Category: Reviews

Book Review: Bone White by Ronald Malfi

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“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

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“…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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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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Book Review: Song of the Death God by William Holloway

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“Readers will be in for a sophisticated horror story, one that will stay with them for quite some time.”   Carsten Ernst has witnessed too much depravity in his short time for any person to bear, especially one of his status. The trials of his childhood turned him into a solemn, calculating young man who …

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Book Review: Earth, Air, Fire & Water by Brian Lumley

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British horror writer Brian Lumley is a living legend, a man who has been active in the genre for over forty years–ever since the publication of his first collection, The Caller of the Black, by Arkham House in 1971. Perhaps most famous for his best-selling series of Necroscope novels (the first was published in 1986), …

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Book Review: Naming the Bones by Laura Mauro

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“Many seasoned writers would sell their souls to pen something as well-crafted, as complete and solid as Naming the Bones.” Though horror fiction in all its guises seems to be currently in a period of gentle and humble ascendancy (as has been mentioned before), much of it still continues to fly under the radar of …

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Audiobook Review: The Copper Cascade Chronicles by Kneel Downe

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“With The Copper Cascade Chronicles, [Downe] has produced an accessible and entertaining entry point for his larger canon. And the highly professional delivery of the drama from experienced narrator Bayley only adds to the quality of the story.” Author Kneel Downe has taken a less conventional route to creating the work referred to as The …

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Book Review: Black Static, Issue 58

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“There is more than enough contained within this particular issue—and, indeed, the magazine as an ongoing enterprise—to satisfy any who seek well-written, literary works of a dark bent.” Halfway through the year and it’s time for another review of Black Static, that purveyor of dark, literary fiction, insightful columns, and reviews/interviews. In this issue there …

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Audiobook Review: Maldicion by Daniel Marc Chant

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“The combination of Chant’s solid storytelling and Peever’s dramatic narration is a match made in audio heaven.”   Daniel Marc Chant is one of the co-founders of The Sinister Horror Company and a champion of horror and strange fiction, having published work by Rich Hawkins, Adam Millard and Kit Power among many others. He is …

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Book Review: Hard Sentences, edited by David James Keaton and Joe Clifford

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“…this anthology delivers some serious goods, like hard to come by contraband…” Hard Sentences is a collection of stories themed around those poor bastards serving hard time on the infamous rock known as Alcatraz and also the people and lives they left behind. The pain and sorrow in a place like that hangs around for …

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Book Review: Moriah by Daniel Mills

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“An exciting story with complex characters, beautiful prose and a compelling plot … Mills has delivered a piece of taut and suspenseful historical fiction that will please fans of literary and genre fiction alike.”   Daniel Mills has built something of a reputation as an author of historical fiction. Indeed, he has openly expressed a …

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Book Review: In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson

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“A supernatural rural noir, reeking of Texas and blood, that grabs you by the throat and never lets go.”   Travis Stillwell isn’t a very nice guy. Cruising Texas honkytonks by night, Travis plays the ladies’ man part well enough to add the notches to his belt. Unfortunately, the ladies never wake up after the …

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