Category: Reviews

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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Book Review: The Witch Elm by Tana French

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“Never predictable, never cosy, her books are—in all but name—exercises in quiet, subtle, haunting horror.” At first, it might seem a little incongruous reviewing a novel by Tana French on a site dedicated to horror. After all, her work is marketed and sold as crime or thriller books. But a closer look—as anyone who’s read …

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Book Review: Scapegoat by Adam Howe and James Newman

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“… gripping, exciting, at turns both funny and horrific. Action-packed and so much fun.”   British author Adam Howe won the international On Writing competition, his short story “Jumper” selected by Stephen King himself. He has since gone on to publish Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet (Comet Press, 2015) and Tijuana Donkey Showdown (Comet …

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Book Review: Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

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“Not only influenced by its predecessor, Dracul also shows a knowledge of modern horror and isn’t afraid to show the gorier aspects of the vampire myth. ”   A novel that needs little introduction to horror fans—whether they’ve read it or not—is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. First appearing over 120 years ago in 1897, its popularity …

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Book Review: Twin Lakes: Autumn Fires by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

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“Accessible and entertaining horror … the Sisters of Slaughter haven’t finished with the residents of Twin Lakes. And neither have we.”   2018 has been a very productive year for Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza, aka The Sisters of Slaughter. As well as working all year on Serial Box’s Silverwood: The Door with Brian Keene, …

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Book Review: Sleeping with the Lights On by Darryl Jones

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“For the fan of horror, Sleeping with the Lights On is a great companion to discover aspects of the history of horror, to dig deeper into films and books you may not be aware of.”   It has been mentioned numerous times, not least on this site, that horror seems to be in something of …

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Book Review: Elevation by Stephen King

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” … shows flashes of what King is great at; giving the strangest of ideas plausibility, digging into the tics and quirks of what makes us individual and all too human, putting his finger on the pulse of small-town life.”   A new release from Stephen King is always an interesting prospect. First, it tends …

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Book Review: Strange Ink by Gary Kemble

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“A lovely mash-up of genres, Strange Ink is a great start to what promises to be a cracking new series.”   Horror is a multi-faceted and chimeric beast. Though there are those who argue for narrow, limiting boundaries of what constitutes horror, there is no doubt its reach is wide and varied. It can be …

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Book Review: The Last Temptation of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert

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“The Last Temptation of Dr. Valentine is a fitting end to the trilogy and a rare sequel that manages to equal and even surpass what has gone before.” A few years ago—2012 to be precise—an exciting novella called The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by UK horror writer John Llewellyn Probert was published through a …

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Book Review: Little Black Spots by John F.D. Taff

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“From body horror, to vampires, to the downright strange, to horror of a quieter nature, the full spectrum of the genre is on display. The through line is the exquisite storytelling of a skilled and masterful author.”   Known to imbue his work with a sense of emotional tribulation, “King of Pain” John F.D. Taff …

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