Every once in a while I like to do a spotlight post to shine a light on an author, or book, or series that I think is awesome and more people should know about.

Today that light is shinning bright on Cirsova Magazine!

I have been in a bit of a reading and blogging slump for a while now. I took a step back, trying to figure out what I was missing, what I needed to turn this slump around. So I decided to go back to my fantasy roots. What got me into fantasy in the first place?

The answer to that was Sword and Sorcery and other pulpy spec. fic. goodness. I love REH, ERB, Lieber, Lovecraft, Moorcock, Wagner, and Clark Ashton Smith. So sure I can get out all my old copies of these authors, and I did. But I began to wonder, is anyone still writing this type of fiction? Where are the authors writing it and where do I find them? Surely this form of speculative fiction is not dead? In my lurking around all dark corners of the internet and social media trying to find out, I kept running across Cirsova Magazine. I dug a little deeper and figured out this was “THE” spot for what I was looking for. I am very excited to find Cirsova, and can’t wait to read through their back issues. Expect some reviews and more coverage soon!

I hope everyone will check them out! Definitely worth your time!


James – Mighty Thor JRS


#PulpRevolution #PulpRev




Cirsova Magazine


“Cirsova is an author-focused publication that aims to provide a semi-pro paying market for writers of action-packed story-driven SFF.”

Cirsova is a 2017 Hugo Award finalist for Best Semi-Pro Zine

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round-up of previous Cirsova interviews





Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine #1

Issue 1 of the new Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine Cirsova. Featuring:

  • Novelette
    • A Hill of Stars by Misha Burnett
  • Short Stories
    • The Gift of the Ob-Men by Schuyler Hernstrom
    • This Day, At Tilbury by Kat Otis
    • At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen by Abraham Strongjohn
    • Rose by Any Other Name by Brian K. Lowe
    • Late Bloom by Melanie Rees
    • The Hour of the Rat by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • Poetry
    • My Name is John Carter (Part 1) by James Hutchings
  • Essay
    • Retrospective: Toyman by E.C. Tubb by Jeffro Johnson




Cirsova #2: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

Issue 2 of the new Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine Cirsova, featuring:

  • Novella
    • Images of the Goddess by Schuyler Hernstrom
  • Short Stories
    • The Sealed City by Adrian Cole
    • Hoskins’ War by Brian K. Lowe
    • Squire Errant by Karl Gallagher
    • The Water Walks Tonight by S.H. Mansouri
    • Shark Fighter by Michael Tierney
  • Poetry
    • My Name is John Carter (Part 2) by James Hutchings
  • Essay
    • Rescuing Women by Kristine Kathryn Rusch




Cirsova #3: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine


  • The Wooing of Etroklos, by J. Comer

Short Stories

  • War in a Way that Suits You, by Michael A. Michaels
  • The Lion’s Share, by J.D. Brink
  • Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645, by Jim Breyfogle
  • The Mad God’s Scepter, by Edward McDermott
  • The End of the Golden Age, by Tyler Young
  • Othan, Liberator, by Kurt Magnus
  • The Space Witch, by Schuyler Hernstrom
  • Clock’s Watch, by Michael Reyes


  • Retrospective: The Best of C.L. Moore, by Jeffro Johnson




Cirsova #4: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

The Double-Stuffed Winter Issue of Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, featuring:

  • The Vault of Phalos, by Jeffery Scott Sims
  • Shadow Visions, by Preston Dennett

Short Stories

  • The Lady of the Amorous City, by Edward M. Erdelac
  • A Suit of Haidrah Skin, by Rob Lang
  • …Where There Is No Sanctuary, by Howie K. Bentley
  • The Last Dues Owed, by Christine Lucas
  • The Witch of Elrica, by Jennifer Povey
  • The Bubbcat, by Sean Monaghan
  • Wall Wardens, by Lynn Rushlau
  • Lost Men, by Eugene Morgulis
  • The Unfolding of the World, by Harold R. Thompson
  • The Sands of Rubal-Khali, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • The Priests of Shalaz, by Jay Barnson
  • Dust of Truth, by Joyce Frohn
  • The Ride, by Edward McDermott
  • My Name is John Carter (Pt.3), by James Hutchings
  • The Phantom Sands of Calavass, by S.H. Mansouri


  • The Feminine Force Awakens, by Liana Kerzner




Cirsova #5: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

“For the Spring 2017 issue, Cirsova partnered with contributor Misha Burnett and his Eldritch Earth Geophysical Society, a writing circle whose purpose was to tell Burroughsian stories of adventure in a pre-historic Lovecraftian setting. Rather than take a typical modern approach to the mythos and “Lovecraftian” fiction, which often relies on namedropping mythos heavies and sending detectives and professorial types after cultists, the goal was to tell wholly original stories of heroics and horrors set in the world that Lovecraft hinted at in stories such as At the Mountains of Madness. It is certainly not your typical Lovecraft anthology and is aimed to appeal to both aficionados of Lovecraft’s work and readers who are largely put off by the typical trends in “Lovecraftian” fiction.”

Spring 2017 special Eldritch Earth issue. Burroughsian adventure on a prehistoric Lovecraftian Earth.


  • The First American, by Schuyler Hernstrom

Short Stories

  • War of the Ruby/Shapes In the Fog, by Brian K. Lowe
  • Darla of Deodanth, by Louise Sorensen
  • In the Gloaming O My Darling, by Misha Burnett
  • The Queen of Shadows, by Jay Barnson
  • Beyond the Great Divide, by S.H. Mansouri
  • Through the Star-Thorn Maze, by Lynn Rushlau
  • The Bears of 1812, by Michael Tierney
  • A Killing in Karkesh, by Adrian Cole


  • My Name is John Carter (Pt. 4), by James Hutchings