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Review: “Dead Awake,” ed. by Stanley Wiater

Rating: 4 out of 5 Dead Awake: 12 Tales of Darkness contains–you guessed it–12 short horror stories by a bunch of excellent authors. Sisters of Slaughter bring us “To Burn the Black Church.” It’s a brief exploration of an evil

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Review: “Elsewhere,” Dean Koontz

Rating: 3 out of 5 Dean Koontz’s Elsewhere is the author’s take on the multiverse theory. Jeffrey/Jeffy and his daughter Amity live by themselves, as Amity’s mother left them a long time ago. A local homeless man, Ed (Amity calls

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Review: “Girl on Fire,” Gemma Amor

Rating: 5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s Girl on Fire is a wonderful, wild ride of a book. Ruby Miller crashes her car and is inside of it when it goes up in flames. Yet somehow she survives unscathed. Shortly

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Review: “Clown in a Cornfield,” Adam Cesare

Rating: 4 out of 5 Adam Cesare’s Clown in a Cornfield is a really interesting take on a slasher novel. The adults and teens in the tiny, boring town of Kettle Springs aren’t getting along all that well these days.

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Short Take: “Go Down Hard,” Ali Seay

Rating: 4 out of 5 Ali Seay’s thriller novella Go Down Hard introduces us to Jack and Meg. Each is a serial killer. Each lives out in the middle of nowhere. Each has their own reason for killing–for Jack it

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Review: “Operation North Sea,” William Meikle

Rating: 5 out of 5 Operation: North Sea is the latest “S-Squad” book from William Meikle. This is a series with plenty of military-vs-monsters fun with a touch of horror (occasionally a hint at cosmic horror), and a touch of

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Review: “The Cassowary,” James Sabata

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 James Sabata’s The Cassowary is meant to loosely go with Alan Baxter’s “The Roo” (possessed kangaroo), Stephanie Rabig’s “Playing Possum” (were-possums), and “The Buck Stops Here” by Sean Seebach (were-deer). Each novel is a monster

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Review: “The Buck Stops Here,” Sean Seebach

Rating: 2 out of 5 When I saw someone recommending Sean Seebach’s novella The Buck Stops Here on Twitter, it was mentioned as being similar to Alan Baxter’s “The Roo” (demonically-possessed kangaroo) and Stephanie Rabig’s “Playing Possum” (were-possums!). In other

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Short Take: “Dweller,” Jeff Strand

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Jeff Strand’s Dweller, it’s 1960. 15-year-old Toby Floren, the class weirdo, finally makes a friend. Only this isn’t an ordinary friend. This is a monster, with sharp teeth and claws. It lives in a

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Review: “The Deep,” Nick Cutter

Rating: 3 out of 5 Note: If fatphobia is triggering for you, just skip this review and the book altogether. It’s really bad. Nick Cutter’s The Deep: A Novel introduces us to Dr. Luke Nelson, a veterinarian. Although he hasn’t

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