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Apr 29, David Schembri rated it it was amazing. Recently I was inspired to read some new releases. The first on my list was 'Shadows on the Wall' by Steven Paulsen, a collection of short stories published by IFWG Publishing Australia, that explore the humorous, diverse, and dark corners of the author's imagination. The body of work here is previously published, however there are the graces of some tales written specifically for the collection.
The variety and richness of Paulsen's writing is showcased with every tale. We are launched into the Recently I was inspired to read some new releases. We are launched into the jungles of Vietnam in in the first tale, Ma Rung, a deliciously crafted ghost story, and off into a warm and emotional tale, Two Tomorrow. The variety just keeps being delivered, and the ride continues to grip your interest when you enter the novelette, Harold the Hero and the Talking Sword, co-written by the wonderful Jack Dann. This was a collection that kept calling me back at the end of every day, and is enriched by notes from the author, gifting the reader with insight regarding his thoughts at the time of writing each story.
A highly recommended read. View 1 comment. Jul 19, Narrelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: australian , horror , short-stories. A lively collection of Australian horror with a little comic adventure thrown in for fun.
The Cthulhu-myths stories within the collection are my favourites but the modern depictions of sentient machines, ghostly possession and the twists that love can take are superb as well. Jun 30, Pete Aldin rated it it was amazing. Surprising blend of gentleness and horror. An entertaining collection of spec fic stories with heart. Author notes after each chapter are an interesting touch. Jan 13, Seregil of Rhiminee rated it it was amazing. Originally published at Risingshadow. Steven Paulsen's Shadows on the Wall is an excellent collection for readers who love strange stories.
It's a wonderfully dark yet entertaining and enjoyable reading experience, because its contents range from dark fiction and fantasy fiction to science fiction and weird fiction. It's a satisfyingly diverse collection that has something for everybody. I enjoyed reading Shadows on the Wall, because the author was equally at home in fantasy and as he was in dark Originally published at Risingshadow.
I enjoyed reading Shadows on the Wall, because the author was equally at home in fantasy and as he was in dark fiction. I was positively surprised by the stories, because each of them turned out to be good and worth reading. When I read them, I found myself enjoying their freshness, because the author examined certain things from a fresh perspective. Shadows on the Wall is filled with stories that reveal various kinds of horrors to readers. Many of the stories take readers to dark places and contain disturbing and nihilistic happenings, but there are also subtle and humorous stories which serve as a counterbalance for the dark and violent stories.
They feature sharp, honest and thought-provoking prose that forces readers to react to their contents. One of the best things about these stories is that they feature many different settings.
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Some of them take place in familiar surroundings while others take place in jungles and remote places. Readers even get a glimpse of cosmic horrors that lie await in other dimensions. Here's more information about the stories and my thoughts about them: Ma Rung: - A brutal and hard-hitting story about Australian soldiers in Vietnamese jungle during the Vietnam War.
He doesn't shy away from visceral elements, but tells of what life is like for the soldiers in a gut-wrenching way. Quinn was Weird Tales ' most prolific author, with a long-running sequence of stories about a detective, Jules de Grandin , who investigated supernatural events, and for a while he was the most popular writer in the magazine. Cave , and Frank Owen, who wrote fantasies set in an imaginary version of the Far East. Moore 's story " Shambleau ", her first sale, appeared in Weird Tales in November ; Price visited the Weird Tales offices shortly after Wright read the manuscript for it, and recalls that Wright was so enthusiastic about the story that he closed the office, declaring it "C.
Moore day". As well as fiction, Wright printed a substantial amount of poetry, with at least one poem included in most issues. Originally this often included reprints of poems such as Edgar Allan Poe 's " El Dorado ", but soon most of the poetry was original, with contributions coming from Lovecraft, Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith, among many others. The artwork was an important element of the magazine's personality, with Margaret Brundage , who painted many covers featuring nudes for Weird Tales , perhaps the best known artist.
Allen St. John , whose covers were more action-oriented, and who designed the title logo used from until Virgil Finlay , one of the most important figures in the history of science fiction and fantasy art, made his first sale to Wright in ; Wright only bought one interior illustration from Finlay at that time because he was concerned that Finlay's delicate technique would not reproduce well on pulp paper. After a test print on pulp stock demonstrated that the reproduction was more than adequate,  Wright began to buy regularly from Finlay, who became a regular cover artist for Weird Tales starting with the December issue.
Nudes no longer appeared, though it is not known if this was a deliberate policy on Delaney's part. In a campaign by Fiorello LaGuardia , the mayor of New York, to eliminate sex from the pulps led to milder covers, and this may also have had an effect. In , Howard committed suicide, and the following year Lovecraft died. Clark Ashton Smith had stopped writing, and two other writers who were well-liked, G.
Pendarves and Henry Whitehead, had died. Except for a couple of short-lived magazines such as Strange Tales and Tales of Magic and Mystery , and a weak challenge from Ghost Stories , all between the late s and the early s, Weird Tales had little competition for most of Wright's sixteen years as editor. In the early s, a series of pulp magazines began to appear that became known as " weird menace " magazines.
These lasted until the end of the decade, but despite the name there was little overlap in subject matter between them and Weird Tales : the stories in the weird menace magazines appeared to be based on occult or supernatural events, but at the end of the tale the mystery was always revealed to have a logical explanation. Reader reaction was uniformly negative, and after a year he announced that there would be no more of them.
In two more serious threats appeared, both launched to compete directly for Weird Tales ' readers. Strange Stories appeared in February and lasted for just over two years; Weinberg describes it as "top-quality",  though Ashley is less complimentary, describing it as largely unoriginal and imitative. Leiber subsequently sold them all to John W.
Campbell for Unknown; Campbell commented each time to Leiber that "these would be better in Weird Tales ".
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The stories grew into a very popular sword and sorcery series, but none of them ever appeared in Weird Tales. Leiber did eventually sell several stories to Weird Tales , beginning with "The Automatic Pistol", which appeared in May Weird Tales included a letters column, titled "The Eyrie", for most of its existence, and during Wright's time as editor it was usually filled with long and detailed letters. When Brundage's nude covers appeared, a lengthy debate over whether they were suitable for the magazine was fought out in the Eyrie, with the two sides divided about equally.
For years it was the most discussed topic in the magazine's letter column. In most cases these letters praised the magazine, but occasionally a critical comment was raised, as when Bloch repeatedly expressed his dislike for Howard's stories of Conan the Barbarian, referring to him as "Conan the Cimmerian Chipmunk". Until Amazing Stories was launched in April , science fiction was popular with Weird Tales ' readers, but after that point letters began to appear asking Wright to exclude science fiction, and only publish weird fantasy and horror.
The pro-science fiction readers were in the majority, and as Wright agreed with them, he continued to include science fiction in Weird Tales.
Cave, who sold half-a-dozen stories to Wright in the early s, commented on "The Eyrie" in a letter to a fellow writer: "No other magazine makes such a point of discussing past stories, and letting the authors know how their stuff is received". McIlwraith was an experienced magazine editor, but she knew little about weird fiction, and unlike Wright she also had to face real competition from other magazines for Weird Tales ' core readership.