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White Pines by Gemma Amor

From the Bram Stoker nominated author Gemma Amor, author of Dear Laura and Cruel Works of Nature comes her latest slice of horror White Pines. This is a book that is hard to categorize given its genre bending appeal, it seems to cross and blend genres at will. White Pines is like a rock falling

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Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame by Alan McMonagle

A daringly bold and funny novel, Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame is a colourful portrayal of grief, mental illness, and dysfunctional families. Laura plays her part of the “leading lady” wonderfully, a hugely likeable and muddled character, who has ambitious dreams. McMonagle encourages us to see past her – and the other characters’ – mental

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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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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

A rich and compelling novel, A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende is an ambitious and outstanding feat of literature, spanning multiple families, generations, and continents, taking the reader on a journey through key moments of recent history. Despite being set against the chaotic backdrop of work, the book is far from bleak.

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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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The Chair by R. P. Serin

It had been nine weeks, three days and five hours since James had died.  From the moment Adam had been told of James’ accident all he had felt was emptiness.  The so-called ‘stages of grief’ had proven to be a disappointing no-show. He looked around the living room; setting of countless memories: raucous parties, blistering

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Return To The Black Gate by Joseph Sale

The Black Gate Series by Joseph Sale is a collection of novels that I’ve been fully invested in since the first book came out; it’s a genre bending, Gothic, cosmic horror which had me gripped from page one of the first book to the last page of this – Return To The Black Gate the

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Million Eyes by C.R. Berry (plus an interview too)

I had a great time reading this book. It could have seemed to be confusing in it’s timeline, but I was able to follow through it’s strange narrative relatively well. The past, the future, the real, the unreal, it all was knitted in a story that was quite believable and sound, if that makes sense.

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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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Communion by Steve Stred

Communion by Steve Stred is the second book of an ongoing trilogy – book one was Ritual (which we reviewed here) and the second book starts pretty much where book one finished. This proposed trilogy of books by Stred is dark, brooding and graphic as hell, with Stred giving us a slice after slice of

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