C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles".
He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Lucifer's Star, and The Supervillainy Saga.
ARTEMIS is the second book by Andy Weir, author of the Martian, and had a lot riding on it. The Martian was huge for a first time author, hell for any kind of author, and was a hard science fiction novel which received a lot of mainstream attention. Heck, when you get a movie starring Matt Damon, you are set for life. However, it wasn't enough to get me to read the book or watch the movie. Instead, I picked up Artemis' audiobook for the presence of Rosario Dawson.
RATED R by Mike Leon is exactly that. It is an R-rated novel which is a dedication to all the R-rated movies of the 1980s from horror movie exploitation films starring buxom teenagers stalked by serial killers to the kind of big exploding things action movies that had people named "Arnold" in the cast list. The glorious cheese factor of the 80s coats virtually every page of the novel and it is acknowledged by the author to have been partially inspired by Hack/Slash (one of my favorite indie comics).
Rob J. Hayes is one of the great underrated independent fantasy authors of today but that may be changing as his latest work WHERE LOYALTIES LIE is a finalist in the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off. He's an author who writes extremely good grimdark that involves morally ambiguous characters, plots, and twists that draw companions to Joe Abercrombie. However, is it possible for him to write something LIGHTER?