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Down There by Keith Minnion (permalink)

We all know Keith Minnion, artist and publisher (White Noise Press), but did you know that Keith is also an author?  His first collection, IT’S FOR YOU, is one of my favorites.  He also authored ISLAND FUNERAL and THE BONEYARD. … Continue reading

Nov 6, 2017

The Winter Tree by Alison Littlewood; White Noise Press; 2016; 22 pgs; $18.00 US (permalink)

No one forgets their first love. Their first kiss. Their first declaration of love. Arthur Geddes, already engaged to another, is haunted by these memories. Has he made a mistake and asked the wrong woman? The answers lie under THE … Continue reading

Jun 28, 2016

Carnival of The Damned by Edited by Henry Snider; Evil Jester Press; 2014; 179 pgs; $2.99 E-Book US (permalink)

Carnival of The Damned is the third circus/carnival related anthology for review that has come across my desk in the last six months.  I had read the other two prior to Carnival of The Damned, and I was highly disappointed … Continue reading

Jan 14, 2015

Qualia Nous by Edited by Michael Bailey; Written Backwards Press; 2014; 448 pgs; $18.00 US (permalink)

The Qualia Nous horror anthology (edited by Michael Bailey and published by Written Backward Press) is quite the horror tome weighing in with 30 stories and poems, all of which having firm roots in science fiction.  The anthologies content appears to … Continue reading

Dec 23, 2014

Kumquat by Jeff Strand; 2014; 265 pgs; $3.99 (Digital), $9.99 (Paperback) US (permalink)

There are not many authors that I like enough that I would read a romantic comedy. Jeff Strand is one of the rare breed that I would follow anywhere, though. So when I found out that his latest, KUMQUAT, is, … Continue reading

Dec 7, 2014

The Lilitu by Toby Tate; Permuted Press; 2015; 85 pgs; $N/A US (permalink)

Those familiar with Toby Tate’s prior work will be delighted to learn that, The Lilitu, a new novella release from the author features two of his most popular characters, Olivia, and Gabrielle Lincoln. For those unfamiliar with Tate’s earlier novels, … Continue reading

Dec 5, 2014

Once Upon An Apocalypse by Rachel Kenley and Scott T. Goudsward - Editors; Chaosium Inc.; 2014; 192 pgs; $14.95 US (permalink)

Just when you thought that there was nothing new between the pages of a zombie book, Once Upon An Apocalypse comes shuffling along.  This anthology collects 23 stories that are a mash-up of zombies and fairy tales. Yes, fairy tales. … Continue reading

Nov 25, 2014

Darkness Ad Infinitum by Edited by Shawna Bernard, Matt Edginton, Alandice A. Anderson, & Parker Michael; Villipede Publications; 2014; 312 pgs; $14.19 US (permalink)

Each year, anthologies hit the shelves in greater numbers which tends to water down the quality of the stories and stretches themes into mere suggestions. Not everyone can be Ellen Datlow or Paula Guran and cull the best stories from … Continue reading

Nov 24, 2014

Pumpkin Cinema: The Best Movies For Halloween by Nathaniel Tolle; Schiffer Books; 2014; 176 pgs; $24.99 US (permalink)

It’s the moooost wonderful tiiiime…of the year!!!  I love Halloween. I mean, I LOOOOVE HALLOWEEN. I’m not one of those “Go nuts and decorate the entire house and piss off your whole neighborhood” Halloween lovers, but I am one of … Continue reading

Nov 20, 2014

The Lord Came at Twilight by Daniel Mills; Dark Renaissance Books; 2014; 230 pgs; $18.95 US (permalink)

New England native Daniel Mills is the author of bunch of horror stories so far scattered in various journals and anthologies and of a novel entitled Revenants, published by the small British imprint Chomu Press. The present collection assembles fourteen stories … Continue reading

Nov 20, 2014

The Wake by Scott Snyder (Author), Sean Murphy (Illustrator); DC Comics; 2014; 258 pgs; $24.99 US (permalink)

Once in a while, a book comes along that makes you question all that you hold dear. “Was that a work of genius, and I’m retarded…? Or was that a bunch of crap, and I’m still as smart as I … Continue reading

Nov 20, 2014

Dark Screams, Volume One by Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, Ramsey Campbell; Hydra; 2014; $2.99 (E-book) US (permalink)

DARK SCREAMS, VOLUME ONE is the first e-book in a planned series, featuring new short stories by noteworthy Horror authors, as well as a handful of rarely-seen classic tales.  This initial volume features five stories, four of them brand new, … Continue reading

Nov 20, 2014

The Janus Demon by R. E. Dent; Great Old Ones; 2014; 282 pgs; $11.03 Paper US (permalink)

Reading fantasy novels is usually problematic for me.  I have the same comprehension problems with fantasy as I do with science fiction; there are too many unpronounceable names, too many unpronounceable otherworlds, and too many unpronounceable type of species for … Continue reading

Nov 17, 2014

Case White by Thomas Sullivan; Crossroad Press; 2014; 348 pgs; $4.99 E-Book US (permalink)

While there have been many fictional accounts written of the ties between Nazism and the occult most of them have been pulp reads with themes so over the top that Hitler’s preoccupation with the supernatural is often reduced to a … Continue reading

Nov 7, 2014

Factory Town by John Bassoff; DarkFuse; 2014; 212 pgs; $6.99 E-Book US (permalink)

This is one wild book.  For starters, like his previous novel, Corrosion, the author has never met a set of quotation marks he liked.  Even in dialog, you may ask?  Nope, not even in dialog.  Sentences just run along; dialog … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2014

Hell Comes To Hollywood II by Various Author's; Big Time Books; 2014; 374 pgs; $3.82 E-Book US (permalink)

Hell Comes To Hollywood II, is a collection of themed stories that deal with the dark side of movie making (well, for the most part it does, some of these tales deal with the peripheries of the business).  On the … Continue reading

Oct 20, 2014

No Songs for the Stars by Mary SanGiovanni; White Noise Press; 2014; 20 pgs; $15.00 US (permalink)

Owen Nelson Offrey kills children.  No, he doesn’t just kill them – what he does is far worse.  He doesn’t deny it – a slam dunk case; except Lt. Gina Maldonado and her partner, Lt. Joe Campion discover that it’s … Continue reading

Oct 13, 2014

Martuk…The Holy: Proseuche by Johnathan Winn; CreateSpace; 2014; 442 pgs; $2.99 E-Book US (permalink)

Have you ever finished a book, put it down, and then asked yourself, what in the hell did I just read? Granted, you usually don’t wait until the end of a book to ask yourself some variation of that question, … Continue reading

Oct 8, 2014