These ereads of late are short and I am loath to reveal too much in any of them for the briefness, suffice to say, as much as I personally prefer the printed word, all my favorite living authors are in the digital realm these days.
Hellhound on my Trail by D. J. Butler is an explosive pulp novella filled with esoteric goodness. This is the first in an ongoing series of Rock Band Fights Evil. I got quite a kick out of the visceral writing and chaotic mashup of blues rock, biblical esoterica and fae worlds.
On the verge of ending his miserable existence Mike is thrown into an immediate horrific attack during a performance at a dive bar on the edge of nowhere. The pace is quick and exotic blend of influences truly captivated me. Did I catch a hint of Egyptian with the Latin in one of those spells D. J.?
I'm gonna repost here the review I put on amazon (on my wife's account) This short story is an excellent introduction into Charles Gramlich's varied and wondrous storytelling charm. The prose is crisp and visceral. A depth behind the character's and the tragic drama gives life beyond the expected. Treat yourself to some of the best heroic fantasy out there.
Scott's writing is gore-streaked magic and is quite reminiscent of a certain Texan of whom I am quite fond. Catapulted into our tale, Oden never lets up on the tension and page turning action. This makes me wish we could get a little more of Scott's Tharduin world, home of these savage Orc's and devastating "whiteskin" magic's.
David J. West writes dark fantasy and weird
westerns because the voices in his head won’t quiet until someone else can hear
them. He is a great fan of sword & sorcery, ghosts and lost ruins, so of
course he lives in Utah in with his wife and children.
The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie This Crooked Way, by James Enge The Arabian Nightmare, by Robert Irwin The Darkeness that Comes Before, by R. Scott Bakker Tides of War, by Steven Pressfield Night of Knives, by Ian C. Esselmont The Pirate King, by R. A. Salvatore Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson El Borak, by Robert E. Howard Swords Aginst Death, by Fritz Leiber Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch Lord of the Silver Bow, by David Gemmell Bloodstone, by Karl Edward Wagner
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“An epic tale of valor and degeneracy where heroes are beset on every side by wicked schemers whose plots, like a flood, threaten to drown them all." (Daron D. Fraley, Author of The Chronicles of Gan: The Thorn)