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Posted on: October 12th, 2017

It’s been many years since a book has been released on the work of Stephen King that featured a compilation of essays and short pieces about the horror master’s work from scholars and his contemporaries alike. Works like FEAR ITSELF & KINGDOM OF FEAR were made popular in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s by …Read More

Posted on: October 11th, 2017

The year 2017 has certainly proved to be the Year of King with the releases of IT and THE DARK TOWER on the big screen as well as GERALD’S GAME, MR. MERCEDES and THE MIST on the small screen, not to mention several new limited edition releases and books released about the master of horror. …Read More

Posted on: October 5th, 2017

It’s difficult to rate a work of fiction that has multiple contributors. The Lovecraft Squad—Waiting is the brainchild of esteemed editor Stephen Jones. Jones conceived a premise in which a law enforcement agency, the Human Protection League, acronym HPL, polices Lovecraftian supernatural activity. This covert division of the FBI is also known simply as The …Read More

Posted on: September 14th, 2017

Shadows and Teeth Volume 3 is the latest in a horror anthology series published by Darkwater Syndicate. There are some familiar authors included whose books I have covered before, including Guy N. Smith, Adam Millard and Richard Ayre. The ten stories in the collection bring us a variety of scares without an overarching theme throughout …Read More

Posted on: August 29th, 2017

You might not know Eric Red the author, but you’ll certainly be aware of his screenwriting. He is best known for two horror classics, Near Dark and The Hitcher. The Wolves of El Diablo is the follow up to his first book in The Men Who Walk Like Wolves series. The first book, The Guns …Read More

Posted on: August 14th, 2017

List books of scariest films are a fairly well treaded area of horror movie non-fiction. The 101 Scariest Movies Ever Made tackles this with a fresh perspective and an up-to-date list of films. The presentation is well structured and concise. It also contains a foreword by Herschell Gordon Lewis. You will find the titles you …Read More

Posted on: August 7th, 2017

Anita is an inexperienced, young art appraiser who jumps at the opportunity to catalog an artist’s collection following his death. The reclusive artist painted abundantly. He left such an extensive collection that Anita has to spend several days at his remote coastal home. There is no phone service or WiFi. It’s a daunting task to …Read More

Posted on: July 31st, 2017

Torture is the newest viral sensation. We are introduced to a Japanese torture game show streaming on the internet. As we meet our protagonist, he’s strapped to a chair including face restraint and mouth held open. It’s a graphic and disturbing situation from the beginning and that sets the tone for the book. It’s an …Read More

Posted on: July 30th, 2017

When Stephen King’s novel Cujo made it to the big screen, it made a huge impact. Man’s best friend had betrayed us, and even more so because it was the lovable St. Bernard breed, renowned for helping people. I’m sure that after watching Cujo, people were taking a second look at dogs and wondering. The …Read More

Posted on: July 13th, 2017

The Method is an unconventional couples therapy retreat that Frank and Linda hear about from some friends who attended. The treatment saved their relationship. Frank and Linda decide this might be what they need to reconnect and save their marriage. The treatment is expensive and as it turns out, not just financially so. The setting …Read More

Posted on: July 9th, 2017

Ed Savage and the Savage Murders Trilogy is exactly what a thriller should be – suspenseful, packed with surprises and totally implausible. Here Bryan Roberts serves up a murder mystery that’s difficult to put down. A complex story of sketchy pasts and vengeance, it provides pulpy fun in abundance. Mindless entertainment doesn’t come better than …Read More

Posted on: June 21st, 2017

At The Cemetery Gates is a collection of 14 short stories. As the title suggests, the stories are all linked by the theme of death, dying, or being recently deceased. Cemetery Gates is also the name of the publisher (see what they did there?). A major strength of the book is the variety of the …Read More

Posted on: June 7th, 2017

A new designer drug, Intenze, is on the market. The experience of taking it is called Edging. Unlike any other drugs, Edging gives you a brief but terrifying reality-bending experience, along with an adrenaline rush that can’t be beaten. Taking Intenze is like a watching a horror film while riding a roller coaster. It’s also …Read More

Posted on: May 21st, 2017

To say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover was probably never less relevant than with horror paperbacks from the 70s and 80s. This time period offered the most insane covers, enticing you to untold nightmares inside. In those days of pre-Internet, pre-blogs, and widespread reviews you’d find a book just by browsing the …Read More

Posted on: May 8th, 2017

Kate’s father didn’t even wait for his wife’s death before starting an affair. He’s been seeing Gillian on the side while his wife fades away from cancer. This is too much for Kate to take. Our story begins in the aftermath of Kate’s attack on her father’s mistress. This is just the beginning of the …Read More

Posted on: April 13th, 2017

Blumhouse has been leading the way in horror production lately with big box office successes like The Conjuring, Split, and Get Out. I hadn’t realised that they were lending their name to novels too now. James DeMonaco, the writer/director of the hit, The Purge, gives us Feral, a horror book from the Blumhouse Books stable. …Read More

Posted on: April 2nd, 2017

Demons is the first book in a new series surrounding a detective. With his move to the London Metropolitan Police, Detective Inspector Daniel Graves is unfortunately getting more familiar with seeing dead bodies. A particularly gruesome late night murder falls to him and his partner to investigate. Catherine is a freelance demonologist, assisted by Marcus. …Read More

Posted on: March 19th, 2017

It’s time to go back to summer camp and the 1980s with Kill River by Cameron Roubique. It’s a familiar setting even for this English reviewer who’s never been to camp. There have been so many American slasher and comedy movies in that setting, it’s like a home away from home. Cyndi is sent to Camp Kiwaba …Read More

Posted on: March 18th, 2017

It’s a late night in a sleepy English town’s police station when all hell breaks loose. Jackals begins when three individuals enter the police station and brutally murder and then behead everyone inside. A unique sigil is painted in blood on the police station wall as a calling card and message. This sets the tone …Read More

Posted on: March 5th, 2017

Frank Martin brings us two short stories featuring classic monsters. In Skin Deep, Laura is a high school track star with great potential. Her wealthy parents dote on her. It’s not quite the same for her older sister, Jessica. The girls’ overprotective parents refuse to let Jessica go on a study abroad trip, and Jessica’s …Read More

Posted on: March 4th, 2017

In Burning Down Paradise, Eric Kapitan brings us something pretty unique. The text is delivered entirely as a poem, and this was not a style I’d come across before. Before reading further, put away any preconceptions you have about poetry, because this is not what you might expect. This story about evil, begins with the …Read More

Posted on: February 20th, 2017

As the author of Frightmares states in the introduction, British horror cinema has been much maligned. Horror is seen as even more of a third class genre than in the United States. There is the expectation that British cinema should be serious high drama. Throwing in the persecution of horror by the BBFC and their …Read More

Posted on: February 19th, 2017

This story has quite an interesting background. It was discovered on the /NoSleep section on Reddit and became a viral Creepypasta success. Now an expanded version of Christopher Maxim’s short story is available as an ebook. We meet a single father whose infant son is exhibiting some strange behavior. The four month old never cries …Read More

Posted on: February 17th, 2017

Right from the start you know that Nadya is one tough cookie. It only takes a few pages before she’s killed someone. She’s part of a tough Russian gang in London, sent by her boss to find out who killed fellow gang members during a drug deal gone wrong. After Nadya has dished out a …Read More

Posted on: February 5th, 2017

The Final Masquerade anthology starts with a bang with a story about professional killers who take out the terminally ill. It has a great slasher vibe and focuses on the artistry of the kill. Other stories of note include an unexpectedly sexy tree, a very unusual washing machine repairman, and a suicide prevention hotline worker …Read More

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017

Subterranean Press brings us Infernal Parade, the latest offering from legendary author, Clive Barker. Similar to Tortured Souls, these are the back stories to a range of McFarland figures created in conjunction with Clive Barker. These stories, originally crafted for the 2004 release of the figures, are now brought together into one complete collection. The …Read More

Posted on: January 10th, 2017

This short story is one third of an anthology called The Chicken (or 3 Weird Tales). In A Slinking Agent, the author brings us to New Orleans at a very unique time in history. It’s 1919 and the decadent city is on the verge of Prohibition. The rise of the religious right is changing the …Read More

Posted on: January 10th, 2017

This recent offering from Edward Lee, Terra Insanus, is a collection of four short stories. Reader beware: this is Edward Lee at his foulest, most depraved, and perverse and it’s important that you know that going in! The whole collection is a pretty quick read. The Stick Woman: This is a strong opening to the …Read More

Posted on: January 9th, 2017

A top secret government project is being transported across country. During a heavy snowstorm in Colorado, a traffic accident involving the transport truck causes the release of a monster. Immediately, carnage ensues. The National Guard and FBI arrive on the scene along with local law enforcement. Unfortunately, the beast has escaped near the small town …Read More

Posted on: January 4th, 2017

David Gosnell’s The Wielder: Betrayal is the first instalment of a planned six stories centred around the immortal protagonist, Arthur MacInerney, and the burdens that come with his endless existence. Cursed with the ‘gift’ of not being able to die, Arthur is forced to watch those he cares about grow old and pass away while …Read More

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