Category: Reviews

Review: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon

Coldbrook is a new horror novel from bestselling author Tim Lebbon. The story revolves around a secret facility deep in the Appalachian Mountains – named after the eponymous and deceased genius Bill Coldbrook – where a small team of scientists have achieved the impossible: breaking through from Earth into a parallel reality. Aging Jonah Jones …

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Review: We Are the Night

Hollywood seems to be stuck in a perpetual loop; remaking films that don’t need to be remade and always looking for a fresh twist on an old idea that’s already been covered to death. Therefore, it’s always refreshing to find a little gem that comes out of nowhere. We Are the Night is a German …

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Review: In The Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill

In The Tall Grass is the product of a collaboration between two members of the most talented family in horror, Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. The story was originally published in Esquire magazine earlier this year and is King’s second collaboration with Hill after their 2009 novella Throttle. Read more…

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Review: The Fields

The cornfield is a horror trope that has been used countless times and it is utilised here yet again, to decent effect. The tall stalks can hide a myriad of horrors and on this occasion, they do just that. Read more…

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Review: The Pact

When their mother dies, Annie (Lotz) receives a telephone call from her estranged sister Nicole (Bruckner), asking her to come home and help her sort out the funeral and estate. Annie reluctantly agrees but when she arrives, Nicole is nowhere to be found. Putting it down to a relapse by her former drug addict sibling, …

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Review: Hush by Tim Lebbon and Gavin Williams

Originally published in 2001 by Razorblade Press, Hush was short-listed for the August Derleth Award for Best Novel at the British Fantasy Awards. It’s been twelve years since it was released to critical acclaim, and has now been re-released in digital format through BadPress. Read more…

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Review: Attack of the Werewolves

Attack of the Werewolves

Coming out in the UK under a slightly better title than the US Game of Werewolves, Juan Martinez Moreno’s Lobos de Arga is a Spanish comedy horror film set in the remote village of Arga. As we discover in the opening credits the village is currently labouring under a terrible curse that is the result …

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Review: Sinister

When it was first announced that Jason Blum of Paranormal Activity and Insidious fame would be producing this year’s hotly hyped horror release, Sinister, there were certain question marks. On one hand the original Paranormal Activity managed to reinvent and breathe life into an old subgenre in the shape of found footage, whilst on the …

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Review: Tales of the Nun and Dragon collected by Adele Wearing

We all know that nuns and dragons go together like shoes and socks, like salt and pepper, like Buffy and Angel; okay, maybe not, but that’s the premise of this collection from Fox Spirit, and it could have gone so horribly wrong. How many different ways is it possible to link the two titular entities? …

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Review: Let the Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Since the mid-1990s, Scandinavian fiction has enjoyed an unprecedented upsurge in popularity. Writers like Jo Nesbø and Camilla Läckberg have ridden the so-called Nordic Noir crimewave in the wake of Henning Mankell’s ‘Wallander’ novels and Stieg Larsson’s extraordinary ‘Millennium’ trilogy, gathering huge international sales, critical acclaim and large budget film adaptations. TV series like Wallander, …

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Review: What gets left behind by Mark West

Mike Bergen is a married man from Barnstaple, where he happily lives with his wife and son. The story opens in Gaffney, where Mike is attending a work-related conference. Gaffney, however, is also the place where a terrible occurrence took the life of his best friend almost thirty years ago. Desperate to lay to rest …

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Review: Boneland by Alan Garner

Boneland, the long awaited third volume in Alan Garner’s Weirdstone trilogy, is a finely drawn and ambiguous tale, that every reader will draw different things from. This is perhaps the mark of a truly great novel, and one that will surely last in memory as long as its predecessors. Considering the long gap since the …

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Review: Ash by James Herbert

You have to hand it to James Herbert. Ever since he debuted with The Rats in 1974 he has known how to shock a reader. Whether it’s with the relentless violence of his pulp masterpiece The Fog, or the surprising fairy sex of 2001’s Once, readers go to Herbert in the knowledge that even in one …

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Review: Eyepennies by Mike O’Driscoll

Eyepennies by Mike O’Driscoll is the first in a brand new line of TTA Novellas. The story takes its title from a song by American band Sparklehorse, and is a tribute to their singer Mark Linkous who committed suicide in 2010. Read more…

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Review: Fever by Wayne Simmons

Fever by Wayne Simmons

Over the past four years Wayne Simmons has fast cemented his reputation as one of the authoritative voices in apocalyptic fiction with a penchant for zombies. Fever, Simmons’ follow-up to his breakout novel Flu, continues this trend with an unrelenting zombie novel where no character is neither safe nor indispensable. And that is part of …

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