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Review: “The Dark Game,” Jonathan Janz

Pros: Love the concept; adored the ending! Cons: Couldn’t keep track of the characters! Rating: 4 out of 5 In Jonathan Janz’s The Dark Game (Fiction Without Frontiers), ten writers have been invited to a competition at a famous, and

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Review: “Till the Score Is Paid,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Delightful, intense short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I was quite fond of Gemma Amor’s collection of stories entitled Cruel Works of Nature [review], so I was really looking forward to her Till the Score

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Review: “Beyond the Gate,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Still interesting Cons: Not much happening Rating: 3 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s next novel about occult consultant Kathy Ryan is Beyond the Gate (A Kathy Ryan Novel). A company called Paragon Corp is dabbling in opening doorways between

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Short Take: “Green Door,” William Meikle

Pros: I just love this strange world Meikle has developed Cons: A little confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 I’ve read quite a few novellas by William Meikle at this point, although none from his Sigils & Totems/Midnight Eye books.

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Review: “Laughter at the Academy,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: These stories made me feel things Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Laughter at the Academy is a book of stand-alone short stories by Seanan McGuire (you don’t need to have read any of her series in order

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Short Take: “Sick, Part III,” Christa Wojciechowski

Pros: Morbidly fascinating Cons: Rather unlikable characters Rating: 4 out of 5 Christa Wojciechowski’s novella “Sick: Part III” is part of her SICK: Psychological Suspense Series Box Set. In volume I, Nurse Susan Branch tried to juggle a job with

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Short Take: “Sick, Part II,” Christa Wojciechowski

Pros: Morbidly fascinating Cons: The characters are over-the-top Rating: 4 out of 5 Christa Wojciechowski’s novella “Sick: Part II” is part of her SICK: Psychological Suspense Series Box Set, which includes three volumes. In volume I, Nurse Susan Branch tried

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Short Take: “Sick, Part I,” Christa Wojciechowski

Pros: Morbidly fascinating Cons: The characters are over-the-top Rating: 4 out of 5 Christa Wojciechowski’s novella “Sick: Part I” is part of her SICK: Psychological Suspense Series Box Set, which includes three volumes. In part I, we meet John Branch

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Review: “Ascent,” Luke Walker

Pros: Enjoyable horror tale about nightmares come to life Cons: Not wholly coherent Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Luke Walker’s horror novel Ascent starts in the moment of the explosion of a nuclear bomb. Five people inside an office building

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Review: “Head Full of Ghosts,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: It seems predictable… until it really, really isn’t Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel is a book I’ve repeatedly seen recommended on Book Twitter, and finally I decided I

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