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.”

Vistas – Chris Kelso – Review

“Comprised of complex, multi-faceted and deeply impressive science-fiction stories that deftly move between subgenres, Vistas is a highly rewarding and flawlessly executed experience that showcases Kelso’s immense talent as a science-fiction author. The collection acts as clear evidence for why Kelso is seen as a rising star in the genre, with his ability to effortlessly weave together complex narratives and a stunning breadth of imagination to create compelling, innovative and thought-provoking tales…”

Elvis Saves JFK!: Stories of Alternate History – Michael Cnudde – Review

“Although he’s only published two Alternate History titles – one novel and one short story collection – having read them both I can readily testify to the fact that Cnudde is a major talent in the Alternate History genre, and one whose works deserve to be brought into the limelight and read and enjoyed by a far wider audience than they have found so far…”

The Funeral Birds (Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! Book #3) -Paula R.C. Readman – Review

“The Funeral Birds is an absolute delight to read, a smoothly-paced and tightly-plotted murder-mystery thriller, bolstered by the shrewd decision by Readman to make a husband and wife team the focus of the story. Dave and Joan really bring the story to life, giving it an energy and focus that raises it above other titles in such a crowded genre, and a unique charm that I really can’t remember seeing elsewhere…”

Sherlock Holmes and the Murder at Lodore Falls – Charlotte Smith – Review

“…I think that this would be an ideal work for someone who has read the original Conan Doyle Canon stories and wishes to become familiar with the wider world of Sherlockian fiction, without becoming overwhelmed by more detailed or complex titles. It might, perhaps, even be a good entry point to Sherlock Holmes as a whole for a Young Adult reader, and I shall certainly be introducing it to my sons when they are slightly older.”

Gloomspite – Andy Clark – Review

“Populated with engaging, multi-faceted characters who walk off the page and into your head (and heart), and set in Draconium, a fascinating city with a compelling backstory that deserves further expansion, Gloomspite is one of the most accomplished and polished Warhammer novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I near-obsessively read it over the course of a few days, finishing it far quicker than most of the scifi or horror titles I’ve read this year, and it deserves – no, demands – to be read by anyone even vaguely interested in Age of Sigmar, or Warhammer in general.”

Black Library Celebration 2020 Anthology – Review

“Another triumph for Black Library, the Black Library Celebration 2020 Anthology is a collection of top-notch stories that demonstrate just how varied and colourful the Warhammer settings have become, and how the publisher has adapted in the past few years to create new imprints to explore those settings. The anthology acts as an excellent introduction to the settings, as I’m sure was intended, moving between Warhammer 40,000, Necromunda, Age of Sigmar, the Horus Heresy and the new Warhammer Horror Imprint. But just as importantly, it functions as a showcase to demonstrate the wide breadth of talented authors commissioned by Black Library…”

Body Farm Z – Deborah Sheldon- Review

“Perfectly paced, intensely atmospheric, gory in all the right places and with just the right level of blood splatter, and with a real heart that speaks to the amount of time, skill and passion that Sheldon poured into it, Body Farm Z is what the zombie apocalypse genre should aim for; and I can only hope that Sheldon revisits the undead as subject matter, whether it’s in the Body Farm Z universe or not.”