Category: Reviews

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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Book Review: Everything Is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here by Michael Wehunt

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“Thanks to the talent of a gifted storyteller, it is easy for the reader to relate to the main character’s journey, from her sheltered beginning to the final, difficult revelation.”   He has been writing and publishing short stories for almost a decade, to great critical acclaim as evidenced by the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award …

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Book Review: Chokehold by David Moody

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“Moody has once again hefted his barbed wire baseball bat and knocked it out of the post-apocalyptic park, comfortably maintaining his reign as the Babe Ruth of British horror.”   Spoiler alert! This review contains some spoilers for previous Hater books. If you haven’t read them yet we recommend you do so before reading this …

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Book Review: Bone China by Laura Purcell

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“What’s clear from this book and its two predecessors is that Laura Purcell is a master of her craft. She is steadily building a body of original work, within a specific subgenre, yet with each release distinctive and original from the last.”   In recent years, there seems to have been a resurgence in popularity …

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Book Review: Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape by Joshua Chaplinsky

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“The tremendous talent of a storyteller unafraid to challenge himself through alternative narrative structure, or point of view, or subject matter. No matter the challenge, Chaplinsky knocked it out of the park.”   Perhaps best known in literary circles as the Managing Editor of litreactor.com, and in horror circles as the brilliant brain behind self-published …

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Book Review: The Reddening by Adam Nevill

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“The Reddening is an intense, chokehold of a novel. It grips from the start and holds you down as it makes you consume the horrors within.”   It’s been two years since Adam Nevill’s last novel Under A Watchful Eye was released by Pan MacMillan. In that time, Nevill has seen his novel The Ritual …

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Book Review: Grind Your Bones to Dust by Nicholas Day

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“The perfect blend of character, voice and setting, Grind Your Bones to Dust is cause for celebration. As is an author whose tremendous ability as a storyteller is only growing with every publication.”   Nominated for both a This Is Horror Award and a Wonderland Award, Nicholas Day has produced work that is either bizarro, or horror, …

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Book Review: Whiskey and Other Unusual Ghosts by S. L. Edwards

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“…there’s much to recommend here, and it certainly marks Edwards as a name to watch in future. He clearly has a fertile imagination and the chops to carry his visions through to completion.”   In the past, collections tended to be something an author wold release only once they had become something of an established …

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Book Review: Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro

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“Assured, controlled, poetic and artistic but also grounded in recognisable realities—even while imbued with the fantastic—these stories are remarkable enough individually.” Back again with another fantastic release from Undertow Publications, and this time it’s the debut collection of Laura Mauro. For those not in the know, Laura has been writing/publishing professionally since about 2012. Her …

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