Karen Runge is a dark fiction diamond. Her short stories have graced some of my favourite anthologies and quite often have been among my favourite stories in these anthologies. I’ve been intrigued and very keen to read this, her debut novel, ever since I heard about it late last year. Seeing Double is Karen’s 50 Shades of seriously dark shit! It is a novel that at … Continue reading Book review: Seeing Double – Karen Runge
If you’re a fan of Melodeath bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum and Mutiny Within, then Devolver are a band you need to check out. Melodeath is my favourite sub-genre of metal and I’m pretty impressed by this single, A Life Lost. It has everything I like about Melodeath: melody, power, passionate vocals and slick musicianship. Check them out at the links … Continue reading New release: Devolver – A Life Lost
Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Unidefinable Wonders is Crystal Lake Publishing’s BIG anthology for 2017. It features an all-star cast of writers from all over the world, including Neil Gaiman, Bentley Little, Lisa Morton, and Clive Barker to name a few. Last year saw Crystal Lake and editor Doug Murano compile Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories; an incredibly well-balanced, thoughtful collection that featured some breathtaking tales. I had … Continue reading Book review: Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Unidefinable Wonders – Anthology.
Firstly, what a great cover for this EP by Expain. The band leaves few stones left unturned with their firebrand delivery of hook-laden riffs, furious rhythms and barked vocals. With their feet straddling a number of metal genres, Expain doesn’t wish to be pigeonholed. It could sound messy when a band tries to stretch itself across so many different areas but thankfully this isn’t the … Continue reading EP review: Expain – Pinching Nerves
The Grimhaven Disaster is a slightly odd but hugely entertaining novella from Leo X. Robertson and published by Unnerving Magazine. As much as it is definitely a horror novella, it also has a little bit of the absurd attached to it which I think will make it appeal to readers who enjoy Bizarro fiction too. This pacey story features some colourful characters that are each given … Continue reading Book review: The Grimhaven Disaster – Leo X. Robertson
I am always open to writers and publishers should they want to promote their work via a book excerpt or guest post here at Grim Reader Reviews. Today, Kelly Evans brings you a sample of her Zombie novel The Mortecarni-a tale of historical horror fiction set during the Black Death!!! THE YEAR IS 1348 AND THE BLACK DEATH IS RAVAGING ENGLAND. For Brother Maurice, a monk and … Continue reading Book excerpt: Kelly Evans – The Mortecarni
Alcatraz-a place synonymous with hopelessness and despair. The infamous prison island is the catalyst for a series of crime stories that sit trapped inside this anthology from Broken River Books, edited by David James Keaton and Joe Clifford. I’ve been looking forward to this anthology since I first heard about it and to a large extent, I was very, very happy with what I read. … Continue reading Book review: Hard Sentences – Crime fiction inspired by Alcatraz.
Jordan Harper’s novel seems to have been through numerous name changes for whatever reason? Anyway, it isn’t really important, all you need to know is that this is one of my favourite books of the year and I can’t recommend it enough. The plot for the novel isn’t anything particularly new. A con gets released from prison, but before he does he falls foul of … Continue reading Book review: A Lesson in Violence (She Rides Shotgun) – Jordan Harper
If you’re a fan of female fronted metal (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), then Insatia is an American/Canadian outfit definitely worth checking out. Phoenix Aflame is a record full of killer songs, great vocals and solid musicianship. So, let’s get into it! The intro to the album serves up a brief a capella from vocalist, Zoe Federoff, the album’s real star. Classical music graces the … Continue reading Album review: Insatia – Phoenix Aflame
Thomas Joyce is a book/audio reviewer at the excellent This Is Horror. If you have not been over there to check out their site, listened to the excellent podcast, or joined them on Patreon then you’re a fool. This is Horror is great source of all things horror and the Grim Reader gives them his highest recommendation! Today, Thomas Joyce reviews Violence Dave: Heartless from Bizarro … Continue reading Guest book review: Thomas Joyce reviews Violence Dave: Heartless – Kostantine Paradias