Category: Reviews

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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Book Review: Unnerving Magazine, Issue 6

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“The idea that Generous manages to create a publication of such quality and packed with so much content single-handedly, is truly amazing and inspiring.”   With publisher Eddie Generous at the helm, as well as every oar (this truly is a one-man operation), Unnerving has taken the independent horror publishing world by storm. While publishing …

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Book Review: Bone Saw by Patrick Lacey

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“A fast and entertaining read that delivers 80s style pulpy action horror by the bucket-load.”   Having first viewed Nightmare on Elm Street when he was five years old, it is clear to see where the love for horror began for Patrick Lacey. It is a love that was nurtured through reading every horror book …

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Book Review: The Three Books by Paul StJohn Mackintosh

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“The first in Black Shuck’s Signature Novella series, it’s a fine start to the run. And as an introduction to Mackintosh’s work, it’s an excellent showcase for his obvious talents.”   Paul StJohn Mackintosh is one of those writers who just seems to quietly get on with the business of producing great fiction. Though he …

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Book Review: Dark Moon Digest, Issue 31

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“Issue 31 proves that Dark Moon Digest continues to go from strength to strength and must surely be considered one of the leading horror fiction magazines available today.” In the opening story, Joshua Chaplinsky’s ‘Nobody Rides For Free’, we are introduced to Trisha and Rake, stranded on the side of a highway and trying to …

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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

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“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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