Category Archives: Reviews

Southwestern Discomfit

There is a new entry in the CRITICISM section here: Mark Finn does a lengthy review, analysis and rebuttal of Gary Romeo’s Southern Discomfort essay. You’ll find it under Mark’s name on the page.

Conan the Barbarian A Thrill Ride

There are two Conans. The first one, Conan of Cimmeria, was created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 and adventured his way through Weird Tales, The Avon Fantasy Reader, and any number of books over the years. The other, Conan the Barbarian, was created as a simulacrum of the original, able to adventure through Code-approved […]

Conan the Barbarian 3D: The Aftermath

The battlefield stretched silent, crimson pools among the still sprawling figures seeming to reflect the lurid red-streamered sunset sky. Furtive figures slunk from the tall grass; birds of prey dropped down on mangled heaps with a rustle of dusky wings. Like harbingers of Fate a wavering line of herons flapped slowly away toward the reed-grown […]

Fiddling a Different Tune

A few weeks ago I picked up Sanjulian’s SWORD’S EDGE, a really  nice-looking book of his Conan paintings and found I have truly have mixed feelings about the artwork contained therein. (Scroll down for my review…) This volume was edited by one of our old pals, Arnie Fenner. As you may recall, Arnie all but […]

The Fans’ Own Magazine

Published monthly between  September 1933 and February 1935 by a young Charles D. Hornig of Elizabeth, New Jersey, The Fantasy Fan featured first time publication of prose and poetry by the likes of  Robert Bloch, August Derleth, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. The magazine was touted as “The Fans’ Own Magazine” […]

The Afghan Campaign

After reading Scott Oden’s The Lion of Cairo, I decided to finally get around to reading Steven Pressfield’s The Afghan Campaign. This book has been around since 2006. I have mixed opinions on Pressfield. The Gates of Fire is an awesome novel, I liked The Tides of War though it was different. I didn’t care […]

The Lion of Cairo

Last week while on vacation, I received a package from Scott Oden. It turned out to be an advance proof for his upcoming novel The Lion of Cairo. Steve Tompkins originally alerted me to Scott Oden’s historical fiction a few years back.  In turn, I discovered Scott’s blog and got in contact with him. He […]

The Best of Adventure Vol 1 1910-1912

One of my Pulpfest pick ups was The Best of Adventure Volume 1 1910-1912 from Black Dog Books. This is the first of an ambitious series of “Best of” volumes covering Adventure magazine. Those of us who made their way to Adventure by way of Robert E. Howard are generally familiar with 1920s reprints- Harold […]

Solomon Kane: The Movie

Earlier this month I got the DVD for the movie Solomon Kane. The movie itself was no great surprise having seen the trailer some time back.  There is a character called Solomon Kane in this movie and there are swords. That is about as close to Robert E. Howard as it gets. It is surprisingly […]

The Druid King

This past month, Norman Spinrad has blogged ( about the trials and tribulations of getting his book The Druid King published. I have heard and read of horror stories in the publishing world. This one ranks up at the top. This is only the second Spinrad book I have ever read. About 20 years ago […]