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: Bones – Andrew Cull

  Andrew Cull has pulled together his recent short stories and the novella, Knock and You Will See Me into one collection called Bones. Cull is a writer I’m only just becoming familiar with. The novella, Knock and You Will See Me was a hit for this reader. I enjoy character driven horror stories and that…

Book review: The Sea Was A Fair Master – Calvin Demmer

  Calvin Demmer’s debut collection features 23 stories in which the author leaves no stone unturned. Demmer runs the gamut of genre fiction and in doing so gives us a varied, often stunning journey through his imagination. Flash fiction is something that either works for you or it doesn’t. Unlike a recent drabble anthology I…

Book review: Kane’s Scary Tales Volume 1 – Paul Kane

  The imaginatively titled Kane’s Scary Tales Volume 1 collects 4 short stories and the novella, Sleeper(s). Now, before I begin, I didn’t realise that Sleeper(s) and Snow were both included when I agreed to review this, I’ve read them both before and though I chose to reread Snow, I couldn’t put myself through Sleeper(s) again. Snow…

Book review: Mass Hysteria – Michael Patrick Hicks

  With Mass Hysteria, I was hoping for a horror book closely linked to the classic Def Leppard album from 1987. As it turns out I was way off the mark. Mass Hysteria sees Michael Patrick Hicks going all splatterpunk on us in this fast-paced gorefest that should appeal to those readers that enjoy their horror…

Book review: Lost Films – Anthology

  Lost Films is a sprawling tome featuring a treasure trove of stories based around…..yep, you guessed it, Lost Films! And here at Grim Reader HQ, we do love a themed anthology. Anthologies such as this I find are often enjoyed in bursts; a story or two at night, perhaps another squeezed in during a…

Book review: Manifest Recall – Alan Baxter

  The noir elements that were such a strong feature of Alan’s last book, Hidden City, remain prevalent in Manifest Recall. Published by Grey Matter Press, Manifest Recall is an uppercut of a novella that is sure to loosen a few teeth. I’m a big fan of Alan’s work and the novella is my favourite format to read….

Book review: 100 Word Horrors – Anthology

  Writing is hard work. Crafting an original story is not an easy thing, be it a novel, novella, novelette, short story, any format really. But what if you tried to tell a story in only 100 words? 100 Word Horrors crams in a lot of ideas and themes. I’d describe this as a fun…

Book review: The Wish Mechanics – Daniel Braum

  I loved the previous collection of stories called The Night Marchers from author Daniel Braum. Braum has a real knack for writing engrossing and deep stories that defy genre categorisation. His previous collection whisked me away to exotic locations where music played a central role and his characters encountered both magic and darkness. Music…

Book review: Breaking the World – Jerry Gordon

  Right off the cuff, I’ll say that Breaking the World is one the best-paced novels I’ve read for a very long time. This is prime scotch fillet right here-tender, no fat and very tasty. From the action-packed first few pages, Gordon never allows the reader to catch a breath and it makes for a…