Consider the matter of an antique violin, one of a number constructed by a man called Erich Zan, and made of human bone taken from multiple live donors. Violins which are solely intended to produce music capable of murdering demons. The problem is that a demented soul lives within this particular violin and it thrives on . . . → Read More: Charles Stross, The Annihilation Score
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was first published in 1886, and has since been the basis for any number of stage productions, over 120 film adapations, radio plays, television movies and series, and of course, spoofs and parodies. And then there are the spin-offs by other novelists, which . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Viola Carr: The Diabolical Ms. Hyde
If you thought you’d seen it all, guess again. We have a review from Cat Eldridge this morning of a group of stories about a man does see it all — and wishes he couldn’t.
The protagonist of these first person narrated stories, Cal McDonald, is a fucking mess. That’s a result of being able . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Steve Niles: Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories
Warning: here be spoilers. Lots of them.
There are no such things as vampires. Everyone knows that, including Bob Howard and the other members of The Laundry, the secret agency that protects the British from the eldritch horrors that are just waiting outside time and space to devour everything here. Why everyone believes that is . . . → Read More: Charles Stross, The Rhesus Chart
Billed as a manhunt (for certain values of “man”), Brazen is really a character piece. Officially labeled volume 13.1 in author Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series, it focuses on the thus-far underwhelming Nick as its main protagonist. Handsome and unambitious, Nick’s been perceived as sheltered for much of his life as a werewolf, . . . → Read More: Kelley Armstrong, Brazen
I’ve gotten into the habit of thinking of Mike Mignola as a creator of graphic novels. And so, of course, I find myself faced with Joe Golem and the Drowning City, a collaboration with Christopher Golden, billed as “an illustrated novel.” It’s still pretty much the kind of thing I’ve come to expect from Mignola.
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Now that all the feasting and merrymaking is winding down, we’ve got some nice reading lined up for you for those cold winter night still ahead.
Let’s start with an old favorite of ours here at GMR, Steven Brust, and his latest tale of Vlad Taltos, Tiassa. It’s about — well, a tiassa. Or maybe . . . → Read More: And a Happy New Year to You, Too!