on 22 November 2012
'The Black Caliphate' is an old-fashioned and classical story, and I mean that as a compliment. Very cinematic and unique, with beautiful prose in some parts, there is an epic sense to the story and its cast of characters, especially Ibrahim, who goes from being a simple shepherd to something terrible and ruthless. I could very easily imagine it as a film, and importantly the reader doesn't need an extensive knowledge of the lore and mythology of the story's era to become invested in the the story.
Would love to see more stories from the world of 'The Black Caliphate'.
I really enjoyed it.
on 30 November 2012
The Black Caliphate by Sean T Page is what I would call an oddity among horror shorts. It an eerie and haunting text, ready to envelope the reader into the world. It sits on sprawling landscapes using emotive description, rather than sitting on the laurels of heavy dialogue based exposition. It makes it a picturesque read. For horror, it is pretty. Whilst this unique work will not be everyone's cup of tea, if you like well written, surprising and different horror - or perhaps want to read something of a more intellectual horror - then I can do nothing but recommend it.
on 19 December 2012
The Black Caliphate is a wonderful short story that holds the weight of an Epic within it.
In three short chapters the author creates a world, fills it with diverse characters, great visuals and a huge story.
To write a massive review would ruin the story as it would end up giving numerous spoilers. So I'll keep it short and sweet.
A great horror short that gives an alternative twist to the apocalypse.
I very much enjoyed it and would recommend it to all fans of the horror/zombie genre.