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The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes: Now Online!

Well, sorta. Let’s just say that converting the Encyclopedia from a manuscript to an online resource is going to take me a long time; the Encyclopedia has over 6,800 entries, and I’m giving each entry its own page, which is time-consuming. But I’ve … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Lovecraft, for and against.

The following is largely taken from my Horror Fiction in the Twentieth Century, which if you’re interested in the development of and history of horror fiction, both in the Anglophone world and in the rest of the world, is essential … Continue reading

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The Yellow Peril.

The following is an excerpt from my Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, Second Edition. Those story and novel titles in boldface are entries in the Encyclopedia. The Yellow Peril. Although the anti-Asian stereotype of the “Yellow Peril,” the threat posed to the West by Asian … Continue reading

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The pulps of East Germany!

In case you don’t know, I’ve been posting a bit on Twitter and over on Patreon. The following is one of the free posts I did there: Stealing from @mc_ellis: “This is the City, Karl-Marx-Stadt. My name is Freitag, I … Continue reading

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A bibliography.

So I’ve been busy during the quarantine, writing writing writing. And one of the things I’ve been writing is (working title) The English Campaign: The Viking Great Army vs. the Four Kingdoms of England, 865-871, a Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition-compatible game which I’m … Continue reading

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The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, Second Edition, now available!

I know I’ve been promising this since last summer, but it’s here at last: The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, Second Edition. Isn’t that a lovely cover? My wife spent many, many hours laboring over it, and the end result is fantastic, … Continue reading

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Horror Fiction in the 20th Century on sale now, and one of my favorite Victorian sequences #3: the ending of Westward Ho!

So! Big day, today. My book, Horror Fiction in the 20th Century, is now officially shipping from Amazon.com today! Publisher’s description here: Horror Fiction in the 20th Century encompasses the world of 20th-century horror literature and explores it in a … Continue reading

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One of my favorite Victorian sequences, #2: the ending of Hereward the Wake.

Well. That was an eventful week. My book on twentieth century horror fiction is now available from my publisher. (Amazon’s publishing date is incorrect). I got to do a Big Idea piece for John Scalzi’s blog. And I got a … Continue reading

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One of my favorite Victorian sequences, #1: the true climax of Lorna Doone

Hi. So. This blog has gone for long periods with no new posts, for which I apologize, but the new year and new decade are here, and there’s a movement afoot to bring back blogs as a thing, and almost … Continue reading

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An excerpt from my forthcoming book.

Happy New Year! My new book, Horror Fiction in the 20th Century, is out on January 31st. (Amazon; Barnes and Noble; Powell’s). It turned out pretty well, I think, and even those of you who’ve read a lot of horror fiction … Continue reading

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