Monday, December 5, 2011

 Review: Art of Imagination: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy

Art of Imagination is an eleven pound, 768 page book of glorious information and artwork. It is a monster of a book (10.25 x 13.25 x 2.25)which allows for near actual size reproductions of various covers. The presentation, color, text is outstanding and guaranteed to last a good long time.

I simply cannot stress enough how beautiful this book is and along with it's good looks, it is very informative.

If you can find a copy (plentiful online), buy it, read it, share it and cherish it. This is heard a lot, but Art of Imagination truly is a must have book for the fans of everything fiction and art.

Title: Art of Imagination: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy
Author(s): Frank M Robinson, Robert E Weinberg, Randy Broecker
Cover Art: Alex Schomburg
Publisher:  Collector's Press Inc
Publication Date:  2002
Pages:  768
ISBN-10:  1888054727

Art of Imagination is a compilation of three published books;
Science Fiction of the 20th Century - Frank M Robinson
Horror of the 20th Century - Robert E Weinberg
Fantasy of the 20th Century - Randy Broecker
Review: Hellucination: A Memoir by Stephen Biro.

Hellucination is a book like no other and is a bit hard to categorize. There is some horror, a touch of auto-biography, some fantasy and above all, a bizarro tale of one man's trip to discover himself and to answer the big there someone watching over us?

I admit to having a hard time describing the book without giving too much away and I don't like spoiler reviews. All I can say is that you really need to read Hellucination. It is an intriguing and trippy story that will leave you wondering about yourself and the great cosmos around us.

Highly recommended.

Title: Hellucination: A Memoir
Author: Stephen Biro
Artwork: Duncan Long
Limited Edition Artwork: Jason Hicks
Publisher: Unearthed Books
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 165
ISBN-10:  1466386819
ISBN-13: 978-1466386815

Friday, November 18, 2011

Review - Night at the Demontorium: Series One

Night at the Demontorium: Series One by Naima Haviland.

A collection of short stories. An exceptional collection lovingly crafted of dark, thoughtful visions of death  and addictions. The writing is surprisingly refreshing considering the subject matter.
I admit to having a difficult time describing the stories without telling all, so to speak. I can say that they are quick and easy to read while leaving you thoughtful at the end. Each story evokes a different response ranging from awe to disgust.

There five stories included in this release;

Aunt Téa's Addiction: Will leave you thoughtful at the very least. An extreme addiction.

He Dreams in Yellow: Depression, it's not what it's cracked up to be.

Sparky's First Day: Life in one's mind can be rewarding or at least a way out.

The Entrepreneur: This and the final story are my favorites. This one goes somewhere surprising and horrific.

Bedring: This is just crazy. Demonically crazy and an example of what a person will do to save themselves.

I am very glad to have discovered Naima Haviland and hope to read more of her work. Her stories are elegant and horrible both.

Night at the Demontorium: Series One is not to be missed.