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.)
Want to contact us via email? Just head over to this page. Want to meet the team? Keep reading!
Meet The Hive!
Laura founded The Fantasy Hive in 2017; her sanity has been steadily disintegrating ever since. She works as a freelance editor beneath the grey, pigeon-filled skies of northern England, and has also written articles for Fantasy Faction and Tor.com. When she isn’t working on a manuscript or organising content for the Hive, you’re most likely to find her faffing around on Twitter, playing D&D, or writing fiction. Her first LitRPG novel, God of Gnomes, was released in September 2019 under the pen name Demi Harper.
Down on the South West coast of Wales is a woman juggling editing, reading, writing and parenting. Maybe if she got her arse off Twitter for long enough, Beth might actually get more done. Surrounded by rugged coastline, dramatic castles and rolling countryside, Beth loves nothing more than shutting her door on all that and curling up with a cuppa and a book instead. Her favourite authors include Jen Williams, Anna Stephens and Joe Abercrombie; her favourite castles include Kidwelly, Carreg Cennen and Pembroke.
Kitvaria Sarene has been a bookseller and purchaser in Germany since 2003. Her love of books only grew over the years, just as her love for fantasy and sci-fi did! Especially interested in indie publishing and discovering new talents, she joined the Hive in reading for SPFBO5 in 2019. She also efficiently manages the Hive’s email account and co-ordinates the distribution of ARCs to our reviewers.
(Co-Founder and Top Contributor/Overachiever)
Mike ‘Everest’ Evans is a Security, Intelligence and Crisis Management consultant by day, and reader, reviewer and aspiring writer by night.
Day to day is a mix of natural disasters, war & terrorism, geo-political instability, crime, corporate espionage, and most recently cyber warfare – stopping them, not being involved in them, or so he claims. Having worked in ‘Intelligence’, were he to write a book he’d not be short of experiences to draw from, though the security services might have a thing or two to say about that.
Nils is an avid reader of fantasy books that include monsters, magic and bloody good battle scenes. If heads are rolling, and guts are spilling, she’s pretty happy! Her obsession with the genre sparked when she first entered the realms of Middle Earth, and her heart never left there! Her favourite authors include; Tolkien, John Gwynne, Joe Abercrombie, Brian McClellan, Neil Gaiman and RJ Barker. Nils likes to express creativity through making cards, and creating stylised Bookstagram photos. You can find her on Twitter: @nilsreviewsit and Instagram: @nils.reviewsit; she also manages the Hive’s Instagram acccount @thefantasyhive.
T. O. Munro works in education and enjoys nothing more than escaping into a good book. He wrote his first book (more novella than novel) aged 13, and has dabbled in writing stories for nearly four decades since then. A plot idea hatched in long hours of exam invigilation finally came to fruition with the self-publishing of ‘Lady of the Helm’ – first in the Bloodline trilogy – in June 2013, followed by ‘Wrath of the Medusa,’ ‘Master of the Planes’ and ‘The Medusa’s Daughter’. Find him on twitter @tomunro.
Jonathan Thornton is from Scotland but grew up in Kenya, and now lives in Liverpool. He has a lifelong love of fantasy and science fiction, kicked off by reading The Lord Of The Rings and Dune at an impressionable age. Nowadays his favourite writers are Michael Moorcock, John Crowley, Gene Wolfe, Patricia McKillip and Ursula Le Guin. He has a day job working with mosquitoes, and one day wants to finish writing his own stories. You can find Jonathan on Twitter at @JonathanThornt2.
(Warhammer Sage/Newsletter Wizard)
Christopher Mahon is a fantasy writer, speaker, and essayist living in New York. He received his Bachelors in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and currently works as the Managing Editor at Outer Places. His non-fiction work has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, The Portalist, and others. In his free time he runs The Occult Triangle Lab, a blog on trigonometry, fantasy, and ungodly amounts of milk. You can contact him on Twitter @DeadmanMu.
(Agony Aunt/Actual Wizard)
G. D. Penman is the author of the Witch of Empire trilogy, Dungeons of Strata, and many other books.
Before finally realising that the career’s advisor lied to him about making a living as an author, he worked as a tabletop game designer, as the VIP Manager of a national telecoms company and literally every awful demeaning job that you can think of in-between.
He is a veteran of the battlefields of Azeroth, The Northern Realms, Lordran, Tamriel and Thedas, but he left his heart in Baldur’s Gate.
Nowadays he is fulfilling his destiny as a fat, bearded man by writing fantasy novels and smoking a pipe. He lives in Dundee, Scotland with his wife, children, dog and cats. Just… so many cats.
James Latimer is the curmudgeonly alter-ego of a mild-mannered civil servant. When not lurking around the internet, he’s usually reading or writing fantasy fiction. His corporeal form resides in South West England with a very forgiving wife and very demanding cat.
Shona Kinsella is a Scottish fantasy author who lives on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond with her husband and three children. She is the author of Ashael Rising (Unbound, 2017), Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae (Fox Spirit, 2018) and Miranya’s Oath (an illustrated web serial). You can find out more about her work at www.shonakinsella.com and she loves talking to new people on Twitter www.twitter.com/shona_kinsella
T. Eric Bakutis is an author and game designer based in Maryland. He is happily married and shares his house with a vicious, predatory cat and a sad-faced, cowardly dog. He’s been working as a professional video game developer for over eight years. His first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces, is now complete, and his first science fiction novel, Supremacy’s Shadow, was published in February 2018.
In his spare time, Eric hikes with his lovely wife, little girl, and crazy dog, spends time in VRChat exploring the metaverse, and participates in local events like the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Critique Circle. His first novel, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies.
A.Z. Anthony is best known for his genre-warping fiction whose popularity commonly crashes global markets. Also, his humility. When he’s not hammering away on a keyboard writing fiction, he’s hammering away on a keyboard writing for The Fantasy Hive.
Charlie is an Aussie who has been reading voraciously since his obviously well spent youth. He particularly enjoys fantasy and science fiction and was raised on a steady diet of Gemmell, Feist, Heinlein and Crichton. In terms of fresher writers he highly enjoys Pierce Brown, Mark Lawrence, Sylvain Neuvel, Sebastien De Castell, Brian Staveley, John Gwynne, Josiah Bancroft, Nicholas Eames and more. He is also an actor and killed Maeve in Episode 4 of HBO’s Westworld. You can follow him on twitter @areadingmachine and check out his own much-neglected blog at www.areadingmachine.com for reviews and the occasional giveaway. He can also be found in need of health in Battlefield 1 on Xbox as Sofreshns0clean.
Steve Thomas is the author of the comic fantasy Klondaeg series as well as “The Sangrook Saga,” which isn’t funny at all. He has been addicted to all things fantasy since he was a child, and his friends and family failed to dissuade him from writing his own. When he isn’t writing, he can be found reading, playing video games, pretending to do something productive, or on Twitter at @SteveThomas11.
Taya Latham, author, hockey fanatic, occasional beer brewer, publishes under the name T. L. Greylock. Her first series is The Song of the Ash Tree, a Norse saga featuring axes and ravens and giants. She also considers herself a baker of pies, but this is debatable. You can find her on Twitter as @TLGreylock.
Ben Galley is the award-winning fantasy author of the epic Emaneska Series, the weird-west Scarlet Star Trilogy and the standalone The Heart of Stone. When he’s not dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant, helping fellow authors to self-publish and sell their books at www.shelfhelp.info. Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter (@BenGalley), Facebook (@BenGalleyAuthor) or at his website www.bengalley.com.
Brian O’Sullivan was born in county Cork, Ireland. Now based in New Zealand, he runs a small publishing company (Irish Imbas Books) with his family but returns to Ireland on a regular basis. Weekly articles on Irish folklore, aspects of Irish culture and on his writing can be found on his own website at: http://irishimbasbooks.com or on the Irishimbasbooks Facebook page.
Brian writes fiction that incorporates strong elements of Irish culture, language, history and mythology. These include literary short stories, mystery thrillers (The Beara Trilogy) and a contemporary version of the Fionn mac Cumhaill/ Fenian legends (The Fionn mac Cumhaill Series).
Although he writes predominantly for an Irish audience, Brian’s unique style, attention to historical accuracy and humour has meant that his books have become firm favourites of readers all around the world.
He still needs to get out more.
David was living as a mild-mannered librarian when one day he stumbled into a radioactive vat full of books and video games and was instantly transformed into Nerd Man. His powers include not being qualified (or interested) in having anything to do with the realities of life, and so he spends his time reading and writing and gaming, with occasional breaks for work and family. David named his daughter Coraline, proof that he has very little respect for normal society and is completely immersed in fantasy. David’s favorite authors include Grandfather Tolkien, Uncle Steve (Erikson), and that weird cousin with the crazy hair, Neil. David is usually obsessed with Dark Souls and Fire Emblem, though occasionally ventures into various Final Fantasy and Dragon Age territories. David also loves trees and bears.
Dorian Hart grew up in Narnia, Prydain, Middle Earth, etc. as much as he did in the Philly suburbs. He somehow leveraged a creative writing degree from Wesleyan U. into a 20-year career as a video game designer (Ultima Underworld 2, System Shock, Terra Nova, System Shock 2, Thief, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich, BioShock, Card Hunter). He became a novelist and stay-at-home dad several years ago, and has written and self-published the first two books (The Ventifact Colossus and The Crosser’s Maze) of an eventual five-book epic fantasy series. Dorian wrote the interactive SF adventure “Choice of the Star Captain” for Choice of Games. While he suspects he’s far less witty and talented than the other members of the Hive, he would probably beat them all at ping-pong.
J. P. Ashman is the author of BLACK CROSS and DRAGONSHIP. Born Lancashire, England, J. P. is a Northern lad through and through. His career may be in optics as a manager/technician, but he loves to make time for writing and reading every day. Now living rurally in the Cotswolds with Wifey and their little Norse Goddess Freya, he’s inspired daily by the views they have and the things they see, from the deer in the fields to the buzzards circling overhead.
Writing is a huge part of his life and the medieval re-enactment background and tabletop gaming lend to it; when he’s not writing the genre, he’s either reading or playing it. He plans to keep writing, both within his current series, and those to come, whether short stories or epic tomes.
Jeramy Goble is a whimsical and refreshing science fiction and fantasy author, originally from Morganton, North Carolina. While traveling with his sister, mother, and military father, Jeramy accumulated passions for the wonders of world faiths, and the excitement of science and technology. In addition to being an author, Jeramy is an IT professional, composer and avid gamer. After studying music, Jeramy received his bachelor’s degree in 2004. He and his wife, Julia, were married in 2010.
When Justine isn’t making websites, she’s ravenously consuming as many dark fantasy stories as humanly possible. As someone who discovered her love for reading later in life, she reads abundant amounts of fantasy and science fiction, in hopes of preventing her to-be-read pile from crushing her to death. She lives in New Jersey with her lovely husband and their three gorgeous pups, and you can usually find her in Tamriel, at whispersandwonder.com, or on Twitter @__its_justine__.
Strong-female, character-driven, hard-boiled – that’s how Timandra Whitecastle enjoys her fiction. When dark and gritty are the price of admission, and you want gut-punching feels with heroics on the side, there’s Whitecastle Fantasy.
Kareem Mahfouz lives and works in Lincolnshire as a Health and Fitness Manager. He writes epic fantasy stories of revenge and redemption, and is represented by literary agent John Jarrold. When Kareem isn’t geeking out over awesome books, Dragonball, comics, movies or video games, he is usually writing, sleeping or eating. Typical behaviour includes axe-swinging, whiskey-swigging and dog-walking. Kareem is also the administrator of the Fantasy Writers’ Bar group on Facebook and a co-founder of The Fantasy Hive. Find him on Twitter at @OfWolfandMouse.
Megan is a thirty-something stay-at-home-mom who prefers a good story over doing the dishes. She’s also the award-winning author of The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure set in the nine faerie realms. Megan is the Content Director of O.C. Writers, a network of published and aspiring authors in Orange County, CA.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India. Mihir Wanchoo is a bibliophile by choice and a medical graduate by necessity. He is also an avid book collector and longtime reader of fantasy, mystery thrillers and Indian mythology with additional interests in historical fiction and urban fantasy.
Some of Mihir’s favorite writers include John Connolly, David Gemmell, Rob J. Hayes, Courtney Schafer, Rachel Aaron, Craig Schaefer, & James Clemens. Mihir also enjoys following the trials and tribulations of the Indian Cricket team and Chelsea F.C.. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family, and is ever looking forward to discovering new authors and old books.
Philip Overby is a weird fantasy writer and co-host of The Grim Tidings Podcast. He spends almost all of his free time playing games of some sort and is a certifiable game geek. He has a few short stories in his Splatter Elf universe available, including “The Unicorn-Eater,” “River of Blades,” and “The Bog Wyvern.” One Goblin Army is his first novella. He lives in Yokohama, Japan with his wife and invisible cat. He can be found online in various places, namely philipoverby.com.
Sadir S Samir took his interest in video games and turned it into a professional career. He has worked as a Producer and Game Writer on titles such as PAYDAY 2, Pid, Shelter and War of the Roses to name a few, but is currently working full time on his second fantasy novel.
In the past he has studied game design, theater and script writing for films & TV. He loves books, comics, anime, MMA, movies & TV shows, RPGs (Dungeons & Dragons mainly), Warhammer and Magic the Gathering. Sadir is currently the Narrative Lead at Toadman Interactive.
Steve Damarell grew up (as much as any man grows up!) in the 70s on a diet of Star Trek, John Wyndham, and hiding behind the sofa whilst pretending to watch Doctor Who – until Star Wars came along, and blew his mind irreparably. Soon he was reading Dune and branching into the fantasy worlds of Tolkien via Eddings, as well as wasting lots of money playing Space Invaders. Forty years on and very little has changed. Along the way, he has been obsessed with many TV shows, books and videogames. He briefly flirted with freelance writing in the 90s, having articles and reviews published in magazines such as TV Zone. He may have an addictive personality, or he may just be a little bit mad. Possibly both.
Steven is a fighter turned writer who resides in the Boston area. A former sports and entertainment writer, his work has been featured on ESPN.com, LA Weekly and other known outlets. He is a fan of awesome things, wishes all disputes were still settled with a friendly game of hand-to-hand combat, and tries to write books he’d want to read. He hopes you like them. You can find him online at stevenkelliher.com or on Twitter @Steven_Kelliher.
Zachary A. Matzo self-identifies as a writer, specializing in topics as heady and diverse as grown men fake fighting over fictional grievances, books about dragons and millionaire playboys dressing as bats. Zack writes about Star Wars, wrestling, video games and fantasy/sci-fi literature at Fantasy-Faction.com, Fantasy-Hove.co.uk and FightboothPW.com. He dreams of writing novels of dubious substance and splitting his days between his basement, London and the Tokyo Dome. His wife and kids approve. You can find him on Twitter @perch15.