Category: Reviews

Book Review: Everything Is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here by Michael Wehunt

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“Thanks to the talent of a gifted storyteller, it is easy for the reader to relate to the main character’s journey, from her sheltered beginning to the final, difficult revelation.”   He has been writing and publishing short stories for almost a decade, to great critical acclaim as evidenced by the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award …

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Book Review: Chokehold by David Moody

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“Moody has once again hefted his barbed wire baseball bat and knocked it out of the post-apocalyptic park, comfortably maintaining his reign as the Babe Ruth of British horror.”   Spoiler alert! This review contains some spoilers for previous Hater books. If you haven’t read them yet we recommend you do so before reading this …

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Book Review: Bone China by Laura Purcell

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“What’s clear from this book and its two predecessors is that Laura Purcell is a master of her craft. She is steadily building a body of original work, within a specific subgenre, yet with each release distinctive and original from the last.”   In recent years, there seems to have been a resurgence in popularity …

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Book Review: Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape by Joshua Chaplinsky

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“The tremendous talent of a storyteller unafraid to challenge himself through alternative narrative structure, or point of view, or subject matter. No matter the challenge, Chaplinsky knocked it out of the park.”   Perhaps best known in literary circles as the Managing Editor of litreactor.com, and in horror circles as the brilliant brain behind self-published …

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Book Review: The Reddening by Adam Nevill

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“The Reddening is an intense, chokehold of a novel. It grips from the start and holds you down as it makes you consume the horrors within.”   It’s been two years since Adam Nevill’s last novel Under A Watchful Eye was released by Pan MacMillan. In that time, Nevill has seen his novel The Ritual …

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Book Review: Grind Your Bones to Dust by Nicholas Day

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“The perfect blend of character, voice and setting, Grind Your Bones to Dust is cause for celebration. As is an author whose tremendous ability as a storyteller is only growing with every publication.”   Nominated for both a This Is Horror Award and a Wonderland Award, Nicholas Day has produced work that is either bizarro, or horror, …

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Book Review: Whiskey and Other Unusual Ghosts by S. L. Edwards

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“…there’s much to recommend here, and it certainly marks Edwards as a name to watch in future. He clearly has a fertile imagination and the chops to carry his visions through to completion.”   In the past, collections tended to be something an author wold release only once they had become something of an established …

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Book Review: Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro

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“Assured, controlled, poetic and artistic but also grounded in recognisable realities—even while imbued with the fantastic—these stories are remarkable enough individually.” Back again with another fantastic release from Undertow Publications, and this time it’s the debut collection of Laura Mauro. For those not in the know, Laura has been writing/publishing professionally since about 2012. Her …

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Book Review: Pareidolia, edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth

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“Quiet, literary, and emotional throughout, these stories are varied and creative. Each contributor has taken the theme and ran with it, and in doing so, they show us horror can be found in just about any place and situation.”   Towards the end of 2017, Imposter Syndrome, one of the more impressive horror anthologies, was …

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Book Review: A Quiet Apocalypse by Dave Jeffery

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“Jeffery hasn’t reinvented the apocalyptic sub-genre … he has given us something fresh, exciting, and intriguing, that not only entertains from the first page to the last, but also forces us to open our hearts and minds to the plight of a minority.”   British horror author Dave Jeffery has written about zombies, werewolves, cryptids, …

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