Book Review: At the Mercy of Beasts by Ed Kurtz

At the Mercy of Beasts by Ed Kurtz - cover

“Tethered by the monstrous yet wildly different in presentation and execution, Kurtz displays just how broad his skills are. His writing is clear and immersive without being fussy, and he builds his scenes with an expert eye. No word is wasted, no detail is extraneous.”   Ed Kurtz is a writer who, though perhaps not …

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News Round-up Week Ending 20 April 2018

GhostVirus

Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week … Genre titan Graham Masterton returns 1 May with new novel Ghost Virus from Head of Zeus From Scottish author Graham Masterton (Walkers, The House that Jack Built) comes the new novel, Ghost Virus. In a story that fuses crime …

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Look Out For … Corpsepaint by David Peak

Corpsepaint by David Peak - cover

“Cosmic-pessimism is Peak’s speciality, and when you combine that with the brutal aggression of a black metal band recording an album with a strange cult act, you know things are going to get pretty weird.”    Don’t call it a come back. After years of bad decisions and a revolving door of musicians, black metal …

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This Is Horror Awards 2017: The Winners

This Is Horror Awards

Novel of the Year Winner:  Runner-up:  “I’m honored, and surprised. Thanks to everyone who voted. Thanks to my publisher, JournalStone. This Is Horror sets a high standard for inquiry and discussion without a hint of elitism or pretentiousness. The site’s reviews, articles, and interviews are offered in the best spirit of horror, which is (after …

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Book Review: The Massacre at Yellow Hill by C.S. Humble

The Massacre at Yellow Hill by C.S. Humble - cover

“Therein lies the ultimate strength of this fine debut; Humble’s ability to inject his characters with life… They leap from the page in this action-packed, character-driven slice of weird horror.” Having spent ten years working every night on writing short stories, dedicated author C.S. Humble was ready to tackle something longer. With advice from friend …

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Searchlight: Plot

Plot by Ansen Dibell

The Elements of Fiction Writing line from Writer’s Digest Books is hit or miss for a lot of writers. Much like any other kind of advice, you have to sift through a lot of points that may not apply to your style or way of writing to find suggestions that resonate with you on a …

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5 Must Read Horror Articles 16 Apr 2018

A Quiet Place

Welcome to Must Read Horror, where we search the internet for the best horror articles of the week so you don’t have to. Without further ado: The Guardian digs deep into the revival of horror in Hollywood and discusses the wider implications for the film industry Bloody Disgusting offer up ten of the scariest made-for-TV …

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TIH 201: Kristi DeMeester on Growing Up, Important Life Lessons, and MFAs

TIH 201 Kristi DeMeester on Growing Up, Important Life Lessons, and MFAs

In this podcast Kristi DeMeester talks about growing up in a fundamentalist religious household, important life lessons growing up, and MFAs. About Kristi DeMeester Kristi DeMeester is the author of Beneath, a novel published by Word Horde, and the author of Everything That’s Underneath, a short fiction collection published by Apex Publications. Her short fiction has appeared in …

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Book Review: Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters - cover

“Tackling the ‘difficult second album’, Walters gives us a collection which builds on the talent and imagination she brought to Sing Me Your Scars, reaching further in scope, voice, and technique.”   One of the most exciting and talented of the most recent crop of horror and weird writers is Damien Angelica Walters. For a …

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News Round-up Week Ending 13 April 2018

Bone-Saw

Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week … Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing readying Patrick Lacey’s Bone Saw for 15 May release Bone Saw, the new novel by Patrick Lacey (Dream Woods, We Came Back), is the story of Liam Carpenter, a normal guy whose life descends …

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Look Out For … Compulsory Games by Robert Aickman

Compulsory Games by Robert Aickman - cover

“While all Aickman’s stories are excellent, it’s high time for a volume containing the best of the best.”     Robert Aickman’s fiction is in a class by itself. His self-proclaimed “strange stories” are indeed among the strangest tales ever written. Within the pages of his stories, you will not find the common tropes we …

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Tattered Tomes: Volume Two of Clive Barker’s The Books of Blood, Revisited

Books of Blood, Volume 2 by Clive Barker

Already smitten by the first volume of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood series, when volume two hit the streets it was an instant purchase. The book was a treat to myself, a present for raising my GPA enough to justify my parents paying for my college education. The book couldn’t have come at a better …

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TIH 200: Celebrating 5 Years and 200 Episodes of the This Is Horror Podcast with Michael David Wilson, Bob Pastorella, and Dan Howarth

TIH 200 Celebrating 5 Years and 200 Episodes of the This Is Horror Podcast with Michael David Wilson, Bob Pastorella, and Dan Howarth

In this podcast Michael David Wilson, Bob Pastorella, and Dan Howarth celebrate five years and 200 episodes of the This Is Horror Podcast. Show notes [02:40] Israel Finn message [10:00] Episode one with Jennifer Lynch [17:25 If starting over what would be done differently [26:45] Episode two with David Moody [29:45] Episode seven with Booked. …

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Searchlight: Horror Literature Through History

Horror Literature Through History edited by Matt Cardin

The history of horror is spread through-out the pages of hundreds and hundreds historical reference guides, some penetrating deep into the darkness, while others simply skim the surface. One could spend a small fortune collecting these tomes as part of their horror education and, considering out of print books or guides in the ‘collectable’ market, …

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5 Must Read Horror Articles 9 Apr 2018

Quiet Place

Welcome to Must Read Horror, where we search the internet for the best horror articles of the week so you don’t have to. Without further ado: The Economist eulogises about the crafting of the concepts in new John Krasinski film, A Quiet Place Deadline Hollywood feature Ryan Murphy’s revelations of what and who to expect in American …

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