Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Well another page on the calendar had turned, and I'm more behind than ever.  Some things never change.  Here's what I've got on the plate for October.  First, sometime tomorrow, I'll announce the winner of the James Enge book giveaway.  I've got a dentist appointment in the morning along with my son, followed by a three hour class, so it might be later in the day before that announcement goes up.

The next novel on the agenda is Steel and Sorrow by Joshua P. Simon.  I'll probably start it sometime this weekend.  I'll refrain from saying what novel is after that; I'm going to play it by ear.  I've got several I'm going to read this month, but I haven't decided on the final order.

There are a couple of items that are seasonal in nature that I want to sprinkle in the mix, so I'm not going to lock myself down to any particular sequence.

One thing I am going to read a great deal of over the next few months is short fiction.  In the next week, I want to review the premier issue of Nightmare magazine (I'm about a third of the way through now, and it's great), the new fiction being posted on Black Gate, the anniversary double sized issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies (it's not live as of this writing, but I have a subscription and have already downloaded it), plus the inaugural stories in Eclipse Online.  Jonathan Strahan was kind enough to send me advance copies of the first two stories, and I'll be reading those over the next day or two.  Plus I have a number of anthologies and single author collections sitting on the shelves I've been wanting to finish.

That's plenty to keep me busy.


  1. I periodically go through short story binges. I'm probably due another one soon.

  2. I am in the middle of Rogues in Hell anthology and Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (never read a SW novel before - except the original movie novelization.)

    I tend to forget October starting as seasonal thing because Oct 1 is my wife's birthday. It just hit me yesterday that it is Halloween time! So, I broke out the Joshi-edited, Penguin anthology, American Supernatural Tales and read the introduction. I especially want to read T. E. D. Klein's "The Events at Poroth Farm", because I've read the novel it became later, The Ceremonies.

    1. I enjoyed the "The Events at Poroth Farm" when I read it a few years ago. I've been meaning to get around to reading the novel version but haven't yet. Need to do something about that.