I’m a huge fan of Alan Baxter’s work. His short story collection, Crow Shine, blew me away, as did his recent novella, The Book Club. Alan’s latest book, Hidden City, is quite different and it shows what a talented writer he is. Hidden City blends urban fantasy, noir and horror. If you can imagine James Herbert’s The Fog mixed with Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, … Continue reading Book review: Hidden City – Alan Baxter
Regulars at my blog will know that I love me some John Foster fiction, and it just so happens that Mr. Foster has a new book out early in November through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Night Roads is book 2 in the Libros De Inferno series, though I believe that you can also read this as a stand-alone novel. But really, buy the first one, … Continue reading Interview: John C. Foster talks Night Roads, writing and tombstones!
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
I picked up this novelette after hearing good things about it from a crime fiction reviewer I respect. I don’t read a lot of crime/noir but at a little over 40 pages, Skull Meat wasn’t to be a huge investment in my time. I’m sure glad I did pick it up. I had little intention of reading the story the night I bought it, however, … Continue reading Book review: Skull Meat – Tom Leins
Something occurred to me whilst I was reading The Student by Iain Ryan. And that is, more people should be reading The Student by Iain Ryan. If you like your crime fiction dark and gritty, suffocating under the humidity of tropical Queensland, Ryan’s latest book is the one for you. Nate is a drug dealer, but when his supplies start to dwindle he seeks out his … Continue reading Book review: The Student – Iain Ryan
Much has been written of the talents of Fuminori Nakamura. This is my first read and I now count myself amongst his fans. The book’s title sort of gives away what the story is about…yep, it’s about a thief, a pickpocket actually, one roaming the streets of Tokyo delicately sliding his fingers into the clothes of unsuspecting passers-by, relieving them of their wallets and purses. … Continue reading Book review: The Thief – Fuminori Nakamura
‘Aletheia’ is a very dense novel and a sizeable book to boot. There is a murky essence to this story of a family returning home after a lengthy absence, but does it buckle under its own weight? Certainly not. Crystal Lake Publishing doesn’t release books they don’t heartily believe in. My TBR pile meant that I had to pass up on an early review copy … Continue reading Book review: Aletheia – JS Breukelaar
The mythos created by Lovecraft so many years ago still resonates strongly with readers today. Some writers use the source material as a platform to create something new and original whereas others take a slightly more traditional route and choose to expand on Lovecraft’s original story ideas but sometimes at the expense of injecting any of their own personality into the story. The cover art sucked … Continue reading Book review: Hammers on Bone – Cassandra Khaw
I’m sure you have all been hanging on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what novels would feature in my top 20 for 2016. It has been another bumper book year. My Goodreads challenge was met in September, and I anticipate cracking 200 books for this year (including novellas, anthologies and novels). So, here are my top 20 novels for 2016, in … Continue reading 2016 best of the best…according to The Grim Reader.
‘The Rib from which I Remake the World’ is a book that has been on my radar ever since I saw the cover art. It is a mix up of noir and horror that works very, very well, thanks in part to Kurtz’ smooth, easy writing style and some great characters and settings. Despite the obvious influence of Bradbury’s classic tale ‘Something Wicked This Way … Continue reading Book review: The Rib from which I Remake the World – Ed Kurtz