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2 New Sword and Sorcery novels this month ( May 2024)


One novel and a novella actually :

The first is the second book in the Scaleborn serie by John R. Fultz and come with a gorgeous coverand according to the author each book is a new entry point :

Times Never Change ;

Long ago Lord Huto abandoned the City of Masters to live as a hermit atop a nameless mountain. Casting aside his royal lineage, he also abandoned his mastery of sorcery, leaving his brother to rule as Emperor of Yhorom. Yet Huto could not abandon the Thousand Year Bond that extends his natural life by ten centuries. Now, some 350 years later, an emissary from the great city brings news that Huto’s brother has been murdered. The chief suspect for this crime is the Emperor’s own wife, whose sorcery rivalled that of her husband. Huto doesn’t give a damn about politics, but he comes down from his lonely mountain for one reason: to expose and destroy his brother’s killer. However, it’s a long way back to Yhorom, and dark forces conspire to ensure that the hermit-prince never makes it home alive.

When rampaging soldiers destroy a small northern village, Umi loses her mother and her people in a single day. She flees into the depths of the Mossback Forest, where dangers and wonders abound. Adopted by a pack of wild forest spirits, she learns the secrets of earth magic, as well as how to track and kill those who despoil the forest. One day she will leave behind the wilderness and its vengeful spirits to walk the Dragon Road, which carries her all the way to ancient Yhorom, where the Old Masters rule by the twin virtues of steel and sorcery.

The hermit prince and the daughter of spirits are destined to meet…but will it be as allies or enemies?

The answer to this question will change the course of history.

And the novella is the first print project (not available on kindle) of the online magazine Whetstone. It is the first in what they hope will be a series of experimental sword and sorcery novellas titled Keen Blades.

Wrote by Matt Holder who previously published a tale in the sixth issue of Old Moon Quarterly

Hurled Headlong Flaming :

Hurled Headlong Flaming: The Bishop’s Tale is a dark fantasy novella by Matt Holder that follows a priest on a perilous quest to a hellish underworld to retrieve an ancient manuscript he believes can help prevent the apocalypse. Drawing from influences like Dante, Milton, and Robert E. Howard, and Lovecraftian dream-quest literature.

This bizarre tale sees the Bishop descend through a hidden city, forced to engage in infernal dialogues and navigate labyrinthine streets while pursued by demonic creatures. Grappling with questions of faith, truth, and the brutality of the Crusades, the Bishop’s harrowing journey examines the violence that often accompanies meaning-making in a world that resists interpretation. This first entry in the Keen Blades series from Spiral Tower Press aims to expand the boundaries of what sword and sorcery can be.

For more Sword and Sorcery don’t forget to check the library. I regularly add new stuff (also as i said in a previous post i’m aware some covers are missing, amazon messed with something and now i must get back all of them to stock them locally…and with more than 1500 it will take 2-3 weeks)

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Weirdtales last issue is a special occult detective


For those who don’t know the issue No. 368 (!!) of Weirdtales magazine is out and it focus exclusively on occult detective tales.

It is dedicated to Brian Lumley (known for his necroscope serie as well as his lovecraftian fictions) who left us in january and feature 18 short stories including one from Lumley, one from Jonathan Maberry, the current editor. (who’s new novel : Necrotek come the 28 this month) and one from Kevin J. Anderson (author Death Warmed Over: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.)

Weirdtales is the legendary magazine founded in 1922 best known for it’s pulp, swords & sorcery and cosmic horror who first published H. P. Lovecraft as well as stories from Abraham Merritt and obviously Robert E. Howard Conan the Barbarian too.

It was brought back after several unsuccessful try to resurrect it in 2019 with Maberry as the editorial director

you can get it on amazon here

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Important : about the missing covers in the library


Until now i used a plugin for the site that fetched the books covers directly from amazon but they decided to mess with the way they stock images so i’m going to have to get them all and stock them locally.

In the meantime using the library you’ll see some broken links where covers should appear, it’s temporary, it’ll take a week or two to recover all of them as i’m doing this on my free time and there is now around 1500 novels/series on the site.

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Sword and Scandal new S&S anthology on kickstarter by J. Manfred Weichsel


J. Manfred Weichsel who specialize in writing sexy humorous stories has launched a kickstarter for a new NSFW Sword and sorcery anthology. If you want to help it happen the price start at 4$ and it has until june 4 to reach the 2500 goal. It’s going to feature 12-16 stories and the open call for submission will come once the goal is reached, you can follow him on twitter too if you’re interested.


Here’s the description :

The title Sword & Scandal is a play on the popular Italian sword and sandal genre of epic films. These will be stories with traditional historical and mythological settings from heroic fantasy, but with more gore, nudity, and sex than what you usually see published. They will be subversive without becoming grimdark and will retain the sense of fun you would want from a pulp adventure, and the sense of wonder you would want from a weird tale. 

If you have read my books, then you know that I am an experimental author who takes big risks with everything he does. Unlike other publishers who tend to play it safe with their selections, I will be looking for the wild, strange, and outrageous. I want to publish off-beat and off-the-wall stories that would never otherwise get to see the light of day.

Humor is also a big part of what I do. I will actively look for stories that incorporate a similar sense of humor as mine: dry, sardonic, and satirical. I enjoy humor that is character-driven, dark, and surreal. But I also like farce.

Sword & Scandal is not an anthology for genre purists. It is for thrill-seeking readers who want something new and different. The tales in this book will be adventures to scandalize. So, if you want to see such a new market open up to writers, and if you want to help bring such a book into existence, and if you want to hold such a book in your hands and read it, then contribute to Sword & Scandal now! 

Back it here!

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Review of Razorfist The Long Moonlight


The Long Moonlight is a novella by razorfist set in the fictional medieval fantasy city of Menuvia featuring Xerdes a thief who after a failed intrusion at the mansion of a crime boss find himself enlisted in a serie of heists with a new accomplice : an outsider swordwoman from the north.
All the while Coggins, inspector of the city guard try to understand what is going on between the warring factions of Menuvia underworld and the corrupt elements of his side.

It’s a pulp noir fantasy, part of a serie of 2 and as many have noted it also come as something that would make a great scenario for a reboot of the old thief video game.

Razorfist is known as a social media personality and youtuber who publish videos ranging from political to media commentary. He has several time professed his love for old pulp authors and it definitely show in his writing style.

In fact said writing is i think one of the big selling point of the novel, if it might sound a bit strange to modern readers not used to flamboyant prose it contribute greatly to the book not feeling short despite the only 140 pages and does a great job at giving a feeling of discovery of a new universe to get immersed in

While the action unravel entirely in the city the author manage to make you feel that there is a world outside of it with several footnotes and comments that made me want to see more of this world which taking from the blurb of the sequel is exactly what i’ll get when picking the next book of the serie (unfortunately there is only two books for now and i haven’t heard of a third coming anytime soon)

The setting is low fantasy don’t expect elves, orcs or magic here it’s at heart a heist and later revenge story about a thief caught between the schemings of two crimelords in a gritty city reminiscent of medieval europe. The plot is moving fast as expected with a short pulpish book and the characters are appealing. Xerdes don’t spend time brooding on his condition or the world around him.

Overall i really liked this short adventure and i hope Razor find time despite his other projects (including a western graphic novel that i’ll review once i’m done putting up a comic category for the site) to write a third at some point as it really stand out among indie publishing scene.
Speaking of graphic novel the book also come with some little sketch after certain chapters which is nice.

You can find it here for kindle and here for the paperback

Oh and i had fun making some AI artwork of Xerdes and Saryss too :

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All the judge dredd novels in one place




The old Judge Dredd novels (1993 for the first)

first all the 18 older ones are in a collection on amazon but not in order of publication :

starting with deathmasques in 1993 we have :


  • Deathmasques
     (Dave Stone, August 1993)
  • The Savage Amusement (David Bishop, August 1993)
  • Dreddlocked (Stephen Marley, October 1993)
  • Cursed Earth Asylum (David Bishop, December 1993)
  • The Medusa Seed (Dave Stone, January 1994)
  • Dread Dominion (Stephen Marley, May 1994)
  • The Hundredfold Problem (John Grant, August 1994)
  • Silencer (David Bishop, November 1994)
  • Wetworks (Dave Stone, February 1995)

From 2003 to 2007, Black Flame published official 2000 AD novels, including a new run of Judge Dredd novels. After Black Flame closed in 2007, Rebellion picked up the rights to their “2000 AD” titles in 2011, and began republishing them as e-books. Their nine Judge Dredd books are:

  • Dredd Vs Death (Gordon Rennie, October 2003)
  • Bad Moon Rising (David Bishop, June 2004)
  • Black Atlantic (Peter J. Evans & Simon Jowett, June 2004)
  • Eclipse (James Swallow, August 2004)
  • Kingdom of the Blind (David Bishop, November 2004)
  • The Final Cut (Matt Smith, February 2005)
  • Swine Fever (Andrew Cartmel, May 2005)
  • Whiteout (James Swallow, September 2005)
  • Psykogeddon (Dave Stone, January 2006)

CLICK IMAGES FOR AMAZON LINKS

Deathmasques :

“The keesh-eater collapsed into a nerveless heap, smearing a thin trail of blood down the pillar. Armitage watched him until he was sure he wouldn’t move, then rounded, scowling, on the uniformed Judges. ‘You think you can clean this up noe, or do I have to do everything?'”

Travelling to Brit-Cit on the trail of a bloodthirsty, body-hopping alien, Judge Dredd is forced to work with Detective Judge Armitage. Dredd is a one man army who puts the law above everything, even his own humanity; Armitage is thoughtful, cultured, a maverick who seldom goes by the book. It’s hate at first sight.

For once, Dredd may be out of his depth.


Then in 2012 Rebellion Rebellion announced a new series of e-books under the series title Judge Dredd: Year One, focusing on Dredd early years as a judge followed by year two and three each consisting of a trilogy of short novella.

Judge Dredd Year One: City Fathers :

THE MAKING OF THE LAWMAN…

Mega-City One, 2080. It is Joe Dredd’s first year as a full-eagle Judge – he may have been created from the genes of Eustace Fargo, the ‘Father of Justice’, and thus part of an illustrious lineage, but right now Dredd is not long graduated from the Academy, and yet to establish himself as the metropolis’s toughest, greatest cop. His reputation will be moulded in the years ahead, but at the moment he’s a young lawman, fresh on the streets.

The brutal murder of a Justice Department-sanctioned spy sparks an investigation that will see Dredd trawl the criminal underworld in the hunt for the killer – and he will discover that all is not what it seems in the sector’s murky black market. Something new has entered the system, and unless Dredd can stop it, chaos will be unleashed…

This is an ebook exclusive novella from Matthew Smith, editor of 2000 AD and author of the novels, Judge Dredd: The Final Cut and Tomes of the Dead: Words of Their Roaring.

Judge Dredd: Year Two Omnibus :

ROOKIE YEAR’S OVER

Mega-City One, 2081. Judge Joe Dredd’s been on the beat for a year. He’s made tough calls, tackled hardbitten perps, and seen the consequences of his choices come back to bite him.

But he’s not done learning yet. Dredd’s second year on the sked will see him back out in the Cursed Earth, where right and wrong are questions that go beyond the easy answers of the Law; he’ll tackle an apparent serial killer—or more than one?—targeting journalists; and he’ll take his first real beat down, leaving him bent and broken with only his badge and his conviction to protect him…

Including stories by Matt Smith, Michael Carroll and Cavan Scott, Judge Dredd: Year Two puts the city’s greatest lawman to the test.

Judge Dredd Year Three :

Judge Joseph Dredd has tackled hardened killers and would-be revolutionaries, he’s taken beat-downs and bounced back, he’s even arrested his own brother.

In his third year, he’ll become embroiled in the growing anti-robot movement; he’ll head back out to the Cursed Earth; and he’ll fall afoul of the secretive SJS – and not for the last time…

And in 2020 a collection of short stories by various authors :

Judge Fear’s Big Day Out And Other Stories :

FROM THE PAGES OF THE JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE

A shopping mall where droids sell organs harvested from street trash…

A murderous imaginary friend…

A psychotic composer drafting music from pain…

All in a day’s work for the Lawman of the Future.

Edited by and with an introduction by Dredd veteran Michael Carroll, Judge Fear’s Big Day Out and Other Stories gathers the very best short stories from more than a decade of the Judge Dredd Megazine, including stories by legends Alan Grant, Gordon Rennie and Simon Spurrier, among countless others…


Then in 2014 a trilogy about Dredd’s brother, Rico Dredd titled Rico Dredd: The Titan Years

Rico Dredd: The Titan Years :

You know about me. I’m Rico Dredd, Joe Dredd’s big brother. I’m the clone that went bad, that brought shame on Judge Fargo’s legacy.
I was a Judge, the best the Academy of Law ever turned out. The very best. But after less than a year on the streets of Mega-City One, I was brought down, taken in. It was Little Joe who caught me; second-best Judge there’s been.
Broken, sentenced, stripped of office, I was shipped out to the brutal moon Titan, to do my twenty years’ hard labour. Yeah, you know about Rico Dredd.

But do you know what really happened? Why I did it? What it was like, out there on the edge of space, doing time in the Bronze?
Truth is, mister, you know stomm about me.


After that in 2018 a serie of novella set 60 year before the comics about the first generation of judges in 2033

JUDGES: The Avalanche :

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 2033 A.D.
In a time of widespread poverty, inequality and political unrest, Special Prosecutor Eustace Fargo’s controversial new justice laws have come into effect.
Protests and violence meet the first Judges as they hit the street to enforce the Law; the cure, it’s clear, is far worse than the disease.
Is this a sign of things to come?


In 2019 a trilogy about the Dark Judges, The Fall of Deadworld, was written by 2000 AD’s editor, Matt Smith

The Fall of Deadworld Omnibus :

“A brand-new omnibus collection featuring three new novellas set in the world of Judge Dredd’s iconic villains, The Dark Judges.

COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH THE FALL

In time, the whole world will be a graveyard, a charnel pit for billions. In time, a tiny few will be all that remains, fighting back against the terrible, rotting “greys” until none are left. In time, the Dark Judges will rule unquestioned over an empty world.

But before the end of Deadworld must come the fall…”


And finally in 2022 a trilogy of novellas called The Apocalypse War written by John Ware,

The Apocalypse War: Pack Instinct :

MEGA-CITY ONE: A POWDER KEG WAITING TO BLOW

There isn’t a moment when tensions aren’t running high and the City isn’t ready to crack. But there’s something new going on, something bad. It’s open war in the streets, block vs block. It’s a Block war.

It’s Block Mania, and no one is immune, not even the Judges.



Judge Anderson novels

In 2006 Black flame published 3 novels featuring Judge Anderson

Anderson PSI Division :

She knows what you’re thinking…
In a bleak future overrun with crime, Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson and the PSI Division utilise their extraordinary abilities to protect the city from dangerous psychic criminals.
Six felons have died in Sector House 12 – burned to death in the holding-cubes in mysterious circumstances. Called in to psychically read the crime scene, Psi-Judge Anderson encounters ever-increasing signs that a malignant psychic presence is at work. As her investigation unfolds, something dark prepares to strike from the shadows.
Prepare yourself for a tense and intriguing investigation that will blow your mind.
Also available in this series: Red Shadows, Sins of the Father.

And in 2014 3 novella collected in

Judge Anderson: Year One (The Early Years) :

“YOU READY, ROOKIE?”
In years to come, Cassandra Anderson will be a living legend, Psi-Division’s most famous Judge. But for now it’s 2100, and a young Judge Anderson is fresh out of the Academy, the Eagle still gleaming on her shoulder. It’s time to put her training—and her judgement—to the test.
Tackling a love-obsessed telepathic killer at a Valentine’s Day parade, plunging into the depths of madness in a huge new psychiatric prison, and probing the boundaries of reality itself as she hunts a psychic virus to its roots, Cass will be forged in the fires of Justice, emerging as something extraordinary.

Finally in 2018 year two :

Judge Anderson: Year Two :

FROM THE PAGES OF THE JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE

A shopping mall where droids sell organs harvested from street trash…

A murderous imaginary friend…

A psychotic composer drafting music from pain…

All in a day’s work for the Lawman of the Future.

Edited by and with an introduction by Dredd veteran Michael Carroll, Judge Fear’s Big Day Out and Other Stories gathers the very best short stories from more than a decade of the Judge Dredd Megazine, including stories by legends Alan Grant, Gordon Rennie and Simon Spurrier, among countless others…

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I’m going to create a comic/graphic novel section for the site



With a lot of indies having published or working on new comics i’ve decided to create a section for this.

Like with the books i’m going to try and put in the same place all the olds good stuff and the recent indies in the same place and make it searchable by tags.

It will take time but hopefully it will help some people discover new talented artists.

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Doomsday recon sequel is coming in a week, review of the first book



Doomsday recon is a military portal fantasy by Ryan Williamson and Jason Anspach.

Featuring a platoon of cavalry scout stationed in 1989 Noriega’s Panama when during a routine patrol in a storm they suddenly face a horde of decidedly not human enemies.
After defeating the first wave they have to admit the evidence : they’re not in panama anymore.

From there they’ll have to recon their new environment and will soon find themselves in conflict with the various creatures inhabiting the place, but also finding allies in the local tribes (human or not).
Because as we soon find they are not the first humans to be transported here by the very real aztec god ruling this land

This is a very well written book and the authors are good at conveying the feeling of an army small unit lost in a strange world inspired by pre-Columbian south america.

It is action packed from start to end and never lag in place for too long but where it really shine is in the characterization. The protagonist, Nephi Bennett is likeable and feel like a real person, him and his platoon members are not some kind of indestructible spec-ops operators but rather a “normal” unit who behave in a believable way and have to deal with the fact that they are stuck here for the foreseeable future without approvisionnement or additional munitions.

The other very enjoyable aspect of this novel is in the secondary characters they encounter. Both the members of the human amazon woman tribe who are not cliche but worthy allies or the best, a certain locale female who slowly end up feeling like an integral part of the unit despite her very alien way of thinking.
Eps is really the most endearing character i’ve read about in an action oriented book recently.

You can find the first here on amazon

and here the equally awesome cover of the next Death or Glory

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New Conan novel announced Conan: Cult of the Obsidian Moon


James Lovegrove the author who previously wrote the firefly tie-in serie as well as the lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes story The Cthulhu Casebooks has announced that he is working on a new Conan adventure.

The book will be a big novel at 512 pages and will be part of the Black Stone event currently being told in the new comic book serie by Jim Zub Conan The Barbarian : Bound in Black Stone
However knowledge of the comics storyline will only give readers some nice Easter eggs without being essential


There is a lot of new Conan related things coming of late with the recent Heroic legends collection of short stories,
and the follow-up to Conan and the Emerald Lotus coming in june

In 2022 there was also Conan – Blood of the Serpent another 500 pages novel by S. M. Stirling

And if you want something else about everyone favorite barbarian i’ve made a post with all the conan novels by Howard and other authors available on kindle.

You can pre order Conan: Cult of the Obsidian Moon here

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A new Bêlit short story has been published (the pirate woman created by Robert E. Howard for Conan the Barbarian)


Part of a new serie of short stories also featuring 4 new conan tales by modern authors

In this one Bêlit is alone with her pirate crew when she end up shipwrecked on a mysterious island after a storm

The story is ok if not particularly extraordinary but it’s an occasion to try my skill with bing on the beautiful ivory skinned shemite pirate queen 😉

you can find it here

or you can check the conan stories here