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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


Fear City by F. Paul Wilson; Tor; 2014; 368 pgs; $25.99 US (permalink)

When a good childhood friend moves away, one doesn’t want to admit you will likely never see him or her again, never create new good times, or experience wild new adventures. Sometimes, the chance is given to relish those last … Continue reading


Oct 5, 2014


Blood Paternal (Origins Of Blood – Book 1) by Janet Joyce Holden; Crossroad Press; 2014; 274 pgs; $3.99 US (permalink)

Vampire novels, they’re a dime a dozen.  Most of them all read the same, and most of them offer little more than what we’ve come to expect from the trope. In my opinion, there’s only one way to beat this … Continue reading


Oct 1, 2014


Alien: Sea Of Sorrows by James A. Moore; Titan Books; 2014; 352 pgs; $7.19 Paper, $6.59 E-Book US (permalink)

Alien: Sea Of Sorrows, Novel 2 in the Alien tie-In series, picks up about 100 years after the third Alien movie.  Ellen Ripley is still dead (though there is no mention of her clone) and the company she had worked … Continue reading


Sep 24, 2014


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