Category: Reviews

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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Book Review: Hardened Hearts, edited by Eddie Generous

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“A brave anthology which does away with binary concepts of gender, love and sex, instead presenting the reader with love that is realistic, heartfelt, though at times, naturally, stepping into the fantastical.” Hardened Hearts begins with a foreward by James Newman (Animosity, Ugly as Sin) where he describes love, with assistance from a number of …

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Book Review: Great British Horror 2, edited by Steve J. Shaw

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“No doubt, in years to come, Great British Horror will become the publication serious and aspiring horror writers beg to be seen in.”   Last year saw the first in a new proposed yearly anthology series, Great British Horror, subtitled 1: Green and Pleasant Land. In it was an impressive array of writers—both relatively new …

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Book Review: Imposter Syndrome, edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth

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“Imposter Syndrome is a book which deserves to sit on every horror aficionado’s shelf. Its stories are to be savoured and marvelled at, each author meeting and exceeding expectations.” Though there are some who would assert the short story is dead (though it’s arguable whether any art form can truly ever ‘die’), the sheer number …

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Book Review: Creatures of Will & Temper by Molly Tanzer

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“[Tanzer brings] the setting to life through wonderful descriptions, while also weaving in the elements that make for an engaging and enthralling paranormal thriller.”   Her first novel, Vermilion (Word Horde, 2015) was an io9 and NPR Best Book of the Year, while her debut collection, A Pretty Mouth (Lazy Fascist Press, 2012) was nominated …

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Book Review: Splatterpunk: Fighting Back, edited by Jack Bantry and Kit Power

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“These stories are Splatterpunk to the core, each gory and disturbing yet hold a lesson within the pools of blood and piles of guts.” Splatterpunk Fighting Back is a charity anthology of extreme awesomeness. The stories are brutal, and in true splatterpunk form they gruesomely display a middle finger to society while casting the reader …

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Book Review: The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror by William Meikle

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“Take a seat at the dinner table, but be warned … the price for your presence there will haunt you.”   The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror is a very interesting premise for a collection. It’s supposed to be a hidden book of tales written by history’s greatest storytellers who were a …

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Book Review: Coffle by Gemma Files

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“For anyone who enjoys tales of post-apocalyptic gloom!” Coffle plunges the reader immediately and unceremoniously into a viscerally bleak world of slavery, pseudo-zombies and horror, in the truest sense. After an apocalyptic war, Ardenne—herself an escaped former slave—stands at the head of a coffle train of escapees, fleeing servitude across what appears to be one …

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Book Review: Strange Weather by Joe Hill

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“Continues to push the boundaries between horror, weird, and literary.” Though still in the early stages of his writing career, Joe Hill has already carved out an impressive body of work. With four novels (including the exemplary Horns) a collection of short stories (20th Century Ghosts) and an award winning and wonderful graphic novel series …

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Book Review: Yes Trespassing by Erik T. Johnson

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“Erik T. Johnson delivers a magnum opus of staggering proportions and epic concepts of literary strangeness.” Collections of short fiction are sometimes difficult to evaluate from a critical standpoint, mostly because of the fact that they are often front-loaded with the best pieces the author has to offer and then the rest of the book …

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Book Review: Apollo Unbound by Chris Kelso

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“A bizzaro twilight zone episode played out on the page.” Apollo Unbound is a thirty-six page comic penned by the super talented Chris Kelso, featuring fantastic illustrations by Jim Agpalza that brings the tale to life. By the end of reading the comic, both of these gentlemen will be on your watch list…if they aren’t …

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