Book review: The Doll House – Edward Lee

With The Doll House, Edward Lee evokes the spirit of M. R. James and does so with considerable success. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read a huge amount of Lee’s work though I do have a stack of it on the Kindle waiting to be read. What I have read is beyond the realms of fictional…

BTB Storytellers episode 6: J. R. Park talks UPON WAKING

Well, for starters I think Mr Park wins an award for the best author pic so far! This week, and the following two, we will be spending some storytelling time with the three gentlemen from the Sinister Horror Company. Justin Park is up first, talking about his extreme horror story ‘Upon Waking’. Mr Park is on…

BTB Storytellers episode 5: Chris Kelso talks UNGER HOUSE RADICALS

Hi there, and welcome back to another guest piece for Storytellers. Last week we had Betty Rocksteady talk ‘Arachnophile’ and a special midweek post by Rich Hawkins about ‘The Last Outpost’. This week the focus is on Chris Kelso and his excellent book ‘Unger House Radicals’ which came out earlier this year by the wonderful Crowded…

Book review: Bloodwalker – L.X. Cain

‘Bloodwalker’ is my first read by L.X. Cain. You may think from the title that the book is about vampires, but that would be incorrect. ‘Bloodwalker’ is the story of Rurik  (former circus strong man and security chief), and young Sylvie who is a Skomori. The Skomori are sort of carers of the dead and…

Book review: 89 – Stuart Keane

‘89’ by Stuart Keane is a tense psychological horror novella that ticks all of the boxes for this reader. I am already familiar with Keane’s work having read and loved ‘Cine’ – a dark tale about a cinema in a small town where the punters are often stars of the show. One thing that ‘Cine’…

Book review: King Carrion – Rich Hawkins

‘King Carrion’ sees Rich Hawkins team up with the Sinister Horror Company for a short novella of vampiric horror straight out of the top drawer. After a brief glimpse into the past, we join Mason; a recovering alcoholic, seeking to piece his life back together after a drink driving incident and time served in prison….

BtB Storytellers ‘Bleak Week’ special with Rich Hawkins

You may be aware that I am currently running a feature every Sunday here at the blog that allows writers to tell the story behind the story. So far there has been great pieces by Andrew David Barker, Stephen Kozeniewski, Alan Baxter and more recently Betty Rocksteady. With the ‘Bleak Week’ running all through the…

Book review: Detritus in Love – Mercedes M. Yardley & John Boden

I am fan of both of these writers works. They both have a unique take on fiction, reveling in that kind of dreamy prose that allows for a great reading experience. The two writers that are quite similar, yet also quite different, join forces for this short novella ‘Detritus in Love’. When authors co-write stories,…