Happy New Year – and Welcome to The Fantasy Hive!
Welcome to The Fantasy Hive – a hub for all things fantasy. Book reviews, games, author interviews, features, serial fiction – you name it, we’re working our arses off to provide it!
The Hive is a collaborative site made up of unique personalities who just want to celebrate fantasy – and to have fun while we’re doing it, dammit. Our official tagline – ‘Fantasy, together’ – embodies our shared goal, which is to unify fans of speculative fiction through shared enthusiasm and appreciation of the genre. (You can also find us doing this on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.)
You can learn more about the site – and meet our amazing team! – here.
Now, to business! We’re kicking things off today with the latest edition of Tough Travelling, a monthly meme in which we celebrate (and send up) fantasy tropes as listed in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. January’s topic is ELVES, and we’ll be posting our list of examples from the genre later today. Please do join in and make your own!
I’m also excited to announce that, later today, we’ll be posting the exclusive cover reveal for Paternus: Wrath of Gods by Dyrk Ashton!
TOMORROW, we’ll release our 2018 ‘Most Anticipated‘ list, featuring upcoming books from big and small publishers and indie authors alike. (Beware, though: To-Be-Reads likely to triple upon viewing.) We’ll also have a review of flintlock fantasy The Thousand Names by Django Wexler!
On WEDNESDAY, we’ll be treating you to the very first edition of our Author Spotlight feature . . . and a very special edition it is, too! Kings of the Wyld author Nicholas Eames will be answering questions on writing, reading, and the potential impact of singing shellfish upon one’s daily productivity levels.
THURSDAY will introduce Hive Reads, in which we’ll be
fighting about collaboratively reviewing a different SFF book each month. Everyone’s welcome to join in the discussion, so stay tuned for this introductory post and the list of upcoming reading! On Thursday we’ll also be bringing you a review of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? along with both Blade Runner movies, written by none other than T. O. Munro (who, according to Lucas Thorn, “gives good article.” Reader, he does. He really does.).
And on FRIDAY, we’ll have an exclusive piece of short fiction (‘Neither Fruit nor Flesh‘) from none other than Age of Assassins author RJ Barker (and a stunning little story it is, too!).
As if that wasn’t enough, NEXT WEEK will kick off even more brand new features, including Write of Way (a bi-monthly series taking a light-hearted look at writing and other ‘bad habits’) and Magic & Mayhem (a fun, detailed look at the ways in which magic can be incorporated into various aspects of storytelling and worldbuilding). We’re also really excited to be debuting our original serial fiction feature (aka. Four-Part Fiction) on Monday with ‘Hypnotica‘ by Chris Mahon. Big-name editor and historical fiction author Jane Johnson will be taking the Author Spotlight on Wednesday, plus we’ll have a couple of fun listicles, as well as reviews of David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks and John Gwynne’s upcoming release, A Time of Dread.
For now, you can browse our not-too-shabby back catalog of book reviews and blog posts. AND if you’re on social media, why not come and say hi? You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Alternatively, you can contact us through this page. Or perhaps you just fancy learning more about our wonderfully talented team of contributors, in which case, head on over here!
Worried about keeping up with all the excitement? Never fear – we even have a NEWSLETTER(!), which you can sign up for here. Don’t worry, this won’t be used to spam you. You’ll receive no more than one email per week, giving you ‘The Buzz’ on the most interesting and popular recent posts from the site.
We’re incredibly excited to finally share the site with you, and hope you’ll keep checking back for more. Until next time – thanks for being here, and happy new year!