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Book Review: Andrew by M.J. Orz

Book Review: Andrew by M.J. Orz

Andrew is a novel by author M.J. Orz. This is the first review I’ve written in almost two years so please forgive it if it lacks any sort of depth. The novel is an anthology format that weaves different stories together, all tied in nicely by their connection to the eponymous Andrew. One strength of the novel is that while each chapter feels differently from the rest, they remain faithful to each other in the world that M.J. Orz has…

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The Uncommitted: Book Review

The Uncommitted: Book Review

I was given a PDF edition of The Uncommitted by Margaret Goss for review. The cover art is eye-catching; so are a few inconsistencies. Perhaps I notice them more than others because of my years in publishing. I do have to admit they did little to distract from the story itself…only the overall presentation of the book. The book opens with Josephine Reilly taking a plane ride to care for her mother who is dying from cancer. I went through…

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Book Review: Deadraiser (Part 1: The Horror In Jordan's Bank)

Book Review: Deadraiser (Part 1: The Horror In Jordan's Bank)

Big fish in a small town. Necromancy. Human sacrifice. Conspiracy. If you like these things, you’ll get a kick out of Deadraiser Part 1: The Horror In Jordan’s Bank). From the Goodreads summary: DEADRAISER is the tale of a present-day practitioner who achieves what others have been unable to do for centuries — to raise the dead. The problem is that he must sacrifice innocent victims in order to maintain his power. Enter Fanchon (Frankie) Manning, daughter of the late…

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The Bride Wore Brains: Book Review

The Bride Wore Brains: Book Review

Emily Wesley Stringer’s self-published debut novel, The Bride Wore Brains, is a fun dark comedy with a heavy zombie element. Kat’s best friend, Claire, is getting married. Like any good Maid of Honor, Kat is doing her best to ensure that the wedding goes smoothly and that the bride has her day. When the guest begin to turn into zombies, however, Kat finds that her work is cut out for her. This gorefest clocks in at just 70 pages, but the…

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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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Reach and Other Short Stories: Book Review

Reach and Other Short Stories: Book Review

Reach and Other Short Stories By Brandon Drake Reach and Other Short Stories is a single author collection, not an anthology as suggested in the Preface. It contains an opening scene of four college-aged men and women in a closed library. You may think, as I did, how this is reminiscent of other stories or movies which start out the same way. One of them reads something aloud they shouldn’t, releasing some horror into the world. I love that these…

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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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Marvelry's Curiosity Shop: Book Review

Marvelry's Curiosity Shop: Book Review

     The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite shows ever. I’ve watched season after season, over and over, year after year. It never gets old for me. I’m attracted to short, weird tales that manage to enthrall and shock me in 30 minutes or less. Likewise, I also enjoy short story collections for the same reason. Bite-sized stories of suspense and the unexplained will always have a place on my bookshelf. Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop, by John Brhel and…

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The Blood on My Hands: Book Review

The Blood on My Hands: Book Review

When I was first given The Blood on My Hands to review, the story sounded interesting. It is the autobiography of a child with a serial killer for her father. I suppose the premise is to survive that kind of horrific childhood. To that end, the author did so with great strength but certainly not unscathed. I began reading with high hopes. Unfortunately this is a difficult story to get into so I was quickly disappointed.  I’ll be up-front and…

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Review: The Turning

Review: The Turning

The werewolf is one of the most tragic monsters in literary history. Their condition is a curse, a constant struggle to deal with and suppress their primitive nature. Once the moon turns man to beast, his hunger is voracious, his lust is insatiable, and his violence is brutal. As humans, acting upon these urges has been generally frowned upon and sometimes shunned in societies both past and present. But we are wild creatures; always have been. We’ve hunted and gathered, we’ve…

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Paper Cuts: 7/12/16

Paper Cuts: 7/12/16

Nailbiter #24 (Image) Have you ever turned a movie on TV and realized that the it’s coming to the climax and you become immediately invested? Never having read a single issue of Nailbiter, I decided to take a stab at issue 24 this week.  (Forgive the bad jokes, I will try to limit them, but make no promises) The issue picks up with two frantic cops who are trying to stop something from happening, but can see the ball is…

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Review – The Russian Sleep Experiment by Holly Ice

Review – The Russian Sleep Experiment by Holly Ice

The Russian Sleep Experiment is a short-story rehash of an old favourite in a way that the recent movie ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a rehash of 1981’s The Evil Dead. A lot is added, and something difficult to describe is taken away. In total we receive a fresh look at what was once a simple “spooky copy/paste” that has circled the web for something like 5 years. The first thing one picks up on is the immense change in…

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Review – Pathogen:Outbreak by Kai Kiriyama

Review – Pathogen:Outbreak by Kai Kiriyama

Pathogen:Outbreak is the second novel in the Pathogen series by author Kai Kiriyama. We reviewed the first book Pathogen: Patient Zero here There’s no real way to discuss this book without spoiling the ending of the first one. You have been warned. Pathogen:Outbreak picks up a short time after the first book and the focus this time is on Dr.Liam Alexander. The good Dr. wakes up in quarantine with no knowledge as to how he got there. From the moment…

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Interview 2 with Anne Michaud

Interview 2 with Anne Michaud

Last time I interviewed you, Girls and Monsters had just come out. What have you been up to since then?   It’s been CRAZY. After my first publishing experience with a small press (beside participating to an anthology, obv.), I decided to do things my own way and self-pub my novel HUNTER’S TRAP. Quite the learning curve. I guess I made all the mistakes novices do, but I did take notes of every little thing I’d never do again; i.e….

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Review- Pathogen:Patient Zero by Kai Kiriyama

Review- Pathogen:Patient Zero by Kai Kiriyama

As some of you may know, I normally despise zombie fiction. Everything that has or can be said in that sub-genre of horror has been done…and please forgive the pun…to death. When I first spoke to Kai about reviewing the Pathogen books I was hesitant at first, but the brief synopsis she gave me about the first book had me intrigued. I decided to lift my personal hatred of all things undead and started reading the first book. I was…

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