A Review of the Latest from Thomas B. Wild, Esq., “A Quiet Night In”

Hello Lovelies: Thomas B. Wild, Esq. has recently released his follow-up to “Awkward Encounters While Walking my Dog”, which included the viral “I’ve No More Fucks To Give”, with the charming “A Quiet Night In”. Like its predecessor, “Quiet” skewers … Continue reading A Review of the Latest from Thomas B. Wild, Esq., “A Quiet Night In”

Wiggins Redux

The Irregular, by H. B. Lyle. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn H.B, Lyle picks up one of the few neglected threads of the Sherlock Holmes canon—whatever happened to the Baker Street Irregulars, the loosely organized band of urchins that were Holmes’ eyes and ears in the London streets. In The Irregular, the year is 1909. Wiggins (the only named Irregular), having grown out of being an unobvious street rat, joined the British Army (a word from Watson getting him into the Doctor’s old regiment). He’s seen the horrors of war in the campaign against the Boers, mustered out, and taken … Continue reading Wiggins Redux

Dangers on a Train

Ruler of the Night, by David Morell, Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn There may come a time in the future when every historical personage of any note will have been “revealed” to have been a detective or crime fighter of some sort. At first glance, Thomas De Quincey, notorious as the author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, would seem an unlikely choice to join that company. However, as David Morell, author of many thrillers, including the Mortalis series, reminds us, De Quincy was also the author of Murder Considered as a Fine Art, and a respected and formidable intellect … Continue reading Dangers on a Train

Give it a Listen! “In the Cavern of the Sleepers” a Steampunk Short Story by Ali Abbas

One of the best things about putting out a pair of Steampunk anthologies this year was getting to see the huge variety when it came to the submissions. While “Secrets and Airships” by A.F. Stewart was a rollicking airship fantasy, … Continue reading Give it a Listen! “In the Cavern of the Sleepers” a Steampunk Short Story by Ali Abbas

Family Fiends

A Murderous Relation: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, by Deanna Raybourn. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn I have reviewed the “Veronica Speedwell Mysteries” as being of interest to Steampunk readers, since they share many of the tropes Steampunks enjoy: Victorian science, eccentric characters, and crime detection. In A Murderous Relation, it isAutumn, 1888: “Jack the Ripper” stalks the East End, and the eye of suspicion falls everywhere, including on members of the Royal Family.  Veronica and Stoker have finally agreed to act on the acknowledged sexual attraction between them, but, both being closet romantics, have to agree on a suitable time … Continue reading Family Fiends