There are some places in the universe, the tagline for Aliens tells us, you don’t go alone. Of course, in that movie (and those of its ilk) going in numbers is no guarantee that all those people who join you will be coming back alive. So it is with stories that take place in haunted hotels, haunted graveyards, […]Read more "Witness Me: Sara Brooke’s Cursed Casino"
Nick Kontis and his pals have come back home from a hunting trip only to discover they missed out on the panic and manic stages of an end of world scenario, and all that remains is the waiting. No joke. The houses are boarded up, the windows sealed with plastic, and the crannies effectively stoppered […]Read more "I Watched You Change Into a Fly, Then I Looked Away: Kelli Owen’s Waiting Out Winter"
Outside of the town of Dory’s Cove, Oregon is a natural formation known as the Devil’s Churn, which some could conceivably call The Suck (but no one in the story does; a missed opportunity in my joking opinion). The Churn is a crevice in the rocks, a place where ocean water turns and spits and […]Read more "Terrible Truths About Mothers & Daughters: Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Devil’s Churn"
Capsule review: A transition novella taking Stross’s supernatural horror investigative agency of the British government The Laundry Files into loving pastiches of genre fantasy tropes crossed with biological horrors. Bonus: Stross also references bucolic British literature and the writings of one Howard Phillips Lovecraft to great and amusing effect. Impressed by the biology as well as the gross-out, I loved it.Read more "Not Your Little Sparklepony!"