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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


Deep Like The River by Tim Waggoner; Dark regions Press; 2014; 76 pgs; $10.95 (Paperback), 2.99 (Digital) US (permalink)

Following the tragic death of her infant daughter and the subsequent collapse of her marriage, Allie is taken on a canoeing day-trip by her sister Carin, with bonding and emotional healing being the order of the day. The pair are … Continue reading


Jul 2, 2014


13 Quick Shivers; Cosmonomic Multimedia LLC; 2013; 40 pgs; $10.00 US (permalink)

The Daily Nightmare, at dailynightmare.com, is an online repository of reader-contributed nightmares. Their recent publication, 13 Quick Shivers, is supposed to be the first installment of an annual series, and if the quality can be kept to the high level … Continue reading


Jul 2, 2014


British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw; Palgrave MacMillan; 2013; 234 pgs; $28.00 US (permalink)

Old mansions with dark, cobwebbed secret passages, mad relatives chained up in dank basements, sinister noblemen with evil intentions….all these and more spring to mind upon hearing the word “Gothic”. Author Barry Forshaw’s exhaustive study, British Gothic Cinema, delivers all … Continue reading


Jul 2, 2014