S. Kay Nash

S. Kay Nash is a writer, artist, unapologetic nerd and bibliophile. During the day she is a professional business writer. After dark, weird things crawl out of her mind and find homes in her poetry and short fiction.

Published: 65 articles

Review: Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig

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Atlanta BurnsGirl Detectives. You know them: Nancy Drew, Ginny Gordon, Trixie Belden, Veronica Mars, and so many others. Atlanta Burns is the newest name on that list. The difference in this series is that author Chuck Wendig takes that beloved trope and drags it out behind the dumpsters of its safe little world. He roughs it up and hauls it onto a stage set by the mundane horrors of poverty, racism, and abuse. I’d categorize this as a YA thriller, with a healthy dose of fantasy. Read More →

Review: Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson

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Cry HavocI knew Cry Havoc was going to be fun to read when I saw the cover. Yes, I judge covers and I’m not the slightest bit ashamed. Show me a dinosaur with armor, a railgun, and what looks like robotic enhancements? I’m all over it. I’m happy to report that the story behind this cover didn’t let me down.
This is a fun book. It reminded me of the pulp military Science Fiction of the mid-20th century. Cry Havoc isn’t trying to make any statements or break any new ground here. It’s firmly rooted in the SF traditions of aliens, military academies and a BFG. Read More →

Review: Acadia’s Law by Tracy Ellen

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acadiaI’ve seen a number of genre mashups in the past several years. Space cowboys vs. gangsters, aliens vs. cowboys, vampires vs. Abe Lincoln, you get the idea. Some of these are great stories that bring new life to a tired genre. But if an author smashes two genres together without a good reason, they are as appetizing as a peanut butter and salami sandwich. Read More →

Review: Salem’s Vengeance by Aaron Galvin

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Salems_VenganceHorror writers invent scenarios to scare us. Readers are delighted to be frightened because the horror to which we willingly subject ourselves is fictional. Evil perpetrated by other humans in our past and present are very real. Aaron Galvin uses the historic Massachusetts witch hysteria in 1692-93 as a prelude to the novel, Salem’s Vengeance. Read More →

DragonCon 2014

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The Horror… the Horror…

Most excellent weekend at DragonCon. My first time (hopefully not my last) and of course, I attended many panels on the Horror and Urban Fantasy tracks. Some of these shots were taken by me, some by Saibere, and some by my friends. I didn’t take nearly enough photos! Read More →

Review: Pale Hunter by C.J. Sellers

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Pale HunterA while back, I read and reviewed a novel written by C.J. Sellers. It had good points and bad points, but the good stuff was enough to make me want to read more of her work in hopes the mechanical issues of the earlier novel could be resolved. Thank you, social media, for letting cranky, picky reviewers keep tabs on “emerging” authors.

I bought a copy of Pale Hunter for my Kindle. I’m so very glad I did. The author is clearly hitting her stride with this novella. I was engrossed from the first few paragraphs, and read the whole novella in one sitting. Sellers gives us a wholly believable period piece that slips easily into bleak, blood-freezing terror. Read More →