Monthly Short Story Winner: Apocalypse
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Everything in Frame”

 
David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Morningstar Award
 

Morningstar Award

Gemmell Awards

 
Interview with Keith Yatsuhashi
 

Keith Yatsuhashi

Interview

 

Monthly Short Story Winner: Apocalypse

Monthly Short Story Winner: Apocalypse 

The Apocalypse. For real this time. And one none of the conspiracy theorists saw it coming. The world is going to end in a day. What will to happen until then? Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. If the world’s not going to end in your story you are out 3. Prose […]

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David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Morningstar Award

David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Morningstar Award 

There’s a certain something about watching a debut fighter take to the ring. It could be that there’s an element of the unknown. The chance of something new and different. Maybe, because the fighters are out to prove themselves, they’ll go all in, give it their everything – blood, sweat, tears and then some. Or maybe […]

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Interview with Keith Yatsuhashi

Interview with Keith Yatsuhashi 

Keith Yatsuhashi is a fantasy author and long time anime fan whose critically acclaimed books Kojiki (2016) and Kokoro (2017) are published by Angry Robot. He’s repped by Red Sofa Literary Agency. He stopped by Fantasy Faction to talk to us about his books and his writing. Hi Keith! Thank you for joining us. Please introduce […]

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Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb 

Robin Hobb’s genius isn’t flashy. The world she has created is fully articulated, complete with complex characters and histories, detailed magical systems, and fully realized political intricacies, yet she rarely is mentioned alongside Brandon Sanderson and others recognized as fantasy’s greatest world-builders. Her prose isn’t particularly flashy in the same way as writers such as […]

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Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane

Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane 

It’s probably a safe assumption that people who read my reviews are familiar with the website TV Tropes. (For those who are not, beware: this website will quite literally eat hours of your time, along with expanding your to-be-read and to-be-watched lists.) There is a certain trope which the site refers to as a Busman’s […]

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Interview with Bernard Cornwell

Interview with Bernard Cornwell 

As a longstanding fan of the writing of Bernard Cornwell, I was delighted when he agreed to answer some interview questions. The profile of his writing has been raised most recently by the television adaptation of The Last Kingdom and its scandalously irreligious hero Uhtred. However, his output of historical fiction is truly prolific, drawing […]

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Reading My Namesake: Guest Post by Titus Chalk

Reading My Namesake: Guest Post by Titus Chalk 

Titus Chalk finally reads the book after which he was named – Mervyn Peake’s gothic classic Titus Groan. “Your name is TITUS,” said Sourdust very simply, “TITUS the seventy-seventh Earl of Groan and Lord of Gormenghast. I do adjure you hold each of the cold stones sacred that clings to these, your grey ancestral walls. […]

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The Writer’s Plague

The Writer’s Plague 

If you are a booklover who didn’t die before 1997, I would wager you have difficulty finding a decent story among the piles of…muck. In the past twenty years, authors—henceforth known as the Infected—have emerged, plague-ridden, with what we will collectively call the writing bug. While I try to remain optimistic, I cannot say this […]

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Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp

Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp 

A troll, a night-hag and an undead goblin walk into a bar. What? Oh, it’s not a joke. It’s how the post-credits scene would look if Chris Sharp’s novel were a Marvel movie instead of a book. Slud of the Blood Claw Clan, Bringer of Troubles, was born at the heart of the worst storm […]

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David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Ravenheart Award

David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Ravenheart Award 

The saying goes: don’t judge a book by its cover. No… Put it down. Don’t make me get the hose! The Ravenheart award, one of three categories in the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, does just this. It invites you, anyone and everyone, to judge a selection of books by their covers and vote for […]

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Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky 

So, that Adrian Tchaikovsky is a clever bloke. He tricked me (and plenty of others, no doubt) into thinking Spiderlight was a tropey, cliched, rose-tinted throwback to the ‘good old days’ of D&D. You know the days: when men were men and spiders were spiders and women were damsels in distress and mages were all […]

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A Beginner’s Recommendation Guide to Fantasy Manga: Shonen (Adventure Fantasy)

A Beginner’s Recommendation Guide to Fantasy Manga: Shonen (Adventure Fantasy) 

You know, it’s interesting to take a look at genres from different perspectives. Here in the West, we have a very particular view of the Fantasy genre, one forged by hugely influential works such as Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian and, more recently, A Song of Ice and Fire. But what about other […]

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