Tag Archives: dark fantasy

Shawn Piller and Lee Rose’s Haven, Seasons 1-4

I should point out right off the bat that I don’t watch regular TV. Among other reasons, I’m a binge-watcher, and I can’t stand to wait a week for the next episode of anything – somehow, a single thirty- or … Continue reading

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Christopher Golden’s The Secret Backs of Things

Carpet sharks. The Wild Hunt. Human skin framed as a canvas in a painting. Really old Scottish manors with very odd monsters. The Norns. Hellboy. And that’s but a sampling of the things that are to be found in this … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman and John Bolton’s Harlequin Valentine

Matej Novak penned this review. It is quite an injustice that Neil Gaiman is so often regarded only as a writer of comic books and graphic novels. But there are also those people — perhaps familiar with his short stories, novels or other works … Continue reading

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Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s Catalyst 

Sometime in the future, on the far-off, newly-colonized planet of Chuudoku, a teenage boy makes one of the most amazing discoveries possible. While fleeing from the predatorily-sexual advances of a cybernetically-augmented girl named Histly, Kaslin stumbles into an unexplored cave, … Continue reading

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Norberto Barba, et al.: Grimm, Seasons One and Two

The NBC Television series Grimm entered my life quite by chance, when our esteemed publisher e-mailed me asking whether I wanted to review it. Knowing absolutely nothing about it, but having a newly acquired TV and DVD player, of course … Continue reading

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Harold Zwart’s Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Along with the recent surge of superhero movies, we seem to have had a spate of films based on fantasy/dystopian future science fiction series oriented toward teenagers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, although the results, as might be … Continue reading

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Charles Stross’ The Rhesus Chart

Warning: here be spoilers. Lots of them. There are no such things as vampires. Everyone knows that, including Bob Howard and the other members of The Laundry, the secret agency that protects the British from the eldritch horrors that are … Continue reading

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Kelley Armstrong, Brazen

Billed as a manhunt (for certain values of “man”), Brazen is really a character piece. Officially labeled volume 13.1 in author Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series, it focuses on the thus-far underwhelming Nick as its main protagonist. Handsome … Continue reading

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William Schafer, Ed., Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2

I don’t think I’m alone in thinking of “dark fantasy” as a sort of combination of urban fantasy and horror: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, and less pleasant creatures confronting more or less normal people who may have the resources, or … Continue reading

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