Magazine review: Grimdark Magazine Issue #12

A break from my usual horror reads came in the shape of Grimdark Magazine Issue #12. As usual the zine features various short stories from renowned writers in the Grimdark genre along with book reviews and a couple of interviews. Kicking off with a story from Luke Scull, author of the Grim Company books, A Ring…

Book review: Lucifer’s Star – C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus

My second Charles Phipps book in as many weeks and Lucifer’s Star is another fantastic read. This time, Phipps has teamed up with Michael Suttkus to bring us a thrillingly dark space opera right out of the top draw. Though very different from The Tower of Zhaal (reviewed here ), Lucifer’s Star is the story of Cassius Mass…

Book review: The Heart of Stone – Ben Galley

The Grim Reader has taken a break from horror to check out ‘The Heart of Stone’, the new novel soon be released by Ben Galley. Firstly, the artwork for ‘The Heart of Stone’ is quite superb. If I saw this book on the shelf then I’d be straight over there to pick it up and check…

Book review: The Mirror’s Truth – Michael R. Fletcher

‘The Mirror’s Truth’ is the second novel by Michael R. Fletcher and he once again thrusts us into the world he’s created where delusions are manifested and power corrupts. Fletcher’s ‘Beyond Redemption’ was a triumph of Grimdark storytelling. Morally ambiguous characters, blood and guts a plenty and no happy endings meant I was easily hooked…

Book review: Grimdark Magazine Issue #1

  Grimdark is a genre that seems to be going from strength to strength. It is a kind of dark fantasy fiction with morally ambiguous characters, dark settings and worlds and it’s something I enjoy reading a great deal. Although 2016 hasn’t seen me read much in the way of it, 2017 will be different….

Book Review: Dragon Hunters – Marc Turner

There are some truly exceptional writers within the fantasy genre. I could come up with at least ten that consistently release quality work and I am pleased to report that you can add Marc Turner to that list. “Dragon Hunters” is the second book in the “Chronicle of Exile” series, though it can be read…