Entries by Mary Maddox


What are the daemons in Daemon Seer?

It’s gratifying when a reader not only enjoys your book but also understands the story on a level that many other readers overlook. The review below appears on Goodreads. I’m thrilled to bring it to you here with the permission of the reviewer, James Goltz. Daemon Seer is the second published novel by Mary Maddox […]


Spiderworld – thought-provoking sci-fi

Looking for something different? AIA Publishing has just released its fifth book, and in line with previous fiction titles, the book has a unique voice and a metaphysical bent. Spiderworld by Richard Bunning turns the tables on humans and spiders, and makes you think about humankind’s relationship with animals and with each other. Not even […]


Interview with David Litwack

Today I’m pleased to interview author David Litwack. I loved his novel The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky (see my review of it here) and jumped at this chance to ask him about his books and  views on writing. David, it’s a pleasure to have you on Ancient Children. What led you to […]

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Speculative Literary Fiction – Guest Post by David Litwack

It’s finally here! Children of Darkness – Book One in The Seekers Series is available NOW. Check it out on Amazon.com. FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. GET YOUR COPY “A must-read page turner.” Kirkus Review About the Book: The Children of Darkness The Children of Darkness is about a society devoid of technology, the result […]

Check out The Books Machine for great reads!

Today’s guest, Meryl Wright, is here to tell you about The Books Machine, an online site where authors list their books and readers get them for free in exchange for an honest review. Daemon Seer and Talion are both listed at The Books Machine, and I can assure you that the readers there do give […]

The Darkest of Suns Will Rise

The epistolary novel (a novel written in the form of journals or letters) has a long history going back to the 17th Century. It’s uncommon these days, but Brian Sfinas has adopted it to write an imaginative and sometimes brilliant work of science fiction. The Darkest of Suns Will Rise consists of a series of […]


Flying Spiders: Brief Excerpt from Talion

The second chapter of Talion includes a flashback of Lisa and her brother  visiting their father in Chicago. She receives a locket that becomes significant later. For readers wanting an entirely plot-driven story, the flashback might be an annoyance, but unless they understand who Lisa is, how will they care what happens to her? Flying […]


You could write a book on why readers dislike ambiguity in fiction. Someone probably has. It might seem arrogant (or at least reductive) to address the question in 500 words or less, but I’m going to try. The answer comes down to what a reader wants — challenge or comfort. Ambiguity is a lack of […]

Sorrow and humor – The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire

A coming-of-age novel set in America in the late 70s, Sandra Hutchinson’s The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire centers on the relationship between David, a physics professor in his 30s, and Molly, the teenage girl who used to babysit his daughter. Molly doesn’t babysit for David anymore because his wife and daughter recently perished […]


Daemon Seer available on NetGalley

If you’re a blogger or book reviewer interested in horror or dark fantasy, my new novel Daemon Seer is now available on NetGalley, a site where you can find review copies of books from mainstream publishers, small presses, and university presses as well as indie authors. It’s an impressive collection of new works. You’ll find it worthwhile […]

The AI Chronicles launch – join the party

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even today, machines that mimic human thinking surround us. As the intellectual feats of computing machines grow more and more astounding, will there be a day when their apparent intelligence approaches, or even surpasses, that of human beings? And what if these machines then become conscious, self-aware? Get this latest title in […]