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Horror Library, Volume 5 by Edited by R.J. Cavender & Boyd E. Harris; Cutting Block Press; 2013; 352 pgs; $16.95 US (permalink)

Anthologies are generally a mixed bag, and reader reaction will vary depending on the authors involved, the stories selected, and the vagaries of personal taste. Horror Library, Volume 5 has some outstanding stories, but, for the most part, this particular … Continue reading

Sep 16, 2014

Ghost Heart by Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro; Dark Regions Press; 2014; 167 pgs; $14.95 US (permalink)

A young boy embarks on a heroic quest to save his parents crumbling marriage in GHOST HEART, the new Young Adult novel by Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro. Ochse and Navarro are best known as horror authors, but they’ve teamed … Continue reading

Sep 16, 2014

Secrets-Outcast by John LIttle, Mark Allan Gunnells; JS Publishing; 2014; 257 pgs; $6.00 E-Book- US (permalink)

Secrets and Outcast are the latest release in the Doubledown Series from Journalstone Publishing that contains two novella’s sharing a theme.  The tie that binds these two novellas is a scene of a young man and young girl trespassing through … Continue reading

Sep 5, 2014

Blood For The Sun by Errick A. Nunnally; Spence City; 2014; 305 pgs; $4.99 E-Book - US (permalink)

The mere mention of vampires on the covers of a book is usually enough for me to push the book away, and when I read the synopsis on the back of this novel my eyes rolled…the commentary on the back … Continue reading

Aug 27, 2014

The Box Jumper by Lisa Mannetti; N/A; 2014; 160 pgs; $N/A US (permalink)

Some of the most enjoyable historical dark fiction I’ve read over the past few years has come from the pen of Lisa Mannetti.  With prose that is intriguing, literary, and always inviting, Mannetti is one of a few authors that … Continue reading

Aug 21, 2014

Cravings by Joan VanderPutten; Necon E-Books; 2013; 292 KB pgs; $4.99 E-Book - US (permalink)

Necon E-Books has assembled ten of Joan VanderPutten’s horror tales into this rather short but sweet collection with stories ranging from subtle terror to balls out horror. While the majority of these stories are more than effective at sending shivers … Continue reading

Aug 12, 2014

Bad Mojo by Shane Berryhill; Ragnarok Publications; 2014; 217 pgs; $3.99 E-Book- US (permalink)

Shane Berryhill’s novel is set in the present day, integrated city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which he affectionately calls, The Nooga. By integrated, I’m not referring to mixed races, rather it’s more like mixed species. The author has created a world … Continue reading

Aug 7, 2014

Open Wounds by Brandon Ford; Create Space; 2014; 282 pgs; $9.77 US (permalink)

Kate Montgomery is fourteen years old, and moving from California to Philadelphia due to her parents’ break-up. Her mother has had enough with Kate’s drunkard father, and it’s the last straw when he hits her in a drunken rage. Pam, … Continue reading

Aug 6, 2014

Monster & Madman by Steve Niles (Writer), Damien Worm (Illustrator); IDW Publishing; 2014; 104 pgs; $17.99 US (permalink)

Steve Niles is forever a mystery to me. The man had one (ONE!) great idea (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), which was thoroughly destroyed by terrible execution, yet he continues to hack out awful work, regurgitating other (Better) stories, and he … Continue reading

Aug 6, 2014

Horror Guide To Massachusetts by Scott and David Goudsward; Post Mortem Press; 2014; 322 pgs; $17.00 US (permalink)

The Brothers Goudsward have put together THE definitive guide to all things horror in the State of Massachusetts. This book is chock full of facts, rumors, innuendos, movie and literature references, and hell, you name it, of just about everything … Continue reading

Jul 29, 2014

The Boneyard by Keith Minnion; Bad Moon Books; 2014; 320 pgs; $35 Hardcover. $18.95 TPB US (permalink)

Creative souls often are fluent in one medium and dabble in others. Authors play in bands, musicians paint, artists write stories and poetry. Yet usually, to find an individual who shows not just proficiency but magic is a rare event. Keith … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

Double Feature: A Novel by Owen King; Gauntlet Press; 2014; 448 pgs; $65 Signed Numbered Edition (signature by King & Scott Snyder) US (permalink)

There’s another King in the house. Seriously? First, the father of modern horror and all things best-selling, Stephen Then wife Tabitha hit the scene and showed she was a force to be reckoned with. Joe Hill follows with his own brand … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

The Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland by Joe Hill (Author), Charles Paul Wilson III (Artist); IDW Publishing; 2014; 172 pgs; $29.99 US (permalink)

Joe Hill’s creepy antagonist Charles Talent Manx III, villain of his brilliant novel NOS4A2 returns for a prequel/origin story in IDW’s The Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland. I really can’t stress enough what a huge “Get” this book is for IDW. … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

Never Alone by C.J. Carpenter; Midnight Ink; 2014; 360 pgs; $11.97 TPB US (permalink)

Detectives, serial killers, and family business. What’s new to say or do in the mystery/thriller genre that hasn’t already been done to death a million time? Thankfully, debut author C.J. Carpenter has entered the ring with NEVER ALONE, a book … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

Blind Vengence by Barry Hoffman; Borderlands Press; 2014; 303 pgs; $40 Signed Limited US (permalink)

Quality dark female characters in fiction are very rare to encounter.Turning that character into a believable positive force takes a skill that few writers can pull off without having the reader bail out. Back in 1997, Barry Hoffman produced one … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

Ancient Enemy by Mark Lukens; Amazon Digital Services; 2013; 230 pgs; $2.99 E-Book- US (permalink)

In the Badlands of New Mexico all hell has erupted at an archaeological dig. Its members are trapped and being picked off one by one by an entity that likes to play with its victims. This entity is asking them … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

Cozzy’s Question by Bob Booth and Matt Bechtel; White Noise Press; 2014; 21 pgs; $15.00 US (permalink)

A bit of background for those not familiar with Necon (www.campnecon.com).  Camp Necon has been around since 1980 and was the brainchild of Bob Booth (Papa Booth).   Bob was a writer, editor and convention organizer.  He passed away last … Continue reading

Jul 14, 2014

Piercing The Darkness: A Charity Anthology for The Children’s Literacy Initiative by Edited by Craig Cook; Necro Publications; 2014; 424 pgs; $15.95 US (permalink)

I’m a sucker for a charity anthology, and when one comes along with a line-up of talent like this, you’d think it’d be a pretty safe bet that it’d be a good read, right? Wrong. This was not a good … Continue reading

Jul 14, 2014