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.
CURSED by Brent Miller is a lycanthrope story that focuses not on the physical act of becoming a monster but the psychological toll. Brent Miller weaves an impressive story about the coloration between teen angst and becoming a murderous beast. I really enjoyed MTV's TEEN WOLF, at least the early seasons, that dealt with similar themes. More seriously, I enjoyed GINGER SNAPS, that also dealt with the transformation of one's teenage years (albeit from a female perspective).
HEIR TO THE DARKMAGE by Lisa Cassidy is a fantasy novel about the grandchild of a Dark Lord. Twenty years ago, the Darkmage was cast down and his followers were scattered. Growing up an orphan and later a thief, Lira Astor has since become a mage of considerable power. However, will that be enough to unite her grandfather's followers and should she? This is an interesting fantasy novel that goes back and forth between various points of Lira's life as well as slowly filling in the holes of her motivations.
SABBAT: THE BLACK HAND is the latest supplement to come out for Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition as well as the first to come from new license holder Renegade Games Studios. The Sabbat have long been one of the three bedrocks of the setting with the other two (The Camarilla and Anarchs) having their own supplements. The fact the Sabbat did not have a supplement before now and were left conspicuously undetailed has been a source of controversy among the fandom. Even more so with the revelation that, even in this book, they would be regulated to NPC antagonists rather than player characters as have been available since 1992.