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Short Take: “The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Four entertaining stories Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s short anthology The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales contains four brief tales of horror. I really loved her unusual serial killer tale Without Condition, so I had

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Review: “The Pilot,” Michael Cole

Pros: Interesting military-vs-monsters story Cons: Details that don’t add up right Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Cole’s The Pilot introduces us to Victor Seymour, a Navy SEAL who was discharged due to cancer, recovered, and became a mercenary. He

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Short Take: “Breaking the Habit,” Yolanda Sfetsos

Pros: Good monster story Cons: Lack of chemistry Rating: 4 out of 5 In Yolanda Sfetsos’s short story (novella?) Breaking The Habit (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 27), Cisco and Isla just got married. Unfortunately, while the two have planned on

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Short Take: “The Long Sleep,” William Meikle

Pros: Delightful short mystery Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mostly I’ve read William Meikle’s creature-features and cosmic horrors. This time I decided to read one of his Sherlock Holmes tales: The Long Sleep: A Weird Sherlock Holmes Adventure.

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Review: “Without Condition,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Fascinating! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Without Condition introduces us to a 22-year-old serial killer named Cara. When she gets gradually spun up over the voices from her past (largely classmates whispering about her), she

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Review: “Stay Away,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Very intriguing setup; good characters Cons: Weird switch partway through Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s novel Stay Away has a setup that really drew me in. There’s a town in Maine that has a place people call

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Review: “The Exiled,” William Meikle

Pros: Original take on faerie abduction myths Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s The Exiled is a creative mélange of horror, thriller, and a sort of quasi-urban fantasy. Police officer John Grainger is called to the scene

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Short Take: “Dear Laura,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s novella Dear Laura introduces us to a woman on a mission. When she was 14, her best friend Bobby got into a mysterious car and disappeared, never to be

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Review: “Growing Things and Other Stories,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Wonderful collection of stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay presents us with a collection of short horror stories called Growing Things and Other Stories. I should note that there’s some mention of animal harm in

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Review: “Inspection,” Josh Malerman

Pros: So intense! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Josh Malerman’s Inspection: A Novel blew me away. We’re introduced to J, a boy who’s being raised in an isolated school for geniuses. He and his “brothers” are called the

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