Category Archive: Reviews

Book Review: House of Windows by John Langan

“If you like your haunted house stories to ask questions, to deliberately obfuscate truth and to have a sparkling style, then House of Windows is the intelligent horror you’ve been waiting for.”   John Langan’s House of Windows is not just a literary horror novel but also a novel about literature. Dealing with thematic links …

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Book Review: Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders

“The tales draw you in with the charm of a sideshow barker, promising your imagination things it has never seen before, and a few it may wish it could soon un-see.” From the alluring foreword written by the astonishing Josh Malerman, to the table contents packed with writers who have true magic up their sleeves, …

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Book Review: The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

“Jemc’s words haunt the reader as much as they haunt the characters in her latest novel, making The Grip of It an unforgettable experience.”   With The Grip of It, author Jac Jemc has created a darkly twisting 21st Century Weird Fiction haunted house novel. Scary, smart, and beautifully written, the only thing missing The …

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Book Review: Those Who Follow By Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

“For those readers looking to be thrilled, compelled to turn page after page and to have their stomachs turned inside out by horror in the very truest sense of the word, Those Who Follow may be exactly what they are looking for.”     Those Who Follow is a rip-roaring thrill ride of a horror …

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Book Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

“Fans of Stephen Graham Jones will find their expectations shattered in all the right ways, while newcomers will find themselves introduced to their new favorite writer.” Stephen Graham Jones is a true master of storytelling in any format. Novel, short-story, novella, comics, it doesn’t matter, because you know he’s going to pack a ton of …

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Book Review: Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi DeMeester

“DeMeester has crafted stories that may well begin in a familiar setting, but soon take a wrong turn and head down an alley of weird horror until the reader can almost feel her words squirming beneath their skin. And fans of Weird Horror will welcome the under-skin invasion.”   With short stories published in numerous …

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Book Review: Bone White by Ronald Malfi

“Malfi has established himself as an accomplished and respected author of dark fiction, be it mystery, thriller, or horror.”   The author of fifteen novels since 2017 and seven novellas since 2009, Ronald Malfi has garnered praise from readers and writers alike. His work has also been nominated for, or won, some very prestigious awards, …

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Book Review: The Anatomy of Monsters: Volume I, edited by Robert Tuen and Donelle Pardee Whiting

“…the anthology is a striking and strong one, with some real gems within; far more than most anthologies can boast.”   A new horror anthology is always a gamble, especially when there seem to be dozens being published every month. Do the editors go with a theme or simply on the strength of the stories? …

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Book Review: Now That We’re Alone by Nicholas Day

“Nicholas Day isn’t restrained by any genre in particular and wields them all as an arsenal to create stories that go beyond boundaries.”   Nicholas day comes out with genre guns blazing in his first collection, Now That We’re Alone, published by Bizarro Pulp Press, an imprint of JournalStone. The cover is artwork by Jim …

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Book Review: Sip by Brian Allen Carr

“Carr does an excellent job of threading the separate narratives together to create a compelling and exciting story with a cast of wonderfully entertaining characters.” He won the inaugural Texas Observer Story Prize (judged by Larry McMurtry) in 2011 with his short story, “The First Henley”, and also the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel …

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Book Review: Ornithology by Nicholas Royle

“These stories are compelling, artful, and hypnotic; they are stories which tread the line between the literary and genre with absolute ease, mixing in the surreal, the ambiguous.”   Nicholas Royle is a name which has long been associated with genre writing, having been published in various horror anthologies such as The End of the …

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Book review: Pacific Rising by John W. Dennehy

“It’s one part Kaiju, one part military thriller, equaling an action-packed fight for survival.”   Something stirs after its slumber is broken by a hurricane. Tokyo won’t be safe once it emerges from the turbulent seas. The beast of legends attacks with full force, ravaging everything in its path. A joint effort by the U.S. …

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