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Current Issue Number 77 Vol.20  March 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and USHER II

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and USHER II:

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and USHER II, by Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Allois. Gauntlet (www.gauntletpress.com), 2010, 72 pp., $35.00. ISBN 1-934267-20-1

Herein contains the classic “house of horror” tale -- a veritable banquet of all that is creepy regarding the very atypical haunted house, the classic by Poe, with bled-page illustrations. (Maybe the term, “bleed from the page,” would suffice?)

Almost better yet is the homage to Poe’s tale by Bradbury, who instills the horror of censorism with a nightmarish look at a future based on his novel, FAHRENHEIT 451. In this case, the tale is set on a colonized and whitewashed Mars – where a very wealthy man actually BUILDS the house Poe created. Only in this case, the house is stocked with robots – until the censors come to disassemble it. But highly creative and motivated projects don’t die so easily.

Andrew M. Andrews

In This Issue

Soft Apocalpyse Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 Click on the Book Cover for Review Best Sci-Fi of the Year Oscar Wilde & Vampire Murders

Dawn to Dusk Brave New Worlds All Clear Zombie Autopsies Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Griftopia Sleight of Hand Immaculate Deception Pump Six

Sympathy for the Devil Atlantis & Othe Places Darkness Holiday Nano Comes to Clifford

Game Changers Armageddon In Retrospect   The Fall of the House of Usher Realms of Fantasy

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FLAMING ZEPPELINS

FLAMING ZEPPELINS:

FLAMING ZEPPELINS: The Adventures of Ned the Seal, by Joe R. Lansdale. Tachyon Publications (www.tachyonpublications.com), 2010, 285 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-61696-002-5

FLAMING ZEPPELINS is a combination of two short novels, ZEPPELINS WEST (Subterranean Press, 2001) and FLAMING LONDON (Subterranean, 2005). The love of westerns and pulp fiction, comic books and Texas weirdness, come into play. The best campy fiction in all of America? Probably.

Andrew M. Andrews
FLAMING ZEPPELINS

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES VOL. 5, THE LAST HIEROGLYPH:

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES VOL. 5, THE LAST HIEROGLYPH, by Clark Ashton Smith, ed. by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger. Night Shade Books (www.nightshadebooks.com), 2010, 370 pp., $39.99. ISBN 978-1-59780-032-7

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES is the last of five volumes to collect all of Smith’s tales. Included are works ranging from “The Dark Age” (April 1938) to “The Dart of Rasasfa” (July 1961).

Andrew M. Andrews