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Tears of Heaven

R. A. McCandless’s badass demi-angel bears a grudge nearly two dozen centuries old. She makes effective use of her displaced aggression by dispatching rogue divinities, presumably making the world safer for the rest of us, albeit in ways we oblivious mortals will never fully comprehend or appreciate.

Omedelia-bar-Azazel, Del for short, is impressively sexy as a 21st-Century death dealer and as slave-wife to Read More→

Storming: K. M. Weiland’s Prairie Dieselpunk

Mish-and-StormingMichelle and I take turns reading to each other, usually at night just before bed. Our reading tastes don’t always line up perfectly, but there’s enough overlap that we rarely have a problem finding a story we’ll both enjoy. It’s rare, however, that any story stirs and maintains our joint enthusiasm with quite the barrel-rolling intensity of K. M. Weiland’s Storming. Read More→

Unabashed Shamanism ~ Martin Case and A Brief History

A Brief History: A Collection of Great Dance Songs by Martin Case

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Martin Case has been building musical floors under the feet of Boston dancers for a while now – floors supported by an eclecticism that girds the globe, from the cramped North American apartment complex of “Dispute” to “Thailand Outdoors” with its hectic, techno-Thai suspension of disbelief Read More→

Hell Becomes Her, by R. A. McCandless

Hell Becomes HerHell Becomes Her by R.A. McCandless

No demons have been harmed in the making of R. A. McCandless’s follow-up to Tears of Heaven, but the same cannot be said of the celestials. It is entirely possible to read and enjoy Hell Becomes Her without having read the first novel in the Flames of Perdition series, but McCandless sets the character of lead Nephilim and die-hard contrarian Omedeliah “I told you, my name is Del” bar-Azazel so powerfully well in the first book that Read More→

The Heartbeat Thief

FREE One Day Only: The Heartbeat Thief by AJ Krafton

Speculative fiction author Ash Krafton released her debut New Adult novel in June…a Victorian dark fantasy called THE HEARTBEAT THIEF by AJ Krafton. It’s already getting great reviews and has hit the bestseller lists is several countries.

True to its word, “The Heartbeat Thief” is part Jane Austen, part Edgar Allen Poe. Read More→

Dawn Nelson

If you come to North Adams to visit or to stay, whatever else you do, whatever else you see, I hope you’ll spend some time on the second floor of the Eclipse Mill, down at the east end of the hallway, where it widens out to form the largest of the floor’s three modest gallery spaces. You’ll find yourself immersed in a lively back-and-forth between the tapestries of Betty Vera (about whose work I hope to say more later) and (what I want to talk about today) the large, ebullient paintings of Dawn Nelson Read More→

Sarah Sutro

I sit with a smallish ink painting (11″ x 16″) that Michelle acquired from our neighbor, Sarah Sutro. Sarah and Michael have owned the loft across the stairwell from us since the inception of the artists’ community that has occupied the Eclipse Mill since about 2004, but until recently we knew them only by reputation as “the couple who live in Thailand.

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Before Thailand, they lived in Bangladesh, where Sarah studied ink- and dye-making at a shop called Aranya, in Dhaka. She has written a marvelously big little book about her exploration of color, Read More→

Rick Harlow

Rick Harlow’s psychedelic oils stretch deep and wide enough to wade into. Not the way you might walk into a landscape–although some of them, technically, like the satellite’s eye view of South America that dominates the angled wall down the hall from our door (but I’ll say more about that one in a moment) qualify as landscapes–but no, not the way you’d stroll through the saturated sunsets of Monet’s hayfields, say–except, but not unless–you’d have to be high, I think, or umbilically connected to the Amazon Basin. Read More→

Son of Ereubus by J. S. Chancellor

The world-within-a-world that J. S. Chancellor spins in her debut novel Son of Ereubus (first installment in her Guardians of Legend series), is a two-sided coin with the clear stamp of evil on one face, while the flip side glints with the luster of a near-angelic ethereality.  This hypnotic dance of light-seducing dark Read More→

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanov

An Eerie, Translucent Brand of Magic

51YK5JMd-WL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Brenna Yovanoff performs a rare and eerie brand of magic in her debut novel, The Replacement, drawing a translucent veil of paranormalcy so gently over the mind of the reader that—though she works in plain view, without subterfuge or distracting tricks–we do not blink, we do not look away, we do not speak up to refute a world that cannot be, Read More→