What Lurks Below: science meets supernatural

This is the first episode in an ‘intelligent adventure’ series (‘Hell Holes’), which mixes the heft of heavyweight geology and climate science with the demons of the underworld unbound, in all their slavering ferocity. It’s a genre-bending bonanza of science, speculative fiction and supernatural action, a nifty idea which would make a perfect movie pitch.…

The X-Files: ‘This is how I like my Mulder’

Ten more episodes of The X-Files will be filmed in 2017, and are scheduled to be aired at the end of the year / beginning of 2018. So this seems like the perfect moment to look at Season 10, aka X-Files X. The revived series came in for mixed reviews from the professional critics but……

Glass Cats: fierce felines

If the central character in a murder mystery is of the furry feline persuasion, then you might expect the book to fall squarely into the category of ‘cosy crime’. A cast of intelligent, inquisitive cats who chat to their humans and run a parallel police furce (sorry – force) kinda sounds like it’s time for…

Through A Mirror, Darkly: the unseen side of everyday America

An ordinary town in modern-day America, Clifton Heights, hides dark secrets and the stirring of ancient evil. In this collection of linked short stories, author Kevin Lucia quietly and methodically explores the porous zones, those weakened areas where human greed and human need allow Something Other to extend into our reality. The result is an…

Thriller writer Frank Westworth goes over to the Darker Side

Author of the Killing Sisters and JJ Stoner crime-thrillers, Frank Westworth, is the latest addition to the line-up for next year’s ‘Darker Side Of Fiction’ convention. Hosted by Hourglass Events, this one-day bookfest of all things mysterious will be held in Peterborough, UK, on October 7th 2017. To date, 24 authors have confirmed they’ll be…

Other Worlds: sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural titles

From urban fantasy to space-opera via fantasy quests, dystopian post-apocalyptic zombie romps, alternate history, warlocks, prophets, sword-n-sorcery, robots, telepaths and creatures of myth and mystery [phew], here are eighteen inspired titles from indie authors, new writers and a couple of old favourites to add to your to-read list… BEST LEFT IN THE SHADOWS by Mark Gelineau…

Sandman Overture: endless delight

There was always a fair chance that this, a return to the eternity of the Endless, could have been a massive disappointment. It’s not. Five stars, no hesitation. Sandman: Overture is every bit as beautiful and brilliant as Gaiman’s original ground-breaking series. In some ways it’s even more densely layered with hidden meaning; there’s a…