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Review: “The Hollower,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Builds up into something gorgeous Cons: Starts out a little mundane Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s The Hollower (The Hollower Trilogy Book 1) introduces us to Max Feinstein, who sees an unearthly figure called the Hollower. It’s

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Review: “Behind the Door,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Characterization, atmosphere, plot Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Behind the Door (A Kathy Ryan Novel Book 1) returns to the world in which Kathy Ryan, occult expert, aids the police in dealing with… unusual events.

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Review: “Chills,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Wonderful icy horror! Cons: Some interminable monologues; one obvious bad guy Rating: 4 out of 5 A friend wrote a nice review of Mary SanGiovanni’s horror novel Chills, and I decided I had to give it a read. I’m

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Review: “Autumn Cthulhu,” ed. Mike Davis

Pros: Some fascinating tales of dread Cons: Too many vague, ‘unfinished’ endings Rating: 3.5 out of 5 You can definitely see some patterns in the stories of the anthology Autumn Cthulhu (edited by Mike Davis). There’s a certain style of

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Review: “Home From the Sea,” William Meikle

Pros: Wonderful, dreadful cosmic horror tales Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I almost skipped William Meikle’s Home From The Sea because the cover on Amazon looked cheap and chintzy, which made me worry the author would have skimped

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Review: “A Song for Quiet,” Cassandra Khaw

Pros: The language is so evocative! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Really good Lovecraftian horror is hard to write. After reading Cassandra Khaw’s Hammers on Bone, I had to read more, and the follow-on was Khaw’s novella A

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Review: “Nightwalk,” D. Nathan Hilliard

Pros: Fascinating chain of events Cons: Mark and Casey both sound younger than they are Rating: 4.5 out of 5 D. Nathan Hilliard’s Nightwalk caught my attention and held it. In this horror tale Mark and his stepdaughter Casey are

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