Month: July 2016

Book review: Jedi Summer: with The Magnetic Kid – John Boden

It seems as if the 1980s are everybody’s favorite thing again. The recent success of television show ‘Stranger Things’ has rekindled a love for a time that I personally look back on with a great fondness. The 80s to me were all about trips to the video store with friends, trying to push the clerk into letting us rent out the latest video nasty, despite us being well under age. I loved the music of the 80s too; bands like Duran Duran, []

Book review: All-Night Terror – Adam Cesare & Matt Serafini

‘All-Night Terror’ was originally published back in 2013. Recently, those fine chaps at Sinister Grin Press have re-released it with some kick-ass new cover art AND four NEW stories! The concept of ‘All-Night Terror’ is very cool. It is a series of short stories that pay homage to the video nasties from the 1980s. Part ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and part ‘Twilight Zone’ this book is everything the b-movie horror fan is looking for. There are tales about cryptids, action figures that []

Book review: Greener Pastures – Michael Wehunt

There has been quite the buzz surrounding Michael Wehunt’s debut collection of dark, weird fiction. Blurbs from some of the best in the genre have been waxing lyrical about his literary prose, unnerving themes and originality. But, what did I think? ‘Greener Pastures’ is one of the best collections of dark fiction I have read in the last few years. From the very first page, Wehunt draws you in and takes you on a lyrical journey through the darkest parts of your []

Book review: Bound – Alan Baxter

A few years ago I went through a stage of reading nothing but fantasy fiction. I got a little tired of it and decided it was time for a break. Only recently I have started reading some again. When I saw Alan Baxter’s ‘Bound’ and heard that it was like Jack Reacher with magic, I was all in. ‘Bound’ has recently been re-released with some great new artwork. I have come across Baxter’s work in various anthologies and have enjoyed his stories. []

Book review: Prince of Nightmares – John McNee

No. This book ‘Prince of Nightmares’ is not a Donald Trump biography, but is in fact a disturbing tale about a haunted hotel that steers clear of becoming ‘run of the mill’ by the way in which McNee graphically describes certain scenes/dreams/visions inside of the book. The story follows the journey of Victor Terversham –  a self-made millionaire who, at the request of his deceased wife, stays at a haunted hotel nestled in the highlands of Scotland. The hotel is notorious for []

Book Review: The Sludge – David Bernstein

A leaking barrel of toxic waste deep within a forest causes carnage in this pulpy, fun read from David Bernstein. Bernstein has a knack of writing these sort of b-movie style books with the greatest of ease. They take me back to the days of my visits to the Video store, the horror section filled with all manner of cheesy, gory movies that were low on quality acting and dialogue but high on entertainment and blood. The cover art pretty much tells []

Book review: Out of Range – Glenn Rolfe

Glenn Rolfe: It feels as if Glenn has been around for a long time, but in fact he is still in the early stages of his career as a writer. I have been impressed with his output so far. His early novellas showed a young writer trying to find his voice, but were impressively well-written, engaging and fun. His debut novel ‘Blood and Rain’ saw Rolfe tackle one of horror fictions most enduring characters; the Werewolf. For a debut,  ‘Blood and Rain’ []