April 20, 2018

Superman Turns 80






The Man of Steel turns 80 this year. And tomorrow Action Comics releases it’s 1000th issue. Superman is unapologetically my favorite comic book character. Yes, even here and now, in this age of the cynic, the contrarian, and the naysayer, he’s my favorite. Even in what feels like an endless sea of Batman fans, he is still my favorite.

Why?

Harlan Ellison said it best when he wrote:

"If one of the unarguable criteria for literary greatness is recognition, consider this: In all of the history of literature, there are only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet. The urchin in Irkutsk may never have heard of Hamlet, the peon in Pernambuco may not know who Raskolnikov is; the widow in Jakarta may stare blankly at the mention of Don Quixote or Micawber or Jay Gatsby. But every man, woman, and child on the planet knows Mickey Mouse, Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Robin Hood... and Superman. 

“He is more than the fanciful daydream of two Cleveland schoolboys. He is the 20th-century archetype of mankind at its finest. He is courage and humanity, steadfastness and decency, responsibility and ethic. He is our universal longing for perfection, for wisdom and power used in the service of the human race. 

“Of all the literary creations of American fiction, Superman, after all these years, born of a ‘dispensable, disreputable’ genre, is the only one that seems certain to get Posterity's nod. And that is because, simply put, he is our highest aspirations in human form."

March 14, 2018

March Update




Between the day job kicking my ass and my wife having a uveitis flare-up, I've neglected the blog in particular and social media in general. However, I do have another piece up today at Disinformation, a story in next month's Lovecraftiana, and some Shane Stevens news to report soon.



February 23, 2018

Spring is Coming




Had some personal things come up. The brutal cold destroyed our pipes and meant I had to have the plumber out twice to do extensive repair work. That was immediately followed by some car trouble. But I have a lot on the way soon: new fiction, new non-fiction pieces at Disinfo, and some Shane Stevens news.

January 8, 2018

New Adventure Story Available





I have an adventure story in the current issue of the much underrated Broadswords & Blasters.

“The Lady and the Gunsmith” is verse one of my love song to the work of Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo), while Leon D'esme, my androgynous spy, is inspired by the real life adventures of the Chevalier d’Eon, a trans spy for France.

D’Eon was a decorated soldier, sword master, ambassador, skilled mimic, and spy for the Secret du Roi who infiltrated the Russian Court by presenting as a woman. Years later, after returning for political exile in London, d'Eon demanded to be identified as a woman. By the King's order, d'Eon's pension was increased to fund an entirely new wardrobe for the master spy--women's dresses especially tailored to not get in the way during fencing exhibitions and contests.

Check it out here. Hope you dig it (because I have more stories featuring the Chevalier d'Esme) and take the time to review the entire issue because there is lots of good stuff there.
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