September 29 at the Grand Midway

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the first video playing at tonight’s Shangri-La Coffee Lounge. Meanwhile, 3 cats were out and about to be petted at the Maison de Meow–incessant light rain notwithstanding. A good crowd came in early. I spent a good deal of time going over a short novel by Mark T (a recent addition to […]

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Reviewed: NEW EARTH

New Earth by Ben Bova. (SF novel, 2013). I felt in the mood for a bit of ‘hard science’ via space exploration. Considering the author, this looked like a good bet. After all, Bova is a true veteran (a respected writer/editor in the field with 6 Hugo Awards to his credit). I’ve enjoyed his work consistently […]

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Price Break from Lulu.com

Not all my short stories are available from Amazon. The above anthology of erotic science fiction stories from Britain’s Horrified Press (which includes one of mine) is for sale in the US exclusively from lulu.com. From now thru Sept. 26, this (and all other print books and calendars from lulu) can be bought for 20% […]

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Sept. 22 at the Grand Midway

1st day of Autumn! The decorative tombstones are out front! Inside, I spent a while talking writing with a self-published horror author (who says he’s going to dedicate a future book to me!?). The night’s first movie: Urban Legend! A GIANT Ouji Board pointer arrived here tonight, now standing in the corner (towering over all […]

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Reviewing: DOG SOLDIERS

Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone (Novel, 1974). This one is very much a creature of its times (set in fading days of America’s disastrous ‘Vietnam Adventure’). Converse, a sketchy American hack writer and ‘journalist’ shuffling aimlessly through war-ravaged and chaotic Saigon, foolishly involves himself in a heroin smuggling operation. He enlists Ray, a former-marine buddy he […]

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Reviewed: DECLARE

Declare by Tim Powers (Supernatural/Spy novel, 2001). This one is among the oddest and most unexpected examples of blending genres that I’ve ever come across. Declare effectively ties often unsparingly brutal espionage fiction (during World War II and the Cold War era that followed) together with supernatural horror (specifically an especially dark variation on Middle Eastern Djinn mythology). And […]

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September 15, 2016 at the Midway

Yes, tonight’s first video at the Coffee Lounge was an episode of the ANCIENT ALIENS. Quickly (thankfully?) replaced by… Not too many people have made it in tonight. A number of regulars report being ill with flu-like symptoms. Anyway, those you showed have been discussing various subjects (as always) along with guzzling coffee, tea and […]

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