Category: Reviews

Book Review: It Will Just be Us by Jo Kaplan

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“It’s a book that demands careful attentive reading but also impels the reader forward to each new revelation. The very definition of an unputdownable read.” In recent years, there seems to have grown a division between what some see as old school, classic horror, and a more subtle, arthouse take on the genre. Though these …

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Book Review: Carry Me Home: Stories of Horror and Heartbreak by Michael Paul Gonzalez

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“Gonzalez has the uncanny ability to combine heart-breaking and horrific situations to create tales equally emotional and eerie.”   Michael Paul Gonzalez is the author of the novels Angel Falls (Perfect Edge, 2013) and Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance (Thunderdome Press, second edition, 2018) and the creator of the gripping serial horror audio …

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Book Review: Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner

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“Through a combination of many years teaching and many more writing in the genre he loves, Tim Waggoner has created a unique writing manual that stands head and shoulders above other creative reference books.”   In the near-twenty years that his writing has been in print, Tim Waggoner has published close to fifty novels and …

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Book Review: Roth-Steyr by Simon Bestwick

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“The combination of exciting premise and a strong cast of characters—especially our heroine—makes for an exciting, well-paced and thoroughly fantastic read.”   With six novels, two novellas and six collections under his belt, Simon Bestwick has been steadily producing fiction of great quality and is, according to Ramsey Campbell, “one of the most accomplished and …

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Book Review: Underworld Dreams by Daniel Braum

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“Reading these stories, it’s readily apparent that Braum is a writer of singular talent.”   In these wildly uncertain times, the creative arts can be a great comfort. And, despite surface appearances, horror and the weird can often be the greatest comfort of all. Dark fiction allows us to explore, from positions of comfort, uncomfortable …

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Book Review: Keep It Inside and Other Weird Tales by Mark Anthony Smith

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“Smith achieves a fine balance of literary flourishes, married with horrific hammer blows, all wrapped up in the kind of tale one might expect to hear from the storyteller uncle or grandmother in the family” Mark Anthony Smith is a relative newcomer to the horror genre, with his first two releases, Hearts of the Matter, …

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Book Review: Recall Night by Alan Baxter

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“Yet again, Baxter has delivered an exciting story with his enigmatic protagonist at the centre, and has succeeded in whetting our appetite for more supernatural thrills in the company of Eli Carver.”   Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy, liberally mixed with crime and noir. His debut …

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Book Review: Last Case at a Baggage Auction by Eric J. Guignard

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“Add brilliant pacing to the intriguing premise and great characters and Guignard has given us an all-around fantastic and fun tale.”   As an author and editor, Eric J. Guignard has been nominated six times for a Bram Stoker Award, winning twice; Best Anthology for After Death … (Dark Moon Books, 2013) and Best Fiction …

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Book Review: Crossroads by Laurel Hightower

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Book Review: Crossroads by Laurel Hightower “Hightower strikes the perfect balance between horror and drama, sadness and hope, in this tale of tragedy and the purest love.”   It has been a busy couple of years for author Laurel Hightower since the publication of first novel Whispers in the Dark (Journalstone, 2018). Not only has …

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Book Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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“… Jones has delivered a masterpiece that will appeal to both die-hard horror fans and fans of exceptional dramatic writing.”   To list every book written by Stephen Graham Jones—or, indeed, every award win and nomination—would take far more space and time normally reserved for our book reviews, never mind the biographical section at the …

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Book Review: The Apocalypse Strain by Jason Parent

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“The strength lies in the action and pacing more than relatable characters or a complex, hard-hitting story, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. And no mean feat, either.”   When Jason Parent wowed us with his collection Wrathbone and Other Stories (Red Room Press, 2016) in November of 2016, he had published a …

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Book Review: Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

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“An incredibly moving story of friendship in the darkest of times by an author who knows how to excavate our deepest fears, and utilise them to thrill and entertain.”   If you love horror fiction, then you at least know the name Paul Tremblay, even if you haven’t read his work yet. He has published …

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Book Review: All The Dead Men by Errick Nunnally

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“A thrilling, action-packed continuation of Smith’s dark, blood-soaked story that has us eagerly anticipating the next chapter.”   Before Errick Nunnally opted for art school—where he trained and graduated as a graphic designer—he served one tour in the United States Marine Corp. Since then, when he isn’t working, or spending time with his family, or …

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Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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“A masterpiece of modern gothic storytelling, complete with a captivating storyline driven by a strong cast and brooding atmosphere, Mexican Gothic deserves all the plaudits it has received, and then some.”   Her name certainly won’t be new to horror fans. But Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s star has been on the rise over the past couple of …

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Book Review: Murmur by Patrick Freivald

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“Maintaining a dark and gritty atmosphere for a whole book while managing to develop a romance between two strong characters and allowing it to flourish is no mean feat … it makes for one sexy, intriguing, and bloody tale.” Patrick Freivald is the four-time Bram Stoker Award nominated author of books such as Blood List …

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