Category: book reviews

The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers

Moving and exhilarating, tender and slyly witty, The Perfect Golden Circle is a captivating novel about the futility of war, the destruction of the English countryside, class inequality – and the power of beauty to heal trauma and fight power. Benjamin Myers is in my opinion one of the greatest British voices in fiction. His previous works

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Metronome by Tom Watson

This was a book that had a great premise, and thankfully it had the payoff to match. Sometimes books have a great premise but the execution leaves us wanting, this book though leaves everything on the page and fills our hunger for what we are promised from the outset. Not all that is hidden is

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – The Folio Edition

I was told by a few people to read this book, many of those people also told me that this book changed their lives and the way they approached horror. Others said that this book is a must-read that delivers horror in a way no other book has. High praise indeed! So, when Folio Society

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Mischief Acts by Zoe Gilbert – Exclusive Extract

The following is an exclusive extract from Zoe Gilbert’s latest offering, the wonderous Mischief Acts – thank you to Bloomsbury Books for allowing us to showcase this small taster from a book that we are sure will be on everyone reading list soon. H e r n e  T h e  H u n t

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Are You Enjoying? by Mira Sethi

Are You Enjoying? by Mira Sethi paints a fresh image of Pakistan that inverts traditional assumptions, offering a funny, complicated and nuanced portrayal of the country. There is a great challenge to breaking away from the past, which many of the characters encounter. The short story collection uses relationships (romantic and otherwise) to explore the

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Goblin by Josh Malerman

A masterclass in atmospheric and small town horror – welcome to Goblin. I love the use of the elements to elicit a reaction from my readers, Juniper was scorching heat, Tome was constant rain, my third book in my Juniper series will have plenty of… you’ll have to wait and see! The elements is an

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Best Collections 2021

I’m a huge fan of the short story, and I try to read as many as I can each year, this year has been another great journey into this world. I also find that short story collections (single-authored ones) are also a great way to discover new talent, a way to test drive a creative

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Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca

STORGY’s Novella of the Year 2021 ‘Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke is a masterpiece of disturbing fiction, utterly beguiling and beautifully horrific. Eric LaRocca is one of the brightest minds writing horror today!’ This is the emergence of a masterful storyteller and a book that is destined for greatness – don’t sleep

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Best Novellas 2021

There is something special about horror and dark fiction that is best seen in the short form and the novella is the key to unlocking those horrors of the mind, that lets them run free and haunt you long after the book is finished, here is my top picks of 2021 which has been a

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Ghoul N’ The Cape by Josh Malerman

STORGY’S NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2021 Utterly brilliant – a masterpiece of epic proportions! Well, how can one describe something so brilliant? It’s the task I have now and one that I love to do, but describing this book that traverses genre with ease is going to be a tough task, but I feel after

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