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Monthly Archives: April 2016

10 Questions with Benedict Jacka

1.  Where did you come up with the Ask Luna segment for your blog?   It’s a really long time ago now, but I think I got the idea from a webcomic that had one of its characters answer reader-written messages.  I spent a while trying to figure out which character would do the answering Read More…

Game of Thrones: The Red Woman

Ah, I can now breathe a sigh of relief.  Arguably, the greatest show in television history is back, and now I can bask in everything Game of Thrones.  This was a strong episode with a really strange ending.  Let us dig in.   Sansa Stark Ah, the crazy hijinks of my two least favorite characters Read More…

Fated by Benedict Jacka

The protagonist in Fated is Alex Verus, a wizard who runs a magic shop and has powers of divination.  He has the ability to foresee the future, a power that makes him very popular with light and dark mages who are trying to gain possession of a fateweaver, an ancient relic found in a London Read More…

10 Question with Jonathan Ondrashek

1.  What was the genesis for your series The Human-Undead War?   I was enrolled in a short story snail-mail writing course, and a deadline for a fiction piece loomed. I hadn’t delved into genre fiction much and was stuck. Then, I had a vivid dream involving vampires and an ugly, blood-producing mushroom… That dream Read More…

10 Questions with Peter Oliver Wonder

1.  How has your time in the Marines influenced you as a writer? When you spend that much time with, what could very well be, the most foul mouthed and sarcastic bunch of people this world has to offer, it really has a tendency to help you grow as a person. The sarcasm and swearing Read More…

10 Questions with C Michael Forsyth

1.  What was it like writing for the Weekly World News (the greatest newspaper ever in my humble opinion)? It was a dream job. Basically, you got to your desk in the morning and churned out two or three short stories in the form of news articles. They could be in turn comic, tragic, thought-provoking, Read More…

The Identity Thief by C Michael Forsyth

The Identity Thief features an oddly likeable antihero—X an identity thief looking for a  big score.  If you take this character outside of the world of fiction, he would be a despicable person.  Someone who assumes the identity of someone else and bilks them of their money.  X does have a certain Robin Hood quality Read More…

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin is set in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested California where a group of survivors have formed a community about fourteen years after First Night, the night the zombies rose from the dead.  Benny Imura, on his fifteenth birthday has to look for a job in order to earn his rations.  After sifting through Read More…

The Walking Dead: Season 6 Finale

If I had one word to describe the season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, it would be disappointing.  If I wanted to use two words, I would go with bitterly disappointing.  The easiest thing to point at in the episode was that they didn’t reveal who got killed at the end by Negan and Read More…

10 Questions with Mark Reefe

Where did you get the concept for the Road to Jericho?   The idea came to me quiet suddenly.  I was driving to work and it bubbled up in the back of my brain.  I wanted to write a story about someone who, through one selfless act, gained the attention and wrath of an evil Read More…