Originally released with Paul's album 'Duel' (this mutli talented artist combines a career in writing with that of a purveyor of fine, dark psychedelic music) 'The Magician Of Grimm' is finally available as a stand alone read. And what a read - fans of Mervyn Peake, Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke and of dark fantasy literature in general are in for a veritable treat here. Without giving too much away, this medieval gothic novella combines grotesque characters with a plethora of Pratchett/ Dickens style names and personalities (such as Glum, Slug, Doctor Hemlock, Snoad and Crumb), a healthy dose of black humour and a truly outstanding and devastating ending. The tale rattles along gleefully like a dark inversion of Alice In Wonderland or a companion piece to Titus Groan, each page filled with the author's unique twisted sense of invention and imagination. A splendid read and one that will not disappoint.