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.”

Fearless – Allen Stroud – Review

“Fearless is a brilliant achievement, and one of the best science-fiction novels I have read in a very long time. Stroud has produced a tense, atmospheric and masterfully-written title with a thought-provoking and engaging plot supported by a cast of colourful and unique characters that all combine to create a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

Inferno! Volume 2 – Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells (ed.) – Review

“Inferno! Volume 2 once again demonstrates the great strides that Black Library have taken to get to where they are currently as a publisher, with the vast increase in quality that can be seen in the stories published in the anthology firm evidence that the publisher has moved on from the dark days in the mid-2010s. A deft mixture of veteran authors and new talent – including such up and coming greats as Thomas Parrott, Jamie Crisalli and J.C. Stearns – bring to life a number of fantastic, action-packed and highly atmospheric stories that take place in the Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar settings….”

Voice of Experience – J C Stearns – Review

“Voice of Experience is a highly rewarding short story that fully merits its purchase outside of an anthology. Stearns has once again shown just how good a writer he is, able to work inside the 40k setting regardless of what race he writes about, or location he chooses..”

Thieves’ Paradise (Black Library Novella Series 2: Book 8) – Nick Horth – Review

“Thieves’ Paradise is a masterful accomplishment by Nick Horth, effortlessly blending together a vibrant and colourful cast of characters with a break-neck heist plot full of deadly traps and glittering treasures, and a brilliantly-imagined setting in the Latchkey Isle which is almost a character in its own right, given the impressive amount of detail and imagination Horth has poured into it…”

The Red Hours (Black Library Novella Series 1: Book 8) – Evan Dicken – Review

“The Red Hours is one of the finest pieces of Age of Sigmar fiction I have ever read, as well as being a great Warhammer read in general, and leads me to rank Dicken up there with the finest of his fellow newcomers to the Black Library pantheon – Parrott, Albert, Ware and Crowley. I had not read anything by Dickens before The Red Hours, but you can be certain that I will be reading (and reviewing) everything of his that I can get my hands on from now on…”