On Amazing Stories Issue 8


My overview of the November 1926 issue of Amazing Stories has gone live. This time around the (presumably unintentional) recurring theme is the end of the world as we know it. Do you feel fine?


Shared Nightmares (2014)

SharedNightmaresResearching for Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers has done zilch to reduce my TBR pile, but it has been interesting to explore some of the nooks and crannies of contemporary indie publishing.

One of the chapters in my book will be about the intersection (or lack thereof) between the Sad/Rabid Puppy campaigns and horror fiction. It’s clear that the Puppy authors have, by and large, not spent a great deal of time within horror – but there are exceptions to this. Nathan Shumate’s small-press outfit Cold Fusion Media specialises in horror anthologies, and has published short stories by a few of the Sad Puppies campaign leaders: Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen and Sarah Hoyt. Naturally, this was something I had to look into, so I snapped up Cold Fusion’s Shared Nightmares, a 2014 anthology themed around dreams and nightmares with contributions from Correia and Hoyt.

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A Tale of Two Trumptopias

Deadman’s Tome: Trumpocalypse, which is not to be confused with…

I’ve been working on the horror chapter of my book Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers. Something I want to talk about there is that multiple small-press horror outlets have promoted themselves as anti-SJW (in a let’s-freak-the-moral-guardians way, rather than a let’s-all-read-Mike-Cernovich way) but, as far as I can see, none of them overlap with the Sad Puppies campaign or its various spin-offs and satellites.

One of the case studies I’ve chosen is the digital horror magazine Deadman’s Tome. Its editor, Jesse Dedman, put out a video called Horror and PC SJW Culture, which is about what you’d expect from a video called Horror and PC SJW Culture. I imagine that the sentiments expressed there would go down well in the Puppysphere, but some of the themed issues of Deadman’s Tome might not be so well-received: the “He’s Risen” issue promises “zombie Jesus eating church goers, baby Jesus pegging a priest, a showdown between Jesus and Moses and more” while the cover of the “Trumpocalypse” issue features a Gentileschi homage depicting the decapitation of Donald Trump (months before the Kathy Griffin photoshoot, no less!) Given the Puppy campaigns’ association with the religious right, it is questionable whether they would embrace such subject matter.

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July 2017 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

DEoHF1EUQAAz0JE.jpg-largeA month wouldn’t be a month without Belladonna, and July is no exception! The latest issue of the Horror Honeys’ lovingly-produced magazine is on the digital newsstands, and as always, it is positively lubricating itself with horror-themed goodness.

Amongst the highlights this month: LinnieSarah reviews the re-release of Fright Night, followed by an interview with its director Tom Holland! Guest contributor Becky Sayers looks at the theme of American patriotism in horror films! Brittany flies the flag for the under appreciated sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby! Sarah is unimpressed by a Tom Cruise movie! Sleepaway Camp star Felissa Rose turns up for an interview! Kim shows us that Jaws is not the be-all and end-all of shark-themed horror films! Samantha analyses the queer side of horror cinema! Jess sums up the most promising games from E3!


And the above is only the merest sampling, as this contents page so ably illustrates.

EdithJulyMy comic reviews this time around are Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme and DC’s Raven. Also included is the first in a regular feature on women in comics: 666 Sketchbook. This month, Kit Cox is presented with a set of questions that I assembled.

And also! Midnight Widows, the comic that I put together with artist friends Rosie Wigg and Marcela Hauptvogelova, reaches its third instalment. Vampiress Edith is abroad in London, and she is on the trail of her latest prey…

Wanna read Belladonna? You can get it from the official website, MagCloud or Magzter. Give it a try and, if you like what you see, please consider placing a subscription and perhaps donating to the Horror Honeys’ Patreon.

How I Spent June 2017

heraAnother month has been consigned to the history books.

I wish I had a bit more to say about June 2017, but the fact is that it wasn’t all that eventful. But a few things have been happening…

Just yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a brand new creative collaborator, and my Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers book is gradually forming on a molecular level. So, things have been coming together for me, if only behind the scenes so far.

My weekly trips to the cinema acquainted me with Wonder Woman, The Mummy, Churchill and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Articles of mine published elsewhere this month:

Article topics for July and beyond: