Natural Sciences

A chat with H.G. Wells (1897)!

Now that Falling Felines is out, I’m doing research for my next popular science book, which I will talk more about soon! In the meantime, I will share interesting tidbits that I come across in my explorations, such as this gem. Also, I’m currently traveling in China — again — so my blog-writing resources are limited!

In today’s media-rich environment, one expects to see the views of one’s favorite authors shared, for better or worse, through...

The Third Grave, by David Case

As a big fan of ancient Egypt, I am a sucker for horror novels based on ancient Egyptian mythology.  So when I saw that Valancourt Books had reprinted David Case’s 1981 novel The Third Grave earlier this year, I knew I had to read it!

However, this is a caveat to my reading: I am a big fan of Valancourt editions, but the original edition of The Third Grave was released by Arkham House in a limited printing of only 4,158 copies. I’ve been putting together a humble little collection...

A Night in the Lonesome October, by Roger Zelazny

So, just before October began, I declared my plan to read Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October (1993) in the way that a lot of dedicated fans do: one chapter per day. This post is a summary of my thoughts of that charming experience!

Before I share my thoughts on the novel, a little background: this was Zelazny’s last novel, and the one that he considered his best work. Despite the high praise it received, it went out of print rather quickly and might have remained...

Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Part 11

Well, I’ve finally done enough old school Dungeons & Dragons posts on twitter to fill a blog post again! So here’s an update to my long-running series of classic D&D.

Earthshaker! (1985), by David “Zeb” Cook. The exclamation point is deliberate: it’s in the original title!

This one’s pretty wild, and the cover is for once a pretty accurate description of the adventure itself. But before we get to the details, let’s say...

Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics, available now!!!

Unexpectedly, it turns out that my new popular science book, Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics, has been released earlier than expected! Folks are already getting their copies in the mail! So if you’ve been waiting to order it until it was actually available, now it is! Click the link above to get it from Amazon, or click this link to order directly from Yale University Press!

PS I should note that both the audible version of the book as well as the kindle version are...

Meeting Darlene and playing Jasmine: The Battle for the Mid-Realm!

Life has had its ups and downs over the past few years, with a number of particularly painful downs. But every once in a while, something really lovely happens that reminds me that the world still has some surprises and joys in it, if one knows where to look!

So as folks who follow my blog are probably aware, I’ve been doing a long dive into old school Dungeons & Dragons products and the early history of role-playing games; here’s my last post on the subject, for those...

Edweard Muybridge’s grand achievement (1873)

So, now that my book Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics is available for purchase, I’ve been answering questions for editors working on the translated editions that will appear.  These questions led me back to doing a little historical research, and as is always the case I’ve come across fun new things to share!

Today, I thought I would share a nice little bit of history about Edweard Muybridge (1830-1904). Muybridge, as many people know, produced the first...

Gallery of classic horror illustrations!

I’ve been in a very Halloween mood this year, and with the holiday almost upon us, I thought I would share one more post about classic horror. This time, I want to focus on the classic illustrations that accompanied a lot of stories in their original magazine and book runs from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. These days, we don’t really associate literary horror with illustrations, but it was a pretty common experience at the time!

In this post, I will share a lot of...

Halloween Treats 2019

Time to continue what has been the longest-running tradition on this blog: posting a collection of classic (freely available) horror stories for folks to read during the creepy season!  The list of past posts is getting too long to share in full again, but you can search “Halloween Treats” on my blog to find past editions.  The 2018 edition included a recap of some of my favorite stories through the years.

But let’s get to it!

The Eyes, Edith Wharton (1910). ...

Haunted Houses from Valancourt Books!

It’s that spooky time of year, when I hunt down classic ghost and horror stories freely available on the internet and post them for your reading enjoyment! Currently working on that post, but I thought in the meantime I would draw some attention to my friends at Valancourt Books, who have been doing such an amazing job reprinting classic works of horror.

In particular, I thought I would mention the great job they’ve done in bringing some of the best haunted house books...