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RyanHowse

RyanHowse

Ryan is a mid-30s nerd, married, with two kids. Also two cats–Cathulhu and Necronomicat. He likes, in no particular order, tabletop gaming, board games, arguing over books, ancient history and religion, and puns. You can find him as unconundrum on reddit.

REVIEW: Legacy of the Brightwash by Krystle Matar

Legacy of the Brightwash is the debut novel by Krystle Matar, and it’s an excellent start to a richly detailed world. Legacy of the Brightwash follows Tashué Blackwood, a former war hero, now an...

REVIEW: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, is a masterfully-executed slow-burn horror novel. Noemí Taboada is a young, sly socialite. Though she appears flighty, she has a solid backbone and is cleverer than people often take...

REVIEW: The Mold Farmer by Rick Claypool

Earth has been invaded by aliens. The Mold Farmer is not the story of a cunning insurrection, or how we fought back. This isn’t even the story of survivors banding together to persevere or...

REVIEW: Wonder and Glory Forever ed. Nick Mamatas

Lovecraftian anthologies are extremely common, ranging from pulp action to comedy to horror. Wonder and Glory Forever, edited by Nick Mamatas, does something differently. In Mamatas’s words, “I…saw a thematic gap; most Lovecraftian fiction...

REVIEW: Ambergris by Jeff VanderMeer

Ambergris is a wild, anarchic city unlike any other one in fantasy. This isn’t just because the setting is richly described, bursting with life. It’s because reading an Ambergris book means reading from the...

REVIEW: Radio by J Rushing

Radio by J Rushing is an interesting two-headed beast of a book. On one hand, it feels in a lot of ways like a standard urban fantasy. Our protagonist is a Broadcaster named Marduk...

REVIEW: Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims

Thirteen Storeys is the debut novel of Jonathan Sims, head writer and voice actor for the horror podcast The Magnus Archives. Given the immense popularity of The Magnus Archives, it’s not much of a...

REVIEW: The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells

Martha Wells is now known primarily for her award-winning Murderbot series, and her Raksura series. But Wells has been writing since the early nineties, and her early work has the same energy as anything...

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

REVIEW: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling is a claustrophobic hybrid of horror and science fiction. On an impoverished mining planet with no hope for a better life, Gyre Price decides to fake her credentials...