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Dead Reckonings
  • I have a few items in the fourth issue of Dead Reckonings, including "Dissecting Thomas Harris" (a review of Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: Essays on the Novels of Thomas Harris) and a couple of capsule reviews.




  • Issue #5:







    Here's the complete TOC, reflecting 94 pages of reviewing goodness:



    • The Vampire as Action-Adventure Anti-Hero ....... June Pulliam

      [Rio Youers, Everdead]
    • A Mask Made of Exposition ..............................Michael Marano

      [Gene Wolfe, An Evil Guest]
    • The Pathetic and the Mundane................................. Kevin Dole

      [Quentin Crisp, Shrike]
    • Mythos and More Mythos ..............................Martin Andersson

      [Richard L. Tierney, The Drums of Chaos; Asamatsu Ken, Queen of K'n-Yan]
    • Forget-Me-Nots? .................................................. Tony Fonseca

      [Ronald Damien Malfi, Passenger; Peter Atkins, Moontown]
    • A New Jungle Book..............................................Hank Wagner

      [Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book]
    • Abandon All Preconceptions, Ye Who Enter Here....Sherry Austin

      [Ellen Datlow, ed., Poe]
    • Williams One, Clark Zero ................................... Robert Morrish

      [Simon Clark, Vengeance Child; Conrad Williams, One]
    • Mini-collections from Major Talent.........................Matt Cardin

      [Douglas Smith, Impossibilia; Mark Samuels, Glyphotech and Other Macabre Processes]
    • Ramsey Campbell, Probably: Listing Towards Horror
    • Paralyzed by Discomfort................................... Jack M. Haringa

      [British Invasion, ed. Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, and James A. Moore]
    • Passing the Baton ..................................................Ben P. Indick

      [New Dark Voices II, ed. Brian Keene; Jeremy C . Shipp, Sheep and Wolves]
    • Genius Loci ............................................................John Langan

      [Cherie Priest, Fathom]
    • Enter Ghost..............................................................Bev Vincent

      [Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle]
    • The Lovecraft Cult......................................................S. T. Joshi

      [Kenneth Hite, Tour de 5 Lovecraft: The Tales; Robert M. Price, Blasphemies & Revelations]
    • Two Unique Visions of Horror..................... Robert Butterfield

      [Scott Nicholson, Scattered Ashes; Tony Richards, Shadows and Other Tales]
    • Living on a Powder Keg..........................................Bev Vincent

      [Joe Hill, Gunpowder]
    • Can You Murder a Dream?...................... John Edgar Browning

      [Jeffrey Ford, The Drowned Life]
    • Doing Your Homework .......................................Hank Wagner

      [F. Paul Wilson, By the Sword]
    • Waking to Nightmares......................................Jack M. Haringa

      [Paul Tremblay, The Little Sleep]
    • The Supernatural in Prose and Verse .......... Donald R. Burleson

      [S. T. Joshi, Emperors of Dreams: Some Notes on Weird Poetry; S. T. Joshi, The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos; S. T. Joshi, Classics and Contemporaries: Some Notes on Horror Fiction]
    • The Perfect Museum Edition ......................... Darrell Schweitzer

      [Henry S. Whitehead, Passing of a God and Other Stories]
    • The Weird Scholar ......................................................S. T. Joshi
    • Capsule Reviews.............................................Divers Hands
  • Issue 8 is now out, featuring my review of Dan Simmons' Black Hills


    Dead Reckonings No. 08
  • Issue 12 is now out. I have two pieces in it, a pair of reviews and a dialog with my friend Hank Wagner about two Bradbury novels, which was a lot of fun to do.
    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Children of Bram and Poesy du Macabre...John Edgar Browning (Stephen Jones, ed., The Mammoth Book of Dracula; Michael A. Arnzen. The Gorelets Omnibus: Collected Poems, 2001–2011.)

    Horror Authors Get Religion...............Kendra Kuss Ditto (Stacia Kane, Sacrificial Magic; Michele Lang, Dark Victory)

    Uttering the Unutterable..................Tony Fonseca (S. T. Joshi, Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction)

    Time and Time Again.....................Antoinette Winstead (Dean Koontz, The Dead Town: A Novel and Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel)

    Weird Poetry, Then and Now...S. T. Joshi (Brett Rutherford, ed., Matthew Gregory Lewis (ed.) Tales of Wonder and Last Flowers: The Romance and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe & Sarah Helen Whitman; Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poems of Brett Rutherford)

    The Return of the Old-Fashioned Tale of Terror............Robert Butterfield (Scott Thomas, Urn and Willow; William Meikle. Dark Melodies)

    Sweet Zombie Jesus!.........June Pulliam (Daryl Gregory, Raising Stony Mayhall )

    Martin’s Classic Vampire Still Lives.........Braden Dauzat (George R. R. Martin, Fevre Dream.)

    Vampire Sluts, Doppelgangers, and Impossible Abodes.........Javier A. Martinez (Blake Butler. There Is No Year; Grace Krilanovich, The Orange Eats Creeps)

    A Shadow of His Best Work.........Tim Lucas (Tim Burton, dir. Dark Shadows)

    Shelley’s Monster Lives.........Matthew McEver (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein)

    The Heart of Darkness.........Bev Vincent (Peter Straub, The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine; Graham Joyce, Some Kind of Fairy Tale)

    Ramsey Campbell, Probably: A Can of Heinz

    Love(crafty)an Eccentrics.........Darrell Schweitzer (Peter Cannon, Forever Azathoth: Parodies and Pastiches; W. H. Pugmire, Uncommon Places: A Collection of Exquisites)

    Callers from Hell.........Van Viator (Tom Fletcher, The Leaping and The Thing on the Shore.)

    A Brilliant Idea Poorly Executed.........Jim Rockhill (John C. Tibbetts, The Gothic Imagination.)

    The Wonderful World of Nihilism.........Antoinette Winstead (Dean Koontz, 77 Shadow Street; Adam Nevill, The Ritual.)

    Rekindling Interest in Two Novels.........Tony Fonseca (Ramsey Campbell, The Seven Days of Cain; Graham Masterton, Petrified.)

    Two Views of Two Classics......Hank Wagner, with Bev Vincent (Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes)

    Vampires on Ice......Hank Wagner (Matt Forbeck, Carpathia; Barbara Hambly, The Magistrates of Hell.)

    Lesser Powers?.........Darrell Schweitzer (Tim Powers, The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)

    Of Mirrors and Lakes.........Tony Fonseca (Eric A. Jackson, A Blind Eye to the Rearview; Ronald [Damien] Malfi, Floating Staircase.)

    Werewolf Novel a Real Dog.........June Pulliam (Anne Rice, The Wolf Gift)

    Giron “Classic” Promises, But Doesn’t Deliver.........Andy Trevathan (Sephera Giron, The Birds and the Bees)

    The Weird Scholar............S. T. Joshi

    Notes on Contributors
  • imageIssue 14 is out now. Hank Wagner and I teamed up to talk about The Abominable by Dan Simmons.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Wagner and Vincent on Simmons -- Hank Wagner and Bev Vincent (Dan Simmons, The Abominable)

    Ramsey Campbell, Probably: The Grin Beneath the Flesh

    From Horror to Homage -- Richard Bleiler (J. E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett, eds., Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe; Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., ed. The Grimscribe’s Puppets)

    Joel Lane: In Memoriam -- Robert Butterfield

    Other Realities—Alternate Readings Two Views on Jason V Brock (Jason V Brock, Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities) 

    • Outlier -- Jonathan Johnson
    • Brock as Intriguing New Voice -- Darrell Schweitzer


    Malignant Mothers -- Richard Bleiler (John Boyne, This House Is Haunted, Sophie Hannah, The Orphan Choir)

    What Happens After? -- Sarah Simms (Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds., After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia)

    571 Forrester Lane Eats Babies -- Matthew McEver (Sonja Condit, Starter House)

    Triskaidekaphilia -- Jonathan Johnson (Jonathan Thomas, Thirteen Conjurations)

    Submitted: My Stamp of Approval -- Tony Fonseca (Reba Wissner, A Dimension of Sound: The Music of The Twilight Zone)

    Religious Fanaticism Run Amok -- Antoinette Winstead (L. Andrew Cooper, Burning the Middle Ground)

    Fifty Years of Ramsey Campbell -- S. T. Joshi (Ramsey Campbell, Holes for Faces; The Kind Folk; and The Last Revelation of Gla’ak)i

    Two Veteran Storytellers Demonstrate How It Is Done -- Robert Butterfield (Darrell Schweitzer, The Emperor of the Ancient Word; Tony Richards, The Universal and Other Terrors)

    Zombie Scholarship Earns Respect -- June Pulliam (Jennifer Rutherford, Zombies; Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland, eds. Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror)

    Sequel Deserves to be a Forgotten Chapter -- Braden Dauzat (James Wan, dir. Insidious: Chapter 2)

    Haunted from Within and Without -- Richard Bleiler (Ellen Datlow, ed. Hauntings)

    A Darker Piece of Darkness -- John Edgar Browning (Ellen Datlow, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5 andBlood and Other Cravings; Laird Barron, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories)

    The Lovecraftian Magickal Mystery Tour -- Leigh Blackmore (Peter Levenda, The Dark Lord: H. P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic)

    A Smorgasbord of Weird -- S. T. Joshi (Lois H. Gresh, ed. Dark Fusions: Where Monsters Lurk!

    Portrait of the Mythos-Maker as a Young Man -- Tony Fonseca (S. T. Joshi, The Assaults of Chaos: A Novel about H. P. Lovecraft)

    Second Time’s the Charm -- Leigh Blackmore (H. P. Lovecraft, The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works)

    Covens, Witchcraft, and Murder, Oh My! ......Antoinette Winstead (Debbie Viguie, The Thirteenth Sacrifice: A Witch Hunt Novel)

    Zombies Are People Too -- June Pulliam (Jonny Campbell, dir., In the Flesh)

    The Weird Scholar -- S. T. Joshi

  • Issue 16 is out now. Hank Wagner and I teamed up twice this time, once to talk about two books recommended by King, and again to discuss the latest two King novels.

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  • Issue 21 features a conversation between Hank Wagner and me about Stranger Things

    https://www.hippocampuspress.com/journals/dead-reckonings/dead-reckonings-no.-21

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    Bestarred with Fainting Flowers ..... Daniel Pietersen

    Symbolism and Myth in the Work of R. Murray Gilchrist

     

    The “V” Word ..... Jose Cruz

    T. E. Grau, They Don’t Come Home Anymore

     

    Shadows with Teeth ..... Darrell Schweitzer

    Ellen Datlow, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8

     

    Existential and Ontological Horror ..... S. T. Joshi

    Joel Lane, This Spectacular Darkness: Critical Essays, ed. Mark Valentine and John Howard

     

    In the Heliotherapy Ward ..... Amber Doll Diaz

    David F. Sandberg, Lights Out

     

    The Horror in the Card Catalog . S. T. Joshi

    Darrell Schweitzer and John Ashmead, ed. Tales from the Miskatonic University Library

     

    Southern Discomfort and the Ubiquitous Undead ..... Stephanie Graves

    Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner, ed. Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture

     

    Forever I’m Alone with You ..... Jose Cruz

    Lynda E. Rucker, You’ll Know When You Get There

     

    Stranger Things: A Conversation between Bev Vincent and Hank Wagner

     

    Terrors of the Natural World ..... S. T. Joshi

    Richard Gavin, Sylvan Dread: Tales of Pastoral Darkness

     

    Ramsey’s Rant: Remembering Kirby ..... Ramsey Campbell

     

    Psychosexual Syzygy: Checking in at the Bates Motel ..... Gavin Callaghan

    Bates Motel, Seasons 1 through 5

     

    Terror for Children ..... Taij Devon

    Aric Cushing, Vampire Boy

     

    The Homely Commonplace and the Unimaginably Deranged: J. G. Ballard’s High Rise ..... Alexander Lugo

     

    The Resurgence of Weird Magazines ..... Ashley Dioses

     

    The Final Work of Mark Fisher ..... James Machin

    Mark Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie

     

    SMASH EVERYTHING! Bobby Rhodes and His Demons

    Nathan Chazan

     

    THINKING HORROR: An Exchange with s. j. bagley ..... Alex Houstoun

     

    Pastiches of Pastiches S. T. Joshi

    Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass, ed. The Children of Gla’aki: A Tribute to Ramsey Campbell’s Great Old One

  • Issue 22 is now available. It contains my review (different from the one at CD Online) of Sleeping Beauties.

    Hallowed Readings for Hallowe’en  by  Greg Gbur
    Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton, ed. Haunted Nights
     
    A Few Reflections by  Martin Andersson
     
    The Creature That Lives in the Dark  by  S. T. Joshi
    Ramsey Campbell, Born to the Dark
     
    Worthy Wordsmithery  by  Tony Fonseca
    Jason V Brock, The Dark Sea Within: Tales & Poems
     
    A Visitor to Arkham  by  Ramsey Campbell
     
    A Journey Beyond All Journeys  by  Donald Sidney-Fryer
     
    Curating Ars Necronomica 2017  by  Brian L. Mullen III
     
    The Wonders of the Visible Weird: Ars Necronomica 2017 and Guest of Honor, John Jude Palencar  by  Dave Felton
     
    An Artist’s Dreamworld Incantation: The Work of John Jude Palencar  by  Michelle Y. Souliere
     
    FOREVER and a Day  by  Jason V Brock
    Darrell Schweitzer, The Threshold of Forever: Essays and Reviews.
     
    The History of the Horror Fiction Boom in the 1970s and ‘80s  by  Stephanie Graves
    Grady Hendrix, Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
     
    Musings: NecronomiCon 2017  by  Alex Smith
     
    In the Wild Beast Wood: The Triad of Mystery in the Artwork of Sidney H. Sime  by  Daniel Pietersen
     
    Horrors of the Everyday Life  by  June Pulliam
    Jordan Peele, dir. Get Out; Brian Falchuck and Ryan Murphy, FX AHS: Cult.
     
    A Century Too Late  by  Tony Fonseca
    Sam Gafford, The Dreamer in Fire and Other Stories
     
    Standing Behind the Curtains A Conversation with T. E. D. Klein  by  Barry Lee Dejasu
     
    Uncanny Age: Joachim Kalka’s Gaslight  by  James Machin
    Joachim Kalka, tr. Isabel Fargo Cole, Gaslight: Lantern Slides from the Nineteenth Century
     
    A Mixed Bag  by  S. T. Joshi
    Justin Steele and Sam Cowan, ed. Looming Low, Volume 1
     
    The Art of NecronomiCon  by  Dean Kuhta
     
    Ghosts, Beyond Metaphor and Psychopathology ... Jim Rockhill
    Zöe Lehmann Imfield, The Victorian Ghost Story and Theology
     
    The Weird and Eerie in Finest Form  by  Daniel Pietersen
    Jeffrey Thomas, Haunted Worlds
     
    Panels of People Screaming: An Interview with Sarah Horrocks ... Nathan Chazan
     
    Vibrant and Vivid: NecronomiCon 2017  by  Elena Tchougounova-Paulson
     
    Nevertheless, She Persisted  by  Bev Vincent
    Stephen King and Owen King, Sleeping Beauties
     
    Thinking Visually: Comments on Comics  by  Alex Houstoun
     
    Revisiting the Dreamlands  by  Darrell Schweitzer
    Kij Johnson, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
     
    A Reflection: NecronomiCon 2017  by  Dr. Géza A. G. Reilly

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