Man, this is a grim read indeed….and I loved it. Cizak’s tale of a cab driver and his hot, young, sex-crazed neighbour is about as noir as it gets. Lester Banks is locked in a daily life struggle. His job sucks, he can barely pay the rent on his apartment and there is little in the way of hope for things improving. He hooks … Continue reading Book review: Down on the Street – Alec Cizak
This novella from author M. R. Tapia is a not so subtle look at our infatuation with social media as a couple on their honeymoon become contestants on a sick game show. To me, The Die-Fi Experiment reads like a mix between The Running Man and Takeshi’s Castle! And, if you don’t know what I’m talking about with Takeshi’s Castle then go take a look at it on YouTube. You can … Continue reading Book review: The Die-Fi Experiment – M. R. Tapia
The latest issue of Dark Moon Digest is host to more excellent short horror fiction, non-fiction and book reviews. Amongst the fiction, opening tale, Rewards Card, by Tom W. Miller reads like an episode from Tales From the Crypt. Rewards cards are seemingly thrust upon you in every store you visit these days and when a local hardware store, Hanks, offers one that is too … Continue reading Magazine review: Dark Moon Digest #28
Matt Hayward’s What Do Monsters Fear? hit all the right horror buttons for this reader. I’ve become a little desensitized with reading horror recently to the point where I considered taking a long break from it. I’m glad I didn’t, instead I started reading this novel from Matt Hayward, published by Post Mortem Press. There are a few things that I really liked about this book. Firstly, … Continue reading Book review: What Do Monsters Fear?
A break from my usual horror reads came in the shape of Grimdark Magazine Issue #12. As usual the zine features various short stories from renowned writers in the Grimdark genre along with book reviews and a couple of interviews. Kicking off with a story from Luke Scull, author of the Grim Company books, A Ring To Rule Them All features some familiar characters from Scull’s … Continue reading Magazine review: Grimdark Magazine Issue #12
Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of many diverse works, including Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, Detritus in Love, and the BONE ANGEL trilogy. She recently won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award … Continue reading Interview: The Grim Reader talks to Mercedes Murdock Yardley
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.
The Kindle Worlds books are usually pretty entertaining fair. Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Extinction Cycle series of military science fiction books are very popular with genre readers, and the Kindle Worlds books are a way for writers who are fans of the series to add their own flavour to the Extinxtion Cycle world. I don’t mind a bit of military sci-fi now and then and especially in the short … Continue reading Book review: Extinction Bridge – Geoff Brown & Amanda J. Spedding
Issue #3 of Unnerving Magazine rolls around and it’s an absolute doozy! Opening with a fantastic story by Paul Michael Anderson in which he asks: How far will a father go to relieve his daughter from any future pain, both physical and mental? Anderson writes heartfelt dark fiction so well and this story is brilliant and emotional, particularly for myself as my daughter is also … Continue reading Magazine review: Unnerving Issue #3
I set the bar very high for anthologies. Why? because I’ve read some incredible books over the past 18 months and in these were some incredible short stories. Monsters Exist features a number of writers that I am acquainted with, though I never let this get in the way of me posting my honest opinion. I much prefer a themed anthology rather than one that … Continue reading Book review: Monsters Exist – Anthology