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Review: “Seeing Things,” Sonora Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Seeing Things is every bit as good as her Without Condition [review], and I loved that book. She has a knack for taking well-used story elements like serial killers or seeing ghosts and

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Review: “Wayward Magic,” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 This is an unusual trilogy of anthologies. The idea is, each author involved wrote a trilogy of interconnected or continuing stories, with the first found in Hidden Magic [review], the second found in Wayward Magic

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Review: “Blood Ties,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Blood Ties (Elis O’Connor Book 1) is an intriguing start to a new series. 22-year-old witch Elis O’Connor is a serial killer. She kills “garbage men”–men who molest, abuse, and terrorize their

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Short Take: “Fungoid,” William Meikle

Pros: A fungal apocalypse with a touch of cosmic horror! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s (novella? Short novel? Not sure which) Fungoid introduces us to a fungal apocalypse. Jim Noble is on hand when the first

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Review: “Whispers in the Dark,” Laurel Hightower

Rating: 5 out of 5 Laurel Hightower’s Whispers in the Dark is divinely horrifying! Sergeant Rose McFarland is a S.W.A.T. sniper and mother of two young children. She has a lover she’s been friends with for years, and an ex-husband

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Review: “Lockdown,” ed. Nick Kolakowski, Steve Weddle

Rating: 4 out of 5 Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski edited the deliberately-timely pandemic anthology Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic. Some people I’m sure just want to use their reading to escape the current pandemic,

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Review: “Shapeshifter,” J.F. Gonzalez

Rating: 2 out of 5 J.F. Gonzalez’s Shapeshifter was a mixed bag for me. Mark Wiseman is a werewolf. One day in his teens he was being beaten by a bully and he just snapped. Since then, he has to

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Short Take: “Cirque Berserk,” Jessica Guess

Rating: 5 out of 5 Jessica Guess’s horror novella Cirque Berserk (Rewind or Die) is dynamite! It starts off with a bang in 1999, where teens at an abandoned carnival slaughter several people. Then, in 2019, we meet up with

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Short Take: “The Best of Both Worlds,” S.P. Miskowski

Rating: 5 out of 5 Right off the bat I should point out that S.P. Miskowski’s horror novella The Best of Both Worlds is not a standalone novel. In order to not feel like you’re really missing something, particularly at

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Review: “Island of Bones,” Gaby Triana

Rating: 5 out of 5 Gaby Triana’s Island of Bones (Haunted Florida) pulled me in so thoroughly that when I finished it I looked up, blinked a few times, and realized it was more than an hour past when I

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