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An Invitation to Darkness by Hailey Piper

An Invitation to Darkness was a beautifully written gothic romp of a book and I bloody loved it. The setting itself is truly magical and in Piper’s hand she turns that magic into black magic – the darkness swells in this story and it pretty much comes out of nowhere. Was I ready for the

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The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by Eric LaRocca

Two of these stories had appeared in a limited edition (now super rare book) ‘A Bright Enchanted Suffering’ which Eric pulled from publication at the very moment it was about to go live. So I’d read those two before, but I was very excited to see if the other stories he’d been compiling would stand

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The Ruin of Delicate Things by Beverley Lee

The Ruin of Delicate Things is a Gothic romp of a novel that combines the beauty of past masters into a meandering tale of grief, guilt, tragedy, retribution and healing of past wrongs. Also what a title – it perfectly sums up this book, and what it does to you if you fall under its

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The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

The Slasher genre has a mythic status for some, and it is easy to see why: few genres encapsulate the primal fears and survival urge of the human race, and women in particular, the way a Slasher does. Grady Hendrix’s latest novel The Final Girl Support Group goes some way to answering the question of

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The Things We Cannot Say by Mitch Sebourn

Mitch Sebourn is a must read for me, his work is so unique and a breath of fresh air to the horror / dark fiction genre. The Things We Cannot Say takes all the brilliance of his previous work (that I’ve read) and adds a tonne more brilliance. This story in particular focuses on possession,

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Salvation Spring by TC Parker

I’m a huge fan of westerns, they remind me of lazy Sunday afternoons with my father, we’d watch them all – the good, the bad and the ugly (pun intended). Some of my favourite were High Noon, True Grit, High Plains Drifter, Bad Day at Black Rock, Shane, The Searchers, Bone Tomahawk, Unforgiven, The Magnificent

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The Razorblades In My Head by Donnie Goodman

Welcome to the debut collection from Donnie Goodman – strap yourselves in and prepare for the ride of your life! The Razorblades in my Head – well damn, what a way to kick off the collection and a brilliant introduction to Donnie’s work. This one has the weird horror vibes that I love, think Sarah

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Misery by Stephen King – The Folio Society Special Edition

Misery by Stephen King is a great book, actually it’s damn near masterful. It’s more than what first meets the eye; Misery is a deeply rich study of pain. It’s also on the other hand a rich craft book – odd I know, but with our main protagonist Paul Sheldon being a writer who has

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Malorie by Josh Malerman

Malorie starts straight out of the gates, some time has passed for Malorie and her children in the school of the blind, they’ve found a way of surviving, a way to live a way to hone their skills and be safe from the things that are outside, the things that drive people mad. But Malerman

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Anger is an Acid by Michael Clark

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Mark Twain This quote is found in this book and it’s a tone setter for the whole franchise – a quote which conjures up the thematic elements of all that’s

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