Category: Reviews

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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Book Review: Before by Paul Kane

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“If you enjoy losing yourself in a well-written supernatural thriller with strong elements of horror, curling up in your favourite reading spot with this book may well be the perfect way to spend a long winter evening or two.” A fan of horror, science fiction and fantasy from a young age, it should come as …

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Book Review: The Polite Ones by Cody Goodfellow

The Polite Ones by Cody Goodfellow

“Goodfellow is the go-to guy for your fix of things strange and wonderful.” The Polite Ones by Cody Goodfellow is about a girl who has grown up in an underground world, years after the end of the human world above. She is a member of a clan and it’s customary for them to wear masks …

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Book Review: I’ll Bring You the Birds From Out of the Sky by Brian Hodge

I'll Bring You Birds From Out of the Sky by Brian Hodge

“By turns emotional, thrilling, and dread-inducing, leading to a muted yet devastating conclusion. Brian Hodge is clearly a master craftsman of a writer.” Released as a limited-edition hardback through Cemetery Dance, Brian Hodge’s novella I’ll Bring You the Birds From Out of the Sky is a stellar example of a complete artistic package. From the …

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Book Review: The Wilderness Within by John Claude Smith

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“A page turner filled with surprises, leaving the reader with a sense of satisfaction, and another name to add to their favorites list.”   While Derek Gray visits a fellow writer and long time friend, Frank Harlan Marshall, he senses something is off about him and the forest surrounding his home, far away from civilization, …

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Book Review: Quiet Places by Jasper Bark

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“Quiet Places is an adventurous novella from Jasper Bark and one that pays off, with its slower, quieter story allowing us to feel closer to the protagonist and all the more to suffer from the gut punch of its conclusion.” Quiet Places opens with a prologue that launches the reader head-first into a weird, unsettling …

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Book Review: Hasty for the Dark by Adam Nevill

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“These tales are dark, starkly violent, but also subtle and ambiguous, often at the same time.” Following 2016’s rather excellent collection Some Will Not Sleep, Adam Nevill returns with another output of his shorter fiction in the form of Hasty for the Dark. Once again published through the author’s own press, Ritual Limited, and matching …

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Book Review: Ugly Little Things: Collected Horrors by Todd Keisling

“Ugly Little Things is a soundtrack to darkness, hauntingly inviting and absolutely horrific.”   A foreword by the talented Mercedes Murdock Yardley hails Keisling as secret treasure of the genre and sets the reader up to witness the true awesomeness contained within the pages of Ugly Little Things, a collection of some truly well written …

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Book Review: The Lairdbalor by Kathleen Kaufman

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“The Lairdbalor is a mythic, disturbing tale, full of folklore and nightmares, and with it Kathleen Kaufman has proved herself as an author to watch.”   Author Kathleen Kaufman gives readers a horrific fantasy, journeying into childhood nightmares and anxieties, in her latest release, The Lairdbalor. Seven-year-old Jamie falls down a hill in Southern California …

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Book Review: The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

Dark Net

“With expert pacing, an incredible group of characters, a relentless evil, and a premise straight out of today’s headlines, The Dark Net delivers the goods.” Confined to a life of darkness, Hannah longs to see, and with modern technology, her wish can come true. Every wish comes with a price, and for Hannah, the technology …

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