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Crooked House by Joe McKinney; Dark regions Press; 2013; 164 pgs; $16.95 paperback, $3.99 digital US (permalink)

I’m a sucker for a good haunted house story, and Joe McKinney’s Crooked House is more than good, although it leans a bit closer to psychological thriller territory than your traditional ghost story would. McKinney’s story finds Dr. Robert Bell, … Continue reading

Apr 19, 2014

The Woman Next Door by T.M. Wright; Crossroad Press; 2014 ; 208 pgs; $2.99 E-Book- US (permalink)

If you’re a David Lynch fan and enjoy the hell out of his movies – chances are that you are going to be mesmerized by T.M. Wright’s work.  If you’ve ever gotten high and viewed the world through a hallucinogenic … Continue reading

Apr 16, 2014

Snowblind by Christopher Golden; St. Martin's Press; 2014; 320 pgs; $10.99 E-Book- US (permalink)

I’ve been waiting patiently for years for a horror novel like Snowblind to come my way – a novel that I could crawl into, lose myself in, and forget that the rest of the world existed.  Call me nostalgic if … Continue reading

Apr 10, 2014

The Thing With Feathers by Norman Prentiss; White Noise Press; 2014; 25 pgs; $18.00 Paper US (permalink)

The word thing can usually be defined in two ways.  One definition would ascribe it to be an object without conscious life.  Another definition would pertain to its use when discussing matters or affairs.  In the title of Norm Prentiss’s, … Continue reading

Mar 31, 2014

The Drunken Exorcist by K. Trap Jones; Necro Publications; 2013; 100 pgs; $1.99 E-Book - US (permalink)

Poor Father Schnitt.  He’s an exorcist for the church and he can’t get any love.  His superiors aren’t very happy with him and his fellow priests all but ignore him, clamming up and looking the other way whenever he’s around.  … Continue reading

Mar 27, 2014

Hellboy: The First 20 Years by Mike Mignola; Dark Horse Comics; 2014; 136 pgs; $19.99 US (permalink)

Anyone who’s been reading my reviews knows what a mark I am for Mike Mignola. I’m a sucker for his work in general, since way back in his Rocket Raccoon, Incredible Hulk, and Alpha Flight days. But I’m more of … Continue reading

Mar 23, 2014

Chiral Mad 2 by Michael Bailey editor; Written Backwards; 2013; 424 pgs; $20.00 US (permalink)

Following the well received first volume “Chiral Mad 2″ is a mega-anthology of psychological horror ( more than 400 pages) assembling mostly original stories by both established masters of the genre and newcomers. Inevitably the quality of the contributions is extremely … Continue reading

Mar 19, 2014

I Have A Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand; Sourcebooks Fire; 2014; 256 pgs; $8.99 US (permalink)

I remember how it felt being schlupped off camp when I was a kid….lonely, lost among strangers, far from home, dangerous, hellish woodlands filled with ferocious, flesh-eating beasts hungering for my blood….at least there were no gangsters looking to shoot … Continue reading

Mar 19, 2014

FEDERALES by Christopher Irvin; One Eye Press; 2014; 128 pgs; $1.99 E-Book - US (permalink)

Though FEDERALES is a terrifying tale, it is not your typical horror tome.  Instead of blood, gore or extended bouts of extreme violence, the author masterfully assaults the readers with brooding atmosphere and credible characterization.  From the first pages of … Continue reading

Mar 19, 2014

Blackwater Lights by Michael M. Hughes; Hydra; 2013; 221 pgs; $2.99 E-Book - US (permalink)

In, Blackwater Lights, we meet Ray Simon, a man who has struggled with the remnants of unpleasant memories from his childhood.  Something happened long ago to Ray and his buddy, Kevin in Blackwater, West Virginia, when they were at some … Continue reading

Mar 15, 2014

Stuck On You by Jasper Bark; Crystal Lake Publishing; 2014; 60 pgs; $2.99 E-Book US (permalink)

Just when I thought I had seen it all in horror novels, along comes, Stuck On You.  The central premise in, Stuck On You, is one that is truly horrifying, but after we readers pull our jaws back up and … Continue reading

Mar 11, 2014

The Whisper Of Crows by Dan Foley; Create Space; 2012; 184 pgs; $4.99 E-Book US (permalink)

I’m betting that if you asked anyone whose has read Dan Foley’s, The Whispers of Crows, each and every one of them would agree on one thing…the man has some great ideas for stories.  Each of the 29 tales in … Continue reading

Mar 5, 2014

Dark Arts by Thomas F. Monteleone; Thunderstorm Books; 2013; $75.00 US (permalink)

In the introduction to the author’s first collection since FEARFUL SYMMETRIES, Jack Ketchum notes that Thomas Monteleone always uses the voice which is best suited to the story. If the reader has ever had the pleasure of witnessing Mr. Monteleone … Continue reading

Mar 4, 2014

Rose Of Sharon by Gary Braunbeck; Creative Guy Publishing; 2013; 310 pgs; $2.99 E-Book, $12.25 Paper US (permalink)

There may not be a dark fiction author living today who chronicles the human condition in prose better than Gary Braunbeck.  All you need to do is read Braunbeck’s autobiography of sorts (To Each Their Darkness) to know that the … Continue reading

Feb 25, 2014

Best Little Witch-House in Arkham by Mark McLaughlin; Wildside Press; 2013; 219 pgs; $14.99 US (permalink)

As you can tell by this title, this is a collection of H.P. Lovecraft tales. Personally, I never cared much for Lovecraft’s work – they are too wordy, too New England and the monsters and demons all fourteen letter names. … Continue reading

Feb 20, 2014

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice; Gallery Books; 2013; 337 pgs; $25.99 US (permalink)

When does an author step out of his mentor’s (or parent’s) shadow and bask in a praise that is well deserved and earned on his own merit?  Christopher Rice’s readers just might forget who his mother is after THE HEAVENS … Continue reading

Feb 20, 2014

Definitely Not Kansas: Book One of the Nocturnia Chronicles by F. Paul Wilson & Tom Monteleone; Borderlands & Gauntlet Press; 2013; 303 pgs; $40.00 US (permalink)

We’re definitely not home anymore and I doubt Dorothy would last a minute in Nocturnia. Welcome to a world that would make Oz seem utopian and where munchkins would likely find themselves on a menu in this imaginative, fascinating story, … Continue reading

Feb 20, 2014

Dolly and other stories by Peter Dudar; Evil Jester Press; 2013; 168 pgs; $2.99 E-Book, $9.99 Paper US (permalink)

Peter Dudar’s, Requiem For Dead Flies, released in 2012, was one of my favorite horror novel reads of that year. The narrative was coolly introspective, the plot involving, and the chills were old school and genuine. Last year’s, Blood Cult … Continue reading

Feb 18, 2014