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Review: “Full Throttle,” Joe Hill

Pros: Left me a bit shaken Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joe Hill’s collection Full Throttle: Stories hit me a little bit harder than I was expecting. The stories range in genre and style; the predominant genre is

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Review: “Dark Hollow,” Brian Keene

Pros: Good horror material Cons: Everything about how the female characters are handled. Rating: 2 out of 5 I picked up Brian Keene’s novel Dark Hollow thanks to Book Twitter, and this may be the second time they’ve let me

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Review: “Ruination,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Intriguing blend of trauma and mysticism Cons: Slow sometimes Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Ruination introduces us to a music journalist who’s looking into an old band called the Brothers Ruination. He finds some intriguing hints as

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Review: “The Twisted Ones,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: It took me an hour to come down off of the adrenaline high! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones blends rural folktale with horror and a found-manuscript aspect. It’s written by Melissa, called

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Review: “Sefira & Other Betrayals,” John Langan

Pros: Entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Langan’s anthology Sefira and Other Betrayals includes eight stories–a mix of previously published works and original stories–on the theme of betrayal, in the genre of horror. This is literary horror,

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Review: “All Hallows,” W. Sheridan Bradford

Pros: Truly fascinating characters; very original Cons: So confusing and sometimes boring Rating: 3 out of 5 W. Sheridan Bradford brings us the horror/urban fantasy novel All Hallows. Maren Glover is what you might call a witch, and she’s much

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Review: “The Bride Stripped Bare,” Rob Bliss

Pros: If you want a catalog of the grotesque… Cons: Needlessly depraved and bizarre Rating: 2 out of 5 Book Twitter let me down for once in its recommendation of Rob Bliss’s The Bride Stripped Bare. English professor Chris gets

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Review: “Dead Moon,” Peter Clines

Pros: Moon zombies!! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Dead Moon, by Peter Clines, is a wonderful new take on the zombie story! For nearly a hundred years, the Moon has hosted cemeteries. There’s just no more room to

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Review: “Until Death,” Kari Kilgore

Pros: Intriguing tale Cons: Slow and ordinary at first Rating: 4 out of 5 In Kari Kilgore’s Until Death (The Death and Redemption Series), Leo Sabov must watch his wife Maria die, a victim of her own alcoholism. After being

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Review: “Helmet Head,” Mike Baron

Pros: Enjoyable slasher fiction Cons: A bit meandering and weird Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Mike Baron’s slasher tale Helmet Head is a solidly decent entry into the genre. Deputy Pete Fagan made a mistake that got his former partner

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