Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Story of Violence – “Vigilance” by Robert Jackson Bennett

About From the publisher, “Robert Jackson Bennett’s Vigilance is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surrendered to gun violence. The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces “Vigilance,” a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a “game environment,” and the survivors get …

Indie Spotlight – Bjørn Larssen

Independent Author Bjørn Larssen tells us about his process for Storytellers and how it started out as one thing and ended up as something entirely different. “Tell me about your family,” said Juana one evening. They were learning words that described family members. “Father, mother, brother, sister…” “I have two brother.” “Two brothers. Very good! Are they as good-looking as …

Graphic Novel Review of Drive by Michael Benedetto, Antonio Fuso, and James Sallis

“Maybe he should turn around. Go back and tell them that’s what life was, a long series of things that didn’t go down the way you thought they would. Hell with it. Either they’d figure it out or they wouldn’t. Most people never did.” ― Drive by James Sallis RATING  3/5 STATSPaperback104 pagesPublished May 17th 2016 by IDW Publishing (first published …

Review of Escaping Wars and Waves – Encounters with Syrian Refugees by Oliver Kugler

About Based on many interviews, and hundreds of reference photos, Kugler’s beautifully observed drawings of his interviewees bring to life their location — a room, a camp, on the road: the stretch of tents on Kos, opposite the stalls selling trinkets to tourists. His reporting of their stories is peppered with snatches of conversation and images of the objects that …

First Chapter, First Paragraph – John Dies at the End by David Wong

First Chapter, First Paragraph Solving the following riddle will reveal the awful secret behind the universe, assuming you do not go utterly mad in the attempt. If you already happen to know the awful secret behind the universe, feel free to skip ahead. Let’s say you have an ax. Just a cheap one, from Home Depot. On one bitter winter day, you …

#MusicMonday Maeva in Wonderland by Ibrahim Maalouf

This is handsdown one of my favorite songs, but there is not a proper music video of it. However, there is this jam session at the Frankfurt Jazz festival which seems so much more fitting. Maalouf is a modern Jazz genius. It gets really going at the 1:20 mark. As always, a nod to Drew at Sarcastic Book Geek for …

Author Interview – Olga Gibbs

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? No. If I see it as “my” spiritual practice, it will mean that I write for my own gratification, and I don’t. I do write for people. For example “Celestial Creatures” was written for young, teenage (maybe even pre-teen) girls, who had a heck of a life; who were abused, …