House On The Borderland launches today!

The Sci-Fi, Steampunk & Fantasy Writers Gathering at Southcart Books, Saturday 27 September 2014
The Sci-Fi, Steampunk & Fantasy Writers Gathering at Southcart Books, Saturday 27 September 2014

It’s early days yet, and there’s a huge amount of work ahead, but the fledgeling ‘House On The Borderland’ online fanzine is all set to ‘soft-launch’ later today – and most important of all, there will be cake!

The launch will be officially announced at the latest of the writers’ gatherings at the hosts, independent bookstore Southcart Books in Walsall, England – the latest event being dubbed, appropriately, ‘Southcart Sci-Fi Summer’.

So expect to see a short report on that event being published tomorrow, and a few photos tweeted by ‘House On The Borderland’ today!

Editor and publisher of ‘House On The Borderland’, author A. Stuart Williams, will be making the formal announcement at 1.10pm.

The programme for the day, which this time around is mc’d by Fringeworks publisher Adrian Middleton, is as follows:

10.00am  Southcart Books Opens

11.00am  WELCOME by Scott & Amy

11.05am  INTRO by MC Adrian Middleton

11.10am  A. Stuart Williams

11.35am  Theresa Derwin

12.00pm  Neil Sehmbhy

12.25pm-1.10pm Lunch Break for Mingling and Browsing

1.10pm-1.25pm  A. Stuart Williams. Launch announcement of

House On The Borderland, a new online fanzine. With cake!

1.25pm-1.50pm  Adrian Middleton

1.50pm-2.15pm  Sean P Chatterton

2.15pm-2.40pm  Steve Jones

2.40pm-3.00pm  Mid-Afternoon Break

3.00pm-3.25p Alex Davis

3.25pm-3.50pm  Colum Paget

3.50pm-4.15pm  available slot

4.15pm  Thanks & goodbyes by Scott, Amy and Adrian

Shop Closes 4.45pm

Mystery as a Fourth-Dimensional Puzzle


Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa (Volume 3) (Paperback)


Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery

Reviewer  James Bojaciuk

Author  Micah S. Harris

Publisher  Airship 27 (14 June 2015)

Price  £11.07  (paperback) £3.21 (Kindle) on Amazon UK at time of posting.

ISBN-10: 0692470808

ISBN-13: 978-0692470800

Note:  This review contains minor spoilers. But unless you’re up to date on your occult readings, most of them will be as meaningful as a sneeze.

Conspiracy is the wheelhouse of great thought

Between hours of physics and gravity, Newton studied his own amalgamation of prophecy and astrology, with one eye always focused on the end of the world. Nikola Tesla imagined Mars had long been in secret contact with Earth. On the flip side of the genius coin, William Blake imagined his own gods existing inside their own conspiracies which may or may not have influenced his own world through his visions.

It doesn’t matter if it’s true. What matters is that conspiracy forces us to think laterally, to build connections out of nothing but footnotes, cast-off sentences, and dust. As conspiracy trains our minds to think in unlikely ways, like a fourth-dimensional puzzle, we can attain greatness. Or, at least, that’s what we like to tell ourselves when we find ourselves trawling Illuminati websites at three in the bloody morning. Newton, Tesla, and Blake give us reason to hope. To hope that we can see the visions they saw, and build toward a better world. And, in his own way, so does Micah Harris.

In Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa, Micah Harris does not merely present us with a conspiracy–he confronts us with a half-dozen conspiracies, all intertwined with the secret history of the world. Never mind that it’s fictional. We shouldn’t think Newton’s astrology was real, but it trained his mind with impossible puzzles all the same.

Continue reading Mystery as a Fourth-Dimensional Puzzle

Writing for House On The Borderland

Reporter 1

While writer, author and journalist A. Stuart Williams is the editor, publisher and main staff writer for this fanzine, we are already building up a staff of keen volunteer freelance writers who contribute to the content of this site.

The first two we would like to introduce are first of all James Bojaciuk, who is a writer, author, reviewer, blogger and also joint C.E.O. and co-owner of US publishers 18thWall Productions.

In addition, our latest addition to the team is writer, copywriter and blogger Shellie Horst, who will be contributing author interviews, and is even now in the field tracking down fresh victims interviewees!

Everyone who writes for HOTB gets a byline, so if you’re keen to view all the work in these pages by a particular contributor, you can click on their name in the Categories in the first column of the site and view all their posts at once.

You’ll be hearing a lot more from James and Shellie real soon – in the meantime, if you’re interested in volunteering as a contributor to the fanzine, please do get in touch via our Contact page!

Hello Universe!


House On The Borderland is a new online fanzine for news and reviews of literary science fiction, fantasy and weird pulp.  It is edited and published by author and journalist A. Stuart Williams.

Our website is under construction so there won’t be a mass of information here for a while – please bear with us as we build things up, and keep coming back to see what’s new!

Meanwhile, if you have any news or books for review, please contact us at