Category: Reviews

Book Review: Maniac Gods by Rich Hawkins

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“Another sterling example of Hawkins’ talent and continuing evidence that he deserves a place amongst the very best of horror writers.” It could be argued—and argued well—that horror is in something of a boom period just now. Movies are plentiful in the theatres and streaming platforms. More horror-themed TV shows are available or in the …

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Book Review: Teeth by Kelli Owen

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“Owen has delivered a thrilling tale which has elements of crime and horror as well as social commentary. But she has also planted a seed that could grow and bear yet more promising fruit.”   Kelli Owen has been writing fiction since she was eight, and has been a part of the horror community since …

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Book Review: Hell Ship by Benedict J. Jones

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“In Hell Ship, Benedict J. Jones brings fresh eyes to a common horror scenario, and he does so with enthusiasm and a clear love for the genre.” Benedict J. (Ben) Jones is a name familiar around the UK horror scene. His is a familiar face at conventions, in addition to having a number of short …

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Book Review: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

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“A harrowing and heartbreaking tale that will bend your mind while it crushes your soul.” A man in India loses his shadow. Doctors and scientists around the world are baffled by this phenomenon, unable to explain how or why this has happened. As they begin to study this man, others begin to lose their shadows. …

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Book Review: Visions from the Void, edited by Jonathan Butcher

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“Though subject matter and genre, tone and style vary, each story seems to be connected in some way. By the writer’s commitment to the project, by the intent of each author to produce something distinctive and captivating.”   Putting out an anthology these days—especially a horror/dark fiction anthology—can be a risky venture. How do you …

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Book Review: Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax

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“With such a strong line-up of stories, there is something for everyone in the third volume of hardcore horror.” Labels. How does the saying go? “They’re only good for one thing; marketing.” They can be very misleading. Take Hardcore Horror, for example. Some fans of horror fiction may be put off by that term. Gore …

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Book Review: Nightly Owl, Fatal Raven by Jessica McHugh

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“A hugely entertaining dark fantasy with something to say about human nature, this novel should be on the shelf of everyone who yearns to read something unique and different.”   Jessica McHugh is a writer whose creative talents seemingly know no bounds. In addition to her many novels—The Train Derails in Boston, Rabbits in the …

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Book Review: In Dog We Trust, edited by Anthony Cowin

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“… each story has something to offer for horror fans, and each delivers a unique take on the premise of dogs in horror fiction …” Black Shuck Books have published many of the horror scenes biggest names, whether in their own books or as a part of their numerous anthology series. Paul Kane, Cate Gardner, …

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Book Review: The Human Alchemy by Michael Griffin

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“The Human Alchemy is a thing of beauty, a showcase for a writer who is in possession of a startling array of skills.”   In the US and Canada, there currently seems to be a loose movement of writers who are redefining horror and weird fiction. Some are already known and established—Simon Strantzas, S.P. Miskowski, …

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Book Review: Manifest Recall by Alan Baxter

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“As a reader, it is difficult to fathom how Baxter will be able to keep up the relentless pace and energy of the first part, but maintain it he does. Exceeds it, even.”   On page one of Manifest Recall, the reader discovers that they know as much about the protagonist as the protagonist does. …

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Book Review: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

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“Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World is the scariest book we’ve read this year.” It was supposed to be a vacation in New Hampshire. A small family, getting away from it all. No work, no phones, and no one else within two miles in any direction. Wen has been through so much …

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Book Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

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“It is a difficult craft to write a piece of flash which has a start, middle and end; one which satisfies in the way a longer piece might. For those seeking to know how it’s done, Calvin Demmer has twenty-three of them for you.”   The Sea Was a Fair Master is the first collection …

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Book Review: Dark and Distant Voices—A Story Collection by Tim Waggoner

Dark and Distant Voices by Tim Waggoner

“If you’ve never read anything by Tim Waggoner, this would be a fine place to start. If you’re already a fan, you’ll want to dive right in as soon as you can.” Tim Waggoner is a name which should be familiar to anyone with a passing interest in genre fiction. Even if you haven’t read …

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Book Review: Blood Standard by Laird Barron

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“Blood Standard is crime fiction, with a capital C, and hits all the notes one would expect from the genre, with a compelling main character we can’t stop reading about.” Hitman Isaiah Coleridge retired early. He screwed up bad, made a huge mess of things, and angered a whole of bunch of people that can …

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Book Review: Toroa by Erik Hofstatter

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 “A novel full of action, full of human emotion and relationships, Toroa … is a view into the soul of one who is pushed until breaking and the darkness that can spill out as a result.”   Even a brief look at the synopsis for Toroa leaves the reader thinking that suspending one’s disbelief is going …

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