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Review: “Rust: One,” Christopher Ruz

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Somewhat confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 In Christopher Ruz’s Rust: One, Kimberly Archer is pushed in front of a train. When she wakes up, she’s living in the town of Rustwood. She’s married to a

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Review: “Inside the Asylum,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Delightfully horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Inside the Asylum (A Kathy Ryan Novel) is the sequel to her Behind the Door. Each is a standalone story connected by the occult investigator protagonist Kathy Ryan.

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Review: “Operation Antarctica,” William Meikle

Pros: Enjoyable military vs monster tale! Cons: One or two very minor details Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Antarctica (S-Squad Book 2) is a great military-vs-monsters tale of cosmic horror, involving “a horde of fucking Nazi ice

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Review: “Fungi,” ed. Orrin Grey, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Some fascinating surreal bits of horror Cons: More whimsy than I would have liked Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I’m fond of “cosmic horror,” and a fungal-themed anthology posted under the horror genre sounded right up my alley. While

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Review: “The Triumvirate,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Very alien; tense! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s The Triumvirate (The Hollower Trilogy Book 3) is a sequel to The Hollower and Found You. In book one, a faceless figure stalked a handful of people,

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Review: “Found You,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Freaky! Cons: Ends a little suddenly Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Found You (The Hollower Trilogy Book 2) is an excellent sequel to the creepy book The Hollower. In that book, a handful of people were being

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Review: “The Hollower,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Builds up into something gorgeous Cons: Starts out a little mundane Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s The Hollower (The Hollower Trilogy Book 1) introduces us to Max Feinstein, who sees an unearthly figure called the Hollower. It’s

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Review: “Thrall,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Very alien Cons: Not easy to picture; one character Rating: 4 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Thrall takes place in the same occult-heavy universe as her Chills and Behind the Door, but the character of Kathy Ryan is not

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Review: “Behind the Door,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Characterization, atmosphere, plot Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Behind the Door (A Kathy Ryan Novel Book 1) returns to the world in which Kathy Ryan, occult expert, aids the police in dealing with… unusual events.

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Review: “Chills,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Wonderful icy horror! Cons: Some interminable monologues; one obvious bad guy Rating: 4 out of 5 A friend wrote a nice review of Mary SanGiovanni’s horror novel Chills, and I decided I had to give it a read. I’m

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