Category Archive: Reviews

Book Review: Crow Shine by Alan Baxter

“This is a strong short fiction debut from a real writer, and one well worth your time.” Australian author Alan Baxter has been carving out a name for himself in the dark fantasy field with his novels, most notably the Alex Caine series, so it’s a good time for Ticonderoga Publications to put together his …

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Book Review: The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III

“The hotel is god. The hotel is god. The hotel is god.” Isaac is a night auditor at a hotel in Texas. His job is to be certain the “Goddamn hotel”, as he refers to it, and its guests are well taken care of but all he would like is a few hours to be …

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Book Review: Baby Powder and Other Terrifying Substances by John C. Foster

“Foster is quickly becoming a major voice in the horror community and he has further cemented his growing reputation with such wonderful stories. He is bound to find many new fans with this awesome collection, while keeping current fans satisfied.” John C. Foster’s career certainly seems to be going from strength to strength. Picking up …

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Book Review: Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill

“Nevill writes thoughtful, frightening stories that are calculated to infect a reader’s imagination and leave them scrambling for his back list.” Adam Nevill isn’t afraid to scare his readers. He’s familiar with the genre, but more importantly he’s familiar with the emotion of horror, and he uses this knowledge to full effect in his latest …

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Book Review: Black Static, Issue 55

“Certainly more than enough to interest even the most casual reader of literary horror and dark fiction.” The months—and years—seem to roll around far too quick, these days; only very recently, it seemed there had been a new Black Static, and here already is the next issue. So what delights does this volume of the …

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Book Review: Beneath Ash and Bone by D. Alexander Ward

“Ward has created a riveting and entertainingly sinister murder mystery, full of complex characters and intriguing scenes plucked straight from our darkest nightmares.” When you hear the name D. Alexander Ward, you may be forgiven for thinking “Oh, yeah. That editor guy!” After all, he certainly made an impact in 2016 when he co-edited two …

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Book Review: Devil’s Highway by Simon Bestwick

“Bestwick has delivered an excellent cross-genre blend which shall appeal to horror, military, and action fans alike.” It has been a very busy and productive year for Simon Bestwick with the release of numerous short stories, novellas and novels. Where this may have led some authors to sacrifice quality for quantity, fans of this author …

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Book Review: In the Shadow of the Axe by Nicholas Kaufmann

“Block out some time when you decide to read In The Shadow of the Axe because you’re going to have an extremely difficult time putting it down once you start.” 2016 has been a banner year for all types of great horror fiction. From weird cosmic horror to straight up traditional fare and all points …

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Book Review: Clockwork Universe by John W. Dennehy

“The reader is transported into a well formed, steampunk setting, complete with gas lamps, murder, and appropriate attire.” Vicious creatures terrorize an alternate world, creations of a mad scientist, nearly unstoppable in their ferocity. Big game hunters come to the rescue but befriend an unlikely character, someone who is completely in awe of finding himself …

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Book Review: The Feast of All Souls by Simon Bestwick

“We can happily say that Simon Bestwick sticks the knife smoothly into his readers before he starts twisting it around.” In his latest novel, Simon Bestwick has taken what appears on the surface to be a traditional haunted house ghost story, and twisted it into something altogether stranger and unique. Something that in no way …

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Book Review: Odd Man Out by James Newman

“In the end we all bleed red.” Summer, 1989, The Black Mountain Camp for boys should be a place to make friends, go splashing in the lake and sit around campfires and create those bonds and memories that could last a lifetime. Part of that is true, but the memories that revisit Dennis are not …

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Book Review: An Other Place by Darren Dash

“The story was full of some very weird and unique ideas and Dash handles the world-building in a competent manner.” Although he may be better known as Darren Shan, author of many horror novels in the YA field, such as the ‘Cirque Du Freak’ series and ‘Zom-B’ series as well as numerous standalone novels, Darren …

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