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Review: “The Tunnel,” Gayne C. Young

Pros: Interesting monster tale Cons: Writing is kind of rough Rating: 3 out of 5 Gayne C. Young’s horror tale The Tunnel (Primal Force Book 1) is relatively short. A Mexican cartel is digging a tunnel beneath the border wall

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Short Take: “Sour Candy,” Kealan Patrick Burke

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kealan Patrick Burke’s short novella Sour Candy is a great little jolt of horror. It’s a perfect read for when you have a spare hour or two. Phil Pendleton is out

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Review: “Rules for Vanishing,” Kate Alice Marshall

Pros: Incredibly intense and imaginative! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kate Alice Marshall’s young adult horror story Rules for Vanishing is an utterly fascinating ride. Sara Donoghue’s sister Becca went missing a year ago, and Sara overheard her

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Review: “Pressure,” Jeff Strand

Pros: Very neatly-plotted, and heartstopping! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jeff Strand’s Pressure is a delirious look into the relationship between a psychopathic killer and a man who’s been pushed too far. Alex and Darren met in boarding

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Short Take: “Operation Congo,” William Meikle

Pros: Still loving this series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Congo (S-Squad Book 9) is a delightful continuance of his monster-fighting Scottish military squad stories. They’ve been all the way around the world, fought giant

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Review: “Body Farm Z,” Deborah Sheldon

Pros: What an original setting for a zombie book! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Deborah Sheldon’s Body Farm Z takes place at a body farm in Australia–a place where scientists study how cadavers rot and decay under various

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Short Take: “Ritual,” Steve Stred

Pros: The worldbuilding seems interesting Cons: The depravity kind of seems pointless Rating: 3 out of 5 Steve Stred’s Ritual (Father of Lies Trilogy Book 1) comes with a warning: if you need trigger warnings at all, don’t read this

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Review: “Fiero’s Pizza,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Intriguing! Cons: Two tones that don’t mesh Rating: 3 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s horror novel Fiero’s Pizza introduces Brian and Samantha, a young couple moving into a house and about to have their first baby. They eventually have

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Review: “Eden,” Tim Lebbon

Pros: Fascinating premise with wild action! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Tim Lebbon’s Eden shows us a world where “the Zones” are areas that have been given back to the planet. Pollution and other man-made problems were causing

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Review: “Love, Death, and Other Inconveniences”

Pros: Some reasonably fun stories in here Cons: A lot of repetition; poor showing when it comes to female characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Normally when I review anthologies, I end up pointing out that one reason it’s tough

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