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December 2023

Meet Stephen Frame

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, it’s one of the BFS review crew, Stephen Frame.

A Light Most Hateful

A LIGHT MOST HATEFUL by Hailey Piper. Titan Books. p/b. £8.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Chapel Hill. A scream, or did she imagine it? 18-year-old Olivia Abraham is on her way to work – the drive-through movie theatre – but arranged to stop on the way and pick up Sunflower,… Read More »A Light Most Hateful

Holy Ghosts

HOLY GHOSTS: Classic Tales of the Ecclesiastical Uncanny edited by Fiona Snailham British Library Tales of the Weird p/b £9.99 Reviewed by Nigel Robert Wilson This collection of short stories about the supernatural edited by Fiona Snailham is mistitled. The subtitle is more appropriate. Entities traditionally described as ghosts rarely… Read More »Holy Ghosts


Eversion by Alastair Reynolds Gollancz, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Silas Coade is the doctor on the Demeter, a sail ship searching the Norwegian fjords for a rumoured passageway to an unexplored lagoon. All the men on board could make their fortune with this discovery. But something is wrong… Read More »Eversion

Meet Richard Sparks

This week, we meet Richard Sparks: he started out writing comedy for the likes of Not the Nine O’Clock News; his lyrics have been recorded by the likes of Dom de Luise, Eric Idle and Placido Domingo; he’s written libretti for several new operas; and he’s written books about his adventures in the poker boom of the 2000s. Now, inspired by his love of MMORPGs, he’s making his fiction debut with a fantasy series. Not a bad CV, eh?

The Haunting of Alejandra

The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro Titan Books, pb, £8.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Alejandra is all things to all people but nothing to herself. She tries to be the perfect wife and the perfect mother but feels she fails at both, and in her despair, Alejandra is tormented… Read More »The Haunting of Alejandra

House of Open Wounds

House of Open Wounds by Adrian Tchaikovsky Head of Zeus, hb, £19.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming In the Palleseen Empire’s quest to bring the world into their definition of order, their armies scour the lands for superstitions to irradicate. When the non-Palleseens fight back, the injured soldiers need healing and… Read More »House of Open Wounds

Polar Horrors

POLAR HORRORS: Strange Tales From the World’s Ends,  edited by John Miller British Library Press, p/b, £9.99 Reviewed by Pauline Morgan It would be fair to say that the majority of authors whose stories are included in this book never had the opportunity to visit the places where they are… Read More »Polar Horrors

The Burning Stars

These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs Orbit Books, paperback £9.99 Reviewed by Nadya Mercik “Everything is a test,” says Esek Nightfoot in the book, and that’s what makes this story so brutal and unpredictable but, at the same time, so realistic and truthful. Jun Ironway, a caster and con artist,… Read More »The Burning Stars

Meet Halla Williams

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, we meet Bristol performer and fantasy writer Halla Williams.