How I Spent January 2017

janusSpeaking strictly in terms of my personal life, January 2017 was a considerable improvement over January 2016. That month was positively rotten to me and I still haven’t quite forgiven it. But this month?

Well, my creative projects have been coming along. It’s looking increasingly likely that my comic will be heading to the Kickstarter stage this year, which is something I can thank my lovely artists for. Them, and the group of wonderful friends who are interested in publishing it through their small press. I’m currently in talks, fingers crossed we can work something out…

Meanwhile, I’m also working my way through a stack of books on science fiction – from biographies to critical analyses – as research for a couple of nonfiction projects, including my new article series on Amazing Stories magazine.

(As for the international political situation circa January 2017, well, that’s something that has given me far, far less to feel optimistic about. But that would be a topic for another time…)

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“You Will Have Seen Girls About Fifteen you Thought Were Hot”: The Forbidden Thoughts of Milo Yiannopoulos

Forbidden Thoughts

Around the start of this year, Superversive Press published an anthology of SF stories called Forbidden Thoughts. Many – if not all – of the contributors are from the Sad and/or Rabid Puppy campaigns, and the stories are meant to represent everything that SJWs hate.

The book’s foreword is by Milo Yiannopoulos, a man who has made a career out of expressing sundry politically incorrect opinions. In this post, I would like to examine one politically incorrect opinion of Milo’s which, to me, appears to have sparked surprisingly little controversy: his argument that it is sometimes morally acceptable, even beneficial, for an adult to have sex with a minor as young as twelve.

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Is There a Correlation Between the Decline of Religion and the Rise of Sparkly Vampires?

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Over at the Castalia House blog, Jeffro Johnson recently made a post entitled “Why Post-Christian Fantasy is Inferior to the Real Thing”. Johnson argues that a process of secularisation has sapped the appeal from modern fantasy fiction:

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January 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

belladonnajan17‘Tis that time of the month once again! The January issue of Belladonna is yours to Magzter and Magcloud, ringing in the new year with all the gruesome goodies that we of the Horror Honeys can offer.

The magazine features interviews with The Id star Amanda Wyss, Don’t Breathe writer Rodo Sayagues and Hurricane Bianca director Matt Kugelman. Slasher Honey Chass discusses this year’s upcoming releases, along with a list of things that she hopes not to see in horror films of 2017.

Between the Hurricane Bianca feature and LinnieSarah’s article on the cross-dressing antics of Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda, drag is a definite theme of this issue. So, too, are children: Katie has a feature on films about mad science children (The Unborn, Demon Seed et cetera), while Kim gives us a feature on child actors in horror and elsewhere champions Something Wicked This Way Comes as a film that won’t scare your own kids too much.

My contributions are a review of the manga release Holy Corpse Rising Volume 1 and an article on the online horrors of Rule 34.

All in all, I’d say we’ve given our readers another treat this month. Take a bite of some Belladonna!

My New Series on Amazing Stories 

Amazing_Stories_April_1926-e1484317561153.jpgI’ve just begun a new series of articles covering Amazing Stories, the first dedicated SF magazine, on an issue-by-issue basis. The first instalment covers the magazine’s debut issue, published back in April 1927.

I’d like to thank Steve Davidson, editor of Amazing‘s current incarnation, for agreeing to host the series on the magazine’s official website.

How long I can keep the series running, I cannot say; I fear it is only a matter of time before the ugly issue of availability will raise its head. But I fully intend to cover the first year’s worth of issues, at the very least.

Here’s to the exciting new genre of Scientifiction!

Vintage Paperbacks: Starring Toni Basil

Over my Head

I’m a sucker for vintage paperback covers. I’m a sucker for cheesy 1980s music videos. So, it should go without saying that I have a fondness for the video to Toni Basil’s “Over my Head”, where she pops in and out of the covers of various old-timey crime novels.

Out of curiosity, I decided to look up some of those books online…

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Brian Niemeier: The Man Who Would Be (Stephen) King

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Last month I posted about Brian Niemeier, an obscure right-wing indie author. Niemeier holds a number of curious beliefs – such as his notion that the political left is literally being controlled by evil spirits – but my post focused on one of his claims in particular: that his book Souldancer was amongst the most popular horror novels of 2016.

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