Category: Reviews

Book Review: To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger

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“A compelling and harrowing debut that adds to the not insubstantial evidence that Sara Tantlinger is a promising and exciting new voice in horror.”   Sara Tantlinger began writing poetry while in Middle School, and has since branched out into longer prose. With an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, it would be safe to assume …

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Book Review: This House of Wounds by Georgina Bruce

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“A rich, dense, deeply artistic yet solid collection, that showcases some of the best short stories currently being written.”   Many, many times, this site has lauded the books of independent press, Undertow Publications. Both design/presentation and the contents within. They manage to surpass each perfect release with the one that follows. This year sees …

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Book Review: The Profane by Vincenzo Bilof

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“In another’s hands, this juxtaposition of disparate elements may not work at all. But, in Bilof’s hands, they blend beautifully to deliver a unique and rewarding reading experience.”   He has worn many hats in the publishing industry, including Editor and Publisher. But, first and foremost, Vincenzo Bilof is an author. The evidence is in …

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Book Review: Tales from the Crust: An Anthology of Pizza Horror edited by David James Keaton and Max Booth III

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“There are so many different flavours of horror available that it will be nigh on impossible for a reader not to find something to enjoy.”   If you follow either of the co-editors on social media, or are yourself a budding short story author, you may well have seen the origin of this seemingly-absurd concept …

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Book Review: The Serpent’s Shadow by Daniel Braum

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“The Serpent’s Shadow is a tale that slithers under your skin and grips you until the last sentence.”   Daniel Braum is no stranger to the genre, his stories have been featured in Cemetery Dance Magazine, Nightscript, as well as his own stand-out collections like Night Marchers and The Wish Mechanics. His latest effort, The Serpent’s …

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Book Review: Nobody Gets Hurt and Other Lies by Nicholas Day

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“Here we have further proof—as if any were needed—that Nicholas Day can write on any topic, and about any subject, and can completely enthral his audience.”   Nicholas Day is the author of novella Necrosaurus Rex (JournalStone–Bizarro Pulp Press, 2015), the Wonderland Award-nominated collection Now That We’re Alone (JournalStone–Bizarro Pulp Press, 2017), and runner-up for …

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Book Review: Unamerica by Cody Goodfellow

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“Compelling characters (both main and supporting), a unique and well-realised setting, and disturbingly descriptive visions, and you have a gripping novel that lives up to the hype.”   Cody Goodfellow first made waves in the fiction world with Radiant Dawn, his first novel, which he self-published in 2000. From there, he continued to expand his …

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Book Review: Arcana by Paul Kane

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“ … a magical story with complex protagonists to root for and dictatorial villains to despise. And a story in which all fans of rich, urban fantasies can lose themselves.”   Paul Kane has been passionate about horror, science fiction, and fantasy from a very young age and has carried this into adulthood and his …

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Book Review: Into the Ashes by Lee Murray

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“All in all, Murray gives us another cracking, rip-roaring adventure, while also taking us to new heights and new directions.”   Australia and New Zealand have both had a unique and distinct output where horror is concerned. Their film industry has, since the 70s, produced a steady stream of fresh and offbeat fare such as …

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Book Review: At the End of the Day I Burst into Flames by Nicholas Day

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“He doesn’t shy away from the difficult moments and bares everything like a confession of sin or declaration of devotion; every page, passage, sentence, is musical.”   Nicholas Day is the author of novella Necrosaurus Rex (JournalStone/Bizarro Pulp Press, 2015) and the Wonderland Award-nominated collection Now That We’re Alone (JournalStone/Bizarro Pulp Press, 2017). While the …

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Book Review: All Roads End Here by David Moody

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“Moody has once again delivered a great post-apocalyptic story, maintaining his position at the summit of British horror.”   With events on the world’s stage increasingly making the post-apocalyptic section of your favourite bookshop look more and more like the current affairs shelves, David Moody’s return last year to the world of his Hater trilogy …

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Book Review: Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey

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“Those new to M. R. Carey’s work will become immediate fans; for everyone else, Someone Like Me cements his position as one of the best genre writers around today.”   M.R. Carey is a name that should be familiar to most readers of horror. He appeared to explode onto the scene in 2014 with his …

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Book Review: Ship of Shadows by Dave Jeffery

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“Undoubtedly the most harrowing outing for Beatrice and her friends, but ultimately the most rewarding for the reader … Jeffery has proven yet again that character development is integral to his storytelling and he makes us feel right at home.”   He may have a full-time career in healthcare, but UK horror author Dave Jeffery …

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Book Review: The House of Frozen Screams by Thana Niveau

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“Assured, confident, and tightly controlled, The House of Frozen Screams both adds to and subverts the generally held conventions of the haunted house novel.” The haunted house story is a staple of the horror genre. Indeed, it almost exists in a genre by itself, encompassing Gothic, romantic, supernatural, and psychological elements, amongst others. It can …

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Book Review: Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked by Christa Carmen

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“As far as debut collections go, this offers so much and delivers it all … Carmen handles it with the assured touch of a seasoned storyteller.”   Christa Carmen’s short fiction has appeared in many magazines and venues, including the podcast Tales to Terrify, Comet Press’ Years Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2, and Unnerving Magazine, …

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