REVIEW: This Thing of Darkness by Allan Batchelder

“What if William Shakespeare faked his death to live in Jamestown? What if there was a monster in the woods there?” Either of these could be the basis for a fun alternate history novel but combined have a very quirky and interesting story. The fact This Thing of Darkness is being reviewed in Grimdark Magazine should tell you that the results are a bit on the darker side, though. Allan Batchelder is the author of the excellent Immortal Treachery fantasy series, and I was thus interested in seeing what he came up with in his latest standalone.