Josh Reynolds

JOSH REYNOLDS is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories, including the wildly popular Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000. Born and raised in South Carolina, he now resides in Sheffield with his wife and daughter, as well as a highly excitable dog and something he hopes is a cat.

“My favourite authors have a great capacity for creating characters that stick with the reader. They’re less about plot or story, and more about the characters who inhabit said story. It’s a lesson that’s stuck with me from my earliest attempts at writing.” – Josh Reynolds
The Book Network

“A comedy of manners masquerading as a forgotten episode of Perry Mason, set in feudal Japan – or the fantasy equivalent thereof.”

– Josh Reynolds

Death’s Kiss interview with Josh Reynolds
Court Games Podcaast,

“I wanted to write a Golden Age mystery, I wanted to write characters with a sense of humour, and a lot of word play, and I wanted to do something without a lot of action or violence to it.”
Court Games, Interview with Josh Reynolds, author of Poison River

“Rokugani justice is such that things like evidence and proof mean very little, and I wanted to explore how an investigation into a crime might go in a place where such things are often seen as (at best) a waste of everyone’s time. Can a detective solve a mystery when no one cares about the solution?”
Track of Words, Interview with Josh Reynolds, author of Poison River

“Near-future, day-after-tomorrow science fiction like this can ring the warning bell for the real world alongside telling a pacy adventure story.”
Track of Words, Interview with the authors of Day Zero, James Swallow and Josh Reynolds

“[Arkham Horror] is one of my favorite board games, though I haven’t played the newest edition. Taking an hour or so to set up all those boards and cards and then getting eaten by Azathoth in around twenty minutes – perfection.”
Track of Words, Interview with Josh Reynolds, author of Wrath of N’kai

Interview with Josh Reynolds, author of Wrath of N’kai
The Great Old Ones Gaming podcast Beyond the Veil #6


Spring 23 Titles Announced! August 23, 2022 - The summer yet come to an end yet we’re already looking forward into Spring 2023. We’ve a sneak peek at the titles coming to bookshops, game stores, and online retailers at the beginning of 2023. These titles are already online and with your favorite FLG or bookshop to pre-order. Head… Read more.
Arkham Horror: Secrets in Scarlet edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells Secrets in Scarlet Revealed! July 29, 2022 - With the announcement of Scarlet Keys, two new expansions for Arkham Horror, we delve a little deeper into the direct tie-in book, Secrets in Scarlet to find out what it’s all about. The anthology introduces the reader to the 6 new Investigators that come in the Investigator Expansion and events that… Read more.
Asmodee Entertainment press release ACONYTE BOOKS & GRAPHIC AUDIO ARE BRINGING YOU A RADICALLY DIFFERENT AUDIOBOOK EXPERIENCE April 27, 2022 - Another incredibly exciting announcement to make today as we team up with Graphic Audio for a radically different type of audiobook experience. Six of Aconyte’s acclaimed ARKHAM HORROR novels, three TWILIGHT IMPERIUM titles, and three ZOMBICIDE novels will be available as dramatized adaptations including a full cast, cinematic music, and… Read more.
You asked, we listened, and now you can listen too! November 30, 2021 - Since we launched in September 2020 we've had loads of queries as to audiobooks. The original plan was to release audio along with paperback and ebook, but then... everything happened... so plans had to change. We announced in September that we would be bringing you new audiobooks before the end… Read more.
Asmodee Entertainment press release Aconyte Books are coming to audio thanks to RBMedia September 8, 2021 - You’ve been asking for it for a long time now but finally, the wait is over… Aconyte Books are coming to your ears thanks to a new partnership with RBMedia. RBMedia is the largest audiobook producer in the world and their imprint, Recorded Books, has over 40,000 titles narrated by… Read more.
Shut The Front Door… We Won! July 5, 2021 - For those of you not in the know, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is the specific organisation for our little corner of the publishing world. Every year they host the Scribe Awards which recognises the accomplishments of the unsung authors in this particular field. On Friday (1 pm PST)… Read more.
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers Scribe Awards June 8, 2021 - WHOOP WHOOP!!! For those of you not in the know, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is the specific organisation for our little corner of the publishing world. Every year they host the Scribe Awards which recognises the accomplishments of the unsung authors in this particular field. Although we’re… Read more.
Coming this Fall. Thrills, spills, and tentacles… (probably) April 30, 2021 - We’re back with a sneak peek at some of our fantastic titles coming this Fall to bookshops, FLGs, and ebook. Over the coming months, we’ll release more information about them including the amazing covers that you have come to expect from us. So whether you’re waiting for another story from… Read more.
BIG Spring/Summer title announcement! March 1, 2021 - It’s been a while since we gave you a BIG update on the behind-the-scenes work going on here at Aconyte. You’ve all been very patient and as such, we thought it about time we reward you with a GIGANTIC list of really cool sounding titles coming in the spring and… Read more.
Ubisoft - Day Zero, the Watch Dogs Legion Prequel Novel Watch Dog: Legion DAY ZERO. An Interview with Josh Reynolds December 4, 2020 - Today we are taking a look at Watch Dogs: Legion DAY ZERO by James Swallow and Josh Reynolds. We got to sit down with Josh and chat a little with him about writing our very first Ubisoft title. A secretive resistance movement is the last line of defense in this… Read more.

“I loved it and cannot wait for Three Oaths, the next in the series! 5 out of 5 Stars”
Big Geordie Geek

“This was so well done in the Arkham Horror series, it does what I’ve come to expect from this series. It has a beautifully done cover and really works with the story inside.”
Kathryn’s Book Review

“The Flower Path leaves me grasping for the next Daidoji Shin novel. It’s as good as Poison River if not better and does a good job of showing Shin thinking on his feet and dealing with having to keep the closed box closed while he investigates. It earns a five out of five from me and a very impatient wait for the next one.”
Lauren’s Bookshelf

“The horror is the perfect Lovecraftian mix of utterly inexplicable and all too personal. The plot is twisty and dense without ever being complicated. The reveal is at once shocking and inevitable. I had a ball reading this book, and I’ve ordered a couple of others for myself. I can’t wait to share them with our customers.”

Waterstones Bookseller

“The Flower Path is a very fun mystery story, due in part to it taking place in one building over one night. There are no big investigations, no chasing after suspects, or catching up with witnesses after they’ve had time to think over what they saw. Everything that happens in The Flower Path takes place over just a few hours, and it’s delightful.”

“The Flower Path is nothing less than Josh Reynolds at the height of his considerable talents as an author, an intricate, complex and tightly-plotted murder-mystery perfectly integrated into the Legend of the Five Rings setting, and populated with a richly-imagined cast of characters to create an elegant novel that might well be the best thing that Reynolds has ever written.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer

“I honestly felt like I was transported right into the heart of the court and clan dynamics and all the intrigue and espionage that goes on.”
– What You Tolkien About

“If one was going to provide a summarised verdict of this novel in just a few words, the expression ‘nailed it’ (also a pretty efficient way of dispatching a zombie) might be a good fit.”
The Book Network

“Everything you would hope for from a Rokugan novel.”
Fistful of Meeples

“I have nothing bad to say about Last Resort, Reynolds is shaping up to be one of my favorite authors and this is exactly the kind of writing I generally expect from him. Plus it feels like a good introduction to the Zombicide setting for those who have not played the game before.”
– Lauren’s Bookshelf

“I’ll admit to being fooled by the twist until very late on, but even if you manage to guess where the plot is going, it’s an entertaining journey to follow along. The main cast continue to develop and new figures are added with the continuing levels of diversity that we’ve come to expect from an Aconyte story.”
The Story Board

“It took a theme and a story that I’d seen done a lot and put a whole new fun spin on things. Now I’m even more excited to see what else the Zombicide books will do, and how wild they’re going to be.”

– Trans-Scribe

“Any victory risks feeling pyrrhic, and the way Reynolds balances the competing demands of hope and despair is a big part of the book’s success. All told this leans heavily towards the action end of the horror spectrum, as a fast-paced adventure packed with excitement and danger that delivers lashings of undead gore without ever getting too gruesome.”

– Track of Words

“In conclusion this book has everything you could want from a novel featuring zombies and so much more besides. Even characters you might not like you end up invested in their wellbeing. The writing is fantastic, fast-paced and engaging. The dialogue is natural and flows, matching each character perfectly. The only downside is it was not long enough! But if you are like me, it will definitely cure that zombie and Zombicide itch!”

– What You Tolkien About

“Its a great book filled with grossness, natural and very well written flowing dialogue and leaves you craving more.”

– Big Geordie Geek

“I adored this book. It was just so much fun… A perfect example of what makes this a great franchise.”

“It’s a pleasure to follow the exploits of one of my favorite sleuths, Daidoji Shin… I love the voice of Shin – languid, biting, self deprecating – he slays me with his many humorous lines. ★★★★★”
Eyes to See

“I really enjoyed this book, knowing what happened did lend the twist as we tried to figure out the reasons for the crime, because they really do matter, and whilst there was some general predictability, it wasn’t glaringly obvious. Instead the book makes you feel smart as you go “ahh I think I know”, then leads you to they why, what giving it’s all a bit of a twist.”
Big Geordie Geek

Death’s Kiss is another brilliant Rokugan story from Josh Reynolds, a fast-paced, intricately-plotted and highly rewarding journey through the Legend of the Five Rings setting, in the company of a charming, debonair protagonist with hidden depths and a knack for witty dialogue and amusing asides. ”
Track of Words

Wrath of N’kai is eminently enjoyable read and sets the bar very high for future entries in the Arkham Horror series.”
Culture Vs News

“Reynolds is the perfect writer for the world of Rokugan, creating an instantly compelling and multi-faceted protagonist to effortlessly draw us into a fast-paced and complex political thriller that entertains with every page.”
SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“An intriguing and overwhelmingly enjoyable novel.”
Under the Radar

“I was delighted to see the author didn’t fall into easy tropes but instead peeked behind the curtain and considered how the world actually worked and not the surface illusion. This book [Poison River] was an absolute delight.”
Imperial Advisor

“A solid showing by Josh Reynolds and, perhaps, the sort of mystery I was looking for last time I visited the genre… Daidoji Shin is a stand out in a book full of well done characters.”
Lauren’s Bookshelf

“A deftly crafted fantasy fiction set in the literary world of H P Lovecraft. Highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review

Watch Dogs Legion: Day Zero is a book for all fans of the game series… the story takes you on a journey between two entangled murder cases, raises endless questions, shows characters of different layers, and drops a huge bombshell at the end.”
Seven Gamer

“The authors have totally nailed it when it comes to the book’s narrative tone. Explosions, gun battles, chases unfolding at breakneck pace; it’s all good clean fun… a cheeky, cheery Cockney near-future tech thriller that acts as an ideal gateway to the game that is set to follow.”
The Eloquent Page

“All fans of Legend of the Five Rings will be delighted to read this convoluted mystery. The author did brilliantly in portraying all the clans, their characteristics, little quirks and petty squabbles. The main character, Shin, is a perfect example of that… There are so many vivid details from the Rokugan that fans will enjoy. ”
Kamila Reads

“I loved this book, it was a thoroughly enjoyable story which whilst grounded in the Cthulhu mythos, did not delve into it too deeply, nor did it require me to have more than passing knowledge. In fact I think if a layperson was to pick up this book and read it, they would get on with it perfectly fine without knowing a thing about the mythos.”
Big Geordie Geek

“The book is gripping from start to finish, the mystery successfully drives it and the villains are nasty enough to keep you entertained and understand the character’s fear, if not instilling any into you. Overall it’s a good read which makes for a great entrance into the world of Arkham Horror.”
The Gameshelf

“A multi layered mystery… Cleverly written, replete with acerbic and descriptive language.”
Eyes to See

“A welcome addition to the pulpy Horror setting. I also appreciate Josh Reynolds’ other work from Black Library so I was excited to give this one a shot and I’m glad I did. If you’re looking for fun read from the streets of Arkham then check out Wrath of N’kai.”
Bell of Lost Souls

Poison River has everything you would hope for from a Rokugan novel… Any time spent reading this is definitely well-spent, and I would recommend it to others.”
Fistful of Meeples

“Come for the mystery, stay for the fantastic characters, snappy dialogue and sense of fun. As the first book in a series, it’s a very promising start indeed.”
Track of Words

“The single best Legend of the Five Rings novel… Poison River was an excellent read. The protagonist is interesting, the conspiracy he investigates is coherent, and his adventure riveting.”
Strange Assembly

“A smart, gripping thriller… but it’s also just a lot of fun, and ultimately proves to be an effective combination of Swallow’s sense for tight plotting and Reynolds’ enviable touch with dialogue and character.”
Track of Words

“Everything I was hoping it was going to be, and got me very excited to play the game. A brilliant introduction to the new game.”

“Structurally, it’s masterfully written, explaining the world and painting enough of a picture to let our minds do the rest. The characters feel real, and the plot is relentless with its twists and turns, leaving us satisfied and wanting more. If you’re a Watch Dogs fan, I can’t recommend this book enough.”
The Media Raptor

“This book is brilliant, let me tell you why… If you’re looking for something that expands the lore of Watch Dogs whilst directly connecting with the start of Watch Dogs Legion then you won’t get better than this.”
Nutronic Gaming

Wrath of N’kai has a lively pace, and I often read multiple short chapters at a single sitting. It is definitely more pulp adventure than weird horror, despite the Lovecraftian praeternatural elements.”
The Hermetic Library

“Pulp cthulhuoid classic… Wrath of N’kai is a solidly written tale that delivers a fast-paced story with ample amounts of action, intrigue, and mystery.”
The Dunwich Review

“Just going to go ahead and spoil the review here: I loved this book. Not only did the story do a good job of engaging me, it also did a fantastic job of sprinkling in enough Arkham Horror lore along the way.”
Boards & Swords

“All you really need to get on with Wrath of N’kai is a desire for a little fun. Blood-soaked, otherworldly fun, but fun nonetheless. 5 out of 5 stars.”
Drop Lowest

“A novel with prose that I found absolutely delicious. I found myself not only wanting to read more of Reynolds’ work but also wanting to dig into the table top game and pull my friends along for the ride. For me, Wrath of N’kai earns a five out of five.”
Lauren’s Bookshelf

Wrath of N’kai is wearing its pulpy heart on its sleeve. This is a fast-paced story that doesn’t burden you with more detail than the story really needs. All-in-all a satisfying read.”
Fistful of Meeples

Wrath of N’kai is yet more evidence, were it needed, that Reynolds is the reigning master of the occult detective genre. There is no one who does it better, and Wrath of N’kai should take pride of place in anyone’s occult horror collection.”
SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“A great and engaging story that tells a new tale of the cthulhu mythos while dropping in a few famous faces. Wrath of N’kai is an excellent book to kickstart this new series which, if this entry is anything to go by, is going to be a big hit with fans both old and new.”
Mass Movement

“Reynolds brings Arkham to life with the towns’ rich atmosphere and skilfully crafted cast of characters. Wrath of N’kai truly feels like a game of Arkham Horror in page form and any fan of occult horror would be happy to have this in their collection.”
The Great Old Ones Gaming

“A solid entry in the canon. This makes Wrath of N’kai both a good introduction to the setting and a worthwhile read for the longtime fan.”
Strange Assembly

“I really enjoyed this book, Reynolds did an excellent job in writing a story that is accessible to readers who have never read an H P  Lovecraft story or played the board game, but still has plenty of nods to the readers who have. This really feels like a story that was set a hundred years ago, with characters often speaking in that 1920s slang and gangsters slinging tommy guns.”

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