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Recommendations

Horror

If you’re into horror, I urge you to check out Adam L G Nevill. He is a truly kind man who writes the most awful and grotesque horror. It might be a bit much for those with a weak stomach as I had to put down one of his books due to it making my morning sickness exponentially worse.

Catriona Ward is a new name that is making a great impression. Her novel “Rawblood” takes horror tropes and turns them on their head.

FANTASY

Andrew Knighton is someone I am privileged to call a friend. He has a blog: http://andrewknighton.wordpress.com/ which is filled with not only gems of wisdom but plenty of free flash stories too. If you’re a fan of steampunk, he’s the man for you!

Want an anti-hero? Then you should look up David Tallerman’s stuff. A man who knows how to use a spreadsheet, David’s output ranges from short stories to novels to comics and back again. He also doesn’t write in a particular genre, so a good author if you’re looking for something a little different.

Lucy Hounsom is one of my co-hosts on Breaking the Glass Slipper and writes some great high fantasy with a new feel to it.

RJ Barker seems to be everywhere these days - and rightly so! His novels are filled with interesting characters and well-worth your time.

If you’re into grimdark, then you’ll love the work of Anna Smith Spark. If you’ve not tried grimdark before and want somewhere to start first, I’d recommend Joe Abercrombie.

FAIRY TALES

If, like me, the darker side of fairy tales appeals, then you should definitely look out Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted” which is just amazing. Alison Littlewood keeps her fairy tales grounded in our world and is fast growing into a classic writer.

And if you’re new to reinvented fairy tales, then you should try out the classic: Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories”.

ART

Like my cover photograph? Then you might like to check out Sandra Cockayne’s other work found here.

Steve Upham is the master behind the designs of pretty much all my covers. His website will be up and running soon.

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