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Review: “Midnight in the Pentagram,” ed. Kenneth W. Cain

Rating: 4 out of 5 As a note, I end up giving most multiple-author anthologies a 4/5 largely as a result of the fact that most people’s personal tastes won’t wholly match up with those of the editor, but the

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Review: “Camp Slaughter,” Sergio Gomez

Rating: 2 out of 5 Maybe I should learn not to pick up books that Amazon algorithms recommend to me. Sergio Gomez’s Camp Slaughter isn’t bad, but it isn’t particularly good, either. Lakewood Cabin is advertised as the most secluded

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Short Take: “The Worm and His Kings,” Hailey Piper

Rating: 5 out of 5 Hailey Piper’s The Worm and His Kings begins on the streets: Monique Lane, 20 years old, is homeless. Most nights she beds down next to a spot she calls the empty place, where people instinctively

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Review: “Devouring Dark,” Alan Baxter

Rating: 5 out of 5 Alan Baxter’s Devouring Dark introduces us to Matt MacLeod, a man with a strange darkness inside of him. If he goes too long without letting it out, it hurts him. But when he lets it

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Review: “The Between,” Tananarive Due

Rating: 5 out of 5 Tananarive Due’s The Between is a really intriguing story. Hilton James discovered his Nana dead on the kitchen floor. He ran down the road to find someone, but when they return she’s alive and making

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Review: “Spirits Rising,” Krista D. Ball

Rating: 4 out of 5 Krista D. Ball’s paranormal novella Spirits Rising (Spirit Caller Series Book 1) is an enjoyable start to a series. (It is also found in: Beginnings: first novels in multiple series by Krista D. Ball.) It

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Short Take: “Food Fright,” Nico Bell

Rating: 3 out of 5 Nico Bell’s novella Food Fright (Rewind or Die) is a humor/horror cross-genre work. It didn’t live up to my two favorite blends of humor and horror (The Roo [review] and Playing Possum [review]). In those

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Review: “Parasite,” Darcy Coates

Rating: 5 out of 5 Parasite, by Darcy Coates, is less a novel and more a series of short stories that are meant to be read in order. Every story takes place on a different station, starting with Station 331

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Short Take: “The Book Club,” Alan Baxter

Rating: 5 out of 5 Often when I’m stressed or tired I just want a fun horror book (preferably a novella I can read as a break) to take my mind off of everything. So far Alan Baxter’s books have

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Short Take: “Night of the Mannequins,” Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stephen Graham Jones’s horror novella Night of the Mannequins has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever seen. I was hooked the moment I read it: So Shanna got a new job at the

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