The Writerly Raven

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, November 2018

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

This month’s issue of Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores contains only a single science fiction short story by Jared VanDyke.  “Spicer’s Modest Success” is definitely a worthwhile read!

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

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Review, published on TangentOnline.com on November 28, 2018.


Grimdark #17, October 2018

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Grimdark #17 brings three stories to the table this October, starting with “A Risk of Malice” by Devin Madson, “Child of the Emptyness” by Amanda J. Spedding, and “A Place of Peace and Joy and Rest” by Brian Staveley.

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

Grimdark #17 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on October 12, 2018.


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 TangentOnline.com on October 4, 2018.


Aurealis #114, September 2018

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Aurealis #114 features three original stories, including the future of dating in “Fail” by Sarah Napier, a smoking hot form of revenge in “A Figure in the Haze,” and a sparking fantasy a tale in “The Glassblower’s Peace” by James Rowland.

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

Aurealis #114 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on September 15, 2018.


Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, August 2018

This month, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores brings us a story by Joan Stewart called “Rapunzel—A Re-Winding.”  I really quite liked this story.  Stewart takes the familiar tale and turns it a bit on its head, exploring notions like love, magic, and misconceptions.  If you love fairy tales, then you’ll enjoy this.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It will open a new tab directly to the review on TO’s website.

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Review, published on TangentOnline.com on September 1, 2018.

Leave a note in the comments if you had the chance to read Stewart’s story!


Nightmare #70, July 2018

Allison Littlewood and Caspian Gray are the two authors featured in July’s Nightmare Magazine #70.  Littlewood’s “Ways to Wake” is has hints of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” while Gray’s “Kylie Land” tells of a lonely boy who makes a new friend with an unusual talent—the ability to step into people’s minds.

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

Nightmare #70, published on TangentOnline.com on July 21, 2018.


Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon

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

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


Nightmare #69, June 2018

I reviewed this short fiction magazine for Tangent Online in June 2018.

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Nightmare #69, published on TangentOnline.com on June 22, 2018.


Black Static #63, May/June 2018

I reviewed this short fiction magazine for Tangent Online in June 2018.

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Black Static #63, published on TangentOnline.com on June 21, 2018.


Maidenfall by Tara Grímravn

As originally published on Medium

Who’s the girl, then? Come now…It must be someone here in Eskivik sent you trekking all the way up that mountain to Maidenfall. The lovely Vigdis, maybe? Or dark-haired Ragnhild? You’ve fancied her ever since I can remember. Ah, the peddler’s daughter, is it? Esja’s her name, right? Aye, a pretty one, that. I can see how she stole your heart. By the look of you, I’m guessing you feel your tribute to Itaia was successful then? You’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure — Esja usually comes ‘round to the tavern this time of day with her wares.