Category: book reviews

Dead Woman Scorned by Michael Clark

Every great story needs an origin story and what Clark has done here with Dead Woman Scorned (the follow-up book to his quite brilliant The Patience of a Dead Man) is something down right masterful. Not only has Clark been able to develop and add to his existing story of Tim and Holly – he’s

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Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor is one hell of a creepy offering, one that is full of dread and menace but one which is also intrinsically beautiful in the macabre – this in part is due to the masterful storytelling one comes to expect from Taylor. Given her beautifully crafted vision that was Little Paranoias

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Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

Night of the Mannequins is a descent into madness at the hand of a masterful and unique storyteller. Straight off the bat I have to say that Night of the Mannequins is nothing like I expected it to be. The cover illustration, the B-Movie font, even the title of the book all allude to something

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Salt Blood by T.C. Parker

T.C. Parker delivers the creeping unease of past masters with a story that is as beguiling as it is terrifying – Salt Blood is a story that keeps on giving from the very first page! Salt Blood is an interesting concept for a book and one that seems far removed from the brooding cover (although

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Unbecoming Me and Other Interruptions by Christopher Stanley

Christopher Stanley is an author who when he releases a book I go straight out and purchase it, such is the quality that he brings to the table with ever outing. There are only three other authors that I do that with; Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Donald Ray Pollock, Kealan Patrick Burke, Gemma Amor and

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Curfew by Kev Harrison

When I first read Kev Harrison earlier this year (The Balance) I was blown away by his offering, and I made it a conscious effort to support and follow this very talented writer, so I was delighted to see that Demain Publishing (who have published him previously – Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could

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Hell Ward by James Sale

I’m not a huge fan of poetry, okay I’ve said it. I don’t know what it is, there’s something about the artform that I struggle with, it may have underlining issues with how this was dealt with at my secondary school and the bullying that took place in the classroom from my teacher and directed

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Buried With The Night by Syon Das

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that comes with a warning before, but that’s what we get with Buried With The Night from Syon Das – a warning that this book contains descriptions of violence that some may find disturbing, that explicit language is used freely and that reader discretion is advised. It

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – Folio Society Edition

There are some books that I believe deserve the Folio Society makeover and Jurassic Park is just one of those books. Folio have excelled themselves with this new edition of the 1990 bestseller from Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park holds a dear place in the hearts of people my age (cough, cough) who as youngsters were

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Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

I love finding a book by an author that I know nothing about, and that is the case for Penpal and Dathan Auerbach. I put out a request near my birthday for some horror books to purchase and one person recommended Penpal. They said that it freaked them out no end and well, with a

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