An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 5

Part 5 so soon? Yeah man feeling slightly better and there are so many authors to introduce! I remember this all started as an idea for a pinned post in the group on Facebook and it somehow turned into a blog, not to mention the group grows bigger every month. I’m planning at least another 6 posts about the authors and after that it’s on to my fellow bloggers/reviewers and of course the team behind Grimdark Magazine.


Brian Barr has written short stories, comic books and novels. His writing is pretty unique considering he doesn’t steer clear of LGBTQ characters instead he embraces them. His short stories have been featured in anthologies and his most recent work The Head inspired by a dream he head came out just last month

A woman finds a head in her mother’s garden.

Things get weirder when the head talks to her…

The Head


Richard Writhen Originally from Rhode Island, Richard Writhen also lived in NYC for about ten years. He has been e-published on several notable sites such as the MightyThorJRS Blog,, and and is the author of three novellas on Amazon KDP; A Kicked Cur, A Host of Ills and The Hiss Of The Blade. Richard also writes short form in the styles of Gothdark, Grimdark, GDSF and Psychological Horror, and will eventually be exploring the weird west.

Two petty mercenaries are falsely accused of switching sides in a feud between two rich and powerful magnates; an ex-miner on the run from a murder charge becomes a reaver and embroiled in a romance; an industrial lieutenant is recruited to help capture a serial killer and an entire city is in danger of being ensorcelled by an ancient monk.

The Hiss Of The Blade (The Celestial Ways Saga Book 1)


Wade Garret author of Genesis is one of my favorite new authors on the block, he writes dark fantasy with a steam/dieselpunk twist. His first novel inspired by Dune and the Dark Tower is called Genesis (Kingdom Come Series) and was published in 2013

Jak Hartlen, 19, the son of William and Mary, will face many thresholds of flesh and mind on his road to reaping the Whirl Wind; seeds of grief and guilt only now coming to fruition.
If only they’d know what they were doing…
The Gan and their Areht who shape the world behind the scenes will hate him, because he’s a threat they’re not sure can be chained. The Pillars and their Faithful who spread the world’s leading religion will fear him, because his existence, once known, will challenge Ages of dogma and accepted history.
The Crimson King and its Servants who seek to return to power, destroying all that remains of The White, will hunt him, because even in death, they’re not sure he’ll ever bow to the Dark. They all Should. For as One of Five with the power to shake the world, they will hollow his heart and mind through countless sacrifice and vengeful selfishness.


Genesis (Kingdom Come Series, #1)


Among the many authors of the Grimdark group there are also quite a few familiar faces like James A. Moore you know the guy from Bloodstained Oz and Buffy the Vampire Slayers novelization Chaos Bleeds. He’s been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for best novel for his book Serenity Falls. James has written so much in several genres his most recent novel is called The Last Sacrifice

Since time began, the Grakhul – immortal servants of the gods – have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When they choose the family of warrior Brogan McTyre, everything changes.

Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life to free his family from their terrible fate. But when you challenge the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his kin are hunted like criminals – but nothing will stand in his way.

The Last Sacrifice


Last for today is Josiah Bancroft his writing is as beautiful as his art. He also writes poetry which has been featured in dozens of magazines luckily for us he also writes fantasy. His first novel is Senlin Ascends ( The Books of Babel ) and came out in 2013 it is part of a quadrilogy.

Senlin, a mild-mannered school teacher, is drawn to the Tower of Babel by the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The ancient and immense Tower seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving, Senlin loses his young wife, Marya, in the crowd.

Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through slums and theaters, prisons and ballrooms. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find Marya, Senlin will have to do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)


I’ll try to keep up this time around wouldn’t want y’all to get bored + you know we have to keep stacking up on our tbr piles. Something I didn’t mention before is that many of the authors featured also sell their books doodled through Facebook and their websites so feel free to poke them about it just don’t poke about release dates

Here’s a picture of our Lord Dark Matheny in his younger years

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Dear Debut Authors of 2018

Great read!


You’ve written a book. An agent loved it. Publishers loved it. You got an advance. You can live on it! Your book comes out to rave reviews. You’re interviewed in SFX and Sci-fi Now. You have a blog tour. You tour book shops. You go to conventions. You meet all your heroes. You go to GRRM’s party. You meet people in publishing, and they’re the best people you’ve ever met. You meet authors, and finally you can talk to someone who knows what it’s like.

Oh, and did I mention how dreadful things might just feel?

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Christmas Indie author special 3

This part will be a little longer than the previous posts as to include more authors without it getting too spammy.

After reading some reviews Angel Blackwood’s novel Kindling is probably best described as grimdark epic fantasy with plenty of magic and gore


When Zahir, a desert nomad with a dark past, entered Ashet, he wasn’t expecting to be hauled off to prison.
When Absalom deserted the military, he never thought an army would form around him to fight the most powerful women in the country.
Marietta believed she’d die in a cell in the Black Caves. She never expected freedom or to join with other broken souls to end the torture and experimentation for good.
Desdemona seized the throne of the Order of Obsidian Embers ready to implement her vision of a safer world. She never imagined such opposition. Not that it would stop her.
With magical warfare, mad rulers, and old scores to settle, how can anyone know hero from villain? And if the people who have been fighting for years can’t tell the difference, how can Zahir choose the right side?


A.M. Justice writes fantasy/science fiction which probably falls into the grimdark genre A Wizard’s Forge came out last year.


On a distant planet, giant, intelligent insects hold the secret to unbridled power and a young woman’s destiny, but Victoria the Blade will defy fate to seek revenge.

Taken from her homeland and sold into slavery, Vic endures months of torment by a cruel tyrant before she seizes an opportunity to escape. After enlisting in a war against her former master, she gains bloody satisfaction raiding his forces. Yet her ordeal haunts her, alternately feeding and thwarting her hunger for vengeance.

Prince Ashel shirks his royal obligations to pursue music and Vic with equal ardor. Calamity and murder change everything, and his own vengeful quest leads to capture and imprisonment. Facing the tyrant’s worst cruelties, Ashel must summon the nobility he has long ignored.

Leading Ashel’s rescue mission, Vic discovers her mysterious destiny. Surviving by wits and will, Ashel learns an ugly truth. Death follows Vic’s footsteps as she goes to confront their enemy, but to defeat him, she must free herself of the past.


M.D. Presley’s debut fantasy novel came out last year and is called The Woven Ring the next installment called The Imbued Lockblade is already out as well. As it involves muskets it falls into the flintlock fantasy genre (I’m clueless when it comes to all the subgenres so if I’m wrong sorry)


A fantasy reimagining of the American Civil War, The Woven Ring pits muskets against magic, massive war machines against mind readers, and glass sabers against soldiers in psychic exoskeletons.

In exile since the civil war that tore the nation of Newfield apart, former spy and turncoat Marta Childress wants nothing more than to quietly live out her remaining days in the West. But then her manipulative brother arrives with one final mission: Transport the daughter of a hated inventor deep into the East. Forced to decide between safely delivering the girl and assassinating the inventor, Marta is torn between ensuring the fragile peace and sparking a second civil war.

Aided by an untrustworthy Dobra and his mysterious mute companion, Marta soon discovers that dark forces, human and perhaps the devil herself, seek to end her quest into the East.


Samantha Nocera writes horror her first novel is quite long but according to most reviews it’s definitely worth the time


Civilization’s twilight approaches, with none aware of the impending peril. What if the savior of the human species was not Jewish, Christian or Muslim? What if he was not even a good man? Spanning decades, the tale of the life of Julian Andreas Würger carries him from child to man to monster to king, the subject of a bitter prophecy which he knows he cannot hope to evade. In him are commingled both hope and horror, truth and terror, and all that he touches is forever changed. Violence brings forth violence; how then can peace prevail, in this, the End of Days? St. John of Patmos wrote of a cycle’s ending. Hellscape: the Fifth Horseman speaks of the final portent, of that which even St. John could not bear to write. For all that lives must one day die, and the hubris of mankind must be razed to its foundations for order to rise anew from chaos and fire.


James Alderdice’s debut novel is called Brutal: An Epic Grimdark Fantasy. The title speaks for itself


A man of violence. A duchess with dangerous desires. Two warring wizards. Things in Aldreth are going to get Brutal. A man known only as the Sellsword has come to the border city of Aldreth, where rival wizards struggle for control of a weak-willed duke. Amidst murderous conspiracies and a scandal plagued dynasty, the Sellsword plays all sides to his advantage, bringing about a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men, while wooing the reckless and willful duchess. Though corrupt paladins, demonic adepts, and a surprisingly formidable assassin stand between the Sellsword and the unwholesome truth, spells and blades might not be what take the Sellsword down. It could be plain old bad luck…


Richard Nell’s Kings of Paradise came out in august this year and falls into the darker bit of the fantasy genre. Apparently there’s some cannibalism in the story nomnomnom


Ruka, son of Beyla, is a monster. Single-born, twisted, and ugly, Ruka has the bright, golden eyes of a wolf. But his mind is as vast as the open sea.

Born in the frozen, snow-covered wasteland of the Ascom—the land of ash—Ruka was spared from death at birth by his mother’s love. Now, he is an outlaw, and dreams only of vengeance. But can a broken genius find redemption? Can he fulfill his mother’s dreams, and use his gifts to change the world? Or once he has it in his grasp, will he simply break it apart?

Across a vast sea is the white-sand island paradise of Sri Kon.

There, Ratama Kale Alaku is fourth and youngest son of the island monarch men call the Sorcerer King. At sixteen, Kale is a disappointment. His father has sent him away to the navy, perhaps in hopes of salvaging a once-promising child, or perhaps just to get rid of him.

Now Kale must prove his worth – not just to his father, but to himself. He must become more than just a wastrel prince, and quickly, or else lose all hope of purpose, or love.

And though Kale does not yet know how or why, he stands on the cusp of discovery. For his path, his ‘Way’, is perhaps the only hope for his family, his people, and as the storm gathers in the land of ash, maybe the world itself…


Matt Moss writes fantasy and his first novel The Path of Man  came out last year


Arkin’s world is changed forever when a stranger rides into town looking for an artifact that Arkin’s father would trade his own life to protect — a book that holds the secrets of the past and possibly the fate of the future. Suddenly, Arkin is thrown into an age-old war between the Order and the Dark Society. The kingdom is already in turmoil over the scarcity of jobs and the rationing of food, and now the church is trying to convert the people from their faith of old to a new and less holy religion.

Arkin will need all the help he can get to save the people he loves and the land he calls home. Somewhere out there lies the Garden of Stones, a place of myth and magic that Arkin and his new band of friends and warriors are hoping will be the miracle they need to turn the tides of war. Choices made in the past ripple through time as Arkin puts the pieces together. His choices will determine the future of all as he follows The Path of Man.


C.T. Phipps writes well where do I start? His latest book which he co-wrote with Michael Suttkus is urban fantasy, features a weredeer and is set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton.

Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan, and her eighteenth birthday promises the beginning of her teenage dreams coming true.

Unfortunately, her birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend’s sister in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect. Allying with an eccentric FBI agent, the local crime lord, and a snarky werecrow, Jane has her work cut out for her in turning her big day around.

Thankfully, she’s game.


Sean E. Britten writes… well honestly I have no idea if it fits any genre it sounds a bit like Myke Cole meets dystopian. I’m quite intrigued after reading the cover blurb who doesn’t love yakuza and cannibals?


‘Slayerz’, it’s America of the not-too-distant future’s favourite blood sport. Fifteen pairs of criminals taken from either death row or a life sentence enter the arena and only one team leaves. Each team of two are linked together by a device called a ‘kill switch’. If one contestant dies they’ll take the other with them, forcing the pairs of ultra-violent odd couples to work together or perish.
When ex-police detective James Hageman is recruited by the Slayerz’s producers he sees the deadly game as a potential second chance. But paired up with one of the worst serial killers in living memory, James begins to question what the true cost will be if they manage to slaughter their way to the finish line and go free.
Up against hulking Nazis, crazed cannibals, Yakuza assassins and assorted hitmen, lunatics and killers nothing is for certain or off limits. The only rule is the team that slays together, stays together.



Edward M. Erdelac is probably most know for his weird Lovecraftian weird western series Merkabah series. He has written numerous other books not all in the weird western genre


The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams the demon haunted American West of 1879 in search of the renegade teacher who betrayed his enclave. But as the trail grows fresher, shadows gather, and The Hour Of The Incursion draws near… Four novella episodes in one book.

In a town hungry for blood, the Rider encounters a cult of Molech worshippers bent on human sacrifice(‘The Blood Libel’). A murderous, possessed gunman descends upon a mountain town, and only the Rider stands in his way (‘Hell’s Hired Gun’). A powerful ju ju man with powers rivalling the Rider’s own holds a fledgling Mexican boomtown in his sway (‘The Dust Devils’). Finally the Rider faces the Queen of Demons and a bordello full of antedelluvian succubi (‘The Nightjar Women’).


Read any of the books listed on the blog please leave reviews!


Indie Author Christmas special part deux

In an effort to not make this a yearly thing here’s part 2.

Matthew Johnson also writes fantasy with a bit of mythology mixed in, his first book is Ascension and it came out in january of this year.


Exiled and orphaned by war, Jarrod begins cultivating a new life protecting those he once saved. When a strange woman and child enter Jarrod’s life, everything begins to unravel. A stronger, more powerful force sets the mechanisms of war into motion. Shadow casts over the land of man and the gods prepare to battle for the fate of the Created. Once more Jarrod discovers himself a tool for the divine and must transcend his limitations.


Charles McGarry writes in the fantasy and science fiction genre and yes there will be dragons!


Within these pages you will find a variety of different stories to satisfy your inner dragon. It is chock full of magic, strange worlds, fantastic creatures (including dragons of course), and numerous other little oddities that are sure to keep you entertained. So, relax with your favorite dragon and be transported.


Next we have the lovely M.L. Spencer and no she doesn’t write romance she writes fantasy. Her first book is called Darkmage which came out in 2012 she’s currently working on the last book in the Rhenwars saga and also Art of War


Darien Lauchlin has already lost everything; now, the only thing he has left to lose is his soul. When his own brother sacrifices the woman he loves to unseal the Well of Tears, gateway to the Netherworld, Darien finds himself the last surviving Sentinel capable of defending his world against the ancient Enemy from the north and the demons his brother has unleashed upon the land. But Darien’s hands are tied; he has sworn the Oath of Harmony, vowing never to use his power in the taking of a life. As the Enemy masses in numbers never before seen, Darien finds himself faced with an impossible decision: remain steadfast to his Oath and watch helplessly as nations fall around him…or to become himself the most destructive force his world has ever known. Accompanied by his acolyte, Kyel Archer, and Naia Seleni, a priestess of Death, Darien begins a perilous journey that will lead him down a path of utter self-destruction. In the name of duty, Darien will see crowns toppled, friends sacrificed, and the land he loves desecrated. For there is a very slippery slope between duty…and brutal inhumanity. Darkmage is an allegorical study in the moral choices and ethics of war, explored through rich metaphor and symbolism. The story ponders the age-old question, “Does the end ever truly justify the means?”


Onto S.C. Flynn writes epic fantasy. His newest book The Hidden Face came out last month and it is the first book in a five book series. (hence The fifth Unmasking), book two will be out mid 2018


Once every few hundred years the sun-god, the Akhen, takes on human form and descends to earth. Each Unmasking of the Face of the Akhen ends one era and begins another; the last one created the Faustian Empire. Where and when will the Face next appear, and who will he – or she – be?

Dayraven, son of a great hero, returns to Faustia after years as a hostage of their rivals, the Magians. Those years have changed him, but Faustia has changed as well; the emperor Calvo now seems eccentric and is controlled by one of Dayraven’s old enemies. Following the brutal murder of his old teacher, Dayraven is drawn, together with a female warrior named Sunniva, into the search for an ancient secret that would change the fate of empires.


Last one for today is my lord Martin Owton half-man half-cyborg who writes fantasy. Exile is the first book in the Nandor Tales Series.

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Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.


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The Indie author Christmas special

It’s Christmas so lets send some love to all the indie authors out there! As I suck at coming up with sentences longer than 10 words I shamelessly stole the blurbs from Goodreads


Paul S. Lavender writes fantasy and was a contender for the SPFBO 2017. His book The Eighth God came out in january of this year. It features orcs, a half-elven battle mage and orcslayers


The blurb

For thousands of years, five great fortresses have stood sentinel between the Borderlands and the rapacious Orcs. But the Orcs have allies, and these allies are about to set a chain of events in motion that will lead to war…
Heroes will rise to answer the call.

Saethryth has just returned from the Orc Lands where he has been killing them for over twenty years. He is one of the last Orcslayers left alive.

Melress is a Half-Elven Battle Mage, recently promoted to Captain and sent to the fortress of Knight’s Perch, where there are rumours of a traitor.

Tierra has been sleeping with the enemy, and now she wants revenge.

And Bazak-Kul, well he just wants to get home alive.

They and others will face the onslaught at Knight’s Perch, but battle is the least of anyone’s problems because The Eighth God is on the rise and everything can change when the Gods are playing.


Next up is burrito lover Michael McClung who won the SPFBO back in 2015 he also writes fantasy. The Thief  Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids was released in 2012 and he’s currently working on releasing his next book Prayers in Steel in early 2018


This is the blurb for The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

Amra Thetys lives by two simple rules—take care of business, and never let it get personal. Thieves don’t last long in Lucernis otherwise. But when a fellow rogue and good friend is butchered on the street in a deal gone wrong, she turns her back on burglary and goes after something more precious than treasure: Revenge.

Revenge, however, might be hard to come by. A nightmare assortment of enemies, including an immortal assassin and a mad sorcerer, believe Amra is in possession of The Blade That Whispers Hate—the legendary, powerful artifact her friend was murdered for—and they’ll do anything to take it from her. Trouble is, Amra hasn’t got the least clue where the Blade might be.

She needs to find the Blade, and soon, or she’ll be joining her colleague in a cold grave instead of avenging his death. Time is running out for the small, scarred thief.


Yarrrr I heard you like pirates! So read some of Rob J. Hayes’s books. Where Loyalties was released in may of this year it’s set in the same world as his previous grimdark fantasy The Ties that Bind (part of a trilogy)


Le blurb

Everybody knows Captain Drake Morass is only out for himself.

As the fires of a dying city burn on a distant shore, Drake sees an opportunity to unite the other pirate Captains under his flag and claim a crown for himself. If he is to succeed, he will need allies and the Oracle named Keelin Stillwater, the best swordsman in the isles, as his right hand.

With enemy ships sailing his waters and setting fire to his cities, and the sinister Tanner Black threatening to steal the throne before Drake even has a chance to sit upon it, Drake Morass must somehow convince the other Captains that his best interests are also theirs.


I’m currently reading Hiss of the Blade by Richard Writhen.



Two petty mercenaries are falsely accused of switching sides in a feud between two rich and powerful magnates; an ex-miner on the run from a murder charge becomes a reaver and embroiled in a romance; an industrial lieutenant is recruited to help capture a serial killer and an entire city is in danger of being ensorcelled by an ancient monk


R.B. Watkinson writes epic fantasy and her first book came out in january of 2016, she’s currently working on an anthology for charity called  Art of War which will feature a lot of the other authors I’ll be writing about in the next days.


Against a background of failing states, magik, and spirits, Coryn and Katleya lose all they have and must flee all they know. Coryn, protected by a cracked amulet, must find his sister and fulfill an oath. Katleya, with just her wits and her knives to defend herself, for her Wealdan allows her to only see the magical Wefan, is desperate to reach a Haven where she can learn to use her power fully. But she is hunted by those meaning to use her for terrible purposes of their own.

A story as intricate and as powerful as any Weaving of the Wefan.


Graham Austin-King is currently also working on his story for Art of War. His latest book Faithless is even darker than his Fae books. Faithless was also part of the SPFBO this year


The temples of the Forgefather have fallen. The clerics and defenders that could once be found across the nine lands are no more. Priests huddle in the great temple, clinging to the echoes of their lost religion. But the Father has fallen silent. There are none who still hear his voice.

The mines of Aspiration lie far below the temple’s marble halls. Slaves toil in the blackness, striving to earn their way into the church and the light. Wynn has been sold into this fate, traded for a handful of silver. In the depths of the mines, where none dare carry flame, he must meet his tally or die. But there are things that lurk in that darkness, and still darker things within the hearts of men.

When the souls bound to the great forge are released in a failed ritual, one novice flees down into the darkness of the mines. The soulwraiths know only hunger, the risen know only hate. In the blackest depths Kharios must seek a light to combat the darkness which descends


Art of War is an anthology in the makes and is expected to be released in February of 2018. It will feature 40 known and lesser known authors, such as Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns), Miles Cameron (The Red Knight), Brian Staveley (The Emperor’s Blades),  Ben Galley ( The Heart of Stone), Nicholas Eames ( Kings of the Wyld), Dyrk Ashton (Paternus), D.M Murray (Red Season Rising) and many many more.Big thanks to Petros Triantafyllou from Booknest. All the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders

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So, with clear consciences, several busloads of excellent and acclaimed fantasy authors have applied themselves to the task of penning a veritable mountain of words on the subject of The Art of War, expect bloodshed, gore, pathos, insight, passion, and laughs. Maybe even a wombat. Who knows. Anyway, as the original blurb said: “It’s good. Buy it.”
-Mark Lawrence


Fantasy, Sci-Fi and horror bloggers group

As the title says I’ll be making a special group for bloggers on Facebook so we can discuss,learn and help each other in our blogging life. I still need to come up with a name any suggestions are welcome.Want to join send me an email at or contact me through Facebook. The group will be up some time next week





Jaded by Blogging

The Tattooed Book Geek


I decided to take a break from both blogging and social media over this past weekend and yesterday, I doubt any of you even noticed but I wasn’t around with my usual humour and sarcasm. It took over a year of blogging but I had my first case of minor blogger burnout, guilt and feeling jaded and despondent. I found myself questioning why I was even bothering to blog.

I’m not entirely sure that it was all down to blogging as I wasn’t in the best place myself, the two poems that I posted on the Wednesday and Thursday (Empty Throne and Darkness Decides) attest to this and my unhappiness. Yes, for those unaware I’m not always a happy person and the dark poetry that I post isn’t simply ‘words’ but a cathartic measure to bleed emotion through the written word, it’s better out than festering within and…

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An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 4

It’s been a while since I posted, reason being my poor health. Now I’ve gotten some snarky remarks about how I handle my blog and the way I write, I’d rather keep it as simple as possible and let the books do the talking. Besides we all know people will go TLDR if lengthy posts are written. So without further ado here are 5 guys you must check out.

Disclaimer: No cats were killed during the writing of this post


Starting off with Ben Galley when he isn’t trying to give his dad a heart attack dressed up as a golem he writes books and helps other authors with self publishing. Having written the Emaneska trilogy his next book, Heart of Stone is out in just 10 days! Be sure to keep an eye on his Facebook page

Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.



Next up Ulff Lehmann born in Germany but so stubborn he writes in English because well German only sounds good when it’s Rammstein. His first book Shattered Dreams was released in june 2016. Think of Gemmel’s hero Druss the Legend, Ulff’s main character is called Drangar and is way cooler. Shattered Hopes the second installment will be out soon

For two years the mercenary Drangar Ralgon has kept his back to his dark past. Afraid to live, afraid to die, Drangar tries to ignore the abyss that lies behind him. Now, faced with a war he wants nothing to do with, he finally turns around and gazes back.



Martin Owton is a scientific researcher for a major pharmaceutical company but also a very talented fantasy and science fiction writer. His book Exile part 1 in the Nandor tales came out last year book 2 Nandor came out recently
Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.



Dave De Burgh is a South-African is a jack of all trades, writing, editing, bookseller and even a paranormal investigator pretty awesome! Dave’s first novel Betrayal’s Shadow ( Mahaelian Chronicle ) came out in 2015

Betrayal casts long shadows – none know this better than Brice Serholm.
As a decorated general in the kingdom’s elite Blade Knights, Brice had to overcome the taint of treason and betrayal to attain his rank. When Brice and a force of Knights are sent on a mission to investigate claims of rebellion in one of Avidar’s provinces, their ship is magically attacked, and the resulting investigation tests every oath Brice swore before his king.
Meanwhile, an inhuman infant escapes the capital’s Slave-Hold, the king’s mistress comes into possession of a unique dagger, and Del’Ahrid, the king’s most trusted First Advisor, begins to question everything he built his honour and life upon.
Events are in motion that will test every man, woman and child – and a conflict is coming that will shake the kingdom to its very foundations.




Next up is Scott Oden! Scott is probably best know for his historical novels set in ancient Greece and Egypt. His next novel A Gathering of Ravens got me well excited! The main character is an orc! A Gathering of Ravens will be released on june 20th of 2017

To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind–the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that’s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.

Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.

But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning–the Old Ways versus the New–and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?



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On the Grim and the Dark in Video Gaming by Richard Writhen

The past twenty years or so have seen the increased fusion of horror and dark material with electronic gaming, it having been pretty much the artistic forte of literature and movies up to that point; notwithstanding that moment in a Super Mario title when a koopa showed up. For example, I picked up the first Resident Evil (1996) for PS1 the week it came out, based pretty much on the cover and font and other considerations; I had never played its DOS spiritual predecessor Alone In The Dark (1992). Unlike MK3 (1995), which I had purchased the console to play, or something like Super Mario 64, which had prompted me to buy the Nintendo 64, I didn’t have an opportunity to play it before purchasing, but I was drawn to it on instinct. Imagine my surprise when I found the game to be not only highly cinematic, in a manner that video games hadn’t been up to that point, put surprisingly deep as more and more areas of the mansion that it takes place in were revealed. About the time I was playing that at home, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) hit the arcades, during what was pretty much the last hurrah for such establishments. More characters, more backgrounds, including a sort of Shao Kahn version of Hell, made it night-and-day more exciting than the original version of the game. This was followed a couple of years later by the first 3D MK game Mortal Kombat 4 (1997), which even has a delightful fatality involving ripping off your opponent’s leg at the hip and then beating them to death with it; I was quite impressed with that one. The console-only Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002), which I played on Gamecube, was even better, involving a collusion of the franchise’s two greatest villains against the rest of the characters, with a sick story mode and a brand new demon character named Drahmin which was my new favorite. And the most recent iteration of Mortal Kombat now has Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface, some of the best-known horror movie villains, as playable characters; if that isn’t a testament to the franchise’s darkness, then I just don’t know what is. But the best game that I played on Gamecube, and probably my favorite of all time, was Eternal Darkness (2002), which virtually dripped Lovecraftian themes and used Mythos Fiction tropes to create a huge tapestry of a plot featuring humans being used as puppets by a pantheon of gods to fight their petty battles on earth.

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Later, along came Resident Evil 4 (2005), and everyone was expecting pretty much the standard formula; so when I began to hear rumors of how awesome the game was, I was unconvinced at first. Yet, I bought a second GC to play it anyway, and found it to be so different from the others, so deeply immersive with its more authentic weapons and roving third person viewpoint. Add to that the grueling Mercenaries minigame, which was literally worth the cost of the game by itself in terms of replay value, and you had one of the grimmest games out there; decapitations by chainsaw, impalements on razor-sharp sword claws, it treated the player to hundreds of gruesome ways to die. It also made you responsible for rescuing the US president’s annoying teenage daughter from her doomsday virus cult kidnappers; if she was subsequently killed by any of a plethora of enemies, your game would be over too, and protagonist Leon S. Kennedy would sink to his knees, muttering, “OH … NO …” and doing a facepalm before collapsing in utter despair. Eventually, I purchased an Xbox, but as I was unimpressed with Halo, I wound up trading it and sought out something with a little more dark flavor to it. Rockstar Games’ Manhunt (2004) was the first game for that system that really spoke to me; a third person, weapon based game with quick fatalities induced when the player came up behind an enemy through the use of stealth, though there were also some firing weapons such as a shotgun for the head-on fighting.

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Looking for that same fix, I later picked up The Suffering (2004), which had a Session 9 -esque vibe but rather than take place in an abandoned lunatic asylum, it took place in an old prison that was haunted by the twisted ghosts of former inmates. While an excellent premise, the execution was a bit buggy and I later moved on to the remake of Ninja Gaiden (2004), which had originally been an 8-Bit NES game, legendary for its unforgiving difficulty level. The X-Box game was no different, as I was smacked down again and again and had to learn elaborate combos and fight god-like bosses to make progress in the game. Tecmo later released an even more heartless remix, Ninja Gaiden: Black (2005); it was far superior, adding a master ninja mode, a staff-based weapon called the Lunar and more side trials which players could post online. The X-Box 360 also had a few notably dark games on it, probably the best of which were Resident Evil 5 (2009), Ninja Gaiden 2 (2008), Dead Rising (2006), Bioshock (2007), Bioshock 2 (2010), Gears of War (2006), Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005), and Dead Space (2008). These games extrapolated on both first and third person viewpoints, storefront functionality, player upgrades and interactive environments to provide even more immersive electronic gaming than ever before. Add to that the X-Box 360’s immense graphical power and players were soon lost for months at a time in the dark worlds of their choice. I have yet to purchase a console this generation, but I often find myself in my local department store looking enviously at them and the many new day one editions, special editions and the like which are now available for them, often at a discounted price once the initial demand dies down for that particular title. One day, I hope to get back to it …

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