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THE LOG HOUSE (Guest Review)

THE LOG HOUSE (Guest Review)

“I know that they are strong and fast. They don’t feel fear, don’t even know what it means. You can’t ward them off with charms and urban legends. They can climb and run and they never tire. Only the light can distract them, and once that has gone, you have nothing. They will see you, and once they have, they will never stop until they have you. If they knew we were here, we’d already be dead.” -Penny, protagonist of…

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Papercuts: A Passage In Black

Papercuts: A Passage In Black

Papercuts: A Passage In Black By Ryan “HB” Mount **Spoiler Free Review** As the fall approaches and the cool air fills the night, we all start to think about what lies ahead.  For many, Halloween is around the corner and horror movies begin to dominate our watching experiences.  However, this year, the best scary stories won’t be on film, but will be told on black and white pages.  That is because author, Cullen Bunn, releases his newest work, A Passage…

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Story Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Story Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Dead Over Heels is the story of Veronica who can’t seem to catch a break in the love department. Tired of the grind, she turns to magic to help find that special someone. It’s a pretty short read so I don’t want to spoil any more of it than that but it was a lot of fun. I think it clocks in at around 37 pages. Dead Over Heels doesn’t waste a single sentence in that time. As I said, it’s relatively…

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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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Book Review: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

Book Review: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

I didn’t release an official ranking for 2016 but if I had, Hammers on Bone would easily be in my top 2 for 2016. If it had been released in any other year it would have been the top book. This book is very, very, very good. It’s a Lovecraftian noir tale about a Private Investigator who seemingly gets in over his head. The characters and mythology are perfectly fleshed out and the tone feels right out of the 1930s…

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Book Review: What Lies Within by Clare de Lune

Book Review: What Lies Within by Clare de Lune

The simple version: What Lies Within is a dark, gory family drama about serial killers. I mean this in the most loving way possible, this was fun to read and dissect. Those are words I never thought I’d write about a book but here we are and boy am I happy about it. What Lies Within is the story of Sophia, proud owner of a cosmetics company that just happens to also be a serial killer. Her relationship with her accomplice is failing and…

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Book Review: Certain Dark Things by M.J. Pack

Book Review: Certain Dark Things by M.J. Pack

Certain Dark Things is a short story collection by M.J. Pack. When doing a collection of short stories, it can be difficult to find balance. A lot of time the story placement seems almost random and the book will have no flow. Each story in Certain Dark Things seems as though it were meticulously picked out to appear in just the right order. None of the stories fall flat, it opens and ends on very strong notes. The stories within…

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Book Review: Clockwork Universe by John W.Dennehy

Book Review: Clockwork Universe by John W.Dennehy

I’ll start by saying that while this isn’t 100% horror, it has enough of the themes that I’ll count it. Being steampunk doesn’t hurt either. And now for the review Clockwork Universe was a very fun read. It’s full of action and John’s writing style suits the genre very well. The characters were well written and the dialogue was entertaining. It follows Kevin Barnes, a modern man who plays in a punk band on the weekends. On one of his…

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Book Review: My Soul To Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg

Book Review: My Soul To Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg

This book is part of a series where Jackie takes old nursery rhymes and writes horror stories based off of them. If the rest of the stories are even half as good as this one, we’re all in for some good reading. My Soul To Keep follows the story of Sky, who starts at a brand new boarding school after the death of her father. She joins the group Guardians of Light and soon gets wrapped up in their secrets. When…

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Book Review: At The Cemetery Gates

Book Review: At The Cemetery Gates

I remember going to sleepovers as a kid, and staying up into the wee hours of the morning trading scary stories and urban legends in hushed tones with my friends. We’d swear up and down that we knew someone who knew someone who knew the girl whose boyfriend was murdered by the hook hand killer. We’d retell local legends, and stories we’d read in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.The tales were short and sweet, getting to the good…

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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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Book Review: Year 47 by Bo Chappell

Book Review: Year 47 by Bo Chappell

This book started as a kickstarter and we are glad it came to fruition. I was hooked pretty much immediately at the world that Bo created. It’s a post apocalyptic western and just typing those words out again bring a giant smile to my face. The book is set forty-six years after the Rapture and is set in the New West. The setting is great but the characters are the absolute best part of this book. There’s some dark humor and…

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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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