Midnight in the Chapel of Love – Matthew R Davis – Review

“Midnight in the Chapel of Love is an incredible accomplishment by Matthew R Davis, a small-town horror story executed masterfully with a multi-layered narrative that becomes more complex and engaging the further you read into the novel. It’s a profound and thought-provoking rumination on the nature of love and belonging as much as it is a supernatural horror story, an artful blend with a huge amount of depth and character that Davis develops perfectly. Reading Midnight in the Chapel of Love has been one of the highlights of 2021 for me, and I think another author will have to perform incredibly strongly to outperform it. ..”

Editor Interview – Gary Oswald

” I’ve been very fortunate, therefore, to get some time with Gary Oswald, who is both author and editor in the Alternate History genre. Gary has the weighty responsibility of editing and maintaining the blog over at the Sea Lion Press website, which publishes a long-running series of genre articles, book reviews, discussion points and vignettes, and also contributes articles himself on several subjects. He’s also edited the upcoming Sea Lion Press anthology Grapeshot and Guillotines: Revolutions That Never Were (which I should also note includes a short vignette from me!). In this interview, Gary chatted with me about his background and interest in Alternate History; his experiences in working with authors on articles for the Sea Lion Press blog, and gaining traction in a niche genre; his own Alternate History articles on the blog, covering a number of topics; and how he found editing an entire anthology of Alternate History Revolutions.”

Author Interview – Jon Black

“In the latest in my on-going series of interviews with authors I’ve featured here on The Scifi and Fantasy Reviewer, I’ve been able to get to speak to Jon Black, one of the most talented and impressive authors I’ve had the privilege to come to know through the years of running this book review blog. He’s the author of the absolutely superb Jazz-Era occult mystery thriller Gabriel’s Trumpet and the on-going novel series Bel Nemeton…”

Dark Missives – Dan Howarth – Review

“The collection readily shows that Dulce et Decorum Est was not a lucky fluke, but in fact the beginnings of an incredibly promising career for Howarth in the Horror genre. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next, and suspect that he will go very far in the genre – especially if he continues focusing on that unique brand of horror set in the north of England like The Pusher…”

Quick Review – Silver Sky – J.D. Allen

“I realised that J.D. Allen was a talented author thanks to reading They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara! but finishing Silver Sky has proven that he is on another level altogether – there are horror authors I have been reading for years that have not managed to pack into entire novels  the disquieting, haunting horror that Allen has poured into this one story. Silver Sky is a hidden gem of the horror genre, one that needs to be read as widely and as frequently as possible, and I for one intend to make it as widely known as I possibly can. Read this story now, and then go and talk to your parents and your grandparents and your loved ones – especially in times like this.”

Quick Review – Astrum – Sean M Thompson

“…Astrum is another fantastic slice of weird horror from Thompson and Nictitating Press, and I eagerly look forward to his next work; Thompson is going places in the Horror genre, and I want to be right there with him to see where he goes…”

Bel Nemeton: Caledfwlch – Jon Black – Review

“Bel Nemeton: Caledfwlch is an absolute triumph for Jon Black and 18thWall Productions – an intelligent, lighting-fast and immensely entertaining globetrotting thriller, one that skilfully blends together a fast-paced modern-day treasure hunt with a brilliant Arthurian adventure spanning the early days of Camelot, all the while also managing to educate as much as it entertains…”

They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara! – J.D. Allen – Review

“Filled with some memorable and engaging characters, great sect-pieces, and a chilling atmosphere bolstered by the use of static-y snatches of radio broadcasts that help flesh out the world-building that Romero started in his film, They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara! is one of the best pieces of indie zombie fiction I’ve read in quite some time…”

The Fractured Void – Tim Pratt – Review

“The Fractured Void is the epitome of what a Space Opera should truly be – detailed, complex and full of rich and engaging characters, while simultaneously allied to a galaxy-spanning plot that moves along at a fast pace with no extraneous detail or pointless side-plots, and written with a genuine sense of tension and a healthy dose of wry humour…”

Poison River: A Daidoji Shin Mystery (Legend of the Five Rings)

“Poison River is the second book I’ve reviewed from Aconyte Books set in the Legend of the Five Rings game universe, and if anything it’s even better than David Annandale’s fantastic Curse of Honor; while it isn’t set on the shadowy, ragged edges of humanity’s empire, in an area infested with demons, it still occurs in an environment that’s just as dangerous and deadly. Reynolds is the perfect writer for the world of Rokugan, creating an instantly compelling and multi-faceted protagonist to effortlessly draw us into a fast-paced and complex political thriller that entertains with every page…”

The Last Ritual (Arkham Horror) – S.A. Sidor – Review

“Superbly written, deftly plotted, and imbued with Sidor’s absolutely phenomenal imagination and inherent understanding of the decaying, sumptuous décor of Jazz Age Arkham that hides a terrifying underside, The Last Ritual is one of the most enjoyable and memorable occult horror thrillers that I have read in a long time, and a fantastic addition to Aconyte’s Arkham Horror range…”

Author Interview – Dave Jeffery

“In the latest in my on-going series of interviews with authors I’ve featured here on The Scifi and Fantasy Reviewer, I’ve been lucky enough to get some time with Dave Jeffery, author of the post-apocalyptic classics A Quiet Apocalypse and Cathedral, both published by Demain Publishing, and recently reviewed here on the blog…”

Contact! A Military Horror Anthology – Chris McInally (ed.) – Review

“With the publication of Contact! A Military Horror Anthology, publisher Screaming Banshee Press have readily demonstrated that they are a fresh new voice in the Horror genre, and not simply a one-hit wonder like many publishers that come and go. Editor Chris McInally has expertly curated a concise collection of fresh, engaging and blood-soaked stories that act as a vital contribution to the slowly-expanding Military Horror subgenre, all of which contributed something unique and memorable in their own way.”

Cathedral (A Quiet Apocalypse: Book #2) – Dave Jeffery – Review

“Cathedral is proof that Dave Jeffery is the undisputed modern master of the post-apocalyptic horror genre, and is essential reading for anyone interested in the genre, both as readers and writers. Demain Publishing have made a hugely valuable contribution to the horror genre as a whole in publishing Jeffery’s classics, and I eagerly look forward to seeing what the third book in the trilogy looks like whenever it is published…”