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Short Take: “Night of the Mannequins,” Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stephen Graham Jones’s horror novella Night of the Mannequins has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever seen. I was hooked the moment I read it: So Shanna got a new job at the

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Short Take: “Sole Survivor,” Zachary Ashford

Rating: 3 out of 5 Zachary Ashford’s novella Sole Survivor introduces us to a bunch of reality show contestants who have to bail out of their plane onto a deserted island. They’re pretty sure they just have to survive a

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Short Take: “Hairspray and Switchblades,” V. Castro

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 V. Castro’s horror novella Hairspray and Switchblades (Rewind or Die) is a quirky, fun story. Maya first turned into a jaguar on her eighteenth birthday, and it’s happened on every full moon since then. A

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Review: “Bennytown,” Matt Carter

Rating: 5 out of 5 I believe in Bennytown! Matt Carter’s Bennytown is a hallucinogenic ride through a very happy–and very scary–amusement park called Bennytown. Benny is a person in a giant bunny costume, and he has other happy friends

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Review: “Body Rides,” Richard Laymon

Rating: 2 out of 5 Richard Laymon’s Body Rides has an intriguing premise. Neal Darden goes out at night to return a couple of video tapes to the store (it’s 1995), and ends up foiling a torture/murder. He responds to

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Review: “The Living Dead,” George Romero, Daniel Kraus

Rating: 4 out of 5 Spoiler warning: I wanted to talk about some of the events closer to the end, so there are things you will learn in this review that purists might want to experience from the book first.

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Review: “Dig Two Graves, Volume II” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 A horror anthology full of revenge stories: how could I go wrong? Dig Two Graves:An Anthology Vol. II presents a wide variety of horror styles, and this becomes a negative. When I hang out on

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Review: “Lucid Screams,” Red Lagoe

Rating: 5 out of 5 Red Lagoe’s Lucid Screams is a delightful collection of 16 horror short stories. A few of them are creature features, but sometimes the horror is closer to home, and there are also plenty of horrific

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Review: “Recall Night,” Alan Baxter

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Alan Baxter’s Recall Night: An Eli Carver Supernatural Thriller – Book 2, Eli Carver has spent the past two years laying low in Canada. When his ghosts come back to haunt him–all five of

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Review: “Infested,” Carol Gore

Rating: 4 out of 5 Carol Gore’s Infested (Rewind or Die) is a great classic-style horror novel. Casey works for the Green Swamp Zip-Line Adventure and Campground. At the moment, she’s been helping Dr. Phillip Edwards release sterilized mosquitos that

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