Summer Reading

Summer’s almost here officially, and there are many wonderful books to choose from. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed recently: First I must offer an explanation of why it took me so long to review this book, which entails a … Continue reading


BVC Announces High Stakes Trial by Mindy Klasky

High Stakes Trial by Mindy Klasky Vampires, sphinxes, a love triangle, and cupcakes–all against the backdrop of Washington, DC! Sarah Anderson’s dream job at the vampire night court is turning into a nightmare. Working as the court clerk used to … Continue reading


The Name of the Prose, Part 3: You Are Here

A sense of place plays a critical role in determining whether a reader “gets into” a story or not. Good place names can lend an aura of reality to even the most fictional of places. Conversely, an obviously made up place name in a story that pretends at reality can make a location that seems perfectly real to the author seem perfectly ridiculous to the reader.

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Grimdark Fantasy and Hope for the Numinous

At first I thought the current fashion of dark, gritty fantasy – fantasy noir – is just that, a recent shift in popularity, like the explosion of angsty teenage vampire stories. If we take the long view, it’s an established … Continue reading