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Dennis Danvers

Dennis Danvers(1947- )
Dennis Danvers
holds a Ph.D. in literature and an MFA in fiction and has taught writing and literature at all levels. He currently teaches science fiction and fantasy classes at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and writes full time. Learn more at Dennis Danvers’ website.

Wilderness: A moving supernatural love story

Wilderness by Dennis Danvers

Wilderness, originally published in 1991, has recently been rereleased. I presume it’s because tales of lycanthropy are all the rage at the moment. Wilderness is an excellent novel and I’m thrilled that it will get the chance to reach new readers — myself included, as I hadn’t heard of it until the new edition popped up on shelves — and at the same time, I hope it will find its way to readers who will appreciate it for what it is rather than wishing it were something else. I worry that the new cover art will lead readers to expect a novel more in line with the books of Laurell K. Hamilton. If you’re looking for the latest lycanthropic smut-and-gore fest, Wilderness is not it.

So what is it? It’s a love story, but it’s... Read More

Magazine Monday: The Magazine That Would Not Die

In 2009, fans of Realms of Fantasy, a full-size slick magazine, were dismayed to learn that its publisher, Sovereign Media, was shutting it down. Just not enough subscribers, Sovereign said; we can’t afford to keep going. But a savior came along in the form of Publisher Warren Lapine of Tir Na Nog Press, who purchased the magazine and kept it going with the same wonderful staff (including long-time editor Shawna McCarthy). Readers were delighted. Magazines are hardly ever saved, and even if they’re revived years later, they’re normally only shadows of their former selves. It was great to know that Realms of Fantasy would continue publishing. I’m sure I wasn’t the only hopeful who started writing stories in the sincere belief that someday I’d see my name on the Realms of Fantasy cover.

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SHORTS: Poe, Bradbury, Danvers, Mamatas, James, Parypinski

Happy Halloween from Fantasy Literature and SHORTS! Our column today has an extra-large serving of horror stories. 

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe (1846, free at Project Gutenberg)

Our narrator Montresor, an Italian nobleman, explains ― in a suspiciously vague way ― how his friend Fortunato has mortally offended and insulted him. Montresor sets himself on a course of implacable revenge ... but he wants to do so in a way that Fortunato understands that Montresor is the source of revenge, but without being caught or punished.

Montresor and Fortunato meet during a carnival festival ― which at first seems by chance, but then you find out that Montresor has set up the situation so that all of his servants are gone (he... Read More

More books by Dennis Danvers

Circuit of Heaven — (1998-1999) Publisher: Reluctant to visit the parents who had forsaken him for a virtual reality paradise called “the Bin,” Nemo, who refuses to submit to technological advances, meets Justine and begins to doubt his fervent beliefs, and when she begins to have someone else’s dreams, they are both plunged into a nightmare.

Dennis Danvers 1. Circuit of Heaven 2. End of DaysDennis Danvers 1. Circuit of Heaven 2. End of Days


Dennis Danvers Time and Time AgainTime and Time Again — (1994) Publisher: While researching her new novel, which is based on a true event from eighteenth-century Virginia, author Marion Mead travels to her character’s family home and begins a haunting and desperate love affair with the plantation’s owner.Dennis Danvers The Fourth World

The Fourth World — (2000) Publisher: When her lover disappears in Mexico, American Margaret Mayfield heads into the lush hill country of Central America to find him but uncovers a celestial mystery that will take her off the planet.

Dennis Danvers The Watch: Memoirs of a RevolutionistThe Watch: Memoirs of a Revolutionist — (2002) Publisher: In 1921 Russia, a mysterious visitor from the far future appears at the deathbed of Peter Alexeivich Kropotkin, and offers him and extraordinary opportunity: the chance to be reborn. But as the former prince-turned-anarchist begins a new life in 1999 America, he finds his new home a difficult Eden.