Monday, July 30, 2007

Unrequited Love - Gene Wolfe

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-unrequited-love-by-gene-wolfe/

Robot girls need school and dogs too.


3.5 out of 5

Make a Joyful Noise - Charles de Lint

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-make-a-joyful-noise-by-charles-de-lint/

Crow ghosts.


2.5 out of 5

Dispersed By the Sun Melting In the Wind - Rachel Swirsky

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-dispersed-by-the-sun-melting-in-the-wind-by-rachel-swirsky/

Big rock make people go bye-bye.

4 out of 5

Coat - Joe R. Lansdale

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-coat-by-joe-r-lansdale/

Unfashionable disposal death.


3.5 out of 5

Carnival Knowledge - Mike Resnick

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-carnival-knowledge-by-mike-resnickcarnival-knowledge-a-lucifer-jones-story-by-mike-resnick/

Diamonds and dancing for dodgy duo.


3.5 out of 5

The Mark of the Beast - Rudyard Kipling

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/5777

Leper lycanthropy.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Subterranean Online 02 - William Schafer

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/

This is an interesting magazine, going for some variety with horror thrown in with the sf, this time. The average is lower this time, only 3.20, but the standout is Charlie Stross' Missile Gap novella.

Another thing audio fans will like is that Kage Baker's story is actually in mp3 format, and was one of only a couple of her stories I remember coming across, and had been wanting to check out a bit more, this coming at a fortuitous time.

Elizabeth Bear has been writing like a mad ursine it seems from her blog and forum, and has two columns here, which are pretty entertaining. There are also a whole bunch of reviews, none of which really interested ne that much, even if the books didn't. Partridge does a bit of rambling that is less focused than the first part.

One thing I almost missed, not being au fait with this post bits of the issue at a time type schedule was Mike Resnick talking about the genesis of his Lucifer Jones character, and I have only read a couple of stories, this one and the Chris Roberson anthology inclusion that he mentions, and presumed it was supposed to be a pulp type send-up. He explains that yes, it is, along with bad B-movies. So, that is worth a look as well. Given a standout and that, and a bit of rounding past the 3.43 adjusted and that to get a whole number, we can call it a 4.0.

SUBTERRANEAN02 : Rude Mechanicals - Kage Baker
SUBTERRANEAN02 : A Plain Tale from Our Hills - Bruce Sterling
SUBTERRANEAN02 : A Season of Broken Dolls - Caitlin R Kiernan
SUBTERRANEAN02 : Deadman's Road - Joe R. Lansdale
SUBTERRANEAN02 : Eating Crow - Neal Barrett Jr.
SUBTERRANEAN02 : Jude Confronts Global Warming - Joe Hill
SUBTERRANEAN02 : Missile Gap - Charles Stross
SUBTERRANEAN02 : Pluto Tells All - John Scalzi
SUBTERRANEAN02 : The Leopard's Paw - Jay Lake
SUBTERRANEAN02 : The Lost Continent of Moo A Lucifer Jones Story - Mike Resnick


An entertaining and pretty light hearted story. A odd couple of time travelling retrieval specialist cyborgs are hanging out in the earlish Hollywood time period, doing a job or two for clients of the Zeus organisation.

This mostly involves the more serious one bailing out the rapscallion parter, and lots of avoidance of canines and mortals, as necessary.

3.5 out of 5


A bleak, baroque tale of life after the fall of civilisation. One woman still has abnormal technology, biology and longevity.

2.5 out of 5


Body alteration.

1.5 out of 5


Undead familiar bugs.

3.5 out of 5


Dog alien donnybrook dinner.

3.5 out of 5


Drowned world dickhead.

3.5 out of 5


Discworld detour detente dramatically different.

4 out of 5


Even planets think Phill Collins is lame.

3.5 out of 5


Post-apocalytpic wandering. With wereleopards.

3.5 out of 5


Hackensack bloke no god of reptiles.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Missile Gap - Charles Stross

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/fiction-missile-gap-by-charles-stross/

Discworld detour detente dramatically different.


4 out of 5

The Lost Continent of Moo - Mike Resnick

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/fiction-the-lost-continent-of-moo-a-lucifer-jones-story-by-mike-resnick/

Hackensack bloke no god of reptiles.


3 out of 5

Jude Confronts Global Warming - Joe Hill

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/fiction-jude-confronts-global-warming-by-joe-hill/

Drowned world dickhead.


3.5 out of 5

Deadman's Road - Joe R. Lansdale

http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/spring2007

Undead familiar bugs.


3.5 out of 5

On Sequoia Time - Daniel Keys Moran

http://www.immunitysec.com/downloads/OnSequoiaTime.pdf

Nanocaust even gets the giants in the end.


3.5 out of 5

Lizard Men of Los Angeles - Lewis Shiner

http://www.lewisshiner.com/liberation/lizard.html

Crowley confrontation, reptile priestess sacrifice conflagration.


3.5 out of 5

When SysAdmins Ruled the Earth - Cory Doctorow

http://baens-universe.com/articles/When_Sysadmins_Ruled_the_Earth

Biowar makes geekfu and gruntwork a necessary combination afterwards.


5 out of 5

A Season Of Broken Dolls - Caitlin R. Kiernan

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/fiction-a-season-of-broken-dolls-part-one-by-caitlin-r-kiernan/#part2

Body alteration.


1.5 out of 5

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Wax - Elizabeth Bear

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/audio-wax-by-elizabeth-bear/

Forensic sorcery monster murder triangle.


4 out of 5

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Subterranean Online 01 - William Schafer

An interesting looking sf type of magazine it seems, with eclectic contents, sf, fantasy and horror by the looks.

Some non-fiction as well, with some information on Norman Partridge by Norman Patridge, for one. I had read his Crow book, so that was interesting, as I definitely enjoyed it and was wondering what else of interest he may have done, and I don't often seek out horror these days. Also a column by writer of interest Elizabeth Bear, and an interview with the First Blood man, David Morrell. Didn't know what else he had done, either, and I do like the occasional decent thriller, so again a fortuitous piece.

The fiction here is of a decent quality, and an average rating of 3.42, thanks to Lucius Shepard producing yet another story with a bizarre collection of elements that somehow just works, and a chiller from Joe Lansdale.


SUBTERRANEAN01 : Boiler Maker - R. Andrew Heidel
SUBTERRANEAN01 : Missives from Possible Futures #1 Alternate History Search Results - John Scalzi
SUBTERRANEAN01 : The Surgeon's Tale - Jeff VanderMeer and Cat Rambo
SUBTERRANEAN01 : Vacancy - Lucius Shepard
SUBTERRANEAN01 : Wandering the Borderlands - Poppy Z. Brite
SUBTERRANEAN01 : Surveillance - Joe R. Lansdale


One scotch, one beer, no bourbon, and a dream.

3.5 out of 5


Look up whatever you like, whenever the hell you like, but Hitler still a popular choice

3 out of 5


Supernatural scalpel work is definitely not armless.

3 out of 5


Car salesman's B-movie pasts returns, his dreams are blasted.

4.5 out of 5


The fear of death.

2.5 out of 5


Surveillance omnipresent for "safety", so much so it checks how much genital scratching you do or breakfast you have.

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

The Surgeon's Tale - Jeff VanderMeer and Cat Rambo

Sorcerous scalpel work is definitely not armless.


3 out of 5

Missives from Possible Futures #1 Alternate History Search Results - John Scalzi

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter2007/fiction-missives-from-possible-futures-1-alternate-history-search-results-by-john-scalzi/

Look up whatever you like, whenever the hell you like, but Hitler still a popular choice.


3 out of 5

Boiler Maker - Andrew R. Heidel

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter2007/fiction-boiler-maker-by-r-andrew-heidel/

One scotch, one beer, no bourbon, and a dream.


3.5 out of 5

One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King - Elizabeth Bear

http://www.elizabethbear.com/jackie.html

Vegas avatar ambush.


4 out of 5

Snowball's Chance - Charles Stross

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-snowballs-chance-by-charles-stross/

Global warming Devil deal destruction wish banking.


4 out of 5

Los Empujadores Furiosos - Elizabeth Bear

http://www.elizabethbear.com/empujaderos.html

Bull in with a chance.


2.5 out of 5

Lucifugous - Elizabeth Bear

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/lucifugous-by-elizabeth-bear/

Murder, bloodsucking and detection by dirigible.


3.5 out of 5

House of the Rising Sun - Elizabeth Bear

http://www.elizabethbear.com/risingsun.html

Bloodsucking freak likes clubbing.


3.5 out of 5

Black Is the Colour - Elizabeth Bear

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2007/fiction-black-is-the-color-by-elizabeth-bear/

Pale aquatic equine feminine cuisine.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Come On Wagon - Zenna Henderson

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/henderson2/

Can fix your little red, but tractors? I'm stuffed.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Russian Vine - Simon Ings

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/ings/

Illiterate people are easy, if you are aliens with territorial designs on Terra.


4 out of 5

The Baum Plan For Financial Independence - John Kessel

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/kessel2/

Magic money.


3 out of 5

Caught In the Organ Draft - Robert Silverberg

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/silverberg3/

Cannibalising the young.


4.5 out of 5

Sundance - Robert Silverberg

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/silverberg2/

Genocidal possibility is troubling, even if not real.


3.5 out of 5

The Pope of the Chimps - Robert Silverberg

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/silverberg/

Talking ape theology just as mistakenly murderous as the human variety.


4 out of 5

The Real World - Steven Utley

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/utley/

Silurian search maybe entertaining.


3.5 out of 5

Consider Her Ways - John Wyndham

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/wyndham/

Rat killing means ex-men, even if only in the mind, and the unmoderated female influence ain't much fun at all.


4.5 out of 5

One Horse Town - Howard Waldrop

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/kennedywaldrop/

Trojan bones aplenty.


3.5 out of 5

The Ugly Chickens - Howard Waldrop

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/waldrop/

If dodos weren't finger lickin' good, saying would need revision.


4 out of 5

Beam Us Home - James Tiptree Jr

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/tiptree3/

Dogstar biowar ending.


4 out of 5

Under Old Earth - Cordwainer Smith

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416520953/1416520953.htm

Too happy is bad.


3.5 out of 5

The Dead Lady Of Clown Town - Cordwainer Smith

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416520953/1416520953.htm

Witch woman and dead robot animal trial.


4.5 out of 5

Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons - Cordwainer Smith

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/smith

Old North Australia's mutant mad mink secret defense doesn't pussyfoot around with thieves and murderers. Or, Stop, You'll Eat Yourself.


5 out of 5

Supertoys Last All Summer Long - Brian Aldiss

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/5.01/ffsupertoys_pr.html

Robot boys like teddy bears too.


3.5 out of 5

The Thief With Two Deaths - Chris Willrich

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/fiction/cw01.htm

Goblin library vexing.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Matter Of Fact - Rudyard Kipling

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/16578

Sea monster pairing.


3.5 out of 5

Grandpa - James H. Schmitz

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671319841/0671319841___2.htm

Big ol' beast ride.


4 out of 5

A Time To Kill - S. Andrew Swann

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416521364/1416521364___7.htm

Middle East Chronosniping.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, July 16, 2007

Parasite Planet - Stanley G. Weinbaum

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601211.txt

Venus is not a nice place, and it tastes bad.


3 out of 5

The Fox Woman and Other Stories - Abraham Merritt

There are a couple of fragments of not completed books in here, as well as a bunch of supernatural and horror stories.

Fox Woman : The Fox Woman - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : The People of the Pit - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : Through the Dragon Glass - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : The Drone - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : The Last Poet and the Robots - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : Three Lines of Old French - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : The White Road - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : When Old Gods Wake - Abraham Merritt
Fox Woman : The Women of the Wood - Abraham Merritt


Suicidal woman and shapeshifting vixen.

3 out of 5


Explorer gets horribly lost.

3.5 out of 5


Boxer rebellion acquisition of otherworldly artifact vistas.

3.5 out of 5


To be werebee.

3.5 out of 5


Robot sound machine massacre.

2.5 out of 5


Dancing dead dullness.

2.5 out of 5


Fragment.

3 out of 5


Fragment.

3 out of 5


Forest slayage.

3.5 out of 5





3 out of 5

The Women of the Wood - Abraham Merritt

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0602041.txt

Forest slayage.


3.5 out of 5

Three Lines of Old French - Abraham Merritt

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0602001.txt

Dancing dead dullness.


2.5 out of 5

The Last Poet and the Robots - Abraham Merritt

http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/m/merritt/abraham/fox/chapter5.html

Robot sound machine massacre.


2.5 out of 5

The Drone - Abraham Merritt

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0602011.txt

To be werebee.


3.5 out of 5

Through the Dragon Glass - Abraham Merritt

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601921.txt

Boxer rebellion acquisition of otherworldly artifact vistas.


3.5 out of 5

The People of the Pit - Abraham Merritt

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601991.txt

Explorer gets horribly lost.


3.5 out of 5

The Fox Woman - Abraham Merritt

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0602021.txt

Suicidal woman and shapeshifting vixen.


3 out of 5

Friday, July 13, 2007

Decaf and Spaceship To Go - Katherine Sanger

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416521364/1416521364___5.htm

Starbucks significantly increases the chances of Armageddon.


3.5 out of 5

Collected Stories - H. P. Lovecraft

Download Collected Stories

A mindblowing blast of the horrors out of space, now here on earth, and other nastiness. Cthulhu lives.

What if there were ominipotent superior alien beings in the depth of history. What happens if you encounter the remnants of their existence? Why would you want to? Even worse, what happens if they start to come back or idiots try to help them to do so. Lovecraft's ideas are everywhere today, amazing stuff indeed.

A collection of 69 stories by the same guy that average over 3.5 is truly impressive.

The Nameless City
The Festival
The Colour out of Space
The Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
Dreams in the Witch-house
The Haunter of the Dark
The Shadow over Innsmouth
The Shadow out of Time
At the Mountain of Madness
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Azathoth
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Celephais
Cool Air
Dagon
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
From Beyond
He
Herbert West: Reanimator
Hypnos
Imprisoned with the Pharaohs
In the Vault
Medusa's Coil
Memory
Nyarlathotep
Pickman's Model
Poetry of the Gods
The Alchemist
The Beast in the Cave
The Book
The Cats of Ulthar
The Crawling Chaos
The Descendant
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Evil Clergyman
The Horror at Martin's Beach
The Horror at Red Hook
The Hound
The Lurking Fear
The Moon Bog
The Music of Erich Zann
The Other Gods
The Outsider
The Picture in the House
The Quest of Iranon
The Rats in the Walls
The Road To Madness
The Shunned House
The Silver Key
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Street
The Temple
The Terrible Old Man
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Tomb
The Transition of Juan Romero
The Tree
The Unnamable
The White Ship
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
What the Moon Brings
Polaris
The Very Old Folk


A traveller finds a city under the sand, and exploring, a doorway into it. He explores for a time, but strange noises start coming close:

"I fell babbling over and over that unexplainable couplet of the mad
Arab Alhazred, who dreamed of the nameless city:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."

He eventually makes it out.

4 out of 5


Necronomicon not light xmas reading, nor is a gathering of somewhat not humans a decent xmas party.

4 out of 5


Meteor's spectrum perversion brings madness and grey death.

5 out of 5


Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

4.5 out of 5


Yog-Sothoth worshipper's precocious son a chip off the old block find the blokes from Arkham.

4.5 out of 5


Trust your dogs to tell you if monsters like the Outer Ones from Outer Space are bad, not the rambling letters of spook old friends.

4 out of 5


Talented broke mathematics students should choose other places to study than in a house in Arkham with space-time continuum conduits, witches, and vampire rats.

4.5 out of 5


Painter type investigates a temple of the Starry Wisdom sect, and some scary looking notes, ends up leaving some of those himself.

3.5 out of 5


Small town's Esoteric Order of Dagon proves more than a little fishy.

4 out of 5


Western Australian evidence of Great Race timespanning colonisation and communication.

4.5 out of 5


Miskatonic Antarctic geology expedition uncovers alien architecture, Old One warfare evidence, and some definitely not dead Shoggoths.

4.5 out of 5


Lengthy investigations of Yog-Sothoth are bad for your mental health.

3.5 out of 5


Star naming.

3 out of 5


White trash dream space journey death discovery.

4 out of 5


Childhood visions visitation.

3.5 out of 5


Prefer heating.

3.5 out of 5


Marine monstrosity.

4 out of 5


Sleep search.

3.5 out of 5


Ape princesses and other African scariness means the end of Jermynity.

3.5 out of 5


If you look for space monsters, they just might get you.

4 out of 5


Strange man, attacked.

3 out of 5


Fresh bodies needed for zombie study? Find a great war.

4 out of 5


Sleep a bit draining.

3 out of 5


Pyramid duel and stuck like an Egyptian.

4 out of 5


Tomb rearrangement injuries.

3.5 out of 5


Cape Girardeau joint is atmospheric.

3 out of 5


Genie chat.

3 out of 5


Egyptian Old One visit.

4 out of 5


Creepy paintings have too real subjects.

4 out of 5


Babe's greek myth reverie.

3.5 out of 5


Spelunker sees weird beast.

3 out of 5


If reading it makes dogs not like you, that should be a bigarse clue, mate.

3 out of 5


Pussy killers meet their self-imposed feline fate.

3.5 out of 5


Opium not the best preparation for dealing with weird stuff.

3.5 out of 5


Necronomicon purchase leaves death as something that is not too scary afterwards.

3.5 out of 5


Monster mash, idol's revenge on old city destroyers.

4 out of 5


Your average tourist generally knows where he is going and doesn't seek out Great Old Ones and consider encountering the Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep. Randy is an adventurer that is not even close to easily scared.

5 out of 5


Enemy as imitator by magic.

3.5 out of 5


Big fish monster commotion.

3 out of 5


A detective's investigation leads to a rather nasty Lilith ritual.

3.5 out of 5


Winged dog amulet cult symbol.

3 out of 5


Mansion demon.

3.5 out of 5


Ditch frog music.

3 out of 5


Really bad playing.

3 out of 5


Belay well if climbing before checking these guys outs.

3.5 out of 5


Bookworm discovers scary stuff.

4 out of 5


Very odd stuff in that book, and very odd dialect.

2.5 out of 5


City finding.

3 out of 5


Cat not up to Roman god stuff and rodents.

4 out of 5


Old horrors.

3 out of 5


Busted up joint is icky and has icky history.

3 out of 5


After opening the iron box and finding what was in it, no one can find Randolph Carter anymore.

4 out of 5


Investigating legions of monsters equal fair chance someone dies.

4 out of 5


Old man's Elder Ones undersea tales.

4 out of 5


Local unrest.

2.5 out of 5


Crazed German submariners.

3 out of 5


Elderly bloke takes it all in stride.

3 out of 5


"It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to show by this statement that I am not his murderer. At first I shall be called a madman--madder than the man I shot in his cell at the Arkham Sanitarium."

Pretty much sums it up, really.

4.5 out of 5


Locked up tight and death ornamented for a reason, dude.

4 out of 5


Mexican monster noise.

3 out of 5


Arboreal wrecker.

3 out of 5


Demon diary.

3.5 out of 5


Strange ocean trip.

2.5 out of 5


Randolph, in disguise tells of space, time, Necronomicons and Ancient Ones. One hell of a trip.

4.5 out of 5


Lunar light, beach bad thing.

3 out of 5


Starry wanderings.

3.5 out of 5


Roman monster mash.

3.5 out of 5


http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt




5 out of 5

The Very Old Folk - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Roman monster mash.


3.5 out of 5

Polaris - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Starry wanderings.


3.5 out of 5

What the Moon Brings - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Lunar light, beach bad thing.


3 out of 5

Through the Gates of the Silver Key - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Randolph, in disguise tells of space, time, Necronomicons and Ancient Ones. One hell of a trip.


4.5 out of 5

The White Ship - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Strange ocean trip.


2.5 out of 5

The Unnameable - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Demon diary.


3.5 out of 5

The Tree - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Arboreal wrecker.


3 out of 5

The Transition Of Juan Romero - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Mexican monster noise.


3 out of 5

The Tomb - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Locked up tight and death ornamented for a reason, dude.


4 out of 5

The Thing On the Doorstep - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

"It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to show by this statement that I am not his murderer. At first I shall be called a madman--madder than the man I shot in his cell at the Arkham Sanitarium."

Pretty much sums it up, really.


4.5 out of 5

Secret Identity - Will Shetterly

http://willshetterly.livejournal.com/10301.html

Homoerotic tensions and homophobia with metahuman kids going through the horrible hero high school phase.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Boot-Hill Payoff - Robert E. Howard

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0608131.txt

An unplanned murder during a bank robbery has another sheriff on the trail of those on the lam.


2.5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pollock and the Porroh Man - H. G. Wells

http://gutenberg.webomatics.com/ebooks06/0609221.txt

Black magic headcase helplessness.


3.5 out of 5

The Terrible Old Man - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Elderly bloke takes it all in stride.


3 out of 5

The Temple - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Crazed German submariners.


3 out of 5

The Street - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Local unrest.


2.5 out of 5

Monday, July 09, 2007

Dracula's Guest and Other Stories - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

A collection of some Stoker's short horror stories.

Dracula's Guest : Dracula's Guest - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : The Judge's House - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : The Squaw - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : The Secret of the Growing Gold - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : The Gipsy Prophecy - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : The Coming of Abel Behenna - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : The Burial of the Rats - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : A Dream of Red Hands - Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest : Crooken Sands - Bram Stoker


Dracula's guest employs some of the creepy local folk tales and legends. The significance of a blue flame from the ground, the howling of wolves, that sort of thing.

Here, a coachman in a coach drawn by midnight black horses, picks up a traveller. He is growing increasingly freaked out all the time.

4 out of 5


Don't stay with anyone who fancies large rats and nooses.

3.5 out of 5


Iron maiden torture time.

3.5 out of 5


Wastrel, ghost, widow.

3 out of 5


Foretold wife killer.

3.5 out of 5


Seamen conflict.

2.5 out of 5


Rats eat fast.

3 out of 5


Heaven blah.

2 out of 5


Scots change.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

Crooken Sands - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Scots change.


3 out of 5

A Dream Of Red Hands - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Heaven blah.


2 out of 5

The Burial of the Rats - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Rats eat fast.


3 out of 5

The Coming of Abel Behenna - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Seamen conflict.


2.5 out of 5

The Gipsy Prophecy - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Foretold wife killer.


3.5 out of 5

The Secret of the Growing Gold - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Wastrel, ghost, widower.


3 out of 5

The Squaw - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Iron maiden torture time.


3.5 out of 5

The Judge's House - Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10150

Don't stay with anyone who fancies large rats and nooses.


3.5 out of 5

The Strange High House In the Mist - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Old man's Elder Ones undersea tales.


4 out of 5

The Statement of Randolph Carter - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Investigating legions of monsters equals fair chance someone dies.


4 out of 5

The Silver Key - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

After opening the iron box and finding what was in it, no one can find Randolph Carter anymore.


4 out of 5

The Shunned House - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Busted up joint is icky and has icky history.


3 out of 5

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Road To Madness - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Old horrors.


3.5 out of 5

The Rats In the Walls - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Cat not up to Roman god stuff and rodents.


4 out of 5

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Quest of Iranon - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

City finding.


3 out of 5

The Picture In the House - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Very odd stuff in that book, and very odd dialect.


2.5 out of 5

Friday, July 06, 2007

Dog Soldier - Garth Nix

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416521364/1416521364___2.htm

Space marines get an addition to the team.

"This unit is a Combat Candroid DOG 01A prototype. Designed for support use with Assault Engineer units, the DOG 01A is a sophisticated artificial life form."

DOG also thinks it is a real dog, and behaves like one, which annoys the guy in charge of it for a while, not knowing anything about them. That is, until the metal woofer proves its worth.


3 out of 5

Local Boy Makes Good - Ray Tabler

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416521364/1416521364___8.htm

Goon squad Rigellian clone stomp rescue.


3 out of 5

The Outsider - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Bookworm discovers scary stuff.


3.5 out of 5

The Other Gods - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Belay well if climbing before checking these guys outs.


3.5 out of 5

The Music of Erich Zann - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Really bad playing.


3 out of 5

The Moon-Bog - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Ditch frog music.


3 out of 5

The Lurking Fear - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Mansion demon.


3.5 out of 5

0wnz0red - Cory Doctorow

http://dir.salon.com/story/tech/feature/2002/08/28/0wnz0red/index1.html

Coding hell to military co-option.


4.5 out of 5

Home Again Home Again - Cory Doctorow

http://craphound.com/place/Cory_Doctorow_-_Home_Again_Home_Again.txt

Growing up, but this time alien orphanages, robots, and Tesla types.


3.5 out of 5

Shadow of the Mothaship - Cory Doctorow

http://craphound.com/place/Cory_Doctorow_-_Shadow_of_the_Mothaship.txt

A spot of anti-alien chemical rebellion.


4 out of 5

Return To Pleasure Island - Cory Doctorow

http://craphound.com/place/Cory_Doctorow_-_Return_to_Pleasure_Island.txt

Bizarre biology and theme parks.


3 out of 5

A Place So Foreign - Cory Doctorow

http://craphound.com/place/Cory_Doctorow_-_A_Place_So_Foreign.txt

Growing up, aliens, time travel, all the usual.


4 out of 5

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Hound - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Winged dog amulet cult symbol.


3 out of 5

The Horror at Red Hook - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

A detective's investigation leads to a rather nasty Lilith ritual.


3.5 out of 5

The Horror at Martin's Beach - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Big fish monster commotion.


3 out of 5

The Evil Clergyman - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Enemy as imitator by magic.


3.5 out of 5

The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime In Connecticut - Mark Twain

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3183

A serious attack of conscience.


4 out of 5

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Your average tourist generally knows where he is going and doesn't seek out Great Old Ones and consider encountering the Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep. Randy, however, is an adventurer that is not even close to easily scared.


5 out of 5

The Doom That Came To Sarnath - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Monster mash, idol's revenge on old city destroyers.


4 out of 5

The Descendant - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Necronomicon purchase leaves death as something that is not too scary afterwards.


3.5 out of 5

The Crawling Chaos - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Opium not the best preparation for dealing with weird stuff.


3.5 out of 5

The Cats of Ulthar - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Pussy killers meet their self-imposed feline fate.


3.5 out of 5

The Book - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

If reading it makes dogs not like you, that should be a bigarse clue, mate.


3 out of 5

The Beast In the Cave - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Spelunker sees weird beast.


3 out of 5

Poetry of the Gods - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Babe's greek myth reverie.


3.5 out of 5

Pickman's Model - H. P. Lovecraft

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031.txt

Creepy paintings have too real subjects.


4 out of 5

Monday, July 02, 2007

An Episode of Cathedral History - M. R. James

http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/jamesX19.htm

Scaredy dog from altar tomb terror.


3 out of 5

The Room In the Tower - E. F. Benson

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0605171.txt

Prefer accomodation without women rising from the grave, please.


4 out of 5

The Transfer - Algernon Blackwood

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0605241.txt

Dead earth man.


3.5 out of 5

For the Blood Is the Life - F. Marion Crawford

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0605421.txt

Treasure and a draining woman.


3.5 out of 5

Luella Miller - Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/luella.html

Local dying.


2 out of 5

Good Lady Ducayne - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0605261.txt

Servant sucking.


3 out of 5

Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10007

Geez, that vampire chick's pretty hot.


4 out of 5

The Mysterious Stranger - Anonymous Anonymous

http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/mysterious_stranger.pdf

Have at thee, vampire!


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Fragment of a Novel - George Gordon

http://www.sff.net/people/DoyleMacdonald/l_frag.htm

Exhumation surprise.


3 out of 5