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Little Bastard

by Patrick Winters Cassie Turpin turned her head all about, fingers in her mouth and spreading her lips open, trying to find the right angle under…

Haralambi Markov

Schlock Talks | Haralambi Markov

The young Bulgarian writer Haralambi Markov burst on the scene with ‘The Language of Knives’, a shocking, surreal and tender story published over at He’s also a Kickstarter success story, as a fund to fly him over to World Fantasy 2015 – in the interest of having as many international writers there as possible – proved to be a success. He speaks to us about the need for speculative fiction to embrace a more internaitonal dimension, and his plans for the immediate future.



Schlock’s POP CULTURE DESTRUCTION makes it to June, as Noel tells about “Iranian vampire Western” (or is it?) The Girl Walks Alone At Night, Teodor reviews Schlock Talks interviewee Molly Tanzer’s Vermillion and newcomer Robert Iveniuk explains what’s the deal with Richard K Morgan’s A Land Fit For Heroes. But before that Marco thinks he’ll impress anyone by telling what he’s been up to lately. No one cares, dood!

Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. Cover art by Dalton Rose

Schlock Talks | Molly Tanzer

Molly Tanzer’s easy-to-love novel Vermilion has been a highlight of the literary year for many: first grabbing our attention thanks to a sumptuous cover illustration by Dalton Rose, but charming us further – the c-word is not incidental here – with its picaresque journey into an (alternate) Wild West, courtesy of young psychopomp Lou Merriwether. The debut novelist and short story writer speaks to us about what inspired Vermilion’s literary brew, her early days as a writer, and what’s in store for her in the near future.