The Borgia Blade

Monday, June 15, 2015

I know of Gardner Fox mostly through his comic creations (like, say Hawkman or the Justice Society of America) and the sword-and-sorcery adventures of Kothar. The Kothar stories are…

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GenCon AND More on Ki-Gor

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I wanted to follow up on two completely unrelated posts today. First, I’ve mentioned that I’ll be spending a lot of time at the Paizo booth in the Great…

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The Mighty Ki-Gor, Tarzan’s Forgotten Rival

Friday, August 1, 2014

In graduate school one of my guilty pleasures was reading some pretty mindless escapist adventure. From the middle to the end of semesters things could get more than…

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Pulp Swashbucklers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The pulp era began around the turn of the 20th century, in the days before radio and television. Magazines on all sorts of diverting topics were found on…

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The Great Brackett

Monday, July 28, 2014

Only a few generations ago planetary adventure fiction had a few givens. First, it usually took place in our own solar system.  Second, our own solar system was…

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Fists of Iron: Round 2

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As frequent visitors to my site know, I’m a pretty big fan of Robert E. Howard’s writing. I’m not any kind of a boxing aficionado, but some years…

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Genre Prejudice

Friday, March 28, 2014

It’s a lot easier for me to be generous about other genres than it used to be. I’m trying to decide if that has something to do with…

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Under the Hood with Robert E. Howard

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I remain in the literary salt mines this week, so I’m reprinting an article I wrote for Black Gate back in 2012. When I tell people what a…

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Fargo Returns

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Or, at least, continues to receive some of the attention he deserves courtesy of a new line of e-reprints. A new review went live the other day at…

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Farewell, My Fence Rail

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The writing day started out quite well. I rose without aid of an alarm clock and put in  a half hour of good work before I roused everyone…

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