Flight of the Darkstar Dragon: Chapter Extract (Part 4) and Character Art Reveal

The Flight Of The Darkstar Dragon

To celebrate the preorder of The Flight of the Darkstar Dragon, the first in a new fantasy adventure series from Yarnsworld author Benedict Patrick, all this week some of the premier websites from the fantasy community are sharing extracts from the novel’s first chapter, as well as revealing some exclusive character art from artist Juliana Wilhelm. The … Read more

Slow-dancing with madness: an interview with Michael Fletcher

Smoke and Stone

Blog (kinda): http://michaelrfletcher.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRFlet…Twitter: @FletcherMRInstagram: fletcher_michael_r Michael R. Fletcher is a science fiction and fantasy author, a grilled cheese aficionado, and a whiskey-swilling reprobate. He spends his days choreographing his forklift musical (titled “Get Forked”), and using caffeine as a substitute for sanity. Any suggestions that he is actually Dyrk Ashton in disguise are all lies. His … Read more

The problem of evil, defending the dark lord

The dark lord in fantasy

Even though it was first proposed by writers like Ursula Le Guin back in the eighties, a view I’ve seen commonly expressed these days is that the chief appeal of traditional Tolkienesque fantasy is that it contains “moral absolutes.” The argument is that young (usually male), readers are drawn to fantasy because it presents a … Read more

Cover reveal and excerpt: Alexander dan Vilhjalmsson’s “SHADOWS OF THE SHORT DAYS”

Blurb: A strikingly original Icelandic debut set in a strangely familiar alternate Reykjavik where wild and industrialised magic meet. Sæmundur the Mad, addict and sorcerer, has been expelled from the magical university, Svartiskóli, and can no longer study galdur, an esoteric source of magic. Obsessed with proving his peers wrong, he will stop at nothing … Read more


From USA Today bestselling author Dean F. Wilson Welcome to the Wild North. In this “weird west” series of grit and vengeance, an eccentric bounty hunter faces off the criminals and creatures of a lawless land, from man to monster, from nature to machine. Expect gadgets and guns in this hybrid of steampunk, western, dystopian, … Read more

New anthology announcement!

We’re excited to share a list of contributors for the upcoming anthology Rise Above: Stories of Compassion and Overcoming the Odds. The anthology will be published by Dark Engine/Robber’s Dog Pub. and will be available in both e-book and paperback formats. All proceeds will go to “To Write Love On Her Arms” (TWLOHA), a very … Read more

Book and a Pint: “Never Die”

with Michael Evan and James Jakins So here it is… Our debut segment of Book and a Pint, with our first subject/victim…Rob Hayes’ Never Die. We hope you can get a laugh or at least a few smiles, ughs or groans out of this! ME: So…first few chapters in..what did you think? JJ: I really … Read more

SPFBO4 Finalist Selection

For myself, Emma, and Timy, this was our first year as acting judges in SPFBO. Although we’ve followed the contest and read many of the entries in years past, we didn’t realize how challenging being a participant would be. The process of eliminating so many quality books was daunting. Our list of semi-finalists ballooned from … Read more