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Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Chris Haught is a lifelong fan of all things fantasy, since picking up a copy of The Hobbit age the age of 10, the same year that Star Wars premiered. These laid the foundation for a reading career in speculative fiction, which has expanded over time with exposure to the job market, military service, fatherhood, married life, and becoming a grandpa. These experiences contributed just enough appreciation for the absurd, cynicism, and irony to develop a love of grimdark fiction.

Death's Beating Heart character art from hardcover

REVIEW: Death’s Beating Heart by Rob J. Hayes

Picking up just moments after the ending of Sins of the Mother, Death’s Beating Heart brings us at last to the conclusion to The Eternal War. Eskara Helsene has come out of retirement to...

REVIEW: An End to Sorrow by Michael R. Fletcher

An End to Sorrow is the concluding novel in the Obsidian Path series by Michael R. Fletcher. Black Stone Heart was a finalist in the 2021 Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO), and with good...

REVIEW: Sins of the Mother by Rob J. Hayes

Two years ago, when I’d finished reading From Cold Ashes Risen, I thought I had finished a brilliant trilogy that would rank among the greats in the grimdark pantheon. I still hold to that...

REVIEW: Skallagrim – In the Vales of Pagarna by Stephen R. Babb

Two years ago I was given the chance to hear a new album by the band Glass Hammer entitled Dreaming City.  I was intrigued and within moments was able to become totally absorbed in...

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REVIEW: Scorch by Jesse Teller

A fresh new series by Jesse Teller, Scorch tells a story from two distinct perspectives. While we see shadows of his great epic The Madness Wars, this story is much smaller in scale and...

REVIEW: Spirits of Vengeance by Rob J. Hayes

Spirits of Vengeance is the third standalone novel in the Mortal Techniques series by Rob Hayes, following the excellent Never Die and Pawn’s Gambit. Though independent of the first two, this one does build...

An Interview with Jesse Teller

Jesse Teller is the prolific author of many connected (but separate) works in the fantasy world of Perilisc, including the Manhunters trilogy and the standalone novels Liefdom, Chaste, and Mestlven. He has also written...

REVIEW: Skin by Peter Fugazzotto

Skin is a novella with a creepy cover image of a human skeleton with its skin removed. The blurb is equally creepy, giving us the promise of a horror tale set in a fantasy...

REVIEW: Fate of Madness by Jesse Teller

Here we go, the final doorstop of a volume in the massive tetralogy by Jesse Teller, Fate of Madness. After the first three tomes, Onslaught of Madness, Wrath of Madness, and Plight of Madness,...

REVIEW: Norylska Groans by Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder

Grimdark steampunk Russian influenced fantasy set within an industrial city in a Russian flavored fantasy world with mob families competing over magical memory stones? I’m in! Norylska Groans is a fine fantasy collaboration between...