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Book Review: Covenant

Book Review: Covenant

The roots of the horror genre are tangled around humanity’s fear of death and the abominations that transcend it. Vampires, zombies, and demons all fit this description, but the earliest, and possibly the most widespread in human culture, are the ghosts of the unquiet dead. While many authors turn their imaginations toward new ways to terrify, ghost stories have scared us for centuries untold. Allan Leverone has delivered a solid example of such a tale. The book is a quick…

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Nightmares: Book Review

Nightmares: Book Review

Ellen Datlow is a master curator of fiction, and though she calls herself a “horror enthusiast,” I don’t think it’s a stretch to say she is also one of the guiding hands of the genre. Her Best Horror of the Year anthologies are a snapshot of current trends in horror, offering readers a sampling of new and established authors in one volume. Nightmares expands on those best-of collections and represents Datlow’s favorite short fiction from the years spanning 2005 to…

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America's Most Haunted Hotels: Book Review

America's Most Haunted Hotels: Book Review

America’s Most Haunted Hotels: Checking in with Uninvited Guests By Jaime Davis Whitmer with Robert Whitmer Ghost stories are a staple of the horror genre, and they always have a little sharper edge when the magic words, “based on a true story” appear under the title. Ghost hunting has taken on its own genre, as either pure entertainment or amateur scientific research, sometimes a combination of both. I readily admit my deep affection for a good haint tale, and this…

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The Devouring God: Book Review

The Devouring God: Book Review

The Devouring God By James Kendley There’s something strange going on in Fukuoka, Japan. Tohru Takuda and his companions, Suzuki and Mori and his wife Yumi, have found work and a small apartment there.  Rumors abound about a killer who leaves behind everything but the bones of his victims, but there’s no official news of the deaths in the media. Several students are missing, but officials brush it aside as cram-school stress. Takuda’s new boss gives him a job guarding…

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Disappearance at Devil's Rock: Book Review

Disappearance at Devil's Rock: Book Review

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock By Paul Tremblay Synopsis: A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts. “A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle…

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Acadia's Law: Book Review

Acadia's Law: Book Review

Synopsis: Ask yourself: How would YOU survive an epidemic? Acadia King is a young widow suddenly faced with answering this question, and in ways she could have never dreamed possible at the start of her evening. It has been two long years since the death of her husband. Caving to the pressure from her good friends to go on a blind date, Acadia’s plans for a night of simple pleasures are about to get complicated. Not only does Acadia meet…

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Salem's Vengeance: Book Review

Salem's Vengeance: Book Review

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelly never expected to meet the Devil’s daughter. She only sought innocent dancing in the moonlight, not a coven entranced by their dark priestess.  When her friends partake of a powder meant to conjure spirits – and the results go horribly awry – Sarah is forced to make a choice. To keep their secret risks her own damnation, but to condemn them may invoke the accusing remnants of Salem to rise again. Horror writers invent scenarios to…

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Best Night of the Year: Book Review

Best Night of the Year: Book Review

The Best Night of the Year by Gerald Dean Rice It’s that time of year again! October is my favorite month, and The Best Night of the Year delivers three spooky short tales of Halloween horror. Synopsis: The Best Night of the Year contains 3 tales of terror from the author of Fleshbags. Two police officers make a routine yearly stop and get a treat that will last them the rest of their lives. A man trying to bond with…

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Sleepers II: Book Review

Sleepers II: Book Review

Sleepers II by Jacqueline Druga  Warning! If you have not yet read Sleepers #1, skip this review and come back later. In the final chapter of Sleepers #1, the survivors are forcibly split into two groups. One group goes to the ARC in the former NORAD headquarters, and another group is left behind on a hospital rooftop. Of course, this left me yelling, “Don’t split the party!” at my eReader, a fairly good indication that I was completely engaged in…

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Sleepers: Book Review

Sleepers: Book Review

Sleepers by Jacqueline Druga Review by S. Kay Nash  Oh boy. If you’re a parent and you’re planning to read this book, grab a hanky because you’re going to need it. Here’s the synopsis: A normal spring morning cascades into a nightmare world for Mera Stevens as 1.8 billion children simultaneously fall ill and then vanish from the face of the earth. Her son, Jeremy, is one of them. Increased natural disasters, onslaught of disease and other phenomena throws the…

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