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Review: “Carnival of Horror,” Kevin J. Kennedy

Pros: A fun ride Cons: Some stories are better than others Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Kennedy has put together a wonderful Carnival of Horror: A Carnival Themed Horror Anthology. It has the typical anthology issue of having

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Short Take: “The Ballad of Black Tom,” Victor LaValle

Pros: Dark, swirling, magnificent Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Victor LaValle’s short book The Ballad of Black Tom takes place in 1920s New York. Thomas Tester lives in Harlem and hustles to make a living and support his

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Halloween Horrors Storybundle!

Well, I’m sunk. I’m not even close yet to finishing the books from the previous storybundles I got, and here’s one for Halloween Horrors!

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Short Take: “The Sleep Tight Motel,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Vivid, melancholy, and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s novella The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners collection) is hauntingly beautiful. Eve is on the run from her abusive boyfriend Erik after unwillingly helping him to

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Ligotti’s “Autumnal”

If you have a few spare moments, read the super-short story Autumnal by Thomas Ligotti. I’ve read thousands of books, and I have a terrible memory, yet throughout the years this has remained my favorite short story. “Autumnal” is from

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Short Take: “Hannah-Beast,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Enthralling Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s novella Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners collection) tells a short, but engrossing, Halloween story. Amanda won’t let her daughter Erin go out trick-or-treating dressed as “Hannah-Beast,” the local scary legend. Decades

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Short Take: “The Tangled Woods,” Emily Raboteau

Pros: Vivid Cons: Annoying characters; rambling Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Emily Raboteau’s novella The Tangled Woods (Dark Corners collection) follows a man and his wife and child as they go on vacation together. Reginald is a vicious film critic

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Short Take: “The Remedy,” Adam Haslett

Pros: Almost manages to live up to its high aim Cons: Doesn’t quite pull it off Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Adam Haslett’s novella The Remedy (Dark Corners collection) is about a young man who can’t seem to find a

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Short Take: “Oak Avenue,” Brandi Reeds

Pros: Dark and threatening Cons: Hard to read; cuts off a bit early Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Brandi Reeds’s Oak Avenue (Dark Corners collection) is a horror novella about a young family that moves into a historical house in

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Review: “Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Some gripping stories Cons: Breaks in mood Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy is definitely good, but I preferred his Selected Stories: Science Fiction Volume 1. There’s a handful of stories

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