Category: Reviews

Book Review: To Drown in Dark Water by Steve Toase

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“There are enough ideas in each story to fill dozens of novels, but the most impressive aspect is each one feels complete and whole, rather than a snippet or fragment.”   Here at This is Horror, we’re always excited when Undertow Publications release a new book. Always beautifully put together, from cover to contents, the …

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Book Review: Rooster by John C. Foster

“With more twists and turns than a high-speed car chase through the gloomy city streets of NYC, readers may well be surprised by the revelation, but will be exhilarated by the ride.”   A brief look at the back catalogue of John C. Foster’s published books will reveal something interesting about his work; he excels …

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Book Review: The Derelict by Neil Williams

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“… unfolds at the perfect pace with not a wasted scene. He mounts the dread perfectly, filling the pages with atmosphere, with a fully-realised, dark world.” There are some story settings which seem to come pre-loaded with atmosphere. Post-apocalyptic worlds, for example. Or ice- and snow-locked stories. Then there are ocean-going tales, which, when done …

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Book Review: Near the Bone by Christina Henry

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“Henry shows a deep imagination, and an ability to sustain terror, even if that’s mainly of the human variety.”   Christina Henry is a name which will be familiar to many who read dark, fantastical books. For a number of years, she has carved out a career reinventing and reimaging classic works of fantasy. Peter …

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Book Review: The Samaritan by Dave Jeffery

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“The A Quiet Apocalypse series has become must-read fiction for horror fans everywhere, one of those stories that deserve to be enjoyed for many generations to come.”   Always an incredibly supportive and generous voice in the online horror community, Dave Jeffery truly took us all by surprise with the creation of the A Quiet …

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Book Review: Bayou Whispers by R.B. Wood

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“A very rewarding read, full of the mysterious and mystical history of the bayou—both established and original to Wood’s creation—as well as naturally secretive characters and action aplenty.”   R.B. Wood is a recent MFA graduate from Emerson College and writes speculative and dark thrillers. His work has appeared in volume six of Crystal Lake …

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Book Review: Beneath a Pale Sky by Philip Fracassi

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“Fracassi’s publishing history is jam-packed with quality quicksand fiction that seems serene on the surface, innocently drawing readers in, until we cannot escape its devilish clutches, and this collection is no exception.” Horror fans are by now so familiar with his name that he ought to need no formal introduction but, with so much horror …

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Book Review: I Would Haunt You If I Could by Sean Padraic Birnie

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“Quietly emotional, offbeat, and subtly disturbing, I Would Haunt You If I Could should stand proud amongst the best of quiet, literary horror, while carving out its own, unique space.”   It’s always a cause for celebration when premier Canadian independent press, Undertow Publications, releases a new book. Many times, This is Horror has praised …

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Book Review: Matryoshka by Penny Jones

Matryoshka by Penny Jones

“ This novella is adept at putting the reader into the mind of someone who may or may not be suffering from some kind of schizophrenia. It manages to successfully treat mental health and illness with deep sympathy, yet also craft an affecting horror story.” One of the greatest boons to the horror genre was …

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Book Review: Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman

Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman

“The intent of the author seems fully to deliver a story that’s both subtle, literary thriller and dark, psychological horror. To walk a line that straddles different genres without losing what makes each one powerful.”   Currently, one of the most hotly debated topics in the genre is what exactly constitutes horror. There are many …

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