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Dead Letters Book Review

May 26, 2016 No Comments

Sadly, I’m not particularly familiar with Conrad Williams, the British author whose award-winning works in the horror and fantasy genres have earned him acclaim and distinction. Heard of him, yes. Read him, no. And that’s still the case, save for the introduction to Dead Letters, a short-story anthology Williams conceived and edited. In it, he […]

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Thirty Hours With a Corpse Book Review

Mar 31, 2016 No Comments

Grand Guignol is a byword for shockingly grisly horror. Blood, guts, vomit, and other secretions—these were the trademarks of the dirty, little theatre in the Pigalle section of Paris. From 1897 until 1962, Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol ran millions of plays, most of which were one-act productions that emphasized cruelty. Although performances of Shakespeare’s Titus […]

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The Angel of Highgate Book Review

Feb 02, 2016 No Comments

One would be hard pressed to find a name more English than Vaughn Entwistle. I’ve certainly never heard anything that oozes tea and crumpets quite like it. On top of it all, Mr. Entwistle is the author of an oh-so English novel—The Angel of Highgate. Set in the autumn of 1859, The Angel of Highgate […]

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The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

Jan 26, 2016 No Comments

Amy Thomsett found herself sleeping one too many times on the ceiling, so it’s off to boarding school for this young girl with the ability to float. So begins Kim Newman’s The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. As a title, it’s a mouthful. As a novel, it’s a marvel. Newman, the British author who is […]

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Lovecraft Out Loud: A Review of The Hound & The Music of Erich Zann on Cadabra Records

Jan 12, 2016 No Comments

If you humanoids are inclined to hear classic tales of terror in spoken form, you can spend hours wandering the digital catacombs of YouTube and other such websites and find the works of Poe, Lovecraft, King and more. The quality of these verbal frights varies from excellent to something more hideous than the monsters described […]

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The Lazarus Gate Book Review

Nov 24, 2015 No Comments

Rather like zombies and superheroes, steampunk is starting to crumble beneath the weight of its popularity. An endless avalanche of “hop aboard the bandwagon” creators has diluted its freshness. Many books set in the Victorian era feature stock characters like the usual “Polly Parasol” type, a proper Englishwoman who enjoys tea after kicking the ass […]

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The Society of Blood: Obsidian Heart Book Review

Nov 10, 2015 No Comments

In case the name isn’t immediately familiar to you, Mark Morris has written for and about some of your favorite television shows. The first and most important of these is Doctor Who. Besides scripting episodes, Morris has written numerous audio stories and novels within the Doctor Who universe. He’s also the man responsible for Bay […]

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So Nude, So Dead Book Review

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments

Ed McBain, real name Salvatore Lombino, burst onto the crime fiction scene in 1956 with Cop Hater, not only one of the best titled books in history, but also one of the most unique. Rather than one detective, McBain gave his crime novels a whole precinct—the 87th Precinct, to be exact. As the prince of […]

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Darkness Rising Novella Review

Sep 15, 2015 No Comments

I’ve become quite a fan of Brian Mooreland over the years. From Vagrants to The Devil’s Woods, I have yet to be let down by his stories. Mooreland’s smooth prose draws you in yet it never feels like he is writing down to his audience. The best way to describe Brian Mooreland’s latest novella Darkness […]

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Clive Barker’s THE SCARLET GOSPELS Book Review

Jul 30, 2015 No Comments

Clive Barker has gotten the band back together. The Scarlet Gospels is his first full-length adult novel since 2007’s amazing Cold Heart Canyon, and brings two of his favorite and best known characters together. The Hell Priest known as Pinhead and the noir-influenced paranormal detective Harry D’Amour. Each of these characters brings with them a […]

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