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Review: “Malignant Summer,” Tim Meyer

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Tim Meyer’s horror novel Malignant Summer, it’s 1998. High school students Randall and Alphie are hiding clues for the annual Great Hunt, in which a bunch of students try to solve a clue hunt.

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Review: “Persepolis Rising,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 30 years later… No, really. James S.A. Corey’s military science fiction novel Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, 7) takes place roughly three decades after Babylon’s Ashes. Laconia, the colony formed by the rogue Martian contingent led

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Review: “Goblin,” Josh Malerman

Rating: 5 out of 5 Josh Malerman’s Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas is an interconnected set of six stories–as well as a connected prologue and epilogue–all of which take place in and around the town of Goblin. I really

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2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards!

There are some seriously good works in 2020’s Ladies of Horror Fiction award winners! There are some great reads on this list, such as S.H. Cooper, Carmen Maria Machado, and Hailey Piper. I’ll have to read more of the entries

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Short Take: “The Sea Below,” William Meikle

Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle’s horror adventure The Sea Below is the sequel to his The Land Below. In that book, two men wanted to search for a treasure supposed to be underground. They hired a “bodyguard,” who

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Review: “Operation Grendel,” Daniel Schwabauer

Rating: 4 out of 5 Daniel Schwabauer’s military science fiction novel Operation Grendel is really intriguing, and it has a fascinating ending, but I can’t make the timeline of events that are critical to the ending make sense. If I

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Review: “Everything Is Horrible Now,” Edward Lorn

Rating: 4 out of 5 In Edward Lorn’s Everything is Horrible Now: A Novel of Cosmic Horror, Father George kills his wife and child, sits muttering on his porch, then, when a neighbor child (Wesley) arrives, shoots himself in the

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Review: “Shadow Warriors,” Nathan B. Dodge

Rating: 4 out of 5 In Nathan B. Dodge’s science fiction novel Shadow Warriors, there are five teenagers leading difficult lives. Cal’s father is perennially drunk after the death of his wife and doesn’t even have enough money to feed

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Review: “Invasive Species,” Ben Stevens

Rating: 3 out of 5 Ben Stevens’s science fiction novel Invasive Species is the start of a series. I did enjoy this volume, but not enough to read the rest. We’re decades post-Storm, when the very face of the earth

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Short Take: “Black Site,” Michael Patrick Hicks

Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael Patrick Hicks brings us the bio-horror tale, Black Site. It’s a blend of science fiction and horror that takes place on an abandoned mining colony, in a lab. All of the characters were vat-grown

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