Musings From Mamatas: Just Universe Theory

by Nick Mamatas Rush Limbaugh has been an annoying bleating horn in the background noise of society for thirty years.  A right-wing gasbag and primitive thinker who engaged in race-baiting, climate change denial, sexist rhetoric, and the like, he was recently left behind politically. Barstool blowhard rhetoric about AIDS and NFL players as gang members don’t quite do it in...

13 Highly Anticipated Romances of 2020

by Dahlia Adler These titles go from January to June 2020. Headliners by Lucy Parker (January 28) The ever-popular London Celebrities series gets its fifth installment with this tale of rival TV presenters forced to host a live morning show together. As in every great enemies-to-lovers story, the two can’t stand each other to start with. But when they’re forced...

New Indian Wars: Sage

By E.M. Lunsford When Native Americans speak of sage, what we mean, specifically, is Salvia apiana. Sage is in the same family as many other herbs, such as mint, rosemary, oregano—the family Lamiaceae. Salvia (sages) is a very vast genus. The sage you use for cooking, Salvia officinalis, is known to most of us. Salvia divinorum is a tender sage...

Responsibility and Triggers

Responsibility and Triggers

By Mary SanGiovanni Writers are often posed the question of responsibility in their writing, particularly if they are writers of horror.  Where are the lines in fiction which should not be crossed? When does fiction devolve into degeneracy? Do creatives have a responsibility for monitoring what they write and how they write it, and if they include events or even...

15 Must-Read Black Fantasy Authors

15 Must-Read Black Fantasy Authors

by Margaret Kingsbury While admittedly Black History Month might not be the best time to discuss works of fantasy, many, if not all, of the novels by these fifteen black fantasy authors are steeped in black history, whether they be alternate histories of the Civil War or infused with the Carribean and/or African folklore and mythologies or steeped in the...

The Psychology of Cult Classics

By E.E.C. Christman Since its release 40 years ago, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has gone from flop, to cult classic, and finally, to cultural staple. As the undisputed queen of the midnight movie, theaters across the globe play it to houses packed with costumed superfans. The weeks leading up to Halloween are Rocky primetime. You’d be hard-pressed to find...

Review: Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Review: Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Reviewed by Ivonne Spinoza This is an unusual book.  It’s unsettling, it’s dark, it’s sometimes even gory, but it’s definitely not your average garden variety horror. I’m not even sure if I’d classify it as horror despite the dark themes and the tone. It has horror aspects, but that doesn’t come close to doing it justice and defining it.  Some...