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Review: “Screams in the Woods,” Michael R. Martin

Pros: Perfect for readers who want lots of expository puzzling-out Cons: Long with lots of exposition Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Michael R. Martin’s Screams in the Woods is one of a certain kind of books: there’s a dark mystery

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Review: “The Jekyll Revelation,” Robert Masello

Pros: Very well-written; fascinating story Cons: The modern-day part fades into the background Rating: 4 out of 5 In Robert Masello’s The Jekyll Revelation, a modern-day park ranger stumbles across a strange steamer trunk during a drought that has nearly

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Review: “Nightmares”, Ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Some fantastic stories Cons: Some not-so-fantastic stories Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Editor Ellen Datlow’s collection Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror contains more than 20 horror stories of a wide variety. As usual with an anthology, some

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Review: “Certain Dark Things,” Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things is a slightly different vampire novel. People have known of vampires for decades, and know that there’s a variety of them usually dependent on country/area

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Review: “Monsterland,” Michael Phillip Cash

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: Some definite plot holes Rating: 2.5 out of 5 In Michael Phillip Cash’s Monsterland the tone of the tale starts out… overwrought. Purple. Melodramatic. Thankfully this improved over the course of the story. The melodrama is

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Review: “Deadline,” Mira Grant

Pros: In love with this series Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s (Seanan McGuire’s) Newsflesh series, Deadline (Book two of Newsflesh) the Zombie apocalypse has changed the world–although not entirely in ways you might assume. What’s

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Review: “Feed,” Mira Grant

Pros: Absolutely wonderful milieu and characters! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1), two curative viruses meet up and mutated into something terrible. So now we don’t get cancer or the common cold,

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Review: “The Least of My Scars,” Stephen Graham Jones

Pros: Really fascinating Cons: confusing as hell Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephen Graham Jones’ The Least of My Scars is all about William Colton Hughes. He’s a serial killer, but he’d rather skip the stalking of his prey and

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Review: “Labyrinth Lost,” Zoraida Cordova

Pros: Fascinating Cons: Powers become generic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas), by Zoraida Cordova, is billed as a young adult book (not surprising, given the themes of finding oneself and growing into our power), but it’s

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Review: “Bloody Bloody Apple,” Howard Odentz

Pros: Fascinating story and great characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I first encountered Howard Odentz’s writing in Little Killers. I absolutely loved the book, so I decided to look at Bloody Bloody Apple next. In Apple, everyone

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