Between the Interstice: On Lovecraft and Weird Fiction

 Guest post by author Mike Robinson   “Back then, with the visions, most of the time I was convinced I’d lost it. There were other times, though, where I thought I was mainlining the secret truth to the universe.”                                                                                                                                    — Rust Cohle, True Detective Behind the wide facade of Speculative Fiction twist the hedge-mazes […]

Respect

 I’m not one to post about controversial stuff. I avoid religion and political topics for the most part. But there’s something that’s been really bugging me today. There was a post over on ScienceFiction.com about an interview with Tracy Hickman at AnomalyCon. I’m sure it wasn’t purposeful, but the piece made Tracy appear to be […]

Western Writers of America

 I just signed a check and put it in an envelope. While I prefer to receive checks in the mail, this one is for my dues for the Western Writers of America. I applied for membership, and listed my short story sales, including ones with a Western theme. I was surprised how many of my […]

AnomalyCon 2014: Revolution

 Another AnomalyCon has come and gone, and I’m filled with a bit of melancholy. I miss hanging out with my author and artist friends. #     #     # I’ll update my panel listings page later this week. I was on quite a few, and with the usual conflicting panel information all larger […]

Fiction Writing Assessment

 From the brilliant Tim Waggoner, here’s an assessment form for use in teaching, workshops, or even critique groups. At the very least, it can be used as a checklist for beta readers as to what kind of feedback would be useful.   It’s a freebie. The email and name is to send a receipt. Feel […]

Facebook Pages: Are they worth your time?

 Almost every book marketing eBook I read says I should get out on Facebook and spew information on my current books. “Set up a Facebook Page for each book or series.” Now that Facebook has changed their algorithm, is it worth the time for an author to post about their books? Lets take a look […]

Steampunk and Aether

 I was poking around on Gutenberg when I found an old textbook on the sciences. It’s called Aether and Gravitation, and it’s located here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24667/24667-h/24667-h.htm#CHAPTER_IV It’s fascinating to look at all of the cutting edge science (that ended up getting scrapped because it was all wrong). This is what those Victorian Steampunk folks were talking about […]

Barton’s Island

Villainous Press released Barton’s Island by Harl Vincent, one of my favorite early science fiction authors. I wrote the foreword for this book, and even my wife, who is not a big reader of science fiction, enjoyed the story. In the year 2229, Jerome Carter and his Gang of Ten run the government of United North […]

Rocket Dragons Ignite!

 I finally got around to opening a box that I misplaced back in October. It’s from the fundraiser for Daily Science Fiction, my personal favorite pro market for speculative fiction. I already had a copy of the first book, so I was interested with the Year Two book, titled Rocket Dragons Ignite. I didn’t realize […]

The First Day of Christmas (Free Flash Fiction Story)

Christmas Diary Entry, Christmas Morning, 1878 Much ado about Reginald. I know he is handsome and smart, not to mention immensely wealthy due to his crafting of intricate watches and toys, but my heart belongs to Humbert. My family would be scandalized if they knew my wild and free Humbert visited me nightly in my bedchambers. […]