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 longer poems really struck a chord with me. There is … Continue reading Book review: Love For Slaughter – Sara Tantlinger

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 can do terrible things to people, it can pull you … Continue reading Book review: Stirring the Sheets – Chad Lutzke

Book review: Corpsepaint – David Peak

  Regulars here will be familiar with my affinity towards metal, and it’s the blackest of metal on most occasions is what I can be found listening to. Yes, that abrasive, caustic stuff where singers shriek, garggle and howl into the microphone, guitars cut and scythe and drums blast you into a state of perpetual unconsciousness. Admittedly, it isn’t for everyone and so might be … Continue reading Book review: Corpsepaint – David Peak

Tom Adams chats with the Grim Reader

  This week, Tom Adams joins me for a chat about writing, dark fiction and metal! Tom talks in-depth about his influences and his own work. I love it when people take the time to answer my questions with such thought, so thanks to Tom for that! Hope you dig.   TGR: Tom, thanks for stopping by. Where does your love of reading come from … Continue reading Tom Adams chats with the Grim Reader

Magazine review: Black Static #62

  Issue #62 of Black Static is once again chock full of deep, thoughtful dark fiction. This is fiction that will squirm inside of you, leaving a dark stain on your memory and things get off to a bleak dystopian beginning with Sanguinary Scar by E. Catherine Tobler. This is a pretty grim tale where a future New York-one submerged under water-is the centrepiece for some dark goings-on as … Continue reading Magazine review: Black Static #62

Book review: Cats Like Cream – Renee Miller

    Cats Like Cream is a punchy novelette featuring a real estate worker who is also a voyeuristic serial killer (aren’t they all?!). I’m not usually a fan of serial killer fiction but this tale is superb. We follow the dark path trodden by Elwin. Elwin is a vile, vile creature, a twisted, sadistic man who hides behind the curtain of his day job … Continue reading Book review: Cats Like Cream – Renee Miller

Book review: Darkest Hours – Mike Thorn

  I love short story collections, and Mike Thorn’s debut collection of dark fiction is chock full of unnerving tales (Ha! see what I did there?!). Darkest Hours starts very strongly indeed with the story Hair. I recently watched the movie Raw and Raw has a scene in it where a girl is choking and begins coughing up strands of hair. For me, it was easily … Continue reading Book review: Darkest Hours – Mike Thorn

Book review: Monsters in the Clouds – Russell James

  Fresh from his escape from the Cavern of the Damned, Grant Coleman is back in action, and this time he is enlisted by a huge corporation to travel deep into the Amazon jungle to go in search of a prehistoric beast. What could possibly go wrong? Well, as is so often the case with these books plenty can and does. Monsters in the Clouds … Continue reading Book review: Monsters in the Clouds – Russell James

Corpsepaint – David Peak and Word Horde get kvelt

    April 30th sees publisher Word Horde unleash David Peak‘s latest novel, Corpsepaint – a black metal inspired horror novel! To say I’m excited about reading this is an understatement (so much so, I immediately hit Word Horde‘s Ross Lockhart up for a review copy!). I love metal, especially black metal, and so what better way to signal the arrival of this fine book than to plug … Continue reading Corpsepaint – David Peak and Word Horde get kvelt