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Morpheus Tales #15 Supplement Out Now!

Posted in Morpheus Tales Magazine, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by stanleyriiks

The January issue of the MT Supplement is out not to accompany the launch of Morpheus Tales #15!

Go check out the free online magazine:

http://issuu.com/morpheustales/docs/mt15supplement

41 pages of genre non-fiction, including interviews with authors Andy Remic, Mark Morris and Bruce Bethke, Scream Queen Kachina Dechert and Ghoultown lead signer Lyle Blackburn, columns by Alan Spencer on Coping with Obscurity in the Horror Market, Trevor Wright on his Scariest Scary Movie, Simon Marshall-Jones offers his Ramblings of a Tattooed Head, Voodoo Jim Lesniak on series or serials in From the Catacombs, and Stanley Riik’s A Year in Reviews column and awards, plus loads of book and movie reviews! The Morpheus Tales Supplement accompanies MT#15 which launched 1st of January 2012

You can also get a free preview of MT#15 the fiction print magazine or order your copy on the Morpheus Tales website:

www.morpheustales.com

Happy new year!

Reading, Reviewing and the Morpheus Tales Supplement

Posted in Morpheus Tales Magazine, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2011 by stanleyriiks

I know, I’ve been slacking on the bloggage recently. I’ve been having a great time reading a load of excellent books, but not for the blog, for the October issue of the Morpheus Tales Supplement. As the deadline approaches I’m racing to finish Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon, whose incredible Pretty Little Dead Things I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. (Go buy the book now, you can’t call yourself a true horror fan until you’ve read it!)

Coming up in the October issue of the FREE Morpheus Tales Supplement are the following reviews:

VAMPIRE WARLORDS By Andy Remic
THE OFFICE OF LOST AND FOUND By Vincent Holland-Keen
FINAL DAYS By Gary Gibson
DARK WAR By Tim Waggoner
DEBRIS By Jo Anderton

THE END OF THE LINE Edited By Jonathan Oliver
HELL’S DOCTOR By Lee F. Jordan
DESDAEMONA By Ben Macallan
COWBOYS & ALIENS By Joan D. Vinge
THE CROWN OF THE CONQUEROR By Gav Thorpe
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL By Justin Gustainis
AWAKENING By William Horwood
THE CROWN OF THE CONQUEROR By Gav Thorpe
EVILUTION By Shaun Jeffrey

Those first five are mine, and I’ll hopefully be able to squeeze some more in before it’s finally published in October. We’ll also have some great interviews, including the unstoppable Andy Remic and inexhaustible Paul Kane, and a Scream Queen that I haven’t picked out yet!

We’ll squeeze in as much good stuff as we possibly can!

Get your FREE copy of the current issue here:

http://issuu.com/morpheustales/docs/13supplement

Or visit the Morpheus Tales Website for all the back issues: www.morpheustales.com

Morpheus Tales Supplement – Coming in April

Posted in Morpheus Tales Magazine, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by stanleyriiks

The Morpheus Tales Supplement will be coming out in April! This issue accompanies MT#12 which is available now for pre-order and will ship before the 1st of April!

The MT Supplement is a free non-fiction genre (horror, SF and fantasy) magazine, available to read or download from the website: www.morpheustales.com

It will be filled with reviews, interviews, columns and loads more! It’s currently at 24 pages, but this is likely to rise to around 30 pages, depending on how many more books I can read in the next month and how many late reviews we get!

The contents page looks  a little like this:

DEATH’S DISCIPLES By J. Robert King
HARBINGER OF THE STORM By Aliette de Bodard
WHAT THEY HEAR IN THE DARK By Gary McMahon
POINT By Thomas Blackthorne
AS I EMBRACE MY JAGGED EDGES By Lee Thompson
THE SAMARITAN By Fred Venturini
Interview with Mathew Freyer
ETHEREAL TALES #10
DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE GUIDE By Mark Campbell
The New Publishing Model: Benefits and Drawbacks: Author Advances and Royalties By Cyrus Wraith Walker
KING’S JUSTICE: THE KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT II By Maurice Broaddus
ROMAN HELL: A Novel By Mark Mellon
Life Serial By Trevor Wright
ENGINES OF DESIRE By Livia Llewellyn
MOLD!
SEA OF DUST
BLACK SWAN
SEASON OF THE WITCH
The Next Big Thing In Horror? By Eric S Brown
GREEN HORNET
Guidance from the Dark Scribe: Agent or No Agent? By Ty Schwamberger
VAMPIRES SUCK
INFERNAL DEVICES By K. W. Jeter
DARK VALENTINE (Issue 2)
ESTRONOMICON (Hallowe’en 2010)
BENT STEEPLE By G. Wells-Taylor
THE FORT PROVIDENCE WATCH By Henry P Gravelle
THE NAMELESS ONE By Kathryn Meyer Griffith
THE GREEN MAN By Lee Mather
SERIAL KILLERS INCORPORATED By Andy Remic

We also have a scream queen teaser interview lined up and Jim Lesniak’s excellent From The Catacombs column! The only things I can guarantee are that this isn’t the actual order and that there will be more coming!

Go check out the website for free copies of the previous issues, and wait with baited breath for the April issue! It’s all good and it’s all free! What more could you ask for?

www.morpheustales.com/reviews.htm

A Struggling Writer

Posted in Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2009 by stanleyriiks

I sit down at a blank screen and words fail me. I get stuck. Inspiration evaporates. The process of transcribing the ideas and images in my head onto the page, the actual process of translating my thoughts into words and coherent sentences is what kills it for me.

Writing is now a chore. It’s a job. Although I still do it for the love and not the pay. I’m not a paid writer, I don’t need to do it to live. Which is a bloody good job, because I would have starved by now, in my portable cardboard home.

Mostly I write reviews; books, films, comics, music, even toys and porn! I’ve written reviews for just about everything you can think of. But for some reason I don’t really count reviews as real writing.

Realwriting is stories, novels. I used to write those. Almost twenty years ago I was a non-stop writing machine. I loved it, fuelled sexual frustration and teenage angst-fuelled catharsis. Sexual misadventures and rape fantasies, murder and slaughter and vengeance. Everything inspired me then. I barely needed inspiration, I just sat down and wrote for the sake of it. Either a story would come to be or it wouldn’t. It didn’t matter, the passion drove the words from me at eighty words a minute.

Now I type faster and I think slower than I did all those years ago, and yet still the problem resides in the process of vomiting the beauty of thought into the clunky mess of vocabulary.

So, what is it? Is this the dreaded writers block?

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a number of writers over the years: Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Laimo, Christopher Golden, Joseph McGee, Joseph D’Lacey, Ray Garton… On the whole most real writers, most paid writer, don’t even believe in writers block.

And if it is and I’m suffering then I must fight it, I can’t just give in.

And so I started a blog, to try to get some discipline back. To give me a bit of focus.

It’s the same reason I started my myspace page last year, and it actually worked for a couple of months. Until I got too busy. Or writing became too hard. Or the block got too big.