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Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Hittite by Ben Bova

The Hittite is a retelling of the story of the Trojan War from the prospective of Lukka, an outsider, who comes to Troy with his band of soldiers after his homeland has been ravaged, his father killed, and his wife and children enslaved.  He fits the mold of someone who will do whatever is necessary Read More…

The Reborn by Brett Talley

The Reborn is a mesmerizing post-apocalyptic story that captivated me from the start and continues to linger well after I’ve read it.  The premise of this story is that through the use of a specific strand of DNA, it has been scientifically proven that reincarnation occurs.  Although this seems like it would be a good Read More…

Movie Review – Captain America: Winter Soldier

Although I have always enjoyed the Captain America character, I wasn’t enthralled with the first Captain America movie.  Winter Soldier, however, is more of a sequel to Avengers than it is to the original Captain America movie.  This one takes places after Avengers, seventy or so years after Captain America’s battle with Hydra and Red Read More…

10 Questions with Jeff Strand

What’s the greatest moment in your writing career?   After writing out a total wuss-out response where I claimed that this question was impossible to answer, I’ve given it much more thought and decided that the greatest moment was probably when Paul Miller at Earthling Publications called to tell me he wanted to publish my Read More…

Dweller by Jeff Strand

Dweller is a thoroughly enjoyable book about a boy and his monster.  The tale starts with Toby seeing a monster in the woods.  He runs away terrified.  The next time they meet, Toby is a nerdy teen who is bullied at school and doesn’t have any friends.  He runs across the monster again, but this Read More…

Monster Mash Final: Cthulhu vs. Basilisk

Cthulhu Although Cthulhu is the most popular of Lovecraft’s characters, he has created a number of other characters in the Cthulhu mythos.  Lovecraft’s central deities are Azathoth and Yog-Sothoth, both representing opposing cosmic principles. Azathoth lives in the center of the universe, whereas Yog-Sothoth, exists in all places and all times. Shub-Niggurath is next in Read More…

Monster Mash Semifinal: Vampire vs. Cthulhu

Vampires Things you always wanted to know about vampires:   According to the Scripture of Delphi, the first vampire started out as a human, not a vampire.  He was a man named Ambrogio, an Italian adventurer who found himself in Delphi, Greece.  The Greek god Apollo cursed him that if his skin ever touched sunlight, Read More…

Monster Mash Round 2: Zombies vs. Basilisk

Zombies Some things you always wanted to know about zombies: The word “zombie” comes from the African word nzambi, which means “god.” Based on common zombie mythos, the only way to kill a zombie is to damage its brain or cut off its head. The modern concept of what we consider to be zombies originated Read More…