Author Archives: Declan Finn

About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.

Review: The War Revealed, by Karl Gallagher

I almost wish that The War Revealed came out this month.  That way, I could have voted for it for the Dragon Awards this year. I’m going to have to settle for The Lost War (reviewed yesterday). Newman and Goldenrod survived … Continue reading

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Review: The Lost War

When I was sitting next to Karl Gallagher at LibertyCon, he mentioned that Torchship was about his day job (yes, he is a rocket scientist), and that The Lost War was about his hobby. It was supposed to be a weekend … Continue reading

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Review: Come, Seeling Night

What families don’t have their little problems?Paxton Lock is back, and payback can be a mutha. Enter Come, Seeling Night. Paxton Locke’s been in some pretty tight spaces before. This one might be the worst. Drugged and shipped to who-knows-where … Continue reading

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Catholic Book Release: Crusader (Saint Tommy, NYPD Book 5)

Crusader is here. Still working abroad, Detective Tommy Nolan has a hot tip that leads him to Germany. Women and children are disappearing from Catholic Bavaria. The local police have their hands tied. Tommy is the last hope for answers. Yet … Continue reading

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2019 Dragon Awards Discussion

The Dragon Awards are open for voting … and we’re getting close to the cut off date for the nominees. Let the discussion begin. And yes, I said discussion. I’d like people to come on, and tell me what you … Continue reading

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On the Authority of the Pope

I think I know what the problem is. Ever since Pope Francis was elected, all of us Catholics have suffered other people trying to tell us what we believe, largely based off of off-hand comments by Pope Francis in an … Continue reading

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Review: The Brave and The Bold

Finally, we get The Brave and the Bold: Book 3 of The Hidden Truth. You may remember that the previous two books in the series explored an alternate history where 9-11 killed President Al Gore, destroyed the White House, spared … Continue reading

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Review: Fade, by Daniel Humphreys

With the novel Making Peace, I noted that I found the successor to Terry Pratchett. Now, it seems I’ve tripped over the spiritual successor to Jim Butcher. Where the hell have all of these people been hiding? Yes, yes, I know … Continue reading

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Review: War Demons

The Devil went down to Georgia. He was looking for a soul to steal.And this time, he isn’t coming with a violin. Welcome to War Demons, by Russell Newquist.** When he came home, so did they… Driven by vengeance, Michael … Continue reading

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Castlia House Reviews Hell Spawn

Over at Castalia House, Jon Mollison reviewed Hell Spawn. Played entirely straight, the result is an urban fantasy for people who don’t like urban fantasy. Instead of the usual kitchen sink approach as seen in the “Iron Druid” series and … Continue reading

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Hell Spawn is alive! ALIVE!

So, Hell Spawn, the latest in Catholic horror, is live.   In paperback, hardcover, and yes, ebook. This has been one of the most interesting experiences of my writing career. In large part because this one started with a publisher … Continue reading

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TV Review: New Amsterdam

This is an odd one.New Amsterdam the show is about a hospital of the same name. It’s a rebranded Bellevue, the state run hospital in New York, made famous mostly by locking in felonious nutcases. In the case of this series, … Continue reading

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TV Review: Magnum, PI

Standard “Social Justice Warrior” (where they’re anti-social, don’t believe in justice, and will sooner stab you in the back ASAP) tactics involve finding a beloved institution, gutting it of what made it great, and wearing its skin like a suit … Continue reading

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Review: Making Peace

I’ve been following Adam Lane Smith on Twitter for a while now. A few months ago, he asked me to look over his (first) novel of Making Peace. The review was held off due to the fact that my Kindle died. But, … Continue reading

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Vampires in Legend, Folklore, and Fiction, DragonCon 2018

So, this panel was described as follows Description: Long a staple of urban fantasy, vampires first appear in folklore, often unrecognizable from the versions contemporary readers and viewers are familiar with. Our panel explores how those early stories have influenced … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Looking at Classic Fantasy from the Viewpoint of Today, DragonCon 2018

You will note that I have embedded this video twice in the same post. That is not a mistake. The audio and video quality is variable at different points on each video. So, I thought I should give you an … Continue reading

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DragonCon: Meet the Authors, Dragon Awards

This took forever to get up. Mainly because I wanted to see if anyone posted something with better audio.   Then again, I listened to it and discovered, nope, you can hear most of them. Description: Listen to the nominees … Continue reading

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LOVE AT FIRST BITE SALE, FOUR BOOKS, $10

So, just to make things clear, starting from 12AM (PDT) Wed Oct 24, through 11PM (PDT) Sun Oct 28th, the complete Love at First Bite series will be on sale.The entire series will be only $10. If you’d like, the … Continue reading

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Creating a Demon

Going through the the outline for the Catholic Horror novel Hell Spawn… I didn’t know I was going to be writing a horror novel. I figured it was going to be a bit of a tossup between Urban Fantasy meets a … Continue reading

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Writing an action Saint

Hell Spawn was a nice change because I was forced by the character to make him a good guy.If I have one running theme in my books, it’s that “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men … Continue reading

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