Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole

I hear two main complaints among those who read Myke Cole’s debut novel, Control Point. First, the novel’s protagonist Oscar Britton was an indecisive and unlikable whiner. Second, that the writing and dialogue lacked polish. Personally, I didn’t find either of those items to be true, but I can say without a shadow of doubt that both… Read more »

French Cover: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

News flash, intrepid readers. France knows how to paint. I could say Marc Simonetti knows how to paint, but it seems like everyone in French publishing gets it to a degree America does not. Look at this gorgeous cover for Sam Sykes’ newest novel, The Skybound Sea: I don’t want to belittle the covers for… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Awards: Best Small Press

A year ago I would given this award to Night Shade Books without hesitation. They were publishing consistently good novels, most of which were debuts, that felt polished. 2012 not so much. Their debut line-up slipped noticeably, although there were several standouts, and even their more seasoned authors felt untouched by the editorial process. Who then wears… Read more »

Announcing the 2012 Juice Box Awards

So, 2012 is over and that means it’s time for the ‘Best of 2012′ lists to start trickling out.  The truth is I’m a little behind the trend due to some real world constraints, but it’s time to get on the horse. Last year I debuted my ‘Juice Box Awards’ and I dug it. The’re… Read more »

SpecFic 2012: Cover Reveal and Details

Last year, I began a partnership with Jared Shurin, co-owner/editor of Pandemonium Fiction, to release an anthology titled Speculative Fiction 2012, The Years Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, with proceeds to be donated to charity. Our goal, if any such thing can be claimed, is to create a record of all the incredibly rich content being… Read more »