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Monthly Archives: September 2016

10 Questions with C Michael Forsyth

1. You did a stellar job in your Houdini/Arthur Conan Doyle novel.  If you were to write another novel mashing up a two historic figures, who would you choose? I was fascinated to learn that Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx knew each other and corresponded. The Communist Manifesto was actually written BEFORE the Emancipation Proclamation. Read More…

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Harry Houdini in The Adenture of the Spook House by C. Michael Forsyth

When I saw the premise of this novel, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini working together to solve a murder mystery, I knew this was a novel that I had to read, and I’m glad that it didn’t disappoint.  These historical figures seem very different types of people—and as seen in the novel they Read More…

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Terror was a bit of a mixed bag for me.  It was a novel that was certainly epic in size, but not necessarily epic in scope and the story it told.  Set in the middle of the 19th century, two ships from the British Royal Navy, the Erebus and the Terror, are stuck in Read More…

The Pariah by Graham Masterton

The Pariah is a bit of a ghost story with some American folklore and mythology mixed into it.  In the novel, John Trenton is living his life in a fog after his wife and unborn child die in a car accident.  Still grieving, he begins to see the apparition of his wife.  He finds that Read More…

That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley

That Which Should Not Be is a novel that heavily borrows from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.  Set at Miskatonic University, the hub of all things supernatural and the occult, Carter Weston is given an assignment by his professor, Dr. Thayerson, to retrieve a book that controls the inhuman forces that control the world, the Read More…