‘Middlegame’ Review: A Dark Fantasy Thrill Ride

Middlegame is the kind of all-encompassing fantasy novel that draws you in from the start, filling your senses with magic and haunting visuals. It’s dark fantasy to the core, giving us a set of characters whose evil purposes mesmerize. This world of alchemy doesn’t waste time on the pretty bits of magic, focusing instead on…

‘The Luminous Dead’ Review: A Lonely, Terrifying Descent

The Luminous Dead is a tense descent into the caves of an alien planet, following a single climber as she attempts to discover a dark secret buried in the caverns. It’s a deeply personal account with only two characters, one climbing and one on the comm system. There are perils at nearly every turn and…

‘When Home, No Need to Cry’ Short Review

When Home, No Need to Cry shows the aftermath of years spent in space amidst the unfiltered radiation. We see an astronaut who is dying slowly from cancer, desperate to return to the only place that feels like home. She struggles to find meaning on Earth, bitter at what her job has cost her, but…

‘Malaterre Part 2’ Review: The Man For Whom Nothing is Enough

Malaterre Part 2 concludes the story of Gabriel, the shady and questionable father whose obsession with creating an inheritance for his family causes him to eventually tear them apart. In this second part, we see Gabriel become more of a monstrous person than he already was. The business is slipping away from him and he…

‘Where Gods Dance’ Short Review

Where Gods Dance paints the tragic picture of a father forever mourning the loss of his son as he attempts to recreate him using various pieces of his childhood. You can feel the sorrow buried in every word as the man desperately tries to hold on to the memories of his son. These created versions…

‘The Lady Who Would Not Die’ Short Review

The Lady Who Would Not Die is the sad tale of a woman lost to time who becomes a Grim Reaper of sorts. The story provides an interesting look at immortality and the cost it brings. Hers is a life spent ushering the nearly dead on to the afterlife and, while she does have a…

‘A Song for Persephone’ Short Review

A Song for Persephone tells the story of a siren struggling to continue in her duties in modern times. It’s strange to imagine a siren trying to beckon a modern day yacht or cruise ship toward a rocky shore, and that gives the story an equally strange quality that really works. Greek gods and myths…

‘Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon’ Short Review

Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon is a delightfully magical story, blending indigenous Canadian storytelling with modern day theatrics. We hear the story of an old man who makes a bet with Death and does everything he can to cheat his way out of an ending. It’s an interesting tale to be sure, but the…