It seems there is an undeniable connection between horror and the short story. Perhaps the quickened pace combined with pulse-pounding suspense creates the thrilling effect. Or, it is the twist, often ghastly or shocking, that punctuates the horror. Modern master of the horror short story, Stephen King, explained the appeal of the short form; “A […]
Two (Or One and a Half) Out of Three, by Private: Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
When Death by Cliché released, I believe all three formats of the book came online the same day. I had a feeling this wasn’t going to happen with this book. For one thing, I believe we turned in the audiobook a bit later this time than last, so it hasn’t had as much time to […]
Blade Runner 2049 Review, by Private: Jason Purdy
Jason Purdy review of (what might be) the best movie sequel of 2017.
The Waiting is the Hardest Part, by Private: Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
This week (theoretically when you read this) Death by Cliché 2: The Wrath of Con releases. I’m not sure if all the formats will release at the same time. I’ll probably save my big release announcement for either when all three formats are out or for when two of them are out and I know […]
October Sequels Release Day, by Clare Dugmore
Don’t you just love that feeling when you’ve been waiting for a much loved series to return, and the day finally arrives? [Much like fans of The CW’s DC superhero shows must be feeling this week!] Well we have our own trio of “returns” for you, too, as three much-loved CQ series release their second […]
A New Trope, by Private: Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
Last week I started my big edit of Death by Cliché 4: A New Trope, prior to turning it in to the publisher. The timing came about because of two specific details. One, Comic Con was over, and I learned at FanX that if I draft a book during a Con I will wreck my health, […]
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review, by Private: Jason Purdy
There was a point in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, somewhere between the robot dogs and the secret base underneath the lake in Hyde Park, that I thought to myself that the film had jumped the shark. Then I remembered that the follow up to 2015’s stellar Kingsman: The Secret Service had never pretended to be […]
99 Cents Sale on 4 Titles, by Clare Dugmore

99 Cents Sale on 4 Titles

September 28, 2017
By Clare Dugmore
We have an end of the month treat for fans of urban fantasy, and sci-fi, as four titles buy some of CQ’s most prolific authors are on sale. The Dead Detective, Ghosts of Christmas Present, and Deadbeat Dad, by J.R. Rain and Rod Kierkegaard Jr, as well as Hand of Raziel by Matthew S. Cox, […]
Post Comic Con and Pushing Through the Pain, by Private: Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
Salt Lake Comic Con has come and gone, and I’m slowly recovering. I was on four panels, and they all went mostly well. I only had complaints on one, the Expanse panel, and those complaints stemmed from us not covering the subjects various attendees came expecting to see. Since each of the complaints actually wanted […]
A to Z Manga, by Dani Eide

A to Z Manga

September 22, 2017
By Dani Eide
After reading my first volume of manga I was not excited. Yup, I hated it and didn’t really see the point. The pictures confused me and seemed to want me to read a lot into a little. I didn’t touch another volume for a couple years. I wrote off the manga book format as a […]