Monthly Archives: October 2012

Ripping Ghost Stories for a Blacked-Out Halloween

It’s beginning to look like Halloween will be a “dark and stormy night” for much of the East Coast this year, with a paucity of mini-ghouls and goblins knocking at the door. In fact, some of our BVC authors and … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Books and Reading, horror, Reviews | 1 Comment

Writing sex: Who’s your horny reader?

by Jennifer Stevenson I frequently host a “road show” at science fiction conventions called  “Smut & Nothing But” where half a dozen authors read aloud explicit sex scenes from science fiction, fantasy, romance, and erotica.  There are only two rules: … Continue reading

Share
Posted in erotica, Writers on Writing | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Halloween Costumes Redux

(In case you missed it last year, Phyl wrote about her love of costuming and her family’s embrace of “let’s pretend.”  Enjoy!) Phyllis Irene Radford In earlier decades “dress up” and “let’s pretend” were favorite games of mine.  My girlfriends … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Holidays/Holy Days | Tagged , , | Comments Off

From DEAD MAN’S HAND by Pati Nagle: Clive

Excerpt from Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle. Copyright © Pati Nagle. All rights reserved. (listen to Clive’s soundtrack on Pandora) Bloomfield, New Jersey He woke from one nightmare to find himself in the middle of another. He’d been dreaming … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Book View Cafe publications, eBooks, fantasy | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Faith in Fiction 11: Religious Common Ground
avatar

Mirror

As you go about creating a faith for your fictional world or portraying an existing faith the question may arise as to how unique a particular faith is as a feature of the culture(s) you’re positing. If you’re aiming to … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Culture, Faith and Religion, History, Writers on Writing | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Looper: A Very Short Review

By Brenda Clough I am in the throes of writing a time-travel novel, so when I saw that Looper was out I immediately hauled the other members of the family off with me to see it.  Even though I am … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Film, Reviews, science fiction | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

From DEAD MAN’S HAND by Pati Nagle: Ned

Excerpt from Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle. Copyright © Pati Nagle. All rights reserved. (listen to Ned’s soundtrack on Pandora) Las Vegas, Nevada Ned rolled over and tried to go back to sleep, which was when he discovered he … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Book View Cafe publications, eBooks, fantasy | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

From DEAD MAN’S HAND by Pati Nagle: James

DEAD MAN'S HAND by Pati Nagle

Excerpt from Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle. Copyright © Pati Nagle. All rights reserved. (listen to James’s soundtrack on Pandora) Deadwood, South Dakota James awoke to the sensation of flesh creeping onto his bones. It had been a long … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Book View Cafe publications, eBooks, fantasy | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

The Horse Doctor is IN

In the last Horseblog I talked in general about lame horses and the crazy-making process of figuring out what, where, how, and what to do about it. Now we can get specific. This is a low-tech, simple and traditional way … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Animals, horses, Writers on Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Good books are portals wherever we find them

            A recent discussion of portal fantasy hosted by Rachel Manija Brown was centered around a panel at Sirens, on which a group of agents maintained that nobody in New York publishing was buying portal … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Books and Reading, Exactly What I Wanted, fantasy, kid's books, Publishing, Reviews, science fiction | Tagged , , , , | 37 Comments