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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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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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Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.
- Kurt Vonnegut
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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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I love 2000AD, it is a fantastic serial comic that is filled with some of my favourite characters. Judge Dredd is omnipresent, but there are other characters that I picture when I think of opening a new issue; ABC Warriors, Rogue Trooper and of course, Slaine. Slaine felt a little...

Article by Sam Tyler on 29th September 2021
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Stolen Earth by  by J. T. Nicholas
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Space travel is often painted in a glamourous fashion. Sleek ships sail among the stars as the crew members go on daring adventures, but the reality would be much more cramped. The planet Earth may feel a little crowded at times, but compared to being in a space craft, we can...

Article by Sam Tyler on 28th September 2021
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Watching television in the 70s and 80s was less about choice and more about just watching what was on. You only had four channels and not much catered for children, we would watch anything. Re-runs of The Land of the Giants or Star Trek became the bread and butter of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 22nd September 2021
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What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"
- Terry Pratchett
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Dare to Know by  by James Kennedy
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If you could find out your exact time of death down to the last second, would you take up the option? For some it could be liberating, they will pack their lives until the last moment. For others, their death will become even more of a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th September 2021
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The Offset by  by Calder Szewczak
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There is one solution that would benefit our climate massively, but it is a bitter pill to swallow. Less humans. We are the cause of pretty much all the issues that the Earth is currently having and when we are gone, it will happily float around the solar system without us. A...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th September 2021
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I do enjoy a good gothic novel. A tale about a once impressive house that has fallen into ruin, its location remote, its inhabitants an enigma. The tales are often full of thrills, romance and even a little horror. But what do you do about a gothic house full of horrific creatures? A story that...

Article by Sam Tyler on 9th September 2021
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