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Durand Welsh

Durand Welsh

Durand Welsh lives in Sydney, Australia, where he’ll read anything with a spaceship or a sword on the front cover. He always enjoys a good action-filled romp, and given his gimpy knee and lack of private healthcare, it’s probably best for everyone that these only occur in his imagination. His dream is to one day grow a beard, preferably his own.

REVIEW: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was a hell of a lot of grimdark fun, so it’s an understatement to say I was keen to get my hands on Ravencry, the second instalment in the Raven’s Mark series. Ravencry...

REVIEW: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was one of the best grimdark debuts of last year. With the sequel Ravencry on the horizon, there is no better time to look back at the first book in Ed McDonald’s Raven’s...

Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Dragons, fire-fighters, post-collapse America, powered mech suits, robots, ghosts: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby is a heady mash-up of tropes and genres. The novel could loosely be described as a mix of cop drama,...

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson

How Thomas Covenant Changed Fantasy

Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever is an epic fantasy trilogy first published in 1977. Its titular main character, Thomas Covenant, is from a 20th century town in our world. He’s...

Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

Review: Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

While Necrotech is ostensibly cyberpunk, its darkness and violence are enough to earn it a place in the grimdark sci-fi category. The protagonist, Riko, is a violent, vulgarity spewing “splatter specialist” in a dystopian...

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

THE WAKING FIRE is Book One of the Draconis Memoria, a new fantasy series from the author of the acclaimed Raven’s Shadow series. The setting owes a debt to steampunk but, unlike traditional steampunk,...

A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory

Review: A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory

Brett Savory is best known for his short horror fiction, so it’s no surprise that his first novel, A Perfect Machine, concerns itself with secret societies, aberrant rituals and the implacable erosion of one...

The Godless by Ben Peek

Review: The Godless by Ben Peek

The grimdark fantasy market is spoiled for multi-book epics. Abercrombie, Martin, and Bakker all have well-established series battling it out on the shelves. Fighting for a space between them would be a daunting prospect...

Snakewood by Adrian Selby

Review: Snakewood by Adrian Selby

Make no mistake: Snakewood is grimdark. It’s grimdark and then some. Moral ambiguity infuses all the major characters, and no clear line is ever drawn between right and wrong, good and evil. Snakewood is...

Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

Review: Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

Urban fantasy is a mixed-breed animal. Horror, dark fantasy, romance, hard-boiled detective fiction, police procedural – urban fantasy pairs them off, lets them get comfy, and then births its own unique lineages of weird...