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Review: “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” Robert Ford, Matt Hayward

Pros: Like a horrific, paranormal house of cards! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In A Penny For Your Thoughts: (The Lowback Series – Book 1), by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward, Joe has spent eight years in prison.

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Review: “White Pines,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Stunning rural cosmic horror Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I absolutely love Gemma Amor’s horror novel White Pines. Megs (Megan) has just been informed by her husband that their marriage is over. Since she just inherited a

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Review: “Allison,” Jeff Strand

Pros: Had me on the edge of my seat! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jeff Strand’s Allison takes the girl-with-supernatural-powers-gets-pushed-too-far trope and makes it delicious again. Allison found out the hard way that she can move people with

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Review: “From Twisted Roots,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Absolutely excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper brings us From Twisted Roots: Thriller, Horror, and Mystery Short Stories. I absolutely love this collection. Each story packs a punch, even though they’re all

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Short Take: “Come Closer,” Sara Gran

Pros: What an intriguing take on possession! Cons: The pacing is a bit off Rating: 4 out of 5 Sara Gran’s novella Come Closer brings us into the lives of married couple Amanda and Ed. Ed is in finance; Amanda

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Short Take: “Halloween Fiend,” C.V. Hunt

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Most of the characters didn’t appeal Rating: 4 out of 5 C.V. Hunt’s horror novella Halloween Fiend introduces us to Barry, who lives in the dying town of Strang. He works at the grocery store while

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Short Take: “The Festering Ones,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Engaging and original Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper’s novella The Festering Ones is a short piece of cosmic horror that’s a lot of fun. Young Faith went on a hunting trip with her father, only

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Review: “Gideon the Ninth,” Tamsyn Muir

Pros: Absolutely stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy Book 1) is a stunning blend of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I first became interested in it when I heard

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Review: “Enter, Night,” Michael Rowe

Pros: Intriguing vampire story Cons: Ends oddly; strange balance of details Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Rowe’s vampire novel Enter, Night is intriguing, but it has a bizarre structure that didn’t entirely work for me. Parr’s Landing is a

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Review: “The Cult Called Freedom House,” Stephanie Evelyn

Pros: Excellent ideas Cons: Execution is a bit rough Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephanie Evelyn’s The Cult Called Freedom House: Sophia Rey Book 1 has some very solid ideas and concepts behind it, but the narrative style is a

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