Dennis Etchison’s second novel did not appear for seven years after his first novel DARKSIDE (reviewed here). The author’s sophomore work hit shelves in 1993 as part of the Dell Abyss line, an imprint dedicated to transgressive, unusual, non-formulaic horror fiction, which did not require Indian burial grounds, spooky teens, or traditional haunted houses. Etchison’s general […]Read more "WE ALL GO INTO THE DARK: DENNIS ETCHISON’S SHADOWMAN"
Where do I go from here? That seems to be a driving question behind some of Westlake’s novels. I wonder if that was the very thing he asked himself before sitting down to a new standalone project. It certainly fits with SACRED MONSTER, which blends a few of the themes and topics he had been […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: SACRED MONSTER"
There is a house in Maine, you see. Called Spindrift House on the shore. It’s been the ruin of many an investigator. Oh my, here comes some more . . . IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE is the latest novella from Mira Grant, made available as a limited edition hardcover edition as well as […]Read more "JINKIES!: MIRA GRANT’S IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE"
Following the first three volumes of a new mystery/suspense series under the Sam Holt name, Westlake decided to try something different under his own name. He wrote a strong, sassy female tabloid reporter as the protagonist for a novel about truth, lies, and the gray spaces between in TRUST ME ON THIS. When Sara Joslyn […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: TRUST ME ON THIS"
Around 2000/2001, a new internet publisher (Stealth Press) decided to enter the small genre publisher market and they made a bit of a splash with their inaugural titles. Stealth’s opening foray included a trio of reprinted books from the original splatterpunk horror authors John Skipp and Craig Spector (THE LIGHT AT THE END, THE CLEANUP, […]Read more "WORDS LIKE VIOLENCE BREAK THE SILENCE: DENNIS ETCHISON’S TALKING IN THE DARK"
Hot on the heels of the first two volumes in Donald E. Westlake’s Sam Holt series comes the third work, a mystery that plays with the sorts of expectations readers might have for cozy mysteries, those that bring an amateur sleuth to a remote locale and then poses seemingly impossible crimes for them to solve […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: WHAT I TELL YOU THREE TIMES IS FALSE"
On the heels of his first collection, 1984’s THE DARK COUNTRY, as well as two decades worth of short fiction, a handful of pseudonymous novels written (or co-written in one case) for the same sorts of adult markets Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Block, and Robert Silverberg had been writing for, as well as a near […]Read more "THE DARK SIDE’S CALLING NOW, NOTHING’S REAL: DENNIS ETCHISON’S DARKSIDE"