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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.

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REVIEW: The Witcher: S2 E1: A Grain of Truth

Welcome to the recaps of The Witcher Season 2 for Grimdark Magazine. I’m Ryan, and I enjoyed the first season of this show a lot. I haven’t read the books so a lot of...

The works of Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber was an incredibly prolific author, who won numerous awards during his life for works that nowadays seem more obscure than they should be. In addition to writing, he was a chess master,...

REVIEW: The Complete Chronicles of Conan

For sword-swinging, camel-punching action, there’s no protagonist who looms quite as large in the history of fantasy as Conan the Barbarian. Of course, he’s quite different in the books than the films—more cunning, more...

REVIEW: Road of Bones by Christopher Golden

The Road of Bones is the nickname for the Kolyma Highway, or R504, in the eastern part of Russia. It contains sections that are some of the coldest places on earth, reaching below 50...

An interview with Catherynne Valente

Catherynne Valente is the author of over twenty books, several novellas, and a long list of short fiction. Her most recent, The Past Is Red, a post-climate change story of the last of humanity...

REVIEW: The Fall of Babel by Josiah Bancroft

In 2016 Josiah Bancroft entered Senlin Ascends into the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. Pornokitsch (real name Jared Shurin) put it up as a tie with Phil Tucker’s Path of Flames, and was so enthusiastic about...

REVIEW: There Is No Antimemetics Division

The SCP Foundation is a collaborative setting that anyone can add to. It stands for Secure, Contain, and Protect, and deals with a specialized bureaucracy dealing with things that don’t make sense in our...

REVIEW: When Things Get Dark edited by Ellen Datlow

When Things Get Dark is a new anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. Datlow is a well-respected anthologist, who has won plenty of awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award three times. This made her the...

REVIEW: Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect 3 had an ending that could be described as ‘controversial at best.’ Mass Effect: Andromeda did fine commercially but was definitely not the shot in the arm that the franchise needed. And...

REVIEW: The Past is Red by Catherynne Valente

The Past is Red is Catherynne Valente’s novella-length sequel to her short story, The Future Is Blue (also included with this book.) It follows Tetley Abednego, the most hated girl in Garbagetown. The Future...