Album review: Life Obliteration – Uten Håp

  The world is a cold, dark and often unforgiving place to live, Life Obliteration by Uten Håp reflects this perfectly with this collection of 7 tracks of depressive, suicidal black metal. I’m a newcomer to the band having only stumbled across their mention on my Twitter feed. After some investigation, I found the music to be…

Book review: Overlord – David Wood & Alan Baxter

  I had a great time with Primordial: David Wood and Alan Baxter’s previous offering featuring the rugged Australian Sam Aston. It more than satisfied my thirst for dino fiction with some great action scenes and likeable characters, alongside a slightly unusual Finnish location. This time, Wood and Baxter take Sam Aston to Antarctica in…

Book review: Welcome to the Show – Anthology

  Themed anthologies are all the rage at the moment and Crystal Lake Publishing usually gets it right with the ones they publish. Welcome to the Show features 17 stories about the goings on at The Shantyman – a legendary music venue. I sure had high hopes for this book being a big music fan and…

Book review: Cockblock – CV Hunt

  CV Hunt’s Cockblock is about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the testicles. In fact, a swift and full-blooded blow to this region of the male physique is the only way to bring the sex-crazed perverts running amok throughout the story to their knees. But let me back up a little… Cockblock is what you…

Book review: 12 Gauge – Dustin LaValley

  12 Gauge is a collection of three very different novellas from Dustin LaValley. Novella 1 was my favourite of the three; It ticked all the boxes for this reader. The other two were damn entertaining, particularly The Deceived, which came a close second. Let’s get stuck into what I thought… Spinner starts out as…

Book review: Maniac Gods – Rich Hawkins

  I’ve followed Rich Hawkins for quite some time now (not in a stalker breaking into his house sniffing his underwear kind of way). I’d know his writing style simply by reading a few sentences. With Maniac Gods, Rich brings us a tale steeped in woe, rain and gore. What’s not to like?! If you’ve…

Book review: Drabbledark – An Anthology of Dark Drabbles.

  My previous experience with drabbles left me a little underwhelmed. The book I read certainly wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t set my pulse racing either. Drabbledark is my second attempt and I had a little more success with this anthology. With the stories only being 100 words in length, you’re going to get…

Book review: Practitioners – Matt Hayward & Patrick Lacey

  When two authors rub shoulders together and decide to write a novel, it can either be a huge success or a complete disaster. Thankfully, Matt Hayward and Patrick Lacey drink from the same cup, or so it seems. Practitioners is a seamless read. Both authors show equal skill in awakening the reader to the…

Book review: Siphon – A. A. Medina

  Siphon is the debut novella from A. A. Medina and is published by Hindered Souls Press. For Dr Gary Phillips, life is a little mundane. He is a hematopathologist at a medical centre; a medical centre at which he despises his boss and fantasises about a co-worker, stalking her constantly on social media. Sometimes…

Book review: Live On No Evil – Jeremiah Israel

Very little in life is easy. It’s the same with reviewing books. Sometimes I enjoy a book and yet I get to the end and say to myself “How the hell am I going to sum this one up?”. Such is the case with Jeremiah Israel’s Live On No Evil. This is a strange one, make…