Horror is the Removal of Masks

Chunk Wendig is currently running an awkward author photograph contest. As entrants are limited to a single photograph, I had to make some hard choices. However, as I make the rules here, I decided to share three of the photographs that didn’t make the cut.

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Not Overwhelmed by the Tribe

We are all equal. However, some people still experience considerable unfair discrimination. While it is easy to respond to this with an attempt to forcibly rebalance the world, this will only be counter-productive. Instead we must live the diversity we wish to support.


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Fauxpocalypse – A Sale!

Dave Higgins:

An interesting behind the scenes insight into one of the stories in Fauxpocalypse… combined with a bargain.

Originally posted on Paws4Thought:

This weekend only Fauxpocalypse will be is on sale for just 99 cents on Amazon US and 99p on Amazon UK.

My story in Fauxpocalypse, Vodka and Watermelons, was inspired by my time in Israel during the first Gulf War. At the time the Israeli government was issuing gas masks to all its citizens and instructing them to seal safety rooms in case of chemical attack. I picked up my gas mask and tried as best as I could to seal the gaps around the windows and doors of my one-room apartment in Jerusalem. I took the threat of Saddam Hussein’s scud missiles very seriously.

I was soon to discover that a lot of Jerusalem residents didn’t feel the same way. The Lubbavitcher Rebbe in New York had said that God would protect the Jews of Jerusalem so there’s was no need for them to protect themselves. This…

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Midrealm by Garrett Robinson and Z.C. Bolger

Midrealm by Garrett Robinson and Z.C. BolgerWhile this fantasy part-work is clearly written for a young adult audience, Robinson and Bolger have not fallen into the trap of focusing solely on the unfairness of being young.


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A Placid Island of Ignorance in the midst of Black Seas of Infinity

For the last couple of months I have been re-reading my Cthulhu Mythos collection. After I finished the works penned by Lovecraft, I moved onto Brian Lumley’s Mythos Omnibuses. I found myself mildly disappointed by them.


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Feeding the Mind

Today is World Literacy Day. If you follow my blog, you already benefit from this powerful skill. And if you are anything like me, you are looking for works upon which to use it, so I thought I would share a list of authors whose work I really enjoyed in the last 12 months.

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Kill School by Gregory Lynn

Kill School (HemoGoblins #1) by Gregory LynnSkilfully balancing an inhuman morality with all too human frustrations, Lynn creates a protagonist who is sympathetic without being a man in a rubber suit.


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The Government is Us

Following my article on voluntarily limiting our use of rights and liberties for the good of the whole, I was asked what I thought the purpose of government is. Clearly there are many highly specific answers to that question dependant on the exact circumstances. However, at their most basic they all come down to a productive government reduces complexity.


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Beyond the Frontiers of the Million Word Challenge

Today is a post of two, interconnected, halves: it is the first post of the month, so it is time for an update on the Million Word Challenge; and I just published another book, which you can get free, and put another one on pre-order.

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Worms of Heaven by Misha Burnett

Worms of Heaven by Misha BurnettIn the third volume in the Book of Lost Doors series, Burnett continues to push the boundaries of paranormal soap opera; a genre that, if he didn’t invent he has made his own. While using the same preternatural outsiders living among us seed as urban fantasy and paranormal romance, there are no Byronic heroes who just need the right woman, beautiful people with a magical quirk, or happily-ever-afters here.

The rest of this review might contain spoilers for the first two volumes: Catskinner’s Book and Cannibal Hearts.


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