Interview & book excerpt with Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter kicks ass! As well as writing incredible speculative fiction, Alan has over 30 years of martial arts experience and he also runs the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy! Alan has been a pretty busy chap in recent time. His Alex Caine trilogy of books are now available worldwide, late last year saw him release…

Book review: Summons of the Majestic – Tim Reed

Tim Reed is a new author to me. ‘Summons of the Majestic’ is an epic quest-style fantasy read that ticks all the necessary boxes for fans of this type of genre fiction. Whilst it does certainly have moments of darkness, SOTM is easily accessible to younger readers though I don’t see why older ones wouldn’t…

Book review: The Night Marchers – Daniel Braum

I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect from this collection of short fiction from Daniel Braun. I’d enjoyed his story ‘An American Ghost in Zürich’, which featured in the Grey Matter Press anthology, ‘Savage Beasts’, so I went in to this collection with high expectations. I’ve heard this collection described as ‘strange’, and I’d…

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: Cthulhu Armageddon – C. T. Phipps

The synopsis for this book promises much and Charles Phipps delivers in his own weird and wonderful way. The Great Old Ones have reduced the planet to a wasteland where monsters roam free and pockets of human survivors plod on with their insignificant lives. It all sounds a little depressing but ‘Cthulhu Armageddon’ is a…

Book review: Crow Shine – Alan Baxter

I am a bit of a newcomer to the writings of Alan Baxter. I have come across his short stories in a couple of anthologies through Cohesion Press and I really enjoyed his novel ‘Bound’ featuring martial arts magician Alex Cane. ‘Crow Shine’ is a vast collection of speculative treats right out of the top…

Book review: Wizard’s War – Phillip Tomasso

‘Wizard’s War’ is the sequel to ‘Wizard’s Rise’ and sees Mykal’s journey to rid the land of The Mountain King – Herman Cordillera continue. I enjoyed the first book, though it wasn’t quite dark enough for me and I did find some of the characters a little too stereotypical. ‘Wizard’s War’ is much improved for…