Raven, Swordsmistress of Chaos by Richard Kirk

Interestingly, Richard Kirk was actually a pseudonym for two writers – Angus Wells and Robert Holdstock. Both these writers have an impressive bibliography; Wells having a rich background in fantasy and westerns, and Holdstock with an even more impressive background in Celtic, Nordic and mythic fiction. It is not known which elements of the book either…

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Most are familiar with Clive Barker’s 1987 splatter-punk film Hellraiser. Though he wrote and directed this film which spawned a successful movie franchise, not many are familiar with the novella it was based on. Barker is one of the more successful names within the gory sub-genre of splatter-punk, but this is possibly also due to the…

Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind

The Sword Of Truth series is one of the biggest fantasy franchises there is. The first entry in the series, Wizard’s First Rule, is the highest paid first book from a Fantasy author, and the series has sold over 26 Million copies worldwide in 13 languages. Debt Of Bones is a novella that explores one of…

Doom 3: Worlds on Fire by Mathew Costello

Matthew Costello has authored/co-authored under 30 novels and over a dozen video game scripts, including Doom 3. Set as a prequel to the genre-defining Doom franchise, Doom 3 explores the events leading up to Doom. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, it is easily summarized: experiments on a military base on Mars unwittingly open gateways…

Thieves’ World: Beyond Sanctuary by Janet Morris

Thieves’ World was originally an anthology of short stories created by Robert Lynn Asprin in 1978. The concept was that a setting was provided and rules were established, and then writers given the privilege to establish their own characters and stories within this shared world. Lynn Abbey, one of the co-editors of the original anthologies, revived…