Tag: horror

Criterium by Tyler Jones

Back in the early part of 2014 I first read Bunt Tongues (an anthology of transgressive fiction) and to be honest, I didn’t think much of it. This year Burnt Tongues got a much needed facelift. The thing is the only difference was a new cover and an illustration for each of the stories held

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Reality, and Other Stories by John Lanchester

Reality, and Other Stories is a gathering of deliciously chilling entertainments – stories to be read as the evenings draw in and the days are haunted by all the ghastly schlock, uncanny technologies and absurd horrors of modern life. The above is the blurb that accompanied John Lanchester’s latest offering, a short story collection that

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Folklore by Mitch Sebourn

What came first the chicken or the egg? That’s something that has plagued me whilst I was reading Folklore by Mitch Sebourn. Not the chicken, or the egg for that matter, but as I was reading this book, I had the feeling that I’d read something very similar before. It wasn’t until the final third

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Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor

Little Paranoias is a short story collection form horror author Sonora Taylor, a collection that is gripping, original and bang on the money for those that prefer the dark slice of horror. What I loved about the collection is that it is a mixture of short stories and flash fiction and this device that is

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Nocturnal Blood by Villimey Mist

Nocturnal Blood is book one in the Nocturnal series and judging by book one this is going to be one hell of a ride. Nocturnal Blood is a vampire book, no, don’t you shrug your shoulders, it’s not a vampire book about teenage angst and shiny vampires with oiled muscle and chiseled good looks, it’s

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Out Behind The Barn by John Boden & Chad Lutzke

Out behind The Barn is my first encounter with Boden and Lutzke and what an encounter it was, a tale that is dripping with sorrow, hope and brotherhood / sonship with a side portion of loneliness. The book is short coming in at just 100 pages but sometimes as the old adage says ‘the best

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Crossroads by Laurel Hightower

A mothers grief is something even the devil should fear. This is my first experience of Laurel Hightower and it will not be my last. Crossroads is a sensational, emotionally shredding, grief riddled nightmare of a book. The story is one that will affect you for long after reading (whether you are a parent or

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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Ricky, Gabe, Lewis and Cassidy are men bound to their heritage, bound by society, and trapped in the endless expanses of the landscape. Now, ten years after a fateful elk hunt, which remains a closely guarded secret between them, these men – and their children – must face a ferocious spirit that is coming for

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The Patience of a Dead Man by Michael Clark

There are some books that come across your path as a writer that you’ll keep returning to time-and-time again, these books are your inspiration, your teaching texts, books that you feel are written in such a way that to emulate how they are written to learn from them in some way will aid your own

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The Shark Tank By Evan Manning

Joe and I worked together forty-one years and for the most part we never disagreed. Normally after one of our interviews I would look over at his sheet of paper and see the same boxes checked off, then down at the bottom I would see that he too had circled TERMINATE or that he too

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