Dean Koontz’s Wilderness is an eBook exclusive story, not quite novella length, released to engender reader interest in his novel Innocence. Although Wilderness is short and eschews a traditional narrative structure—it does not give readers the conclusion they might be wishing for—the story also manages to contain some of the most evocative and lyrical prose […]Read more "The Hunted and the Hunter: Dean Koontz’s Wilderness"
I treasure the authors who can draw giggles from me with their humor, describe new visions of the fantastic, evoke a new shade of the macabre, or deliver a shock profound enough to make me want to drag my feet up onto the couch or chair where I am reading so they are nowhere near […]Read more "Empathy for Monsters: Gemma Files’ Spectral Evidence"
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"
Following three well-received novels of literary horror (check out our reviews for A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK, and THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD), Paul Tremblay’s newest release showcases his shorter side with GROWING THINGS a collection of stories and novellas that continue to explore his literate and creepy […]Read more "THAT DARKNESS HUNGED IN MY SKY: PAUL TREMBLAY’S GROWING THINGS AND OTHER STORIES"
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"
In May 2019, the horror fiction field lost one of its finest practitioners: Dennis Etchison. Etchison appeared on the landscape in the 70s, penning stories that would appear in various markets (men’s magazines as well as genre staples of the time such as WHISPERS), often making effective use of quiet chills through moody, focused writing. […]Read more "ONLY THE NIGHT PEOPLE KNOW: DENNIS ETCHISON’S THE DARK COUNTRY"
After reading Stephen Volk’s DARK MASTERS TRILOGY (see reviews for Whitstable, Leytonstone, and Netherwood), I have been intrigued enough by the author’s prose to check out other works. As it turns out, a novellette led off the March/April issue of BLACK STATIC, a UK based horror fiction magazine and will be the subject of today’s […]Read more "ART AS A WEAPON: STEPHEN VOLK’S “UNCHAIN THE BEAST”"
This week brings the second volume of pulpy adventure fiction to eReaders and book stands around the world. C. C. Blake returns as curator for the book, delivering over 16,000 words of stories and articles for the low, low price of $2.99 (eBook)/$5.99 (paperback). Three authors present thrilling tales of action, wonder, and excitement in […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: PULPTASTIC ADVENTURES QUARTERLY ISSUE TWO"
This week finds C. C. Blake’s own magazine of lived in futures returning with its eleventh installment. Two more stories about tough guys and gals caught in tougher situations finds Rick Cave and returning backup character Dutch up to their necks in trouble. For this week, Blake originally delivered a column titled “The Crook in […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 11"
So, life has interrupted things this week. Our little girl turned two and my folks came down from Michigan. No review of Donald E. Westlake’s KAHAWA this week. However, I thought I would put up a blast from the past review. Years ago, before I started co-writing the Alamo Cinema Massacre column for the Cinema […]Read more "RUDE BIOLOGY: “The Things” by Peter Watts"