Author Archives: Hatboy

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/

The Butcher of Sinai

This story was rejected by what, do you think I’m going to tell you? LOL, so I decided I’d post it here. If you like it, I’ll be sure to share the anthology with you when it comes out because … Continue reading

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What’s new, end of March edition

Hey there Hatstanders. What’s up? We don’t talk anymore. I mean, except when we do. Just not on the blog, so it’s getting a bit ghost-towny. Here’s a quick catch-up on this Thursday afternoon. I’m still reading, although round two … Continue reading

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ARvekt: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next up for SPSFC round two was ARvekt, Book 1 … Continue reading

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The Cursèd Playground, a teaser

I’ve been busy. I haven’t been busy doing this, but I did finish it off the other day and figured what the heck, might as well put it up on the blog to show you I am still crawling ahead … Continue reading

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Zero Day Threat: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next on our semi-finals slate is Zero Day Threat, Book … Continue reading

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The Rings of Power

Okay so I guess we’re talking about this. There is a new piece of the Lord of the Rings saga being adapted for the screen. After the functionally-impossible-to-top trilogy of the early 2000s and the well-meaning prequel trilogy of the … Continue reading

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A Touch of Death: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. I’m launching into the semi-finals of the SPSFC with gusto, … Continue reading

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SPSFC: Meet your Team Space Lasagna semi-finalists

Today each of the ten teams for the Self-Published Science Fiction Contest announced their three top books. That means 27 shiny new top-tier books will be finding their way to me for reading and reviewing in coming weeks (or, you … Continue reading

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Bloodlines: A Review

As a fun and intriguing close-out to my 2021 and opening to my 2022, I read Bloodlines: An Empire City Special Crimes Novel (The Guardian of Empire City, book one), by Peter Hartog. Hartog is another author I have been … Continue reading

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So long, 2021

Here comes 2022, and it’ll hopefully be a mild improvement even though the virus is still apparently fucking us over and we’ll be getting booster shots until everybody becomes anti-vaxxers and we all die or whatever. And 2022’s roster of public … Continue reading

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