Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Nocte Awards nominees

The Spanish Horror Writers Association (Asociación Española e Escritores de Terror) has announced the finalists of the 2015 Premios Nocte, the award recognizing the merits of Spanish horror works published throughout a year (plus those translated into Spanish in the respective year). The winners of the 2015 Premios Nocte will be announced during Semana Gótica de Madrid (Madrid Gothic Week) on October 30th in a ceremony held at The National Museum of Romanticism in Madrid.


“Extraños eons” (Strange Eons) by Emilio Bueso (Valdemar)

“Un minuto antes de la oscuridad” (One Minute Before the Darkness) by Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Fantascy)

“El Cuarto Jinete: Destrucción Masiva” (The Fourth Horse Rider: Massive Destruction) by Víctor Blázquez (Dolmen)

“Tormenta sangrienta” (Bloody Storm) by Tony Jiménez (AppleHead Team)


“Caballito” (Hobby Horse) by Darío Vilas (Absurdario, Ed. Sven Jorgensen)

“Cuando tú no estás” (When You’re Not Here) by Teresa Viejo (Relatos Insólitos, Ediciones Arconte)

“Los peces” (The Fish) by David Jasso (Donde reside el horror, Edge Entertainment)

“Plastilina” (Plasticine) by Fernando López Guisado (Frankenstein. Diseccionando el mito, Kelonia)


“Donde reside el horror” (Where the Horror Lives) by various writers (Edge Entertainment)

‘‘El manjar inmundo” (The Unclean Dish) by Javier Quevedo Puchal (Punto en boca)

“Frankenstein. Diseccionando el mito” (Frankenstein. Dissecting the Myth) by various writers (Editorial Kelonia)

“Una hamburguesa para cenar” (A Hamburger for Dinner) by Javi Martos (Tyrannosaurus Books)


“El Rito” (The Croning) by Laird Barron (Valdemar)

“NOS4R2 (Nosferatu)” by Joe Hill (Suma de letras)

“Diez” (Ten) by Gretchen McNeil (Maeva)


“Ese autobús es de otro mundo” (That Bus is Another World) by Stephen King (published in Esquire España magazine)

“Nacido de hombre y mujer” (Born of Man and Woman) by Richard Matheson (Gigamesh)

“Sueños de armario” (Closet Dreams) by Lisa Tuttle (Ignota, Palabras de agua)

Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Two volumes showcasing the best Australian speculative fiction of 2014

Australia is brimming with exceptional talent and there is enough evidence around to prove it. Actually, I believe that enough is not correctly applied here, because although it is said that too much of anything is bad I am convinced that this statement loses its value when it comes to quality fiction. Therefore, two newly released volumes add further proof of Australia’s finest speculative fiction writings and plenty more excellent short stories to read, the fifth entry in “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror” (Ticonderoga Publications) series of anthologies edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene and the third “Focus: highlights of Australian short fiction” (FableCroft Publishing) compiled by Tehani Wessely, both collections showcasing short fiction from Down Under published in 2014. And while we are at this point it is also interesting to mention that FableCroft Publishing celebrates the apparition of “Focus 2014: highlights of Australian Short fiction” by offering us the chance to grab the first volume of this series for free. The offer is limited so if you are interested in a copy head over to Kindle, Kobo or Smashwords stores to snatch one.

“Shadows of the Lonely Dead” by Alan Baxter (Suspended in Dusk)
“The Changeling” by James Bradley (Fearsome Magics)
“Soul Partner” by Imogen Cassidy (Aurealis 74)
“The Bullet & The Flesh” by David Conyers & David Kernot (World War Cthulhu)
“The Corpse Rose” by Terry Dowling (Nightmare Carnival)
“The Oud” by Thoraiya Dyer (Long Hidden Anthology)
“Metempsychosis” by Jason Franks (SQ Mag)
“Of Gold and Dust” by Michelle Goldsmith (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60)
“1884” by Michael Grey (Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft)
“Escapement” by Stephanie Gunn (Kisses by Clockwork)
“Vox” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (The Female Factory)
“Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips” by Gerry Huntman (Night Terrors III)
“Dolls for Another Day” by Rick Kennett (The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2)
“Chiaroscuro” by Charlotte Kieft (Disquiet)
“Kneaded” by SG Larner (Phantazein)
“Yard” by Claire McKenna (Use Only As Directed)
“A Prayer for Lazarus” by Andrew J. McKiernan (Last Year, When We Were Young)
“Signature” by Faith Mudge (Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi)
“The Preservation Society” by Jason Nahrung (Dimension6)
“The Box Wife” by Emma Osborne (Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9)
“Shedding Skin” by Angela Rega (Crossed Genres)
“The Love Letters of Swans” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Phantazein)
“The Badger Bride” by Angela Slatter (Strange Tales IV)
“New Chronicles of Andras Thorn” by Cat Sparks (Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014)
“The Walking-stick Forest” by Anna Tambour (
“Necromancy” by Kyla Ward (Spectral Realms #1)
“Bridge of Sighs” by Kaaron Warren (Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror)
 “Lady of the Swamp” by Janeen Webb (Death at the Blue Elephant)

“Shadows of the Lonely Dead” by Alan Baxter (Suspended in Dusk)
“The Executioner Goes Home” by Deborah Biancotti (Review of Australian Fiction)
“Wine, Women and Stars” by Thoraiya Dyer (Analog Science Fiction and Fact)
“Vanilla” by Dirk Flinthart (Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi)
“Signature” by Faith Mudge (Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi)
“The Ghost of Hephaestus” by Charlotte Nash (Phantazein)
“Cookie Cutter Superhero” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi)
“St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls” by Angela Slatter (The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings)
“The Seventh Relic” by Cat Sparks (Phantazein)
“Death’s Door Café” by Kaaron Warren (Shadows & Tall Trees)
“The Legend Trap” by Sean Williams (Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hiatus over

It is time to shake off the dust of lazy summer days, saddle the horses and start riding again. So starting tomorrow the longish hiatus Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews took over the last several months will be officially over.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer hiatus

I miss the carefree summer months of childhood and adolescence, even more so nowadays when the heat calls for laziness rather than the extended attention required by the increasing amount of work. But since things could be worse I’ll not press the matter further. However, with plenty of working projects to tide up before my vacation and with the actual summer holiday to come the blog will be put on hold. Not for long, although it is for a period longer than the usual. I could try to infiltrate a post or two before my weeks off the office, but I would rather write something more consistent at my return instead of a couple of flimsy ones now. It is a short hiatus and a regrouping at the same time. I will return to a regular blogging schedule on September, hopefully with the batteries fully charged. Until then, I hope you’ll all have an awesome summer!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2015 Locus Awards

The past week-end the winners of the 2015 Locus Awards have been announced:

“Ancillary Sword” by Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

“The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison (Tor)

“Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Voyager UK)

“The Memory Garden” by Mary Rickert (Sourcebooks Landmark)

“Yesterday’s Kin” by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

“Tough Times All Over” by Joe Abercrombie (Rogues)

“The Truth About Owls” by Amal El-Mohtar (Kaleidoscope) - also available on Strange Horizons

“Rogues” edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (Bantam; Titan)

“Last Plane to Heaven” by Jay Lake (Tor)



Ellen Datlow

John Picacio

“What Makes This Book So Great” by Jo Walton (Tor; Corsair 2015)

“Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art” edited by John Fleskes (Flesk)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Table of contents - "Terror Tales of the Scottish Highlands" edited by Paul Finch

I’ve talked extensively before about one of my favorite series of anthologies, edited by Paul Finch and published by Gray Friar Press, and it is time now to salute the eighth entry in the “Terror Tales” collections. “Terror Tales” is an excellent series travelling across the British Isles in search of old and new frightening stories, new by publishing fresh tales based on the folklore of a specific area and old by mixing these modern works of fiction with some of the spooky legends of the respective region. It is a concept that appealed greatly to me from the start and each volume published so far proved to be a delight, every single one offering a bounty of fine short stories, great legends and impressive writers. And after travelling through the Lake District, the Cotswolds, East Anglia, London, the Seaside, Wales and Yorkshire Paul Finch’s series of anthologies reaches now the Scottish Highlands, again with a promise of chilling delights. I am glad to see the “Terror Tales” anthologies going strong and I am even happier to hear that the editor and publisher intend to go further in their search and reinterpretation of horror folklore, even beyond the borders of the United Kingdom, with other short story collections of the same kind.

The Scottish Highlands, picturesque home to grand mountains and plunging glens. But also a land of bitterness, betrayal and blood-feud, where phantom pipers lament callous slaughters, evil spirits haunt crag and loch, and ancient monsters roam the fogbound moors…

The Black Wolf of Badenoch
The deformed horror at Glamis
The witch coven of Auldearn
The faceless giant of Ben Macdui
The shrieking voices on Skye
The feathered fiend of Glen Etive
The headless killer at Arisaig

And many more chilling tales by William Meikle, Helen Grant, Barbara Roden, Carole Johnstone, DP Watt and other award-winning masters and mistresses of the macabre…

“Skye’s Skary Places” by Ian Hunter
Phantoms in the Mist
“The Dove” by Helen Grant
Prey of the Fin-Folk
“Strone House” by Barbara Roden
The Well of Heads
“Face Down in the Earth” by Tom Johnstone
The Vanishing
“The Dreaming God Is Singing Where She Lies” by William Meikle
The Curse of Scotland
“The Housekeeper” by Rosie Seymour
From Out the Hollow Hills
“The Executioner” by Peter Bell
Saurians of the Deep
“You Must Be Cold” by John Whitbourn
Glamis Castle
“The Fellow Travellers” by Sheila Hodgson
“Shelleycoat” by Graeme Hurry
Evil Monsters
“The Other House, the Other Voice” by Craig Herbertson
The Mull Plane Mystery
“Myself / Thyself” by D.P. Watt
The Bauchan
“Broken Spectres” by Carl Barker
The Big Grey Man
“Jack Knife” by Gary Fry
Tristicloke the Wolf
“The Foul Mass at Tongue House” by Johnny Mains
The Drummer of Cortachy
“There You’ll Be” by Carole Johnstone

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 Chesley Awards finalists

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists has announced the finalists of 2015 Chesley Awards. The awards ceremony will be held during Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, taking place in Spokane, Washington between August 19th and 23rd.

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover
Julie Dillon - Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014
Jon Foster - Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Subterranean Press, 2014
Todd Lockwood - The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan; Tor, March 2014
John Picacio - Endymion by Dan Simmons; Limited Edition, Subterranean Press, December 2014
Michael Whelan - Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson; Tor, March 2014

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback
John Harris - Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie; Orbit October 2014
Jon Sullivan - The Return of the Discounted Man by Mark Hodder; Pyr, July 2014
Raymond Swanland - The Lady by K.V. Johansen; Pyr, December 2014
Danielle Tunstall - Unseaming by Mike Allen; Antimatter Press, October 2014
Raoul Vitale - Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson; Prometheus/Pyr

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine
Julie Dillon - Analog April 2014
Matt Dixon - Clarkesworld #90 March 2014
Wayne Haag - Interzone #253 July/August 2014
Patrick Jones - Analog March 2014
Jae Lee - Batman/Superman #14 DC Comics October 2014
Peter Mohrbacher - Lightspeed #48 May 2014
Dan Dos Santos - Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 Dark Horse, March 2014

Best Interior Illustration
Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso - “Ekaterina and the Firebird” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe;, January 2014
Galen Dara - “A City of Its Tentacles” by Rose Lemberg; Lackinton’s #1 February 2014
Julie Dillon - Imagined Realms: Book 1 July/August; Kickstarter December 2014
Scott Gustafson - Classic Bedtime Stories; Artisan, September 2014
Karla Ortiz - “The Walking Stick Forest” by Anna Tambour; May 2014
John Picacio - Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza; October 2014

Best Gaming Related Illustration
Noah Bradley - Drown in Sorrow Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
Eric Deschamps - Ephara, God of Polis Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
Michael Komarck - D&D The Rise of Tiamat; WotC, Oct. 2014
Peter Mohrbacher - Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
Karla Ortiz - Ghoulcaller Gisa Magic card, Commander 2014; WotC, Nov. 2014
Chris Rahn - Ajani the Steadfast Magic card, 2015 Core Set; WotC, July 2014

Best Product Illustration
Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson - Fast Food New York ComicCon 2014 art print
Donato Giancola - George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
Patrick Jones - Conan The Conquered Illuxcon promotional art
John Picacio - La Calavera Loteria card Lone Boy
Raymond Swanland - One with the Light Limited Edition Giclee on canvas Acme Archives 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished
Linda Adair - “Dragonsbride” oil
Michael C. Hayes - “Alegretto” oils
Reiko Murakami - “Giving Name” Photoshop
Mark Poole - “Omens” oils
Dorian Vallejo - “Crossing” oil on canvas
Annie Stegg Gerard - “The Lady of Lorien” oil on linen

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished
Kristina Carroll - “Dragonslayer” charcoal
Sean Murray - “Gateway: The Storkfriars” graphite
John Picacio - “El Venado” graphite
Olivier Villoingt - “The Soul of War” graphite & acrylic
Allen Williams - “Sphynx” graphite
Rebecca Yanovskaya - “Wisdom” ink & mixed media

Best Three-Dimensional Art
Dan Chudzinski - The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
David Meng - Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
Michael Parkes - Meditation, bronze
Forest Rogers - A Fish from Versailles, Kato polyclay
Virginie Ropars - Morrigan, polymer clay & mixed media
Vincent Villafranca - Modernity’s Squeaky Child, bronze & steel

Best Art Director
Lou Anders, Pyr
Shelly Bond, DC/Vertigo Comics
Irene Gallo, Tor &
Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
Lauren Panepinto, Orbit Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Kinuko Craft
John Harris
Gregory Manchess
Iain McCaig

Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!