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Review: “Island King,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Original combination of ideas with some great tongue-in-cheek humor Cons: Hangs together a little loosely in some places Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Island King is a fun little adventure with some interesting tongue-in-cheek humor about reality

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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: “Until Dawn,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Great good guys-under-siege monster story Cons: I want just a little more this time Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s novella Until Dawn is a sequel to his Until the Sun Goes Down [review], which is one of

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Short Take: “Until the Sun Goes Down,” Ike Hamill

Pros: This may be my favorite Ike Hamill yet! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s novella Until the Sun Goes Down may be my favorite of his books so far. The main character (you know, I’m suddenly

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Review: “Ruination,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Intriguing blend of trauma and mysticism Cons: Slow sometimes Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Ruination introduces us to a music journalist who’s looking into an old band called the Brothers Ruination. He finds some intriguing hints as

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Review: “Stay Away,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Very intriguing setup; good characters Cons: Weird switch partway through Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s novel Stay Away has a setup that really drew me in. There’s a town in Maine that has a place people call

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Review: “Spores,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating story of horror-in-the-woods Cons: Ending kind of goes off the rails Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Spores is an entry into the world of horror-in-the-woods, with a heavy dose of possession and alien intent. Marie wants

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Review: “Mumma’s House,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Excellent haunted house tale Cons: The ceremony was a tad weird Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Mumma’s House introduces us to a most unusual haunted house. This isn’t the stereotypical empty, unlived-in building. Instead, it belongs to

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Review: “Killer Savant,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Bizarre and fascinating Cons: Weird gender not-really-theme? Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Killer Savant mostly worked for me. I find the quality of his work varies wildly, but on the whole I love it and want to

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Short Take: “Beneath the Cut,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Loved this tale. Plenty of mystery and strangeness Cons: Not everyone will want the murky turn into what is death? Rating: 5 out of 5 Beneath the Cut measured up to what I expect from Ike Hamill at this

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