The answer to the title is: quite a bit! October ended up being pretty amazing, so let’s just jump right in
I didn’t think GrimDarkTober had a future after losing it’s platform (and community). Unbelievably, with two days to spare before October started, I found out that it still had an audience! I went to work, bugged the SFF Oasis, messaged some friends, and thanks entirely to the help of these people, pulled together a month of guest posts, guest reviews, and some dark fantasy content of my own. It turned into something that for having NO planning, went spectacularly. I think GrimDarkTober has started to gain a new community, so maybe stay tuned for 2023? Maybe I can merge with someone else’s dark and spooky themed thing?
To summarize the guest content really quick…
- Why I Gave Up on Grimdark Fantasy (A GrimDarkTober Guest Post from At Boundary’s Edge)
- Roots of Darkness: The Horrifying Origins of Sword & Sorcery (A GrimDarkTober Guest Post by Peat Long)
- TheReviewBooth reviews The Year of the Witching
- Dr. John Mauro reviews Norylska Groans!
You can check out additional content and all posts by searching “GrimDarkTober” in the search field *top left corner of the blog*
So that said, thanks to everyone who jumped in and wrote some guest content because you’re all amazing ♥️👻
I should also add that I got to feature a super special Sunday Brunch Halloween edition this year, featuring John Palladino of The Trials of Ashmount
I was incredibly loyal to my TBR this month reading all 8 of my definite picks and saving space for some impulse reads.
Thanks to some shorter novels and novellas it was actually a decent reading month. I spread my little multi genre wings and talked about both indie and regularly published dark fantasy, classic sci-fi, a domestic thriller, a true crime novel, a lovely book of magical realism, and classic horror.
All of these books have been reviewed here on the blog, minus the one I’ll talk about next. I did also just finish Later by Stephen King but it will be my first review in November. I’m almost done with Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone but won’t finish it before tonight.
There is one book I read for an author and will not write a review for. As much as I loved The Witches of Crannock Dale last month and had a great interview with the author, I had content / age appropriateness issues with The Rebels of Caer City as the book went from middle grade to new adult real quick and I don’t think a series can have it both ways without keeping content appropriate to the lowest age group advertised for. I’d say ok, maybe 16 year olds, but I also just didn’t enjoy reading it and am going to leave it at that
October book haul:
I did not buy any books in October. I did load up my kindle unlimited with some new reads and found some free e books from indie authors I’ve been looking at. I also got lucky with some long time Libby holds coming in.
There’s not much else to say. Thanks to all the guest content I had a decent month here and am going to keep the blog going at least for now. I hope everyone had a great spooky month and found something good to read!
Check in tomorrow for November goals and Sci-fi Month TBR!