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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 shoes not just proficiency but magic is a rare event. … 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

Fearful Symmetries by Ellen Datlow editor; ChiZine Publications; 2014; 357 pgs; $16.99 US (permalink)

A new book edited by Ellen Datlow is always a good opportunity to read some fine horror stories, especially when – as in the present case- it’s a non-themed anthology assembling only original material, which allows the authors  to contribute … Continue reading

Jul 2, 2014

Hellboy In Hell, Volume 1: The Descent by Mike Mignola; Dark Horse Comics; 2014; 144 pgs; $$17.99 US (permalink)

Hellboy goes exactly where he was made to be, quite against his will, in Mike Mignola’s latest epic, Hellboy In Hell, Volume 1: The Descent. When we last saw Hellboy, in 2012, he had discovered that he was a descendant … Continue reading

Jul 2, 2014

On Deadly Ground by Simon Clark; Endeavour Press; 2013; 676 pgs; $2.99 E-Book- US (permalink)

The apocalypse began when 19 year old, Rick Kennedy, was at his friend’s, Ben Cavellero’s party.  It was there when something weird happened to Rick while he was out in the woods looking for a gang that beat up one of … Continue reading

Jun 30, 2014

Frankenstorm by Ray Garton; Pinnacle; 2014; 359 pgs; $7.99 Paper US (permalink)

“It was a dark and stormy night.” I’m not sure if Ray Garton had used that old example of purple prose for inspiration or not, but if so, he sure did turn it into one heck of a thrilling and … Continue reading

Jun 20, 2014

The Blasted Lands: Seven Forges Book II by James A. Moore; Angry Robot; 2014; 400 pgs; $6.49 E-book / $ 7.19 Paper US (permalink)

Reading a James Moore novel is like following a map for buried treasure.  While the prize at the end is always precious, the joy of the reward is tied to the adventure seeking it.  In part, this is because Moore’s … Continue reading

Jun 12, 2014

Lineage: A Supernatural Tale by Joe Hart; Black Spine Books; 2012; 370 pgs; $3.99 E-Book- US (permalink)

Joe Hart’s, Lineage:  A Supernatural Thriller, is a novel inspired after the author read, Stephen Kings, The Shinning.  I’m guessing here, but I think Hart wanted to emulate Stephen King territory in terms of atmosphere and plotting.  The good news … Continue reading

Jun 2, 2014

Corrosion by Jon Bassoff; Dark Fuse; 2013; 254 pgs; $4.99 E-Book - US (permalink)

While there may not be anything more pleasurable than turning the lights down low, pouring a nice drink and then getting lost in a horror novel, sometimes it can become a case of too much of a good thing.  No … Continue reading

May 19, 2014