The Word-Hoard: Verdigris

November 19, 2018 Bushi 0

Verdigris n. A green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time , consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.   Verdigris is the lesser-known cousin of rust. When iron oxidizes, you get a reddish-brown crust called rust, as I’m […]


Koshchei and the strange, black, turbaned lady

November 16, 2018 Bushi 0

I just finished reading James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice, and it’s absolutely overflowing with references to lore and myth and legend, and plenty of couched philosophical commentary. I’m not going to get too far into that right now, but something has got the squeaky gears in my brain […]


Exotic weapons: the pata

November 14, 2018 Bushi 1

The other day I discovered a show on the History Channel. It’s called Forged in Fire, and it’s basically Chopped but with blacksmiths making weapons. In the first episode I caught, the smiths’ final challenge was to each craft a pata. I wasn’t really familiar with this weapon, but I […]


Not-Quite-Solomon Kane: The Movie

November 12, 2018 Bushi 18

I’ve written before about Solomon Kane, the original Caped Crusader. Though Conan the Barbarian, with his own merits, is Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation, Kane is my personal favorite. There’s just something about his fanatical thirst for justice and uncompromising faith that I find wonderfully compelling. I recently watched Solomon […]

Andre Norton’s Gray Scifi

November 9, 2018 Bushi 4

“All Cats Are Gray,” by “Andrew North,” is another story I was turned onto by Audio SFF’s Reading, Short and Deep podcast. I’ve written about Andre Norton before, and though I haven’t loved absolutely everything of hers that I’ve laid my eyes on, I do admire her range and skill. […]

Dark Pulp: The Words of Guru

November 7, 2018 Bushi 8

These days I don’t have as much time and energy for reading (or many other things) as I’d like. My cravings for SFF, then, have been in large part fed by listening to SFF Audio’s Reading, Short and Deep podcast series. Hosts Jesse and Eric discuss (and sometimes read) a variety […]

The Word-Hoard: Dynamo

November 5, 2018 Bushi 2

Dynamo n. 1. An electric generator, especially for direct current. 2. An energetic, hardworking, forceful person.   Deriving from the Greek dunamis, meaning “power,” dynamo is a nifty little word. It can stand in for “generator,” perhaps in a laboratory or ship scene. Much like the word “firecracker,” it can also […]

St. Michael haloed

The Word-Hoard: Aureole

November 2, 2018 Bushi 0

Aureole n. 1. A circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy. 2. A corona around the sun or moon. 3. Another term for areola. 4. The zone of metamorphosed rock surrounding an igneous intrusion.   There […]

Hallowread: Carmilla Pt. 2

October 31, 2018 Bushi 1

Happy Halloween, everyone! In light of the holiday, this is the second part of my Hallowread of the Gothic vampire story Carmilla. You can read part one here.   Portrait of a Vampire Continuing on with our profile of Carmilla, particularly in the context of its influence upon Bram Stoker, […]

Posting Schedule

October 29, 2018 Bushi 9

I’ve never been that great at sticking to a blog post schedule. I’ve always been a member of the Post Whenever You Feel Like It school of thought. This go-around I’ve tried to write something for every weekday, but it’s been getting a little tough. SEO has never been a […]