Archive for Book Reviews

Lenore: Pink Bellies Comic Book Review

Apr 07, 2015 No Comments

Gods of death eating Jujubes, a refined gentlemen called Mr. Bear Poop on a Log, a flashback squirrel fighting the FBI and a nine-step puppet tutorial, are just some of what you’ll find in the pages of Roman Dirge’s Lenore: Pink Bellies. The most adorable and pungent living dead girl is back in a tale […]

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Book of the Dead Book Review

Mar 03, 2015 No Comments

If Book of the Dead had been written by Lovecraft, then the lead characters would’ve gone catatonic by page seventy. Instead of action, the readers would’ve been treated to introspection and digressions about how mankind was not meant to know the true contents of the cosmos. There is a reason then why Lovecraft did not […]

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Read or Else: The Black Train by Edward Lee

Feb 19, 2015 No Comments

You feel the dried page against your finger and hear a subtle crack as you gingerly turn it.  The book’s spine is stiff and you look down, taking in the yellowed paper.   In the dimly lit room you smile coyly to yourself.  The book is well-worn; others have held it before you and felt the […]

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Gorgon Book Review

Feb 05, 2015 No Comments

Greig Beck dedicates Gorgon to the men and women of the Australia & New Zealand Armed Forces—doubtless an innocent gesture from an ANZAC-loving Aussie, but one that left this American reader a bit leery.  Ever since September 11th, the United States has lost anything like a balanced perspective on the military.  “Support the troops” is […]

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Plague World: An Ashley Parker Novel Book Review

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments

Trilogies are supposed to end on an up-note, right?  Like, with a musical feast and dancing Ewoks and happy ghost-friends and family.  I mean, the middle chapters are the ones where things happen like Luke getting his hand light-sabered off and finding out that the bad guy in black is actually called “Dad.”  You know, […]

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Read or Else: The Pumpkin Man by John Everson

Nov 13, 2014 No Comments

You feel the dried page against your finger and hear a subtle crack as you gingerly turn it.  The book’s spine is stiff and you look down, taking in the yellowed paper.   In the dimly lit room you smile coyly to yourself.  The book is well-worn; others have held it before you and felt the […]

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Butterfly Skin Book Review

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments

Russian literature, or at least the type you might read in college, is known for its intensity and mountains of cerebral ramblings on all things unanswerable. From Dostoevsky to Bulgakov, the best Russian writers don’t deal with miniatures or micro narratives. The Brothers Karamazov somehow manages to tackle both familial relations and the heart of […]

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Witch Island Book Review

Sep 02, 2014 No Comments

Before zombies, vampires, and werewolves, there were witches. There are many parts of the world where one can still be unceremoniously murdered over simply an accusation of witchcraft. Sure, it’s been a while since they were in vogue: Willow from BUFFY, The Craft, Sabrina, CHARMED. The nineties were a time to wear your pointy black […]

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Coldbrook Book Review

Aug 14, 2014 No Comments

The Beginning of the Blog: Thursday: Part 1: The Introduction: The Beginning: I don’t understand why this book is so popular, but it is. Tim Lebbon is a fairly prolific author with a Bram Stoker Award-winning short story and 30+ novels and comic book stories tucked into his professional portfolio. He’s done several movie novelizations […]

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Read or Else: Ghoul by Brian Keene

Aug 07, 2014 No Comments

You feel the dried page against your finger and hear a subtle crack as you gingerly turn it.  The book’s spine is stiff and you look down, taking in the yellowed paper.   In the dimly lit room you smile coyly to yourself.  The book is well-worn; others have held it before you and felt the […]

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