Category Archive: Reviews

Book Review: The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

“Blurring the lines between reality and the surreal, Ahlborn gives us a tale with nightmare written all over it.” Stevie’s best friend is his cousin Jude. Though he’s been going through a rough time, and he isn’t always nice to Stevie, Jude is really the only friend Stevie has. They hang out and play games, …

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Book Review: Black Static, Issue 56

“Overall, a great start to the year for the UK’s premier magazine of dark, literary fiction, which makes clear its intent to continue to be a showcase for some of the best writing the expanding and fluid horror genre has to offer.” And so we come to the first Black Static issue of 2017, and …

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Book Review: Suffer the Children by Janden Hale

“The first part of the reveal proves to be quite intelligently thought out and executed, generating genuine surprise in the reader … It is in the writing, though, that the reader is let down” Suffer the Children begins with a high-octane scene, as a young, inexperienced man does his best to stave off the attack …

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Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

“George Saunders has given us a novel unlike any other, and one that will surely be talked about for years to come.” The ghost story is arguably one of the most versatile tropes of fiction. It can be terrifying, romantic, passive or aggressive, somber, sweet, or trite. It can also be used like a knife …

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Book Review: Highwayman by Craig Saunders

“This is book is more than just horror; it blends myth and thriller with a story that gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of a man who is truly tired of living.” Karl Goodman lost his daughter and it nearly destroyed his marriage. While trying to make it back to his wife, he …

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Book Review: Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology edited by Ellen Datlow

“With this anthology, Datlow has further cemented her reputation as an editor with an eye for quality and her finger on the pulse of the horror genre.”   If you ask most horror authors of any sub-genre which editor they would most like to work with, the name “Ellen Datlow” is almost always top of …

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Book Review: Great British Horror 1: Green and Pleasant Land, edited by Steve Shaw

  “Great British Horror will, no doubt, be the standard for which all other annual anthologies will be measured against.” Horror seems to be in something of a small ascendancy at the moment, with writers all over the world gaining measures of recognition, readers, and accolades. Whilst much of this is occurring in the US, …

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Book Review: Conceiving by Thomas S. Flowers

“Thomas S. Flowers delivers an old-school monster story that’s easy to jump on board.” Typically, the third book of a trilogy is laced with glossed-over characterizations and missing puzzle pieces that confuse and confound new readers, but with Conceiving, the third book in his Subdue series, author Thomas S. Flowers delivers an old-school monster story …

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Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

“Cutter’s latest novel might be one of the strangest and wildest reads of 2017.” In Little Heaven, Nick Cutter gives his readers an audacious 20th Century horror-western epic. Cutter’s latest novel might be one of the strangest and wildest reads of 2017. Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and “The Englishman” Eb Elkins are killers, and like …

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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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