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
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
Well, well, well, this is a tasty little novella from David Busboom. I went into this thinking it was a vampire story and I was so wrong. Nightbird is a fine debut novella from David Busboom. It’s one that is rich in character and heavy on atmosphere and I love the cover art; it’s simplistic in design, yet the writing is not so. Busboom … Continue reading Book review: Nightbird – David Busboom
A Nightmare in My Boombox By Eddie Generous I was a kid in the country, surrounded by animals and racecars and mullets and tractors. In the land of hockey and Blue Rodeo. It shaped much of me, I’m sure, or at least I can pick out a handful of things that never fit and I’ve been rubbing against pretty well since I was … Continue reading Hip-hop you don’t stop with UNNERVING’S Eddie Generous!
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
TGR: Where did your love of reading and writing come from? DB: I guess my love of reading came from my parents. They read me fairy tales and children’s books before I was old enough to read myself and then continued to read with me pretty often as my tastes matured. I read a lot of grade-school-level dinosaur and nature books before … Continue reading Interview: David Busboom chats about life, Narnia, Lovecraft and ambiguity in writing.
He may not be as well-known as Stephen King but Salford’s finest horror writer, Gary Buller, was only too pleased to stop by Grim Reader Reviews to answer a few questions about writing and life. I hope you will check out Gary’s stuff. His collection, Mechanisms of Despair, shows huge promise and contains some fab tales. Check out my review here. Money raised from this … Continue reading Interview: Gary Buller steps up to the plate.
Love and horror are two concepts that often walk hand-in-hand. My favourite stories to read in the horror genre are those that break my fragile little heart whilst at the same time creeping me out. Hardened Hearts holds a nice balance of stories. Some of these tales tug hard at the heartstrings, whilst others leave a dark smirk of satisfaction on your face. Then there … Continue reading Book review: Hardened Hearts – Anthology
Alligators In The Sewers is a limited edition chapbook release by Unnerving Magazine. At around an hour reading, you get a mix of poems and short stories featuring some of the best dark fiction has to offer. Mark Allan Gunnells fantastic opening story, A Rain of Autumn Leaves is truly one to savour. I’ve read many stories detailing the world’s end but never anything … Continue reading Book review: Alligators in the Sewers – Unnerving Magazine
Church by Renee Miller is a short, sharp often shocking cult horror tale. Oddly enough, I began reading this at the same time Charles Manson was said to be knocking on death’s door (and good riddance now that he has gone). The timing of this was purely coincidental but it did put me in the mood to read some cult-inspired horror. Unnerving Magazine has … Continue reading Book review: Church – Renee Miller