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Short Take: “Operation Congo,” William Meikle

Pros: Still loving this series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Congo (S-Squad Book 9) is a delightful continuance of his monster-fighting Scottish military squad stories. They’ve been all the way around the world, fought giant

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Review: “Body Farm Z,” Deborah Sheldon

Pros: What an original setting for a zombie book! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Deborah Sheldon’s Body Farm Z takes place at a body farm in Australia–a place where scientists study how cadavers rot and decay under various

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Short Take: “Ritual,” Steve Stred

Pros: The worldbuilding seems interesting Cons: The depravity kind of seems pointless Rating: 3 out of 5 Steve Stred’s Ritual (Father of Lies Trilogy Book 1) comes with a warning: if you need trigger warnings at all, don’t read this

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Review: “Fiero’s Pizza,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Intriguing! Cons: Two tones that don’t mesh Rating: 3 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s horror novel Fiero’s Pizza introduces Brian and Samantha, a young couple moving into a house and about to have their first baby. They eventually have

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Review: “Eden,” Tim Lebbon

Pros: Fascinating premise with wild action! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Tim Lebbon’s Eden shows us a world where “the Zones” are areas that have been given back to the planet. Pollution and other man-made problems were causing

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Review: “Love, Death, and Other Inconveniences”

Pros: Some reasonably fun stories in here Cons: A lot of repetition; poor showing when it comes to female characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Normally when I review anthologies, I end up pointing out that one reason it’s tough

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Short Take: “Crota,” Owl Goingback

Pros: Engaging creature-feature Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 CROTA is Owl Goingback’s short novel about a very fierce, old monster that emerges near a small town after an earthquake. Sheriff Skip has a run-in with it, but his

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Review: “Benny Rose the Cannibal King,” Hailey Piper

Pros: Absolutely, horrifyingly delightful! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Hailey Piper’s Benny Rose, the Cannibal King pulls the reader into the town of Blackwood, Vermont, circa 1987. (This, in fact, was exactly when I was in high school

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Review: “The Corpse Garden,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: More excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 This is the second anthology I’ve read by S.H. Cooper, and it’s just as excellent as the other. The Corpse Garden: A Collection Of Short Horror Stories

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Review: “The Dead Game,” Susanne Leist

Pros: Meh Cons: So chaotic, random, needlessly complicated, and self-contradictory Rating: 2 out of 5 Susanne Leist’s The Dead Game: Book One of The Dead Game Series sounded intriguing. Invitations to a party at an abandoned mansion, things turning deadly…

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