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!
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.
(Assistant Editor/Instagram Empress)
Nils is an avid reader of high fantasy & grimdark. She looks for 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, Jen Williams, John Gwynne, Joe Abercrombie, Alix E Harrow, and Fonda Lee. If Nils isn’t reading books then she’s creating stylised Bookstagram photos of them instead! You can find her on Twitter: @nilsreviewsit and Instagram: @nils.reviewsit
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 was a judge for SPFBO from 2018-2021. She reads every subgenre and style of fantasy, as long as it’s not overly romantic! And we simply won’t mention her slight audiobook addiction here… Julia also helps with managing the Hive’s email account and co-ordinates the distribution of ARCs to our reviewers. You can also find her on Instagram: @juliakitvariasarene
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.
(Agony Aunt/Actual Wizard)
G. D. Penman is the author of more books than you can shake a reasonably-sized stick at, including series like Witch of Empire, Savage Dominion, Deepest Dungeon and The Last King.
Before finally realising that the career’s advisor lied to them about making a living as an author, G. D. Penman worked as an editor, tabletop game designer, and literally every awful demeaning job that you can think of in-between.
They are a veteran of the battlefields of Azeroth, Lordran, Tamriel and Thedas, but they left their heart in Baldur’s Gate.
Nowadays they can mostly be found writing fantasy novels and smoking a pipe in the sunshine.
They live in Dundee, Scotland with their partner, children, dog and cats. Just… so many cats.
For the last twenty years I have lived and worked within a stone’s throw of J.R.R. Tolkien’s old stomping grounds in south Birmingham.
The influence has rubbed off.
I love myths, ancient forests, and misty ruins and its no surprise that I have never fallen out of love with the works of Alan Garner, Ursula Le Guin and Tolkien.
You can find Kai on his website or on Twitter @LostDunedan
Asha is a book blogger, editor, and author assistant who hasn’t taken her nose out of a book since the day she learned to read. She likes her fantasy warm, comforting, and full of courtly splendour; throw in a good masquerade ball, some amazing female characters, and a hot wizard or two, and she’ll be hooked. Find her (and her ridiculously fluffy cat) on Twitter @cat_book_tea
Lucy Nield PhD Candidate, University of Liverpool.
Twitter: @lucy_nield1 Instagram: @lucy_dogs_books
Lucy Nield grew up in Wales but now lives in Liverpool. She is a PhD student in the Department of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests surround animals in speculative fiction, ignited by Paolo Bacigalupi’s ‘The People of the Sand and Slag.’ She is one of the organisers for the annual Current Research in Speculative Fiction conference at the University of Liverpool, where interdisciplinary researchers come together and present their research on SSF. Lucy’s favourite writers are Bacigalupi, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin and Adrian Tchaikovsky. Her day job is in HR, but she loves to read, write and teach fiction.
Lucy is an organiser for the University of Liverpool Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference and she is co-editor of the Ariadnes Thread Journal. You can find Lucy on Twitter
Scarlett is an avid reader and world traveler. Her earliest childhood memories growing up in Germany are filled with fairytales and castles. As an adult, she developed an interest in all things history and has mingled it with her love for reading fantasy a few years ago. She is especially fond of timelines as well as epic / low fantasy reads. Scarlett has been blogging about books across genres since 2018 but always finds her way back home to the fantastical. When she isn’t reading, she enjoys family time, running, hiking, and traveling. You can find her on Insta and Twitter @ReadzandRunz
After being told “I don’t think that’s likely, do you?” by the careers advisor when she declared that she wanted to be a forensic scientist, Hil settled in South Wales and mainly lurks on Twitter instead. When not wrangling kobolds, or disrupting cultish shenanigans, she enjoys reading fantasy and old-ladies-solving-unlikely-
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.
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.
When Filip isn’t too busy murdering his players in D&D, he’s nose-deep in a fantasy novel, reading both the classics of the genre and those promising new releases, both indie and traditionally published. Filip also enjoys a good graphic novel, a spectacular sci-fi book, and an awe-inspiring alliteration.
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
Sean Sheehan likes fantasy because, being non-fiction, it immerses the reader in a fabricated lie and yet, at its best, it conveys truths. Books like Pullman’s His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust and the fiction of Ursula Le Guin are his top reads. Sheehan also writes about photography for Lens Culture and The Eye of Photography.
A Texan transplant living in California, MD Presley isn’t nearly as clever as he thinks he is. With a background in screenwriting, he fled to publishing with his flintlock fantasy series when the reality of Hollywood got to be a bit too much. A founding member of Sigil Independent, he also blogs weekly at the not-so-creatively-named www.mdpresley.com and tweets on occasion @md_presley.
David Samuels studied History and Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He works as a webcam model coach at Flirt4Free by day and by night he writes historical fiction and epic fantasy. You can find his work and writing tips at storyscriptorium.wordpress.com.
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.
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.
Rebekah Teller grew up in the wild backwoods of southern Missouri. Raised by crawdads and water gliders, she became fascinated with communication at an early age. Her lifelong quest for love and chocolate motivated her to assimilate into human culture, which she steadily began after discovering graphic design. One day, while stumbling through a cave barefoot, she rescued a lost storyteller, who ensnared her heart and taught her to speak. She needs fantasy in her life to feel like a real person and her favorite reads are dark fantasy indie books.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
Laura founded The Fantasy Hive in 2017; her sanity has been steadily disintegrating ever since. She works as a freelance editor and author beneath the grey, pigeon-filled skies of northern England, and has also written articles for Fantasy Faction and Tor.com. Her first LitRPG novel, God of Gnomes, was released in 2019 under the pen name Demi Harper.