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Art & Arcana Brings D&D to Life on the Page

Art & Arcana Brings D&D to Life on the Page

Art & Arcana: A Visual History is a huge, gorgeous compendium of what helps make Dungeons &Dragons so wonderful. Leafing through it brings up so many memories that I can’t gush adequately about it. The art is all so familiar, evoking the glorious campaigns our DM ran, the several editions

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Fledgling: A Look Back at Octavia Butler

Fledgling: A Look Back at Octavia Butler

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler’s final novel, is a disconcerting read that takes on vampires, racism, and cultural creation myths in one long gulp. Told entirely from the viewpoint of an amnesiac child of a symbiotic species, Fledgling challenges the reader to accept an alien physiology and culture and its unusual

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Re-Read This: The Year’s Best Horror Stories

Re-Read This: The Year’s Best Horror Stories

The Year’s Best Horror Stories was a twenty-two volume annual anthology series that ran from 1971 through 1994. Christopher Lee himself wrote the introduction to 1972’s Volume II.

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Read This: M.R. James’s Complete Ghost Stories

Read This: M.R. James’s Complete Ghost Stories

M.R. James is perhaps the most reliably frightening author I can think of. Although Montague Rhodes James only published 34 stories over the course of his life, each one is a polished gem of unwise inquiries, lurking supernatural threats and terrible ghostly vengeance. What could be better, with Halloween looming?

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Read This: The Maiden Voyage and Other Departures

Read This: The Maiden Voyage and Other Departures

The Maiden Voyage and Other Departures by Jessica McHugh is a collection of six loosely related stories that hinge on a promising steampunk concept. In McHugh’s take on the early nineteen-tens, the world is polluted by industrial pollen technology and humanity shares the stage with apisthropes–bee/human hybrids living in disguise

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Read This: The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Read This: The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Jon Morris’s The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains is a natural sequel to his The League of Regrettable Superheroes. Let’s face it: Without anyone to fight against, the superheroes are just a bunch of folks running around in funky spandex underoos. Let’s also face that very few supervillains will have the

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Re-Read This: Of Dice and Men

Re-Read This: Of Dice and Men

Revisiting another blast from the past     Of Dice and Men The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It David M. Ewalt Scribner: 288 pp., $26         Back in 2013, when David Ewalt’s Of Dice and Men came out, I had not

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Re-Read This: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Re-Read This: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Revisiting an oldie but goodie Some comic book superheroes make you think, and some make you wonder. Guess which ones show up in Jon Morris’s The League of Regrettable Superheroes? “More sophisticated storytelling, including such high-profile critical successes as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, encouraged a new generation of

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Read This: Lovecraft Country

Read This: Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country starts with a fascinating premise–what would it be like as an African-American to battle the forces of darkness while also battling the rampant racism of 1950s America? Matt Ruff gives the idea a good run in his episodic 2016 novel. The interconnected stories are well-paced and well-told, and

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Read This: Harlan Ellison Is Gone

Read This: Harlan Ellison Is Gone

Harlan Ellison died last week at the age of 84. He was a genuine legend in science fiction, by all accounts larger than life and twice as abrasive. I never met the man, but he has still been a part of my life for decades. When I was around eleven

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