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Meet Eugen Bacon

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 head Down Under to meet the self-described “queen of genre-bending”. Eugen Bacon is a writer of black speculative fiction with a futurism backdrop—or “Afro-irrealism”, as it’s been called!

The Creeping Stick

The Creeping Stick by Liam Ronan Pendragon Press, ebook, £0.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Raziel M. Spindle was a philanthropist, cursed with a sickly, misshapen body but with a keen intellect and the finances to explore the world. And when a storm wrecks his ship on the shore of a… Read More »The Creeping Stick

Fantasycon Guest of Honour

A little later than anticipated, but more than worth the wait, the BFS is honoured to announce our third and final Fantasycon 2024 Guest of Honour. Joining us in Chester, we are delighted to welcome Bella Pagan! Photograph copyright Alicia Clarke. Bella Pagan helps manage Tor UK, Pan Macmillan’s imprint… Read More »Fantasycon Guest of Honour

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Assault of the Furhers Train. RPG Review

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Assault of the Furhers Train By Modiphius, C2022 , Price: £8.00 GBP, Website Review by Seth Stauffer Sometimes you read something and your first reaction is to ask, “Is that true?” When I started reading Modiphius’ mission Assault of the Furher’s Train,  I wondered if Adolf Hitler really… Read More »Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Assault of the Furhers Train. RPG Review

Sons of Darkness

Sons of Darkness by Gourav Mohanty Ad Astra, pb, £10.11 Reviewed by Joely Black Sons of Darkness is Gourav Mohanty’s debut, inspired by Game of Thrones and the Indian Vedic epic Mahabharata. While SA Chakraborty has done excellent work with their series set in a re-imagined North African world, Mohanty felt… Read More »Sons of Darkness

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Malevolent Grove. RPG Review

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Malevolent Grove By Modiphius, C2022, Price: FREE!, Website Review by Seth Stauffer Creepy landscapes almost always invite exploration in tabletop role-playing games, even during a war. As a free PDF from Modiphius, Malevolent Grove offers players the opportunity to trek through some myth and magic sequestered in… Read More »Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Malevolent Grove. RPG Review

Is this the real life, or is it Romantasy?

This Valentine’s, we’re taking a dive into the world dubbed “romantasy”. Is it a new trend, or just another variation on an old theme? And what is it anyway? BFS PR & Marketing Officer Lauren McMenemy investigates with the help of the BFS Discord community.


RULE OF THE AURORA KING by Nisha J. Tuli. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. After all her ordeals in the Sun Queen Trials, it appears Lor has traded one prison for another, and after years of her imprisonment at his father’s hands, she now finds herself captive… Read More »RULE OF THE AURORA KING

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Operation Vesta. RPG Review 

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Operation Vesta By Modiphius, c2022, Price: £6.00 GBP, Website Review by Seth Stauffer Nazis, Mi-Go, and freakish science experiments, Oh my! Modiphius has a mission for Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 called Operation Vesta featuring all of the above.  The PCs are tasked with investigating some deranged Nazi research and… Read More »Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Operation Vesta. RPG Review 


Sunbringer by Hannah Kaner HarperVoyager, HB, £14.53 Reviewed by Mikaela Silk Kissen has taken her revenge on the god who killed her family. But revenge doesn’t come without a price. Now, more alone than ever and with the world thinking she is dead, Kissen must make her way back home… Read More »Sunbringer