Book review: Tales From The Realm: Volume One – Anthology

  Tales From The Realm: Volume One is a collection of stories taken from the first few issues of Aphotic Realm Magazine. Aphotic Realm is said to be home to the strange and sinister and there are certainly a few strange and sinister stories hiding within… Aphotic Realm is a themed magazine featuring fiction, non-fiction,…

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: Welcome to the Show – Anthology

  Themed anthologies are all the rage at the moment and Crystal Lake Publishing usually gets it right with the ones they publish. Welcome to the Show features 17 stories about the goings on at The Shantyman – a legendary music venue. I sure had high hopes for this book being a big music fan and…

Book review: Drabbledark – An Anthology of Dark Drabbles.

  My previous experience with drabbles left me a little underwhelmed. The book I read certainly wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t set my pulse racing either. Drabbledark is my second attempt and I had a little more success with this anthology. With the stories only being 100 words in length, you’re going to get…

Book review: Bones – Andrew Cull

  Andrew Cull has pulled together his recent short stories and the novella, Knock and You Will See Me into one collection called Bones. Cull is a writer I’m only just becoming familiar with. The novella, Knock and You Will See Me was a hit for this reader. I enjoy character driven horror stories and that…

Book review: Lost Films – Anthology

  Lost Films is a sprawling tome featuring a treasure trove of stories based around…..yep, you guessed it, Lost Films! And here at Grim Reader HQ, we do love a themed anthology. Anthologies such as this I find are often enjoyed in bursts; a story or two at night, perhaps another squeezed in during a…

Magazine review: Black Static #63

  On the back of finishing the excellent Simon Avery novella, The Teardrop Method, I was eager to jump into the latest issue of Black Static Magazine #63. I’ll be honest, I was pretty wrung out from finishing that book and after excellent non-fiction from the ever-reliable Lynda E. Rucker and Ralph Robert Moore I…

It Happened in a Flash by Calvin Demmer

It Happened in a Flash By Calvin Demmer   When I started to submit my fiction to different markets, I was focused on the short story length, anything between 2,000 to 5,000 words to be more precise. I didn’t even really know what flash fiction was at that stage. I’d read the term on some…

Book review: Orotund – B. P. Gregory

  Without trying to give too much away, I will say that Orotund: collected short stories volume II starts with a bang. The first story, Strangers, had me wondering where B. P. Gregory was going with it all. A young girl seemingly lost looking for a library finally finds what she is looking for. But all is…

Words & Music: A guest post from Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

Today, Erin Al-Mehairi stop by with an excellent guest post on poetry and music. I’m a little late to the party with regard to reading poetry, but the darker works I’m reading are resonating strongly with me. This post is split into two parts, the first of which you can read below and the second…