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Short Take: “Not What They Seem,” William Meikle

Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Not What They Seem: Three Cryptozoological Stories (The William Meikle Chapbook Collection 39) contains three more of his spooky paranormal stories. His stories are very consistent, so I always know I’ll enjoy them.

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Review: “The Demon Prince,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: Such a delicious couple! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 After reading Anne Aguirre’s The Leopard King (Ars Numina book one), I was so eager to read The Demon Prince (Ars Numina) (Volume 2) that I didn’t even

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Review: “The Tunnel,” Gayne C. Young

Pros: Interesting monster tale Cons: Writing is kind of rough Rating: 3 out of 5 Gayne C. Young’s horror tale The Tunnel (Primal Force Book 1) is relatively short. A Mexican cartel is digging a tunnel beneath the border wall

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Review: “The Leopard King,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: Hot, fascinating, absorbing, riveting, and did I mention hot? Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ann Aguirre’s The Leopard King (Ars Numina) (Volume 1) is set in a different milieu than the other books of hers I’ve read

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Review: “Machine’s Last Testament,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s brilliant novel Machine’s Last Testament, Suzhen is just a petty bureaucrat. She’s a “selection agent,” who gets to decide which immigrants will get to join society in Anatta. Most immigrants have been

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Review: “The Knight’s Daughter,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Beautiful world-building; wonderful characters Cons: Some of the events toward the end felt a little hurried Rating: 4 out of 5 I love S.H. Cooper’s horror work, so I was intrigued to try her young adult fantasy (and she

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Short Take: “Sour Candy,” Kealan Patrick Burke

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kealan Patrick Burke’s short novella Sour Candy is a great little jolt of horror. It’s a perfect read for when you have a spare hour or two. Phil Pendleton is out

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Review: “Rules for Vanishing,” Kate Alice Marshall

Pros: Incredibly intense and imaginative! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kate Alice Marshall’s young adult horror story Rules for Vanishing is an utterly fascinating ride. Sara Donoghue’s sister Becca went missing a year ago, and Sara overheard her

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Review: “Pressure,” Jeff Strand

Pros: Very neatly-plotted, and heartstopping! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jeff Strand’s Pressure is a delirious look into the relationship between a psychopathic killer and a man who’s been pushed too far. Alex and Darren met in boarding

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Short Take: “Operation Congo,” William Meikle

Pros: Still loving this series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Congo (S-Squad Book 9) is a delightful continuance of his monster-fighting Scottish military squad stories. They’ve been all the way around the world, fought giant

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