Category: books

  • Deathstar Express by Chris Barker

    Deathstar Express by Chris Barker

    The next publication from Peakrill Press will be Deathstar Express by Chris Barker, a collection of Chris’s satirical newspaper covers set in the Star Wars universe. We will only be printing 50 copies of Deathstar Express, each one signed and numbered. At the time of writing, 29 of them are already spoken for. So hurry…

  • Books of the Year 2023

    Books of the Year 2023

    According to Goodreads, I read 80 books in 2023. I was also given a wonderful bedside revolving-bookshelf-cabinet, shown above, as my birthday present from Gill. It fits the best part of 100 books. I have a shelf full of poetry books to dip into, another full of books of short stories and essays, again for…

  • New Books from Peakrill

    New Books from Peakrill

    It’s been a crazy month, and I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going… but somehow I’ve managed to publish 2 new hardback books and a zine (and, more exhausting than that, I’ve posted out hundreds of copies worldwide). I’m thinking of spending January in a bothy, communing with rocks. King Arthur vs Devil Kitty…

  • Favourite books of 2022

      some good books This is just a blog post to send you to another blog post. I have a personal blog which I post to roughly once per year (it’s been running for nearly 22 years now, so is older than some of the readers of this blog). Over on t’other place I’ve just…

  • Kaverns & Kittens

    COMING SOON FROM PEAKRILL PRESS… Writer Mister Daniel Nathan Sumption and Illustrator Master Maximillian Benjamin Hartley present: KING ARTHUR vs. DEVIL KITTY, a modern retelling of the medieval story of good King Arthur, and of how he killed a giant cat (how very brave of him!) This is a genuine medieval tale, and it’s about…

  • noisms and the Hall of the Third Blue Wizard

    I interviewed noisms, who blogs as Monsters and Manuals, publishes noisms games, and is best known for his fantasy game setting Yoon Suin, the Purple Land. Right now he’a running a Kickstarter for The Corridor of the Seventh Green Magic User  The Hall of the Third Blue Wizard, a zine featuring high-quality commissioned RPG modules and short…

  • The Bogey Beasts of Sidney Sime

    Woods and Dark Animals by Sidney H Sime Inasmuch as there is a Peakrill Press house style, it is that of fin-de-siecle fantasy-inspired illustrations of the late 19th and early 20th century (largely nicked from oldbookillustrations.com); images by Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley and, especially, Sidney Herbert Sime. I love this style of drawing, and the worlds…

  • A Middle-aged Man Returns to Viriconium

    Viriconium comic, in German, by Dieter Judt Deep in work-work and in lieu of anything new to say, I’m rehashing this passage from my personal blog. When I discovered the OSR 18 months ago, it surprised and pleased me to discover how much influence M John Harrison (or at least his Viriconium sequence) seemed to have over the…

  • Appendix N

      Since returning to gaming this year, I don’t seem to be able to lift a stone without finding something about Appendix N beneath. Appendix N of the Dungeon Master’s Guide contained Gary Gygax’s “Inspirational and Educational Reading” – a list of authors who inspired Dungeons and Dragons. I must have read the DMG dozens…