Category: Reviews

Book Review: A Life Transparent by Todd Keisling

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“With a rich mythology hinted at throughout book one, and with a credible protagonist in whom we can all believe and root for, as well as a delightfully sinister antagonist, old and new Monochrome fans alike will be eagerly anticipating the completion of the trilogy.”   After the success of Devil’s Creek (Silver Shamrock Publishing) …

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Book Review: The Paradox Twins by Joshua Chaplinsky

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“Chaplinsky has delivered an adventurous and unique book, full of dry humour, and realistic and flawed characters you can’t help but root for.”   As well as being Managing Editor of the massive online writing community LitReactor.com, Joshua Chaplinsky is also an accomplished author, having written and self-published cult classic Kanye West—Reanimator (first in 2015, …

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Book Review: The American by Jeffrey Thomas

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“A riveting read, a fascinating mixture of mystery, thriller and horror with a depth not always found in such stories.”   Jeffrey Thomas has been described as a prolific writer of science fiction and horror, and a quick online search will prove why. As well as being the creator of the nightmarish futuristic megalopolis Punktown, …

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Book Review: Moon Child by Gaby Triana

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“An atmospheric and haunting tale of friendship, family and fate that readers will find equally bewitching and exciting.”   Gaby Triana is the bestselling author of 20 novels for teens and adults, including Wake the Hollow (Entangled: Teen, 2016), the Haunted Florida series (Island of Bones, River of Ghosts, City of Spells, all published by …

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Book Review: The Gulp by Alan Baxter

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“Baxter has crafted the literary equivalent of a Venus flytrap and, by the time we feel the descent towards our own doom, the trap is already closing, and we are perfectly poised for the next volume of tales from The Gulp.” As Alan Baxter has himself said, he is yet to meet a genre he …

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Book Review: Cathedral by Dave Jeffery

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“An exciting and enthralling new world in horror fiction, from an author who only seems to be growing in confidence and talent with each installment.”   Back in 2019, when the real world was slightly less insane than it is now, Dave Jeffery introduced us to a different world, one ravaged by a mutated Meningitis …

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Book Review: The Other Side: A Horror Anthology edited by Daniel Willcocks

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“An eclectic mix of storytelling styles and different approaches to deliver a broad mix of tales.”   It is a question that has consumed humanity for as long as we have walked upon the Earth; what happens to us when we die? Every civilisation and religion have offered their own possible answer as gospel, whether …

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Book Review: Wyrd and Other Derelictions by Adam Nevill

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“Such is Nevill’s command of language and ability to project a crystal-clear image into the reader’s mind that we are truly captivated by the inference of what may have happened in each story, given his terrifying description of the aftermath alone.”   He is the author of nine horror novels, three of which have won …

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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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