Stephen Gregory’s first novel, The Cormorant, tells a chilling story about a man, his wife and toddler, and the hellish bird they inherit from a distant relative. The tale blended otherworldly and psychological terrors with a prose style reminiscent of Robert Aickman’s works. At the time of its release, that particular novel drew inevitable comparison […]Read more "Flutters and Frights: Stephen Gregory’s On Dark Wings"
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"
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"
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"
Before delving into this week’s work, please allow me a moment to tangent on another writer altogether. Starting sometime in the 1900s and continuing through to his death in the 1970s, P. G. Wodehouse made a career out of farce and ribaldry through several series and stand alone works, some of the most famous of […]Read more "There’s A Shadow Just Behind Me: Robin Maugham’s The Servant"