“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats … and a dragon named Inky.
With two weeks of the Book Club gone, it’s time for an update on our progress and thoughts so far.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
I was practically drooling when Pete handed me (via email) a book of short horror stories. I am a complete sucker for the things. I remember taking road trips with my family and sneakily reading my brother’s copy of Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew when my mom wasn’t looking (I wasn’t allowed to read scary stories when I was kid because ‘my imagination was too active’ or something). Short horror was my introduction to horror and the love never faded.
Tom GH Adams’s Defiled Earth and Other Tales is a compilation of his short horror stories. A cursed LAGOON, a troubled teen and a lusty monster are just a few of his focal points and each story hits a different area of the horror spectrum. He definitely touches on some interesting subjects. Continue reading
Constructed languages, or conlangs as they’re called, are a staple in many science fiction and fantasy works. They add a depth to otherwise shallow worlds and a new level of complexity to already deep settings. The three things that ultimately relate the uniqueness of a culture are its religion(s) (or lack thereof), its art, and its language(s). Language conveys meaning to an otherwise hum drum world, breathing rich life into the mundane. Without further ado here are our top ten conlangs. Continue reading
Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with her parents when she was three. When she was ten she moved with her parents to the Goldstream Valley, a rural area outside Fairbanks. The family built a house there on six and a half acres of wooded land. Lenita Sheridan loved playing in the woods. They were a source of inspiration and imagination for her. When she was eleven she became a Christian. That was a turning point year for her, for she also decided to become a writer at that age. Continue reading
Note from Pete: Lincoln Cole has previously been interviewed for Featured Friday! Check out the interview here. After reading Bryce’s review, of course.
This book was super short. That’s not a complaint, just a fact. I read the whole thing in less than about an hour. (I made popcorn while I was reading, so I’m not sure on the exact time it took me to read.)
Lincoln Cole’s The Ninth Circle is the story of a heart broken man, Arthur Vangeest, fighting a cult and finding a new purpose in life.
That’s really all I can say about the plot because it’s so short. In fact, I think I’d consider this more of a short story than a novel.
PD: I’m delighted to introduce our Featured Friday segment with Andrew Joyce, who you may remember as guest posting for Zealot Script in the recent past.
Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and fifty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, Yellow Hair. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mick Reilly.