Autumn: Dawn – David Moody – Review

“The survivors in London may have an uncertain future ahead of them, but the same definitely can’t be said for David Moody and his new take on his classic Autumn series: Autumn Dawn is a confident and utterly assured start to a new series, and a clear demonstration that Moody is a true master of the zombie genre. Jarring, unsettling, contemplative and action-packed all in equal measure, Autumn: Dawn is an instant classic of the zombie genre, a superb novel that demands to be read by anyone with an interest in zombie fiction, or high-quality horror fiction in general; and I cannot wait to see what Moody brings to this setting with the next book in this new series.”

The Qubit Zirconium – M Darusha Wehm – Review

“Reading The Qubit Zirconium has recharged my enthusiasm and passion for the science-fiction genre, and I’m absolutely certain it will do the same for anyone else who reads it. I cannot wait to see what Wibble and Pplimz will investigate next time, and I can be certain that I will be right alongside them and Wehm when they do so…”

Rainbringer – Edward M. Erdelac – Review

“Rainbringer is an absolutely incredible achievement, the sign of an author at the very peak of his game as a composer of horror fiction, and it has been an absolute pleasure to read through the collection and share in the passion Erdelac has for Zora Neale Hurston and her world, as well as Erdelac’s unique take on the Lovecraftian Mythos.”

The Constellation of Alarion – John Houlihan – Review

“Full of immersive, complex, and highly engaging stories that grip the reader and refuse to let go until the end of the last page, The Constellation of Alarion and Other Stories is a masterful collection that deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in original and thought-provoking science-fiction…”

Death’s Kiss – Josh Reynolds – Review

“Death’s Kiss is another brilliant Rokugan story from Josh Reynolds, a fast-paced, intricately-plotted and highly rewarding journey through the Legend of the Five Rings setting, in the company of a charming, debonair protagonist with hidden depths and a knack for witty dialogue and amusing asides. In Daidoji Shin, Reynolds has created the perfect protagonist to act as a guide into the world of the roleplaying game, deftly guiding the reader through the complex political and mythological elements of the Rokugan setting alongside a story that has the perfect blend of action, political intrigue and high drama… I very much hope that Reynolds will be commissioned to write further stories featuring Daidoji Shin, because as Death’s Kiss so aptly demonstrates, Reynolds and Aconyte are a winning combination.”

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…”