The latest release by author Jeffrey Ford is a nightmarish novelette that offers a supernaturally speculative take on the inspiration for one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous poems, “Because I could not stop for Death”. Emily Dickinson, awakens to an empty house, her parents and sister inexplicably gone. She ventures outside to investigate and accepts a carriage ride from a seemingly noble stranger. But there’s more to the mysterious Mr. Quill than meets the eye and soon, a dark bargain is struck. It’s a deal of a lifetime – in this case, 25 years – but in order to collect, she must do some collecting of her own. It’s macabre tale involving necromancy, a mother’s love, and most obstinate child. Craftily creepy.
Ford is a breathtakingly inventive storyteller, comfortable and captivating in a variety of genres: science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and horror. Check out his other work here: http://www.well-builtcity.com or read A Terror by following this link: A Terror
Ah, natsukashii, as the Japanese would say. This collection of SF classics, assembled and edited by the great Robert Silverberg (Lord Valentine’s Castle, Dying Inside), is comprised of 26 of the greatest Golden Age SF tales ever written as selected by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Among the memorable entries: Ray Bradbury’s Mars is Heaven (which I believe, uh, inspired an episode of Space 1999), Arthur C. Clarke’s The Nine Billion Names of God, and Tom Godwin’s much discussed and still debated The Cold Equations.
I’m presently trying to track down volume II (parts A and B).
Weird, insecure, ego-maniacal, and vindictive. No, I’m not talking about the colorful characters in those award-winning cable shows. I’m referring to the creators of those colorful characters in those award-winning cable shows. This book offers us insight into the creative heavy-weights who ran game-changing productions like The Sopranos, Deadwood, Mad Men, and The Wire. Clearly, there’s a very fine line between genius and, well, if not insanity then surely eccentricity and arrogance.
The quintessential mobster biography and the inspiration for the movie Goodfellas, Wise Guy is a riveting read that chronicles the life of wiseguy Henry Hill, from his modest working-class beginnings through his career in organized crime to, perhaps most challenging of all, his entry into the witness protection program. Impossible to put down.
Keeping with the organized crime theme, The Ice Man is the deeply disturbing, unflinching account of the violent life of Richard “The Ice Man” Kulinski, a mob enforcer and hit man. Not quite as engaging as Wiseguy for the simply reason that, unlike Hill, Kulinski elicits very little in the way of sympathy or compassion. Shocking stuff.
My favorite ongoing title focuses on the flip side of superheroes – their occasionally evil, often devious, usually frustrated adversaries: the supervillians. A well-written, character-driven series. And a hell of a lot of fun.