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The Weird: The Screaming Skull – F. Marion Crawford

The introductory blurb for F. Marion Crawford’s The Screaming Skull (1908) describes it as an early example of the modern monologue (noting that it verges on the stream-of-consciousness at times). This form suits what, at first glance, would appear to … Continue reading

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Interment – RJ Barker and Mikko Sovijärvi

Interment is the first part of a trilogy of prose poems, which will be followed by The Social Diary of a Ghoul and The Boy Who Listened in at Doors. Short prose poems, the words are by the excellent of … Continue reading

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The Weird – Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (eds)

1: The Other Side – Alfred Kubin Before I get started on the story, I think it’s worth noting that this hefty volume has an interesting (ahem) ‘Foreweird’ by Michael Moorcock and an introduction by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. Moorcock … Continue reading

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The Weird

I’m being defeated by my current reading pile at the moment. Since you ask it is: Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Fall of Prussia – Christopher Clark Hellstrom’s Hive – Frank Herbert Britain BC – Francis Pryor Andrey Kurkov – … Continue reading

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Anti-Ice – Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter’s 1993 novel, Anti-Ice opens with a letter from Hedley Vicars, a young soldier fighting in the Crimean war, to his father. He describes the use of a terrible weapon which devastated Sebastapol and ended the war. Developed by … Continue reading

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A Man of Double Deed – Leonard Daventry

Leonard Daventry’s novel, A Man of Double Deed, is another that had been brought to my attention in Ian Sales’ series of posts on British SF Masterworks. One of the things that is interesting about reading science fiction novels from … Continue reading

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Bronze Summer – Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter’s Bronze Summer is the follow up to Stone Spring. In that novel, set in the mesolithic period, the inhabitants of Doggerland (the pre-historic low-lying land that once connected the British Isles with continental Europe) prevent the real-life inundation … Continue reading

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