Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Originally published in Vector at the beginning of the year. October, and a storm is coming. A travelling lightning rod salesman arrives and alerts two young friends to what he senses on the horizon. Throughout the town, others feel the tension in the air. Something is coming. And that night, 3 am, that something is […]

The Scary-Go-Round finally stops

John W. Allison’s fine and long-running surrealist comic published its last strip on Friday, after an unbroken seven year run. Seven years! It makes me feel old just writing that; I must’ve been reading Allison’s work for a decade now. He’s not done yet, of course, and has a new comic starting in just over […]

Paul McAuley – The Quiet War

Back at the outset of August I promised to post one of my book reviews for Vector every Saturday, and then repeatedly forgot to queue up the reviews for the rest of the month. Duh. Here’s the first of the two, of an understated and clever space opera by Paul McAuley. The Overturn, a period […]

Stephen Grant & Scott Bieser – Odysseus the Rebel

I’ve written about the independent comics publisher Big Head Press once before, indirectly, when I wrote about their excellent story La Muse. Their tagline is “thoughtful stories” and this was certainly true of La Muse, a comic in which a young woman with superpowers set about to change the world to something better. They have […]

Terry Brooks, Edwin David & Robert Place Napton – The Dark Wraith of Shannara

(It occurred to me after writing the review of ‘Feels Like Steven King’ last week that I’d promised to post my Vector reviews online a month or two after they appeared in the magazine itself. That deadline has long since passed for the first three reviews, so I’ll post one on Saturdays for the first […]

Book Review: Steven Deighan & Terry Cooper – Feels Like Stephen King

Steven Deighan has been plugging away in the indie horror scene for almost a decade now, and published his first collection in 2006 (which I reviewed for now-defunct site Yet Another Book Review). It was a promising if unpolished set of stories and I felt it was worth keeping an eye on Deighan’s work. Now, […]

Book Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)

I forgot to mention this at the time, but the most recent issue of Vector featured my review of Ray Bradbury’s reissued classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. Vector is the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association and is only available to members. The main BSFA site is here, Vector’s rarely-updated site is […]

Book Review: The Quiet War (Paul McAuley)

My review of Paul McAuley’s space opera The Quiet War is in the latest issue of Vector to hit doormats around the world (but mostly the UK). Vector is the critical journal of the BSFA and this is my second review to be published. I continue to be stoked about writing for Vector. The journal’s […]

Book review: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)

As noted in my 52 Books post, I recently finished reading Rad Bradbury’s classic gothic horror / coming of age adventure novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. I just sent off my review to Vector’s editor, Dr. Kari Maund, so hopefully it will appear in print later this year. My review of Paul McAuley’s The […]

Book Review: The Dark Wraith of Shannara (Terry Brooks et al)

My review of The Dark Wraith of Shannara – a graphic novel written by Terry Brooks, adapted by Robert Place Napton and drawn by Edwin David – appeared in Vector #257. If you’re a BSFA member you’ve probably already seen this issue. If you’re not, the best place to go to find out more about […]