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Hand to Mouth by Deborah Sheldon

‘Hand to Mouth’ by Deborah Sheldon isn’t to be trusted. Well, I say that. The narrator surely isn’t. More on that in a moment. Published by Demain Publishing, ‘Hand to Mouth’ is book 48 Demain’s Short Sharp Shocks! series. If you want horror, fantasy, and all that’s in between, then this is the series to

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Royals by Emma Forrest

Aaah the 80s. The decade we loved to hate and hated to love, with its fluoro, spandex, and shoulder pads, until it was brought back to coolness by the likes of Stranger Things, The Goldbergs or The Americans. Different times. Times of carefree materialism, decent airlines, groundbreaking bands and seasonal weather, a complete disregard for

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Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle – The Folio Society Edition

Well if you’ve found your way to this review you’re either a fan of Planet of the Apes, Folio Society or a consumer of fiction – well if that’s the case you are in for a mighty fine time. If you’re a space travelling lost soul and discovered this (a message in a bottle if

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Dear Laura by Gemma Amor

Dear Laura is one of the finest novella’s that I have read, the stylistic qualities on show are sublime, the prose is taut as if at any moment it’ll snap and whip the reader – maiming them at any given moment. The uniqueness of the story is another masterstroke with Amor dropping us right into

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In the Dream House By Carmen Maria Machado

Places are never just places in a piece of writing…The Dream House was never just the Dream House. Picture a house. What do you see? The outside? The front door? A picket fence framing its border? Do you see the kitchen table or the wallpaper in the livingroom? The pigeons nesting in the roof? Can

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Ritual by Steve Stred

Ritual by Steve Stred is a novella with some serious bite. It’s quite a difficult book to read on many levels, its no nonsense approach to taboo subjects causes an unease from pretty much page one and continues through the book to its grisly conclusion. You want to look away at numerous points, but Stred

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The Codes of Love by Hannah Persaud

A raw and gritty look into the workings of a modern-day marriage, The Codes of Love is a gripping debut that combines soft, hazy images of the isolated countryside with the overwhelming intensity of love and lust. Hannah Persaud makes us question everything we think we understand about relationships and gets underneath the skin of

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The Reddening by Adam L.G. Nevill

The Reddening is the first experience I have of the writer Adam Nevill and what better way to be introduced to this beast of UK Horror writing. I’ve heard of him, don’t get me wrong and I’ve watched the film of his work The Ritual – but picking up a physical copy of his work

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The Forest Is Hungry by Christopher Stanley

I very much enjoyed this most haunting and beautifully crafted fable like biological horror from Christopher Stanley. ‘The Forest Is Hungry‘ is another book from the Short Sharp Shocks! series from Demain Publishing and if you’ve not heard about them I’d go and check them out when you’re done reading this. What I took away

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Always North by Vicki Jarrett

Always North by Vicki Jarrett is a strange little beast, on the one hand I thought that the location and isolation that she brought to the book were astonishingly well written – you could feel the bleakness of it, the coldness of the arctic and at times when I was reading in bed, I’m sure

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