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Short Take: “Ghost Hunters,” Sam Witt

Pros: Fun horror-slash-“justice porn” Cons: Predictable Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sam Witt’s Ghost Hunters is a brief novella that takes place in his “Pitchfork County” setting. Dick is at the end of his rope. He bankrupted himself (and with

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Review: “Half-Made Girls,” Sam Witt

Pros: Long and worth every moment! Cons: Don’t bother if you can’t handle lots and lots of blood Rating: 5 out of 5 Sam Witt’s Half-Made Girls is a Pitchfork County novel. In Pitchfork County, the Long Man has imbued

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Review: “Silurid,” Gerry Griffiths

Pros: Mild beginning Cons: Blah ending Rating: 2 out of 5 It’s been a long day already, so I’ll quote from the Amazon text instead of rolling my own. Silurid, by Gerry Griffiths: “In this exciting horror novel, Vernon Murdock,

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Short Take: “Beneath the Cut,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Loved this tale. Plenty of mystery and strangeness Cons: Not everyone will want the murky turn into what is death? Rating: 5 out of 5 Beneath the Cut measured up to what I expect from Ike Hamill at this

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Review: “Little Heaven,” Nick Cutter

Pros: Truly dark and original Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Little Heaven: A Novel, by Nick Cutter, made me shudder with delighted horror. Horror novels range so widely in their quality, and I thought this one was pretty

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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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