Annotations to League: Tempest are up!

Updated annotations to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest #1 are available here.

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My Readercon presentation is up!

At Readercon 29 I did a presentation on African horror literature of the twentieth century. There were requests for the presentation to be made available, so I’ve put them up as a website and as a .pdf. Enjoy!

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Books I’m going to order

This one’s for my homies over on Twitter. At the college library I work at, we (quite unexpectedly) have some extra money to spend on books. We (the college) also have classes on horror fiction and film. So I decided to increase our collection of horror fiction, so that when the students want to write their papers and do their presentations, they’ll have an array of books to read and use. I mentioned this on Twitter, and there was interest from folks there about what books I was going to order. So here’s the list (which includes a few non-horror novels I thought the library should own) (keep in mind that a lot of omissions here are either out of print or already owned by the library):

  • Robert Aickman’s Compulsory Games
  • Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories
  • Elechi Amadi’s The ConcubineThe Great Ponds
  • Leonid Andreyev’s The Abyss
  • Ines Arredondo’s The Underground River
  • Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s Pather Panchali
  • Charles Beaumont’s A Touch of the Creature
  • E.F. Benson’s Night Terrors
  • Michel Bernanos’ The Other Side of the Mountain
  • Robert Bloch’s The Complete Stories of Robert Bloch
  • Maria Luisa Bombal’s House of Mist
  • Marjorie Bowen’s The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories
  • Serge Brussolo’s Deep Sea Diver’s Syndrome
  • Dino Buzzati’s Catastrophe and Other Stories, Tartar Steppe
  • Leonora Carrington’s The Complete Stories
  • Fred Chappell’s Dagon
  • John Collier’s Fancies and Goodnights
  • A.E. Coppard’s The Black Dog
  • Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch, Blow-Up, We Love Glenda So Much
  • Cristina Fernandez Cubas’ Nona’s Room
  • Bernard Dadie’s The Black Cloth
  • Amparo Davila’s The Houseguest
  • Walter de la Mare’s Out of the Deep
  • Mario de Sa-Carneiro’s The Great Shadow
  • Giorgio di Maria’s Twenty Days of Turin
  • Birago Diop’s Tales of Amadou Koumba
  • Jose Donoso’s The Obscene Bird of Night
  • Lord Dunsany’s In The Land of TimeGods of Pegana
  • Stanley Ellin’s The Specialty of the House
  • Buchi Emechata’s The Rape of ShaviThe Joys of Motherhood
  • Daniel Fagunwa’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons
  • Rosario Ferre’s The Youngest Doll
  • Mary Wilkins Freeman’s A Mary Wilkins Freeman Reader
  • Enchi Fumiko’s Masks, A Tale of False Fortunes
  • Stefan Grabinski’s The Dark Domain
  • Julien Gracq’s Dark Stranger
  • Ken Greenhall’s Hell Hound
  • Davis Grubb’s Night of the Hunter 
  • Hella Haasse’s The Black Lake
  • Wilson Harris’ Palace of the Peacock
  • L.P. Hartley’s The Travelling Grave
  • Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl
  • Felisberto Hernandez’s Piano Stories
  • William Hope Hodgon’s The House on the Borderlands
  • Margaret Irwin’s Still She Wished For Company
  • Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill HouseWe Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels
  • Gerald Kersh’s Nightshades and Damnation
  • Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes, The Face of Another 
  • Kurahashi Yumiko’s The Woman with the Flying Head
  • Kyoka Izumi’s Japanese Gothic Tales
  • Carmen Laforet’s Nada
  • Tommaso Landolfi’s Gogol’s Wife
  • Camara Laye’s The Radiance of the King
  • Vernon Lee’s Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales
  • Maurice Level’s Thirty Hours with a Corpse
  • Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby
  • Mieko Kanai’s Word Book
  • Ibrahim Kuni’s The Bleeding of the Stone
  • Leopold Lugones’ Leopold Lugones-Selected Writings
  • Dorothy Macardle’s The Uninvited
  • Arthur Machen’s The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories
  • Gustav Meyrink’s Walpurgisnacht
  • Edgar Mittelholzer’s EltonsbrodyMy Bones and My Flute
  • Premendra Mitra’s The Mosquito
  • Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka
  • Ibrahim Nasrallah’s Prairies of Fever
  • Silvina Ocampo’s And Thus Were Their Faces
  • Ben Okri’s The Famished Road
  • Oliver Onions’ The Hand of Kornelius Voyt
  • Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet
  • Horacio Quiroga’s The Decapitated Chicken
  • Graciliano Ramos’ Barren Lives
  • Forrest Reid’s Denis Bracknell
  • Merce Rodoreda’s The Time of the DovesA Broken Mirror
  • Joao Guimaraes Rosa’s Backlands
  • Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Parama
  • Ernesto Sabato’s The TunnelAngel of Darkness
  • Sarban’s The Sound of His Horn
  • May Sinclair’s Uncanny Stories
  • Armonia Somers’ The Naked Woman
  • Muriel Spark’s four novel collection
  • Tanizaki Junichiro’s Seven Japanese Tales
  • Sony Labou Tansi’s Life and a Half
  • Lygia Fagundes Telles’ The Girl in the Photograph
  • Jamie-Martinez Tolentino’s 13 After Midnight
  • Amos Tutuola’s Palm Wine Drinkard
  • H.R. Wakefield’s The Red Lodge
  • Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom
  • Robert Westall’s Antique Dust
  • John Wyndham’s Day of the TriffidsMidwich Cuckoos
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Annotations to Xerxes #2 are up.

Click on the image to read the annotations.

Not as much to write about this time around, although the issue did have enough inventions, fabrications, and floutings of history to keep me busy.

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New comic book annotations by me.

When I heard that Frank Miller was going to be doing another series on ancient Greece–a sort-of sequel to 300–I knew I had to do something. 300 is in my view a reprehensible garbage fire, an oozing sore of Bad History and bad faith writing, and too many people took it to be legitimate history rather than the homophobic, xenophobic toxic fairy tale that it was/is.

So a sequel to that? I had to do something. And since I can’t prevent Frank Miller from writing any more, the most I can do is write something critical of his work. So–

Annotations to Xerxes #1.

They are admittedly long–I went the full annotation route this time–but I think they’re worth reading.

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Award Eligible Stuff By Me

I actually have two of them this year.

“Reverse the Charges,” in Skelos #2 (Winter 2017).

“Sexual Harassment in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Communities Survey Results,”, Sept. 4, 2017.

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Sexual Harassment in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Communities Survey Results

The science fiction and fantasy community has a problem: sexual harassment and sexual predation by men.

I put up a survey recently on the subject. The results, while not surprising, were nonetheless sobering. Of 948 respondents:

• 23% had been sexually harassed at a convention.
• 33% had witnessed sexual harassment at a convention.
• 37% had a family member, friend, or colleague who had been sexually harassed at a convention.

The numbers for the online community were worse:

• 32% had been sexually harassed online.
• 62% had witnessed sexual harassment online.
• 41% had a family member, friend, or colleague who had been sexually harassed online.

The respondents’ detailed description of their experience graphically described the problem. Of the 396 people who responded to the request for details about their experiences:

• 236 had been the victim of verbal harassment.
• 145 had been the victim of physical harassment (groping).
• 29 had been victim of threats of rape and/or violence.
• 3 had been the victim of a man masturbating themselves in front of the respondent (in each case a woman).
• 5 had been the victim of a sexual assault at a convention.

In many cases the harassers are prominent figures: the award winner who likes to use his fame as a lever with which to lure under-age women to his hotel room for sex; the best-selling author who likes to lure young women and under-age women to his hotel room for BDSM sessions–when confronted about this behavior, he claims that since there’s no penetration, it doesn’t count as statutory rape; the award winner who imitates Isaac Asimov’s serial groping behavior; the award winner who uses his fame to pressure young women to sleep with him; the anthology editors who demand sex from female authors in exchange for being published in the anthologies; the small press owners who demand sex from female authors in exchange for being published by the press; the editor who targets children.

In some cases the harassers are known within the industry and to their colleagues to be harassers, but no action is taken against them. One book editor harassed his authors; complaints to the editor’s superior were not forwarded on to the publisher’s Human Resources department, and nothing was done to prevent the editor from continuing to harass his authors.

Some of the victims of harassment refuse to go to specific conventions any more, whether because of that convention’s weak anti-harassment policies, the weak response by the convention’s staff to complaints about harassment, or because a harasser is a regular participant of that convention. Some of the victims refuse to go to any conventions now, because of their negative experiences. Some of the victims are no longer comfortable at conventions unless they are in the presence of a male partner or friend or group of friends. Some of the victims have developed PTSD as a result of being harassed.

Solutions to this problem are not simple. Both WisCon and Readercon were the sites of recent notable cases of harassment, and both toughened up their policies and procedures as a result of their initial failures to properly handle the situations. But it is arguable that convention policies are better at punishment than prevention. Ultimately, what is going to solve the problem of harassment is, first, the strict enforcement of anti-harassment policies by conventions–still a problem, as some convention organizers and runners feel that to publicize anti-harassment policies is to make more of the problem than it is, and that one-size-fits-all anti-harassment policies don’t allow for nuance and personal judgment in dealing with cases of harassment. Second, more victims must report harassment after it happens. There are obvious reasons why victims of harassment don’t come forward: feeling shock and shame at what happened, feeling that they won’t be believed or taken seriously, feeling that nothing will be done about it, feeling that anti-harassment policies won’t do enough, and feeling that conventions won’t handle their complaint in a sensitive and understanding fashion. Thirdly and most importantly, more witnesses, especially more men, must intervene when harassment is taking place and put a stop to it. Many of the survey’s respondents told stories of being harassed in public and no one stopping the harassment or letting the harasser know that what they were doing was unacceptable. Men in particular are reluctant to stop other men from bad behavior. This needs to end. Men must be more proactive in preventing harassment from taking place and stopping harassment when it occurs.

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Four new books by me!

With a fifth, the ebook, coming as soon as Amazon completes processing it.


The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Pulp Heroes.




The Encyclopedia of Pulp Adventurers.




The Encyclopedia of Pulp Cowboys.




The Encyclopedia of Pulp Detectives



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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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