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Short Take: “Silent Blade,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Fascinating world and characters; sexy Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I wanted a short book I could read while waiting for classes to start and the bus to arrive, and I adore the writing of husband-and-wife team

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Halloween Horrors Storybundle!

Well, I’m sunk. I’m not even close yet to finishing the books from the previous storybundles I got, and here’s one for Halloween Horrors!

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Short Take: “The Sleep Tight Motel,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Vivid, melancholy, and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s novella The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners collection) is hauntingly beautiful. Eve is on the run from her abusive boyfriend Erik after unwillingly helping him to

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Ligotti’s “Autumnal”

If you have a few spare moments, read the super-short story Autumnal by Thomas Ligotti. I’ve read thousands of books, and I have a terrible memory, yet throughout the years this has remained my favorite short story. “Autumnal” is from

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Short Take: “Hannah-Beast,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Enthralling Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s novella Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners collection) tells a short, but engrossing, Halloween story. Amanda won’t let her daughter Erin go out trick-or-treating dressed as “Hannah-Beast,” the local scary legend. Decades

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Review: “Band on the Run: Rock Band Fights Evil Vols. 1-3,” D.J. Butler

Pros: Utterly fantastic third story; great set-up Cons: Some inconsistencies Rating: 4 out of 5 D.J. Butler’s Band on the Run: Rock Band Fights Evil Vols. 1-3 is amusingly creative and unusual. The rock band in question changes its name

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Writing bigots as characters

I stumbled across an online conversation about authors creating racist, sexist, or homophobic (etc.) characters, and readers feeling the characters’ views reflect the authors’ views. The argument was that authors should be able to write characters with negative character traits

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Short Take: “The Tangled Woods,” Emily Raboteau

Pros: Vivid Cons: Annoying characters; rambling Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Emily Raboteau’s novella The Tangled Woods (Dark Corners collection) follows a man and his wife and child as they go on vacation together. Reginald is a vicious film critic

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Short Take: “The Remedy,” Adam Haslett

Pros: Almost manages to live up to its high aim Cons: Doesn’t quite pull it off Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Adam Haslett’s novella The Remedy (Dark Corners collection) is about a young man who can’t seem to find a

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Short Take: “Oak Avenue,” Brandi Reeds

Pros: Dark and threatening Cons: Hard to read; cuts off a bit early Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Brandi Reeds’s Oak Avenue (Dark Corners collection) is a horror novella about a young family that moves into a historical house in

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