Triggering a Dream

Earlier this month, my review of Marillion's B'Sides Themselves appeared in Issue 7 of Mythaxis Review. As this is the only album I can remember ever reviewing, it will be no surprise to hear it is significant to me. However, the ways it is significant have shifted over time. I bought the album on cassette … Continue reading Triggering a Dream

The Safekeeper by Esther Archer Lakhani

Lakhani mixes mysterious technologies and strange beings with drives familiar to all humans to create a fresh perspective on the idea of a covert alien infiltration of Earth. Many years ago, aliens arrived discreetly on Earth. Now certain humans have a little alien in their mix, making them suitable vessels for temporary alien mind-swaps. Fifteen-year-old … Continue reading The Safekeeper by Esther Archer Lakhani

Keeping It Wheel?

Last week, the social media archons decided my reality should feature discussion of the question “If one of your players wanted to play a character in a wheelchair, would you make your dungeons accessible?” My answer—no doubt unsurprisingly to frequent readers—is: it depends on the exact circumstance. The question hides another one: if one of … Continue reading Keeping It Wheel?

Revolutionary by Colleen Cowley

Cowley continues her tale of an America changed by the existence of magic with a blend of political thriller and romance that will appeal to fans of either. This is the third and final book in Cowley’s Clandestine Magic series. Possible spoilers ahead. After being used to power a weapon of magical destruction, Peter is … Continue reading Revolutionary by Colleen Cowley

The Sapphire Soul by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends the issues that arise after the hero has saved the kingdom with the additional complexities of non-standard relationships and an engaging world of his own making. This novel is the third volume in the Eldritch Heart series. As Cox himself said at the start of the previous book, sharp pointy spoilers ahead. Having … Continue reading The Sapphire Soul by Matthew S. Cox

Advent Ghosts: Uncountable Sorrow

A joyous Yule or other festival of choice to everyone. As in previous years, I am participating in Loren Eaton’s Advent Ghosts 100-word scary story project. This year, a story inspired by a Wiltshire legend: Uncountable Sorrow Twelve stones. It was silly; a story made up by locals to get outsiders to buy drinks. But … Continue reading Advent Ghosts: Uncountable Sorrow

Outsiders Within Release

Outsiders Within, containing twelve tales of the dark gulf behind our pretence of a rational universe, is now available in ebook and paperback from major retailers. Summon forth your copy today. We fear discovery when we should fear what there is to discover. Lovecraft and his successors show a world where human civilisation is only … Continue reading Outsiders Within Release