Weird Tales of Modernity: A Review

A secret that fans of Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft have known for years is that the works of these authors were much more than mere ghost and adventure stories. In the past couple of decades, a number of serious studies have confirmed that insightful and profound world views animated these tales, making … Continue reading Weird Tales of Modernity: A Review

Blood & Thunder: A Review

I’ve just finished Blood and Thunder, Mark Finn’s literary biography of Robert E. Howard. It’s one of those books I hated to see end. Blood & Thunder is an entertaining and inspired introduction to one of the greatest fantasy writers who ever lived. Finn stresses throughout this biography that Texas was a life-long influence on … Continue reading Blood & Thunder: A Review

KZine Now In Paperback!

KZine is a British publication specializing in science fiction, horror, fantasy, and crime stories for Kindle. It’s now also offering paperback editions on Amazon, including issue eight, which features one of my stories. The reviewer at Wizzley Magazine wrote that he “was impressed by the high quality of all eight stories” in that issue, and … Continue reading KZine Now In Paperback!

Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography

Whether you’re a fan of fantasy fiction in general, or of Robert E. Howard in particular, or if you’re an aspiring writer who wants to learn what makes successful writers tick, you will enjoy David C. Smith’s Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography. David C. Smith is a prolific writer himself. In his latest work, … Continue reading Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography

The Pioneers of Pulp

Science Fiction and Fantasy, once despised by the creators of popular entertainment as well as literary scholars, have not only risen in the eyes of serious students of literature but among the general public. What accounts for this sea-change? We could point to the surprising success of both Star Trek (soft sci-fi) or Star Wars … Continue reading The Pioneers of Pulp

The Great KOA Getaway

There’s an energizing crispness in the October air – and that’s not all. Regional festivals celebrating local wine, apples, and barbecue lure excited crowds with sweet, smoky aromas and music from homegrown bands. The squawking from a wedge of geese overhead reminds us it’s hunting and camping season. And Halloween is just around the corner. … Continue reading The Great KOA Getaway

Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a [insert adjective for your region] Shakespeare. Inspired by ron. Joanne Jeffries and Julian Yanover – Poets University Infographic Erin Beth Liles – Creating Lifelike Fictional Characters Distance Landaverde – A Love Affair with Organic form Miguel Olmedo Morell … Continue reading Best Fiction and Writing Blogs