Category: Reviews

Review: The Possession

The last couple of years have seen a boom in possession and exorcism films, with a sliding scale in quality, of which Lionsgate’s release of The Possession falls somewhere in the middle. Keep on reading…

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Review: Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane (Edited by Jonathan Oliver)

Magic is Jonathan Oliver’s third anthology, following hot on the heels of The End Of The Line and House Of Fear, also from Solaris. Oliver’s first two anthologies established him as a new editor to watch, and Magic goes on to cement his reputation, assembling a roll-call of both well-established (Audrey Niffenegger, Christopher Fowler, Storm …

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Review: Grave Encounters

Found footage, the concept of using discovered footage left behind by dead or missing protagonists, has been around in horror since it was used in Cannibal Holocaust in the 80s. After The Blair Witch Project’s cinema release in 1999, there has been a resurgence of this style of film in horror, pushed further along in …

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Review: Video Night by Adam Cesare

It doesn’t happen as often as it should – the right book getting the right title. There’s plenty of clever titles, don’t get me wrong. And strong titles. And titles that promise more than the book they’re on can possibly deliver. But there’s also that kind of title that seems forged in the same moment of …

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Review: Vampire Circus by Mark Morris

Vampire Circus by award-winning author Mark Morris (Toady, Cinema Macabre, Dr Who) is a novelisation of the 1972 Hammer Horror film of the same name. While this review recommends a watch for its own sake, the story should work equally well to audiences unfamiliar with the film. Morris has cleverly updated the action to the …

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Review: The Victim

Loner Kyle (Biehn) lives alone in his cabin in the woods, happy to keep himself ostracised from the rest of society. However, he finds that it’s not always easy to keep society at arm’s length as he finds his door being beaten upon one dark night. When he opens the door to a screaming woman, …

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Review: The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Edward Schuett wakes up in the toy aisle of a store. At first, he can barely move and his hearing is impaired. With just glimpses of memories to go on, he tries to piece together how he ended up there and what might have happened to his family. The last thing he can recall is …

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Review: Christmas Evil

Oh, the early 80s, when slasher movies were all the rage. Arrow have unearthed a Christmas horror that’s also know as You Better Watch Out and has been lauded by John Waters as being the “greatest Christmas movie ever made”. Read more…

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Review: The 13 Ghosts of Christmas

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas is the latest offering from Spectral Press and celebrates editor Simon Marshall-Jones’ love of the traditional ghost story. The collection brings together some of the hottest talent in the horror genre to celebrate the darker side of the festive period and take the reader back to an era of ghost …

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Review: Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig takes all the outstanding elements from Blackbirds, the first novel to feature Miriam Black, and dials them up to eleven for Mockingbird. Once again the pacing, pitch black humour and whip-sharp dialogue are a joyous treat that have you simultaneously desperate to read more and reluctant to devour the book too quick. Read …

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Review: Basket Case Trilogy

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (the 1980s), films like Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case were the staple diet of pale-faced video shop junkies looking for their next fix of weird horror mayhem. But times have changed and instead of ultra-low-budget, lovingly crafted, intelligently written midnight movies, we now get bland, mass-produced …

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Review: From Hell To Eternity by Thana Niveau

Ramsey Campbell, a man who needs no introduction unless you have been comatose since the mid-70s, kicks this collection off with an endorsement for the many talented female authors out there. In a world where positive discrimination is still largely present in literature, he lists Sarah Pinborough, Alison Littlewood, Caitlin Kiernan, and a host of …

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Review: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Don’t let the title of the recently released Resident Evil 6 fool you. Taking into account the various spin-offs and remakes that have shambled forth since the series’ birth in 1996, there are now close to two-dozen Resident Evil games . As well as the main instalments, the series now encompasses light-gun shooters, online co-op …

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Review: Osama by Lavie Tidhar

Osama is a meta-fictional masterpiece that is quite unlike anything you will have ever read. Stop reading this review and get your hands on a copy now before anyone spoils it for you by trying to describe the characters, plot lines and themes in any conventional manner, which is simply an impossibility given the fluid …

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Simon Kurt Unsworth writes for charity

Simon Kurt Unsworth

Quiet Houses author, Simon Kurt Unsworth, has produced four chapbooks of some of his best work in order to raise money for Cancer Research. The chapbooks accompany a Halloween reading that Simon performs every year in the Cancer Research shop in Morecambe, Lancs. This Is Horror caught up with Simon, when asked about his motivation …

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