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My bibliography of sources for my Viking work.

I’ve been banging on about Viking stuff over on Twitter and on my Patreon for some time now. What really started me on this was the Viking roleplaying game (working title: The Fury of the Northmen; tagline: “the greatest Viking roleplaying … Continue reading

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It’s New Year’s Eve! Let’s talk about lutefisk!

We’ve been blaming the French for various woes for decades, if not centuries, although the British have been doing it for a lot longer. (The O.E.D. has a pejorative use of “Frenchified” dating back to 1592). But let’s not forget … Continue reading

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Cyberpunk master’s thesis bibliography.

Last week I provided a Cyberpunk 101 reading list in response to some discussion over on Twitter about the game Cyberpunk 2077. As follow-up, I ordered a copy of my master’s thesis (“The Evolution of the Myth of the Frontier in Cyberpunk”, … Continue reading

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Your basic Cyberpunk 101 reading list

Cyberpunk 2077‘s more regrettable & problematic design choices prompted some discussion–well, a lot of discussion, really–over on Twitter. And one thing led to another and people started discussing the genre of cyberpunk and not just the macho wankery of Cyberpunk 2077. … Continue reading

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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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