Author Archives: Jon Mollison

About Jon Mollison

Jon Mollison was weaned at the literary knee of Tolkein, Howard, Moore, and Burroughs. He spent decades wandering in the wilderness of modern genre fiction, wondering when the magic and wonder went out of the world of dragons and space ships. In his darkest hour, he encountered a wise man who handed him the open secrets to crafting works that emulate the stories of the great authors who built the genre. They are easily summarized in but two words: Regress Harder. Now one of the twelve champions of the Pulp Revolution, his self-published works represent a more direct lineage to the tales of action, mystery, romance, virtue, and pure unalloyed adventure than the bland imitations churned out by New York City publishing houses in recent decades.

Tales of the SS Junky Star

Always on the lookout for a new cover artist, this past weeked I dragged the family down to check out a free geekfest and almost got suckered.  A couple of brothers had a booth at the Indy Comics corner, so … Continue reading

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The Generational Sweet Spot

You can’t really blame Marvel for trying to build a new line-up of superheroes to replace the old cohort.  Everyone loves Nick Fury and Cap and Tony Peteyand , but they’ve suffered through fifty full years of stories.  They are … Continue reading

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The Smell of Desperation

It isn’t working and they know it. It’s gotten so bad out there that you’re even seeing NormiCons calling for Americans to turn their backs on the foreign movies churned out by Hollywood.  They’re calling for more films by conservative … Continue reading

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Just Released: Brand of the Warlock

Rob Kroese won me over with Schrodinger’s Gat, a trippy little jaunt with a lot less cornpone humor and a lot more quantum philosophizing than you’d expect from the title.  Now he moves into the realm of fantasy with the … Continue reading

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The Genre Détente

After an all out brawl – or at least the sort of petty slap fight that passes for such on Twitter – the anti-SJW crews have retreated to their respective corners.  For those not in the know, we aficionados of … Continue reading

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Mutants Versus Mankind

Look upon the works of the Futurians ye mighty, and despair. While looking up links for further reading on how smoking post-Pulp sci-fi gave America’s literary scene cancer, I came across this stunning admission that the Campbellian era laid the … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Master

The other day somebody at one of the many renegade publishing internet water coolers asked if the works reviewed over at the Castalia House blog, of which I have done many, are worth reading.  While I can’t speak for all … Continue reading

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The Locusts Are At It Again

John W. Campbell, we barely knew ye.  Mark your calendars, the Hugos themselves are now shortlisted for the next struggle session.  And pretty soon after that, flush toilets. Less than two weeks after the latest parody version of the once-esteemed … Continue reading

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A Brightness Eclipsed

If there’s a movie that comes closer to the Shadowrun vibe than Netflix’s Bright, let me know, wouldja? Released last year, this Will Smith vehicle starring Will Smith playing Will Smith in a Will Smith movie takes place in an … Continue reading

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Wild Stars IV – Get Kicking

Michael Tierney is one of the brighter stars in the constellation of Cirsova authors. The dreamtime fight for survival of his “Shark Fighter” story in issue #2 demonstrated to me that the magazine had a lot more to offer than … Continue reading

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