Famous Birthdays on the Leo-Virgo Cusp

Some of the biggest names in genre were born on the Leo-Virgo cusp, from August 19 to August 25. Here’s a list of Famous people born on the Leo-Virgo cusp: , Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Greg Bear, as well as Robert Plant, Fred Durst, Connie Chung, Kenny Rogers, Wilt Chamberlain, Kim Cattrall, , John Lee Hooker,… Continue reading Famous Birthdays on the Leo-Virgo Cusp

Author Spotlight: E. E. King

E. E. King is our next author in the spotlight series with not one story, but “Three Fables: 1. In the Hood, 2. Krustallos, 3. The Fiction Lover”. The first piece, “In the Hood” begins:   When I was young I wanted to be a vegetarian, to live in peace with all creatures of the earth, but… Continue reading Author Spotlight: E. E. King

Author Spotlight: S. T. Joshi

For the next Author Spotlight (featuring contributors to A Darke Phantastique) we are treated to fiction from the nonfiction and critical giant, S. T. Joshi. His short story, “You’ll Reach There in Time”, begins: “Hey, old man,” he said in a faintly foreign accent.“How far is it to the next town?” He held up the empty gas-can… Continue reading Author Spotlight: S. T. Joshi

ARTICLE: “The Group” Goes to the Movies by James R. Beach

In Southern California back in the early 1950s, a group of burgeoning writers started gathering together to critique, encourage, challenge and support each other. In turn, their friendship became the nucleus of one of the most amazing and influential collections of fantasy writers in history, and came to be known as “The Southern California Writing… Continue reading ARTICLE: “The Group” Goes to the Movies by James R. Beach

MAJOR SIGNING EVENT 11-6: A Darke Phantastique release at Mystery and Imagination in Glendale, CA

Editor Jason V. Brock compares his 700-page collection Dark Phantastique: Encounters with the Uncanny and Other Magical Things with other towering works — Dangerous Visions in sf and Dark Forces in horror. William F. Nolan, a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achivement Award winner agrees: “The excellence of this important contribution to genre literature CANNOT be overstated…… Continue reading MAJOR SIGNING EVENT 11-6: A Darke Phantastique release at Mystery and Imagination in Glendale, CA

Author Spotlight: William F. Nolan

“First, We Have the Woods
They are, in the words of poet Robert Frost, silent, dark and deep. Full of fanged thorns, twisting roots and scaly bark—with leaves the color of dead souls. The trees are gnarled and bent with time; their skeletal branches, like clutching fingers, claw at the sky. The woods harbor wise owls and stupid mice, gaunt-hungry wolves and devil-tailed scorpions and apprehensive deer with soft black eyes. Here are sexually active
rabbits, fierce-eyed toads, curly earthworms, and, in thorned shadow, wily spiders and fat, sleepy snakes aglitter in diamond scales. Plus plenty of other good-looking and not-sogood-looking creatures.”

Author Spotlight: Ray Bradbury

When I was five years old I had my own motion picture projector which I carried about in my head at all times. With this miraculous contraption kept secret from all of my friends, my brother, and my parents, I could enjoy my own films without the fear of criticism or ridicule.

Good Ole Chuck – Tribute to Charles E. Fritch by William F. Nolan

He was a wonderful friend. He was a talented writer. He was a dedicated editor. He was Charles Edward Fritch, born January 20, 1927 in Utica, New York, where he grew up watching movie serials and reading science fiction. At the age of ten he filled a notebook with ideas for stories, and studied the… Continue reading Good Ole Chuck – Tribute to Charles E. Fritch by William F. Nolan

Review: ‘Dreams and Visions’

Recently Hippocampus Press issued two collections by Richard Lupoff, Dreams ISBN 978-1-61498-039-1 and Visions ISBN 978-1-61498-038-4. Lupoff is a model of Science Fiction writing. His work can be ultra-funny, his work can be craftsman-like additions to subgenres of the field, his work can occasionally be among the best examples of the short story form (I… Continue reading Review: ‘Dreams and Visions’