Blog Archives

Review: “Lockdown,” ed. Nick Kolakowski, Steve Weddle

Rating: 4 out of 5 Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski edited the deliberately-timely pandemic anthology Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic. Some people I’m sure just want to use their reading to escape the current pandemic,

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , , , , ,

Review: “Shapeshifter,” J.F. Gonzalez

Rating: 2 out of 5 J.F. Gonzalez’s Shapeshifter was a mixed bag for me. Mark Wiseman is a werewolf. One day in his teens he was being beaten by a bully and he just snapped. Since then, he has to

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , ,

Short Take: “Cirque Berserk,” Jessica Guess

Rating: 5 out of 5 Jessica Guess’s horror novella Cirque Berserk (Rewind or Die) is dynamite! It starts off with a bang in 1999, where teens at an abandoned carnival slaughter several people. Then, in 2019, we meet up with

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: ,

Short Take: “The Best of Both Worlds,” S.P. Miskowski

Rating: 5 out of 5 Right off the bat I should point out that S.P. Miskowski’s horror novella The Best of Both Worlds is not a standalone novel. In order to not feel like you’re really missing something, particularly at

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , ,

Review: “Island of Bones,” Gaby Triana

Rating: 5 out of 5 Gaby Triana’s Island of Bones (Haunted Florida) pulled me in so thoroughly that when I finished it I looked up, blinked a few times, and realized it was more than an hour past when I

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , , ,

Review: “The War Priest,” Ann Aguirre

Rating: 5 out of 5 Ann Aguirre’s Ars Numina series is almost over. One more book to come after The War Priest (Ars Numina Book 5). Book five picks up right when Callum–head of the bear clan–sets off for home

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Review: “AfroSFv2,” ed. Ivor W. Hartmann

Rating: 5 out of 5 Ivor W. Hartmann has collected five novellas in AfroSFv2, the sequel to the short story collection AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers [review]. The novellas are substantial enough that they each deserve their own brief

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

Review: “Santa Muerte,” Cynthia Pelayo

Rating: 4 out of 5 In Cynthia Pelayo’s Santa Muerte, 17-year-old Ariana Garcia is having visions, or maybe hallucinations. She starts losing portions of her days to them. Then she finds herself in her father’s hospital room. Reynaldo Molina is

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: ,

Review: “AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers,” ed. Ivor W. Hartmann

Rating: 5 out of 5 AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers is a decent-sized anthology filled with wonderful stories by African writers. I often end up giving anthologies a 4/5 simply because not all stories will appeal to all readers.

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , , , , ,

Short Take: “White Fire,” Brian Keene

Rating: 5 out of 5 Confession time: I know Brian Keene is a Big Deal in the horror community, so I figured I should read some of his books. I read two of them, and felt very disappointed. People whose

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , ,

Archives