"His Last Battle," Detail in center of work

Pyrography As Very Bad Art


For more than 25 years, every working day WC walked past a candidate for Worst Art Ever. Yes, that’s moose hide, and presumably the artist, William Beltzeler, has absolutely no sense of irony. In 1920 it probably would have been made with an electric wood burner, but perhaps not. But the drawing is burned into…

A Marilyn Fitschen illustration of Prospero from the Ace paperback edition

Book Review: The Face in the Frost (Updated)


The Face in the Frost, John Bellairs ISBN 158754105X (2000) Magic Mirrors, John Bellairs (Edited by Ann Broomhead and Timothy Szczesuil) NESFA Press, iSBN 978-1-886778-67-2 (12009) This is fantasy reduced to its purest form. From a laugh out loud first few pages you are plunged into nightmare and horror through to a purely satisfying ending. In…

Ben Stevens, 2007, via KTUU

Now Unindicted Co-Conspirator “Senator B” Is Dunleavy’s Chief of Staff


Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has announced unindicted co-conspirator Ben Stevens will now be his Chief of Staff, replacing Tuckerman Babcock. You probably thought Dunleavy couldn’t find a more disreputable Chief of Staff than Babcock. You were wrong. Let’s re-visit Senator Stevens’ rap sheet resumé to evaluate his credentials for being the Governor’s Chief of Staff.…