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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: “White Pines,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Stunning rural cosmic horror Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I absolutely love Gemma Amor’s horror novel White Pines. Megs (Megan) has just been informed by her husband that their marriage is over. Since she just inherited a

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Short Take: “The Festering Ones,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Engaging and original Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper’s novella The Festering Ones is a short piece of cosmic horror that’s a lot of fun. Young Faith went on a hunting trip with her father, only

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Review: “Songs of Dreaming Gods,” William Meikle

Pros: Cosmic horror with unusual nuance Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s cosmic horror novella Songs of Dreaming Gods introduces Inspector John Green, a police officer who has spent the last two months recovering from being stabbed.

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Review: “Beyond the Gate,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Still interesting Cons: Not much happening Rating: 3 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s next novel about occult consultant Kathy Ryan is Beyond the Gate (A Kathy Ryan Novel). A company called Paragon Corp is dabbling in opening doorways between

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Short Take: “Green Door,” William Meikle

Pros: I just love this strange world Meikle has developed Cons: A little confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 I’ve read quite a few novellas by William Meikle at this point, although none from his Sigils & Totems/Midnight Eye books.

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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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Short Take: “The Hole,” William Meikle

Pros: Captivating tale of destruction! Cons: Two of the female characters Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle’s The Hole introduces us to a small town that’s about to deal with a big disaster. Residents, including 20-year-old drunkard Fred Grant,

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Review: “A Lush and Seething Hell,” John Horner Jacobs

Pros: Deliciously eerie Cons: Slow Rating: 4 out of 5 John Horner Jacobs brings us A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror. It includes two novellas/short novels, both in the vein of cosmic horror. In “The Sea

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