Book review: The Green and the Black – William Meikle

  William Meikle comes up trumps again with this hugely satisfying short novel of creepy folk horror. The Green and the Black features a couple of familiar horror tropes, but never does it feel tired as books with these tropes often can. We have mysterious diary extracts that speak of strange green-eyed “wee folk” that…

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: 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: 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…

Magazine review: Black Static #63

  On the back of finishing the excellent Simon Avery novella, The Teardrop Method, I was eager to jump into the latest issue of Black Static Magazine #63. I’ll be honest, I was pretty wrung out from finishing that book and after excellent non-fiction from the ever-reliable Lynda E. Rucker and Ralph Robert Moore I…

Book review: Bone Saw – Patrick Lacey

  I’m a big fan of Patrick Lacey’s writing and was eagerly awaiting this new book from him and the excellent Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Lacey is cut from a similar cloth to Adam Cesare in that his love of horror movies often comes to the fore in his writing. The synopsis tells of a…

Book review: All Internal – Terence Hannum

  All Internal is one of those rare books in which I was quite speechless at the end. One thing I’ll say is that it certainly isn’t for readers who are put off by graphic sex scenes. All Internal is a dark tale filled with sexual deviance and Cronenberg style horrors. If I was to…

Book review: Love For Slaughter – Sara Tantlinger

  I like my poetry like I like my steak….bloody. Sara Tantlinger’s Love For Slaughter certainly isn’t for the prude, nor is it for those who are put off by a little gore and guts in their verse. I had a really hard time putting this collection down and its clever mixture of shorter and…

Book review: Stirring the Sheets – Chad Lutzke

  Stirring the Sheets is my first time reading Chad Lutzke’s work and I must say I really enjoyed this sombre, thoughtful novella published by Bloodshot Books. Stirring the Sheets is a grief-filled story about Emmett, a funeral home worker, and his struggles to cope with the loss of his wife of 50 years. Grief…

Book review: They Feed – Jason Parent

    With They Feed, Jason Parent goes old-school horror and delivers a great b-movie style gory read that hit all of the right notes for this reader. They Feed is a novel about strange creatures eating people alive in the woods and it is exactly the sort of book I wanted to read. What’s…