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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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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: “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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