Signing off, and the best of 2018.

  As summer approaches, sweat begins to build and drip from my brow. The Grim Reader looks forward to hot nights and even hotter days as the merciless Queensland humidity rapidly approaches. It is with this final post at Beavisthebookhead.com that I wish to thank everybody for their unwavering support, but I have now reached…

Book review: Little Black Spots – John F D Taff

  Short story collections are funny beasts…for publishers and authors they can be a tricky sell. I’m not sure why? I love reading short stories as much as I love to read novellas and novels and when the short story format is done well, it sings. John F D Taff is a writer who excels…

Book review: Shadows Over Main Street vol 2 – Anthology

  It will need to be a pretty spectacular anthology to top what is on offer inside Shadows Over Main Street vol 2. Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward have assembled some brilliant writers who have delivered wonderful stories in this second volume of small-town, Lovecraftian style horror. The tales contained within this anthology aren’t the type that goes…

Book review: Garden of Fiends – Tales of addiction horror.

Mark Mathews’ Wicked Run Press has assembled quite the cast to share these stories of addiction horror. A mixture of novellas, short stories and a flash fiction piece, ‘Garden of Fiends’ is not a happy reading experience but it is an incredibly fascinating and at times grim one. These are dark tales set against a…

Book review: Unnerving Magazine Issue #1

Unfortunately I’ve seen a few magazines go belly up in the last 18 months or so. The reasons I am not quite sure, though I don’t doubt that sales have something to do with it. So here we are with issue #1 of Unnerving Magazine: a new zine that I stumbled across on Twitter, of…

Interview: I Can Taste the Blood – John F.D. Taff

  There is little I enjoy more than spreading the word about my favorite writers and sharing in the excitement of upcoming books. On the 23rd August Grey Matter Press will release I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD; A collection of novellas that all use the same title, but come from 5 very different voices that…

Book Review: The Desolated Orchard – John F. D. Taff

When a farm hand falls for a mysterious woman he befriends a fellow worker who has a very interesting story to tell; a warning even… Just how much are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of love? John F. D. Taff’s ‘ The Desolated Orchard’ is a novella that packs more emotional punch than…