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.

The Pre-Tolkien Challenge, John Buchan

My only previous experience with JohnBuchan was his excellent African adventure story, Prestor John.  Now that was a real world adventure containing nothing of the fantastic, so I’ve been meaning to give his more fanciful stories a read, and this … Continue reading

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Tales From the Delta Quadrant

In a recent post at Vox Popoli, Vox Day dropped a heckuva a bon motte regarding Mary Sue characters: Authors have a tendency to reveal more about themselves than they realize… That sentence fragment got my noggin joggin’ about the novels that I’ve … Continue reading

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The Pre-Tolkien Challenge, Algernon Blackwood

This past weekend, The Barbarian Book Club challenged his fellow bloggers to read three Fantasy stories written before Lord of the Rings was published, review all three on your blog, focusing on pre-Tolkien differences of similarities, and making sure you … Continue reading

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No Escape, No Surrender

We’ve heard this song before. That’s the refrain they always use. The last verse always, always wraps things up with a theme and variation on, “There’s no room in this hobby for those of you who have been here for … Continue reading

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Infowars Fallout

The unpersoning of InfoWars by tech giants finally happened.  For months they and their enablers in the corporate media have been rumbling that “something must be done” about those uppity flyover rubes forgetting their place.  Having already chased numerous other … Continue reading

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The Pre-Tolkein Challenge

Alexandru Constantine, the barbarian book clubber, has an intriguing idea that should appeal to all fans of fantastic literature. In his words… Identify 3 Fantasy stories written before Lord of the Rings was published. 3 stories written before 1954. Review … Continue reading

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Living in Omelas

Spoilers ahoy!  You’ve been warned.  I was holding out for today, but Emperor Ponders ain’t got no time for people who wait too long to read the good stuff.  His summary of “Law of the Wolves” is note perfect.  He … Continue reading

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It’s Not Too Late

Among the recent crop of short fiction startup magazines, Cirsova holds a special place in my heart.  The editor’s determination to produce old school short fiction – the sort of thing that had become as rare as hen’s teeth in … Continue reading

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Life in the Hot Zone

Wildfires broke out all around the Mollison homestead this past weekend.  While working on the last few passages of my latest novel – part of a much larger project you’ll get the full dirt on this August 21st – we … Continue reading

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Mortu and Kyrus

Walk, don’t run, to your local Amazon store and download Schuyler Hernstrom’s latest work.  Mortu and Kyrus rocks.  It’s as good as anything he’s written, and contains some major twists that make discussions of the book difficult without ruining the … Continue reading

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