A Book Of Bones: 21st century gothic

This gargantuan beast of a book concludes a story arc which began some six volumes ago in The Wolf In Winter. Far from being bare bones, A Book Of Bones is an extended, immersive and intense reading experience which delightfully disrupts commercial publishing conventions. For one thing, this is a 700 page epic – a…

Changeling: smart and spooky

I owe the author, Matt Wesolowski, an apology. He probably put months of effort into Six Stories: Changeling, and I devoured it in a single day. It disappeared as rapidly as a double-pepperoni stuffed-crust deep-pan pizza. I simply wolfed it down, propelled through the pages by its oh-so clever construction, Wesolowski’s storytelling technique, the convincing…

Competition: win an exclusive ebook

  ‘Fables & Fabrications’ by Jan Edwards launches this week. To celebrate its publication, we have an exclusive prize-draw competition to win an ebook edition of Midnight Twilight – one of the 14 tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre included in this anthology. Who is the distant figure who drives his sled across the…

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…

Urban Mythic 2: modern day fables

The stories in this anthology open an ephemeral portal onto the paranormal where sometimes – but not always – something supernatural slithers. Some of the creations we glimpse through half-closed eyes are awful and evil; others rather more whimsical and wistful. Like the first collection in this series, UM2 presents a dozen short stories by different authors offering…

Urban Mythic: a modern magical mystery tour

The 14 authors who contributed to Urban Mythic have drawn on a wide variety of folklore, fable and freaky faery stories to blend a solid mix of different interpretations around the book’s common theme. Some of these tales are out and out action-adventures, while others are altogether more whimsical and wistful. None are particularly long,…