40 Years of The Perfect Organism: Does Alien Hold Up?
 

Does Alien Hold Up?

40th Anniversary Movie Review

 
As I Learn: Or Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Pantser
 

Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Pantser

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Monarchies of Mau – Role-playing Core Rulebook Review
 

Monarchies of Mau

Role-playing Core Rulebook Review

 

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40 Years of The Perfect Organism: Does Alien Hold Up?

40 Years of The Perfect Organism: Does Alien Hold Up? 

Spoiler Warning! This article contains many spoilers! When I was about 15, Aliens had a reputation among my friends as a great film. It was part war movie, part science fiction film: futuristic in a tough, edgy way. After watching it on a battered VHS videocassette and thinking it was excellent, I settled down to […]

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Frostgrave and Carnevale – Two Skirmish Wargame Reviews

Frostgrave and Carnevale – Two Skirmish Wargame Reviews 

In the last couple of years, tabletop gaming has become more popular. A lot of people don’t have the space, budget or playing time for vast wargames involving hundreds of models, and smaller-scale, skirmish games have arisen to fill the gap. I thought I’d have a look at two such games: Carnevale, sold by TTCombat, […]

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Sometimes trips to the local charity shop can be a bust. There are however rare occasions where you’ll find a gem. For me, that gem was Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Confession time: the only other works by Gaiman that I’ve read are The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, Hansel & Gretel […]

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The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen

The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen
4.25

The Blighted City begins with a quest and ends with a beautiful contemplation of filial love, loyalty, duty, and grief in a story that blazes a trail out of standard epic fantasy into a really fresh, original science fantasy narrative. The novel starts with an engaging first chapter in which Maros, a retired mercenary and […]

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This Dreaming Isle edited by Dan Coxon – An Anthology by Unsung Stories

This Dreaming Isle edited by Dan Coxon – An Anthology by Unsung Stories
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This Dreaming Isle by Unsung Stories is a collection of supernatural short stories by different authors inspired by British folklore, British history and the British landscape. Not quite one thing or another, it wanders back and forth across the shadowy borderland between urban fantasy, gothic horror and grown-up fairy-tales. Dreaming is the operative word here, […]

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Harlem Unbound by Chris Spivey – Cthulhu Mythos RPG Setting Review

Harlem Unbound by Chris Spivey – Cthulhu Mythos RPG Setting Review 

I should note that a whole team of people worked on this book, from writers to artists and editors. It’s not clear who wrote on which section, however. So, where I’ve felt the need to mention the writers by a name, I’ve credited Chris Spivey himself, as the mastermind of the book. My apologies to […]

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5 Supernatural Tales to Scare Away the Christmas Cheer

5 Supernatural Tales to Scare Away the Christmas Cheer 

What’s better than roasting chestnuts on an open fire? How about reading a novel to send shivers up your spine? The holiday season is almost upon us, and it’s high time we fought back the good cheer and colour with ghosts, goblins, and creatures of the night. The following novels are ideal stories for a […]

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The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
4.5

The late Victorian era was a time of new and dangerous ideas. The concept of evolution challenged traditional religious belief. The first few voices were questioning the politics of Empire. Ideas of hypnotism and psychology were starting to be taken seriously. H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau is a vivid, uncomfortable exploration of […]

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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Autumn is here and right around the corner is Halloween. I usually pass on scary books and films because I like my sleep. But, as it’s the time of year for it, I picked up one of the books that has resided on my TBR pile for a while: Let the Right One In by […]

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Darkly Dreaming by Chloe Hammond

Darkly Dreaming by Chloe Hammond
3.5

This is a book about vampires, about becoming one and subsequently coping with the changes that being a fatal predator of the night brings (i.e. expect a high body-count). It’s also about the healing power of friendship, about marrying the wrong person, regrets, living life through fantasies and all the different ways that human beings […]

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Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review

Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review 

How far would you go to protect your child? Would you destroy a community? Commit genocide? Kill another’s child? On the Swedish urban fantasy crime drama Jordskott, the answer to these questions is often yes. Jordskott could be described as The Killing meets Trollhunter. It begins when Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel), a troubled police detective, […]

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Nina Allan Interview – The Rift

Nina Allan Interview – The Rift 

Nina Allan is one of the finest writers operating in the field of speculative fiction. Her debut novel The Race (2014) was released to critical acclaim, and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award, the Kitschies, and the John W. Campbell award. Her second novel The Rift (2017), one of Fantasy-Faction’s top novels of last […]

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