Month: March 2016

Book Review: The Dead Boy – Craig R. Saunders

‘The Dead Boy’ is an end of days tale that offers a fresh take on the final days of life in the United Kingdom. I’m not quite sure what it is about this particular sub-genre of dark fiction but I really do love it. Last year saw the release of ‘Left to Darkness’- a book I really enjoyed, it followed a similar path as this in that it showed us the worlds end through the eyes of a few survivors. This is similar []

Book Review: Gardens of Babylon – Sara Brooke.

Sara Brooke is a newish name to me. She has been around for a little while and when one of my favourite publishers decided to release this nasty little number, I was quick to hop aboard. I will jump straight in and say that I loved this book. It’s a quick read and the opening chapter is unpleasant enough to pull you in straight away. The pace is fast, wasting no time in getting to the good stuff. The story follows a group of []

Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz (Book Review)

Originally posted on splatterpunkzine:
Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin Press) I have been a fan of Jonathan Janz since I came across his novel THE NIGHTMARE GIRL. A certain Mr Keene had dropped his name a few times, talking him up as one of the current writers of horror fiction’s strongest voices. THE NIGHTMARE GIRL was a fantastic book. I loved it. Janz grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go until its bloody conclusion. He had…

Black Goat Motorcycle Club by Jason Murphy (Book Review)

Originally posted on splatterpunkzine:
Black Goat Motorcycle Club by Jason Murphy (Sinister Grin Press) I first came across Jason Murphy through the Sinister Grin Press anthology FRESH MEAT. This anthology of terror from seven different writers was a particular highlight from last year’s reading. His story HOMONCULUS was gruesome reading and highly original. It was my favourite story from the anthology and I was looking forward to reading more from Mr Murphy. As it turns out I haven’t had to wait too…

Book Review:Tread Gently Admidst the Barrows – Jack Rollins.

Jack Rollins has carved a bit of a niche for himself with his own brand of Victorian style storytelling. His style has feet that are firmly planted within the horror genre. Last year I came across a story by Mr Rollins called ‘The Séance’ Despite it’s short length the tale was a captivating read that managed to capture the Victorian gothic feel perfectly and was a refreshing change for this reader. This latest short story is again set long ago, but this []

Book Review: Suicide Stitch – Sarah L. Johnson

Suicide Stitch is a collection of stories that were birthed inside the mind of Sarah L. Johnson and have been released through Electro Magnetic Pulse Publishing (EMP Publishing). I have actually come across Sarah’s work before in the Grey Matter Press anthology ‘Dark Visions Volume One – A collection of modern horror’ which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award in 2013. The short story in question was called Three Minutes and provided a highlight amongst what was a terrific collection of []

Book Review: Got your Back – John Mcilveen

Q. What would you do if you woke up one morning and your spine was missing? This novelette from John Mcilveen tells the tale of Ricky Briggs; a man who wakes up in this very serious and uncomfortable position. The story follows Briggs as he tries to come to terms with this situation. I haven’t read anything my John Mcilveen before but I had heard great praise for his novel ‘Hannahwhere’ so I thought I would take a shot at this little number. I am so []