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Review: “Worst Laid Plans,” ed. Samantha Kolesnik

Rating: 4 out of 5 Samantha Kolesnik edited Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror. As typically happens with multi-author anthologies I ended up giving it a 4 out of 5, because it’s almost impossible for a given editor’s

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Review: “Emperor’s Tomb,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m continuing the Livi Talbot series by Skyla Dawn Cameron with book three: Emperor’s Tomb (Livi Talbot volume 3). (Note you should read Ashford’s Ghost, a novella, between books two and three.) Livi Talbot is

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Review: “Celestial Seepage,” Brian Fatah Steele

Rating: 4 out of 5 This is the second book I’ve read by Brian Fatah Steele. The first, Hungry Rain [review], was okay. It lacked in certain areas, but the main of it was interesting enough, and targeted closely enough

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Short Take: “Ashford’s Ghost,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s novella Ashford’s Ghost (Livi Talbot) is sort of volume 2.5 in the Livi Talbot series–it’s set after Odin’s Spear and before Emperor’s Tomb. It’s a good idea to read this one in

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Review: “Odin’s Spear,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Odin’s Spear (Livi Talbot) (Volume 2) is the sequel to book one, Solomon’s Seal [review]. This is another wonderful combination of urban fantasy, thriller, adventure, and horror–a combination that hits exactly the

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Review: “Solomon’s Seal,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Solomon’s Seal (Livi Talbot) (Volume 1) starts off a new series with a bang! It has a bit each of a handful of genres: thriller, urban fantasy, adventure, and horror. Livi Talbot

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Short Take: “Rio Adopts a Puppy,” S.L. Huang

Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s short story A Neurological Study on the Effects of Canine Appeal on Psychopathy, or, RIO ADOPTS A PUPPY: A Cas Russell Short Story (Cas Russell Series) may sound whimsical with that title, but

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Review: “Survivor Song,” Paul Tremblay

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Paul Tremblay’s Survivor Song: A Novel, it’s the zombie apocalypse. Well okay, not really. Anyone can tell you the infected people are very much alive and are not zombies. It also isn’t an apocalypse

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Review: “The Only Good Indians,” Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5 I just finished reading Stephen Graham Jones’s horror novel The Only Good Indians and my heart is still racing. Four men made a mistake ten years ago: they hunted elk where they weren’t allowed to

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Review: “Devil’s Creek,” Todd Keisling

Rating: 5 out of 5 Todd Keisling’s novel Devil’s Creek manages to pack in a whole lot of horror! In 1983 Kentucky, Father Jacob Masters of the Lord’s Church of Holy Voices plans a sacrifice to his dark lord under

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