Magazine review: Unnerving Magazine #5

    Unnerving issue #5 gets off to an immense start with Glug Glug by Aaron J. Householder and the sinister Red Room by Christa Carmen. Whilst only short, Householder’s tale is a fun, throwback style horror story that put a huge smile on my face and one that I felt was a little reminiscent of Stephen King. Christa Carmen’s Red Room is a different beast … Continue reading Magazine review: Unnerving Magazine #5

Interview: John C. Foster talks Night Roads, writing and tombstones!

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!

Magazine review: Dark Moon Digest #28

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

Book review: Before – Paul Kane

I am a big fan of Paul Kane’s work. I absolutely loved his Sherlock Holmes/Cenobite mash-up novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell. So much so it featured in my top 10 reads for 2016. Going into Before, my expectations were pretty big and when I heard Kane had teamed up with Grey Matter Press for this epic dark fantasy/horror novel my interest was … Continue reading Book review: Before – Paul Kane

Guest post: Christopher Charman talks novel writing and talking animals!

  I hadn’t really given a lot of thought to what goes into making a novel until about halfway into my time in San Francisco State University’s MFA Creative Writing program. In the fall of 2010, I had the good fortune to take a class on novel writing from Dodie Bellamy (The Letters of Mina Harker). At that point, I was writing short fiction almost … Continue reading Guest post: Christopher Charman talks novel writing and talking animals!

Book review: What Do Monsters Fear?

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?

Magazine review: Grimdark Magazine Issue #12

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

Interview: The Grim Reader talks to Mercedes Murdock Yardley

  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

Book review: Neon Golgotha – Michael Faun

Oh boy! Where to start with this one! Neon Golgotha is a book I was curious about, curious enough to part with my hard-earned coin. What I got was 5 connected stories featuring lots of sex, murder and death. If this is your thing then keep reading, if not I’ll see you again soon. This short book features some of the most grimy, desperate characters … Continue reading Book review: Neon Golgotha – Michael Faun

Interview: Ellen Datlow talks to the Grim Reader

Ellen Datlow is a name any discerning reader of dark fiction will be familiar with. Unless you have been living in a cave for a number of years you will probably know that Ellen is one of, if not THE premier editor for science fiction, fantasy and of course horror. She has won numerous awards as editor including multiple Hugo awards, Bram Stoker awards, Shirley … Continue reading Interview: Ellen Datlow talks to the Grim Reader