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Happy Hearts Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all!



Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
All the air is thy Diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners,
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird, with the red stomacher;
Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.

Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
Thou mak'st a Taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
(Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests,
Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine....


from John Donne, "An Epithalamion, Or Marriage Song, On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine Being Married on St. Valentine's Day"

Happy Birthday, Jules Verne!

Happy birthday to Jules Verne (8 February, 1828 – 24 March, 1905)!

Jules Verne Statue


"The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears. Ah! sir, live--live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!"
- Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

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The HP Comics Kickstarter is Live!

The Hocus Pocus Comics Kickstarter has begun! Please check out this fundraiser for Houdini's Silver Dollar Misfits, a graphic novel for all ages! Gravity Falls meets Harry Potter in this magical action-adventure mystery created by Harvey-nominated writer Dwight L. MacPherson.

All pledge tiers come with rewards, and the first begins at just $1. Thanks for considering supporting us!






In other news, my latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, which reviews five 2016 documentaries on Star Trek and Star Wars history, is up now on the latest episode of StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Yevgeny Zamyatin!

Happy birthday to the father of modern dystopian fiction, Yevgeny Zamyatin (1 February, 1884 – 10 March, 1937)!

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So, take the idea of “rights” and drip some acid on it. Even the most adult of the Ancients knew: the source of a right is power, a right is the function of power. Take two trays of a weighing scale: put a gram on one, and on the other, put a ton. On one side is the “I,” on the other is the “WE,” the One State. Isn’t it clear? Assuming the “I” has the same “rights” compared to “WE” the State, is exactly the same thing as assuming that a gram can counterbalance a ton. Here is the distribution: a ton has rights, a gram has duties. And this is the natural path from insignificance to greatness: forget that you are a gram, and feel as though you are a millionth part of the ton…
― Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1924)

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HP Comics News and More

Hey everyone! Remember me? Apologies for being quiet. I am slammed with work at the moment. I look forward to catching up with emails and comments soon. In the meantime, I wanted to make a quick post with some updates.


First, in one week until HP Comics will start its first Kickstarter! I hope you'll check it out. I'll post more when the event is live.



Speaking of HP Comics, huge congratulations to our President and Publisher Dwight L. MacPherson! His comic Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom is being adapted to film, and Mark Hamill, Jeffrey Combs, and Christopher Plummer will be voicing roles! Too cool!

In other news, my Apex Magazine essay "The Once and Future Chief: Tecumseh in (Science) Fiction" is now online here. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you a wonderful day, my friends!

Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Happy birthday to Edgar Allan Poe (19 January, 1809 – 7 October, 1849)!

"Poe Returning to Boston" - L3007227


"Alone"
by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were--I have not seen
As others saw--I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I lov'd, I loved alone.
Then--in my childhood--in the dawn
Of a most stormy life--was drawn
From ev'ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that 'round me roll'd
In its autumn tint of gold--
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass'd me flying by--
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

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Happy birthday to Charles Brockden Brown (17 January, 1771 – 22 February, 1810) and Anne Brontë (17 January, 1820 – 28 May, 1849)!

"Yet I will persist to the end. My narrative may be invaded by inaccuracy and confusion; but if I live no longer, I will, at least, live to complete it. What but ambiguities, abruptnesses, and dark transitions, can be expected from the historian who is, at the same time, the sufferer of these disasters?"
- Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale (1789)

Ormond, or The Secret Witness The Tenant of Wildfell Hall


“Are you hero enough to unite yourself to one whom you know to be suspected and despised by all around you, and identify your interests and your honor with hers?”
- Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

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Happy Birthday, Wilkie Collins!

Happy birthday, Wilkie Collins (8 January, 1824 – 23 September, 1889)!

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“They seem to be in a conspiracy to persecute you,” she said. “What does it mean?”
“Only the protest of the world, Miss Verinder — on a very small scale — against anything that is new.”

― Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868)

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My "The Once and Future Chief: Tecumseh in (Science) Fiction" appears in this month's Apex Magazine. I'm so delighted to be featured in such fantastic company! This special double issue is available in ebook form for $2.99.

Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes!

Happy birthday to the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. May you party like it's 1895!

blodega sherlock


"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last."
- Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Red Circle” (1911)

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