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This is more of a short FYI than a blog or even a review, but one of my good friends recently brought it to my attention that there is a free podcast that you can listen to or download from iTunes called “History of the English Language.” It is by a guy named Kevin Stroud, and from what all I’ve listened to so far, it is pretty awesome. There are 43 segments currently, ranging from around 20 minutes to over an hour, with the topics ranging from the early Indo-European tribes to Germanic mythology to history of the alphabet and lots of other things in the range of the early English language. Go give it a try…it’s free, so you have nothing to lose! 🙂

-AV

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It seems like lately I have trouble finding time to read a long novel, so I’ve started branching out into an area I used to think that I hated: short stories. I used the idea of them, from reading them to writing them. But I decided to give them a try, what with the time issues and everything, and not only have I enjoyed writing short stories, but I have come across some really awesome anthologies. My latest find is called “The New Lovecraft Circle” edited by Robert M. Price with a preface by Ramsey Campbell.

The title pretty much tells you what kind of stories are inside: these are writers inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. I believe there are 25 short stories in all, all written in the same genre and style as Lovecraft. I have read several so far and have not been disappointed by any yet. I thoroughly enjoy Lovecraft’s stories, the psychological thriller/horror aspect, the magical realism/fantasy aspect, and the way he incorporates monsters or aliens in a way that doesn’t seem clichéd or lame. As I have mentioned in other blogs, I enjoy suspense and horror, but gore and blood are not particularly my thing, and so far none of these stories have any gore or blood in them. If you have never read Lovecraft, I would compare it to the macabre line that Edgar Allan Poe falls into. There is a twistedness to it, but nothing over the top.

So if you’re looking for some great, quick reads, check out this book. Some titles to look forward to are:
“The Plain of Sound” by Ramsey Campbell
“Demoniacal” by David Sutton
“The Last Supper” by Donald R. Burleson
“The Kiss of Bugg-Shash” by Brian Lumley
“The Keeper of the Flame” by Gary Myers
“The Horror on the Beach” by Alan Dean Foster

-AV

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