This has been a long time coming and I am actually a little bit confused about why it did not happen earlier, but here it is: I have the great pleasure of welcoming my favourite contemporary author, Lavie Tidhar, for an interview and chat about a lot of things in my podcast.
Both novels are mentioned in the podcast, as well as their respective genesis. Other topics of the interview are: A most mysterious project (only hinted at), the difficulties of publishing novels with controversial plots, and how the reception of Lavie’s works differ from country to country.
Just have a listen yourselves!
Photographs by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013,
Carrie Fisher, who will forever be remembered for personifying Princess Leia Organa has passed on at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. She will be missed by millions of devoted fans and leaves a gap in one of the most vibrant fandoms in the world which will very likely be impossible to fill.
Rest in the Force, Carrie. You will be forever in our minds and our hearts.
A few weeks back I already posted the trailer of the graphic novel series Rayven Choi, featuring the eponymous super heroine who is out to hunt the people who killed her parents. Sounds a bit like Batman, but it is not. Obviously, the hero is a lady and Rayven Choi is also not a billionaire but poor and not least of all, she is black.
So we have a graphic novel featuring a poor black super heroine which is something I have not seen in comics at all. Luckily, after featuring Rayven Choi I was contacted by the author of Rayven Choi and director of the trailer I featured, Shequeta Smith, and she offered to be a guest on my podcast.
I of course took the opportunity, and as you can hear in the podcast above, we had a really fun chat and I am hoping we get to meet during the planned European tour.
Also, hee is the review of the grahic novel which I begin by featuring some of the pages of the first book in the series:
As you can see, the artwork is top-notch, it is also the only thing that is not quite to my taste. I am a fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and prefer the style used in this series and its spin-offs. Still, the artwork is dynamic, realistic and really helps carry the feel of the story along. The story itself is an action-packed mix of spy-thriller, murder mystery, and also enough basic real-life troubles, something you do not find often in superhero comics, which makes Rayven Choi really relatable to as a heroine. Bonus: Since Rayven Choi is from the US but grows up in South Korea, there is a strong multi-cultural flavour to it, which adds to the overall quality of the reading experience.
All in all, after finishing the first book, I am also getting al the other five in the series.
Nine out of ten bullets with vengeance written on them.
Every cult evolves over time. Teachings are dropped, others are incorporated. Just look at the different manuscripts of the Bible that are available (and extant).
The Cthulhu Cult is no different. Currently, there are two main branches extant on the internet and beyond: The purist who continue spreading cosmic, unrelenting horror and the other ones. The other ones have taken it upon themselves to show a lighter, cuter side of the Mythos. They are responsible for the Plushies, the wonderful The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) and other such manifestations.
As the name suggests, it presents a number of depictions of Cthulhu Mythos entities that are likely to go „Squee“ but should not. Peter Andrews is clearly not only a very gifted artist, but also shows a deep knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos, since the book includes some more obscure creatures and deities such as Lloigor and Rhan-Tegoth (who is one of my favourites).
The hobbies, general behaviours and moods Peter depicts are worth several chuckles and laughs and the ideas behind them can only come from a mind that has been thoroughly twisted.
Such as this one, a Dhole going to the car wash:
Or the Colour Out of Space enjoying some modern art:
A truely delightful piece of Cthulhu Mythos art and something every fan should have in their library. The only downside: It is woefully short. Only 32 illustrations are contained in the booklet.
Still, it is well worth eight out of ten screaming phobias.
In times like these, when the media and pundits are shouting at us how different (read: superior) we are from them (whoever them might be)it is good to note there are some things that connect all of humanity, such as great music.
You find great music all across the globe and there are plenty music genres that have really become global, such as Heavy Metal.
Case in point, once again, Nine Treasures, my favourite Folk Metal band. They are about to release a new album, Wisdom Eyes, and are in the process of releasing it bit by bit, son by song, that is, on Bandcamp.
Just yesterday, 10 Years was released, and I thought I share it here with you, because it is pure Mongol Metal Magnificence:
Have you ever wondered, what it would look like if Great Cthulhu gives something the thumbs up? Or have you ever been in desperate need of an image depicting Great Cthulhu giving something the thumbs up?
Well, thanks to the insane Talent of Xanathon you have to wonder no more and your search is over.
Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on „Cthulhu Approves“:
The images is CC-BY, you are free to use it as long as you give a link to Xanathon.com (see above) or the Xanathon Facebook Page. But as long as you do either, feel free to spread the image, the word and the madness. Iäh everybody!
2016 does not relent and another legend leaves us.
It is with great sadness I report the passing of Joe Dever, whom many role playing enthusiasts will know as the principal author of the Lone Wolf series of Fighting Fantasy-style role playing books and the wolrd of Magnamund in which the adventures of Lone Wolf take place. He was only 60 years old.
To me personally, this is a very great loss, since he is one of the very few authors I consider myself to be a genuine fanboy of and the sum his work, especially the Drakkarim, has influenced many an adventure I ran as the game master/dungeon master.
I was lucky enough to have met Joe Dever at the RPC in Cologne in 2013 and dedicated a podcast to him which I am sharing here again.
Joe Dever will be missed and I will miss him a lot.
Aurelio Voltaire, icon of the fun side of darkness really is a man of many talents. Apart from being a musician extraordinaire he also cares deeply for the well-being and proper lifestyle of his fellow goths.
And it is for this reason he has set himself to creating a video series entitled Gothic Homemaking in which he shares a myriad of tips for making your humble abode into a true gothic lair, worthy of a cameo in a novel by Edgar Allan Poe.
This is episode one, please enjoy:
And just on the off-chance you are not aware of who Aurelio Voltaire is, here is a taste of his music: