ATTENTION WRITERS - Here is your chance to share your work. Send us your short stories to be published on-line. Click here for details Don't Delay


August 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook and
Voices From the Past

August 1, 2018
Updated Convention Listings

Book Pick
of the Month

July 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook
The Illustrated Corner,
Odds & Ends and
Voices From the Past

July 1, 2018
Updated Convention Listings

Previous Updates


Benediction Denied
A Labyrinth of Souls novel
by Elizabeth Engstrom
Shadowspinners Press, 2017, $11.99, 189 pages
Published: June 2017

Adam Swan has come to the Congo to help engineer waterworks to deliver drinkable water to a village. His wife and three daughters have also come along, but after a summer they’ve departed for school and their first world existence while Adam remains to complete his work.

And then his world disintegrates.

Adam finds himself fleeing underground, struggling to survive in the dark, with a strange deck of cards and his memories: memories of a co-worker’s warnings of the dark and the local trickster god; memories of his family, of what each one of them means to him; of how love and betrayals, some subtle, some as direct as a blow to the face or a knife in the back, make up the fabric of his life. 

Adam’s intense longings for light, water, sustenance, hope, and freedom are so palpable that reading this story is a harrowing experience. Ultimately, the heart-wish that is central to his being is one that only the trickster god can grant; but what is the price?

The writing is masterful, extraordinary, as innocuous-seeming remarks peel back to reveal a grinning death skull; as monstrous encounters in the labyrinth turn out to have their origins in “ordinary” acts of mundane cruelty.  Adam is aptly named, an everyman whose weaknesses and strengths reflect our own. If we are able to see more in his plight than he sees, perhaps even a way out that he misses, maybe we can see with equal clarity the corresponding avenues in our own lives. ~~ Chris Wozney

Follow us

for notices on new content and events.

to The Nameless Zine,
a publication of WesternSFA

Our Columns:

The Book Nook
Reviews of the latest in science fiction and fantasy

The Illustrated Corner
Reviews of the latest in Manga and Graphic Novels

Odds and Ends
Reviews of non-genre items our staff enjoyed
(Can be books, movies, TV shows or music)

Voices from the Past
Reviews of genre books from the past (at least 20 years old)
and those which are Out of Print but still wonderful to read

A Chat with
Interviews with people of interest
Current Interview: Brandon Sanderson

Author Appearance & News
This page lists author signings and appearances, convention news
and any other events we think might interest our readers.

Reel Talk
Reviews of current genre movies in the theater
and favorite and new DVD releases

A Tale Told Thusly
A place for new and established writers to show off their short stories

Trivia Contests

In Remembrance
Memories of those who have passed on

WesternSFA Main Page

Links of Interest

Email Us


Copyright ©2005-2018 All Rights Reserved
(Note that external links to guest web sites are not maintained by WesternSFA)
Comments, questions etc. email WebMaster