Posts Tagged ‘Raven Dane’

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas

December 8, 2012 - 8:45 pm 2 Comments

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas
Author: (Ed) Simon Marshall Jones
Publisher: Spectral Press
Page count: 204pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
The 13 Ghosts of Christmas released this December is an anthology of creepy Christmas themed stories from independent publisher Spectral Press.
Spectral Press has a well deserved reputation as a small yet quality driven independent press publishing a whole host of genre fiction from a solid and formidable group of writers. And here, with this spooky collection of stories, Spectral further cements its reputation.
The anthology starts with ‘An Odd Number at Table’ by John Costello, a wonderfully romantic and atmospheric ghost story, which finds young student Josh spending Christmas with the family of his girlfriend Kirstie at their ancestral home in Richmond. Filled with lyrical language and and an inherent beauty, this story kicks off the collection very well, and from there it goes full steam ahead.
The stories are varied from funny to downright scary in Gary McMahon’s piece to a fun and dark piece by William Miekle featuring Carnacki. There are stories by Jan Edwards, Raven Dane, Thana Niveau and Martin Roberts; a nice mix of new and established authors bringing their talent and expertise on board.
The stand out stories of the piece are Raven Dane’s tale of a disgruntled husband in ‘A Taste of Almonds’, Paul Finch’s story of two sisters at Christmas in ‘December’ and Thana Niveau’s tale of sentient evil snow The bios in the book give interesting highlights of the stories included and the tales themselves are a good range of creepy, spooky, funny and poignant.
A truly inspirational collection, the first of many, which brings the reader the feeling of listening to a Dickensian story-telling session, the scent of plum pudding or a seat by a log fire. Wonderful.

Cyrus Darian

July 21, 2012 - 11:51 am No Comments

Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron
Author: Raven Dane
Publisher: Prosochi
Page count/Size: 308pp
Release date: 9th Sep 2011
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

At age twenty three, young orphaned and rather dashing Cyrus Darian flees his homeland of Persia heading for the delights of London where supernatural is second nature. Darian is an exotic blend of Irish from his Mom and Persian from his Dad.

Described as “alchemist, amateur dabbler in the occult, collector of antiquities, necromancer and murderer”, Darian is a fully fledged living breathing reason to read this book. We don’t know much about him to begin with, other than his supernatural skills and handsome looks, but we do know he is seeking out the Sumerian lifestone, an artefact which will help him in his unspecified quest.

Two years later, things go a little awry when a false trail finds him in the claws of a succubus, who gives him a ‘love bite’ to remember, almost killing him and bestowing him with everlasting long life and strange good looks complete with swirling silver, violet eyes into the bargain.

Ten years later and Darian, an inhabitant of London, still looks twenty-five and is still seeking hidden artefacts in the realms of a London drowning in a stinking, poisonous fog. There are riots over the poisoned air, overhead steam trams, dirigibles and demons. Reading somewhat like a Steampunk ‘urban’ fantasy, Cyrus Darian blends high adventure, visual feasts and sensuality to create a fun and fast paced romp.

Cyrus finds himself talked into the inevitable search for the Technomincron, a device of infinite power and danger. With his trusty sidekicks and a kick arse female lead, Darian tackles the denizens of Hell.

His demon friend Belial in particular, is one of the really enjoyable characters in the novel. He is great fun as he taunts and teases his human counterparts, also teasing himself with his flirtations with Darian, which can never be consummated.

This book has no pretensions. It is an adventure and a fun experience, though Dane does make reference to the poisonous air of London which is reminiscent of the historical ‘Great Stink’. You will surely be missing a Steampunk gem if you ignore this book . . . at your peril.

Interview with author Raven Dane

March 1, 2011 - 12:07 pm No Comments

Having written all of her life, professionally as a journalist working on local newspapers and national magazines, and writing unpublished short stories in her leisure time, Raven Dane has recently released fantasy parody ‘The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire’.

Photograph of Raven DaneIn the mid nineties, Raven wrote a vast space opera, and in her own words “epic in scale and in utter dreadfullness . . . it was complete pants”. As a result, she found herself needing a new direction. Following a chance meeting with a friend over coffee, she was urged to switch genres to dark fantasy. The friend in question wanted her to write a book she would enjoy.

That night she began Blood Tears, the first of the Legacy of the Dark Kind series. Raven’s writing career had started. Three are alredy published and she is currently working on the fourth in the series.

Raven took time out from her scribbling today to chat with me and answer a few questions.

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Review: Pretty Smart for an Unwise Woman

March 1, 2011 - 12:00 pm No Comments

The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire
By Raven Dane

For an unwise woman, Morven the witch can be pretty smart. Or at least she can be when it’s not about men. In love with handsome rogue and highwayman Jed Moonraven, and content for a bit of tupping when he decides to visit, Morven is often naïve when it comes to her love life. But when it comes to hatching plans to save the metaphorical ‘day’ and showing bravery in the face of adversity, Morven is on the ball.

Banding together to form an unlikely Fellowship, the witch, the highwayman, a gorgeous elf, a dashing demon/rock star, a young poet, the obligatory talking animal and er, a Baker, join forces to save their land from the armies of hell. So far; So clichéd. And this is where the novel becomes fun.

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