Category: Reviews

Book Review: All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

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“Connected not just by themes of human-creature melding, but also by an adherence to clear and poetic writing, deeply affecting emotion, All the Fabulous Beasts deserves to be read far and wide.” Quiet, literary horror seems to be in something of an ascendancy at the moment. Not surprising as, when well-conceived, it aspires to the …

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Book Review: Corpsepaint by David Peak

Corpsepaint

“Bleak is a word used to describe so many releases within the horror and dark fiction worlds… With Corpsepaint, David Peak seeks to raise the bar in the reader’s understanding of what bleak really means.”   Bleak is a word used to describe so many releases within the horror and dark fiction worlds. Whether it …

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Book Review: Shiloh by Philip Fracassi

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“The wonderful description and the brilliant interaction between his characters completes a perfect reading experience that we have now come to expect from one of the best writers writing dark fiction today.”   The horror of war is very real. Hollywood went through a period in the aftermath of the Vietnam War where this was …

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Book Review: The Prisoner by Robert S. Malan and John Cockshaw

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“Malan delivers an enthralling story exploring some of the more burning questions of human nature.” The second collaboration between Malan and Cockshaw in their A Darkness in Mind series (the first, Quest & The Sign Of The Shining Beast, was published in 2016 also by Luna Press Publishing), The Prisoner tells the story of prison …

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Book Review: At the Mercy of Beasts by Ed Kurtz

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

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“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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Book Review: Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

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“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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Book Review: One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning by David Moody

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“Moody has created a brilliantly tense novel that, while sharing DNA with John Carpenter’s seminal The Thing in that it’s effectively a single location exercise in paranoia and mistrust, is very much its own tale.”   Ever since the first Autumn novel appeared online way back in 2001, David Moody has steadily and decisively become …

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Book Review: Winter Holiday by Chad A. Clark

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“Winter Holiday is a fast-paced, satisfying read which recalls those classic stories from horror’s heyday yet also has a modern sensibility.”   Dark Minds Press is a small UK outfit run by Ross Warren and Anthony Watson who have, since their inception only a few years ago, put out some excellent anthologies, collections, and novellas. …

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Book Review: Life Is What Happens Between Advertisements by Brian Auspice

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“If you like your novellas to lead you off the beaten track into an adventure in narrative style, while still delivering an entertaining and thought-provoking story, you can’t go wrong with this book.”   Brian Auspice’s first book, Deep Blue (Eraserhead Press, 2014), was released as part of the New Bizarro Author Series and, given …

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Book Review: The Detained by Kristopher Triana

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“An engaging and entertaining read that will keep you gripped from beginning to end.” His earlier work has drawn praise from sites like Publisher’s Weekly and Rue Morgue, while Jack Ketchum referred to his forthcoming novel Full Brutal (Grindhouse Press, 2018) as “compulsive reading”. It seems that Kristopher Triana has burst onto the horror scene …

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Book Review: The Church of Latter-Day Eugenics by Chris Kelso and Tom Bradley

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“Kelso and Bradley have joined forces to deliver a work of unadulterated Bizarro genius.”   Stalwarts of the Bizarro fiction scene, a collaboration between Tom Bradley and Chris Kelso seemed inevitable. With over twenty books in print—both fiction and non-fiction—Bradley has received praise from venues such as Forbes magazine and 3A.M. Magazine as well as …

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Book Review: Witnesses by Anthony Watson

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“The story is one which harks back to those classic novels of the 70s and 80s, with its use of occultism, the impending ‘end of the world’ scenario. There are shades of James Herbert, touches of Graham Masterton, even hints of Clive Barker.”   Newly released from Crowded Quarantine Publications (run by Adam Millard, himself …

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Book Review: Lovebites & Razorlines by J. Daniel Stone

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“Stone writes with an unwavering honesty that may well challenge the reader’s pre-conceived notion of storytelling, but will leave them fulfilled and drained and begging for more, all at the same time.”   As is evidenced by the many, many words of adulation—with blurbs from authors like Kathe Koja, Bracken McLeod and Josh Malerman to …

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Book Review: Wrestle Maniacs, edited by Adam Howe

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“There is something for everyone in this impressive and thoroughly entertaining collection from some of the best names writing speculative fiction today.” An anthology of speculative fiction all sharing one thing in common, the central theme of this themed anthology; wrestling. It could only be the brainchild of the guy behind Die Dog or Eat …

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