Cosmic Head Scratch

One of the common themes of Lovecraft's oeuvre and cosmic dread in general is that the threat comes not from some moral imperfection or defined antagonism but from mutual incomprehension, from a universe filled with intelligences so different from humans in outlook and scale that we are irrelevant. The analogy of humans seeming as ants … Continue reading Cosmic Head Scratch


Weeia on My Mind by Elle Boca

Boca weaves a fresh perspective on urban fantasy with the very real issues of both policing and covert operations to create a thriller driven more by ethics and character than flashy powers. This book is the second in Boca's Weeia Marshals series. There may be spoilers ahead. When one of the Weeia merchants is threatened … Continue reading Weeia on My Mind by Elle Boca

The Nightblade Epic, Volume Two by Garrett Robinson

Robinson continues to blend fast-paced low fantasy with a mature perspective on what becoming a hero actually entails in the long term. This book contains Shadeborn, Weremage, and Yerrin (the fourth, fifth, and sixth books in Robinson’s Nightblade series), along with a series of essays on the world. The news that Loren's father died of … Continue reading The Nightblade Epic, Volume Two by Garrett Robinson

Love Beyond Death Kickstarter

My short story "Nor Left Behind" will appear in Love Beyond Death, an anthology of unusual perspectives on love that transcends mortality, funding now via Kickstarter. Drawing on both British police dramas and cosmic horror, “Nor Left Behind” tells the tale of a police detective who sees an opportunity to do a good deed and … Continue reading Love Beyond Death Kickstarter

Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S. Cox

This novel is a post-apocalyptic road movie through the eyes of an innocent, both providing a story filled with adventure and peril, and questioning whether the collapse of civilisation must leave us uncivilised. The events of this book take place after Cox's The Awakened series. Spoilers ahead. Following the defeat of Archon, Althea has returned … Continue reading Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S. Cox

Invisible Fish Still Floating

Last week Joy Harjo was appointed US Poet Laureate. In a world of division, I feel joy that a country deeply flawed by overt white supremacy has appointed a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation as an avatar of its national soul. I couldn't find a recording of Joy herself reading my favourite of her works, … Continue reading Invisible Fish Still Floating

Wind and Words by Stephanie Flint

Flint blends an interesting magic system with a very personal challenge to create a quest that has a feel of real consequence without the scale (or the weight) of epic fantasy. This book is the second in the Stone and String series. Possible spoilers ahead. Edyli rescued her from the land of the dead. As … Continue reading Wind and Words by Stephanie Flint

Darkness of Heart

As any who have dared to throw aside even a corner of that blanket of comfortable illusion that men call sanity might know, Lovecraft tells us that Azathoth is "nuclear chaos". To the modern mind already laden with the dread echoes of science wrought scouring destroyer, this conjures—as some followers of Providence have stated—Azathoth as … Continue reading Darkness of Heart

NYV: Goth by K.D. McQuain

Continuing his fusion of New York youth cultures with a fresh take on vampirism, McQuain embraces the apogee of music for blood drinking in plain sight: Goth. This novel is the second in the New York Vampire series. Ineffable mysteries of the first volume might be unveiled beyond this point. Having, barely, survived Gilles' attack, … Continue reading NYV: Goth by K.D. McQuain