of mismatched body parts, sickening size, and/or unknown origins. Both deal with experimentation gone awry and the folly of mankind—the fatal mistakes of individuals mad with power or inflicted with a hubris they recognize all too late. Horror doesn’t necessarily have to be scientific in nature (and is often supernatural, beyond the explanations of science); likewise, science fiction doesn’t have to be scary in a cautionary sense. But when you fuse those elements together, you get a genre all its own—horror-sci-fi. And man, what a genre it is, particularly in the realm of movies. You’ll find some of the greatest examples of both horror and science fiction lingering in its confines—or, if you prefer to strip out all genre considerations, simply some of the best narrative fiction ever committed to film.

Let’s take a look at some of the hallmark titles of the horror-sci-fi genre. Of course, this list is in no way exhaustive, and many “lesser-known” movies will be sorely missed here (that’s why we have the comments section). Consider this more of a primer for the uninitiated, a starting place for anyone interested in traveling to the crossroads where horror and science fiction meet.

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Oct 8 2013 1:15pm


Carrie viral marketing stunt, telekinetic woman

Everyone has those days sometimes—you’re just trying to enjoy your cup of coffee or tea, and then some bozo bumps you or your table, and you loose the caffeinated goodness and run your favorite skinny jeans. And then you get furious and send that jerk right into a brick wall using your telekinetic powers.

We’ve all been there.

[The most awesome viral marketing.]

Oct 8 2013 12:00pm

Let the Old Dreams Die John Ajvide Lindqvist

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

Today, because I consider the entire month of October to be fair game for scary stories—and it seems my friends at do too—we going to take in a spine-tingling tale by one of my favourite modern horror authors.

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Oct 8 2013 8:00am

Hulk vs Lamp

We often look around our lives and think, “Why couldn’t we live in the Marvel Universe, where morally-complex heroes battle colorful villains, or the DC Universe, where—where—well, where there’s Batman?” In all of our musings, however, one thing never occurred to us: lamps are the superheroes of the furniture world. Luckily for all of us, the folks at Elite Fixtures looked at track lighting, and saw potential. You can see their whole line-up of superlamps here

Morning Roundup has some Halloween treats, thoughts on steampunk, and even more star stuff!  

[Plus Thomas Pynchon and GTA V, together at... why?]

Oct 7 2013 5:00pm

The New Girl S L Grey

Over the years, upside citizens have lived in blissful ignorance of the deeply weird world beneath their feet, where “good inculcation” awaits at the hitherto unheard-of Academy whilst an impossible Mall provides “a pleasureland of tastes and styles.” All this, plus “solid justice, a primo bureaucracy, and excellent modification and termination at the Wards.” That’s hardly the half of all that downside has to offer, either... though I dare say you and I wouldn’t want anything to do with any of its trademark madness.

Inevitably, however, a few browns—that’s us—have stumbled into the dark passages of this subterranean pseudo-civilisation in the process of searching for something, like Dan and Rhoda did as kids. Others, like last year’s Josh and Lisa, have been drawn there, and invariably detained. But never before have downside citizens dared to come up, up and away into the light of day.

In The New Girl, the third in a loose series of insanely nightmarish horror novels by S. L. Grey—which is to say the open pseudonym shared by South African authors Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg—that’s about to change, because the sinister community is recruiting. Among them, some have a hunger for new blood, new knowledge, primo new products to repackage and pass on to the Mall’s shoppers... and where better to look than at school?

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