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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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Non-Review: “Satan’s Highway,” Tim Miller

Every once in a long while I post a non-review: a brief blurb in which I tell you why, exactly, I was unable to finish reading a book, so you can decide for yourself whether it might interest you anyway.

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Review: “Autumn Cthulhu,” ed. Mike Davis

Pros: Some fascinating tales of dread Cons: Too many vague, ‘unfinished’ endings Rating: 3.5 out of 5 You can definitely see some patterns in the stories of the anthology Autumn Cthulhu (edited by Mike Davis). There’s a certain style of

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Review: “Home From the Sea,” William Meikle

Pros: Wonderful, dreadful cosmic horror tales Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I almost skipped William Meikle’s Home From The Sea because the cover on Amazon looked cheap and chintzy, which made me worry the author would have skimped

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Review: “Dark Legion,” Rob Cornell

Pros: Interesting storyline and characters Cons: Damn that one stereotype; too many supernaturals Rating: 3 out of 5 Rob Cornell’s Dark Legion: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (The Lockman Chronicles Book 2) isn’t as good as the previous book, Darker Things,

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Review: “The Shredded Veil Mysteries,” Leah R. Cutter

Pros: Fascinating take on ghosts; creative and original Cons: Needs more worldbuilding; one unsatisfying story Rating: 4 out of 5 Leah R. Cutter’s The Shredded Veil Mysteries is a collection of six ghostly tales. In 2012, the Great Unraveling happened,

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Short Take: “I Am Drusilla,” Lucille Moncrief

Pros: Interesting mythology Cons: Confusing in places Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Lucille Moncrief’s I am Drusilla, An Original Short Story explores an interesting bit of mythology within the author’s world. It deals with the children of a mother goddess,

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