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Review: “In the Shadow of Spindrift House,” Mira Grant

Pros: Sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go! Cons: If anything I would have liked even more buildup Rating: 5 out of 5 Mira Grant’s (novella? Short novel?) In the Shadow of Spindrift House is a most bizarre combination

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Review: “Into the Black,” William Meikle

Pros: Lovecraftian horror with an occasionally whimsical flair Cons: Slightly repetitive Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I seem to be on a roll with William Meikle books lately; they’re perfect for when I want horror, but not depressing. Into The

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Review: “Bug Eyed Monsters,” William Meikle

Pros: These stories are addictive Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Bug Eyed Monsters: A Creature Feature Collection is an anthology that covers a wide array of creepy, rampaging beasties. One story in particular (Into the Valley

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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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