Josh Wilson

Joshua Wilson is the editor and publisher of The Fabulist Words & Art.

Ellen Klages on the ‘fantastic constructs’ of her magical San Francisco

By Josh Wilson / May 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

[Ellen Klages has won her share of literary awards, but the biggest prize of all goes to the reader, who gets to explore the familiar, but distinct, worlds she creates. A San Francisco Bay Area resident since the 1970s, Klages paints a sparkling alternate vision of that city as literally magical in her World Fantasy […]

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What Poe can teach us about the pandemic

By Josh Wilson / May 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

But Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his crenellated abbeys.— Edgar Allan Poe, “Masque of the […]

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David Tennant reads vampire stories, Michael Moorcock’s rock ‘n’ roll chaos

By Josh Wilson / October 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

(Above: Edvard Munch, “Vampyr”) David Tennant reads vampire stories: Hallowe’en has come for you a little early with this special treat — great vampire fiction by Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Edith Wharton and other great authors, as read by one of the great contemporary interpreters of fantasy and science fiction roles on screens large and […]

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Strange transits through “The Daylight Gate” (review)

By Josh Wilson / August 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Unfailingly dire, unflinchingly bloody, full of love and license, and brimming over with real devotion and all-too-human devilry, Jeanette Winterson’s “The Daylight Gate“ is at once a history lesson, historical fiction, and a romantic tale of the fantastic. Centered on England’s first recorded with trials in the grim aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, this post-Elizabethan milieu is peopled with historical figures Winterson has made entirely her own.

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Let sleeping dogs lie: Gene Wolfe’s “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” (review)

By Josh Wilson / June 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Trust is a slippery prospect in Gene Wolfe’s collection of interconnected novellas, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — and while the oft-unfortunate characters that populate the book certainly have their own issues of trust, confidence and reliability in their lives, the one who really is left grasping after truth, and even a genuine sense of reality within this singular narrative collection, is the reader.

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On Octavia E. Butler’s birthday, why not read some of her game-changing classics?

By Josh Wilson / June 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Active from the ’70s into the early ’00s, Butler was one of the first African American women to make an impact in science fiction. As a writer of extraordinary, painful humanity and uncompromising vision, we’d suggest that perhaps one of her only real peers is J.G. Ballard.

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