Category: book reviews

Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman

An impressive debut novel that sees reality and fantasy entwine, Something Like Breathing proves that Readman has what it takes to produce a distinctive, full-length piece of work. However, her background as a short story writer features prominently throughout the book; each word, each image, each scene and minor character, has a heartfelt purpose. No

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The Case of the Giant Carnivorous Worm by Thomas E. Staples

The Case of the Giant Carnivorous Worm (CGCW hereafter) is that rare breed of thing in the horror genre: an action comedy that is actually funny. While this is indeed more common in horror movies it is less frequently seen in the written word. Thomas E. Staples in his debut horror novel manages to pull

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry. There, women get the very best of everything: organic meals, fitness trainers, daily massages and big money. Provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future.

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And The House Lights Dim by Tim Major

Tim Major has published numerous science fiction and horror short stories in magazines including Interzone; three novels, including Snakeskins, which was published this year to critical acclaim; and the novella Caius and Mitch, which is reprinted here in House Lights. This is his first short story collection. Most of the stories in this collection have

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Gumshoe Blues by Paul D. Brazill

GumShoe Blues is Brit Grit and self-proclaimed “screwball noir” author Paul D. Brazill’s latest novelette, completed with a few short stories shedding light on some of the characters and events. The result is dark, witty, farcical and thoroughly entertaining. The story follows its detective anti-hero Peter Ord on his numerous missions. “Ordy”, as the unsavoury

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William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future & Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

These two titles join the ever increasing collection of books written by Ian Doescher (which also include the Star Wars Collection). He has a passion for bringing the Shakespearian to best loved American films, iconic and pop culture films, playing on our love of the good old days – I wouldn’t be too shocked to

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The Offing by Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers is the author of a great many titles of which includes the hugely successful ‘The Gallows Pole‘ which was originally published by Bluemoose Books – many awards, plaudits and fans of his fiction shortly followed, cementing him as a new and exciting voice in fiction. It was only a matter of time before

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Green Valley by Louis Greenberg

A timely novel which makes the reader question their place in our modern, technological, world, Green Valley offers a unique comment on society via the use of its fast-paced plot and bold characters. As we begin to take a look at how and why we use technology within every aspect of our lives, Green Valley

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Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities by Nancy Stohlman

I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of Nancy Stohlman up until a few weeks ago, you see I’m quite new to flash fiction, so I’m playing catch-up all the time, discovering new and brilliant voices daily. But a few weeks ago I had the chance to attend the Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol and

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Melting Point by Baret Magarian

‘Melting Point’ is an odd collection, to say the least. Though here, ‘odd’ isn’t to be taken as a negative, rather, what makes ‘Melting Point’ so strangely enjoyable is its oddities – it’s whispered moments of surrealism and shouted moments of the humorous absurd. Magarian is a lyrical author, who fuses and blends his prose

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