~ Archive for Fantasy ~

Dead Witch Walking


Kim Harrison introduces Rachel Morgan, witch, Ivy, her vampire partner, and Jenks, pixy and all-around loudmouth. Dark fantasy and romance all in one package. This first book in a series was interesting enough to pick up the second book. We’ll see how it goes. Also available in Spanish with the title La noche del la bruja muerta.

Published in mass-market paperback by HarperCollins. ISBN 0060572965

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


J. K. Rowling finally brings us Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts. Harry’s growing up. He smooches a bit with Ginny. Good setup for the finale. I don’t need to say anymore because everyone on the planet has read this book, right?

Published in hardcover by Scholastic. ISBN 0439784549

Whispering Nickel Idols


I guess I’ve finally caught up with recent reading. PI Garrett is back in action, along with his housekeeper Dean, Pular Singe, and, of course, the Dead Man. Once he wakes up, the Dead Man is pulling everyone’s strings, Garrett is getting his ass kicked and giving a little of what he’s getting, all to learn why an underworld boss is in a coma and what a basket of odd kittens may have to do with it. As usual, author Glen Cook pens a wild fantasy noir novel that’s difficult to put down.

Published in mass market paperback by Penguin. ISBN 0451459741

The Descent


I’m not sure what to make of Jeff Long‘s tale of an ancient underground civilization and the genocidal conflict that ensues after their discovery. It starts out kind of creepy, turns into a romance novel, then ends with one of those horror movie final scene gotchas.

Published in paperback by Jove. ISBN 051513175X

The Silver Skull


Les Daniels writes about comics these days, but back in the seventies he created Don Sebastian, a Spaniard and a vampire. This is the second title in the series. Don Sebastian’s skull has been taken to the New World, where an Aztec ritual brings him back to life and plunges him into the middle of Hernan Cortez’ assault on Tenochtitlan. I’ll have to track down the other titles in this series.

Published in paperback by Ace Fantasy Books. ISBN 0441766860.

Bubba Ho-Tep


I finally got to see the film adaptation of Joe Lansdale‘s short story by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, at the Screen in Santa Fe, NM.

Bruce Campbell’s performance as Elvis was surprisingly restrained. Of course, I always knew that he was still alive. I also enjoyed learning the truth about JFK and Marilyn.

Bubba Ho-Tep will be out on DVD this May.

Bubba Ho-Tep


An elderly Elvis is barely living in an East Texas nursing home where Bubba Ho-Tep, an evil, soul-sucking mummy feasts on the residents. Elvis gets his mojo back, and with the help of a fellow resident who believes himself to be JFK, takes care of Bubba. Thank you very much.

Joe Lansdale’s short story has been made into a film by Don Coscarelli which I’d like to see. The only thing more frightening than losing one’s soul to a mummy is growing old and forgetting that you’ve got a soul.

This is a signed limited edition featuring the short story by Joe R. Lansdale and the screenplay of the film by Don Coscarelli. Published by Night Shade Books. ISBN 1892389622

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