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Cavan Scott’s Top Ten Villains

Who comes to mind when I think of my favourite villains? Whoever asks me to come up with a definite top ten that’s who! These things are my ultimate nemesis as, come tomorrow, I...

Vampire fiction that doesn’t suck: Where to start reading

If you know anything about me then you know I love vampire fiction. Ever since I picked up Vampire: The Masquerade 1st Edition at the tender age of fourteen, I’ve been obsessed with the...

The Top 10 Scariest Books According to A Horror Lover

Reading has been a major part of my life ever since I learned how to do it. As a timid, unadventurous, introvert, immersing myself in fictional worlds satisfies my need to try new things....
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ARTICLE: The Pandemic as a Universal Horror by A.M. Shine

She staggers down a suburban street. Her left foot has been limping since the knife sank into her thigh, but it’s the blood loss that’s slowing her down, making her weak. He’s still following...

Of Home and Heritage

Grimdark is a grey genre. Its unsettling tales exist in the shadowy veil between realism and fantasy, its characters hovering between villain and hero, life and death, hope and despair. Decisions are morally complex...
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The Music of The Band by Nicholas Eames

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Nicholas Eames’s series The Band, you should stop what you are doing and go read that right now because The Band is seriously next level....

The Wheel of Time Trailer is here!

The Wheel of Time is not a grimdark series by even loose standards but it is one of the seminal works of fantasy from the Nineties. It takes many classic tropes of fantasy: the...

Let the Characters Take the Wheel

Every now and then (eerily it’s often around the time of a book launch) I’m asked a question that boils down to “What Comes First, Plot or Character?” The answer – at least for...

Aussie stouts and book pairings to warm your grimdark heart

There are few better ways to spend a winter’s afternoon than opening up a grimdark book next to an Australian royal imperial stout (barrel aged if you can get it!), kicking your feet up...

So, you want to become an SFF book reviewer?

Book reviewing in the SFF community is an awesome gig. The books hitting our inboxes and post boxes in 2020 and 2021 just keep getting better and better. And as an SFF book reviewer,...