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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy lives in the west country and grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, lots of other old SF and Marvel Comics. After many years hard labour he has settled down to a quiet life with a nice lady, two rescue dogs and four ducks. He writes reviews for crowsnest and a few short stories, some of which even get published in obscure magazines. His self-published (Beware!) horror novel 'Arnos Hell' set in a Bristol graveyard is available on Amazon as a kindle book. His YA novelette 'The Brigstowe Dragons' will be published shortly by Alban Lake. He seldom blogs at https://eamonnmurphyblog.wordpress.com/

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Showcase Presents Batgirl TP Volume 01 including the work of Neal Adams and Gardner Fox (graphic novel review)

October 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents Batgirl TP Volume 01 including the work of Neal Adams and Gardner Fox    (graphic novel review)

Beautiful actress Yvonne Craig passed away in August 2015. She played the slave girl Marta in classic ‘Star Trek’ episode ‘Whom Gods Destroy’ (1969) but was best known for playing Batgirl in the third and final season of the camp/pop-art 1960s ‘Batman’ television series. That being so, I thought a review of the ‘DC Showcase’ […]

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Encounters Magazine April/May 2015 issue # 13 (e-mag review)

September 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Encounters Magazine April/May 2015 issue # 13  (e-mag review)

As the cover date shows, I got to this ‘magazine late. ‘Encounters’ is one of the many small on-line magazines that publish Science Fiction, fantasy or horror by not so famous authors. Paying one cent a word or less, they are not going to make anyone rich but they provide a useful training ground for […]

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Dark Spires by Eugene Byrne, Roz Clarke, Sarah Singleton and Adam Colston (ebook review)

September 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dark Spires by Eugene Byrne, Roz Clarke, Sarah Singleton and Adam Colston   (ebook review)

‘Dark Spires’ is a place themed anthology and the place themed is Wessex in the south-west of England. Despite having the Queen’s third son as its Earl, Wessex is not an actual political entity but a region largely made famous by the novels of Thomas Hardy. There was a Kingdom of Wessex back in the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 27 no. 1 # 100 (magazine review)

September 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 27 no. 1  # 100   (magazine review)

Feel lucky, punk? This here is a ‘punk’ themed anthology of fantastical stories to celebrate the 100th issue of ‘On Spec’. In the opening editorial, Diane L. Walton lists the various sub-genres that now come under that label. They are: cyberpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, bugpunk, transistorpunk, nanopunk, decopunk, atompunk, teslapunk, clockpunk, splatterpunk, mythpunk and spacepunk. Feel […]

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Marvel Comics In The 1980s by Pierre Comtois (book review).

August 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Marvel Comics In The 1980s by Pierre Comtois (book review).

Pierre Comtois is a big fan of Marvel Comics in the 1960s when they changed the way comics were done. In the first flush of the revolution, they were led by the Big Three: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. He’s not such a big fan of Marvel comics in the 1970’s where, as […]

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The Millennium Express: 1995-2009: The Collected Stories Of Robert Silverberg (book review).

August 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Millennium Express: 1995-2009: The Collected Stories Of Robert Silverberg (book review).

Another Robert Silverberg collection of stories from Subterranean Press and the aged author states in his introduction that this will probably be the last. So, shall we begin with beauty? Although ‘Beauty In The Night’ doesn’t begin with beauty as a woman gives birth to her illegitimate son on the dirty floor of a restaurant […]

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21st Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (book review).

August 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
21st Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (book review).

This is a collection of Science Fiction short stories from the 21st century. The brief preface explains that many of the writers were writing and publishing before the millennium but have come to prominence since. The editors have a broad church view of Science Fiction, which lends itself to great variety in the contents but […]

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Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

August 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

This is another collection of Lovecraft homage, a cottage industry in the horror genre. Getting Lovecraftian stories published seems to be relatively easy nowadays, like shooting fish in a barrel. Before getting to the text, I want to mention the fine ink lines on the splendid illustrations by Randy Broecker. They reminded me of the […]

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Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil (graphic novel review)

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil  (graphic novel review)

At last, the DC Showcase volumes have reached the point where Batman is getting good. I recently looked up the old Alley Awards on-line and the ‘Batman’ titles twice won the same award: strip most in need of improvement, even in 1962 when regular penciller Carmine Infantino scooped the best artist award. ‘Showcase Batman Volumes […]

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Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (graphic novel review).

June 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (graphic novel review).

Reading ‘Kick-Ass 3’ only took a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve seen the original film and missed the second but this was my first encounter with the comicbook source material. I’m sure it will be a film, too. ‘Kick-Ass’, in case you didn’t know, is Dave Lizewski, a teenage geek who decided […]

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