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Review: “Lies of the Prophet,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating plot and interesting characters Cons: I’m left with a couple of questions Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ike Hamill’s Lies of the Prophet, we find out that Gregory is a man who came back from the dead.

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Review: “Lineage,” Joe Hart

Pros: Fascinating; some interesting twists Cons: Some details that confused me Rating: 4 out of 5 Joe Hart’s Lineage tells the story of young Lance Metzger, whose father viciously abuses both him and his mother. Lance writes poetry to deal

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Review: “The Exorcism of Sara May,” Joe Hart

Pros: Loved the plot and characters Cons: One character barely missed being a deus ex machina Rating: 4 out of 5 Joe Hart’s The Exorcism of Sara May takes place in 1936, in a tiny little farming town out in

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Short Take: “Mirror Mirror,” Anthony M. Strong

Pros: Short and sweet Cons: Nothing new here Rating: 3 out of 5 Sometimes it’s nice to read a little horror novella in between longer reads. Mirror Mirror, by Anthony M. Strong, occupies that niche. It’s quick, it’s fun, but

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Review: “Madelyn’s Last Dance,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Love the characters, especially Madelyn Cons: Confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Madelyn’s Last Dance comes after book one: Madelyn’s Nephew and book two: Madelyn’s Mistake. I absolutely love the entire series. In Madelyn’s Last Dance the

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Review: “Ink and Bone,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Great setting and characters Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Ink and Bone is a fantastic paranormal thriller tale. Finley, a woman who likes tattoos and fast motorcycles has a gift: she can perceive and speak

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Short Take: “Tenderling,” Amy Cross

Pros: Just plain fun Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 After a couple of other not-so-great books I read recently, I was desperately in need of something fun and good, along the lines of horror or sci-fi. Somehow I

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Non-Review: “Lot 150,” Billie Shoemate

In horror, it’s important to establish the atmosphere right away. Instead there’s an author’s note that takes up literally the first 3% of the book. When you have to include in your story a line like “a lot of this

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Review: “The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes,” D. Krauss

Pros: Clever creepiness Cons: Some stories are better than others; stereotyped female characters Rating: 2.5 out of 5 D. Krauss’ The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes and Other Tales of Horror is an enjoyable collection of creepy tales. (I picked it

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Review: “My New Family,” Alec John Johnson

Pros: Fascinating premise Cons: Clumsy writing Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alec John Johnson’s My New Family a man who loses his family begins to obsess over the family next door. He starts small, watching them from his darkened

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