Year: 2011

Bob Thurber’s Old Christmas Story

A good friend of mine, the award-winning short story guru and now novelist Bob Thurber, has supplied a link to an old Christmas story of his that I would like to share (follow the link after the sample). “A Simple Decoration” It was all Jack that Christmas. On the drive across town I thought of nothing else. Not my ex-wife, whose car I had begged to borrow, or my daughter experiencing her first Christmas without me. My headlights carved tunnels in the slanting snow. I found a clear spot in a tow zone and bumped up onto the curb. I left the engine running, headlights on, not caring if I ever saw that car again. — (continued) at The Thurber Report.

Promo: Local Heroes anthology – Available Now

The anthology book event of the year has finally arrived: Conceived, compiled and edited by Brandon L. Rucker, Local Heroes is a themed anthology of original short fiction published by Static Movement books, featuring stories about the kind of everyday real-life heroes who selflessly interrupt their own lives to positively affect the lives of others. Often they are unsung, and often they are reluctant to embrace the title of “hero”, but that could never diminish the impact of their heroism. This book features the outstanding work of such authors as Robert C. Eccles, Kevin Wallis, Twana Biram, John “JAM” Arthur Miller, Michael C. Pennington, Dorthy Davies and many more. Order it direct from the publisher and get free shipping when your order exceeds $25. Easy to do when you consider there are dozens more anthologies by Static Movement to enjoy. Or order it from Amazon if you prefer. Local Heroes is but only the first anthology by Brandon L. Rucker. More anthologies conceived, compiled and edited by yours truly are coming in 2012. Expect more announcements here starting in early January.

New: Liquid Imagination Online #11 is Live!

The latest issue of Liquid Imagination went live this week. Here’s what we have in store for you: Speculative Short Stories – Edited by Kevin Wallis: Transience, Transcend by Eric Sasson * Luke by Chris Dean Trespass by A.M. Arruin The Storytellers by Josh Bugosh The Downlink by Ken Goldman Leaving Home by Nicomedes Austin Suárez For a Handful of Crowns by Milo James Fowler All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles, except * Flash Fiction/Microfiction – Edited by Brandon Rucker: Breaking Point by Gargi Mehra Appointment with Samarra by Cezarija Abartis Eric’s Battle by Jack Horne Minor Annoyances by Joyce Frohn The Missionary’s Dream Snare by Penny Stirling Dog Days (and Nights) of Summer by John H. Dromey Literary Fiction edited by Sue Babcock & John “JAM” Arthur Miller: A Hard Place to Die by Daniel Davis Luggage by Cezarija Abartis All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles Poetry edited by Chrissy Davis: The Rodin Show by John Hayes You Should Beat My Face in Tonight Or Just Sleep Instead by Justin Curfman Adopted by Aliens by KJ Hannah Greenberg mise en scene by Theresa Williams Cherokee by Kevin Heaton Being More Is More by KJ  Plus articles and plenty of stunning digital artwork provided by Sue Babcock and Jack S. Rogers. …

Review: The New 52 – Action Comics #1 (DC Comics)

Courtesty of View the blog Action Comics #1 (featuring Superman)Title: “Superman Versus the City of Tomorrow”Writer: Grant MorrisonArtist: Rags Morales w/ Rick BryantCover by: Rags Morales w/ Brad Anderson Variant Cover by: Jim Lee w/ Scott Williams & Alex SinclairOriginated as: Action Comics (1938) First, let me say that I am thrilled to be able to witness the release of an all-new #1 issue of such an historic title. The original Action Comics #1 was an anthology title (as virtually all comic books were at the time) released on April 18th of 1938 (with a June cover date) and featured, among other stories, the first ever Superman story by two co-creators of Jewish descent, writer Jerome “Jerry” Siegel and artist Joseph “Joe” Shuster. The story, simply called “Superman” was a 13-page lead feature originally intended to be a newspaper strip a few years prior. There’s so much more to the origin of this landmark, milestone, watershed publication that simply won’t fit here. Suffice it to say: Action Comics Vol. 1, No. 1 as well as …

New DC 52 Review Week 1 | Professor Brand-X

Professor Brand-X in an eXpertComics Month-Long Event featuring The New 52 from DC Comics ON THE PROFESSOR’S DESK THIS WEEK: Action Comics | Stormwatch | Static Shock | Men of War G’day, class. This week your friendly neighborhood comic book Professor, Brandon “Brand-X” Rucker, is going to take you to school on DC’s New 52. Honestly, I’m a virtual novice when it comes to the greater DC Universe, so this will be educational to me as well. We will learn about this exciting new comics universe together during this historic re-launch event. As noted elsewhere on this website, my esteemed eXpertComics columnist colleagues – the irrepressible Steve of 777 DAMM, the cuddly Dave of Full Page Bleed (FPB), and the self-described “spazzy” Lisa of ComixBook Gurl – are also covering The New 52 with their specific assignments, so be sure to check those out as well. Me, I’m covering Action Comics #1, Stormwatch #1, Static Shock #1 and Men of War #1 this week. But first, an introductory summary follows. The story so far… As …

New: Liquid Imagination Online #10 is Live!

The latest issue of Liquid Imagination went live this week. Here’s what we have in store for you: Speculative Short Stories – Edited by Kevin Wallis: 60 Minutes by Matthew Leroy The Riveting Tale of Rosie Reever by C.S. Nelson 2012: A Firsthand Account of the End of Days by Bryan Phillippi Carnival by Julie Reece Fugue State by Jennifer Rachel Baumer Scuttle by Milo James Fowler Six Sunsets by Maria Alberto * All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles Flash Fiction/Microfiction – Edited by Brandon Rucker: Featured author Kenton Yee: Swan Egg by Kenton Yee, Erasers by Kenton Yee, & Wholly Matrimony by Kenton Yee (the latter narrated by Bob Eccles & flash-animated by Sue Babcock). Plus: The Faernix’s Regard by Mark Wolf Death Watch by Richard Flores IV Cold Steel by Raina Lorring Tomfoolery by John H. Dromey Literary Fiction edited by Sue Babcock & John “JAM” Arthur Miller: I’ll Fly Away by Lauren Bates Miraculous by Stephen V. Ramey Space Monkey by Scott T. Hutchison Poetry edited by Chrissy Davis: Paper BMW by Amit …

Promo: A Short Story & A Novel By Bob Thurber

Bob Thurber, a friend and regular subject on this program, has two things worthy of your attention. First is a new short story of his called “Shingles: A Memoir (circa 1960)” over at Brooklyner, which I myself am anxious to read as it’s one of the few published works of his that I have yet to consume. Second, he is running a One week only – 25% off Kindle Version of Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel, his debut novel which was released this past May. Help me support a great man who just also happens to be a great writer. Thanks!

Delayed Announcement: My New Online Writing Gig

Because I am insane and also because writers write — right? — I have accepted a new online writing gig of a more journalistic nature as I am/will be writing editorial  columns for (which is a compensated gig). is a retailer website for the brick-and-mortar store of the same name in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Yeah, I know, it’s not fiction, but writers write, right?For EC my weekly columnist blog is called Proferssor Brand-X. Two installments, #0 & #1 have already posted. Check it out if you want to read a comic book enthusiast getting his geek on.