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Review: “Sefira & Other Betrayals,” John Langan

Pros: Entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Langan’s anthology Sefira and Other Betrayals includes eight stories–a mix of previously published works and original stories–on the theme of betrayal, in the genre of horror. This is literary horror,

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Review: “All Hallows,” W. Sheridan Bradford

Pros: Truly fascinating characters; very original Cons: So confusing and sometimes boring Rating: 3 out of 5 W. Sheridan Bradford brings us the horror/urban fantasy novel All Hallows. Maren Glover is what you might call a witch, and she’s much

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Review: “The Bride Stripped Bare,” Rob Bliss

Pros: If you want a catalog of the grotesque… Cons: Needlessly depraved and bizarre Rating: 2 out of 5 Book Twitter let me down for once in its recommendation of Rob Bliss’s The Bride Stripped Bare. English professor Chris gets

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Review: “Dead Moon,” Peter Clines

Pros: Moon zombies!! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Dead Moon, by Peter Clines, is a wonderful new take on the zombie story! For nearly a hundred years, the Moon has hosted cemeteries. There’s just no more room to

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Review: “Until Death,” Kari Kilgore

Pros: Intriguing tale Cons: Slow and ordinary at first Rating: 4 out of 5 In Kari Kilgore’s Until Death (The Death and Redemption Series), Leo Sabov must watch his wife Maria die, a victim of her own alcoholism. After being

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Review: “Helmet Head,” Mike Baron

Pros: Enjoyable slasher fiction Cons: A bit meandering and weird Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Mike Baron’s slasher tale Helmet Head is a solidly decent entry into the genre. Deputy Pete Fagan made a mistake that got his former partner

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Review: “Bloodliner,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Very out-of-the-box thinking; fascinating take on vampire physiology Cons: Needs a continuity edit; a couple of iffy “messages” Rating: 2 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Bloodliner: A Young Adult Horror Novel is, like the other books I’ve read of

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Short Take: “To Be Devoured,” Sara Tantlinger

Pros: Excellent intense point of view Cons: Very gross! Rating: 4 out of 5 Sara Tantlinger’s novella To Be Devoured is, I must warn you, quite grotesque. So if that puts you off, just stop here. Andi has made a

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Short Take: “The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Four entertaining stories Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s short anthology The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales contains four brief tales of horror. I really loved her unusual serial killer tale Without Condition, so I had

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Review: “The Pilot,” Michael Cole

Pros: Interesting military-vs-monsters story Cons: Details that don’t add up right Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Cole’s The Pilot introduces us to Victor Seymour, a Navy SEAL who was discharged due to cancer, recovered, and became a mercenary. He

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