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Review: “From Twisted Roots,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Absolutely excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper brings us From Twisted Roots: Thriller, Horror, and Mystery Short Stories. I absolutely love this collection. Each story packs a punch, even though they’re all

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Review: “Hidden Magic,” Various Authors

Pros: Some intense, delightful stories in here! Cons: Not all of them stand up Rating: 4 out of 5 Hidden Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 1) is the first in a “trilogy” of anthologies, with each author writing three linked

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Review: “Till the Score Is Paid,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Delightful, intense short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I was quite fond of Gemma Amor’s collection of stories entitled Cruel Works of Nature [review], so I was really looking forward to her Till the Score

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Review: “Laughter at the Academy,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: These stories made me feel things Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Laughter at the Academy is a book of stand-alone short stories by Seanan McGuire (you don’t need to have read any of her series in order

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Review: “Unfinished Business,” Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Old-fashioned ghost stories plus a few fun flash fictions Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 There are some suitably old-fashioned paranormal stories in Catherine Lundoff’s anthology Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic, as well as some highly

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Review: “The Unspoken,” ed. William Meikle

Pros: Elegant stories about and adjacent to the subject of cancer Cons: Typical anthology issue that not every story works for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle edited the anthology The Unspoken, a collection of horror stories–some

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Short Take: “Little Paranoias,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Wonderful little tidbits of paranoia and horror! Cons: Not everything worked for me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Little Paranoias: Stories is a relatively brief anthology of 20 creepy short stories, including a couple of poems. There’s

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Review: “Full Throttle,” Joe Hill

Pros: Left me a bit shaken Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joe Hill’s collection Full Throttle: Stories hit me a little bit harder than I was expecting. The stories range in genre and style; the predominant genre is

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Review: “Sefira & Other Betrayals,” John Langan

Pros: Entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Langan’s anthology Sefira and Other Betrayals includes eight stories–a mix of previously published works and original stories–on the theme of betrayal, in the genre of horror. This is literary horror,

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Review: “Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock,” ed. Allyson Longueira

Pros: Nifty thrillers Cons: Thematic issues Rating: 4 out of 5 Editor Allyson Longueira brings us the collection, Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock (Volume 4). It’s an anthology themed around racing-the-clock thrillers. As with most anthologies, the editor’s particular

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