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You Can Do Anything In A Game (But You Can’t Do That)

Last night, on Roll20, I was part of another one-shot playtest of Venger Satanis‘ Crimson Dragon Slayer system. This one got… weird. Now that, in itself, was not unexpected, but the way in which it got weird was interesting. There … Continue reading

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This is how you run an RPG, people.

Last night, on Roll20, I was part of a one-shot playtest of Venger Satanis‘ Crimson Dragon Slayer system. CDS is a “rules light OSR game ruleset”–but that description doesn’t do it justice. Think back to playing with toys as a … Continue reading

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2020 so far

  I can only claim to be on track for my writing  goal for 2020 so far if I count the work I produced in December of 2019. So I’m going to do that and list four stories:   “Lab … Continue reading

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Fantasticland

FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven will naturally be compared to Lord Of The Flies, and there are some similarities. Bockoven’s novel, though, is more nuanced and complex, and, honestly, far more frightening. To get my one gripe out of the way … Continue reading

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2019 in Review

This past year I published the following stories: UPDATED: I forgot one.  In Duel Visions (February 14th): “The Summer Of Love” 6,400 word short story and “The Blacklight Ballet” 7,600 word novelette (the other three stories, “Black Dog”, “The Silk … Continue reading

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Sins, New and Old

The fourth volume of Chastity Nicole and Debbie Manber Kupfer’s Sins Of Time series of themed Horror/Dark Fantasy anthologies is out now. I’ve kept my streak going, I have a story in all four volumes. It’s a series that has a … Continue reading

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Hard Weird

I think I’ve come up with a new way to describe what genre it is that I work in. Hard Weird.  I think that’s an evocative phrase, and I hope it’s fairly self-explanatory. SF/F fans are familiar with the phrase … Continue reading

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A Dragon Among Dragons: The Decay Of Fantasy

“The old fairy tale makes the hero a normal human boy; it is his adventures that are startling; they startle him because he is normal. But in the modern psychological novel the hero is abnormal; the centre is not central. … Continue reading

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Going Native & Other Stories

DimensionBucket Media is one of the new crop of indie publishers.  A quick glance at their catalog shows a preponderance of horror titles, but their submission guidelines state they are open to all flavors of speculative fiction–science fiction, fantasy, adventure, … Continue reading

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Superscience, the Uncanny, and the Miraculous

This post has grown out of a discussion regarding my earlier post on the subject of magic in fiction and a comment that was made regarding Clarke’s Law. Clarke’s Law states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  … Continue reading

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