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Edition 22: Book Review: She Walks in Shadows (eds. Moreno-Garcia and Stiles)

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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There’s an outdated perception that women, either as characters or writers in the Lovecraftian realms, don’t belong. She Walks in Shadows comes off the back of a quite successful Indiegogo campaign, suggesting that the reading public are looking for this myth to be dispelled.

Editors Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles of Innsmouth Free Press looked at the disparity in this well-loved section of speculative fiction and put together a list of authors with ties to Lovecraftian mythos from all over the globe, and a significant inclusion of writers of colour.

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Edition 21: Book Review: Currents of Change by Darian Smith

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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I wish to disclose that I have appeared alongside Darian in The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales from Phantom Feather Publishing, and subsequently connected as writers online. However, this review was unsolicited, and I purchased the novel of my own volition. – Sophie

While traditional speculative fiction publishing houses are currently disinclined to publish paranormal romance, this subgenre won’t take no for an answer, so is growing in indie and self-publishing arenas. Currents of Change is a New Zealand paranormal romance self-published from a denizen of the same country, Darian Smith.

Sara O’Neill arrives in the small town of Kowhiowhio on the crest of traumatic life changes. She’s hiding out in her grandmother’s childhood home, there for as long as she needs to be.

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Edition 20: Book Review: Phantazein edited by Tehani Wessely

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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When I picked up Phantazein it was the exquisite cover by Kathleen Jennings that first drew me in, knowing what an incredible publishing professional Tehani Wessely is upon seeing her name, and the recognition of several of the contributors.

What I didn’t realise was that this wonderful collection, that surprised Ms Wessely in the way it came together, was the antidote to my frustration at the lack of women’s voices and stories promoted in our genre.

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Edition 18: Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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Another year and another J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy with Peter Jackson at the helm draws to a close with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The final film in The Hobbit trilogy has hit silver screens the world over and merchandisers weep into their poor empty hands.

I will admit, that while I have read both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the challenge of The Silmarillion has not been one I have elected to undertake. It is an admission that I am not well-versed on the parts of Tolkien lore that have fleshed out this children’s story (however, I am still a card-carrying fangirl: I have made my pilgrimage to Hobbiton!).

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Edition 17: Book Review: Vaudeville and Other Nightmares by Greg Chapman

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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Vaudeville and Other Nightmares—and if that isn’t a brilliant name for a horror anthology, I don’t know what is—is the first short story anthology from Australian horror writer Greg Chapman and the team at Black Beacon Books.

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Edition 16: Book Review: Winter by William Horwood

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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William Horwood returns after a decade break from original fantasy, and Winter is the culmination of his four seasonally-associated Hyddenworld books. It was his earlier writings in his Duncton Wood universe that meant these books went to the top of my reading list. I have reviewed the others in the series on my personal blog.

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Edition 15: Book Review: Sub Rosa by Amber Dawn

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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This is story of Little, a wayward girl scraping by. At the crux of her desperation, when she offers her virginity for a new opportunity, Arsen arrives and whisks her away. She’s offered a home, and kindness, and maybe love, but the offer itself is enough. When Arsen has won her mind, he says he wants to take her to his home on Sub Rosa, but to be accepted there she has to survive the ordeal of the Dark.

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News: Star Quake 1 short listed for Australian Shadows Awards

We are pleased indeed that our first ‘best of’ anthology of SQ Mag’s fiction has been nominated for the Australian Shadows Awards. The publisher, IFWG Publishing Australia, is Melbourne based, as is the editor, Sophie Yorkston. A large percentage of the short stories were horror and dark fantasy in content. The great cover was by Australian, Jeffery Doherty (who also illustrated a few other of our editions). Well done to the team, and congratulations to Sophie Yorkston. You’re a champ!

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Edition 3: Book Review: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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Inheritance is the final of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, the series that began with a story called Eragon, written when Paolini was 15.

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Edition 3: Film Review: The Cabin In The Woods

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 Reviewed by Sophie Yorkston


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Cabin in the Woods, an offering by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, is not your regular teen slasher film. Don’t worry—it contains all the blood and gore you’re looking for, but its plot is not what you would expect.

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