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Review: “Into the Black,” William Meikle

Pros: Lovecraftian horror with an occasionally whimsical flair Cons: Slightly repetitive Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I seem to be on a roll with William Meikle books lately; they’re perfect for when I want horror, but not depressing. Into The

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Review: “Bug Eyed Monsters,” William Meikle

Pros: These stories are addictive Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Bug Eyed Monsters: A Creature Feature Collection is an anthology that covers a wide array of creepy, rampaging beasties. One story in particular (Into the Valley

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Review: “The Invited,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Fantastic sense of place and wonderful characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s The Invited: A Novel introduces us to Helen and her husband Nate, circa 2015. They’re both teachers–Helen’s a historian–and they’ve gotten it into

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Short Take: “The Copycat Murders,” William Meikle

Pros: Taut and intriguing Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s work always seems to migrate to the top of my TBR pile. His novella The Copycat Murders is no exception! It starts several steps into the story,

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Review: “Rust: One,” Christopher Ruz

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Somewhat confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 In Christopher Ruz’s Rust: One, Kimberly Archer is pushed in front of a train. When she wakes up, she’s living in the town of Rustwood. She’s married to a

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Review: “Inside the Asylum,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Delightfully horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Inside the Asylum (A Kathy Ryan Novel) is the sequel to her Behind the Door. Each is a standalone story connected by the occult investigator protagonist Kathy Ryan.

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Review: “If You See Her,” Ania Ahlborn

Pros: Incredibly intense! Cons: Very bleak and depressing Rating: 5 out of 5 Ania Ahlborn’s If You See Her introduces us to Jesse, who’s graduating high school. He and his best friends Reed and Casey decide to visit an abandoned

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Review: “Operation Mongolia,” William Meikle

Pros: Can’t get enough of these Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Mongolia (S-Squad) is book eight in the series. These are short, fun military-vs.-monsters tales that are the monster fan’s version of a beach read.

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Review: “Dead Silence,” K.G. Reuss

Pros: Interesting characters Cons: Genre-twisting Rating: 4 out of 5 K.G. Reuss’s Dead Silence: A Dementon Academy of Magic Novel (The Everlasting Chronicles Book 1) introduces us to Everly (Ever), a high-school-aged girl who’s seeing things. When she was little

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Non-Review: “Netherkind,” Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman’s Netherkind is the story of Thomas. He’s a Flesher, a creature who feeds on the skin of humans and takes their DNA into himself, changing him just a little with each feeding. If he doesn’t give in to

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