Category: Book Review

A Bleak Peek into the Future: Neon Leviathan (Grimdark, February 2020)

Hello, my darklings!

I hope this latest post finds you all well. Things are ramping up in the world with this new virus and I sincerely wish you all the best health.

This week, I’ve just finished reading a new collection soon to be published by Grimdark Magazine and written by T.R. Napper called Neon Leviathan. If you’ve ready my reviews here on this site before, you’ll notice that the review below is a bit different than my usual format. As with some of my other reviews, I originally wrote this review for Tangent Online (you can see the original here).

The Artificial Man and Other Stories by Clare Winger Harris

Hello, my darklings!

Of all the assignments I’ve received from David Truesdale at Tangent Online, this was one I really looked forward to writing.

For those of you who don’t know Clare Winger Harris, I am very excited to introduce you to her here.  She wrote scientifiction (now called science fiction) and published under her own name at a time when women writers were usually forced to do so under a man’s name.  Not only that, her works greatly influenced the creators of Superman, then just high schoolers, and her story “The Ape Cycle” was the basis for the well-loved franchise The Planet of the Apes!

If you love science fiction, I highly recommend checking out this book.

For specifics, please see my full review over at Tangent Online.  You can click the link below and it’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

The Artificial Man and Other Stories Review, published on on February 25, 2019.

“The Key of F” Book Review

key of f book coverHello, my darklings!

So this week’s independent review isn’t a new release. In fact, The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin was published on May 8, 2018.

Last month, Ms. Haskin asked me if I’d like to review a copy of the book, to which I gladly agreed.  It’s taken me a bit to get around to it, though. She requested that the original review go up on Amazon, so what follows is the review as it appears there (NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK).

“Duel Visions” Book Review

Hello, my darklings!

First, I’m going to start by saying that I’m very thrilled that Cirsova Publishing asked me to review their new release.  I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing other works they’ve produced before and I’ve always enjoyed it.  This was no less pleasurable.

The book on the menu for this review is Duel Visions, an anthology of short horror stories written by Misha Burnett and Louise Sorensen.

Why are Some of My Reviews So Short?

Hello, my darklings!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to explain something you may or may not have noticed.  If you scroll through my blog, you’ll notice that some reviews are incredibly short (such as this one on Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268).  That’s because these are essentially curated posts.

They appear short here because the reviews for those publications were written for another outlet, such as Tangent Online.  Ethically, I cannot copy/paste them to this blog and writing another review would be redundant.  As such, I’ve decided to curate them here by simply providing a link to the original along with a brief description of what was in the publication.

Clicking these links will open a new browser tab and take you directly to the review so you can read it on directly on the original outlet’s website.

One last note:  I just migrated to this new website format so most of the older blog posts are rather generic at the moment.  On the previous iteration of my website, there was an excerpt from the original review but I’m taking a different approach here and I just wanted to get all of the reviews migrated over.  I’ll fix the text in them over the next few days so that everything is consistent.



Rogues of Merth Review

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Robert Zoltan released Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue in November 2018. This single-author collection consists of ten sword-and-sorcery-style stories, heavily inspired by Fritz Leiber’s classic lovable rogues Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.  If you’re a fantasy fan, you should really check this book out.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Rogues of Merth Review, published on on December 23, 2018.

If you’ve read Zoltan’s book, let me know in the comments what you thought about Dareon and Blue!

What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Do you love Lovecraft? Then this book has what you need. Edited by Douglas Draa, What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween is a great way to kick off the scariest month of the year.  With 17 tales in all, you’ll find something you love in this anthology no matter what you like.

A suggestion: one of my personal favorites was “Nyarlahotep Came Down to Georgia” by Nancy Holder!

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

What October Brings Review, published on on October 4, 2018.

Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon

I reviewed Wild Stars III: Warmageddon by Michael Tierney for Geekisphere in June 2018.

Click on the link below to read the review.  It’ll open the review on Geekisphere’s website in a new tab.

Wild Stars 3: Warmageddon Review, published on on July 13, 2018.

C.H.U.D. Lives! A Tribute Anthology

I reviewed this book for Tangent Online in May 2018.

Click on the link below to read the review.  It’ll open the review on TO’s website in a new tab.

C.H.U.D Lives Review, published on on May 12, 2018.