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Gumshoe Blues by Paul D. Brazill

GumShoe Blues is Brit Grit and self-proclaimed “screwball noir” author Paul D. Brazill’s latest novelette, completed with a few short stories shedding light on some of the characters and events. The result is dark, witty, farcical and thoroughly entertaining. The story follows its detective anti-hero Peter Ord on his numerous missions. “Ordy”, as the unsavoury

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Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

A novel written by two of the greatest modern storytellers was always going to be incredible, let’s face it. The minds of Del Toro and Funke have spilled out wonderfully onto each page, bringing cult film favourite ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to life in a way which readers understand best – via the beauty of written word.

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BOOK REVIEW: Flames by Robbie Arnott

When it comes to the canon of literature, Australian writers do not get nearly enough credit. This review is my effort to change that. For Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott’s Flames is an ambitious and powerful example of magical realism, in which the author explores the nature of grief and family bonds in ways they have

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BOOK REVIEW: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Fantasy has had a bit of a resurgence in the last ten years or so with the likes of The Songs of Fire and Ice, Mistborn, and The Kingkiller Chronicle. And now, after reading Robert Jackson Bennett’s Foundryside, I believe we can add one more to this list. With his unique take on magic as

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BOOK REVIEW: Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation is a great book. It is of course written by the master of horror Stephen King, so we are already quite excited about what is on offer, but with Elevation we have King at his oh so weird and oh so pleasant. Elevation is not a straight out horror, let me get that on

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BASEMENT OF HORRORS: ZOMBIE TRANSFUSION

It’s that time of the year again when all things creepy and crawly surface from beneath the rotting floor-boards, so in true resurrection fashion we’re bringing back the Basement of Horrors from STORGY’s archives. Unfortunately we haven’t had time to put together a new Basement of Horrors section this year, as we’ve been working hard

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FILM RETROSPECTIVE: SUSPIRIA (1977)

‘Do you know anything about witches?’ Remakes – a good or a bad thing? The case for the prosecution: Get Carter, The Italian Job, Sleuth, Total Recall, Robocop, The Big Sleep, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Secret in their Eyes, The Ring … the list goes on. The case for the defense? There isn’t one; the team

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BOOK REVIEW: How The Light Gets In by Clare Fisher

Every time I start a review about a short story collection, I say the same thing. I say how they are a thing of beauty – a snapshot of life, held between one or three pages, maybe fourteen or fifteen – and that truly great short story collections transport you everywhere and anywhere, from one

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FILM REVIEW: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (2018) is not the story of Mary Shelley’s life, despite the title. Her life was one long gothic nightmare. She endured untold grief, beginning with her mother (famous proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecraft) who died giving birth to her. She then outlived as a young adult, in a relatively short period time, her half-sister Fanny,

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BOOK REVIEW: Zero Hours by Neil Campbell

‘I walked in on my first shift and was met by the manager, Hakan. He was a little prick. I could see it from the start.’ So begins Zero Hours, the second in a proposed ‘Manchester Trilogy’ by realist writer Neil Campbell. We are back with our troubadour narrator, bouncing from menial job to menial

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