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Posted on: January 20th, 2016

Mama’s Boy is an intriguingly creepy psychological horror short story by Jon Griffin. Donna Black’s not feeling too hot for a number of reasons. A mother-in-law from hell coupled with a husband who wears blinkers where her behaviour is concerned and a rather scary clown doll that does a lot more than just sit on …Read More

Posted on: January 15th, 2016

A Head Full of Ghosts is Paul Tremblay’s first foray into mass market horror and what a notable debut it is. Eight-year-old Merry is telling us the story of her 14-year-old sister Marjorie who at first is thought to be experiencing schizophrenia but as we read it becomes clear that a mild form of “possession” …Read More

Posted on: January 14th, 2016

Killchain by Adam Baker is Infected books opening novella in their year of the Zombie series. Twelve authors, twelve zombie novellas and all to celebrate 15 years since the publication of Infected Books first novel, David Moody’s Autumn. Set within the same world as Baker’s bestselling novels Outpost, Terminus and Impact, Killchain takes place at …Read More

Posted on: January 13th, 2016

Trigger Warning is a short story and poem collection by Neil Gaiman intent on finding those little pressure points that cause the most unease and arouse reflection, maybe even disturb you a mite. There’s some little gems here but first I’ll explain why I like Gaimans wondrous prose and fascinating stories. He thoughtfully exploits the …Read More

Posted on: January 13th, 2016

Hell’s Bounty is a riotous and sometimes tortuous weird west horror gambol by the brothers Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale. We start with shadows and wingy things at the belfry, and a wooden box containing red lights burning hieroglyphic-like inscriptions. Quill has put many a man in Boot Hill cemetery, and as it …Read More

Posted on: January 13th, 2016

Kayley Sands commits the cardinal sin of late night revelry on the late night bus home after a gig, lulled by the comfortable back seat and droning vibration of the engine she dozes and dreams of home. Then, bit of a shock to say the least, she wakes disconcerted, someplace she really shouldn’t be then …Read More

Posted on: January 11th, 2016

Synopsis: A collection of unconnected short stories, novellas and poems, some old and some brand new, with introductory and biographical notes from King himself. Having read and reread my way through a substantial chunk of Stephen King’s impressive output over the years, I thought I knew just about what to expect when I opened his …Read More

Posted on: January 7th, 2016

How can I best describe The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker? Well, imagine the start being at one end of a swimming pool, and the swimming pool is filled with jelly (or jello to some) made from a cocktail of your favourite alcoholic spirits and liqueurs. And to reach the end you’ve got …Read More

Posted on: January 7th, 2016

I listened to the audio of Cabal by Clive Barker which comes in at fifteen minutes shy of seven hours and follows the disturbed protagonist Aaron Boone. Boone is a troubled man and is manipulated by his psychiatrist into thinking he’s a serial killer. This modern day witch doctor, Decker, doesn’t want to kill him …Read More

Posted on: January 4th, 2016

With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clearer by J.R. Hamantaschen is a bit of a mouthful of a title and I was expecting big things from this book which is probably an unfair way of approaching it. I’ve seen lots of positive things about With A Voice …Read More

Posted on: January 4th, 2016

Seed by Ania Ahlborn has been patiently sitting on my kindle waiting to be remembered until recently I came across the audiobook and at just over 6 hours immediately thought, yep that’s easily doable in a day, perfect. Seed is an almost perfect slow building horror, it plans and executes a clinical attack on your …Read More

Posted on: January 2nd, 2016

I’ve said before that Craig Saunders writing style fits succinctly with my inner core and A Strangers Grave is definitely one of my favourites. Elton Burlock is out of prison after a long 26 year stretch for murder, longer than it should have been but that’s something at the heart of his story, along with the reason …Read More

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015

Behind Closed Doors is a short story anthology from some of the UK’s premier and up and coming horror writers. Come and meet the residents of the Watch Tower apartment block, one of the most prestigious apartment blocks in the country and home to some of the most twisted, depraved people in this world. A …Read More

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015

I’ve been on a bit of a Craig Saunders splurge recently starting with The Estate, on to Rain and the final one being A Strangers Grave. And they just get better, dark fiction with a mixture of fascinating characters, occasionally funny moments, gripping plots but most of all just bloody good reads. Rain starts with …Read More

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015

‘It’s a mean old world, isn’t it?’ Beginning in 1953 The Incurables by Jon Bassoff is a character driven tale with its heart set in madness and its thoughts desperate for tranquillity amidst the Incurables of society. Thirty-two hundred lives he’d saved, give or take, and he wasn’t done yet. The famous Dr. Walter Freeman, the pioneer of the transorbital …Read More

Posted on: December 10th, 2015

Bryan Smith fills a bit of a void for me, well written horror with a sprinkling of sex that doesn’t require massive amounts of concentration, good fun basically. Strange Ways is typically formulaic for Bryan Smith, the plot felt like I’d read it before after the first ten pages and stories about witches are pretty …Read More

Posted on: December 9th, 2015

Night Music is the second in John Connolly’s Nocturnes series of dark and chilling short fiction. Contained within are 12 stories, two multiple award winning novellas and a final section, I Live Here where the author talks of his fictional and supernatural influences. My favourite story, the one that nudged past the others, as Mr …Read More

Posted on: December 7th, 2015

‘Some part of me didn’t make it back when I died.’ In The Estate, Craig Saunders gives us a fraught emotionally dark trip into the mind of a man scarred by loss, tainted by drug addiction, crippled from a heart attack and clinging to life through one thing, the love he bares for his wife. …Read More

Posted on: November 25th, 2015

In Sour Candy, Kealan Patrick Burke weaves a dread inducing psychological horror novella that seriously wreaks mayhem with your sanity. Phil Pendleton was more than willing to pay a visit to Wal-Mart to restock on chocolate sex rewards, the memory of Lori in pink silk undies (with leather paddle and ball gag, fun times) and …Read More

Posted on: November 25th, 2015

Michael McBride takes us back to the Rockies and once more we’re blind in the snow, we’re in the killing grounds, the panic is mounting and the tensiometer is pinging like a metal detector in a shipping container. Seven years ago John Avery’s girlfriend went on a skiing trip with friends, none of them were …Read More

Posted on: November 24th, 2015

Broken Chain by Lisa Von Biela is a worrying look at genetically modified food introduced into the food chain in the shape of soya products for animal feed and human consumption. Something is wrong, outbreaks of violence are becoming commonplace, livestock are dying prematurely, food is rotting before its sell-by date, send in the CDC …Read More

Posted on: November 20th, 2015

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty was released in 1971, we’ve all seen the subsequent film released in 1973, you might have read the book but an altogether different experience is guaranteed to scare the pants off you with the audiobook. Narrated by the author who won an Oscar for best writing/screenplay based on material …Read More

Posted on: November 19th, 2015

What the fuck can I say about Apeshit, well pretty often, almost as easy as the flip of a coin, the story went from flat-out batshit crazy to head shaking incredulous wonder. We have six college kids taking off for a break to a country retreat, one of the kids grandfather has died and left …Read More

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

Kamil is a medieval weapons collector and trader based in Prague, he’s lived in his flat for seven years, watched as slowly the hookers and pimps moved into his neighbourhood. He wondered what sort of losers pick up street girls, how desperate for sex the need would be to stoop so low. A young red …Read More

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

The Bad Apples crew are back with their second Halloween collection and they’ve added Kealan Patrick Burke to the mix, an assortment of six leading lights and promising voices in the world of horror. First up is Edward Lorn with Halloweekend, Dean Laymon opens the Horror House every year at Halloween for the visitors but …Read More

Posted on: November 12th, 2015

Volume 2 of Clive Barkers Books of Blood contains 5 positively delectable tales of terror starting with Dread, Quaid is a man who experiments with fear. He picks his test subject and forces them to realise their ultimate horror and how long it takes to get there but his own dread can’t stay hidden forever. …Read More

Posted on: November 1st, 2015

Shoebox is a horror short by Michael Bray. Lee Schofield discovers a shoebox in his back garden containing £180,000. Enough cash to rebuild his life and get his girl back, first job, get it hidden and then count it, after losing a litre of drool. This treasure-trove manifests as paranoia that creeps through his mind …Read More

Posted on: October 31st, 2015

Pentacle is the second supernatural novella from William Meikle based around Sigils carved into the skin and disturbing old houses, dark places that possess a certain power capable of disrupting the balance of time and space. Pentacle much like Broken Sigil explores the author’s creepy fascination with houses that possess something like a mythology, attracting …Read More

Posted on: October 30th, 2015

The Raping of Ava DeSantis by Mylo Carbia is a knockout ‘I Spit on your Grave’ style revenge horror that is perfectly paced and practically impossible to put down. The first chapter takes place in 2006 and a gentleman’s trip to a sex club, his new dominatrix takes things purposely too far and he ends …Read More

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015

Riverside Mobile Home Park in northern California is the first stop for internet porn mogul Steve Regent and his new pay per view porn site Trailer Park Girls. His new plush trailer contains a mini studio where he envisages the hottest trailer park girls will perform for cash on his tour to launch the website. …Read More

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