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…”

The Jagged Edge (Maria Haskins) & The Siege of Greenspire (Anna Stephens) – Quick Review

“The Jagged Edge and The Siege of Greenspire are both outstanding Warhammer short stories, and exactly the sort of material that Black Library should be – and indeed have been – seeking out and publishing in the last few years to revitalise the fiction side of the various Warhammer settings and make them more engaging for readers and players alike. I hope to see more from both authors in their respective settings, and would be incredibly surprised if I did not see Haskins and Stephens with their names on Black Library novellas, or even full-length novels, in the next few years…”

Distant Frequencies – Frank Duffy – Review

“I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like Distant Frequencies in all the years I’ve been reading and reviewing fiction in the Horror genre. Upon finishing the collection, it becomes clear that Duffy has a unique mastery over the language of horror, one which is on full display here. Surreal plots, disquieting characters and inexplicable imagery are all blended together to create disconcerting and often thoroughly alienating landscapes that bring the reader to a place where the familiar disintegrates into the unreal and the obscene…”

Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle – Tim Symonds – Review

“Near-flawlessly written, with a keen eye for contemporary detail and surroundings – both the slums of London and the beguiling aristocratic surroundings of Cricks End are imaginatively and memorably evoked – and an innate understanding of Holmes and Watson that allows him to give them far greater depth of character than any other writer I have come across save Conan Doyle himself, Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle is nothing less than a triumph for Tim Symonds.”