Posts made in September, 2011

A Slice of Darkness Interview Series: Paul Jessup

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Interviews | 0 comments

 by MG Ellington The cover of Open Your Eyes, written by Paul Jessup, was the first thing to grab me. I was rather intrigued by the title, too. Reading the “back cover” online sold me though. I wanted to know more about Ekhi’s experiences. We first meet her as she is having sex with her lover, a dying star. The story is violent and beautiful. It is, at times, simple and naked; but for the most part, it is complex and layered. There are many characters, each with a heavy back story and deep involvement. The way Paul Jessup builds his world and then pushes the story along at such a pace and in such cramped novella quarters left me wanting to know more about how he...

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Interview with R.A. Salvatore, Author of the Neverwinter Saga, Part 2

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Interviews | 0 comments

Continued from Part 1. Check out R.A. Salvatore’s newest Neverwinter installment: Neverwinter: Neverwinter Saga, Book II. With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone—and free—for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion—Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. Beware of minor spoilers (nothing from the new book, though). Stephanie Jacob conducted this interview via telephone in late September, 2011. SJ: What kinds of challenges can we look forward to in the new...

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Interview with R.A. Salvatore, Author of the Neverwinter Saga

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Interviews | 0 comments

R.A. Salvatore’s books have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. His first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR, was the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy. More importantly, this novel introduced Drizzt Do’Urden to the world, one of the most popular characters in all of fantasy literature. His latest is Neverwinter: Neverwinter Saga, Book II. With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone—and free—for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion—Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the (New) Apex Magazine Editor

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Admin | 0 comments

by Lynne M. Thomas It’s an honor to follow Catherynne M. Valente as the editor of Apex Magazine. She did a fantastic job. Under her editorial hand and Jason Sizemore’s publishing leadership, the magazine has grown and thrived, showcasing brilliant pieces from diverse authors, and garnering critical acclaim. To save you the time of frantically Googling me, I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself. I’m a curator of rare books and special collections. My day job involves working with historical popular culture materials ranging from dime novels to contemporary science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature (including the literary papers of over 50 SF/F/H writers). I’m a...

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Guest Author Tim Waggoner: Death, Rebirth and Beetle Eyes, Part 3

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Artist Musings | 0 comments

by Tim Waggoner Read part 1 here and part 2 here.  I pitched Like Death to Don D’Auria at the World Horror Convention in Chicago, and he agreed to take a look at it. This was also the same WHC where I later overdosed on Sudafed and coffee, had an incident of rapid heartbeat (and a resulting panic attack), went to the emergency room, and ended up staying in the hospital for three days only to have a doctor tell me it was stress and that I should go home. Ah, the glamorous life of a writer . . . A few fun tidbits about Like Death: The original cover art by Caniglia shows a woman (her image was modeled on his wife, actually) with a dragonfly tattoo on her back that’s...

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