Archive for Book Reviews

Alien: The Official Movie Novelization Book Review

May 04, 2014 No Comments

“Seven dreamers…” Like most horror fanatics, Alien was my first venture into the world of science-fiction terror. The film evokes such an inky black feeling of dread and tension, it remains to this day a film that sticks with me days after I re-watch it. Having recently read the novelization of the seminal film, I […]

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The Shapes of Midnight: The Scariest Horror Anthology You’ve Never Heard Of

Apr 15, 2014 2 Comments

Nothing makes such an impact on your mind like a great book that comes out of nowhere to impress itself on your memory. And probably no book creates more of an unforgettable impression than a work of horror. To quote an author of some notoriety in the horror biz—”the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind […]

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Hammett’s Horror: Re-Reading The Dain Curse

Apr 10, 2014 3 Comments

“He was spare, frugal, hard-boiled.” That’s how Raymond Chandler, a great writer himself, characterized Dashiell Hammett in “The Simple Art of Murder.” Chandler also quipped that Hammett “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons.” In saying this, Chandler was of course referring to the then more popular British school […]

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A Taste of Blood Wine Book Review

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

When I interviewed Freda Warrington for Ravenous Monster a little while back, one aspect of her writing I commented on was how in her stories she manages to preserve the image of the vampires of old instead of succumbing to creating the angsty teen vampires so prevalent in modern literature. And in A Taste of […]

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Grimm: The Chopping Block Book Review

Mar 23, 2014 No Comments

Portland Homicide Detectives are on the hunt for a monster that roasts human beings alive before eating their cooked meat straight from their severed bones in John Passarella’s The Chopping Block. This is the second novel tie-in to NBC’s Grimm television series written by Bram Stoker Award winning horror author John Passarella who, according to […]

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Alien: Out of the Shadows Book Review

Feb 27, 2014 2 Comments

Ellen Ripley is back in Tim Lebbon’s Alien: Out of the Shadows , the first book in a brand new Alien trilogy from Titan Books.  Adding to an established universe of loving/obsessed fans is tricky. The novel has to be successful on multiple levels in order to please the passionate members of its audience, those […]

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The Crow: Curare Graphic Novel Review

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

Almost a full year since publishing The Crow: Skinning the Wolves, author James O’Barr returns to the franchise with a new tale entitled Curare.  If you didn’t think it was possible to surpass the high standard set with Skinning the Wolves, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with his new tale of anguish and pain. The narrative’s […]

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The Crow: Skinning the Wolves Graphic Novel Review

Dec 29, 2013 No Comments

Story and Breakdowns: James O’Barr Story and Art: Jim Terry The Crow: Skinning the Wolves is a return to the franchise by long-absent creator James O’ Barr, who has moved the Crow’s current incarnation from gritty urban landscapes to a Nazi concentration camp.  Even as a longtime fan of O’Barr, I was skeptical.  Can you […]

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A Chorus of Wolves Book Review

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

The description for Alex Kimmell’s anthology, A Chorus of Wolves, describes it as a book where “Safe havens become unsafe…the familiar turns outlandish and incomprehensible,” and that’s as good a description as any for what’s in store for you within these pages. The book includes six short stories and the opening chapters of a novel, […]

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Shadows Over Innsmouth Book Review

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

My wife hates H.P. Lovecraft.  Ponder that for a second.  That’s like Lyndon Johnson and Ho Chi Minh finding they had enough other stuff in common to put aside that whole Vietnam War thing and spend their lives together in mutual passion.[1]  Truth is, I can understand why a lot of people aren’t Lovecraft fans; […]

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