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If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Reading Stephen King for me is a type of therapy; one that is good for the soul and mind. When I get a new book from him it’s like sliding on a pair of comfy slippers, pouring myself a hot steaming cup of coffee and disappearing for a while into the world and characters he’s

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Diary of a Murderer by Kim Young-ha

Delving into Diary of a Murderer, one is filled with a curious sense of unease. Despite holding short stories of definite direction and plots, one wanders around inside them as if in a David Lynch movie. We have characters, progressions and plot twists, but they somehow the tone of these stories supersedes their storylines. There

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Little Feasts by Jules Archer

Jules Archer is the author of the chapbook All the Ghosts We’ve Always Had, published by Thirty West and regularly publishes flash fiction in a variety of magazines. This tiny collection of nineteen flash fictions features a ‘menu’ instead of a contents list and is focussed on tales of hunger, appetites and cravings. Many of

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If Looks Could Kill by Olivia Kiernan

Detective Sergeant Frankie Sheehan is back, and investigating the disappearance of a Woman in a quiet village outside Dublin. Surrounded by her strong and trustworthy team including Baz and a few, not so familiar local constabulary. A great start to this thriller; you are immersed immediately into the life of Frankie, getting on with life

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Eden by Tim Lebbon

Part of the job here at STORGY is that I have to read a tonne of books, everything from short story collections, to anthologies, to independently published fiction, to the great novels from the larger publishers – poetry sometimes, experimental the next… I read everything and everything. Eden is one of those books that wraps

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House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

Hannah Rothschild’s House of Trelawney is an unexpected and gripping read. Using the crumbling yet charming Trelawney House as a central character and backdrop, complete with eccentric characters and plenty of scandalous gossip, the result is a humorous and modern take on a classic period drama. Set against the tumultuous time of the 2008 crash

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The Fabric of Tombstones by B F Jones

About two thirds of the way through ‘The Fabric of Tombstones’ there’s a line – short and sweet though it is – that perhaps sums up what we should expect from B.F Jones’ debut flash fiction collection. ‘All these souls, here momentarily, before going there permanently, trying to get on with their lives and make

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Lady of Shadows by Breanna Teintze

The next adventure for Corcoran Gray and Brix awaits.  After Corcoran was consumed by an old wizard’s body – supposedly Lord Jaern in the first novel, here they are again. Now the pair go to visit an acquaintance, Jaliseth after Gray needs some Wardstones, to silence his nightmares when he sleeps and to stop his

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Dark Corners by David Charlesworth

As my second foray into the series, but as my first foray into reading work by writer David Charlesworth, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But the series is a strong one, offering a chance for indie horror writers to get their work out there and in the public domain. In a saturated market,

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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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