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The Fantasy genre is broader than some people try to make out. I have read Tolkien and there is nothing else quite like that, although many followed the path. Modern Fantasy is often darker and violent, but back in the 80s and 90s there was more of a sense of adventure and magic....

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th November 2021
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Exposure by  by Louis Greenberg
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Going to see live theatre can be an exhilarating experience of an excruciating one, both for the same reason. This is live and in front of you. As an audience you are experiencing the magic together, or if things go wrong, the disaster. There is a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 29th November 2021
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A whole anthology addressing the subject of shapeshifters ( beyond the time honored example of werewolves)  is a real challenge because the risk of repetitiveness ia always around the corner and so is the hazard of making suspension of disbelief an unreachable goal.

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Article by Mario Guslandi on 20th November 2021
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Five Decembers by  by James Kestrel
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Noir is not always an easy genre to write, there is a timeless tone to it. You can pick up a book that was written 70 years ago and it still has all the effortless style to make it incredibly readable. If you are going to write a new noir set during the classic noir period you are not only...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th November 2021
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The only people I know who still believe in hell are the ones who had the proper kind of upbringing.
- Mark Twain
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Swashbucklers by  by Dan Hanks
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Nostalgia is a dangerous tool to use in a novel as what people think happened is not always the case. They prefer to see the past through rose tinted glasses. The 1980s can be seen as an era of Nintendo playing and Bermuda shorts, but that was not my 80s. I remember the Spectrum, my milk...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th November 2021
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Secrets are powerful. They can make or break someone. In the alternative Edwardian England of Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light there is a magical society of people who hide their powers. This is a big secret to keep, but there are others. Both Robin Blyth and...

Article by Sam Tyler on 11th November 2021
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As a fan of the expanded Star Wars Universe of novels, I pinch myself with the amount of quality content there is. These are not just novelisations of the films, or even expansions of the most well-known characters, the novels are cutting deep and exploring corners of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 9th November 2021
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The locked room scenario is a classic tool in crime fiction that most great authors in that genre have tried at least once. The premise is that someone has apparently been murdered in a room that no one else can get in or out of. This may mean that the killing should have been...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th November 2021
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Liege-Killer by  by Christopher Hinz
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Science Fiction does not have to be epic. It can tell a small story about a single person or family as they struggle against a strange new world, but sometimes you want to read a stonking great space opera where an individual's actions can alter...

Article by Sam Tyler on 2nd November 2021
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One of the remarkable things about genre fiction is that it can blend so well. Why have a straight fantasy novel when you can mix it with science fiction or horror? How far are we as a human race from backsliding to a medieval style life? A few dirty bombs,...

Article by Sam Tyler on 27th October 2021
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The Hood by  by Lavie Tidhar
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The legend of Robin Hood has changed over the years. I know it is hard to believe but he was not always imagined as a mullet haired Kevin Costner trying to save Nottingham with a dodgy English accent. One element of the story that has fallen out of fashion is Robin...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th October 2021
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The New Kingdom by  by Wilbur Smith
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Historic fiction is often written about exciting characters who have full and adventurous lives. There is no point following someone who's past role in Egyptian culture was to turn the compost heaps four times a day. You want to follow the likes of Hui who goes from...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th October 2021
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Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- Kurt Vonnegut
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The Golden Era of comic books began around the Second World War and into the 1950s. It was a time of nationalism as the World prepared for war and then a time of hope and optimism for the US in particular. The US was now the main world power and life was...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th October 2021
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The Cabinet by  by Un-Su Kim
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I love genre fiction that deals with people who have developed superpowers; X-Men, The 4400, The Boys. All of them have ordinary people gaining extraordinary powers. Some become superheroes, other supervillains. However, what about those mutations that are a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th October 2021
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There are many flavours of horror, but one that I prefer is American Gothic. There is something about the Deep South of America that mixes well with horror. It already feels like a foreign and mysterious place to many of us so when you add the notion...

Article by Sam Tyler on 8th October 2021
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The present book, featuring twenty-four stories ( twenty-three of which are brand new) addresses the subject of the fragile, thin link between life and death and of how the dead are closer to us than we care to believe.

As in every theme anthology, some issues tend to recur - although in...

Article by Mario Guslandi on 7th October 2021
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Fans of slasher films will recognise many of the rules that make up the genre. The Final Girl will win the day at the last moment when she realises her own strength. This character will be a bastion of good and innocence, but those around her will not. The rocker, goth, cheerleader, geek –...

Article by Sam Tyler on 6th October 2021
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We all have a past. For most of us it is dull. I went to school, Uni and then got a job. It is rare that I have to face off against the hideous undead or talk to the local rat population. Gina Meyers does not have it so easy, and her past is coming back to haunt...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th September 2021
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