Category: book reviews

I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood

Pushing the boundaries of the traditional whodunnit tale, I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood is a remarkable story of grief and memory. “When I remember my life before, I am really reimagining it, in flashes, in tiny abstract glimpses. And in that memory,  I compose my own rhythm close enough to match the

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Sinister Mix by Brian Bowyer

Sinister Mix has every trigger warning / content warnings under the sun – but that’s to be expected from a master of extreme horror! I just wanted you to know that before you head in… because you might not come out the way you started. I’ve read four of Brian’s books now and this one,

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Billy Summers by Stephen King

So, another year, another Stephen King book – it’s become somewhat of a highlight for me, that oh so special time another book drops. Of course we get the usual folks bemoaning about how King isn’t scary anymore, how his writing sucks, how he’s just a cash cow for his publisher and churning out mediocre

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Spontaneous Human Combustion by Richard Thomas

‘Transgressive, dark and masterfully written – with ‘Spontaneous Human Combustion’ Thomas forces the reader to run the gamut of human emotions. With beguiling and devastating prose one can’t help but see the beauty in the macabre morsels Thomas has given us to consume. A truly breathtaking collection.’ Repent – I don’t know whether it’s because

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Autotomy Cocktail by Zachary Ashford

What a wild ride this story was. I’ve read a few things by Ashford and the guy just keeps getting better and better (I also had the pleasure and honour of reading his upcoming novella – which is mind-blowing – check that out when it drops). But we’re here to talk about ‘Autotomy Cocktail’ –

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An Invitation to Darkness by Hailey Piper

An Invitation to Darkness was a beautifully written gothic romp of a book and I bloody loved it. The setting itself is truly magical and in Piper’s hand she turns that magic into black magic – the darkness swells in this story and it pretty much comes out of nowhere. Was I ready for the

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Pearl by Josh Malerman

‘Pearl’ by Josh Malerman is a masterpiece, that’s right, I said it. Formally known as ‘On This, The Day of The Pig’ and given a limited edition release, ‘Pearl’ is a rebranding of sorts, it is now publishing through Del Rey Books and I for one am thrilled by this news, as it means a

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The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by Eric LaRocca

Two of these stories had appeared in a limited edition (now super rare book) ‘A Bright Enchanted Suffering’ which Eric pulled from publication at the very moment it was about to go live. So I’d read those two before, but I was very excited to see if the other stories he’d been compiling would stand

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Below by Kev Harrison

Well Kev Harrison has done it again – another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me! He’s crafted a delightfully dark and mischievous tale of caving, or exploring and folklore – the Knockers are something I know about from my own research and was delighted to see them mentioned in this story. With prose that is quick and

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Slattery Falls by Brennan LaFaro

A vengeful spirit, an urban legend that goes back to the 1800’s and a group of friends that are ghost hunters – well ghost thrill seekers would be a better description… if that sounds something you’re interested in then read on my friends, read on! I was very excited to read this book when I

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