Category: Reviews

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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Book Review: Stations of Shadow by J. Daniel Stone

Stations of Shadow by J. Daniel Stone

“Based on the experience of reading his latest art, there are surely few people more qualified to deliver jet black poetic tales from the shadowy streets of the Big Apple than J. Daniel Stone.”   Born and raised in New York City, it stands to reason that author J. Daniel Stone would choose to set …

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Book Review: Touch the Night by Max Booth III

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“Deeply unsettling and horrifically harrowing … not for the faint-of-heart but, if you’re brave enough, it is an incredibly entertaining and rewarding read.”   He is the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, the Managing Editor of quarterly horror fiction magazine Dark Moon Digest, and a host on two podcasts: Castle Rock Radio (alongside partner …

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Book Review: Until Summer Comes Around by Glenn Rolfe

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“Throw in the coming-of-age angle, with all of the promise of a first true love, and Rolfe has delivered a horror novel with heart, soul, and bite”   Whether you are in the mood for a ghost story (The Haunted Halls, Shadow Work Publishing, 2016) or “creature horror” (Becoming, Alien Agenda Publishing, 2017) or a …

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Book Review: Doom Cabaret by John McNee

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“Although there are only seven stories, they showcase a great range of horror … while they differ in levels of darkness and subject matter, they are all truly horrific and pitch black in tone.”   John McNee lives on the west coast of Scotland, journalist by day and author of strange and disturbing horror stories …

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Book Review: Devil’s Creek by Todd Keisling

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“[Keisling] has received praise from some fans of the indie horror scene, but it is time that all horror fans knew his name, thanks to the universal appeal of Devil’s Creek, a masterpiece of horror fiction.”   A horror author and graphic designer from Kentucky, Todd Keisling is the author of six novels and one …

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Book Review: Black Bubbles by Kelli Owen

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“Black Bubbles is a large and varied collection, tackling many different subjects and narrative types, but all with Owen’s tremendous storytelling style.”   As an editor and reviewer for more than a decade, Kelli Owen developed and refined her taste in fiction. With a personal style that ranges from thriller to psychological horror to extreme …

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Book Review: The Best of Both Worlds by S.P. Miskowski

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“The power of great storytelling lies in the author’s ability to create a world as real as our own and fill it with such compelling and engaging characters so that we can’t resist bearing witness to the horror as it unfolds. It is a power that Miskowski has in abundance.”   S.P. Miskowski has been …

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Book Review: White Pines by Gemma Amor

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 “With great skill, Gemma Amor has delivered a wonderful story, as full of tremendous emotion as it is terrifying action.”   A relatively new voice in the horror genre in the past couple of years, Gemma Amor has quickly made a name for herself as a hard-working author. After releasing her first collection, Cruel Works …

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Book Review: Don’t Smell The Flowers! They Want To Steal Your Bones! by Duncan P. Bradshaw

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  “ … there is so much fun to be had in the weird and wacky imagination of Duncan P. Bradshaw that we may not want to leave.”   He has written zombie horror stories, science fiction horror stories and straight-up bizarro stories. But, since he published his novella about a serial-killing vacuum killer (Mr …

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Book Review: A Red Winter in the West by C.S. Humble

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“Humble doesn’t disappoint … Fans of the weird western genre who enjoy their stories with equal parts action and horror told with captivating characters will LOVE this book—we sure did!”   It has been almost two years since we were introduced to the work of C.S. Humble with his weird western, The Massacre at Yellow …

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Book Review: We Need to Do Something by Max Booth III

We Need To Do Something by Max Booth III

“Exceptional, fearless, and, much to our benefit, only getting better with every story.”   Fresh from “destroying” independent horror publishing with his last anthology (Tales from the Crust, 2019, co-edited with David James Keaton) and before the release of his forthcoming novel, Touch the Night, from Cemetery Dance, Max Booth III has surprised us with …

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Book Review: Arterial Bloom, Edited by Mercedes M. Yardley

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“Following on from Crystal Lake Publishing’s hugely successful Tales From The Lake series, Arterial Bloomwill sit proudly alongside those tomes and, undoubtedly, the best anthologies that 2020 has to offer.“   In the introduction by the ever-eloquent Linda D. Addison, the Stoker award-winning author and poet touches on the bravery in editor Mercedes M. Yardley’s …

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Book Review: The Dregs Trilogy by Chris Kelso

The Dregs Trilogy by Chris Kelso

“[Kelso] weaves threads of each individual character, their complex histories, the overarching nightmarish theme of Ultra-Realism and the horror of being human together to create a bleak work of nihilistic art.” Chris Kelso is a chameleon, literarily speaking. The young Scot has written fiction with wide-ranging genre tags, from bizarro to science fiction, horror to …

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