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10-27-14 : Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers Recall 'Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J. S. Le Fanu'

New Stories for an Antiquary

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu managed to be what very few writers even aspire to, much less achieve. He was an inventor, an innovator in a time when there was more room for innovation, to be sure, but nonetheless a trailblazer whose name is no longer so familiar as that which he created.

It is arguable that both the vampire novel and the ghost story, as we know them today begin with Le Fanu. And his original work is still worthy of not just exploration on its own merits, but as a direct inspiration to new stories.

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NEW! 10-26-14: Time to Read Episode 180: Brian J. Showers, 'Old Albert: An Epilogue' and 'Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu'

10-27-14: A 2014 Interview with Brian J. Showers

"I have a lot reference materials on my desk..." —Brian J. Showers

By all means, run, don’t walk and buy everything that Brian J. Showers touches. He's re-issued 'Old Albert: An Epilogue' and recently released 'Dreams of Smoke and Shadow,' an anthology of stories (co-edited with Jim Rockhill) dedicated to and inspired by J. S. LeFanu. He runs The Swan River Press, an outstanding publishing company with a spotless record of great material. And he edits a great weird journal, 'The Green Book,' with Issue 4 out now.
10-20-14: A 2014 Interview with William T. Vollmann

"...that's the choice we make with death..." —William T. Vollmann

I had about 40 pounds of thick, award-winning books with me when I went to speak to William T. Vollmann. I must admit to being nervous. He was a man who pulled prestigious honors from the air, and I was here to talk to him about 'Last Stories and Other Stories,' a collection of work that could only be described as macabre fiction.
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