Archive for Book Reviews

Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares Book Review

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

Amazingly, ever since the publication of A Study in Scarlet in 1887, the “Great Detective,” Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant/Boswell-like biographer Dr. John H. Watson have enthralled readers with their tales of ratiocination (to lift a phrase from Edgar Allan Poe – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s inspiration) and physical derring-do. After all, who can forget […]

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Lenore: Purple Nurples Comic Book Review

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments

You might not sing a paean in honor of Roman Dirge’s Lenore comic book series, but you won’t sing a “dirge in upraise” after you’ve read it either. Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl is a macabre, blackly comedic horror comic created by magician/artist Roman Dirge and inspired by the poem “Lenore” by Edgar Allan […]

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Fatale Book Three: West of Hell Graphic Novel Review

Aug 04, 2013 No Comments

The latest volume of Image Comics’ horror-noir hybrid—Fatale Book Three: West of Hell by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips—doesn’t quite achieve the success of the previous two collected Fatale volumes focusing on the mysterious Josephine’s emotional turmoil, and not the men around her.  Where the previous volumes each comprise a larger narrative, Book Three is […]

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Stephen King’s Joyland Book Review

Jul 24, 2013 2 Comments

Joyland by Stephen King is available through Titan Books’ hard-boiled pulp crime imprint, Hard Case Crime.  King’s latest tale is executed in the mold of classics from a bygone era and as such it’s only available via paperback, for now at least.  So for you anti-e-book purists out there, this one’s for you. Joyland is […]

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The Fall of the House of Usher Comic Book Review

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

A lone rider traveling “(d)uring the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year.” This is how Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher begins. Since its first publication in 1839, Poe’s macabre masterpiece has been considered one of the founding lights of American horror fiction […]

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The Story of Her Holding an Orange Book Review

Jul 14, 2013 1 Comment

I always say that the great thing about independent art of any kind is the lack of restraints imposed by studios, publishers, record companies, and the like.  I have to say that The Story of Her Holding an Orange is one of the more unique and interesting independent books I’ve read lately. Like the book […]

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Deadbeat: Makes You Stronger Book Review

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

Who can lay claim as the first nation of horror? Although history is littered with classical works and cultures that felt a thing for the macabre (according to old Howie Lovecraft, fear is the most fundamental human emotion known), two nations in particular stand out as the primary purveyors of all things malevolent. On the […]

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The Witching House and The Girl from the Blood Coven Book Reviews

Jun 02, 2013 No Comments

For a guy who’s eaten nearly thirty different species of animal,[1] I can be pretty damn finicky.  You can put almost anything on my plate, but when it comes to reading—and especially when it comes to horror–my nose is turned up more often than it’s in a book.  This is a personal failing, and one […]

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House of Skin Book Review

May 15, 2013 No Comments

Paul Carver cannot believe his luck.  A distant relative, Myles Carver, has died and left Paul his estate. The greatest portion of this is The Watermere – a giant mansion on acres of land.  The massive house carries with it, though, Paul’s real inheritance, a mystery that author Jonathan Janz teases out with uncanny expertise.  […]

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NOS4A2 Book Review

May 12, 2013 No Comments

When you were a kid, what was your favorite holiday? Considering that the name of this magazine is Ravenous Monster, it’s probably a safe bet that most of you just said, “Halloween.” What about Christmas? Did any of you ever enjoy eating candy canes whilst sledding through the big white yonder? How about snacking on […]

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