Book Review: The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – A new danger is discovered seeping into Four Paths

*Warning: there are some spoilers in this review* The Deck of Omens picks up where The Devouring Gray left us. Lives have been changed forever and the small town of Four Paths has been rocked by a waterfall of revelations. The Founders and their kin don’t have a moment to gather their thoughts as a… Read More Book Review: The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – A new danger is discovered seeping into Four Paths

Reading the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

*Warning: There are spoilers in this one. Sorry but I just couldn’t help gushing about it* As soon as I heard about Hamnet I wanted to read it. As someone who has loved Shakespeare’s plays since childhood just hearing that I could read a story written about the writer and his son sparked my excitement.… Read More Reading the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Debut Poets Dominate The Shortlist For The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

Celebrating the Prize’s 15th anniversary the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize recalls its namesake thanks to the dominance of young and experimental poets showcased on its shortlist each of whom are in the running for the £30,000 Prize. From Jay Bernard whose collection Surge addresses black radical British history against the backdrop of the Grenfell… Read More Debut Poets Dominate The Shortlist For The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is about Little Dog, his grandmother and mother. The novel is written as a letter from the son to mother, however it is never meant to be read by as she never learnt to read. The story wanders through their intertwined life stories. We see Lan, Little Dog’s grandmother, during… Read More Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Author Tim Lebbon digs up his macabre writing roots ahead of the publication of his new novel Eden

This week I will post a review of the horror novel Eden. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask the author, Tim Lebbon to write a guest post for my blog. So what did I want to know? What made him want to write horror? Here’s how it all started….Enjoy! Whenever I’m… Read More Author Tim Lebbon digs up his macabre writing roots ahead of the publication of his new novel Eden

Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: LOT by Bryan Washington

As a reader wanders through the pages of LOT they find themselves reading stories that allow them to glance a tender yet uncompromising vista of American neighbourhoods. Bryan Washington uses the back drop of Houston, Texas to beautifully capture the different shades of being that create the canopy of humanity within a city. You can… Read More Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: LOT by Bryan Washington

Book Review: Recoil by J.T. Nicholas – Science fiction that will leave you pondering about all those big questions in life

The thing I love about science fiction is that it really makes you look in the mirror. It makes you question things that are going on in the world and things that you do every day that you may not ordinarily spare a second thought about. In Recoil, J.T. Nicholas makes you think about the… Read More Book Review: Recoil by J.T. Nicholas – Science fiction that will leave you pondering about all those big questions in life

Book Review: Cursed – A wickedly evil enchanted anthology edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane

When our bodies are little and our minds are young they tell us these tales to warn us of the wicked things that might come… Historically, folk tales were used to stop us from getting ourselves in to trouble. We are told them as children to warn us about evil things that might crawl out… Read More Book Review: Cursed – A wickedly evil enchanted anthology edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane

Book Review: The Illness Lesson By Clare Beams – Gothic fiction that brings up questions about a Women’s Autonomy of her own body

When it comes to your body who makes the decisions? Who decides what happens to it? Do you? It is quite easy for us in the modern world to be fooled in to thinking we have control. We decide what we eat. We tattoo and pierce our bodies at will. It’s up to us when… Read More Book Review: The Illness Lesson By Clare Beams – Gothic fiction that brings up questions about a Women’s Autonomy of her own body

Book Review: Aliens Phalanx by Scott Sigler – A brilliant dystopian horror novel set in the Alien cinematic universe

We all know that famous scene. Alien has seeped in to pop culture in the way that legendary cinema often does. When you think of the possible future arrival of off world visitors some of us can’t help but have a slight chill run down our spines as we try to quiet that internal screaming.… Read More Book Review: Aliens Phalanx by Scott Sigler – A brilliant dystopian horror novel set in the Alien cinematic universe