Warchild — (1999) Publisher: In every quadrant in time telepathic and mysterious beings are manipulating the very fabric of the universe, seeking ultimate control. On one world, the wise leader of the Republic valiantly tries to contain the atrocities of marauding, savage hordes. On another, people are bought and sold as chattel in the dreaded Goblin Market. And everywhere, the insidious influence of the Riders is felt, as they steal and enslave human minds. But in the void of the Time Lanes, a boy with telepathic powers he has yet to discover has entered the portal where all world are joined. Young and untried, a loner with much to learn, he must now become the legendary Warchild, if the universe is ever to survive…

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Richard Bowes novel Minions of the Moon reviewMinions of the Moon — (1999) Publisher: Kevin Grierson has a Shadow with a mind of its own. It likes thrills, it likes power, it likes the rush of drugs and danger. From the suburbs of Boston to the streets of New York, from the false glamour of advertising to the dark glamour of hustling and drug-dealing. Grierson’s Shadow keeps him walking the edge of destruction and madness. Then a simple robbery goes horribly wrong. With the help of a flawed saint named Leo Dunn, Grierson struggles to banish his Shadow, and succeeds. Temporarily. Years later, sober and settled, at peace with his world, Kevin Grierson meets his Shadow again. And this time it won’t go away.

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsTransfigured Night: And Other Stories — (2001) Publisher: Four never-before-reprinted stories from one of science fiction’s brightest new talents, including the World Fantasy Award winning novella Streetcar Dreams, which became the basis of the Lambda Award Winning novel, Minions of the Moon. Plus an all-new novella, My Life in Speculative Fiction, a masterpiece of twisted narcissism in which the narrator, a gay SF/Fantasy writer in contemporary New York, is caught by half-buried memories and begins to search for his own youthful self — a search that will lead into strange new lands and relationships, where the line separating fiction and reality blurs and finally disappears all together…

book review Richard Bowes From the Files of the Time RangersFrom the Files of the Time Rangers — (2005) Publisher: Greek gods are posing as humans and pulling humanity’s strings in this mosaic novel about time travel, alternate worlds, and the making of a president. The Time Rangers, Apollo’s chosen servants, are in charge of preserving the peace and harmony along the Time Stream, the pathway between various worlds and times, but Apollo has given them a new task — to protect Timothy Macauley, the chosen one who must become the president of the United States or else witness the destruction of humankind. Standing in the Rangers’s way are other gods: Mercury, who’s working his wiles in the world of public relations; Diana, cruising New York City in the guise of an NYPD detective; Pluto, who is in the process of grooming his successor; and Dionysus, who has caused the annihilation of an alternate world. Nonstop action keeps the story rolling from the 1950s to the present day, through this world and others. The author shares his insights into, and the history of, the mosaic novel in the afterworld.

Richard Bowes WarchildStreetcar Dreams: And Other Midnight Fancies — (2005) Publisher: “Streetcar Dreams” is the World Fantasy Award-winning kernel of Bowes’ exceptional dark fantasy novel of addiction and recovery, Minions of the Moon (1999). It’s a helluva story, about how a gay man went all the way to the bottom when young, faithfully and destructively attended by his doppelganger, but then walked away from addiction and the double, and now, in middle age, hears that his shadow wants to see him again. Its five volume mates have similar settings, periods, plot and character details, themes, structures, and atmosphere, making Bowes seem rather a one-trick pony. But so do William S. Burroughs and John Rechy, two writers Bowes mentions in the semiautobiographical “My Life in Speculative Fiction,” which suggests that he knows the Boston, New York, gay hustling, and drugs he writes about all too personally. And the purely fictional pieces have their well-realized distinctions, such as a compelling female protagonist in “Someday I Shall Rise and Go” and a plunge into ghastly horror in “Transfigured Night.” Very exciting, somber stuff. (ALA)

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsDust Devil on a Quiet Street — (2013) Publisher: Dust Devil on a Quiet Street chronicles the remarkable life of Boston-born, New York City-reared author Richard Bowes’s childhood and adolescent brushes with dramatic spirits and hustlers, large and small, paved the way for his adult encounters with the remarkable, the numinous, the supernatural. Deftly orchestrated, this ”memoir” is part impassioned homage to Manhattan decades before and up to its recent wound on September 11th, which creates a hole in the city and allows the ghosts of the dead to return and part tell-all of the uncanny secrets behind life as a university librarian and a group of Greenwich Village writers.