Chimera Island – Martin Roy Hill – Review

“Chimera Island is a potent blend of military action and science-fiction, with a smattering of psychological horror expertly integrated for good measure, creating a fast-paced and hard-hitting thriller that’s rapidly becoming the signature of author Martin Roy Hill.”

Andrew Doran and the Scroll of Nightmares – Matthew Davenport – Review

“Andrew Doran and the Scroll of Nightmares is not only the best book in the Doran series, I firmly believe that it is the best book that Matthew Davenport has written so far. As I’ve followed his career with keen interest, I’ve witnessed an author who has demonstrated an intuitive understanding of the core concepts of the Cthulhu/Lovecraftian Mythos to an extent that few of his peers have managed to achieve, as well as a writer who is continually improving his craft. There’s a confidence in the novel that I haven’t seen before, both in its writing and in its overarching narrative and atmosphere, blending together the existing Mythos with Davenport’s own creations to create something fresh and potent, with highly potent worldbuilding bursting with fresh ideas and concepts…”

Blood Red Sand – Damien Larkin – Review

“Blood Red Sand is an absolutely brilliant science-fiction novel, one that’s simultaneously delightfully and unapologetically pulpy with a fantastic dieselpunk aesthetic, and yet also has a much more nuanced and complex background that Larkin carefully orchestrates and reveals in the latter half of the novel.”

Bloody Orkney – Ken Lussey – Review

“A fast-paced, thrilling and complex historical thriller, Bloody Orkney has completely revived my interest in the historical fiction genre, with author Ken Lussey delivering a masterclass in how to invigorate the stale, trope-ridden setting of the Second World War by setting the narrative in a distant, unfamiliar location he imbues with a chilling and unsettling atmosphere and filling it with multi-faceted, memorable characters who stay with you long after the novel has come to an end.”

Mask of Silver – Rosemary Jones – Review

“Chilling, horrifying and thought-provoking in equal measure, Mask of Silver is a superlative pieces of Arkham Horror fiction from Rosemary Jones, and is perhaps one of the best titles in the setting yet published by Aconyte Books.”

The Devourer Below (Arkham Horror) – Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells (ed.) – Review

“The Devourer Below is both a hugely impressive collection of Arkham Horror short stories, and also a fascinating success story in terms of creating a shared worldbuilding experience within that setting. Not only are each of the stories engaging, atmospheric and deeply compelling slices of Jazz Age horror fiction by themselves, but editor Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells has ensured that every tale progresses the overarching narrative of the horrifying activities and occult plots of the Cult of Umôrdhoth, developing a cohesive and chilling meta-narrative that comes to an action-packed and quietly unsettling conclusion”

The Damocles Files: Ragnarok Rising – Benedict J Jones & Anthony Watson – Review

“The Damocles Files: Ragnarok Rising is a remarkable achievement by Benedict J. Jones and Anthony Watson, a novel that somehow manages to harness the energy, fast-paced action and punchy plot-lines of the old Commando and Battle comics while artfully blending it together with skilful, often sublime prose, an intense atmosphere that deftly varies between stories, and the horrifying and unsettling sense of imagination that Jones and Watson have demonstrated in their previous titles.”

Beserker: Green Hell – Lee Franklin – Review

“Berserker: Green Hell is one of the best Military Horror novels I’ve ever read, and deserves to be read and re-read by fans of the genre; it’s also absolutely begging for a sequel, and I can only hope that with its re-release we’ll be seeing more of Pinny and further explore the fascinating world-building Franklin started in the novel.”

Around the Dark Dial – J.D. Sanderson – Review

“Around the Dark Dial is one of the most original, engaging and memorable collections of science-fiction stories that I have read in a very long time, and a frankly incredible achievement by author J.D. Sanderson. With each of the eleven stories in the collection, Sanderson uses his wit, boundless imagination and vivid writing style to deftly bring to the written page the feeling of listening to one of those period radio dramas…”

The Samaritan (A Quiet Apocalypse #3) – Dave Jeffery – Review

“Packed with intense, brutal action scenes, deeply affecting emotional twists, and thought-provoking philosophical questions, The Samaritan is a novel that relentlessly burrows into your psyche and never lets up for a second until that last, harrowing paragraph that will leave you feeling hollow and emptied out. With the publication of The Samaritan Dave Jeffery has ensured that his name is synonymous with British post-apocalyptic fiction, and has decisively proven that he and that genre are one and the same…”

Shakedowners – Justin Wooley – Review

“Action-packed, imaginative and often laugh-out-loud hilarious, and demonstrating far more depth of character and thought than its many other competitors in the Comedic Science-Fiction genre, Shakedowners is a superb achievement by Justin Wooley. A comical love-letter to both the science-fiction genre as a whole, and Star Trek in particular, it’s a must-read novel for science-fiction fans, as Wooley deftly draws you into the complex and intriguing universe that he’s skilfully developed…”

Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella – Tim Mendees – Review

“Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella has been one of the highlights of 2021 for me as a horror fiction reviewer. It’s a novella that has deeply impressed me, both as reader and reviewer, and marks out Tim Mendees as a highly talented and imaginative author that is someone to watch in the horror genre…”