Archive for Books & Comics

The Vagrants Novella Review

Jun 05, 2014 No Comments

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Brian Moreland’s new novella The Vagrants (Samhain Publishing).  With a page count of a shade over 100, Moreland somehow manages to both create depth to his characters as well as create an entirely new world that could support an entire franchise if he wished it to. […]

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Stefan Grabiński: Poland’s Poe

May 13, 2014 No Comments

Hunting after the obscure and arcane has always been a fixture of the horror genre. That’s why Peter Straub’s Mr. X is an apt metaphor for the entire experience of reading horror fiction: we, the readers, look for the mysterious man (or woman) behind the bloody red pen. Often the more we search the more […]

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Horror Authors’ Bookshelves: S. Johnathan Davis

May 06, 2014 No Comments

From the darkness has curiosity ever reached out and struck you?  Has it caused you to wonder about your favorite genre writers and what’s on their bookshelves?  It’s reached out and struck me.  Do they have some classic pulp detective novels?  What about graphic novel collections?  Maybe the severed head of the poor unfortunate soul […]

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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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Interview with Author Chris Philbrook

Apr 24, 2014 No Comments

Chris Philbrook is the author of the internet phenomenon and breakout series Adrian’s Undead Diary. This sprawling zombie epic is available in paperback, on kindle, as well as online in its complete form at www.adriansundeaddiary.com. Adrian’s Undead Diary follows Adrian Ring whose life descends into disaster when a plague brings forth legions of the undead […]

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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 4 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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I.N.J. Culbard’s Graphic Novel Adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft

Mar 09, 2014 2 Comments

Adaptation, Not Transcription: “I work up a detailed synopsis. I print off a text version of the entire book which is broken down into paragraph chunks and go through it with a red pen. I make a point of highlighting themes and character relationships and how someone might emotionally respond, pin pointing opportunities for dramatic […]

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