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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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Short Take: “Crota,” Owl Goingback

Pros: Engaging creature-feature Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 CROTA is Owl Goingback’s short novel about a very fierce, old monster that emerges near a small town after an earthquake. Sheriff Skip has a run-in with it, but his

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Review: “Benny Rose the Cannibal King,” Hailey Piper

Pros: Absolutely, horrifyingly delightful! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Hailey Piper’s Benny Rose, the Cannibal King pulls the reader into the town of Blackwood, Vermont, circa 1987. (This, in fact, was exactly when I was in high school

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Review: “The Corpse Garden,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: More excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 This is the second anthology I’ve read by S.H. Cooper, and it’s just as excellent as the other. The Corpse Garden: A Collection Of Short Horror Stories

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Review: “The Dead Game,” Susanne Leist

Pros: Meh Cons: So chaotic, random, needlessly complicated, and self-contradictory Rating: 2 out of 5 Susanne Leist’s The Dead Game: Book One of The Dead Game Series sounded intriguing. Invitations to a party at an abandoned mansion, things turning deadly…

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Review: “Playing Possum,” Stephanie Rabig

Pros: So much fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 You may or may not remember Alan Baxter’s The Roo [review], a classic-horror-style, terribly fun novel that started as a joke based on an article about an aggressive kangaroo

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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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