Tag: Sword and Sorcery

Barbarian Book Club: Brutal by James Alderdice

Brutal by James Alderdice

Japanese Jidaigeki meets Grimdark fantasy. James Alderdice, the pen name of David J. West channels Akira Kurosawa in this fantastic first installment of his latest grimdark sword and sorcery Brutal, which lives up to its namesake and inspiration.brutal

Echoing Kurosawa’s Yojimbo in both its opening scene and thematic plot, we are immediately introduced to a wandering unemployed warrior known simply as the Sellsword.  Our demure anti-hero makes his way into the forsaken city of Aldreth, where he becomes entangled in a criminal civil war between two sinister wizards. Priestesses and Princesses are met, heads are severed, limbs separated, temples burned, and the streets flood with the blood of his enemies and even a giant lizard. Everything one craves from a proper piece of grimdark Sword and Sorcery.

Brutal shines the brightest where it departs from its source of inspiration and embraces its Howardian and Lovecraftian elements. The highlight is the sinister cult of an evil goddess of perversion and debauchery that I hope will return in the upcoming installments. Several scenes and motifs were very interesting, riffing on some great primitive iconography and symbolism.

If you like dark, action-packed, Sword and Sorcery, Brutal is a must read. I guarantee that you will be lining up to read the sequel as soon as it comes out.

Robert E. Howard

“Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.”

Grimdark Alliance

robert-howard“All fled—all done, so lift me on the pyre—

The Feast is over, and the lamps expire.”  – Howard

Today, January 22, marks Robert Howards 111th birthday. Make sure to take a long swig of your favorite beverage in honor of the father of Conan. Sword and Sorcery is the punk rock of the fantasy world and Howard was its Joe Strummer.

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Winter Issue of Cirsova is Out Now! — Cirsova


Cirsova is hands down my favorite indy Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine. The last issue was fantastic. Old school Sword and Sorcery, pirates, Sword and Planet, wizards, witches, monsters, and everything that got me into Fantasy minus all the pretentious creative writing lit fic bullshit that poisons SFF. Buy it!

Stickied Post The Winter Issue of Cirsova is available now! Softcover Softcover and Kindle editions on Amazon Hardcover editions on Lulu (Use Promocode NIGEL35 for big savings!!!) Various digital editions on Smashwords

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