Cold Open Stories – Summer Anthology 2020 – Review

“From the darkest depths of space to the darkest depths of Necromunda’s underhive, Colyn and the team at Cold Open Stories have once again curated a collection of absolutely amazing and deeply impressive Warhammer 40,000 stories; tale that are of such high quality and often breathtaking imagination that they are starting to blur the lines between fan-fiction and canon fiction within the setting…”

Author Interview – Tom Anderson

“Following on from my first author interview with Paul Leone, author of the upcoming The Mysteries of Zillah Harvey: Volume One, I was lucky enough to catch up with another author who’s had titles released by Sea Lion Press, who specialise in publishing Alternate History fiction. Tom Anderson is one of the most prolific – and successful – authors under the Sea Lion Press banner, and was recently nominated for the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History alongside his co-author Bruno Lombardi for the short story ‘N’oublions Jamais’. He was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about his writing background, his experiences in writing in both the Alternate History and Science-Fiction genres, and his latest title Well Met By Starlight, which was launched at the end of July…”

Captain Moxley and the Embers of Empire – Dan Hanks – Review

“Captain Moxley and the Embers of Empire really is one of the most accomplished, impressive and enjoyable debut novels I’ve ever read, and a thrilling, pulse-pounding action-adventure novel with some surprising depths to it. While there’s plenty of fast-paced guns-blazing, fists-flying action firmly in the mould of cinematic classics like Indiana Jones, Hanks’ own unique touches and imagination make it stand out as far more than a simple pastiche or pale imitation. A potent blend of occult elements, a sly sense of humour, three-dimensional characters, and an often thoughtful consideration of the nature of mid-20th Century archaeological practices leads to a novel that is far more engaging, memorable and even introspective than Indiana Jones and his ilk could ever hope to be.”

Mime – Chrissey Harrison – Review

“Mime is by far the best horror novel that I have read in 2020, and indeed I would go so far as to say that it is one of the finest horror novels that I have read in quite some time, an achievement that is even more remarkable for the fact that this is Harrison’s first published novel. Brilliantly written, skilfully plotted and imbued with a level of originality and imagination demonstrated by relatively few authors in the horror genre…”

The Mysteries of Zillah Harvey: Volume One – Paul Leone – Review

“The publication of The Mysteries of Zillah Harvey: Volume One is nothing less than a triumph for author Paul Leone, and provides ample proof that a fresh, innovative and skillful new voice has emerged within the Occult Detective genre. Leone has blended together memorable characters, engaging plots and a quietly chilling and oppressive atmosphere in order to create a deeply compelling and highly enjoyable collection of short stories, one which I have no hesitation in recommending to any fan of the Occult Detective genre, or gothic horror in general…”

Author Interview – Paul Leone

“Following on from that exclusive reveal of the cover art and back-cover blurb for his upcoming Occult Detective collection The Mysteries of Zillah Harvey: Volume One, author Paul Leone graciously agreed to sit down with The Scifi and Fantasy Reviewer and have a chat about his background, what inspired him to write across so many different genres, and what led him to write the Zillah Harvey stories.”

Cover Reveal – The Mysteries of Zillah Harvey: Volume One by Paul Leone

“The Mysteries of Zillah Harvey: Volume One is scheduled to be released on the 1st September 2020, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on a copy and start reading through it.  I’ll have an interview with Paul Leone up on the blog in the next couple of weeks, where the author will be able to tell us more about what inspired him to write these stories, as well as his background and influences as a writer; and of course, I’ll be hosting my own review of the collection just before it’s released.”

Cold Open Stories – July 2020 Fast Fiction Collection: ‘Everyone Can See It’ – Quick Review

“…another outstanding collection of Warhammer 40,000 fast fiction stories released by Cold Open Stories, all of them providing ample proof of just how vital the website and its team is to the Warhammer fan community as a whole. Without its existence, none of these fine authors would have had the chance to showcase their undoubted talents and innate understanding of the grimdark scifi setting, nor would the community have had a chance to enjoy their stories while visiting such a slick and well-constructed website…”

Curse of Honor – David Annandale – Review

“With Curse of Honor David Annandale once again demonstrates why he is one of the premier authors in the fantasy (and science fiction) genre, able to utilise his absolute mastery of atmosphere, sublime prose and skilful characterisation to turn his hand to any setting that he is tasked with writing. Curse of Honor is a deeply compelling and sophisticated novel, with Annandale using the Five Rings setting to weave a thoroughly enjoyable story about arrogance, ambition and rigid caste systems that are deftly merged with the grim realities of the demon-infested Shadowlands and its many occult dangers.”

Cold Open Stories – Spring 2020 Unofficial Warhammer 40,000 Short Fiction Anthology – Review

“The fate of Cold Open Stories may be uncertain at the moment, and it may well be possible that the website has to close permanently, or at the very least for quite some time. Yet if that is so, then at least Colyn and the dedicated team of volunteers can take heart in their final publications being some of the best stories that Cold Open Stories have ever published. They have curated some truly original, engaging and deeply captivating stories that have demonstrated an innate understanding of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and done tremendous work to rehabilitate the reputation of fan fiction – both specifically to the Warhammer 40,000 setting, and in general as well.”