REVIEW: What the #@&% Is That? The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre (Book)

whatthe-coverEdited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen

Published by Saga Press


What the #@&% Is That? The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre, edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, is a collection of short stories, all of which contain the line “What the fuck is that?” As gimmicky as that may sound, this renowned editing duo was able to round up some of the best names in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to contribute to the book. Names like New York Times best-selling authors Scott Sigler and Jonathan Maberry, to name a couple.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Bye Bye Man: And Other Strange-but-True Tales

indexWritten by Robert Damon Schneck

Published by TarcherPerigee


The Bye Bye Man: And Other Strange-but-True Tales by Robert Damon Schneck is the retelling of true, unexplained events from across America. From aliens and mummies to phantoms and even vampires, these stories run the gamut.

Laid out in the same format as most of the “strange-but-true” books many of us read as children, Schneck details each event and then dives into the deep end, trying to tease out the truth. The research and dedication put into this book is truly astounding.

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BOOK REVIEW: Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound

PathfinderWritten by F. Wesley Schneider

Published by Tor Books and Paizo


Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound, written by F. Wesley Schneider, is a novel set in the award-winning RPG world of Pathfinder. Before a copy of this book landed in my inbox, I was unfamiliar with Pathfinder. However, in high school I loved Dungeons and Dragons as well as the spin-off novel series Dragonlance. For that reason I have a special place in my heart for this type of writing

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BOOK REVIEW: Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, The – Volume 1: The End of the Story

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EndOfStoryWritten by Clark Ashton Smith

Edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger

Published by Night Shade Books


The End of the Story is, ironically, the beginning for author Clark Ashton Smith. If you’re not familiar with CAS, he was one of H.P. Lovecraft’s contemporaries. He was also one of Weird Fiction magazine’s largest contributors, focusing mainly on horrific fantasy tales and dark sci-fi.

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AVOIDING EDITORIAL SCAMS

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HandsYou’ve worked hard on your manuscript and, like a juicy red apple you’re about to leave on your favourite teacher’s desk, you want it to be polished to perfection. Now that it’s time to relinquish the fruits of your labour to a professional editor, how do you avoid getting ripped off? How do you know the editor you’re about to rely on closely is sufficiently qualified?
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BOOK REVIEW: Nod by Adrian Barnes

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NOD (BOOK)

Written by Adrian Barnes

Published by Titan Books


NodSet in present day Vancouver, Nod by Adrian Barnes throws us into an apocalyptic world set upon by a global insomniac event. The story is told through the eyes of an author, Paul, an introverted misanthrope, who is one of a precious few “Sleepers”—those who remain unaffected by the mysterious plague of non-sleep.

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BOOK REVIEWS FOR DREAD CENTRAL

I’m super stoked to have my first gig doing book reviews, and for none other than the well-respected online horror news site DreadCentral.com

Recently I posted my my first review with them. Needless to say I was excited, if not a little nervous to put my opinion out there. Although I’m a regular contributor to the Mash Stories blog, I’ve never taken a stab at reviews until now.

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

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RoseNom de plume, haigō, takhallus… Maybe you know it simply as a pen name. Call it what you will, it is a time-honoured tradition within the writing world. In fact, not only writers, but artists and even actors use pseudonyms in their craft. This is no secret. Many famous authors, from J.K. Rowling and Stephen King, to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (“Lewis Carroll”) and even Pauline Phillips (“Abigail Van Buren” of Dear Abby), have used a pen name.

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How to Get Great Cover Art for Your Book

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booksIf you’re a self-publisher like me you’ve likely done the research on what it takes to sell your books. You’ve spent aeons crafting the perfect story and now you want it to land in the hand of readers instead of drowning in the sea of other work out there. The undeniable fact is that readers do judge a book by its cover.

Take a moment to scroll through the books available on Amazon. The first few pages mostly contain books with artwork that, while clean and professional, is generally uninspired. Most covers are just stock images and text. Sure, the author’s name is big and bold, but the cover does nothing to separate the book from the pack. Now dig a little deeper and Google “bad e-book covers”. You’ll come across some pretty hilarious threads and some awful covers that should serve as a warning. Continue reading

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