Author Archives: jess

Coming soon….

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New book by me, out today.

You can buy it from Amazon, from Barnes and Noble, from Indiebound, and from Powells, among other fine bookselling establishments.

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Excerpt from The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger

I’ve got a book coming out at the end of the month: The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4000-Year History of the Superhero. You can get glimpses of it through Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, but I felt that I should make … Continue reading

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An interview with Lev Gleason

From the African-American newspaper The People’s Voice (August 5, 1944). Gleason is best known for his comic books during the Golden Age; his most notable character was Jack Binder’s Daredevil. But as this interview shows there was substantially more to Gleason … Continue reading

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Free to a good home: one idea, never used.

As a writer I’m naturally selfish with my story ideas. Don’t like sharing them until I’ve written them up fully, whether as a short fiction or as a novel. But sometimes I have ideas for stories and books that I know … Continue reading

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New books by me!

This is a collection of horror short stories published in Great Britain, Ireland, and Canada during World War One. There are some classics in the collection, but also some stories that people won’t be so familiar with, but should be. … Continue reading

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My next major book.

Coming out next Feb. 28, from Praeger.

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So I’m starting a newsletter.

Will be weekly, and devoted to sharing the awesomeness I find while doing research. You can subscribe here.

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For the curious…

my review of Chris Gavaler’s On the Origin of Superheroes is now up at the Los Angeles Review of Books web site. “SUPERHEROES, as characters and as a genre, are frustrating to study. Once any sort of critical apparatus is applied to … Continue reading

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That Most Depraved of Cities

(an essay/story I couldn’t sell, so I’m putting it here) That Most Decadent of Cities by Jess Nevins after Javier Marias Metropolises, those colossal beasts of urban agglomeration, can be defined, delineated–differentiated–in many ways. The character traits of cities, for … Continue reading

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