Category: Reviews

Book Review: Rooster by John C. Foster

“With more twists and turns than a high-speed car chase through the gloomy city streets of NYC, readers may well be surprised by the revelation, but will be exhilarated by the ride.”   A brief look at the back catalogue of John C. Foster’s published books will reveal something interesting about his work; he excels …

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Book Review: The Derelict by Neil Williams

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“… unfolds at the perfect pace with not a wasted scene. He mounts the dread perfectly, filling the pages with atmosphere, with a fully-realised, dark world.” There are some story settings which seem to come pre-loaded with atmosphere. Post-apocalyptic worlds, for example. Or ice- and snow-locked stories. Then there are ocean-going tales, which, when done …

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Book Review: Near the Bone by Christina Henry

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“Henry shows a deep imagination, and an ability to sustain terror, even if that’s mainly of the human variety.”   Christina Henry is a name which will be familiar to many who read dark, fantastical books. For a number of years, she has carved out a career reinventing and reimaging classic works of fantasy. Peter …

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Book Review: The Samaritan by Dave Jeffery

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“The A Quiet Apocalypse series has become must-read fiction for horror fans everywhere, one of those stories that deserve to be enjoyed for many generations to come.”   Always an incredibly supportive and generous voice in the online horror community, Dave Jeffery truly took us all by surprise with the creation of the A Quiet …

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Book Review: Bayou Whispers by R.B. Wood

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“A very rewarding read, full of the mysterious and mystical history of the bayou—both established and original to Wood’s creation—as well as naturally secretive characters and action aplenty.”   R.B. Wood is a recent MFA graduate from Emerson College and writes speculative and dark thrillers. His work has appeared in volume six of Crystal Lake …

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Book Review: Beneath a Pale Sky by Philip Fracassi

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“Fracassi’s publishing history is jam-packed with quality quicksand fiction that seems serene on the surface, innocently drawing readers in, until we cannot escape its devilish clutches, and this collection is no exception.” Horror fans are by now so familiar with his name that he ought to need no formal introduction but, with so much horror …

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Book Review: I Would Haunt You If I Could by Sean Padraic Birnie

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“Quietly emotional, offbeat, and subtly disturbing, I Would Haunt You If I Could should stand proud amongst the best of quiet, literary horror, while carving out its own, unique space.”   It’s always a cause for celebration when premier Canadian independent press, Undertow Publications, releases a new book. Many times, This is Horror has praised …

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Book Review: Matryoshka by Penny Jones

Matryoshka by Penny Jones

“ This novella is adept at putting the reader into the mind of someone who may or may not be suffering from some kind of schizophrenia. It manages to successfully treat mental health and illness with deep sympathy, yet also craft an affecting horror story.” One of the greatest boons to the horror genre was …

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Book Review: Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman

Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman

“The intent of the author seems fully to deliver a story that’s both subtle, literary thriller and dark, psychological horror. To walk a line that straddles different genres without losing what makes each one powerful.”   Currently, one of the most hotly debated topics in the genre is what exactly constitutes horror. There are many …

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Book Review: Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy by Hailey Piper

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“Hailey Piper is an incredible storyteller with an unflinching and captivating style, and her star continues to shine brighter with every publication.” Hailey Piper has already made a lasting impression on the horror genre, a feat made all the more impressive given the relatively short time she has been publishing and her short list of …

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Book Review: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

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“As fast-paced as any thriller, as dark as any horror, and as affecting as the most emotional, dramatic work, it is utterly heart-breaking and will put you through the wringer if you let it.”   In the last few years, it seems many horror writers have moved away from the genre into more thriller-oriented territory. …

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Book Review: I Spit Myself Out by Tracy Fahey

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“Reader be warned … These are no light tales, no easy reading. They are readable, incredibly so, but they will crush you. There are no easy answers or neat conclusions to these stories.”   In recent years, there has been a growing popularity in the horror and weird arena for stories that meld the literary …

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Book Review: His Own Devices by Douglas Wynne

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“A fast-paced thriller with an all-too-real threat, mixed with a heady portion of chilling occultism.”   He may have taken a detour to pursue a career in music, first as a performer and then as a recording engineer, but Douglas Wynne has returned to his first love of fiction writing with vigour, releasing eight books …

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Book Review: A Life Transparent by Todd Keisling

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“With a rich mythology hinted at throughout book one, and with a credible protagonist in whom we can all believe and root for, as well as a delightfully sinister antagonist, old and new Monochrome fans alike will be eagerly anticipating the completion of the trilogy.”   After the success of Devil’s Creek (Silver Shamrock Publishing) …

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Book Review: The Paradox Twins by Joshua Chaplinsky

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“Chaplinsky has delivered an adventurous and unique book, full of dry humour, and realistic and flawed characters you can’t help but root for.”   As well as being Managing Editor of the massive online writing community LitReactor.com, Joshua Chaplinsky is also an accomplished author, having written and self-published cult classic Kanye West—Reanimator (first in 2015, …

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