Category Archives: Japan

“Dreaming the Wolf” – An Interview with Author Douglas Smith

In this blog post Excalibur Books interviews one of the authors with a story in the forthcoming Excalibur 2020 anthology, Douglas Smith. He’s a multi-award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative … Continue reading

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Summer Steals – for August 2020!

NEWS from the House of Excalibur!  We are delighted to announce … “Machineries of Chaos”, the follow-up to “Engines of Night” in the “Dimensions Unknown” series by J P Catton, will be released on Aug 20th at the special launch … Continue reading

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The Three Great Mysteries of Japan’s Art World

A Japanese art critic once wrote: “If in the midst of (painting), a sword-cut had severed the brush, it would have bled.” From this we gather that to the Japanese artist, creating art was something vital, something religious. This force … Continue reading

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Author Interview with Shogo Oketani: A Message from the First Tokyo Olympics

Excalibur Books is proud to announce that the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics anthology, “Warriors of Olympia”, will include a contribution from award-winning author, poet and translator Shogo Oketani. Today’s blog post is an exclusive interview with Mr. Oketani, conducted by J … Continue reading

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Exclusive Science Fiction Preview: “The God Symbiote”, by Donald L. Flynn.

Excalibur Books presents an excerpt from another story included in the forthcoming anthology “Dimensions Unknown 2020: Warriors of Olympia”. Here, Donald Flynn speculates on what changes could transform society in first Japan, and then the world, in years to come … Continue reading

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New Movie: “Hokusai” – the Secret Life of Japan’s Artistic Genius!

This month will see the release (hopefully) of a new Japanese movie (details here) exploring the unknown life of the artist Katsushika Hokusai, who lived in Japan’s late Edo period (the early 19th Century). His works, such as “The Great … Continue reading

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Warriors of Olympia: Prologue

The following is a (second draft) excerpt from “Warriors of Olympia” – to be published in the forthcoming “Dimensions Unknown 2020”! Captain Reiko Furukawa Bergman stood in full ceremonial armor, at the head of her squad of samurai guards, on … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Barbara G. Tarn

This week we have an interview from the incredibly prolific Barbara G. Tarn, whose historical fantasy “Olympia Nights” will be published in the forthcoming Olympic-themed anthology, “Tokyo 2020: Warriors of Olympia”. Could you tell us a little about yourself and … Continue reading

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We Have A Patreon!

The exciting news is that we are about to relaunch our omnibus series of alternative history pulp adventure thrillers (including Steampunk, Dieselpunk and some other Punks ready to get in ya face) with striking new covers and bonus content! The … Continue reading

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Preview: “Appetite for the Unknown”

This is an excerpt of a story taken from “Dark Lanterns”, a collection of short horror stories set in modern Tokyo, and featuring the “Yokai” – the rogue’s gallery of weird supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore and mythology! Image courtesy … Continue reading

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